queer feminism

I am so inspired and impressed by this 9-year-old!!!

Policies and ‘traditions’ (which I critiqued in my TEDx Talk) are always used as reasons to deter diversity and equality. They are just excuses that continue oppression and separation.

Schools need to remember that they exist for, and because of, children. Children should come first. Their wishes should come first. Their being comfortable in their clothing should come first.

Uniform policies can either oppress and exclude or they can liberate and include. Why would any school choose the former?

I hope Lucille’s school takes her petition seriously!

We all have the ability to make positive change by simply speaking out and challenging inequalities and various status quos.

Well done Lucille! You’re amazing!!!

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T'Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s

T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness exposes the triply oppressed (black, female, queer) pioneers of blues through interviews with cultural historians, vintage photos, footage, and recordings, all narrated by Jewelle Gomez. With lavish costumes and sexually suggestive lyrics, bisexual and lesbian singers such as Ma Rainey (got arrested for indecency at an all-girl party—while married to a man) and Gladys Bentley (a “bulldagger” in full tuxedo) were regularly shunned by the church and society for their rough and tumble ways. Like Frameline Voices? Donate here: bit.ly/FramelineDonate

Robert Philipson 2011 29 min. USA

Founded in 1977, Frameline is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the funding, exhibition, distribution and promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media arts. Frameline Voices is a new digital initiative that showcases diverse LGBT stories and expands access to films by and about people of color, transgender people, youth, and elders.

There is a man with pamphlets talking about a God.
I ask him if God loves his Children.
He gives me a confident “Yes”
I ask him if God loves homosexuals.
He tells me “No”.
I ask him if homosexuals are God’s Children.
He said nothing.
I do not believe he has heard the Question.
—  BNV14 Finals - Atlanta “Public Trans”
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SHOCK! 14 Year Old Star of 'Girl Meets World' Comes Out as 'Queer,' Character Encouraged to Explore Sexuality
Fourteen-year-old actress Rowan Blanchard, who just last August wrote about her "personal feminism" and has tweets supporting Bernie Sanders all over her timeline, came out as "queer" on Twitter the other day. Blanchard plays Riley Matthews, the star of the Disney Channel's Girl Meets World, a spin-off of ABC's Boy Meets World. But while main characters Corey and Topanga famously waited to have sex until their wedding night on Boy Meets World, today's fans want their young daughter to "explore her sexuality" in Girl Meets World.

So proud of Rowan Blanchard, I have a feeling that she will become a super important role model for this generation. 

However, the last two paragraphs of this article are hella homophobic. It literally says. “It isn’t enough that television and our culture have pushed to normalize being gay - gay marriage, gay adoption, gay everything - while less than 4 percent of the population is gay. Now they want to push it on our children. Literally. They want to encourage and celebrate kids coming out as LGBT. Being a kid and a teen is hard enough without all the pressures to “identify.” Kids already are sexualized too early and, instead of resolving that problem, we’re adding homosexualization in the name of inclusivity?”

There are kids at this age, kids that watch and worship disney channel actors/characters, kids that NEED to know that it’s more than ok to be different. The fact that the media (not all media, just a few sites) is saying this is a “SHOCK” and calling “homosexualization” a thing is ridiculous. This isn’t homosexualization, it’s normalizing normal things that too many people struggle to accept themselves as. 

The article also refers to today’s more accepting ways (more accepting than in the past, anyway) as a “gender fluidity fad.” Stating that she’s “still young” and “has time to change her mind and reject [the fad].” They also throw some SERIOUS shade at Miley Cyrus. C’mon, really?

Our world desperately needs more young role models in the gender/sexuality fluidity areas, so props to Rowan Blanchard for doing this, hopefully influencing the millions of young people that watch/follow her.  

Friendly reminder that body hair is natural and shaming women for choosing not to shave is stupid.

FAT ASS is an all new intersectional queer/feminist zine that centers on the experiences of queer fat folks and celebrates the artistry, activism, and work of fat activists. For issue #1 of FAT ASS, we’re looking for submissions related to food and fat bodies.

We’re looking for submissions that address the following topics/themes (and more!):

§  Fat bodies and food consumption practices;

§  Queerly challenging fat-shaming and diet culture;

§  The social context(s) of fat bodies eating, producing, buying food;

§  Fat folks in food-production/consumption spaces;

§  Racialization/gendering/sizing/disabling of food (i.e.: the connection between meat consumption of misogyny; demonization of foods that are deemed “unhealthy”);

§  Fat perspectives on food for healing, self-care, spiritual practice, and/or holistic well-being; (NOTE: we do not condone the empty promises of diet culture so please do not send us diet regimens, “weight loss stories,” before/after pics or other fat-shaming bullshit!);

§  Queer/feminist/fat community-building through sharing/producing food;

§  Representations of fat bodies and food in the media;

§  Fat trans and gender non-conforming perspectives on food and eating;

§  Impact of fat and food stigma on queer folks’ livelihood;

§  Have an idea that’s not listed above? Send it anyway!

It is a myth that you must be a “good writer” or “good artist” to submit to a zine. We welcome many kinds of writing and artwork: essays, poetry, short stories, photography, doodles, rants, drawings, cartoons/comics, collage…and more!

Send your submissions to FATASSZINE@gmail.com before February 29th, 2016. For written submissions, please use Microsoft Word and submit your writing in .doc or .docx format. (Please try to limit submissions to 2500 words. We are flexible. Let us know if you need a little extra space.) For artwork, please attach high resolution .jpg images to your email. Please include a title for your artwork and any information you think would be pertinent for readers to know about your piece (i.e.: medium, location, tools used). Contributors have the option of sharing a short bio or publishing their work anonymously. 

Feminism is Queer is an introduction to the intimately related disciplines of gender and queer theory. Whilst guiding the reader through complex theory, the author develops the original position of queer feminism, which presents queer theory as continuous with feminist theory. Whilst there have been significant conceptual tensions between second wave feminism and traditional lesbian and gay studies, queer theory offers a paradigm for understanding gender, sex and sexuality that avoids the conflict in order to develop solidarity among those interested in feminist theory and those interested in lesbian and gay rights.

An essential guide to anyone with an interest in gender or sexuality, this accessible and comprehensive textbook carefully explains nuanced theoretical terminology and provides extensive suggested further reading to provide the reader with full and thorough understanding of both disciplines.

[Free pdf download]

TW for homophobia 

#ThisIsLuv: How My Dad Became a Queer Black Feminist

ALEXIS PAULINE GUMBS ON BEING EMBRACED, NOT TOLERATED, BY A FATHER WHO HAS BECOME HER BIGGEST CHAMPION

“My father has spent the whole day with us as we listened to scholars and artists speak to the necessity of Black lesbian poetics, begged Marci Blackmon to read her erotic literary scenes, swooned at Cheryl’s butch audacity and decades of gorgeousness, ate together, laughed together and celebrated what it means to have a brave bold Black feminist lesbian and self-identified Queer Black Troublemaker like Cheryl Clarke in our lives. At around noon, Cheryl said "Surely your father isn’t still here.” And he said “Of course! I’m a queer Black feminist too.”

So as usual, my father is driving.  But as a straight 60-year-old Black man of West Indian heritage I know that he never knew he would end up here.

In a time where parents abuse and throw their children into the streets and refuse to accept their LBGTQ identities, we have to increase tolerance.  It is a safety issue for the legions of young people who face violence at home and violence in the streets because of the wide-spread ignorance and fear of difference that is part of mainstream American culture. Because they have less access to privilege in a racist society, Black youth and especially Black immigrant and trans youth face horrifying consequences from this national culture.

But my father has taught me that we can envision more than just tolerance. We can witness transformation in our lifetimes. My father’s response to my journey has taught me that we need to invite an active response to our Black LGBTQ love for ourselves and each other and not a passive one.

Usually we hope and pray that the straight parents of LGBTQ children will NOT do terrible things. We hope they will NOT tell them they are going to hell.  NOT kick them out of the home. NOT force them to pretend to be straight and gender-normative. NOT physically, emotionally or verbally abuse them.  NOT withdraw support for their educations. NOT mis-gender them or force them to answer to names that don’t resonate with who they are.  NOT disrespect the families they create. Basically our hope is that parents do NOT negate the lives of their LGBTQ children.

#ThisIsLuv moves from what it looks like to NOT negate, to celebrating models of what we actively want to generate. And my father’s continued actions over this past decade are a model that I am blessed to be witnessing.“

Read the full piece here.

#ThisIsLuv

Radfems, you’re not just missing out on great sex. You’re confused about what it means to be a lesbian, or a woman. I don’t care what your physical preferences are or what gender identity you prefer. I do care that you confuse those two things, and thereby insult trans women. I care that you don’t bother to interrogate the origins of your phallus-based distaste for trans women, and think about whether it’s actually a dislike of the organ that’s happening here or whether transphobia and a refusal to view trans women as women is involved. I care that you assume describing yourself as a lesbian tells others that you prefer what you call a pussy, as if everyone has the same definition of lesbian, woman, or pussy.