stop using the terms “transmisogyny” and “transmisandry” in a way that make it seem like a contest to see which trans binary gender has it worse. both face transphobia. both have struggles to face. people that support one binary gender and not the other are dividing the trans movement into some depression-olympics style internal battle. trans people have to stick together. hate crimes keep happening. stop hating on trans men for being “traitors” or an trans women for being “perverts”. neither are true and you. are. the. problem.

anonymous said:

A consistent theme of the feminists is that men are ruled by their penis and see women only as a vagina. Why is it that the feminist movement thinks it OK to introduce their genitals in every discussion. Vagina monologues, vagenda etc. Any man who is past puberty is well aware of how a woman is made up and also that there is much more to women than their reproductive organs. Do men now have permission to ask "what is your vagenda on this issue"?

Whoa, ok, stop right there. This is really cissexist among other gross things. Do not equate genitals with gender. Do not. Don’t do it. Transgender people exist and this is their discussion as well.

But you know what else about this ask really grosses me out? The fact that you assume that the reason AFAB people talk about vaginas is to make sure that cis men are aware of their biology. Please, please, please get it through your head that literally nothing that’s part of feminism is about cis men. Our purpose is not to educate them or make them care. At all.

The actual reason we talk about how our bodies work is because we are being kept in the dark. The sex ed curriculum in our schools is shit. We know nothing about ourselves.

There is a problem with cis women using vaginas as a symbol for women and feminism, and that problem is transmisogyny. But if the problem you see with AFAB people talking about their bodies is that cis men don’t care, you have missed the point by light years.

anonymous said:

but... literally its transmisogynistic. monosexual privilege is transmisogynistic lmfao. its putting trans lesbians and cis straight men in the same category. you're pushing them under the same label as their most violent oppressors. many trans women have spoken out about why its transmisogynistic, not to mention racist. trans lesbians dont have the institutional power to oppress bi/pan/poly individuals. please guys, think about this a bit more.

That’s like saying white trans women don’t have the institutional power to oppress cishets of color, which they do. Unless you want to challenge that white trans women get to appropriate other cultures because they face transmisogyny. Intersectionality definitely still applies. A monosexual trans woman holds institutional power over nonmonosexual trans women, unless you want to contest that too? So yes, even for trans people, society privileges monosexuality. Polysexuality is invisible; when it’s not, it’s mocked, misunderstood, misrepresented, derided, alienated, and discriminated against, oftentimes violently. 

Monosexism and biphobia/panphobia have very real negative repercussions for polysexual people.

Just read Quantum Queerness, an essay by a biromantic asexual who talks about how difficult it is to navigate not only mainstream society, but the lgbtqia community itself as a nonmonosexual person. 

And here you’ll find a study on societal bias against asexuality; interestingly enough, the study showed that people are more averse to the idea of bisexuality than any other orientation. 

Those are just a few of the many resources on monosexism, but they’re good starting points. Granted they are from an asexual lens, which is affected by monosexuality but certainly not in the same way or to the same degree. 

Eoin Colfer [Trigger Warning: transphobic slur]

[IMG DESCRIP: A screenshot from Twitter, of a tweet by @UCPL_Librarians, posted Aug 25.  Text, “I hope Manny Booker doesn’t get dead because I like how his name rhymes with [slur] [slur]. SCREWED @eoincolfer link" Retweeted by Eoin Colfer.]

Link to Tweet: https://twitter.com/UCPL_Librarians/status/504021923454410753

[IMG DESCRIP: Another screenshot from Twitter, of a conversation following the previous Tweet. 

DANNY HOOD @queerkurtwagner 1h
@eoincolfer the word tr*nny is a slur please don’t encourage that kind of language when it’s so hurtful to people.

Eoin Colfer @eoincolfer 7m
@queerkurtwagner It’s kind of out of context.  You need to read the book.  No offence intended. ]

Link to conversation: https://twitter.com/eoincolfer/status/504959959206207488

Now, unless I’m missing something, there is no context that can explain away that kind of word.  Maybe someone who’s read the book can explain?

——

Mod R: Haven’t read the book either, but there is no context where that slur is okay to be used (by people who aren’t trans women reclaiming it for themselves). It sounds like it is a quote from the book.

anonymous said:

Benedict Cumberbatch is a transmisogynist?? could you show me because if so I am sad

yes he is, in an interview he was talking about chelsea manning who is a trans woman, and called her a “confused young man” and misgendered her throughout the entire thing. this is an article with a transcript of the part with chelsea from the interview. obvious huge warning for misgendering and transmisogyny

and to make it worse, if you dont know already, publicly misgendering someone puts that person at high risk of being harrassed or even physically attacked. since there are so many people going goo goo over benedict, worshipping the ground he walks on and trying to be exactly like him, i feel really bad for chelsea because she must have gotten a lot of shit from his shitty fans on top of what benedict said himself.

Someone with an IP address sourcing to the House of Representatives just edited the Orange Is the New Black Wikipedia page with the telling summary of “not a woman.”

That’s right, this government employee edited out a sentence hailing the show for including “the first ever women-in-prison narrative to be played by a real transgender woman.”  What was it replaced it with?  Hate speech.

Cox was called a “man pretending to be a woman,” and the editor linked to an offensive article by National Review Online aptly titled “Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman.”

The change has since been reversed and the IP address has been banned from editing Wikipedia for a month, but you can see the original edit made in the link above.  All that is known about the perpetrator is their obvious employment with the House of Representatives, whether staffer or Congressman.

The change was spotted by a Twitter bot which tweets out links any time a Congressional IP address edits Wikipedia.

Spread this like wildfire.

(articles on The A.V. Club, Yahoo, and NY Daily News)

One year anniversary of the murder of Islan Nettles: How long will we wait for justice?
August 17, 2014

Sunday marks one year since 21-year-old Islan Nettles was brutally killed on a street near her home in Harlem. Nettles, an African-American transgender woman, was a design intern at a fashion company. She was beaten to death in the early hours of Aug. 17, in the shadow of the NYPD Housing Bureau’s Service Area 6 .

Yet she — and transgender people around New York City and the world — are still waiting for justice from the NYPD and Manhattan District Attorney. Activity in the investigation, if there has been any, remains shrouded behind a disturbing veil of secrecy.

Nettles had been walking with a group of transgender friends when they came upon a group of young men who subjected them to catcalls and harassment of a type familiar to many women in New York City.

But the catcalling took a violent turn when the men apparently realized that she and her friends were transgender.

Nettles was beaten badly enough that she needed to be hospitalized. At the hospital, she lapsed into a coma. Four days later, she was brain dead. Life support was turned off. She was gone.

While she was in the hospital, the police arrested her alleged assailant. Witnesses reported that he had pushed Nettles to the ground, climbed on top of her and beat her repeatedly while screaming anti-gay and anti-transgender slurs.

Despite this, he was charged only with misdemeanor assault. Of course, Nettles hadn’t yet died at the time of his arrest, and he therefore couldn’t be charged with anything related to her death. But it was still difficult to shake the feeling that the authorities did not take this attack very seriously.

After Nettles died, charges were dropped against this assailant. The expectation was that new charges would be brought against him stemming from her death.

Those never came.

Instead, it appeared that the investigation lost steam. Explanations floated around. The one most commonly heard was that a second man had stepped forward claiming responsibility for killing Islan, but that he was too drunk to remember it clearly.

The various accounts only compound the sense that prosecuting the man who killed Nettles in what is by all appearances a hate crime simply isn’t a priority for the police and district attorney.

In November, the Manhattan DA’s office stated that it was still “aggressively investigating” Nettles’ death.

But the investigation hardly feels aggressive. It’s been a year and there has been little visible effort spent on finding justice.

For the transgender community — scarred by a long and difficult history of violence and an often uneasy relationship with law enforcement — the vacuum of information makes reasonable community members question whether or not resources are truly being directed towards this investigation.

After a year of claims about their commitment to justice, it’s time for officials to become more transparent about their investigation.

Transgender people, and transgender women of color in particular, face harassment and violence on a regular basis. All too often, crimes committed against them go unpunished.

But their lives matter. Islan Nettles’ life mattered. It mattered to her friends, to her family and to her community.

Every day, I work with many transgender women of color like Nettles who astound me with their strength and resilience in the face of widespread discrimination and violence and seeming indifference from authorities.

Transgender people are gaining more visibility, acceptance and legal protection every day. But violence remains a daily part of life. We must demand accountability from law enforcement and an end to anti-transgender violence and discrimination.

Source

Islan Nettles is yet another trans sister whose life will not be forgotten. Demand justice now!

Rally to Honor the Legacy of Islan Nettles
Sunday, August 17th, 2014 3:30 p.m.

Across from the police precinct, 147th street and Frederick Douglas BLVD

If a trans woman is telling you that a term you’re using is misgendering her and offending her, here’s how you properly argue against her:

  • you don’t
  • you are wrong
  • you are misgendering her
  • stop it

so, update: the thing everyone is coming at laverne for is for having read a letter from synthia, a trans woman convicted on a bunk rape charge

synthia was a member of the latin kings, and was sent to clean an apartment to help get rid of a body

she went there in a rush, and was still wearing a skirt while getting rid of the body

someone witneessed it happening, and saw synthia in a skirt, and decided to add on to her story, that synthia wasnt just cleaning the apartment, but had also raped and killed the girl

accusations of rape, and especially of pedophilia/being unsafe to be around children r EXTRMELY common accusations at trans women of color simply for existing

the witness changed their story a few times

synthias now in jail for a lot longer than she would be on just the original charge

and laverne is now being targeted for having read a letter from synthia

this is a very, very easy way for twefs to attack trans women of color, because they KNOW that most ppl wont bother to fact check, most ppl wont bother to read up on it, most ppl who nominally support trans women will hear that and go “oh no, well, just goes to show u cant trust celebrities”

ppl like to make out like laverne landing a role on a tv show means that trans women of color r somehow no longer oppressed as a class, but the fact is that laverne was getting shit for her role from the start, and ppl will take any excuse they can to point to her, and to point at synthia, gladly lap up bogus accusations and go “SEE! TRANS WOMEN OF COLOR R DANGEROUS PPL!”

dont fall for this shit

do research

fact check

spread the truth

dont let a smear campaign against trans women of color go unchecked


THE FACTS ABOUT SYNTHIA-CHINA BLAST & LAVERNE COX
  • SYNTHIA-CHINA BLAST DID NOT RAPE EBONY NICOLE WILLIAMS. There was never any evidence to support the allegation that she did, and she was acquitted after witnesses discredited the claim.

  • SYNTHIA-CHINA BLAST DID NOT MURDER EBONY NICOLE WILLIAMS. She had no role in the murder whatsoever - she was called upon to clean up the scene, and could have faced serious repercussions had she not done it.
  • SYNTHIA-CHINA BLAST IS A LIFELONG SURVIVOR OF INCARCERATION. She was first incarcerated when she was 16 years old, and has endured 22 years of sexual abuse, solitary confinement, constant harassment by law enforcement, and deprivation of needed care. By submitting her statement to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project for Laverne to read, she put herself at tremendous personal risk for the sake of speaking out against the violences committed against her and other trans women of color in & out of prison.

Given these facts, what TWEFs are doing here should be obvious. Laverne Cox, and the woman she is giving voice to, are trans women of color taking a stand against the mass incarceration and institutional abuse of trans women of color. TWEFs, due to their dogged loyalty to transmisogyny and white supremacy, are deeply invested in the mass incarceration and institutional abuse of trans women of color. To the end of derailing resistance, they are callously leveraging (a) the death of a young girl, & (b) the discourse that trans women of color are physically and sexually violent, against both Laverne and Synthia. It’s shameful, evil, transparent shit.

Signal boost the shit out of this post, make your own posts to help spread the word, and do your part to actively rebuff & discredit the violent claims being made against these two women. DON’T BE COMPLICIT IN THIS CAMPAIGN AGAINST LAVERNE & SYNTHIA!!! 

Value transgender women:

not just famous ones

or those who are conventionally pretty

or women who are successful

value ALL transgender women

shy women, short women, tall women, girls who no one knows, girls with low self-esteems, activists, gamers, disabled, neuroatypical women, young girls who haven’t yet started physically transitioning or even women who don’t plan or can’t afford to, women who you don’t get along with or those who you call friends or a stranger you just met

VALUE

SUPPORT

APPRECIATE

PRIORITIZE

TRANSGENDER

WOMEN

When TERFs like Robin Morgan (who supplied Sheila Jeffreys’ Gender Hurts a glowing recommendation) threatened to disrupt the 1973 West Coast Lesbian Feminist Conference unless the conference vote to eject trans women, the conference voted to instead keep trans women. Radical Feminists like Robin Tyler were physically beaten for trying to protect trans women from TERFs. Even though the conference overwhelmingly supported the inclusion of trans women, trans women left so that the conference wouldn’t be destroyed by TERFs. When TERFs threatened to boycott the iconic women’s music collective, Olivia Records unless it voted to eject trans women from the collective, Olivia instead voted to keep trans women. However, after the collective began receiving death threats, trans women left to prevent potential physical assaults and the threatened destruction of the entire collective by TERFs. Ironically, both of these cases are cited by TERFs as evidence of an inherent male-essenced trans aggression.
— 

this article by Cristan Williams

(sources are linked from the article)

Signal Boost to all Trans Women/Trans Feminine Folk

warning to transwomen/transfeminine people:
a person on queer housing melbourne who’s advertising a room for rent is a TERF (trans exclusionary radical feminist - basically they’re massive transphobes, especially to trans women)

her facebook name is Chamomile Anne McClelland
and she is lesbolution.tumblr.com on tumblr, previously grrrlfevor (http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/grrrlfever)

this is her gumtree ad: http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/coburg/flatshare-houseshare/urgent-east-coburg-room-for-rent/1050746933

just spreading the world so yall can stay safe 

Transmisogyny at Broadway's Pagliacci Pizza Resturant

TW: transmisogyny, transmisogyny at the hands of managers/bosses/authority figures

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Dylan, a young woman working at Pagliacci’s Pizza was wrongfully fired this week. She writes her account of the events that led to her unemployment in a facebook status, which she allowed me to post here:

If you want to know what it feels like to get fired for being trans, here’s the statement I gave to the stranger:

Monday, July 7 2014

I was working the salad station near the entrance to the restaurant of Broadway Paggliacci’s. Working there, your function is greeting customers, taking and making salad orders, and bidding customers farewell. It was in the evening on a shift I’d picked up from a coworker when I was saying goodbye to one of our regular customers. He returned the gesture, misgendering me as “man,” which isn’t something too unusual in my life.

I corrected him, “It’s ma’am actaully.” He didn’t hear me clearly the first time, and asked me to repeat myself.

"Ma’am, I’m not a man." He heard me clearly that time, and laughed at me before going about topping his pizza with the condiments we keep by the door. I had a few moments to say something, but I was too in shock to respond. On my way home I resolved to say something to him if I saw him in the restaurant again.

Friday, July 11 2014

Just about midway through my shift working the til at Pag’s he showed up again, waiting at the slice bar for service. I stepped over to him and said, “The last time you were in here I corrected you on my gender and you laughed at me. That was really rude, and I’d like you to apologize.”

He replied, “I don’t really care what’s happening in your life, man, I just need my pizza.”

I responded, “I just need to be respected in my place of work, and I reserve the right to refuse service to you.”

He asked me to have someone else serve him, and I stepped back and asked the kitchen, “Anyone else want to serve this guy?”

Mark the assistant manager stepped up and asked what was going on, and I relayed to him the details of what’d happened the previous Monday. He nodded, and served the guy his pizza. Again I was in shock, this guy had pointedly mocked my identity, and refused to acknowledge any wrong doing, and we were going to serve him? I questioned Mark, and he said “after that rush in the kitchen, I just didn’t want to get into a thing with that guy.” I was in shock again that my dignity was something so easy to dismiss. Should I have been surprised? This was a guy I’d had to ask not to use the word “tranny” around me.

After I took some time to cool down, I told Mark I disagreed with what he’d done, that it sent the message that it was fine to harass me and other trans women like myself. He told me he’d talked to the guy, and told him I preferred female pronouns before asking him, “Are we square here?” That’d been enough for him, but it wasn’t for me. I’d been harassed by a customer for being trans, and I wanted an apology, or to bar him from service there permanently. I decided to wait until Maria, the general manager arrived and bring it up with her.

Maria got in early and I asked her upstairs to talk about what had happened. She told me Mark had already spoken to her about what happened, and she’d spoken with Angela, the head of the company’s HR department about what to do. She told me company policy for dealing with rude customers is to continue serving the customer. To avoid conflict I would step in the back if he came in again and have management serve him. I told her this wasn’t about rudeness, that what he’d done was harassment based on my trans status. She told me there was nothing else she could do.

I went downstairs and thought about what had just happened, that the company I’d worked at for over a year had just backed a customer’s right to trample my identity over mine to speak out against discrimination. I talked over putting in my two weeks with my coworkers, and then went upstairs to do so. I came back downstairs and told my friends at work what’d happened, and why, “If this was about anything else, like race or sexual orientation, something different would’ve happened.”

Mark interrupted me at that point, angrily telling me if I had more to say I should take it upstairs with Maria and him, and that if I was quitting there were papers I needed to sign. I told him I had already given Maria my two weeks and went about my shift as usual. Mark disappeared for about ten minutes before coming down to tell me I could go home. Thinking this was in regard to a request I’d made earlier to Maria to clock off early and take care of errands at the bank I clocked off and went upstairs to change for the last time.

When I got to the top of the stairs, Maria was there with my discharge papers. “Mark told me you were saying Pagliacci’s doesn’t care, and I can’t have you doing that. This is your last day here.” That’s when it hit home for the first time that Pagliacci’s really didn’t care, and I said as much to Maria, signed my papers, changed, bid farewell to my coworkers and stepped outside into unemployment.

On Friday July 11th, Dylan got fired for standing up for her identity, her truth, and her rights in her pace of employment. Dylan has been misgendered, laughed at, and repeatedly silenced at every attempt she has made to speak out about her experience. Her managers repeatedly took the aggressor’s side, claiming that there was nothing they could do, and shamed Dylan for speaking out about her (righteous) frustration at the situation with her co-workers. Dylan was subsequiently fired from her job for demanding an apology from both her managers and the creep that laughed in her face a few days earlier. She sent the above message to The Stranger, and wants to make this as public as possible. “A statement needs to be made about making a safe environment for trans people.”, she says.

If you agree that Dylan was wrongfully fired, that she is brave for speaking out, and that the managers at Broadway’s Pagliacci Pizza are fucking horrible people, PLEASE REBLOG. SPREAD THE MESSAGE.

CONTACT INFO FOR BROADWAY’S PAGLIACCI PIZZA:

426 Broadway East
Seattle, WA 98102

E-mail them at: http://www.pagliacci.com/form/contact

Two Trans Women Shot in Detroit, Local Media Misgenders and Misrepresents Them

Two Trans Women Shot in Detroit, Local Media Misgenders and Misrepresents Them

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After a very bloody year for the United States transgender community following the still-unsolved murder of Islan Nettlesin New York, Detroit Police are advising the local LGBT community to be extra vigilant after recent two attacks on trans women. The incidents occurred near Woodward Ave between Six Mile Road and Seven Mile Road in Detroit’s Palmer Park…

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