gender injustice

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Johnny Depp: *wears makeup for a film*

Everyone: Johnny Depp is so good looking!!!! Everyone should look up to him, he is amazing and talented and so so so attractive!!!!!    

Normal Guy: *wears makeup because he wants to*

Everyone: EWWWW OH MY GOD YOU DISGUSTING FAGGOT HOW COULD YOU DO THAT WE ALL KNOW MAKEUP IS FOR WOMEN NO GIRL WOULD WANT TO DATE A GUY THAT LOOKS LIKE A TRANNY EWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

You say you want a revolution...

There was this one day I was trying to explain to a friend my thoughts about gender inequalities, racial injustices, capitalism…aka stuff I get hella worked up about. While hearing my rant, he asked me rather abruptly what I was going to do about it. Like all these unjust things suck, right? But like what was my game plan to challenge shit like patriarchy? At first I was a little pissed. Like who was this Indian, economically-privileged, educated high caste Hindu heterosexual cis-gender male to tell me I was all talk and no action? Okay, maybe he didn’t mean it quite like that and maybe I reacted too negatively too quickly. Regardless, it caught me off guard.

So, I told him we need a straight-up revolution to end this nonsense. But as soon as that came out of my mouth I realized the magnitude of my words. What does that even mean? What would a revolution look like and what would my role in it be? I’ve been thinking about this for the past few days. I even spent time on Tumblr and Google trying to find how-to guides for wannabe activists and social justice warriors. Haven’t found stuff yet, but if y’all know of any bibles, send them my way.

But after some self-reflection I realized I do participate in little revolutions everyday. My revolution is in the way I live my life. Like I have enough agency and privilege to make certain decisions that upset the status quo and create ripples, no matter how small. My veganism is a revolution because I choose to reject the violence of the meat and dairy industries and make an impact by consuming ethical goods and sharing my vegan love with others. (Disclaimer: I have recently been thinking deeply about the use of vegetarianism/veganism as an oppressive tool so I don’t mean to sound like I think I’m better than non-veggies just cuz I’m vegan and can financially and physically afford that lifestyle).

My hair is a revolution (which I shall explain in a longer, upcoming post) because I strive to unpack the external and internal pressures I feel to remove hair from my body in the way I was socialized to. I struggled with self-esteem, mental health and body image issues growing up so practicing self-love is a revolutionary act for me. Self-love can be a form of resistance in a world where we’re told we’re not enough, in a world where we’re told we need to alter ourselves however minutely or drastically to be acceptable.

I guess I don’t have a complete answer for my friend who asked me how I intend to dismantle oppressive political, economic and social structures. I’ll probably never have an answer. But I promise to keep trying, in whatever ways I can, to challenge the injustices I see and work to undo them. I promise to challenge myself and think critically about what I see around me. I know whatever I do won’t be grand or monumental but I’ll at least try. 

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#ATuxForAlex

Guys I have reblogged things about this and I will continue to do so. Tumblr is a HUGE community that fights for social change and this is our chance to make history and push society in the right direction.

Alex is a girl at my school. She is super nice and has been through a lot. She identifies as a boy and understands that that can make some people uncomfortable. He is graduating in May and asked the administration if he can wear a tux UNDER his cap and gown at the ceremony. Alex was told that if he does not wear a dress he will not be allowed to walk across the stage or graduate on time.

This is ridiculous for several reasons. First off, we have a program to prevent bullying in school called Project U. Their slogan is Keep It Classy In The Valley. The administration backs the program 100% but is doing the very thing that said program fights to prevent. Second, he wouldn’t be breaking dress code because last time I checked there was nothing against girls wearing nice suits. I could understand this if he asked to wear a bikini or a loin cloth or something like that but a SUIT? That actually covers more skin than a dress and sometimes looks nicer than one. There’s also the fact that he will still be wearing the suit under the cap and gown. The uniform look of the student body during the ceremony would not be compromised in any way and it would in no way be a distraction. Parents are allowed to scream and make an insane amount of noise for their child and that’s not considered a distraction but a student in a suit and tie is?

Alex has worked hard for 12 years to get to graduation. The entire thing is supposed to be a celebration of finishing highschool. It should not matter what anyone is wearing as long as it is worn with modesty and class. The school administration is attempting to deny a student to celebrate with their friends due to showing up in one of the classiest things I can think of.

The point to this entire post is that this is a huge social injustice being forced upon a transgender student. This is our chance to stand up and make a change. This is our chance to start abolishing gender roles. The students at my school can’t do it alone and we need help. Do what you feel comfortable doing. Tweet using #ATuxForAlex. Email the administration (I’ll be reblogging the contact info for this again in a moment). Email, tweet, facebook, instagram, snapchat, message celebrities in any way you can think of about this so that they can help too. Signal boost the crap out of this. ANYTHING. Help us make our voices heard and help us make it LOUD. This is our chance to make history and now is the time to take it.


UPDATE:
The situation of #ATuxForAlex is currently being discussed and hopefully resolved. I’ll keep everyone updated as I get new information. Thank you everyone for adding all of your voices to our cause. We truly were heard.

Those who initiated the #ATuxForAlex have started another tag to be used for the topic of transgender discrimination if you would like to continue discussing it. It is #TheresNotJust2.

Thank you thank you THANK YOU for everyone’s help and support. It means the world. :)