Regarding the Anon question on cis influencing your feminism (which was mine), I thank you for answering the question as honestly as you did. You are one my favorite people to see on my dash, and I thank you for your openness. <3
Wow idk how to answer this really. I feel like acknowledging my privilege is literally the bare minimum? But this is all very sweet of you, thank you so much xoxox
yes! for one class i expanded upon a paper about the ways black women used sex work at the turn of the century to subvert the ways racism, sexism and capitalism kept them in low-paying jobs. (this could possibly also be said today but readings were all about this time period)
for another i am doing a group project that is like a mini video documentary on the ways qpoc have used sexuality and spirituality as sites of healing (if applicable)
and i’m writing a paper (i haven’t started yet oops) about black trans women in the prison system in the U.S.
As I am not cis, I am genuinely curious as how has being cis influenced your feminism?
i think this has to be answered like in two parts? like, first as a cis person and then as a cis guy
first, being cis influenced my feminism by being inherently transphobic and having to first, recognize that, and then work to actively work against that. being cis influenced my feminism, especially early on, when thinking that the problem with genders was that there were genders rather than that there is a heirarchy of gender expression. one of my earliest memories on tumblr is actually getting called out by someone i respect a lot surrounding that. i argued with them, as people do, and didn’t learn then, but i feel really embarrassed by that now.
being a cis male influenced my feminism because when i was first confronted with male privilege i was angry and hurt that someone could think i was the enemy when i was ~one of the good ones~. but when i got past that it made me realize how much privilege comes with both being male-identified/presenting/interpreted and being cis. being a cis male influenced my feminism because i began to see how i was taught to take up space and (try to) be conscientious about it (tho i’m not entirely sure i’m very successful with this) and how i interact with women in the world, and how my presence can be inherently threatening to women and there’s nothing i can do about it and to do as much as possible to not be that person even though in many ways i will always be… if that makes sense.
college is catered towards the able bodied and able minded. school applauds people who can stay up all night, skip meals, and work endlessly. that kind of extreme contribution is expected. why are disabled people being squeezed out of academic institutions? why should I feel inferior because of some arbitrary and ridiculous standard?
Shannon Gibney is a professor of English and African diaspora studies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). When that’s your job, there are a lot of opportunities to talk about racism, imperialism, capitalism, and history. There are also a lot of opportunities to anger students who would rather not learn about racism, imperialism, capitalism, and history. I presume MCTC knows that; they have an African diaspora studies program. Back in January 2009, white students made charges of discrimination after Gibney suggested to them that fashioning a noose in the newsroom of the campus newspaper—as an editor had done the previous fall—might alienate students of color. More recently, when Gibney led a discussion on structural racism in her mass communication class, three white students filed a discrimination complaint because it made them feel uncomfortable. This time, MCTC reprimanded Gibney under their anti-discrimination policy.
Elevating discomfort to discrimination mocks the intent of the policy, but that’s not the whole of it. By sanctioning Gibney for making students uncomfortable, MCTC is pushing a disturbing higher-education trend. When colleges and universities become a market, there is no incentive to teach what customers would rather not know. When colleges are in the business of making customers comfortable, we are all poorer for it.
Higher Education. Where money and privilege trumps all. You can have 3 PHDs but any student with the right amount of pull and privilege will just make you into their peon with the university’s full backing.
I was going to reblog without comment, but I just need to say that as a student of color who moved from a big city to a small, mostly white town for her first year of college, classes that gave me the tools to understand the discrimination I was facing literally saved my life. How many students of color do you alienate when you silence the voices keeping them sane? (via rather-facile)
so, the end of the semester has arrived and i have run out of funds… again. i checked my bank balance this morning and realized my rent check would bounce if i didn’t deposit an additional $3 before the complex attempted to cash my check.
because most of my working hours are scheduled for thursday and friday, i lost those hours when we were closed for thanksgiving, making my most recent paycheck significantly smaller than usual. i was planning on keeping the books i had purchased for the semester, because i genuinely enjoyed reading them and wanted to keep them for future reference, but i sold them back and received $11 for 6 books i originally paid between $20 and $40 each for. i deposited $3 of that into my bank account and have the rest to last me until i can get more money.
this week is finals, and i am scheduled to work six days and more than 40 hours next week between my two jobs, but i am in desperate need for help to get by until those paychecks come in. i am very frustrated with myself for getting to this point and greatly embarrassed for having to do this, but i would sincerely appreciate any donations to help me get through until then. they can be made here or through the donation button on my main tumblr.
“Of course, this is one of the profound ways in which oppression works—to mire us in body hatred. Homophobia is all about defining queer bodies as wrong, perverse, immoral. Transphobia, about defining trans bodies as unnatural, monstrous, or the product of delusion. Ableism, about defining disabled bodies as broken and tragic. Class warfare, about defining the bodies of workers as expendable. Racism, about defining the bodies of people of color as primitive, exotic, or worthless. Sexism, about defining female bodies as pliable objects. These messages sink beneath our skin.”—Eli Clare, “Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies” (via genderqueer)
“A family on a healthy diet can expect to pay $2,000 more a year for food than one having less nutritious meals, say researchers who recommend that the cost gap be closed. The research in Thursday’s issue of British Medical Journal Open reviewed 27 studies from 10 high-income countries to evaluate the price differences of foods and diet patterns.”—
Let the record reflect the conclusive result of empirical research spanning 27 studies from 10 countries: healthy eating is fucking expensive and people who deny this reality are annoying and full of shit.
also can we talk about how the punk aesthetic is totally inaccessible to fat folks because it’s predicated on having a body that isn’t inherently devalued and that’s why people then are able to demarcate themselves as poor/apathetic/dirty in their dress because people aren’t already scripting those things onto their bodies and i have a body whose interpretation will always actively work against me and so i am already at a disadvantage when getting dressed, i have to strategically dress to work against everything people are already assuming about me, i don’t have the capital to leave my house unbathed in dirty and torn clothes (or even looking unbathed in close that look dirty) because it will make my daily interactions 1,000x more bullshit than they already are and like ya good for you if you’re already starting out on a level playing field and can make those conscious decisions whether u wanna be treated like a person or not wow ya so impressed so subversive wow
wait can you explain why queer punk/punk in general is a bad thing?
reproduction of capital
the present state of queer punk relies heavily on a value aesthetic of whiteness and white beauty standards that centers cis people and CAFAB trans people. there are always aliens to the value: trans women, fat people, people of color. i don’t see hope trying to make it better, queer scenes have proven time and time again that they’re extremely efficient at recuperation, and the violence that fat people and trans women and people of color will face will become unnamable and microaggressive but still incredibly affective; you can see the mechanics of liberalism constantly at work in queer punk scenes, and in brilliant ways. i’ve been alienated by queerness and by punk for as long as i’ve known it, and i don’t want to break into it (by fitting enough of the molds well; by reproducing it well enough; by being “one of the good trans women”) without opening the floodgates. i just want to immanentize the baeddel eschaton.
“When repression strikes and comrades are arrested, such as in the “green scare,” the reaction of many is to disassociate themselves from those who are being attacked by the state. Liberals, progressives, and most activists draw up official statements denouncing violence, sabotage, and illegality, all in hopes of proving to the government that they are just good citizens who like to follow the rules and who are interested in “positive” social change. This spineless response is standard for the left, and serves to flank the state’s actions. Disassociation is not only a cowardly act, but is also based on faulty logic.”—Repression as State Strategy (via ninjabikeslut)