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Chelsea Manning, the U.S. Army private serving 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents, is now suing the federal government to receive transition-related medical care.
The ACLU is arguing on Manning’s behalf that because she was diagnosed with gender dysphoria in 2010, she should receive hormone therapy, permission to “follow female grooming standards,” psychological therapy, and access to a doctor who can provide trans-affirming care.
"The government continues to deny Ms. Manning’s access to necessary medical treatment for gender dysphoria, without which she will continue to suffer severe psychological harms," Chase Strangio, an attorney with the ACLU Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender project, said in a statement. "Such clear disregard of well-established medical protocols constitutes cruel and unusual punishment."
Calls to the Department of Defense seeking comment were not immediately returned.
The suit contends the Army has taken little to no action in response to several requests from Manning to be treated as a female and to receive proper treatment for gender dysphoria.
“A safe space is only possible with compassion for others, and a commitment to interpreting what people say generously and attempting to accept unconditionally. For a safe space to be a safe space, you and the people who compose the space must agree to try to uplift each other, and reinforce the validity of what their identity feels like. A safe space, at its center, is exactly what it sounds like: A space where you are wholeheartedly, unreservedly safe. I hope all of you find, create, and inhabit many safe spaces in your life. May they be as vibrant, creative, and strong as you.”—Feminist Dictionary: Safe Spaces | Because I am a Woman (via becauseiamawoman)
“In her own room, Angie had gathered mementos from Ella’s life… If she were honest with herself, she’d admit these things conjured no strong memories of Ella. Yet they had outsize significance to Angie. They were physical proof of Ella’s existence, and she needed them to offset the slippage that came with each passing year.”—Bridgett M. Davis, Into the Go-Slow
It’s hard not to feel humorless as a woman and a feminist, to recognize misogyny in so many forms, some great and some small, and know you’re not imagining things. It’s hard to be told to lighten up because if you lighten up any more, you’re going to float the fuck away. The problem is not that one of these things is happening, it’s that they are all happening, concurrently and constantly.
These are just songs. They are just jokes. They are just movies. It’s just a hug. They’re just breasts. Smile, you’re beautiful. Can’t a man pay you a compliment? In truth, this is all a symptom of a much more virulent cultural sickness — one where women exist to satisfy the whims of men, one where a woman’s worth is consistently diminished or entirely ignored.
“Andrea Dworkin was not a light that shut itself off when I left the room at age twenty or twenty-one, in hot pursuit of pro-sex feminist thought and postmodernist literature. She continued to burn with self-reflexive rage; she kept writing. Suddenly, my abandonment of her grieved me terribly. I thought about how no male artist, however objectionable philosophically, or in his personal life, prompted the shrinking disavowal I performed when her name came up among feminists in the subsequent years. Let’s say she was half-wrong. Let’s say she was 100 percent wrong wrong wrong. So what? While I think about the double standard every day, I don’t normally feel like a traitor.”—Johanna Fateman on Andrea Dworkin, Icon
Wesleyan University has ordered its residential fraternities to become coeducational within three years, a move designed to make the liberal arts school in Middletown, Conn., more gender-equal, officials said on Monday.
Wesleyan University’s frats will be admitting women. This comes on the heels of student activism regarding rape culture on campus.
What do you think? Will coeducation lessen rape culture and misogyny in frats? What support and structure will be required for this to be a positive transition?
But let’s talk about the Angry Black Woman. The Angry Black Woman is a racist trope used to deny black women their humanity. Black women aren’t allowed to be complicated — they’re just angry. Black women aren’t allowed to be upset or vulnerable — they’re just angry. Black women are not allowed justifiable reactions to the myriad of bullshit — racist, sexist and otherwise — that they face. Oh, you know those black ladies are just so angry all the time.
“hooks is the person who revealed the secret of academia to me, which is that when you use your own language, when love and passion are part of your work, you are able to reach more people. And isn’t that why we are in this business, to reach people? To be part of their process of growing and changing? Isn’t that what we look for in every job, in every conversation?”—Danielle Henderson on bell hooks,Icon
“Unfortunately, laws against prostitution mean that, legally, women do not ‘own’ their sexualities outright. We cannot do with our bodies as we see fit in the sexual realm (although we are certainly allowed-even coerced-to sell our bodies for other forms of demeaning labor). Not yet, anyway. However, we can own our sexuality in the sense that we can consciously decide what counts as a good reason for having sex (love, money, pleasure, fame, popularity?) or expressing ourselves sexually in other ways, and we can still demand respect and care for our bodies from those people we interact with sexually. We might not always get that respect, but we should at least be confident enough in our own sexual value to ask for it.”—Katherine Frank, $pread