It’s not a form of censorship, it’s just kind of a heads-up, like, “This is coming and we want you to be engaged, so we want to tell you this is here.” I welcome free speech, and I welcome speech that I don’t agree with, stuff that can be controversial. But at the same time I’m a real fan of empathy, and I think that’s what trigger warnings teach us.

anonymous asked:

what are your thoughts on the word allosexual? sorry if this is in your faq btw, I'm on mobile:/

No, you’re good! We address this a little in the /info page, but not nearly enough; I’ve actually been meaning to write a post on this topic anyway, so this is a great opportunity to do that.

“Allosexual” is a term that the ace community came up with in around 2011 to replace a word we’d previously been using to talking about our experiences; specifically, how they’re different from the experiences of those who aren’t aro or ace. 

The original word was actually “sexual”, which started on AVEN, and which LGB people had a huge problem with because Straight people already stereotype their communities as being sex-centric, and the word “sexual” only seemed to further that stereotype.

So, in an attempt to find a better word, the ace community actually spent a huge amount of time trying to figure out a better term. There were a ton of different proposals, and we took polls, held discussions, and exerted a lot of effort in coming up with something new.

We spent months doing this.

But the thing was, each and every proposal was shot down. Here’s a list of literally 14 different proposals from that time. Allos didn’t like any of them, for various nitpicky reasons. This post also discusses this at length.

“Allo” was the least controversial and most popular of the terms, which is why we eventually settled on it; and for reference, “allo-” actually means “other”. It’s literally just “other”sexual. It’s “not ace”sexual. It’s a simple, necessary, unoffensive differentiation between two types of experiences.

Notice the proposals we’ve been getting from allos: “non-ace”, which is a totally othering term (think “non-gay”, “non-trans”, etc. There’s a reason these communities adopt terms like “straight” and “cis”). And “sexual”, which… honestly baffles me, because that was the original term we had, and the one that was most violently refuted.

We’re continuously accused of not doing our research and not listening to allos, but we spent literal months going over the options, doing tons of research on the prefixes, and involving allos in those conversations. This is an issue that’s been rehashed every year or two since we finally settled on “allo”, and always with the same results.

See, the thing is, they aren’t looking to find a word that makes everyone happy. The goal isn’t a compromise; the goal is to prevent aces and aros from speaking up about our experiences. It’s to silence us. It’s to stop us from talking about allo privilege. It’s to make sure allos don’t have to recognize their oppressive behavior. It’s to shut us down, invalidate our experiences, and prevent us from being recognized as a legitimate community with legitimate struggles.

People who oppose “allo” aren’t in opposition of the term itself, they’re in opposition of validating ace experiences.

Gov. Kate Brown veers from typical graduation speech to talk about her sexuality
Brown tells Willamette University grads about the realities of living for years as a closeted bisexual.

Willamette University President Stephen Thorsett introduced Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to a crowd of thousands last weekend as the school’s 2016 commencement speaker. As Brown approached the microphone, Thorsett, adorned in full academic regalia, bent down and positioned a small black wooden box behind the podium. Brown, 55 and short of stature, thanked him and stepped up.

Her speech had all the hallmarks of a typical commencement address: She told the 400-some graduates to find a path, help others, have ambition and work hard. And then the governor made uncharacteristic, telling remarks about her personal life — details about being a family practice lawyer and public servant, underscored by the realities of living for years as a closeted bisexual.


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In 1980, photographer Anita Corbin decided to turn her lens on the young women of UK subcultures. Over the next two years, rockabillies, mods, goths, rude girls, skinheads, rastas and more posed for Corbin and opened up about what it was like to be a young woman navigating an alt scene, and the importance of female friendships. 

I have chosen to focus on girls, not because the boys (where present) were any less stylish, but because girls in “subcultures” have been largely ignored or when referred to, only as male appendages.” -Anita Corbin, photographer, “Visible Girls”

Listen to our interview with Corbin and learn what happened when Corbin and her portrait subjects reunited earlier this year.

Are you a woman in a subculture? Do you feel welcome? What role do female friendships play in your scene of choice?
Welcome to the National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network!💫
Fully aware of the real harm and degradation that has been inflicted on black and brown poor communities under the guise of care by the hands of social workers. The truth is, clinicians and therapists of color lack adequate resources and support in the mental health field. The situation is even worse for queer and trans people of color.

Blatant racism, homophobia, misogyny and transphobia in educational institutions and organizations take an immense toll on queer and trans people of color (QTPoC) who come to this healing work in service of community. Institutional barriers keep many of us from going to or completing graduate education not to mention licensure.

How many of us have developed mental health issues as a direct result of oppression in our education and work as therapists?

How many of us have experienced the harms that come with microaggressions from those who are supposed to help?

Invisibility is Not a Privilege.

Invisibility means every person you come out to requires a vocabulary lesson.

Invisibility means the very nature of your identity is up for debate.

Invisibility means years feeling alone, broken, and unnatural.

Invisibility means you might not even consider the possibility that you’re anything but what society says you can be.

Invisibility means you have to find out about your own identity from strangers in small, distant corners of the internet.

Invisibility means being taught in school that your orientation makes you inhuman.

Invisibility means being told by educated professionals that your orientation is pathological, a mental illness, and Must Be Fixed.

Invisibility means taking an extra year to convince yourself that your orientation could even exist before you even beginning to accept yourself as what you are.

Invisibility means coming up with an arsenal of excuses for your lack of Normality, an army of justifications for living a life that makes you just a little more comfortable.

Invisibility means “acceptance” comes at the price of breaking up and stuffing away the things that make you you, and struggling to force yourself into a hole that doesn’t fit.

Invisibility means forcing yourself into relationships and acts that you don’t want because the alternative is taboo.

Invisibility means you can never really tell them who you are.

Invisibility means you can’t even feel pride in your community half the time, because the world is intent on destroying what little of a community there is.

Invisibility means facing a world of people who would have you bow your head and let them rewrite your identity for you; who demand your complacence while they redefine the things that make you who you are.

Invisibility means your suffering doesn’t even matter to those supposedly fighting to End All Suffering.

Invisibility means shame.

Invisibility means denial.

Invisibility means loneliness.

Invisibility is not a privilege.

Woman who defied 300 neo-Nazis at rally speaks of anger

It was an impulse. I was so angry, I just went out into the street,” says Tess Asplund about why she raised her fist against the leadership of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) in Borlänge, central Sweden. “I was thinking: hell no, they can’t march here! I had this adrenaline. No Nazi is going to march here. It’s not okay.”

Photograph: David Lagerlöf/Expo/TT News Agency/Press Association Images


Today’s Google Doodle is in honor of human rights activist Yuri Kochiyama’s birthday. She would have been 95 today (she died in 2014 at the age of 93).  

“It’s with great pleasure that Google celebrates Yuri Kochiyama, an Asian American activist who dedicated her life to the fight for human rights and against racism and injustice. Born in California, Kochiyama spent her early twenties in a Japanese American internment camp in Arkansas during WWII. She and her family would later move to Harlem, where she became deeply involved in African American, Latino, and Asian American liberation and empowerment movements. Today’s doodle by Alyssa Winans features Kochiyama taking a stand at one of her many protests and rallies.

Kochiyama left a legacy of advocacy: for peace, U.S. political prisoners, nuclear disarmament, and reparations for Japanese Americans interned during the war. She was known for her tireless intensity and compassion, and remained committed to speaking out, consciousness-raising, and taking action until her death in 2014.”

More info on Kochiyama

Photo: Yuri Kochiyama speaks at an anti-war demonstration in New York City’s Central Park around 1968. Courtesy of the Kochiyama family/UCLA Asian American Studies Center. (x)
White Kids Aren't Buying the Politics of Racial Resentment
The Obama presidency has left an indelible mark on American society, particularly on the issues of race and racism.
By Sean McElwee and Ashley Jardina

Deep and enduring fractures across racial lines have been thrust to the forefront of the national conversation. Even though Obama’s presidency is nearing its end, issues of race continue to dominate the political news cycle, from Donald Trump’s comments about Latinos and Muslims, to Black Lives Matter activists challenging the Democratic candidates on the issue of race. The future of race in America will be defined by today’s youth, and some commentators (including one of us), have expressed skepticism about whether young whites truly hold different views from older whites. 

However, new data from the 2016 American National Elections Study (ANES) pilot survey suggest that, at least on some dimensions, young whites are quite a bit more racially progressive than their parents.