Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, author and lecturer B.J. Epstein explains why it’s important that children can benefit from trans characters in literature.
|—||Eli Clare, “Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies” (via genderqueer)|
Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho has joined forces with Amnesty International to create a series of striking body paintings for a new global campaign.
From the article:
"You have the right to choose who you love and what kind of family you want and to live free from rape and sexual violence," said Cho. "I hope my art can help young people start a conversation about those rights."
Amnesty International is calling for better, universal access to crucial health services and sex education, as well as fighting for people’s right to make their own decisions about partners and children.
A report from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, found that transgender people faced double the rate of unemployment of the general population, with 63 percent of the transgender people surveyed reporting they experienced a serious act of discrimination that majorly affected their ability to sustain themselves. These numbers are even worse for trans people of color, especially trans women of color, the deaths of whom have been deemed a “state of emergency.”
Trans women have been saddled with the responsibility of taking on trans-exclusionary feminists for far too long—but it’s not their issue to deal with alone.
Read: It’s Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women by Tina Vasquez at BitchMedia.org. Type illustrations by Michelle Leigh.
As an independent organization without state, federal, institutional, foundational or corporate funding, whose services have always been provided to millions each year at absolutely no cost — not low-cost, not sliding-scale, but for free — sustaining ourselves has always been a challenge. For a…
Only vaginal intercourse counts as “having sex.”
Myth- there is no one definition of “having sex.” For some people sex is penis-in-vagina intercourse. For some people, sex is penis-in-anus intercourse. For some people, sex is intercourse with a sex toy. For some people, sex is…
Will getting an abortion really make me want to steal things?
Vice magazine covers the account of a mystery shopper who visited crisis pregnancy centres in the UK. Glad to see mentions of our report!
Great article - shows some of the techniques used to manipulate young people in many crisis pregnancy centres.
|—||Nice Girl Syndrome by Beverly Engel (via speakoutbeheard)|
The concern for overly exposed young bodies may be well-intentioned. With society fetishizing girls at younger and younger ages, girls are instructed to self-objectify and see themselves as sexual objects, something to be looked at. A laundry list of problems can come from obsessing over one’s appearance: eating disorders, depression, low self-worth. Who wouldn’t want to spare her daughter from these struggles?
But these dress codes fall short of being legitimately helpful. What we fail to consider when enforcing restrictions on skirt-length and the tightness of pants is the girls themselves—not just their clothes, but their thoughts, emotions, budding sexuality and self-image.
Instead, these restrictions are executed with distracted boys in mind, casting girls as inherent sexual threats needing to be tamed. Dress restrictions in schools contribute to the very problem they aim to solve: the objectification of young girls. When you tell a girl what to wear (or force her to cover up with an oversized T-shirt), you control her body. When you control a girl’s body—even if it is ostensibly for her “own good”—you take away her agency. You tell her that her body is not her own.
When you deem a girl’s dress “inappropriate,” you’re also telling her, “Because your body may distract boys, your body is inappropriate. Cover it up.” You recontextualize her body; she now exists through the male gaze.