26 february 2014

my sophomore speech on the need for sex-segregated bathrooms!!

i wrote and performed this for a required speech at my high school!! a lot of people told me they found it very convincing or at least made them think about the issue more! i hope you enjoy!!

A Feminist Perspective on the Trans Bathroom Debate

July 15, 2011: man rapes 19-year-old girl twice in college bathroom (Morse)

January 7, 2014: 10-year-old girl sexually assaulted in a Denny’s bathroom (Bennett)

February 26, 2014: man sentenced to indefinite prison sentence after abusing women in two Toronto women’s shelters after gaining access by claiming to be transgender (Pazzano)

December 17, 2014: LA police issue warning to women after 3 attempted rapes in bathrooms in the last two months (Baldonado)

April 13, 2015: man rapes woman inside the bathroom of a NYC sports bar (“Stranger Grabs Woman by Throat, Rapes Her in Bathroom of Manhattan Bar: NYPD.” )

May 9, 2015: LA woman raped in park bathroom (Navarro)

July 8, 2015: Phoenix man rapes woman in park bathroom (Mahoney)

August 28, 2015: woman attacked and rape attempted by man in mall bathroom (Brilliant)

September 13, 2015: woman raped in downtown Annapolis restroom (Belt)

October 16, 2015: 12-year-old girl raped in CVS bathroom (Robinson)

October 17, 2015: man rapes 50-year-old woman in bathroom (“Woman (50) Raped in Chloorkop Toilet.”)

October 18, 2015: man tries to rape a 63-year-old woman in NYC bathroom (Sit)

October 23, 2015: woman raped in Vermont courthouse bathroom (“Woman Raped in Vermont Courthouse Bathroom.”)

July 21, 2016: man tries to rape woman in church bathroom during quinceañera (“NYPD: Man Tries To Rape Woman Inside Staten Island Church Bathroom.”)

September 2, 2016: man drags woman into group home bathroom and rapes her (WHAM)

In the last five years, there have been at least 15 incidents of men attempting or succeeding in raping women and girls in bathrooms. Most likely, there were significantly more. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, out of every 1000 rapes, only 310 are reported to the police and only six will result in the rapist going to jail. (“The Criminal Justice System: Statistics.”) From that data, as well as the fact that these 15 cases are only the ones interesting enough for there to be a news article about and easily found on the internet, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of sexual assaults in bathrooms per year, the vast majority of which will be committed by men. According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, a department of the US government that collects and analyzes crime statistics, males perpetrate a whopping 97% of all rapes (Langton). This omnipresent danger is one of the many reasons sex segregated bathrooms and intimate facilities like locker rooms exist.

Despite this clear threat, women’s right to safe places to pee and change are being taken away by well-meaning, but misguided attempts to stop discrimination.

This saga began by the complete and utter elimination of females as a protected group by the Obama administration on May 13, 2016. On that day, the US Departments of Justice and Education sent a letter to schools across the country regarding Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which is described by the DOJ as “a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.” Basically, this legislation is what requires schools to have women’s sports teams, math and science classes that females can attend, and punishment for sexual harassment. In this message, the departments released what they called “significant guidance” to this law, which served to redefine the word “sex” in the legislation to a student’s personal “gender identity” which is defined by the DOJ as “an individual’s internal sense of gender” even if this “identity” is different than their biological sex. Students don’t need to present any “proof” of this disparate identity as schools cannot ask for any identification documents of a gender change such as “medical diagnosis or treatment requirement” without now violating a student’s so called right to being treated as their “gender identity” (Lhamon).

That means a school cannot prevent a male student from playing on a female sports team as long as they claim to have a “female” gender identity even if he still 100% physically male with all the athletic advantages that has. Even something as small as the difference in height and bone structure could allow a male to physically dominate in  athletics like women’s basketball team. The same male student would also be allowed to use the girls’ locker room, which in some sports are used for showering. This puts women and girls in the uncomfortable situation of having to see male genitalia up close and personal, which could be considered sexual assault (“Sexual Assault.”). The inevitable consequences of this legislation change are already being felt. A school district in Minnesota that has just enacted the “inclusive” gender identity policies demanded by the DOJ and DOE is already being sued by the families for failing to protect their daughters from a transgender male student who was “twerking, grinding, and lifting up his skirt to reveal his underwear” in the girls’ locker room. The same boy asked a girl who was changing about her bra size and “to “trade body parts” with him”. He also is said to have followed two girls to a different locker room when they sought privacy from him and undressed in front of them (Richardson). This school is just one of many school districts and institutions that now have to deal with the repercussions.

Not only has this legislature caused specific instances of insecurity and danger, it also is completely against the law. The decision to change “sex” to gender identity was decided not as a democratically voted upon law, but rather released as what was called “significant guidance.” This information is supposed to clarify an existing law with examples on specific scenarios, but not change the meaning of legislature. The Obama administration said that the phrasing “sex” was ambiguous, but it’s simply not (Lhamon). Humans (and actually, all mammals) are a sexually dimorphic species, meaning that there are two distinct sexes. Sex is an observable trait defined by one’s chromosomes, genitalia and what kind of gamete one produces. Although intersex individuals, meaning those with some sort of disorder causing errors in some aspect of sex, exist, their conditions are rare, noticeably a medical disorder, and in most cases, still observably male or female. Only 0.018%, which is less than a 50th of a percent of the population is unable to be classified as male or female (Sax). Redefining sex to gender completely changes the meaning of Title IX by fully eliminating the sex protections fought for by women for decades by allowing anyone to identify into these protections. This significant guidance is significant enough that it needs to be democratically elected by both the House of Representatives and the Senate before it can be enacted.

But what if it does pass? It’s not impossible; President-elect Trump said that Caitlyn Jenner could use any bathroom “she” wanted in the Trump Tower (Smith). My first point stands; men are dangerous, no matter what they identify as, if they’re wearing a t-shirt, a three piece suit, or a dress. According to the FBI, men commit almost 75% of all crime, and 97% of sexual assaults, which is one of the greatest risks of allowing males into women’s intimate facilities like bathrooms and locker rooms (“Table 4.2: Arrests by Sex, 2014.”). women and girls have been and continue to be raped in bathrooms by men. According to a 2010 study by the Center for Disease Control, 1 of 5 women will be raped in her lifetime. That means that just in this room at least 2 of the girl will be raped in her lifetime. For our entire school that’s almost 200 girls. And an entire 45% of females face other sexual violence in their lifetime, so 5 of us will be sexually assaulted as well (Black). This danger is posed by all men, even if they identify as women. The Karolinska Institutet, a Swedish medical university that is considered “one of the largest and most prestigious medical schools in the world” and decides who wins the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (“Karolinska Institutet.”), conducted a 30 year study of transgender individuals (such that they took cross-sex hormones and underwent sex “reassignment” surgery) in Sweden from 1973 to 2003 and compared them to non-trans male and female controls. They concluded that transgender males were just as likely to commit crimes as non-transgender men, which is 18 times higher than that of females (Dhejne). That means that women are now legally required to allow potentially dangerous males into their bathrooms, which is against the very concept of having sex-segregated bathrooms: that is to say, to guarantee the safety of those at the highest risk of sexual violence (which is women) by separation from those who are likely to commit it (a.k.a men). However, many people also worry about the possible violence transgender people could face in a bathroom they don’t identify with. This could be prevented by the creation of single occupancy sex neutral bathrooms, which would negate the possibility of violence against both women and transgender people.

So now the question is: what can you do? How can we combat these dangerous changes? The first and most obvious thing you can do is also the hardest: speak out. Do not allow these laws to go unobstructed. Call your representatives, sign a petition, go to a protest, even just talk to your friends and spread the word. You can also support the Women’s Liberation Front in their court case against the DOJ and DOE for endangering women and girls. They are relying completely on donations and need support. Finally, use the single most important political statement you possess, vote! Not all of us can, but most soon will be able to. In 2018, the so-called “bathroom bill” law will appear on our voting ballots, and give us our right as American citizens to change our laws until they are just for all (News). We need to work together and stand strong to fight for women’s rights.

Works Cited (link)

Everyone was asking my mom at work if she was going [To the Oscars] I was like, ‘Mom, do you know how many people are in Arcade Fire? We’re going to be lucky if we get enough tickets to cover all the members, let alone bring moms.
—  Owen Pallett - The Canadian Press February 26, 2014
You can love whoever you want. You can even love no one at all but yourself. You can love the curve of her waist or the strong line of his jaw or the creases on your knuckles. You can love zirs eyes or xis hands and even the way they say your name. You can fall in love to want to hold their hand or want to kiss them as soon as you see them. You can love the way they make you feel but not the way they feel under your fingertips. It will never matter who you love. Only that you do.
—  The Most Important Drabble I Will Ever Write or Love (#202: February 26, 2014)
I am not fighting fire with fire. I am killing your flames with my waves. You have no right to ask for mercy standing on the ashes of cities you’ve burned. You will be given air when the skin of the earth is not covered with blisters, but instead with the Water of Life.
—  I Refuse to Burn for You (#203: February 26, 2014)

MASK MAKER: LZACH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 26:  Wood sculptor Adrian Burger  prepares masks for a clients for Carnival, locally called Fastnacht or Fasnet, at his workshop on February 26, 2014 in Elzach, Germany. Burger produces about 120 masks a year for local revelers but also for collectors, and is one of four artisans in Elzach who have specialized in the masks in a local tradition going back to the 16th century. Carnival in the region is already underway and will continue through early next week in celebrations similar to shrovetide or Mardi Gras.

 (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

anonymous asked:

I don't because he he says the n word so yeah tbh !!!

alright so, listen. there is one video from one year ago when he said a shortened version of the n-word and that was not right, i admit that.

but also lets look at other things louis does, shall we :)

  • He played football in a charity game at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster to raise money for the Bluebell Wood Charity. 
  • He played for Celtic in another charity match for Stiliyan Petrov (during which he was injured, the match was promised to be rescheduled). 
  • That happened on 26 February 2014, a charity match in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice attended by a crowd in excess of 4,000. 
  • He participated in Niall’s Charity Football Challenge on 26 May 2014 at the King Power Stadium.  
  • He played in Celtic Park on 7 September 2014 taking part in the MAESTRIO Charity Match. The match was attended by a crowd of around 25,000 with proceeds benefiting several charities including UNICEF, War Child, the Celtic Foundation and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation. 
  • He is a patron of the Eden Dora Trust Charity see here
  • He is also a patron of the earlier mentioned BlueBell Wood Charity see here
  • Thanks to him (yes, because it was for his 23rd birthday) the fans have raised  $24,975.29 for the BlueBell Wood Charity see here
  • When he went to the x factor, he worked so so hard, he was given a chance and now he makes sure other’s are given a chance too as he has started his own record label which has already signed some artists and Louis himself said that  “To be given the opportunity to potentially give new artists a platform is an incredible feeling. “
  • “Literally the first thing Louis does onstage is run to the corner and wave up to the nosebleed seats in the upper deck, a mile in the sky with only a side view. He’ll take care of the fans up front later, but his first order of business is making sure the cheap seats get noticed.” taken from Rolling Stone article here 
  • He literally changed so many lives, has saved so many people (i am speaking about fans who might think about giving up but thanks to him they didn’t, and trust me there is plenty of those, he saved my life)
  • He treats everyone equally, he is kind and nice to everyone, he doesn’t treat ill kids any differently, he is lovely with everyone.
  • But also he is protective of his fans, friends and family and has shown that on several occassions.
  • He is very talented songwriter and singer and i cannot explain what some of his lyrics mean to people.
  • He is using the power he has to give back to people and appreciate their fans, he always makes sure the fans know how much he cares and how much he sees, that he knows about them and that they are important
  • When you scroll through his twitter, you will find links to charities and videos, retweening charities his mom supports, again lets talk about his influence.
  • When talking about charity, lets go through One Direction charity work, because I cannot let this pass , so these are charities 1D has supported:
  1. Alzheimer’s Association
  2. Comic Relief
  3. Global Poverty Project
  4. Greenpeace
  5. Mines Advisory Group
  6. Nordoff Robbins
  7. Small Steps Project
  8. Sport Relief

UKRAINE, Kiev : Women hold pictures of protesters who were killed in clashes with police during recent demonstrations as they take part in a commemerative procession in central Kiev on February 26, 2014. Ukraine’s pro-Western interim leaders were set to unveil their new cabinet today after disbanding the feared riot police as they sought to build confidence in the splintered and economically ravaged ex-Soviet nation. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC