- 2 days ago
The nonbinary comics are real! Even my cats love them!
If you’re going to SDCC, look for ‘em at the PRISM booth, or track me down in person! I’ll be speaking on the Transgender Trends in Popular Culture panel Thursday at 5 in room 28DE, and will also be around Friday night for the Eisner ceremony.
Wish I was going to SDCC so I could get a copy! These look great!Source: pigeonbits
- 3 days ago
Over the past two years, I’ve shared a lot of space with cisgender feminists who are seeking to add a trans voice to their panel, event, or conference. I can often sense that these feminists’ hearts are in the right place with regards to trans issues. They’re trying and their effort is real but they’re still struggling to work past some conceptual issues that might affect their language.
So let’s start with the language and work backwards. Trans-inclusive cisgender feminists still have some pretty pernicious habits of language that stubbornly persist in their vocabulary.
Many friends and colleagues have written or tweeted about this problematic language but, much like I did in this frequently shared post on the sex/gender distinction, I wanted to compose a handy reference for cisgender feminists who know they want to be trans-inclusive and have learned some basic vocabulary, but want to learn “how to talk about it” without setting off any alarm bells.
1) Please remove the phrases “female-identified,” “male-identified,””female-bodied,” and “male-bodied” from your vocabulary.
These phrases are my number one pet peeve. Often the people using them think that they’re being really good by using these phrases instead of saying “women” and “men.” What they don’t know is that these phrases have a troubled, transphobic history and carry a lot of conceptual baggage. In their current instantiation, people who use these phrases are often just hypercorrecting, using language that is technically incorrect because it “sounds good.”
But why are they bad? “Female-identified” is a phrase that needlessly divides women with different body types from one another. When combined with language like “female-bodied,” “female-identified” carries with it the suggestion that women without vaginas are not really women, that they only identify as such in spite of their “male” bodies.
Bodies, furthermore, are not inherently male or female. Sex assignment is a social process governed largely by more-or-less arbitrary medical conventions surrounding ideal, normative genital appearance and heterosexual reproductive viability. The rigidity of our society’s two-sex system is by no means a natural outgrowth of our bodily characteristics: it’s our commitment to a two-gender system mapped in reverse onto our bodies.
“But chromsomes!” you might say. Nope. The things that you have learned and internalized about the sex of the human body are so affected by our social ideologies that they cannot be separated from them.
Even if distinctions like male/female-bodied vs. male/female identified were non-invasive or politically expedient (they’re neither), they also are semantically meaningless when we consider the full range of bodies that the category women includes. An intersex woman, for example, might not have a body that correlates with the full connotations of the phrase “female-bodied,” but may not have born with a penis, either.
Transgender women who have undergone genital reassignment surgery also frustrate the way in which “female-bodied” is used as a distinction between cisgender and transgender women: they have breasts, they have vaginas, and their bodies do not natively produce substantial quantities of testosterone. They don’t have a uterus, sure, but many cisgender women are born without a uterus as well.
By conventional and socially dominant methods of visible measurement, these bodies are female. But I’m pretty sure that people who use the phrase “female-bodied” are intending to exclude these bodies when they deploy that language.
What’s the solution to all this confusion? It’s easier than you might think. “Women” is a category that includes a variety of gender expressions and bodies. It will do just fine when you want to talk about women. “Men” is a category that includes a variety of gender expressions and bodies. It will do just fine when you want to talk about men.
You might not think it’s that simple, however. Feminism and other progressive political movements rightly engage with bodies in their political activism. Feminism, for example, focuses on reproductive justice and healthcare. How can we talk about sex, bodies, and reproduction without drawing lines between transgender women and cisgender women’sbodies?
Easy. When you want to talk about gender, talk about gender. When you want to talk about body politics, talk about bodies. If you want to talk about issues that affect people with vaginas, for example, you’re talking about both men and women.
And, as Katherine Cross observes on Feministing, feminism should fully integrate a focus on transgender women’s reproductive rights and healthcare with a focus on issues like abortion and birth control. Trans women’s bodies are women’s bodies and they deserve a place in the mainstream of feminist body politics and reproductive justice efforts.
To summarize, then, phrases like “female-identified” and “female-bodied” are biologically reductionist, needlessly divisive, and functionally meaningless. If you feel like they are necessary to engage in your form of feminist body politics, it’s time to shake up your body politics. EIther way, please quit using these phrases.
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- 1 week ago
Did you know that nonbinary bisexuals exist? And that using the existence of nonbinary people as an argument against bisexuality is especially harmful to us?
You’re literally using our gender as an argument against our sexuality.
I don’t need to explain how fucked up that is.
(via bisexual-community)Source: cease-and-de-cis
- 1 week ago
- 1 week ago
A couple panels I like from the minicomic about nonbinary gender I’m working on. Still on track to hopefully have copies by SDCC! (And in the meanwhile, all the pages are being posted to my patreon as I finish ‘em — up to 12 now!)
i just want to say that if your identity is influenced by trauma or mental illness or what have you it doesn’t make that identity any less valid or real, it doesn’t mean your identity is ‘wrong’ or has to be ‘fixed’
there are definite cases of people whose gender are resultant of traumatic experiences or mental illness or other such situations and those people still deserve to have their genders (or other such identities) respected
I tweaked the text in the original post a little bit to (hopefully!) make it clearer that the comic’s meant to be making fun of people who buy into the blanket generalization that all trans people’s genders are sourced to trauma — not replacing that generalization with the equally false one that *no* trans person has ever had a gender sourced to trauma.
Apologies for unclear wording!
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We Are the Youth is based on the online photojournalism project that shares the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in the United States.
$19.99 • Published by space-made
- 1 week ago
i want so badly to ignore this and just get on with my life, considering that i’m in the midst of tour and traveling the US right now, but it’s clear that I can’t escape this. this is a very long post, i am keeping it under a cut.
additionally, at least until tumblr moves…
- 2 weeks ago
According to a recent report from The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), titled Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2012, trans women encounter disproportionate amounts of violence relative to cisgender women: “53.8% of  anti-LGBTQ homicide victims in 2012 were transgender women and 73.1% were people of color.”
To attain its ultimate goal of an equal rights amendment, the women’s movement must rise from a coalition of diverse communities. It must include and accept all women, cis and trans gender, to achieve endgame. So far, the victories won with the help of transgender women are extraordinarily impressive, especially for such a marginalized community.
rock on, ladies.
You go girls :)
As usual it’s the trans women getting shit done in a community that has no to little appreciation for them. These women are inspirations!
(via projectqueer)Source: micdotcom