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Internal Biases are really important to deprogram. Being an ally means having to consciously fight to deprogram these biases that you benefit from that you may not agree with but still have. In conversations about oppression, we should not have to defend you and recentering the conversation on you perpetuates the issue

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if you only respect trans people’s genders when they’re good people, that means you don’t really respect trans people’s genders. that’s conditional, and it’s false.

by all means hold racist, misogynist, ableist, abusive, etc trans people responsible for their bigotry but don’t bring their gender into it (unless their gender is part of it, such as a non-native person calling themself two-spirit)

in doing that you reveal that you believe cisness is fundamentally valid whereas transness needs to be earned

Stop shaming dysphoric people

Transitioning to relieve dysphoria is NOT. CISNORMATIVE. It is NOT a statement that all trans people “need to look cis”. If you care more about that than helping alleviate dysphoric people of their dysphoria, you need to ask yourself why that is.

Why on Earth are you spending your energy making people WHO NEED HELP AND RESOURCES feel bad or worse about themselves?

Sing with me

If you’re tired of gendered witchcraft clap your hands *clap clap*
If you’re tired of gendered witchcraft clap your hands *clap clap* 

If you’re tired of gendered witchcraft because it is heteronormative, cissexist and erases your identity on a regular basis (and you feel like you can’t worship publicly without invalidating your own existence)

If you’re tired of gendered witchcraft clap your hands *clap clap*

Hey, editors: This is why you should read the article before you write the headline. The Sydney Morning Herald fixed both the headline and the URL for the story after readers pointed out the egregious mistake, but still – really? They gave you the answer. Come on. 

[Image: An article posted to the Facebook page of the Sydney Morning Herald. The teaser text says “Whatever you write about me, please, don’t say, Marco was born a boy and now he’s a girl. I was always a girl, it just took some time to share it with the world.” The headline on the article says “Born a boy, feeling like a girl.”] 

(via BuzzFeed)

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Ahhh, y’all, a ton of people with ‘feminist’ (and ‘radfem’) in their names are reblogging this, and maybe I should erase it because, look, I laughed at this joke and I made a fucking gif of it, okay?

And then, like, five minutes (and three hundred reblogs) later I realized what a transmisogynist thing this joke is. Realizing this a little earlier is something I need to be better at, and I apologize for fucking that up and not being more critical of John Oliver.

Look, this whole piece was about online harassment, but from the piece itself, you’d think only white cis women were ever harassed online – that was already a problem going on here. Its a piece that minimizes the reality of harassment suffered by women who don’t fall into that particular privileged intersection.

And on top of that, the joke I’ve reproduced is one that locates male privilege in genitalia, and it ignores the reality that not everyone with a white penis is a man, and not everyone with a white penis has the kind of privilege being discussed here. 

At it’s most basic level, a joke like this one locates gender in some TERF idea of biological sex, basically, and this kind of casual association needs to stop. Especially when what he means to say is, “Congratulations on your cis white male privilege.” 

advocate.com
Trans woman sues Forever 21 for calling her "disgusting," "useless" and "offensive"

Alexia Daskalakis is filing suit against Forever 21, where she used to work, after one of her managers harassed her with a slew of anti-trans verbal abuse, then fired her when she filed a formal complaint. 

Daskalakis says she was wrongfully discriminated against on the basis of gender identity, and whatever court her case ends up in will most likely agree; even the Department of Justice now considers anti-trans discrimination to be a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Here’s her account of what happened:

In her suit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Daskalakis, who had worked at a local Forever 21 shop in sales and displays since 2011, claims that one of her managers told her she was “disgusting,” a “hot mess,” “useless,” and that she “looked offensive” in reference to her female gender expression after she came out as a trans woman in January 2014.

Daskalakis also alleges that some of her outfits were deemed “inappropriate” by management despite other female employees being allowed to wear similar clothing; that she was treated with contempt and yelled at in front of customers; that one manager informed her “in our eyes, you’re still male,” and that another stated, “you used to be a hard worker when you were a guy, but not anymore.” Shortly after coming out, Daskalakis says she was fired without being given a reason.

What compels somebody to treat another human being like that? Sheesh. Wishing her all the best in her case, and definitely a more affirming employer.

anonymous asked:

is there a difference between cissexism and transphobia?

Transphobia: “Trans men aren’t men!”

Cissexism: “Women are so metal for putting up with periods.”

Transphobia is usually an active dislike/discomfort/hatred of trans people, whereas cissexism is more of a societal ingrained thing wherein people erase trans people by equating genitals to gender.

Cissexism is often less actively aggressive, but it falls under the large umbrella of transphobic things. Cissexism is assuming things like every woman has breasts/periods/etc and every man has a penis. It also erases non binary genders and intersex people. It basically reinforces the bullshit genitals = gender boy/girl binary. People often don’t realise they’re being cissexist because it’s so ingrained in everything about society (ie. things like referring to pads and tampons as ‘feminine hygiene products’)