On Monday evening, rapper Lil B made a social media faux pas when he sent out the above transphobic tweet to his 1.15 million followers. Users were quick to call him on it, but instead of doubling down, he listened. Under an hour later, he sent a crucial, if imperfect apology.
Them:I just wish most of the modern movement would get back to the core of feminism, and I'm very upset with radical feminists it's like almost everyone thinks THEIR experience is the only one that matters. All feminists need to work on being more inclusive to Trans women and stop ignoring the needs of disabled and neurodivergent people. The way we as a movement are excluding people we think we're above is the opposite of true feminism. I wish more of us would believe that sex workers and strippers and everyone need our help not our disgust. Sometimes I'm ashamed to be in the movement but as a whole, I just want to be the change I want to see in feminism.
Me:okay, I can do that thing later, in the meantime- do you wanna get married or something (or whatever lol)
Even D&E have debuted for so long, Donghae was still uneasy in front of the camera and being very quiet. Eunhyuk who was sitting next to him, on the other hand, didn’t stop talking, and from time to time would whisper to Donghae and lead him to answer some questions. Sometimes, Donghae would add his own opinion to Eunhyuk’s answers. The atmosphere between the two and the way they are to each other are enough for us to envy.
Eunhyuk: “We are together everyday, from debut, we moved to our dorm together, and we spent all our life together and we work together, we are just like family, we really know each other too well (laugh). In fact, is only in front of the camera that Donghae would become so quiet, behind the camera, Donghae really loves to joke, and makes all the people around him very happy.” Eunhyuk said he was used to talking more in front of the camera to cover the blank spots of Donghae. And Donghae would feel very relaxed with Eunhyuk taking care of him this way. As they know each other so well, knowing each other’s good and bad points, strong and weak points, these two brothers know their way of understanding each other, taking care of eeach other, and with this, their friendship can go a long way.
The story of how D&E began started 15 years ago. Donghae joined SM as a trainee. He couldn’t get used to Seoul when he first arrived, and there was no friends who he could rely on. He was on his own. But he stuck on to his dream and worked hard towards achieving his goal. Then, in the company canteen, he met Eunhyuk, at that time, neither of them knew they would be assigned to the same group, they only knew there were both new comers. With Eunhyuk being witty and happy character, it made Donghae relax so much, and the two started become good friends, and since then it already 15 years!
Eunhyuk: “After so many years, we are still exactly the same like we first met, we are still so naughty, still so pure, still nothing changed! The feeling is wonderful!” After Eunhyuk finished, they looked at each other and smiled, from the eyes they exchanged a secret which only the two would know.
This year, they are both entering the 30’s, this is another stage in their life. No more a childish youngster, but increased their feel of maturity. While starting the D&E, they both have different thinking and destination. Eunhyuk: “For the past 10 years, we have grown up a lot in every aspect. Before, when we did recordings and practicing, we cared very much the final results and how it came out. We often felt so worried and uneasy, but as time went by, now I think I have become more mature. We thank you all our fans for their love and encouragement. Now, compare to "results”. I appreciate more the “process”, and hope to enjoy the whole process to the most.“
This time when making [The Beat Goes On], Eunhyuk participated a lot from beginning to end, added a lot of his own ideas, and fully enjoyed the whole process of making the album. Asked about D&E future destination, Donghae actively answered: "Actually, there are still a lot of possibilities in the future, we will try our best to enjoy every moment of it, and hope that every concert or every new album, we can bring the audience a new refreshing feeling, let them see our different images, and we want to repay our fans’ support with these, these are our destination."
After the interview was over, Donghae sighed with relief, Eunhyuk padded Donghae’s shoulder with a smile, and Donghae also returned a smile to Eunhyuk, and ready to leave. Although neither of them spoke, but from the tiny action, we could see their intimate relationship, how they support each other, neither of them can live without the other, and continue hand in hand to grow in their paths of life!
'I am Alena': life as a trans woman where survival means living as Christopher
At 8pm on Sunday, Alena Bradford will settle down like millions of other Americans in front of her TV set for the start of I Am Cait, the reality show following the gender transition of Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner. The eight-part series on the E! channel will tell a story, as Jenner puts it, “about getting to be who you really are”.
It promises to be a gripping viewing experience, given the controversial and deeply personal nature of its subject matter. But there will be few people across the country who will be watching quite as intensely as Alena.
If Jenner has become today’s figurehead for an elite gender transition, in her case from sporting male hero to female pin-up on the cover of Vanity Fair, Alena represents those who have been left behind. To her family and associates in her south Georgia town she is Christopher, an African American man with a round face, pronounced cheekbones and short black hair.
I have been laughed at, misgendered, and called so many slurs at this point that everything just feels numb, and I can no longer feel any joy from being called the right name or pronouns. I don’t even feel bad being called my dead name. I just don’t feel. I’m fifteen and already feel broken and hollow and lifeless. so thanks a lot. maybe next time the kid you torture like this won’t be as weak as me. (and yes subtle things hurt too, maybe worse bc then you’re told not to be mad)