Nelson Mandela’s death has unleashed a flood of whitewashed, politically correct memorials of a man who spent most of his life as a deeply radical and controversial figure.
“Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. Over the next few days you will try so, so hard to make him something he was not, and you will fail. You will try to smooth him, to sandblast him, to take away his Malcolm X. You will try to hide his anger from view.”
I was 13 years old when Marc Lépine opened fire and murdered 14 women for being at engineering school when he wasn’t. He blamed feminism for the situation he was in, and murdered these women for being in non-traditional jobs, for being there.
Every year, the memorials I go to are different. Some are quiet - I remember several winters in the snow, holding candles and reciting names like a talisman against violence.
Geneviève Bergeron, 21 years old. Hélène Colgan, 24 years old. Nathalie Croteau, 24 years old.
When I was younger, they seemed impossibly mature and sophisticated. I used to imagine them laughing and enjoying university, cut down without warning. Now that I’m 35, they seem so young, and I wonder if they were afraid.
“Stonewall was colored folks, poor folks, transsexuals, femmes, butches… a little bit of everybody. But the narrative that gets sold to people is that it was all these “A-Gay” white normative people. That’s not who riots. Sorry.”—Juba Kalamka in this interview (via soldadera-del-amor)
His body isn’t even cold yet and the New York times has already put out a shameful article declaring Nelson Mandela to be an “icon of peaceful resistance”. News outlets around the Western world are hurrying to publish obituaries that celebrate his electoral victory while…
“And I know that this life is the only real form of happiness,
But sometimes in its midst I can hear the dense, stifled sob
Of the unreal one we might have known, and when that ends
And my eyes are filled with tears, time seems to have stopped
And we are alone in the park where it is almost twenty years ago
And the future is still an immense, open dream.”—John Koethe, from “In the Park” (via creatingaquietmind)
“All trans women’s experiences are women’s experiences because a woman is experiencing them.”
I do sincerely wonder how many of the cis and CAFAB trans rebloggers actually get what I meant when I wrote that.
All experiences had by every trans woman are women’s experiences.
All of them.
Even her pre-transition experiences still are women’s experiences. The experience of passing for male and denying that you can be anything else? Falls fully into the range of women’s experiences, because it is a thing experienced by women.
A trans woman’s experiences don’t start counting as women’s experiences when she begins to be routinely read as cis. Or when she presents herself as a woman, read as cis or not. Or when they match up to some arbitrary degree in some arbitrary way to cis experiences (and then not when they are unique). Or when she decides to transition.
Trans womanhood is not an imitation of cis womanhood, to be validated only to the extent it is successful as an imitation.
Many things are experienced by both trans and cis women, but trans women’s experiences are women’s experiences, no matter how many observers would say a cis woman wouldn’t experience it.
So I’ve been generally using 1” needles for T injections.
Last shot I got 5/8” needles and I didn’t like how short they were because I felt like they weren’t getting into the muscle and I want to do IM injections, not Subcutaneous.
So I went today to get more needles and all they had were 1 1/2 inch so I got those but they’re actually fucking huge.
I’m afraid that they’re going to go too deep. I don’t have a lot of fat on my thigh, so I’m worried that an inch and a half is too long. Do other people use one and a half inch needles? Is there a possibility that I could go too deep and like overshoot my muscle? I would like it to not be painful as hell and I just don’t want to fucking risk the T going to waste and not getting absorbed into the muscle like why is this so fucking stressful.
I am not a big fan of The Hunger Games, the books or the movies, but the soundtrack they made for Catching Fire had some good bands on it. I was, however, confused as to why they even made a soundtrack, considering none of the songs actually played during the movie…
Anyways, Gale Song by The Lumineers is a very lovely song and every time I hear it, it makes me hope they start work on a new album very soon. I need some more Lumineers in my life. You do not need to be a fan of The Hunger Games or know anything about it to like the song. Just put it on and relax. Enjoy your Sunday.
And all this too shall pass This loneliness won’t last for long I wasn’t there to take his place I was ten thousand miles away So when you hear my voice When you say my name May it never give you pain
There were pieces of my family all over the road. I picked up those pieces from the road and from the truck and wrapped them in a sheet to bury them.
Do the American people want to spend their money this way, on drones that kill our women and children?
Miya Jan, an Afghan man who recounts the events after a drone strike pummeled his village and killed his brother, along with his sister-in-law and 18 month old nephew.
American reports claimed 11 people died that day, the overwhelming majority being Taliban militants, while the inhabitants of the village refute saying 14 people died and they were innocent civilians.
Also more from the article, a 19 year old man named Abdul Ghafar, who lost his mother, brother, sister-in-law and nephew in drone strikes, which fly over his home several times a day states:
“The Americans say they are here to protect us. No — they’re here to kill us and terrorize our women and children. These be-pilots fly over our village almost every day. They spy on people and steal their lives. Children are afraid to go to school. People are afraid to stand in a group because they fear these planes will shoot a missile at them.”
Let’s do a nightmare count of Fckh8’s ‘campaign’, shall we?
In here, I’ll try and see who fckh8’s supporting, considering I have an estimation but I can’t just blindly shout it out. We’ll separate by shown to be sexuality, skin color, gender, minus the video’s because it’s already going to be a lengthy process to scroll through.
There might be some estimation issues involved, as I don’t know most celebrity status, so I’m going purely with visuals.
Let’s keep in mind that this organisation claims to be part of the LBGT community (though this is already combated by their slogan being ‘gay & straight against hate’, as it completely leaves out the LBT letters, let alone the should be present QIA).
October 2013 count: 10 mentions of gay white cis men 7 mentions of purely homosexuality 6 mentions of lesbian white cis women 3 mentions of Christian slander 2 mentions of lesbian only 1 mention of bisexual white cis men 1 mention of allies All images are solely of perceived white cis people.
I got tired of it halfway through November 2013 so here’s what I had so far:
36 mentions of purely homosexuality 29 mentions of gay white cis men 23 posts ridiculing Christianity. 12 mentions of lesbian white cis women 10 mentions of lesbians only 8 mentions of allies 4 potentially transphobic comments 3 potentially racist comments 3 mentions of lesbian PoC cis women 2 mentions of bisexuality 1 mention of transgenderism in white people