im not even sorry but saying you hate cis people is like saying you hate breathing.
no see the key difference is that breathing keeps us alive while cis people do literally the opposite
- Her racist brownface V Magazine cover
- More brownface
- Posing with people in blackface
- Appropriating and sexualizing the sari
- Appropriating and sexualizing the burqa
- Appropriating the niqab, and wearing it together with a purse with the word “cunt” written on it
- She’s ableist and uses a wheelchair during her performances
- Using an antiziganist slur
- Refers to gay people as “the gays”
- Uses trans*phobic slurs: “I look at photos of myself, and I look like such a tr*nny!”
- When addressing media rumors that she’s trans*, she said, “I really am a lady! I’m not quite as outrageous as I look - underneath all this I am deeply moral and actually a really nice girl”. She insinuated that trans* women are not really women, and that they can’t be moral or nice people.
- Uses ableist slurs: “I’m a songwriter. I’ve written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a song and think I’m getting one over on everybody? That’s r****ded.”
- More of her trans*phobia
- Use of slurs and pejoratives in her Born This Way lyrics: “no matter black, white, or beige/ chola or Orient-made”. Discussion and analysis in the link.
- Addressing the media firestorm over her weight gain: “Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it?”
- cis person: I want implants.
- doctor & general public: okay!
- cis person: I want a chest reduction.
- doctor & general public: okay!
- trans* person: I want top surgery.
- doctor & general public: Are you SURE? Because thats like a huge change and you can't ever ever ever go back and I mean are you even sure you're trans*? This is probably just a phase and then you will regret it your whole life. You need therapy. You should get a psychological evaluation. Do you even know how it will effect your life? Thats a lot of money why don't you spend it on something else? You should just be happy with the body you are in. Why would you want to change it? Like, I bet you're not really trans*. This is a really serious decision and I personally think you shouldn't do it. Its like, life changing.
For your glitter sex parties. For your ability to self-identity. For you to be femme trans men. For you to have GAY RIGHTS!!!! and to even have national conversations about ~marriage equality~ as shitty as they both are. We died to give you life, a voice, a fucking megaphone and stand so you could shout every fucking crime committed against your body/psyche/soul/family. We died to live as freely and proudly and as unapologetically as we could. We were murdered and tortured and imprisoned and ridiculed and dehumanized and marginalized and pushed out of the VERY ORGANIZATIONS WE CREATED SO YOU COULD HAVE YOUR ~PRIDE~. YOUR VISIBILITY. YOUR QUEER SPACES. YOUR FUCKING LIBERATION.
Pay us some damn fucking respect and realize that the least you can do is give up some of your space so we don’t have to fucking fight our way to see the stage where our trans sisters aren’t even performing.
What beautiful people
[gif of Professor McGonagall clapping enthusiastically and looking happy]
Haha fuck you, homophobes! Man this is awesome.
That’s it. That’s the joke.
I love this as much as I love radical feminists saying things like “biological sex” as if biology, on the genetic level subscribes to the two sex check boxes that your 5th grade biology class told you they did.
Radical middle-school feminism
On tumblr, polerin elaborates:
There’s some really nasty shit lurking not too far under the surface of some of the drawings. In some cases, like the ones where they switch clothes, it’s not even too deep.
Making choices of clothing based in femininity/femme-ness on a dood isn’t a context free choice. Doubly so when you are mocking something. It relies on the deep history of cissexism and oppositional sexism in our culture. Even if that’s not the intent of the artist, it is impossible to look at these drawings and not have all the jokes about guys wearing women’s clothing or “acting like a girl” come up. That’s the POINT of these drawings.
And that point pins trans women to the wall as a side effect of (rightly) critiquing the sexism in comics.
Despite the best of intentions, the vibe comes across as really anti-femme, anti-trans women, and ultimately, anti-women. After all, if we’re unable to talk about the mistreatment of women without bringing men into the picture, what does that really say about us? If we’re unable to talk about the mistreatment of women without considering how it effects all women, what does that really say about us?
However. Putting men in women’s clothing and poses can quickly and easily slot into homophobic and transphobic ideas about the “proper” way to do masculinity and the obligation to do so. As said above, even if the artist’s intentions are pure, the image can still provoke bigoted reactions in the audience. Art is not created in a vacuum.
The Hawkeye Initiative is challenging the connection between femininity and sexualization, but it’s like a hydra - while you’re cutting off the “women shouldn’t be considered sex objects” head, the “sexualized men must only be doing it for the gay male gaze” and “men acting like women is unnatural and wrong” heads are coming up behind you.
I wasn’t originally going to reblog or post about this because the original post is by my friend (girlinfourcolors who I think is awesome) and Escher Girls is mentioned, and I don’t want people to think I’m talking about this because I’m jealous or anything (in fact I promoted the HI).
But ultimately, this is something that’s been bothering me lately too, and that means enough to me that I want to say something. I chose to reblog both the above posts because I think they both say important things, but to avoid a conflict of interest (and an endorsement of everything in the posts which could risk a derail), I just snipped the parts that concerned what I wanted to talk about.
First, I want to say, yes I did post some of the stuff that may be also problematic. I was operating by the same “I post all fan art submitted to me” principle I use for the redraws, AND I’m also not immune to feeling pressure to appear to like something that’s popular. :\ I admit that fully.
And I like the Hawkeye Initiative and it’s goals. This is not about every picture, it’s about some of them. Specifically the ones where the only source of humor seems to be that Hawkeye is dressed in a crop top & high heels (this particular one was of a civilian character, not a superheroine), or that he’s kissing Batman, and other posts like those. Such posts make me uncomfortable because I thought the point was to show that Hawkeye (dressed as Hawkeye) in a pose would look ridiculous, not that a man in high heels or a crop top would look funny. Hawkeye in thong battle armor (like women) shows how ridiculous that armor is, but if he’s just in tight pants, a crop top and heels, or kissing another man… the humour is coming from “oh my god a man in women’s clothing” and “oh my god a man being sexual with another man”, and I think that’s pretty problematic. Catwoman kissing Batman isn’t wrong just because Hawkeye looks wrong kissing Batman to some people.
I know I have a platform, so I often am hesitant to blog about these things because I don’t want people to think I’m preaching from the mount, or saying that something is inherently wrong or broken because of an issue in it (which people seem to assume a lot about what I write), and again, I like the Hawkeye Initiative. But I’m also a trans woman, and I’ve gotten literal abuse and threats on my safety because people thought “a man in high heels” or “a man wearing women’s clothing!”, and this sort of humor makes me really uncomfortable. It took my friend speaking up for me to realize I should speak up too.
I’m not telling anybody what to do, but just think about where the source of your humour comes from before you do one of these pictures. That’s all. :)
This is your annual reminder that The Salvation Army threatened to close all of their New York City soup kitchens if they were going to be forced to stop discriminating against their gay employees. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t want to donate to any charity that would use the hungry as a bargaining chip to get what it wants. There are better charities to donate to. There are charities that donate 100% of their money to the people they’re trying to help, rather than taking some of that money and using it to fight against gay rights (as the Salvation Army does.) There are charities that don’t state on their website that homosexuals are morally obligated to live a life of celibacy. There are charities that accept everyone and help EVERYONE.
For more information on how exactly the Salvation Army is anti-gay and, just in general, horrible, you can click here.
And please, if you’re my friend, or if you know any gay people, or even if you’re just not an asshole, PLEASE stop going bargain-hunting at the Salvation Army. And stop donating your money to them. There are better places for clothes. There are better places to donate.
Also, Salvation Army’s anti-trans policies have literally killed at least one woman.
Please donate to Amnesty International, Goodwill or Doctors Without Borders instead
Important reminder for this time of year!