sexism in trans communities

anonymous asked:

About the previous ask, thank you for the swift response. that's dreadful. Do they know that most polytheists don't even have that agenda? That some of us come from ethnic backgrounds ourselves? That our reasons would be for love of the gods, not to promote hatred. If anything, they are not true polytheists, they are terrorists just like any other terrorists there are in the world right now. Also correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think /ancient/ religions promote hatred in any way or form?

White supremacists are definitely aware that the majority of pagans and polytheists oppose their agenda. They’ve been confronted by organizations like Pagans Against Racism and Heathens United Against Racism. The reports of many pagans and polytheists recently resulted in one racist, misogynist, homophobic and transphobic Heathen group being banned from Facebook for offensive behavior. Many Big Name Pagans blog against hate on platforms such as Patheos and polytheist.com. Here at Tumblr, the Valkyrie Squad was created to combat racism, sexism, misogyny, ableism, homophobia and trans-phobia in the Heathen community. Many of us, including me, have encountered racists interested in Hellenic, Roman, Kemetic and Celtic religion here at Tumblr, and confronted them with the knowledge that their views are not held by the majority.

By and large, the prejudices of the ancient world were different than ours. But make no mistake: ancient cultures were often xenophobic and took for granted that people from other cultures could be bought and sold as slaves. That perception was based on cultural superiority, not skin color. Yet we also know that people traveled widely, and married people from distant places. Large, multicultural cities embraced a wide range of religions from many lands. While some cultures rejected gay or trans individuals, some religious cults welcomed them. Mainstream religious festivals commonly invited everyone to participate, though some ritual activities were open only to women or to men.

But there is no question that our gods love ALL humanity. They created the universe and all life. The gods encourage everyone to practice virtue, to love whom we will, to practice hospitality and welcome strangers. The gods do not restrict their calls, their attention, or their benevolence to people of any one race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual preference, gender identity and expression, ability, mental and physical health, age, financial means, level of education, or political perspective.

The majority of modern pagans and polytheists don’t seek to replicate the cultures of of antiquity. Few people fetishize ancient cultures to the extent that they reject modern medicine, or refuse modern hygiene and sanitation. In the same way, most modern pagans and polytheists reject xenophobia, racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism, and support humanity’s historic trend towards more freedoms for more people, and peace between nations.

Racists come up with all sorts of delusional rhetoric to support their views, and to disparage those who oppose hate. For instance, they accuse anti-racist pagans and polytheists of being “contaminated” by Judeo-Christian teachings on sin and morality. White nationalists justify their beliefs about racial purity with pseudo-science, and subscribe to “alternative facts” about history. They reject any suggestion that their gods call people who aren’t white to worship them, and say such people are “delusional.” They certainly don’t study the Delphic Maxims, the Laws of Ma'at, or the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius - and if they did, they would only disparage these great moral and ethical teachings as “slave morality”. You’re right, Anon - they are like any other terrorists in the world right now, seeking to spread their hateful views through intimidation and violence.

Today, we are challenged by prejudice from mainstream religions, assaults by atheists, and attempts by white supremacists to appropriate our gods to promote their hate-filled messages. Our response must be to maintain our focus on our gods and our community. There is no reason for any one person to shoulder the responsibility to resist hate all alone. Let us respect and assist other pagans and polytheists of good will, because we are allies in this conflict. Let us remember to take care of our physical and spiritual selves, so we have strength for the long haul. And let us worship and share our love for our gods, because they’ve been through worse than this, and persisted through the centuries. The gods are our source of strength and solace in difficult times and situations, and they take pride in the diverse communities we create and maintain.

May our conduct always find favor with our gods, and may our communities be blessed!

These bathroom laws need to stop. Dear republicans, please stop using the fear of women being assaulted as the reason to keep transgender men and women from bathrooms. We know you don’t really care if women get assaulted, you’ve all proven that much with your disgusting misogynistic comments. You just don’t want to admit that you fear what you don’t understand. You just don’t want to admit that it’s fine for you to assault women so you hide behind your excuses of saying that transgender men and women shouldn’t be allowed to use the bathroom for the security of women. You don’t care about women. Stop.

I’m glad that I don’t have to hand hold my guy into having an analytical mindset towards systems of oppression
That he can be critical of the church and critical of the sexism and trans and homophobia within the black community and the church
And I don’t have to pull and fight with him on the topics
I enjoy that we can have deep discussions and teach each other and grow together as we unpack the harmful problematic things that have been ingrained in us
It’s refreshing

These spaces, even though they’re supposed to be welcoming, safe spaces, they still are infected by the ills that all other spaces are - racism and misogyny and elitism and classism, academia jargon and all of this stuff. These spaces aren’t immune. If you come into these spaces knowing that and your job is to come in and make it a better space.
—  janetmock on finding community as a trans person, especially when not all LGBTQ spaces are inclusive to trans people. Listen at wearecitizenradio.com or on tumblr here.
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We need something by really by us and really for us in the media. And, we need it to thrive. I can sense that just in my small corner of the internet. All my black girl friends see it too.

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anonymous asked:

I love how you talk about feminism, homophobia and antiblackness all day but not once have I seen you talk about trans issues. We don't need your half assed non-inclusive activism honey

Ok but have you ever considered that I have NO business schooling people about transgender issues because I AM NOT TRANS? I’m still sliding into my friends’ inboxes asking them to clearify trans issues for me all the time, it’s absolutely not my place to be a spokesperson for trans people so I intentionally avoid speaking about it unless I’m correcting someone’s pronouns, sharing a post that a trans person wrote or asking questions.

It’s the same reason that you won’t catch me claiming to speak for any other race but blacks and native americans- there’s no way that I’m going to participate in the silencing of entire groups of people by having people not listen to trans people but go to me as a cis person to ask me speak for them. I am absolutely an ally 100% and I’m still learning but how about instead of finding the nearest cis person that you find to be “more credible” than a trans person, you get the fuck out of my DMs and turn to the trans community to amplify your own voices?
This reminds me of how black men are the first to throw black women under the bus for our hair, ‘attitudes’ and sexuality but are the first to cry 'WHAT ABOUT US?’ when we uplift eachother. Everyone wants black women to do all of the work for them as if antiblackness and sexism aren’t present in the trans community too.