Unsilenced Brown Girl

When I first heard that the pinky pussy hats were starting to be viewed as racist, I laughed out loud. I figured these were the mindless thoughts of white liberal reddit threads… until I was informed that entire marches are beginning to ban the hats for promoting racism and transphobia. It began with the Pensacola “Women’s March (am I allowed to call it that?? Is my bigotry showing already because I used the word “woman” and not something more gender inclusive?),” and now third-wave feminists across America have joined Pensacola to bask in their inclusionary glory by banning the iconic pink, cat-eared hats scattered through every “Women’s March” last January. Despite that the hats were banned for their unbearable racism and transphobia, I’m left thinking that they are the ones who seem to be harboring racism and transphobia the most.

Let’s start with the transphobia. I’m normally not one to talk…

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 24, 2017

Purple Sage

From the New York Post:

“School to student: Enough with the gender flip-flopping”

“Administrators at a Long Island high school forced a student to sign a contract barring her from changing her gender identity because she had switched it twice already, sources told The Post.”

Okay, it’s slightly odd to make a student sign a contract not to change her gender identity. Adolescents normally go through many stages of identity formation, you can’t really stop that process nor do you need to. And this student only changed her identity twice, which is not that much. However, adolescents these days don’t just get a strange piercing or dye their hair, or go around being goth for a while, now they force everyone around them to acknowledge their identities for them by changing the way they speak to them. The one thing I will agree with here is that the school should…

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Equal opportunity for girls in high school sports strips boys of their humanity, says Hartford Courant opinion editor Carolyn Lumsden, in a Sunday Editorial titled ‘Humanity At Cromwell High’

Humanity is reserved for boys, not girls, and acceptance of this notion is what female student athletes need to do in the case of Andraya Yearwood, a fifteen year old boy who prefers to win against girls than compete against other males on an even playing field.

Lumsden goes on to define separate but equal sports teams for boys and girls as a form of sex-based segregation comparable to racial segregation and the history of exclusion of disabled students from equal access prior to the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

What matters is not that female students have a right to compete, but that the feelings of male students are much more important. Prioritizing male feelings over opportunities for women and girls is the definition of a humane society, Lumsden writes.

Enjoy:

http://www.courant.com/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-cromwell-transgender-acceptance-20170408-story.html

Merry Chrismukkah !!!

December 24, 2016

Bully Bloggers

maxresdefaultBoys Don’t Cry, 1999

In 1999, just six years after the rape and murder of a young gender variant person, Brandon Teena, and two friends in a small town in Nebraska, Kim Peirce released her first film, a dramatic account of the incident. The film, Boys Don’t Cry, which took years to research, write, fund, cast and shoot, was released to superb reviews and went on to garner awards and praise for the lead actor, Hilary Swank, and the young director, Kim Peirce, not to mention the film’s production team led by Christine Vachon. The film was hard hitting, visually innovative and marked a massive breakthrough in the representation of gender variant bodies. While there were certainly debates about decisions that Peirce made within the film’s narrative arc (the omission of the murder of an African American friend, Philip DeVine, at the same time that Brandon was killed),

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Lavender Blume

Recent articles (here and here) in the National Post have exposed a dispute surrounding gender identity taking place at U of T, one of many universities trying to navigate this polarizing issue. It’s critical that the public be informed that there’s more at stake than just transgender rights and freedom of expression.

Gender identity is indeed, as Jordan Peterson says, philosophically incoherent and scientifically unfounded. It’s also true that forcing others to participate in affirming one’s self-perception is a violation of individual autonomy. The more pressing concern, however, is not political correctness but rather that gender identity has created a dangerous landscape of competing rights that adversely impacts females. As such, dissension shouldn’t be monopolized by people who aren’t invested or interested in women’s rights.

According to NatPo writer Chris Selley, resistance to recognizing people’s chosen identity (the list is huge and continually expanding) comes down to a straightforward matter…

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