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Hey guys, if you’ve been following me for a while, you know how passionate I am about human rights and dignity. Well I’ve finally pushed past my social anxiety and worked up the courage to talk about the things that matter to me most on camera! I want to start regularly uploading videos about lgbt+ issues, women’s issues, and other social justicey stuff. Also maybe some advice videos here and there (: I want this to be a safe space for people to come and also an educational platform. 

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The above map of America shows which states will allow a transgender person to legally correct their gender and name on their birth certificate.  One cannot control where they are born, but are bound by the laws of the state in which they are born. It is an injustice that five (5) of these states will not allow a person born in one of these said states to correct their gender. It is an injustice that several of these states require sexual readjustment surgery in order for the birth certificate to be altered.  One’s gender identity is not determined by their genitals. Sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) is invasive and the results are not always guaranteed to be successful. SRS is a large expense to the individual and takes a large amount of time, where a correction on a birth certificate is easily affordable and significantly faster. The inability to correct gender on a birth certificate renders one helpless in legal situations, on marriage certificates, and in the business world. The individual may be subject to discrimination.  In addition to this the mental health of the individual relies heavily on the ability to claim their gender. I move that the ability to correct one’s gender should be legal in all fifty (50) of the United States without the requirement of sexual reassignment surgery.

(Map was obtained from Wikipedia)

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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anonymous asked:

Excuse me but if feminism is not about equality then do tell what is it about? because it's Not to be above men. it's not to crush them and strip them of power as they have done to woman. It's for women to be treated, respected,valued and made to matter as men do to each other on general principle,but not to woman. if that's not seeking equality i don't know what it is. (because a world where either gender treats the other as an object and as inferior is NOT a better world)

I just took the longest sigh because there is so much going on here. Alright. Please forgive me in advance if my thoughts seem jumbled and incoherent, as I’m on a mobile and trying to string together many open ended ideas into a cohesive stream of thoughts.

So your definition of feminism is a global society where men’s social and economic positioning is not threatened or challenged in any way? Though much of it is built upon the subordination and labor extortion of women? So much of your concern lies with reassuring men that their privilege won’t be compromised and it really begs me to wonder if you’ve ever seriously engaged with or have a holistic understanding of serious feminist literature that tackles the economic exploitation of women globally speaking. What is feminism to you, anon? What’s its end goal? Who does it prioritize? Is it empowerment or liberation? Is it individualistic or collective? What sort of a world do you envision in your ultimate feminist utopia?

Look, I’m sorry to break it to you, but women produce 60% of this world’s labor, while owning 10% of the fluid capital and 1% of all purchasable land. Are there racial, geographical and historical nuances that go into this? Absolutely. But the gendered lines of exploitation are very clearly delineated. Let me explain this to you. This positioning you speak of that men occupy, which you seek to be “equal” to does not exist without endorsing capitalistic violence and cannibalizing other human beings, robbing them of their autonomy and security. Men did this to women and that’s how men have been able to bolster a culture that thrives from the degradation of women.

The term equality is shallow. It means nothing essentially. Equal in terms of what? Talent? Capital? Creativity? Skills? Social positioning? In all ways? How can we be equal in talent or skills or creativity when there is such a range of human bodies and minds and what they’re capable of? How can we be equal in capital when many people around the world haven’t even been completely indoctrinated into western globalization and their revenue exists in agriculture, herding, clothes weaving and pastoral farming? The world is an immensely complex place that hosts a countless amount of people and ways of living. What informs us and our lifestyles are a vast array of factors, such as climate, religion, race, class and history. I’m trying to understand how equality can give birth to anything but uniformity, which is wholly counterintuitive to the end goal of all liberation politics.

Equality is a euphemism for assimilation. Instead, shouldn’t we strive for a world that destroys all innately oppressive structures and titles? Do you wanna know what kind of women are regularly heralded as being equals to their male counterparts? Hillary Clinton. Condoleezza Rice. Female US and IDF soldiers. How many infographs have you seen that portray essentially oppressive characters as “breaking boundaries” and shaking up the core (of what, I don’t know)? When in reality they aren’t dismantling structures, they’re just providing a facelift to it. Neoliberal feminism has created a society in which women such as Hillary Clinton, who are unabashedly anti immigration, pro Israel and have a familial legacy of violence are given more airtime and praise than revolutionary women who remain exiled, such an Assata Shakur. The former desires to be one in the same as her male cohorts, while the other continuously critiques the structure of male supremacy. Definitely not a coincidence.

Feminism, at its very core, is a liberation ideology that intimately engages with the harmfulness of masculinity/femininity as traits coerced upon children, teens and adults, how gendered injustices come into fruition through social, academic, economical and labor institutions and how we can create a world which upheaves patriarchy as a global phenomenon. The fact that equality (more clearly understood as assimilation) and a society in which women exploit men are the two only foreseeable options to you is troubling, to say the least and sounds like an iteration of patriarchy itself (either you join or you’re against us).

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An eighth generation Eastern Kentuckian, ASHLEY JUDD [Natalie Prior] first proved her acting abilities in her debut feature film role as Ruby Lee Gissing in Victor Nunez’s internationally acclaimed Ruby In Paradise. Having won major acting awards worldwide, Judd has demonstrated her range in a variety of genres and is a proven box office draw.

Most recently, Judd appeared in Dolphin Tale 2, the sequel to 2011’s hit family film Dolphin Tale. Judd reprised her role as Lorriane Nelson alongside Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., and Kris Kristofferson. This year Judd also starred in Big Stone Gap, directed by Adriana Trigiani with Jane Krakowski, Patrick Wilson, Jenna Elfman and Whoopi Goldberg.

Most recently, Judd appeared in Dolphin Tale 2, the sequel to 2011’s hit family film Dolphin Tale. Judd reprised her role as Lorriane Nelson alongside Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., and Kris Kristofferson. This year Judd also starred in Big Stone Gap, directed by Adriana Trigiani with Jane Krakowski, Patrick Wilson, Jenna Elfman and Whoopi Goldberg.

Most recently, Judd appeared in Dolphin Tale 2, the sequel to 2011’s hit family film Dolphin Tale. Judd reprised her role as Lorriane Nelson alongside Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., and Kris Kristofferson. This year Judd also starred in Big Stone Gap, directed by Adriana Trigiani with Jane Krakowski, Patrick Wilson, Jenna Elfman and Whoopi Goldberg.

In 2011, Judd co-starred with Patrick Dempsey and Tim Blake Nelson in the independent film Flypaper written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and directed by Rob Minkoff. Judd portrayed a bank teller caught in the middle of two simultaneous robberies, while Dempsey attempted to save her from danger.

In January 2010, Judd co-starred with Dwayne Johnson in the 20th Century Fox comedy and fantasy film Tooth Fairy as the wife of a hard-hitting minor-league hockey player who is sentenced to one week’s tooth fairy duty after telling his daughter tooth fairies aren’t real.

In 2009, Judd starred in the independent film Helen, written and directed by Sandra Nettlebeck. This dramatic story revolved around a music professor named Helen (Judd) who suffered from a deep, debilitating depression and the only one who could relate to her pain was a young female student. Helen premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was released in theatres on July 30, 2010.

Judd starred in the feature film Come Early Morning in 2006, written and directed by actress Joey Lauren Adams; and in the Lionsgate film BUG, as a lonely, paranoid, and traumatized recluse. BUG was written by Tracy Letts, and based on his play of the same name and directed by William Friedkin. The film won the International Press Award in Cannes in 2006 and Judd’s performance generated a considerable amount of critical acclaim. The film was embraced by critics and audiences at the Sundance Film Festival as well, which was Judd’s first time at the Festival since her debut in Ruby In Paradise.

On the small screen, Judd appeared as the focus of the National Geographic documentary featuring her travels to India in early 2007 on behalf of her ongoing commitment as Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS. The documentary aired on December 1st, World AIDS Day. In 2006, a similar documentary aired on The Learning Channel that featured Judd’s travels to Central America with her friend, colleague, actor, feminist, and human rights activist Salma Hayek.

In 2004, Judd delivered a heartfelt, emotional performance as socialite Linda Lee Porter in the MGM Studios, Cole Porter bio-pic, De Lovely, for which she earned a Golden Globe® nomination. The film chronicled their marriage, which inspired such famous Cole Porter tunes as “Anything Goes.” De Lovely premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

In early 2004, Judd starred in Twisted for director Philip Kauffman; as well as starred on Broadway for six months in the leading role of Maggie in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was produced by Bill Kenwright and directed by Anthony Page and was a success by all standards.

Judd had a very successful and diverse 2002. She had a small, but significant appearance as Tina Modotti in the Julie Taymor directed bio-pic of Frida Kahlo. In addition, Judd had a strong supporting role in The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood starring amongst an impressive cast including Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith, and James Garner. The film was directed by Callie Khouri and was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Rebecca Wells.

She also starred in 20th Century Fox’s High Crimes which re-teamed her with Kiss The Girls co-star, Morgan Freeman. The film was written by Joseph Finder and directed by Carl Franklin. Also for 20th Century Fox, Judd starred with Greg Kinnear and Hugh Jackman in Someone Like You for director Tony Goldwyn. With a turn to the romantic comedy genre, Judd portrayed a producer of a popular day time talk show who had a romance with the show’s executive producer.

Judd’s other film credits include Where The Heart Is, opposite Natalie Portman; Bruce Beresford’s box-office success Double Jeopardy, opposite Tommy Lee Jones for Paramount; as well as Eye Of The Beholder with Ewan McGregor. Judd also starred in Walt Disney Pictures’ 1998 drama Simon Birch, based on the John Irving novel, A Prayer for Owen Meaney.

In 1997, Judd starred opposite Morgan Freeman in Paramount Pictures’ box-office hit Kiss The Girls; as well as MGM’s The Locusts, in which she co-starred opposite Vince Vaughn and Kate Capshaw. Judd was also seen in Michael Mann’s Heat, for which she won critical acclaim opposite Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer. In the summer of 1996, she appeared in Joel Schumacher’s A Time To Kill, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock, and Matthew McConaughey. In late 1996, she was seen starring opposite Luke Perry in John McNaughton’s black comedy Normal Life. Also in 1996, Judd received an Emmy® nomination and a Golden Globe® nomination for her portrayal of Norma Jean Dougherty in HBO’s Norma Jean & Marilyn.

Judd made her debut theatre performance in the Naked Angels’ production of Busted, directed by Timothy Hutton. She then went on to star as Madge on Broadway in William Inge’s Pulitzer-prize winning play, Picnic at the Roundabout Theatre Company; while simultaneously filming an unforgettable supporting role in the Miramax Film Smoke, portraying the daughter of Harvey Keitel and Stockard Channing.

She is also on the board of directors for PSI (Population Services International). Judd joined PSI as board member in 2004 after serving as Global Ambassador for PSI’s HIV education and prevention program, YouthAIDS since 2002. Judd has visited PSI programs in Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar, Kenya, South Africa, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, India, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In her work, she witnesses the lives of the exploited and poor to help educate the world about the reality of global poverty and bring solutions to the devastating effects of social injustice and gender inequality.

Judd was the subject of three award-winning documentaries aired in more than 150 countries worldwide on VH1, The Discovery Channel, and The National Geographic Channel. In her role as PSI board member, she has graced the covers of countless magazines and been the subject of newspaper and television interviews bringing vital awareness to issues closest to her heart, gender inequality and poverty alleviation. Judd has visited legislators on Capitol Hill, addressed the General Assembly of the UN on the scourge human trafficking, spoke at the National Press Club, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the protection of vulnerable women from violence, sexual abuse and HIV, and, most recently, served as an expert panelist at Clinton Global Initiative to discuss the issue of safe water and the empowerment of girls in the developing world. PSI is a DC based nonprofit organization operating in more than 65 countries. With programs in malaria, reproductive health, child survival and HIV, PSI promotes products, services and healthy behavior that enable low-income and vulnerable people to lead healthier lives.

She is also a spokesperson for the organizations Defenders for Wildlife and The Sierra Club, providing her time and voice to advocate against practices of aerial wolf hunting (Defenders for Wildlife), and mountaintop removal coal mining (The Sierra Club).

A Phi Beta Kappa nominee and Honors Program student of the University of Kentucky with a major in French and four minors, Judd studied the Meisner technique in acting when she first went to Hollywood. In May 2010, Judd received her Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Judd resides in Tennessee with her beloved pets and enjoys a quiet, rural life.

Join us in fighting for women’s rights. There’s still much to do.

By Annie Lennox  

So you think there’s no need in 2015 for feminism or to campaign for equal rights for women? Then please take a moment to consider the following facts:

• Women account for two-thirds of all working hours and produce half the world’s food, but earn only 10% of global income and own 1% of property.

• Though women make up half the global population, they represent 70% of the world’s poor.

• Women and girls aged 15–44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than they are war, cancer, malaria and traffic accidents.

• At least one in three women around the world have been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in their lifetime.

• Between 1.5 million and 3 million girls and women die each year because of gender-based violence.

• Between 700,000 and 4 million girls and women are sold into prostitution each year.

• 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries, with women dying of pregnancy-related causes at the rate of one a minute.

• Women account for nearly two-thirds of the world’s 780 million people who cannot read.

• 41 million girls worldwide are still denied a primary education.

• Globally, only one in five parliamentarians are women.

This appalling list of gender inequity and injustice could go on, but by now you might have read enough to be convinced that there are several compelling reasons to acknowledge and support the empowerment of women and girls.


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Imagine a world where every female can actually realise her right to live free from violence, to go to school, to participate in decisions and to earn equal pay for equal work. For me, these are the essential goals of feminism; and ultimately the reason why men and boys must come on board to achieve this vision with us.

From a personal perspective, I am keenly aware of the benefits I’ve received from the generations of women before me. We have all inherited the freedom, privileges and rights our great-grandmothers could only have dreamed of and I am indebted to the sacrifice and dedication of the suffragette movement, whose tireless work ensured that future generations of women could vote and have better lives and opportunities.

Over the past few years there has been a definite shift in awareness concerning the infinite challenges still facing women at every level. In the UK, until recently, women’s magazines generally wouldn’t touch feminism, as it was deemed to be passé and uncomfortable, almost needing to be whispered apologetically and avoided.

Just a couple of months ago across British news stands, the f-word took pride of place in the bold headlines of four glossy magazine covers. A minor victory perhaps, but a definite indication of a change in attitudes.

While I feel encouraged by this rising interest in the usage of the word feminism, I also realise that talk is cheap. It can be divisive and polarising, diverting us from the real issues at hand. Action is what is required, whether it be educational, societal, political or personal. We need to become the change we want to see, by participation and action. Everyone can take responsibility and have a part to play when it comes to emancipation, empowerment and transformation.

International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March will be a day of global solidarity, with thousands of events taking place around the world to inspire and celebrate women’s achievements, including political rallies, business conferences, government activities, performances, debates, workshops and much more. The day also serves to remind us of the multitude of inequalities that still need to be addressed, giving participants and contributors a special opportunity to amplify our platform and messaging.

Marking it in London, the Women of the World festival – where I am appearing today – will offer a wide-ranging and exciting programme, from stimulating dialogue to inspirational performances. Join us and become part of the movement.

(Originally published in The Guardian).

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