feminist organizing

yeah the boy scouts allowing trans boys in is great! but don’t forget that girl scouts have allowed (and encouraged!) trans girls joining since forever and that girl scouts was created in DIRECT opposition to boy scouts as a liberal and feminist organization to symbolize a big fuck you to the gross, conservative misogynist organization that boy scouts was (and continue to be)

A lot of the dialogue I see on here about the demonization of butch lesbians in both wlw and non-wlw circles never takes into account butch lesbians of color, and so I want to remind everyone that butch lesbians of color face amplified forms of alienation, dehumanization, and fetishization because they aren’t just butch or lesbian or nonwhite but all three simultaneously. 

Butch lesbians of color deserve all the love and respect in this world. They shouldn’t be ignored in your conversations about fetishization or homophobia or racism. Butch lesbians of color are often treated as if they are predatory and aggressive, which isn’t just rooted in lesbophobia - it’s also rooted in racism and fetishization. On the other hand, they may not be deemed “butch/gnc” enough by white women, and may not have access to performing their butch identity that white women do. But lesbian woc who identify as butch are butch, and no white woman or non-lesbian can take that away from them. 

Butch lesbians of color are a diverse, multifaceted group of people spanning ages, countries, religions, races, and experiences. They are central to lesbian culture, to wlw/lbpq solidarity, and to LGBT resistance. They have been an essential part of feminist scholarship and organizing. They have been at the forefront of anti-racist, anti-colonialist, anti-capitalist, and anti-imperialist movements. Their contributions to lesbian culture, to lbpq solidarity, and to LGBT liberation are innumerable, priceless, and ever-expanding. 

Protect, prioritize, and respect butch lesbians of color. Advocate for them the way they have fought for every single person in their myriad communities and coalitions. 

(This is wholly inclusive of trans and nonbinary butch lesbians of color). 

There are higher stakes than you might think when it comes to hair for the transgender community. I’ve wanted to cut mine short for years now. I haven’t gotten around to it though due to the transmisogynistic ideal that I am more legitimate with long hair. 

While applying to a foundation grant a couple years ago, an individual on the grant committee told me that I had beautiful hair and “look like a real woman” (of course, I’m already a real woman). My ability to get funding was pivoted on my ability to present conforming to cis women’s gender norms. To some, “correct” trans womanhood is contingent on how I perform femininity. In fear of no longer being able to advocate/gather resources for my community, I’ve left my hair long for now. It’s my hope that through the public better understanding transness, trans women will be able to express ourselves in ways that can radically redefine gender for everyone.

I hate to break it to you but the term “hypermasculinity” was coined in 1994 by Ashis Nandy, an Indian psychologist, in his writings on colonialism and gender.

I also hate to be the one to tell you this, but the organized feminist movement started in 1848 at the Seneca Falls women’s conference.

Tumblr was founded in 2007. Tumblr did not invent feminism and tumblr did not invent the terms used in feminism. All tumblr did was allow you to come face to face with your own privilege and the reality of oppression. And you are ignorant, hateful and cowardly enough to violently perpetrate it and refuse to see otherwise.

hollywoodreporter.com
Women's Rights Activists to Walk Golden Globes Red Carpet With Actresses
Michelle Williams, Amy Poehler, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Susan Sarandon and more will be accompanied by activists from all sectors, including the mother of the #MeToo movement.

“Michelle Williams, Amy Poehler, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Susan Sarandon and more will be accompanied by activists from all sectors, including the mother of the #MeToo movement.

Women’s rights activists will walk the red carpet alongside actresses at the Golden Globes tonight, to help vocalize the message that #TimesUp is a campaign for gender equality that reaches beyond Hollywood.

The guests will include #MeToo hashtag creator and civil rights activist Tarana Burke, as well as farm worker, restaurant worker and racial justice leaders Marai Larasi, Rosa Clemente, Ai-jen Poo, Monica Ramirez, Calina Lawrence and Saru Jayaraman.

Each activist will be paired with an actress, with racial justice advocate Burke (who already achieved a high profile in Hollywood after being tapped as a consultant on the film Selma) walking with Michelle Williams; Larasi, founder of black feminist organization Imkaan, with Emma Watson; workers rights advocate and Alianza Nacional de Campesinas co-founder Ramirez with Laura Dern; Native American and human rights activist Lawrence with Shailene Woodley;  Billie Jean King with Emma Stone, and Restaurant Opportunities Center United president Jayaraman with Amy Poehler.”

Read the full piece here

It’s happening now - I’m seeing activists being interviewed with actresses on the red carpet show.

no shade but i think most of you like black feminism only in theory. you want to appear to support the ideologies and such of black women’s feminism because you don’t want to appear racist. i don’t think many of you really know what black feminism is. it’s not second or third wave american feminism in blackface. black feminists were reviled and ostracized from major feminist organizing not only because they were black, but because of the content of their politics as well. if you all really knew what black feminism was, i really think most of you would hate it lol.

COINTELPRO

They won’t teach you this is school, but if you want to be a “woke” ally, one thing you should always read up on is the United State’s COINTELPRO program. 

Last night the PBS The Black Panther: Vanguard of the Revolution documentary touched on it and I thought it was important to talk about. Outside there being a general ignorance about the Black Panther Party, it is also important to know the things the government and police did to WARRANT the creation of The Black Panther Party. 

You should be very angry but very awake once you’re done. Because I want you to WANT to learn about it, I’ll only give you a blurb and a link.

COINTELPRO (a portmanteau derived from COunter INTELligence PROgram) was a series of covert, and at times illegal,[1][2] projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting and disrupting domestic political organizations.[3]

FBI records show that COINTELPRO resources targeted groups and individuals that the FBI deemed “subversive”,[4] including anti-Vietnam War organizers, members of black civil rights and nationalist liberation organizations (e.g. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Black Panther Party), feminist organizations, anti-colonial movements (such as Puerto Rican independence groups), and a variety of organizations that were part of the broader “New Left”.

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover issued directives governing COINTELPRO, ordering FBI agents to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, neutralize or otherwise eliminate” the activities of these movements and their leaders.[5][6] Under Hoover, the agent in charge of COINTELPRO was William C. Sullivan.[7] Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy personally authorized some of these programs.[8] Kennedy would later learn that he also had been a target of FBI surveillance.[citation needed]

Groups that were known to be targets of COINTELPRO operations includec

]The COINTELPRO documents show numerous cases of the FBI’s intentions to prevent and disrupt protests against the Vietnam War. Many techniques were used to accomplish this task. “These included promoting splits among antiwar forces, encouraging red-baiting of socialists, and pushing violent confrontations as an alternative to massive, peaceful demonstrations.” One 1966 COINTELPRO operation tried to redirect the Socialist Workers Party from their pledge of support for the antiwar movement.[37]

  • communist and socialist organizations
  • organizations and individuals associated with the Civil Rights Movement, including Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others associated with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Congress of Racial Equality, and other civil rights organizations
  • black nationalist groups
  • the Young Lords
  • the American Indian Movement
  • the white supremacist groups
  • the Ku Klux Klan (an ACTUAL terrorist group they should have been focusing on)
  • the National States’ Rights Party (an white nationalist group they should have been focusing on)
  • a broad range of organizations labeled “New Left”, including Students for a Democratic Society and the Weathermen
  • almost all groups protesting the Vietnam War, as well as individual student demonstrators with no group affiliation
  • the National Lawyers Guild
  • organizations and individuals associated with the women’s rights movement
  • nationalist groups such as those seeking independence for Puerto Rico, United Ireland, and Cuban exile movements including Orlando Bosch’s Cuban Power and the Cuban Nationalist Movement;
  • and additional notable Americans.[36]

More on COINTELPRO

“As we near the end of the red carpet, a shout-out to the activists walking the red carpet tonight with their celeb plus-ones, beginning with: Marai Lanasi (with Emma Watson of the UK-based black feminist organization Imkaa & co-chair of the End Violence Against Women Coalition.”

Source: Today Style

@natvanlis: Cheers to all you badass feminists out there! Feminists of every race, colour, religion, class, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity. And here’s to feminist organizations like the amazing creators of @mysisterorg whose clothing line supports survivors of sex trafficking. Profits from any purchase help to protect and empower women, so go show them some love my fellow badasses, and keep fighting the good fight. #mysisterorg #GRLPWR#badassfeminist #feminism #girls#strongfemalecharacter #stoptraffick#thefutureisfemale

Modern AU Headcannons: the Pevensies

requested: no


PETER

-works out 5 to 6 times a week

-in charge of the speech and debate team and academic team at school

-studied political science and pre-law in uni with a history minor

       -was in the top 5% of his class

-secretly really into fencing and LARPing

-really likes cello, violin, and piano music. he has several spotify playlists so that he can study or work out while listening to them

-hikes, camps, runs, etc. pretty regularly

-people are really drawn to Peter because he’s charismatic and a genuinely really selfless/warm/good person

-highkey a workaholic and has type-a personality when it comes to schoolwork or professional work

-likes to spend some of his free time doing ballroom dancing

-is a big family person

-likes to travel and learn a lot

-does non-profit work/charity during vacations


SUSAN

-lowkey Instagram famous because her pictures are killer gorgeous (regardless of whether it’s a selfie or not) and never edited/Photoshopped

-shops exclusively at Forever 21, Ann Taylor, Victoria’s Secret, Ulta, Bloom Perfumery, Whistles, and River Island

-has a lot of make-up, perfumes, and scented candles

      -has 10/10 outfits and make-up every day

-also makes funny snapchat stories

-everybody thinks she’s an airhead, but jokes on them: Susan got two degrees in Literature and French, then turned around and got accepted to Oxford medicine on a full ride. Graduated valedictorian with the highest academic honors

-watches Project Runaway, Reign, and the history channel

-does track, swimming, and debate team in university

-does LARPing




EDMUND

-runs a popular salty twitter account

-wants to be a politician like Peter, so he decided to study sociology, political science, and pre-law in uni

-does kick-boxing and martial arts

-he decided to LARP with his older siblings and Lucy. their realm is called Narnia

-has like, 2 friends because he’s a reserved person and not particularly social, even though he’s a nice person

-can be hella charming or hella nerdy. there is no in-between

-is the Pevensie you go to when you need help navigating conflicts, interpersonal problems, etc.

      -this is part of why ed becomes a diplomat, and a good one at that

-really likes foregin films and knows like, 4 languages

-is good at giving motivational speeches




LUCY

-she’s a huge people person and has like, 20 friends

-wants to be a doctor when she grows up

-is a really good cook

-has a very nurturing personality, but people usually see the bubbly, outgoing side of her

-secretly draws a lot, and enjoys drawing fantastical/supernatural animals and stuff in nature

-huge feminist

      -works with feminist organizations to solve gender issues

-volunteers at a lot of animal shelters

-she wants to start a non-profit organization where she goes to third world countries where people are in severe need of medical attention and helps them for free

-she’s p religious and goes to church every sunday, attends a youth group on wednesdays

      -lucy is also liberal, and doesn’t try to push her religious beliefs on others

Me: Yeah I really don’t care for claiming that some characters are trans. If that’s what people want to do then they can as long as it’s not hurting anyone. Seeing as how I barely run into trans representation, and even then they’re misgendered and a lot of people fight over it, I can see why people would want to do that.

Someone on the internet: Starts to get legitimately pissed over this and starts to make comments such as “No she can’t have a dick!” “He’s not a girl!” And a lot of other rude shit

Me: Oh would you look at that

Me: They’re all trans now

Me: huh

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Hollywood stars and their woman activist dates for the 2018 Golden Globes.

Meryl Streep + Al-Jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance
Michelle Williams  + Tarana Burke, creator of the “Me too” movement
Emma Stone + Billie Jean King, former World No. 1 professional tennis player and advocate for women’s and LGBT rights
Amy Poehler + Saru Jayaraman, a workplace justice advocate for restaurant workers.
Susan Sarandon + Rosa Clemente, activist focused on political prisoners
Emma Watson + Marai Larasi, executive director of the UK-based black feminist organization, Imkaan
Laura Dern + Mónica Ramírez, who fights for the rights of farm workers around the world.
 

DECEMBER 16: Barbara Smith (1946-)

Happy birthday to Barbara Smith! The prominent feminist, lesbian, and socialist writer was born on this day in 1946.

Barbara’s latest work was a 2014 autobiography titled Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith (x).

Barbara Smith was born on December 16, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio. Her mother and father, Hlda and Gartrell Smith, were originally from Georgia but moved to the northern city of Cleveland in hopes of escaping the Jim Crow laws of the south and finding a better life for their children. Barbara was born an identical twin, both she and her sister Beverly being premature. When their mother died when they were only nine, both sisters were raised by their father and his extended family. Barbara has dedicated her scholarly success to her home life, having been raised by a grandmother who was a schoolteacher and who encouraged her education.

Both Barbara and her sister Beverly became active in the Civil Rights Movement while they were in high school. They attended several desegregation protests and speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the mid-1960s. Barbara has also cited the time she met activist Fannie Lou Hammer as an incredibly influential moment in her relationship with activism. In the 1970s, she became disenchanted with the misogyny within male-dominated Black Nationalist groups and instead turned to black feminist politics. Barbara would go on to help find the Combahee River Collective, a socialist Black feminist organization, as well as Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press.

Today, Barbara has written over 35 works of feminist theory, poetry, and fiction. Some of her most notable awards include a 1996 Stonewall Award a 2015 “Literary Legend” Award from the Albany Public Library. She has given multiple talks and oral histories of her life as a lesbian within activist spaces, and many of her personal papers and documents have been donated to the Lesbian Herstory Archives.

-LC

daughters of bilitis

the daughters of bilitis was an organization founded in 1955 in san francisco by del martin and phyllis lyon. originally the group was intended as a way for lesbians to meet one another and socialize in a climate that was highly adversarial to gay women. the name was an obscure reference to a fictional friend of the greek poet sappho and was chosen because it would not raise too much suspicion. martin later said that what she desired was “a place to dance” with other women, as this was illegal in public at the time. however, eventually the group evolved into a more political organization, with the goal of providing more information about lesbianism and breaking existing taboos and prejudices surrounding women who love women. the group produced the first national lesbian review magazine, called the ladder (pictured below). 

 the ladder ran for almost 20 years and was the primary method of communication for the daughters of bilitis, as well as a way to connect lesbians across the country to one another. most women who wrote for the ladder did so under pen names so as to avoid persecution and possible arrest. 

the daughters of bilitis took a very assimilationist stance, and encouraged their members to try to “blend in” to heteronormative society. they discouraged members from wearing men’s clothing. as time went on, this stance alienated many younger lesbians, who had more radical goals and were more attracted to feminist organizations which were gaining prominence. the daughters of bilitis officially folded in 1972, after 14 years.