Amnesty International has released a report on gender recognition laws across Europe.

The report looks at countries where trans people are forced to get divorced or have surgery and hormones in order to receive legal recognition of their acquired gender. Legal recognition is often crucial to protect people from discrimination.

It focuses on seven countries which have particularly stringent requirements for gender recognition, including Ireland which currently does not allow trans people to have their gender recognised at all. According to Amnesty, many countries “violate fundamental human rights” such as the right to private life, and the right to family life.

Many countries require trans people to have had genital surgery, which some people may not want or cannot have for medical reasons. This surgery can often result in sterilization, causing people to have to choose between a family life and legal recognition. Norway requires that trans people be sterilized.

Amnesty’s Marco Perolini said: “Many transgender people have to overcome enormous difficulties in coming to terms with their identity, and problems are often compounded by blatant state discrimination.

“People have to make an odious decision – either they allow themselves to be subjected to a raft of degrading steps and measures at the behest of the state or they are forced to continue to live with a gender based on the sex they were assigned at birth – even if that contradicts their appearance and identity.

“States must ensure that transgender people can obtain legal recognition of their gender through a quick, accessible and transparent procedure in accordance with the individual’s own sense of their gender identity.”

anonymous asked:

Question: I see people say that Israel does forced sterilization of Africans. Is this true? I've never seen a source for it..

Some doctors gave Depo-Provera birth control shots (which are a common form of birth control, and TEMPORARY) to Ethiopian women when they were entering the country without the permission of either the woman or the state. No doctors have confirmed this, it’s still an allegation, and the state has been investigating it, but I generally tend to side with the women making the accusations.  Here’s a good article on it. The conspiracy - and that’s what it is, a conspiracy - that Israel is sterilizing African women started because Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, misquoted an official. They later posted a correction, but the damage was done. 

Is it terrible? Yes. Is it a denial of reproductive rights? Yes. Is it Israeli policy? No. Is it sterilization? No. It was a grave and awful decision made by independent actors (the doctors) whose effects have worn off over a decade ago.

Hope that helps.  

Reflection on reviews of the new "Annie" film

One thing I found interesting, and remarked upon in several reviews, was the criticism that this Annie seems excessively enamoured of the latest electronic and digital gadgetry (which, unlike a historical setting, will date the film badly in just a few years). Instead of a beautiful mansion, its Warbucks-equivalent, Mr Stacks, lives in a penthouse apartment which is described as “chilly,” “cavernous,” “sterile” and loaded with the latest technology.

(They decided to update Daddy Warbucks into a tech billionaire, which is such a tone-deaf decision. In modernising his name to a new slang term for cash, they didn’t seem to notice that he isn’t just called Daddy Bucks. He’s Daddy Warbucks. It’s not subtle. The man is a war profiteer. He needs to be redeemed by loving Annie and becoming charitable and generous not only because he’s a hard-nosed Republican materialist, but because he made his fortune in perfectly legal but deeply unethical ways. I also have no idea why they chose to introduce the idea that he’s concerned about his public image because he’s running for mayor. Why would he want to become mayor? Wouldn’t that interfere with his business, the only thing he truly cares about before Annie? Okay, digression over.)

One reviewer made a very interesting point that the film’s only concept of poverty seems to be a lack of luxury. More than one points out that Miss Hannigan’s apartment (she fosters kids to bring in money from the state in this version) is implied to be a dreadful place but is actually pretty comfortable, not to mention that a single woman struggling to make ends meet had an apartment large enough to foster children in (!), and that Annie and the other foster girls are all clean, well-fed, go to a decent school, and basically seem to like Miss Hannigan except when she makes them clean the apartment (not a large institutional building which, if you didn’t notice all the sewing machines and bolts of fabric in the 1982 film, is also a sweatshop - ha, you could update that to Miss Hannigan forcing the children to make crafts to sell on Etsy). What a hard-knock life.

The audience is expected to be all gee-whiz about the Stacks penthouse, but there’s nobody there but Stacks and Annie. In the older version, “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here” is a fun and endearing number because Annie is being welcomed by a large staff of enthusiastic servants who are delighted by the novelty of a guest who actually appreciates and enjoys the house and all it offers. People, not automated systems. No more “when you wake, ring for Drake, Drake will bring your tray.” (I always puzzled at the division of labour: “When you’re through, Mrs Pugh comes to take it away.” Has Drake gone on to do some other job, or is he just too good to take away dirty breakfast trays?)

Also, in a history report at said decent school, Annie summarises FDR’s New Deal as “work hard and get rich.” Oh, Annie. The Republicans got you, didn’t they? This must be why the film doesn’t include a chorus of “Tomorrow” sung with President and Mrs Obama.

starlightify asked:

what if mabel is really into at-home tattooing. like stick and pokes and stuff. and dipper, being the paranoid baby he is, keeps freaking out about infections and 'you need to sterilize everything 50 times and probably look for a spell to keep germs away? like a sterilizing spell or something and you need to be safe and oh god what if you hit a nerve?" and mabel's just "lol bro i did two more tattoos while you were panicking."

thATS SO DANGEROUS and such a mabel thing. like she’s just. covered in tats of cute things. if anything does go wrong shes just all ‘well i can deal with that later’ or she does look into those spells (which works since dippers too big of a baby to get his own tats with anyone else. “gotta trust her she seems to do pretty good work maybe she wont accidentally kill me that can happen right??”)

"By the 1890s, America’s burgeoning eugenics movement got hold of this idea and never let go. Most Americans are well aware of the horrors of Nazi eugenics—the early- and mid-19th century idea that through proper breeding techniques and controlling the fertility of the “unfit”, one could produce a superior race. But few care to remember that Nazi eugenicists were taking their cues from American predecessors, who, beginning in the early decades of the 20th century, had successfully lobbied for laws permitting states to involuntarily sterilize people considered unsuited for sexual reproduction.” source


I wish you could understand how badly I need this.
To feel your arms around me, to make me feel safe and sound and secure.
Every day I feel your hands in mine, leading me through hallways as cold as sterility.
Even though the air pierces my lungs with every icy inhale, I swear
I swear I could feel your warmth and skin against mine.

I wish you could understand how badly I need this.
Where every night shakes me down to the core,
And this time,
It’s a 6.0.
Everything shaking and crumbling around me
All I loved
All I believed in

on fire,

             on fire,

                         on f i r e

                                      a n


                                               c  r

                                                     u mb  l i



                                                                        t o  p i   ec  e  s  s.

I wish you could understand how badly I need this.
When my mind has a knife to my throat and I can feel my breath running short
Where all I can see is the salt in my eyes and I feel like I’m drowning
But there is no sea,
There is no sea
Only the night
and you
and me.

I know you understand how badly I need this.
When we’re ages and acres apart with nothing to connect our hands
But snail mail and screens
When we ache to just run up the street to rescue each other from our own minds
To catch each other with cuddles and kisses and hot chocolate and naps
Before we fall deeper and deeper into our self-made hells

I know you understand how badly I need you.
You’ll be here soon, babe.
And I will be too
Just give it time.

give it time.

prompt from here


Here’s Dr. A, about to make the first incision (pectus bar removal).

This year has been amazing, and I honestly feel so blessed. 

I can’t even begin to explain how awesome this journey has been. 

I’m going to miss the funny moments during surgery between him and Dr. S, the scrub nurses who never failed to remind me where the sterile field was, the scrub techs who helped me identify what the surgeons were using and why, and the residents who have been extremely accommodating. 

Even though I feel so strongly about cardiac surgery, general surgery is right under it. Who knows which subspecialty I’ll be interested in 5 years from now, you know? All I know is that I fell in love with surgery this year. I fell in love with the art, the lifestyle of it. 

At the end of the procedure, Dr. A told me to give him a hug. 

He made me feel more than just an observer. Dr. S made me feel like my dream can be a reality. She would say, “Get ready because this is your future.” 

They are amazing people and amazing surgeons. 

I don’t know how I got so lucky. 

Newser: N. Carolina Will Pay $10M to Forced Sterilization Victims



Over a period of 45 years, North Carolina forcibly sterilized 7,600 people it deemed mentally or socially unfit. Now, 39 years since the state’s eugenics program ended in 1974, it will finally make reparations, with lawmakers earmarking $10 million to compensate victims, reports the Wall Street Journal. “No amount that we can afford to pay is enough,” says a state lawmaker. “But this is sufficient for the living victims to know that the state of North Carolina sincerely regrets the injustice that we’ve done to them.”

Click for article…

When I was four years old, a doctor advised my parents that I should undergo a “routine” hysterectomy. It was recommended, the doctor said, to prevent the future inconvenience of menstruation. My parents, thankfully, were horrified and high-tailed it out of there, taking me and my four year old uterus with them.


While human rights can be violated by individuals or by institutions, they can only be defended by institutions. The European Court of Human Rights does not deal with single individuals who have committed crimes. Rather, it focuses on why the government in question could not take action against what happened. But where are the doctors, politicians and all the people who personally contributed to or carried out such surgeries, and when they are going to take responsibility for their actions? In order to take action against this human rights violation, blaming the Communist regime is not enough. The practice continues today and forcibly sterilized Romani women are still a long way from receiving true justice.

Australia is planning to sterilize children without parental consent if a proposed law is adopted. Critics fear that Aborigines would be targeted. You can read about the state’s Draft Mental Health Bi…


Children (of any age) able to consent to sterilisation and 12 year olds to consent to psychosurgery and electroshock without any parental consent in W.A. (this is link to quotes below)

PARENTS RIGHT TO VISIT & COMMUNICATE WITH THEIR CHILD CAN BE REMOVED: At any time a psychiatrist can decide it is not in the child’s best interest to see his or her parents. The psychiatrist can make an order which prohibits the right of a parent to visit or communicate with their child, and refuse the child access to the telephone or visits from friends. [Pages: 145, 146 of the Draft Mental Health Bill 2011]

KIDS PLACED IN PSYCHIATRIC WARDS WITH ADULTS:The draft bill does not rule out children being held in wards with adults if the mental health service considers it is appropriate for them to be there. Children should never be treated in a psychiatric ward with adults. To consider exposing children to such an environment shows pitiful respect for them and leaves them open to physical and sexual abuse in an environment where there is insufficient supervision. [Page 161 of the Draft Mental Health Bill 2011]

RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION OF CHILDREN: Children can be restrained in a psychiatric institution. Only the use of mechanical restraint (manacles, belts, straps etc.) and the use of bodily force by others are covered in the draft bill. Chemical restraint, the use of psychiatric drugs to subdue and control the person, is not covered in the draft bill, so there are no legal safeguards to prevent its application

INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT OF CHILDREN: At any time or place, a medical practitioner or authorised mental health practitioner (the draft bill does not even define who this will be) who “suspects” a child of mental illness can make a legal order for them to be sent for psychiatric assessment. Even a child at a medical appointment or in a general hospital suspected of mental illness could be detained for up to 3 days while awaiting transport for assessment. Once the child is transported to the assessing psychiatrist (usually at a psychiatric hospital) the psychiatrist can involuntarily detain the child for up to 14 days. Parents will not be able to discharge their child and take them home; the psychiatrist has the power to prevent parents from seeing their child if they decide it is in the child’s best interest. A psychiatrist can then make a “continuation order” to continue the involuntary commitment for up to 3 months once the 14 days has expired. He or she can continue to do this in up to 3 month blocks each time. During detainment the child could be drugged, restrained, secluded, given electroshock (if 12 or over) and could be put into a ward with adults. Parental consent is not required to continue the detainment or for any treatment.



this needs as much attention as possible

there was a petition but it has CLOSED, I can’t yet source the current status of the bill but here are relevant people to contact:

I am ashamed and disgusted at myself and the people of Perth, W.A and Australia for tallowing this to GET THIS FUCKING FAR


I am a lesbian woman of Color whose children eat regularly because I work in a university. If their full bellies make me fail to recognize my commonality with a woman of Color whose children do not eat because she cannot find work, or who has no children because her insides are rotted from home abortions and sterilization; if I fail to recognize the lesbian who chooses not to have children, the woman who remains closeted because her homophobic community is her only life support, the woman who chooses silence instead of another death, the woman who is terrified lest my anger trigger the explosion of hers; if I fail to recognize them as other faces of myself, then I am contributing not only to each of their oppressions but also to my own, and the anger which stands between us, then must be used for clarity and mutual empowerment, not for evasion by guilt or for further separation.
—  Audre Lorde, “The Uses of Anger,” Sister Outsider, p. 123

People Are Tweeting Like Jaden Smith And The Results Are Perfect

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It’s amazing when the entirety of the internet agrees on something; and Twitter has finally agreed to embrace the Jaden Smith philosophies of life. I will admit, this post would be about 15 times longer, but I HAD to crop out that dumb face that was on top of every. single. tweet.

Kept the face for that last tweet though, just because I can actually see him tweeting this one day..