I’ve been away because I’m moving and other stuff…

Apparently my tolerance for condescension by mental health workers is really fucking high. I think it’s racism + stigma/ableism (-sexism because I don’t really work with men anymore)= “Are you listening to yourself right now?”

I was talking about how sweaty I was during my trip to Philly and she tried to explain that it was condensation. As far as I know I have never been colder than the current air temperature… I could be wrong but then I would also be dead.

I’m tempted to list a bajillion examples but I won’t. But talking to her it’s like she’s keeping a running tab of who’s winning.

It would be great if mental health workers acknowledged their clients might be smarter and lead more interesting lives than they do.

Eeesh. All these thoughts in my head about money. I was subtlety shamed by a mental health worker for not being as poor as she expected me to be. But also is one of those grey boundary mental health workers that lets you know you’re not like the others (STIGMATIZING AS FUCK).

Anyway… http://www.gradientlair.com/post/91207680398/fuck-the-potato-salad-kickstarter

isaia:

rockuzan:

His name is Liui Aquino, a filipino cosplayer. And I think, by far, he’s the greatest Hiccup cosplayer I’ve seen.

That little girl is all of us.
We are her
She is us.
We are one.

Thanks Liui Aquino! Rockin’ the Filipino cosplay scene!

He looks CGI!

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eyjayysj:

Let’s talk about dyadism and biological essentialism.
Above is an image of María Patiño, an Olympic hurdler from Spain, who in 1988 was barred from competing based on gender verificiation testing. María was born with XY chromosomes and Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), essentially meaning her body “never heard the hormonal messages” (Patiño, 2005) that would result in secondary sex characteristics that we typically associate with men. Stripped of her titles, barred from competition, she was publicly shamed and harassed. Her fiancé left her and when she finally was allowed to compete again, “my momentum was lost,” Patiño said. “I trained, hoping to qualify for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, but missed the mark at the trials by ten hundredths of a second” (Patiño, 2005), (Fausto-Sterling, 2000)
This is not an anomaly. Of all the women who underwent gender testing in the history of the Olympics, many have been found to not meet the standards put forth by the test, all either stripped of their title or put through public harassment and ridicule trying to defend it. But here is the problem: Foekje Dillema in 1950, the Press sisters of the 60s, Renée Richards in 1976, María Patiño in 1988 (Fausto-Sterling, 2000) Santhi Soundarajan in 2006, Caster Semenya in 2009, Pinki Pramanik in 2012 - all of these well-known cases involved intersex or transgender athletes.
So why gender testing, and why only on women? I’d like to argue it is the natural result of sexism, dyadism, and cissexism meeting in our society. From what I understand, there is an assumption that men are both stronger and better athletes than women on some inherent, biological level. This assumption is both dyadist and cissexist, meaning it assumes that these men and women are definitely not intersex or transgender. (Is it sexist? I’m not a biologist, so I won’t weigh in on whether dyadic, cis men have an advantage over dyadic, cis women by virtue of their physical makeup. I’ve no idea.) 
Ultimately, it is assumed that a man might pretend he is a woman in order to compete in women’s competitions and have an advantage; but If there is a documented case of a dyadic, cisgender man ever attempting to pass as a woman in order to gain an athletic advantage, please inform me because I have never read or heard of it.
A mini history lesson:
Anne Fausto-Sterling, professor of biology and gender studies at Brown University, reminds us in her 2000 book Sexing the Body, that “Until 1968 female Olympic competitors were often asked to parade naked in front of a board of examiners. Breasts and a vagina were all one needed to certify one’s femininity.” Women felt this was humiliating, and in response to complaint, “scientific” gender testing began in 1968, forcing all competitors to undergo weeks of tests with a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, etc. to prove their gender. As a result of intersex and trans* women challenging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF), compulsory gender testing was stopped in 1996 but can still be performed at any time someone is suspicious of an athlete’s true gender, resulting in cases like Semenya’s and Soundarajan’s. 
So where is the scare coming from? My book for a graduate class on substance abuse says, “Female hormones have been used to feminize men, so that they could compete in women’s events. The women’s gold metal sprinter in the 1964 Olympics was shown by chromosome testing to have been a man, and he had to return the medal” (Hart and Ksir, 2013). Try telling that to Ewar Kobukkowska, the gold medalist they’re referring to, who held the world record for women’s 100m. As a result of a chromosome abnormality, she was barred from competing in women’s athletics and in 1970 the IAAF removed her from the record books. (Smith and Ferris, 1991) But still in 2013, textbooks are upholding these cissexist and dyadic views of women’s bodies.
tl;dr Gender testing needs to stop in athletic competitions. There is no record of a cis, dyadic man pretending to be a woman to compete with an advantage. It is time that we recognize that gender is self-defined, and that the only definition of a “real woman” is one who identifies as woman, no matter her chromosomes or phenotype.
Fausto-Sterling, A. (2000). Sexing the body: gender politics and the construction of sexuality. New York, NY: Basic Books.

For another blog on this topic, go here.

eyjayysj:

Let’s talk about dyadism and biological essentialism.

Above is an image of María Patiño, an Olympic hurdler from Spain, who in 1988 was barred from competing based on gender verificiation testing. María was born with XY chromosomes and Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), essentially meaning her body “never heard the hormonal messages” (Patiño, 2005) that would result in secondary sex characteristics that we typically associate with men. Stripped of her titles, barred from competition, she was publicly shamed and harassed. Her fiancé left her and when she finally was allowed to compete again, “my momentum was lost,” Patiño said. “I trained, hoping to qualify for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, but missed the mark at the trials by ten hundredths of a second” (Patiño, 2005), (Fausto-Sterling, 2000)

This is not an anomaly. Of all the women who underwent gender testing in the history of the Olympics, many have been found to not meet the standards put forth by the test, all either stripped of their title or put through public harassment and ridicule trying to defend it. But here is the problem: Foekje Dillema in 1950, the Press sisters of the 60s, Renée Richards in 1976, María Patiño in 1988 (Fausto-Sterling, 2000) Santhi Soundarajan in 2006, Caster Semenya in 2009, Pinki Pramanik in 2012 - all of these well-known cases involved intersex or transgender athletes.

So why gender testing, and why only on women? I’d like to argue it is the natural result of sexism, dyadism, and cissexism meeting in our society. From what I understand, there is an assumption that men are both stronger and better athletes than women on some inherent, biological level. This assumption is both dyadist and cissexist, meaning it assumes that these men and women are definitely not intersex or transgender. (Is it sexist? I’m not a biologist, so I won’t weigh in on whether dyadic, cis men have an advantage over dyadic, cis women by virtue of their physical makeup. I’ve no idea.)

Ultimately, it is assumed that a man might pretend he is a woman in order to compete in women’s competitions and have an advantage; but If there is a documented case of a dyadic, cisgender man ever attempting to pass as a woman in order to gain an athletic advantage, please inform me because I have never read or heard of it.

A mini history lesson:

Anne Fausto-Sterling, professor of biology and gender studies at Brown University, reminds us in her 2000 book Sexing the Body, that “Until 1968 female Olympic competitors were often asked to parade naked in front of a board of examiners. Breasts and a vagina were all one needed to certify one’s femininity.” Women felt this was humiliating, and in response to complaint, “scientific” gender testing began in 1968, forcing all competitors to undergo weeks of tests with a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, etc. to prove their gender. As a result of intersex and trans* women challenging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF), compulsory gender testing was stopped in 1996 but can still be performed at any time someone is suspicious of an athlete’s true gender, resulting in cases like Semenya’s and Soundarajan’s.

So where is the scare coming from? My book for a graduate class on substance abuse says, “Female hormones have been used to feminize men, so that they could compete in women’s events. The women’s gold metal sprinter in the 1964 Olympics was shown by chromosome testing to have been a man, and he had to return the medal” (Hart and Ksir, 2013). Try telling that to Ewar Kobukkowska, the gold medalist they’re referring to, who held the world record for women’s 100m. As a result of a chromosome abnormality, she was barred from competing in women’s athletics and in 1970 the IAAF removed her from the record books. (Smith and Ferris, 1991) But still in 2013, textbooks are upholding these cissexist and dyadic views of women’s bodies.

tl;dr Gender testing needs to stop in athletic competitions. There is no record of a cis, dyadic man pretending to be a woman to compete with an advantage. It is time that we recognize that gender is self-defined, and that the only definition of a “real woman” is one who identifies as woman, no matter her chromosomes or phenotype.

Fausto-Sterling, A. (2000). Sexing the body: gender politics and the construction of sexuality. New York, NY: Basic Books.
For another blog on this topic, go here.

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strugglingtobeheard:

baeddel-cat:

punwitch:

sjanonymous:

punwitch:

Okay but why would you even date a cis, they base their whole lives off of something a doctor told their parents.

This just in: only trans people are capable of determining their own gender. Cis people are mindless.

This is actually true

the one true thing a cis person said ever

I’m dying seeing the asshole who made the statement not understand why it’s true or funny lol

I am really challenged by stuff like this, but that’s good for me.

jennyandthelibrarians:

a few moments from philly feminist zine fest 2014.

thanks to all the organizers for putting this on again, and for fostering such a wonderfully inspiring weekend.

FEMINIST ICE CREAM FEST

quieroamartellorona:

(via Brown Recluse Zine Distro)
Nyky Gomez runs Brown Recluse Zine Distro, a distro that prioritized and centers zines by folks of color. Accepting the work and zines by folks of color only will inevitably mean that white folks who do not understand the point of having a POC space or a place that sells, collects, distros and prioritizes zines and work by people of color will be outraged that such a policy exists where their work is not welcome, they are not in control and they are not the main focus. Soliciting work from only POC is not a new thing. Trying to establish a space for POC work, publications and writings is not a new thing. White folks claiming racism when they are not allowed to freely be part of, be in control of and be the main focus of something is also not a new thing. Next time you submit your zine to a distro or go to buy zines, inquire what percentage of their zines are written by people of color. Underrepresentation of POC in alt.media publishing is a thing, a real thing.
—Noemi Martinez, Hermana Resist
http://www.facebook.com/brownreclusezinedistro
http://www.brownreclusezinedistro.com/

quieroamartellorona:

(via Brown Recluse Zine Distro)

Nyky Gomez runs Brown Recluse Zine Distro, a distro that prioritized and centers zines by folks of color. Accepting the work and zines by folks of color only will inevitably mean that white folks who do not understand the point of having a POC space or a place that sells, collects, distros and prioritizes zines and work by people of color will be outraged that such a policy exists where their work is not welcome, they are not in control and they are not the main focus. Soliciting work from only POC is not a new thing. Trying to establish a space for POC work, publications and writings is not a new thing. White folks claiming racism when they are not allowed to freely be part of, be in control of and be the main focus of something is also not a new thing. Next time you submit your zine to a distro or go to buy zines, inquire what percentage of their zines are written by people of color. Underrepresentation of POC in alt.media publishing is a thing, a real thing.

—Noemi Martinez, Hermana Resist

http://www.facebook.com/brownreclusezinedistro

http://www.brownreclusezinedistro.com/

metropolarity:

RECURRENCE PLOT: AND OTHER TIME TRAVEL TALES

the debut book from @afrofuturistaffair creative director & metropolarity founding member, Rasheedah Phillips  ++++++ ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

The interweaving stories in Recurrence Plot and Other Time Travel Tales present characters whose stories challenge the notion that time flows in only one direction. If you want to understand what is happening at any given point in time, you cannot only look to the past for clues. You must consider the future.

A journalist races against time itself to expose the entity preying on young male teens in Philadelphia. A crystal, memory-storing bracelet transports a young mother back to the day of her own mother’s traumatic death. An unknown force of nature causes time to start flowing backwards…

Using quantum physics as an imaginative landscape, Phillips’ debut speculative collection Recurrence Plot attempts to walk the fine line between fiction and reality, fate and free will, and past, present, and future.

230 pages.

I finally bought this today!!!!!!

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cyborgmemoirs:

heyanniemok:

"Errand" by Maggie Eighteen (of the crucial Metropolarity Collective) & me, a new dystopian smut story. It takes place in the sci-fi universe of Eighteen’s prose zine series All That’s Left.

You can read it in a much larger/prettier/more readable format on Medium.

check it out, Ripley

some side side side characters in my All That’s Left universe for a one-shot romance jawn

Annie Mok’s zine reading was awesome tonight!

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metropolarity:

cyborgmemoirs:

metropolarity:

metropolarity:

TODDLERS ON TOUCHSCREENS CAUSE THEIR FINGERS WAS BORN WITH IT—DRONE SURVEILLANCE OVER ALL YR BODEGAS—SUPERBACTERIA TALKIN BOUT FUCK YR PENICILLIN—SCI FI IS NO LONGER ONLY FOR THE FUTURE—SCI FI IS HERE ON YOUR FRONT PORCH— WE WANT YOUR FUTURE PRESENT—YOUR SCI FI REALITIES—THE FUTURE IS NOW—METROPOLARITY@GMAIL.COM

DEADLINE JULY 31, 2014

talk to us

the lines are open

metropolarity:

cyborgmemoirs:

metropolarity:

metropolarity:

TODDLERS ON TOUCHSCREENS CAUSE THEIR FINGERS WAS BORN WITH IT—DRONE SURVEILLANCE OVER ALL YR BODEGAS—SUPERBACTERIA TALKIN BOUT FUCK YR PENICILLIN—SCI FI IS NO LONGER ONLY FOR THE FUTURE—SCI FI IS HERE ON YOUR FRONT PORCH— WE WANT YOUR FUTURE PRESENT—YOUR SCI FI REALITIES—THE FUTURE IS NOW—METROPOLARITY@GMAIL.COM

DEADLINE JULY 31, 2014

talk to us

the lines are open

On my way to PFZF.

I’ll be reading My Anxiety is My Lover at the zine reading on Friday; tabling on Saturday; and on Sunday hosting a discussion about how zines can help with healing from trauma.

so-treu:

coca-cola-anne:

or smilies.
A smiley guide I made to my mom because she doesn’t understand my smileys (3 first pictures)

She looks like Marceline!

Oh, now I get : )))))))