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Giant X-Ray Screen Erases Gender, Age, Race To Prove ‘We Are All Human’

There are few images more evocative of the human body than a skeleton. But it’s easy to disassociate this image with actual people. In the “Love Has No Labels” PSA featured in the video above, the skeleton is used as a symbolic reminder that — simply put — we’re all human, despite our varying identities. The yearlong initiative aims to call out some of our latent biases and prejudices.

Watch the full video to see how an X-Ray can really prove we’re all equal.

Author Kate Elliott shares practical advice on how to treat all characters like human beings.

This is a fantastic article that delves into how misconceptions about “historical accuracy” shape what worlds we are able to even imagine; after all, Epic Fantasy can be anything we want it to be. But all too often, media in any way inspired by “the past” is less accurate in representing (and valuing) diverse stories than actual history itself. From the article:

People may react negatively to portrayals that are feasible simply because those portrayals don’t match the template they have in their head.

A recent example? Complaining that the current BBC television show The Three Musketeers casting of a mixed race actor as Porthos is “inaccurate” or “political correctness” because of the mistaken belief there were no black people in France before modern times. Alexandre Dumas, the man who wrote The Three Musketeers, was himself mixed race, the son of a biracial man who rose to become a general in the army of Revolutionary France in the 18th century.

When erroneous or cliched ideas about the past fit a reader’s (often unexamined) preconceptions, it may be easier to accept plots and characters that fit these preconceptions than to adjust to stories that might actually be more realistic.

You should definitely read the entire article here at Tor.com.

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I did an experiment with myself. In one picture I’m more like I normally am/feel. Im masculine and aggressive looking. In the other picture I got into a completely Femme getup complete with tight ass pants, a womans shirt, and about ten pounds of makeup.

My conclusion to this test is as follows: in the female getup I had fun and I thought that the person in the mirror looked like a total babe, but it wasnt me. I felt like I was wearing a cosplay. The Male getup, however, just made me feel comfortable. I didnt feel like i was bein deceptive, but rather I felt an ease like nothing was out of place or staged.

Experiments like this can help transgender and transquestioning people become more confident with their identities. Each person will feel something completely unique when going through this experiment, but the feelings can help you discover yourself and reassure yourself. If youre unsure about your gender, try this- it may help you.

support trans boys who wear makeup and skirts

support trans girls who wear flannels and don’t shave

support nonbinary people who wear lace and present feminine

support POC and chubby gender-variant people

all gender identities are valid

all gender identities deserve respect

do not misgender somebody or tell them that they are invalid because they don’t match up with your idea of who they should be and what they should look like

the reason you hear about all those witches
with men under their spells
(remember odysseus? remember merlin?)
is that witchcraft is one of the few ways
women have been allowed any kind of power.

the reason you do not hear as often about witches
with women under their spell
is because we know how to keep a god-damn secret.
—  Danielle Perry, “9 lessons in witchcraft,” published in Flapperhouse

It is totally possible to acknowledge that trans women’s experiences are important and that they are subject to the same violence as cis women, and that in fact it can be proven they are often more susceptible to violence than cis women merely because of their transness.

You can do that while acknowledging that the very act of assigning a child female at birth is an act of violence which is intended to mark that child for humiliation, degradation, objectification, harassment, etc at the hands of the men it is assumed they will grow up to love and marry. We can have these discussions simultaneously and in fact I think they prove that womanhood and the process of growing into womanhood is traumatic for all of us and that it is intended to be. We can acknowledge that we come to womanhood in different ways but that neither is fun or pleasant and that at the end of the day we BOTH see ourselves subject to violence and subject to marginalization and exploitation of our labor, our love, and our general energies because we are women.

The trauma of being marked a girl and raised as a girl and being trained to be disgusted with your body and with your genitals is so real and there needs to be space for that that doesn’t rely directly on locking and deriding trans women.

Dear Non-Binary Gender Black Baes

Please do not refrain from participating in tomorrow’s blackout. I know how discouraged we can be from expressing even our blackness because it does not compliment the traditional gender identity (under the standing social norms). Know that no matter what there are people out here like me that will unmeasurably support you. Our beauty is valid. We Exist. We matter. ALL black is beautiful.

Are you transgender?

We are conducting a study based upon interest in finding out how trans individuals conceptualize being trans, as well as the impact of community support on those perceptions. We hope that you will choose to participate in our study. You can contact us at the listed email or by going to our study site at https://iup.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_243OaGFeuqb7oln

Our interviews will take place in person, through phone, or online through Skype, email, or an instant messaging service. Confidentiality of all participants will be honored; We will not use names, locations, or any other identifying information in our study. 

If you are not eligible to participate in our study but know someone who is, please feel free to pass on our contact information, and signal boost this post.

Thank you,

Kelly Davis (k.m.davis7@iup.edu) 

Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Beth Mabry (mabry@iup.edu) 

Indiana University of Pennsylvania 

This project has been approved by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (Phone: 724-357-7730, irb-research@iup.edu.)

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This week’s Idea Channel applies some of the central ideas of Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble to The Sims. What we end up learning is that what Butler describes as a “rigid regulatory framework” that helps to construct common ideas about how gender works is so pervasive that it can even be found in a game considered one of the most socially forward thinking. 

There is also very brief talk about why it may feel necessary to say things like “male nurse” or “male model”. 

Make no mistake, trans folks: many people outside your movement, even the ones who nod in agreement with the statement “trans women are women,” don’t really believe it.  When they are women, they have been trained to spare your feelings and to avoid potential conflict with males—especially those who are backed up by other males with violent tendencies.  I hope your pronouns feel like a hollow victory, wrested as they have been from the mouths of women who know the wrath they face for saying any other words but the ones you told them to say.

Remember this, when you’re told that misgendering is “violence”: “trans women are women” is a statement that is meaningless at best and is used a power exertion over women almost always, since they are not able to disagree or even clarify the speaker’s definition without being viciously attacked.

By Brigitte Raksin

Recontextualization of Gender Stereotypes

This image recontextualizes what it means to be a feminist. Where it used to be butch women that were man haters and lesbians; now, it is anyone who believes in equality. The reason that we only see the individual’s legs that are hairy is to keep us wondering whether it is a man or a woman pictured. It shows that even women if they want to can have hairy legs. It also shows that men can be pictured when the color pink being used and that it is not strictly a female color.

http://adaring.com/feminist-stereotype-rtr/