queer authors: make all your characters queer. every single one of them. leave no room for alternate cishet interpretations. make straight people uncomfortable. let them cry about how unrealistic it is that no one is cishet. bottle their tears and pour them over your morning pancakes. savor the taste of their discomfort.
When you’re a trans woman you are made to walk this very fine line, where if you act feminine you are accused of being a parody and if you act masculine, it is seen as a sign of your true male identity. And if you act sweet and demure, you’re accused of reinforcing patriarchal ideas of female passivity, but if you stand up for your own rights and make your voice heard, then you are dismissed as wielding male privilege and entitlement. We trans women are made to teeter on this tightrope, not because we are transsexuals, but because we are women. This is the same double bind that forces teenage girls to negotiate their way between virgin and whore, that forces female politicians and business women to be agressive without being seen as a bitch, and to be feminine enough not to emasculate their alpha male colleagues, without being so girly as to undermine their own authority.
Julia Serano, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, p 28-9
Black Queer Identity Matrix: Towards An Integrated Queer of Color Framework
“This volume launches the first sustained discussion of the need for a queer of color conceptual framework around Black, lesbian female identity. Specifically, this volume addresses the necessity for a more integrated framework within queer studies, in which the variables of race/ethnicity are taken into consideration.
This book is unique in that it highlights a triple-jeopardy minority group that has been historically marginalized and concludes with the proposal of a much-needed framework for researchers to begin to create a baseline of knowledge/research under the umbrella of the Black Queer Identity Matrix.”
Dr. Sheena C. Howard (PhD, Howard University, Intercultural/ Rhetorical Communication) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Dr. Howard is the editor (with Ron L. Jackson) of Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation (2013). Her most recent article, «Intercultural (Mis)Communication: Why Would You ‘Out’ Me in Class?», published in the Journal of Sexuality and Culture, won Top Competitive Paper under the Voices of Diversity Unit at the Eastern Communication Association Conference in 2012.
So I’m a 16 year old queer author. I identify as non-binary and queer, and many of my characters are queer and defy the boundaries of binary genders. My first book, The Seth Alexander Files is a Young Adult take on the traditional Spy genre that not only deals with sexuality, but family tensions and the kind of nasty that the internet brings out in ex boyfriends.
I really can assure you it's way more than mediocre. If you want to read the prologue of it before you buy it, just go to the link on my sidebar titled My Book and it’ll lead you right to it!
I’m also going to do a giveaway, so three people will get a free copy that is also signed with a letter from me to frame and/or collect DNA from so you can make your own little Sara to keep in a jar and tell you that you’re cute on a daily basis.
You have until the end of July to reblog!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me an ask!
“Black science fiction trailblazer Samuel Delaney, 63, remembers teaching Butler as a 23-year-old student at the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop. She was, he says, incredibly shy, a student who spoke only when she had something to say, but someone who obviously had great talent.
It was years later, however, after she had published "Kindred,” that he saw what she had become. “It was wonderful to see how she had bloomed and gained so much self-confidence and become a really extraordinary public speaker,” Delaney says. She also was a pathblazer in a genre where once you could count the black writers on one hand.“
I think it’s crucial for all art, but especially art created for young people, to reflect the world around us. Not a whitewashed or straightwashed or ciswashed version of that world. It’s vital that queer kids and teenagers see people like themselves in the books they read, the movies they watch, and the games they play ― and it’s equally vital that non-queer kids and teenagers see those characters too. That’s one of the most important ways we can show the next generation that queer people make up part of the landscape just like straight and cisgender people do. This way, we can move toward a world where “normal” means something bigger than it used to.
As feminists, our goal should not be to “move beyond gender” or to bring on the “end of gender”, as if such a thing were actually possible. Instead we should envision ourselves as working to bring an end to all double standards based on sex, gender, and sexuality, as well as any other double standard that is unjustly used to demonize, delegitimize, and dehumanize other human beings.
Julia Serano, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, p137.
[My] thesis looked at lesbian and gay historical fictions from the late 19th century and onward. It really looked at the way in which people appealed to the past, either to defend homosexuality, like with Victorian men appealing to the idea of Greek love, for example, or women appealing to the idea of Sappho. Or conversely, people often invoking the past as a way to criticize homosexuality, saying, “Well, look at the fall of the Roman empire.” I was very interested in the way that the past was just continually reinvented as new ideas of homosexuality came along. It left me interested in not just the gay past, but how we write about the gay past and how we claim it or deny it. That led straight into my novels.
At this point if you need context for this, read up in our VOYA tag.
Remember when I said it was a lit-ass garbage fire the other day? Well today was like this:.
Honestly, I am so tired. So so tired. I am sad and tired and did I mention tired? All this VOYA bullshit is just so profoundly exhausting. VOYA (particular editor/owner Lisa Kurdyla) doubled-down on mean, defensive, bigoted, and utterly reprehensible rhetoric on their facebook page today.
So for today’s update, I don’t really have the energy for the usual dog and pony show with snarky comments and gif-laced analysis that you all have come to expect. Instead I’m just gonna give you screencaps so they don’t get lost in the sands of time whenever VOYA decides to purge this from their facebook.
To be clear, you might not want to read all of these unless you have a strong stomach. There is a lot of fucked up shit in here.
Here you go. Read ‘em and weep. Literally. I did.
This Angie Manfredi asking some really top notch critical questions and getting TOTALLY ignored.
is sock puppet queer terminology
is sock puppet queer terminology
is sock puppet queer terminology
Can we just take a minute to let this mind-boggling ignorance sink in?
After all this and more, VOYA seemed to set their facebook to private, and when it came back, they had deleted all of bisexual author Hannah Moskowitz’s comments.
I don’t know who Edward is but thankfully he seems to have taken the keyboard away from Lisa so things have actually quieted down in the last four hours.
A few more things for those brave souls that made it to the end now that you’re good and horrified: