our society

remember what the aim of these attacks is: to spread fear and hate. remember that they want us to be scared, to marginalise minority groups in our society so that they feel so alienated they resort to extreme solutions. they want our society to be disrupted and shaken and they want to divide us. hatred and fear is their message. we cannot let them succeed

huffingtonpost.com
Women Scientists on the Front Line of the Fight for Science
By Karen Bonuck, Ph.D.

“What do we want? Data! When do we want it? Forever!” “When I say peer, you say review! Peer! Review! Peer! Review!“ Those chants went up at the Women’s March in January. They’re likely to be heard again at the March for Science that will take place on Saturday.

But the chants were likely inspired by an open letter written in mid-November by four women scientists and published in Scientific American.

One of its authors cast the core sentiment of the letter as follows: Sexism, inequality, discrimination and anti-intellectualism threaten the progress being made in our society, and ultimately science itself is under attack.

anonymous asked:

Ok, I saw your post about trans women and trans men. Could you explain? Because I don't see how they aren't just that? Cause, with my logic here, if you are a women who went under surgery to become a man, and like women. Then you are a straight guy, and vice versa with the other side being men who went under surgery to become a women that likes men, a straight girl. Because that's what you literally are now. I should mention I don't believe the whole "gender spectrum" thing, or sexuality thing.

My post was addressing people who think that trans men who are attracted to other men, and trans women who are attracted to other women, are simply “faking” being transgender or that they’re not really transgender because of who they’re attracted to.

I think a lot of people think this way because of how hetero-normative our society is. These people are fully supportive of cis men who are attracted to cis men, and cis women who are attracted to cis women - but they somehow are not supportive of trans men who are attracted to other men and trans women who are attracted to other women. 

I think that these people are totally supportive of transgender individuals, but the second those transgender individuals show interest in the same sex, they immediately think “well that’s not really same sex” because they see the transgender person as the gender they were assigned at birth - which would then make the relationship heterosexual in their eyes.

It’s weird - it’s as if there’s a switch that flicks whenever a transgender person shows attraction to the gender they identify as. A lot of people then invalidate their transgender experiences and do not think of them as “real” men or “real” women - because of their sexuality and because of hetero-normativity. 

Many people often assume transgender people’s sexualities, thinking that trans men are only attracted to women and trans women are only attracted to men. 

Which is completely dumb because no one chooses their sexuality. No one (well, at least not ignorant fucks) thinks that people wake up one day and think “Welp, I think I wanna be gay for the rest of my life”. No one does just chooses their sexuality like that, including transgender people. Sure, sexuality may change over time, but assuming someone’s sexuality because of their gender is just really annoying and even though sometimes you will be right, a lot of the time you will be wrong.

I’ll give you an example that you might be able to sympathise with: I am a trans man. I was born female but I’ve presented myself as masculine my whole entire life. I’ve never seen myself as female and I never will. I’ve also had crushes on guys and girls my whole life. And that’s not something I just decided to do.  But, because I am open about being transgender within my family, most people assume I want a girlfriend or I’m going to marry a girl. Even my gay cousin keeps asking when I’m going to “find a nice girl”. But when I was younger, it was always “oh is that your boyfriend” when I would come home with a male friend. People immediately switched their mindset’s about my sexuality and assumed it changed because of my gender identity (spoiler: it hasn’t changed).

To summarise: do not purposely misgender someone because of the gender of the person they are in a relationship with. love is love, people can’t control who they’re attracted to. nothing gives you the right to tell someone they’re “not really trans” because they’re attracted to the same sex.

I think I rambled but I hope this helped!

Also, I get that there’s a lot of people who don’t think gender is a spectrum, but I’m interested as to what you mean’t when you said “or sexuality thing”?

- angus 

me, a lesbian: makes a post where i frustratedly tell cis men to shut up

literally the next post down on my blog: offers some context to that smaller post where i talk about my frustrations in academia and tendencies i have observed in discussion spaces where cis men forcefully dominate discussion and how that frustrates me as someone who is woman-aligned, and just generally how irritating it is to be talked over and not seen as having as valuable a voice, because these are insidious societal tendencies that are emblematic of wider social problems and it is one small manifestation of how spirit crushing it can be to exist in this world when i present femininely, and i don’t really get how people don’t already?? get this???? have you ever been around men in an academic space, even the “good” ones have been trained to see the world like this because our society elevates men and degrades women in every facet of life, it pervades EVERYTHING i do and it is so exhausting, and this isn’t even getting into race, i’m fairly lucky that i’m white, if i wasn’t i can’t imagine how much more frustrating this all would be, and in any case (because this paragraph is far too long and i dont have the energy to fully explain this in full detail right now) i’m allowed to be frustrated with a group of people that oppress me and to express frustration with the microaggression i encountered (yet again) this afternoon

some fuckin person in the notes:

Seeing kids who worship singers, actors, anyone really… I get it, really, I remember how I was as a teenager, but, if kids follow me, trust me : it’s not worth it. You will be disappointed, because nobody’s perfect, you will defend your idol even when they are wrong. It’s really not worth it.
But I know it’s hard to not worship them. I truly believe our society wants us to have perfect models. Look at the star system, the shows, the magazines etc. And it can be difficult to avoid that!
Sorry if this is poorly worded, I’m tired.

there is no escaping liberal ideology. it’s the bedrock of our society. everything is shaped according to liberalism. denouncing radicals won’t change that ur surrounded by propaganda everywhere u go and in everything u do. even getting ur morning coffee is a politicized action. better to embrace that reality than deny it, because even when someone critically thinks their way into liberal ideology they’ve got a huge helping hand from the entire world around em

also: happy women’s history month to every trans woman
you’re constantly erased from history and pushed out of women’s spaces but you belong there and you have always been important parts of history.
let’s not forget trans women this year.

K so I’m not done.

This is the year 2017 and I’m still having to yell about how ridiculous Maya extinction myths are and tell people we are ‘Maya’ not ‘Mayan’. I’m not saying shame shame if anyone reads this and didn’t know. I’m so angry concerning how slowly these issues are being picked up by educational institutions, at how often I have to bring these things up to higher education professors.

We are a massive massive group of peoples. One of the largest Indigenous groups in the Americas. Wikipedia cites 7 million or so of us total but honestly that’s way off because that’s about how many Maya folks there are in Guatemala alone.

We’re not dead. The Maya did not ‘mysteriously disappear’. We did not ‘fall’. We did not fade into obscurity. We’ve led revolts and rebellions against colonial powers for hundreds of years. We’ve had a big hand in shaping legislative definitions and protections for Indigenous Peoples in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

We haven’t lost our cultures. We’re constantly threatened and experience a lot of violence and have our resources stolen but we are still very much alive and our cultures have persisted.

And don’t even try me with the whole “Oh well we mean your CIVILIZATION disappeared, not you.” The structure of our societies and layout of our network changed and decentralized in many areas. That didn’t make us turn invisible. That didn’t make us not still be large in numbers with a relationship with our lands and lose influence in the areas we live. We still held power in large cities way after what people like to cite as “the fall of the Maya Civilization” (around 600-900 A.D. when we still had cities that we held power of until nearly 1700 when the last was “conquered” by Spain.)

Which brings me to the next issue. Being “conquered” or having a colonial government installed does not erase Indigenous societies or civilizations. That’s an extremely eurocentric way of thinking. We didn’t suddenly turn into Spaniards. We still had massive amounts of towns and villages with leaders. We still had our cultures, our trade, our networks, our influence, while Spain focused on putting up flags in our cities.

So yeah. All your history books have you all convinced that an extremely large group of people, with a greater population than more than half of the countries in Europe, all died out 1100 years ago.

Now try to imagine what kind of shit Indigenous Peoples with much less numbers and much lower access to resources go through.

Viewing politics as a spectrum with a ‘middle’ and ‘extremes’ is a really powerful and dangerous ideological concept. The prevailing ideology decides what constitutes the middle, its arbitrary, it doesn’t represent any sort of 'balance’ or any other properties outside of its material content. If your ideology occupies the 'middle’ space, it’s because the ideas constituting it are normalized in the prevailing mainstream, which speaks to the position of power it occupies, not to its inherent truth, practicality, or morality. There is no such thing as neutral, inaction and abstention are passive support of the underlying power structures of our society.

“Protect autistic ppl uwu so precious and soft and fra-”
HOLD UP. No, we’re not. We’re ordinary people who’s brains process things a bit differently. We’re not weak. Seriously. I mean, we do need more accommodations in our society, but we’re not inherently fragile and weak. It’s infuriating to see us get treated like babies under the guise of generic positivity.
My friend calls me a ‘smol, sweet baby.’ <i>And it drives me off the fucking wall.</i>
Autistic adults exist, man!
Tl;dr: stop treating autistic people like young children when they aren’t young children.

something that I have not yet seen discussed in the punching Nazis discussion

I am a woman, and I am queer. If the alt-right got the control they wanted, I would be affected.

I am also cis, straight-passing, middle-class, and, this one is majorly important, fucking white.

Most of the pearl-clutching I’ve seen over how we can’t POSSIBLY meet hate speech with violence, we can’t sink to their level, that makes us as bad as them, etc, etc - most of that is coming from white liberals.

And the thing is, fellow white people, is that this is on us.

You know who’s preaching this Neo-Nazi bullshit? White people. Do you know where this ‘philosophy’ came from, who developed it historically? White people. Do you know who fucked up basically the entire planet, spreading our racism, our homophobia, our sexism, our religious fundamentalism like a gods-damn virus everywhere we went, from North America to Africa to Japan?

White people.

We did this. We allowed it to happen. We invented it historically, we preached it historically, and even when a lot of us learned better, we allowed this shit to grow unmolested in various corners of our society. We even let it get into our governments and houses of law. 

So we don’t get to flail and wail and wring our hands. We absolutely do not get to patronisingly, hypocritically chide the various minorities who respond to the hate and oppression we created and allowed and abet with hatred and violence, as if somehow their hate and violence is unjustified. As if we didn’t start it first. As if we haven’t turned our eyes aside, again and again and again, from those in our demographics who preach and act on hatred from positions of power.

You don’t get to criticize an abuse victim for finally hitting back.

The Neo-Nazis and alt-right are our fault, and they’re our responsibility to police and get rid of, because we’re the ones who share their privilege, we’re the ones who can confront and shut them down with the highest chances of success and from the positions of most safety. These are people who demonstrably can’t be reasoned with. It’s been tried. Sure, we can change our education system to promote empathy and enlightenment, but that’s a long-term solution that won’t fix any of the issues facing us right now. 

So you - we - have a choice. We can wring our hands and do nothing, the same way Britain and the Allies did nothing when they first heard reports of what the historical Nazis were doing. We can sign petitions they’ll ignore and march in protests they deliberately miscount. Or we can not repeat our predecessors’ mistakes, and stop this shit now, before it gets any worse, before it goes where we know this kind of hate speech goes. 

And if that means punching a Nazi in the face, then every single one of us should be strapping on the boxing gloves.

yall arguing that making college education free will render the degrees useless are 1) fucking wrong and 2) fucking selfish

Like there was a time and place where elementary school educations were enough to get by in society, but soon it was realized nah you need high school for the most part in order to survive. so we mandated that all be in school until they’re at least 16 in the usa.

times move on, and the less education you have access to, the less opportunities you have access to, we recognized that with high school in the past, we need to recognize it for college today. 

Our society will literally not be sustainable if we don’t give more people access to higher education to work in jobs with specific skillsets that require college degrees. 

If yall want technological and economic advancements, you need to fucking recognize that the people need more access to education or there wont be enough people to fill our societies demands.

The price of degrees is holding us back as a society. 

Just a PSA to all Asians

Shoutout to Asians who:
- Cannot speak their parent’s native language
- Have been told they don’t “look asian”, or are “a bad asian”
- Whose achievements have been immediately invalidated “because you’re asian”
- Who come from biracial families
- That feel like they don’t fit the “standard” for their ethnicity

You guys are amazing, and 100% valid. Never forget that.