I’m tired of talking about feminism to men.
Solidarity is an act, a series of acts, a lifetime of choices and self-education, a deeply felt human compassion, NOT a button on your goddamn denim vest. Or, even really a matter of identity, when it comes right down to it.
i dont get offended at white people jokes even though im white because:
- i can recognize white people as a whole have systemically oppressed POC in america, which is where i live
- most people when they make white people jokes only mean the shitty white people and i am not a shitty white person
- im not a pissbaby
my white friends that have reblogged this give me life
4. Sometimes I am a shitty white person and the jokes remind me to FUCKIN STOP
Just remember that you don’t get to decide 2. The POC in your life get to decide 2.
Trans women get a lot of hate in the world. We get from friends and family members and the queer community and trans men and radfems and and medical providers and conservative groups and random people on the street. We get so much hate from all different directions, varying in degrees of intensity at different moments in our lives. For many of us, at certain points in our transition it feel like we are swimming in a thick hate soup.
Swimming around in hate soup means swallowing a lot of it. We take it into ourselves and it amplifies (or, arguably, creates) all of the hate we feel for ourselves. We hate the way we look, the way our voices sound, our height, our awkwardness, the sharp angles of our hips, the broadness of our shoulders, and all the things that may or may not have been part of our childhoods that reinforce the cisnormative narrative that we aren’t who we are. We hate ourselves thoroughly.
This hate often translates into hating other trans women. We hate them for being prettier or shorter or smarter or friendlier than us. We hate them for being uglier or taller or dumber or more awkward than us. We hate them for being too different from us. We hate them for being too much like us. We hate them for every possible reason. We do this while consciously knowing that we should love them and wanting to ferociously.
And that’s all because we’re swimming in hate soup. This is how I try to understand when I see trans women lashing out at other trans women, especially for specious reasons (and how I try to talk myself out of doing the same when I have those feelings). We’re swimming in hate soup and sometimes it is difficult to keep our heads above water. And it seems like the only way to do so is to swallow some and spit it back out.
I wish there was a way for us to value other trans women without having to get into some kind of separatist fantasy, or having to do so only by hating other trans women. Because I really think that if we were able to extend more love to trans women, it would be like a life preserver in the hate soup and we could all keep our heads above water.
Anyways, this is a dumb metaphor, but hate soup. That’s the problem.
So this is a thing that happened…
Christian Day, a pagan writer and store owner, sent me this love letter after outing my account name on Facebook. Like many people who have an alias on facebook, I have a rather good reason for doing so. (I have a Meatspace stalker, who use to mail me bits of dead things, and threaten my children, because he wanted me to bear only HIS children. It was a living nightmare that I lived for over six months.) Alas… I was not very happy with Mr. Day for this, and told him so.
This screenshot shows his response.
You are not misreading that. He actually said “…if he rapes you, please call out my name while he does.”
Facebook has been less than helpful during all this… As a matter of fact, they have sided with HIM, yanking my post with this screenshot on it, and putting my account on a 24 hour hold for “Harassment.” of Mr. Day.
I have… No real game plan at this point, other than not allowing this to go unseen by the many Pagans on the web. I have had such an outpouring of support from my friends and the general pagan community on facebook that it honestly made me cry. On another note, I have had to un-relax, knowing my stalker is still out there and can find me now. But, I will not back down. This shit IS NOT OK for our so called “Pagan Leaders” to do.
Rock on my Beauties… Pass this along if you wish, repost it everywhere, and let us not allow this “Man” to have a moment peace until he answers for what he has done.
Native Filmmakers Shoot Dystopian Drama on Pine Ridge Reservation
It’s 2085 on Pine Ridge. The reservation has been quarantined and borders guarded by the military for 30 years. Sparked by the ramifications of the Keystone XL pipeline, the war between the government and the insurgency lasted for eight years and resulted in the dystopian setting that provides the background for "The People," the inaugural project from Indigene Studios.
Based out of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Indigene Studios was co-founded in April 2014 by Willi White, Oglala Lakota, and Angel White Eyes, Oglala Lakota and Ojibwa.
“This is our way of giving back to our communities but also expressing ourselves,” White said. “Non-Natives always come here and sell the same narrative to the mainstream media. We want to change that narrative and give a voice to the stories that are already here.”