1. Transparent is looking for a trans woman writer

    "Transparent" is looking for a trans woman to join the writing team for its second season. No TV writing experience required:

    Currently, Soloway and her writing team are accepting short stories written by trans women, and will select five with whom to develop a sample script, notes the Guardian. One woman will be chosen to remain a Transparent writer, while the other four, Soloway explains, will have made some industry connections and will leave with a script to shop around.

    One of the show’s main writers, Ali Liebegott, is a queer, masculine gender-nonconforming fiction writer who similarly had no prior experience writing for television before joining theTransparent crew. Soloway was vocal about implementing what she calls a “transfirmative action program,” employing several trans actors, including Alexandra Billings, Ian Harvie,  Trace Lysette, and D’Lo in secondary roles, trans artists Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst as associate producers, and other trans people at “different layers of production.”

    But for a show centered on a trans woman, Soloway says she needs to ensure a trans woman is part of its writing. “It’s absolutely necessary,” she explained to the panel audience. “And it’s gonna change the show.”

    Haven’t watched the show, and I know its had its issues, but this could still be a good opportunity to gain some industry connections, maybe? - a

  2. Be prepared for the best thing to grace your computer screens today: Shh…Diam!‘s latest music video, “Julie Don’t Listen to Them,” contains all the queers in blazers, “happy hard core” and awkward glances you’ll need for the week.

    The band started accidentally in 2009, when vocalist and lead guitarist Farah lied about having a band to get a gig. Since then they’ve been joined by Yon (guitar, vocals), Jellene (drums) and Yoyo (bass) to get the wonderfully quirky mix of jazz, metal and punk that makes up the staple of Malaysia’s queer music scene you see before today. Diam! means “quiet!” in Malay, though Farah says you probably shouldn’t put too much stock into it.

     

    (Source: autostraddle.com)

  3. cats-and-cardigans:

Fiction:
Babyji by Abha Dawesar
Blue Boy, by Rakesh Satyal
Funny Boy, by Shyam Selvadurai
Ode to Lata, Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla
The Paths of Marriage, by Mala Kumar
The Pregnant King, by Devdutt Pattanaik
Quarantine, by Rahul Mehta
She of the Mountains, by Vivek Shraya
The Two Krishnas, by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla
The World Unseen, by Shamim Sarif
Non-Fiction & Anthologies:
AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India, by Amartya Sen and various authors
Because I Have A Voice: Queer Politics in India, edited by Arvind Narrain and Gautam Bhan
Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love, and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India, by Parmesh Shahani
Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures, by Gayatri Gopinath
The Invisibles, by Zia Jaffrey
A Lotus of Another Color, by Rakesh Ratti
Love’s Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West by Ruth Vanita
Made in India: Decolonializations, Queer Sexualities, Trans/National Projects, by Suparna Bhaskaran
Same-Sex Love in India, edited by Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwal
Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes: Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia, by Sanjay Srivastava
Shikhandi and Other Tales They Don’t Tell You, by Devdutt Pattanaik
Queer Activism in India: A Story in the Anthropology of Ethics, by Naisargi Dave
Queering India: Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society, by Ruth Vanita
With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India, by Gaytri Reddy

    cats-and-cardigans:

    Fiction:

    Non-Fiction & Anthologies:

  4. throughmotion:

    "Love the sinner, hate the sin"

    A study of intimacy between two gay & lesbian couples.

    Look at this rly cool dancer/choreographer I know doing the things. -s

  5. another-concrete-r0se:

    themindsetofimperfection:

    afrogirlwonder:

    Relevant

    I’ve been waiting for someone to make this a gif

    damn near 30 years ago and still relevant

    (Source: matildaswormwood)

  6. Acceptable female targets: what we don’t talk about when we talk about butch misogyny

    redressalert:

    lavenderjanestrikesback:

    A butch friend of mine went through this really unfortunate phase once, where she made all these jokes about women drivers.

    I don’t tolerate that kind of talk. When I hear someone trashing women, I feel no less offended and disgusted than I would if that person had thrown up on my shoes.

    So I told my friend that I didn’t think those jokes were funny, that she would have to stop telling them if she wanted to be my friend. Because she is a kind, thoughtful, politically aware person, she stopped telling them.

    I’m still friends with her and she still feels embarrassed when she remembers what she said. To be honest, I think she’s a little hard on herself. We’ve all done it, and I don’t mean the butch we, I mean the lesbian we, the woman we, the ALL OF US we.

    It’s too easy to engage in these little horizontal hostilities. It’s too easy to sympathize with the people who oppress us. We are all responsible for our ability to harm each other, and we are all responsible for calling out harmful behavior when we see it. I take that responsibility very seriously.

    But the term “butch misogyny” makes me want to break something.

    Because misogyny is poison, and every single person born female in our society is forced to drink it, and smile, and thank the person who poisoned her and lie about how good the poison tasted. And when you’re forced to drink poison with a grateful heart every single day of your life, it’s going to affect you in ugly ways. Sooner or later, you are going to throw up on someone’s shoes.

    And when someone throws up, no matter how gross you think it is, a caring friend says: “Are you okay? Was it something you ate?”  Instead, when butch women make misogynist comments, we call it by the special term created just for them— “butch misogyny”— suggesting that butch women INVENTED misogyny, that it has never harmed us, that we benefit from it, and that we are the primary perpetrators of it in queer communities.

    Let that last part sink in.

    There is no special term for “misogyny perpetrated by het males.” There is no special term for “misogyny perpetrated by gay males.” There is no special term for “misogyny perpetrated by males who like to wear women’s clothing.”

    And that’s curious, isn’t it? Males are the only people who stand to benefit from misogyny without incurring any damage to themselves. Males are consistently the worst perpetrators of misogyny in queer communities, causing the most harm, on the highest institutional levels, the most often.

    When you promote the term “butch misogyny,” you deliberately turn a blind eye to the real problem and promote the scapegoating of some of our community’s most vulnerable members.

    What we call “butch misogyny” is not an expression of woman hatred but an expression of self hatred. Butch women are no strangers to self hatred, it comes easily to us, we have to make peace with it. Maybe that’s why we’ve accepted our role as scapegoat within queer communities. We’re already scapegoats in the straight world, where we are the most visible and most despised targets of our society’s hatred for lesbians; maybe we’re used to it.

    Or maybe butch women cooperate with the term “butch misogyny” because it equates us with men. Maybe we take it as a twisted compliment; maybe we feel that it boosts us up a rung on the queer hierarchy. We’re no stranger to that, either. Since childhood, we have known that the barrier between the men’s world and the women’s world is permeable. We have been able to slip across and taste the forbidden fruits of personhood. Maybe we hope that, if we shoulder responsibility for men’s crimes, we can keep some of that personhood for ourselves, at least in our own little corner of society.

    If that’s what we think, we’re horribly misguided. As much as it hurts to face the truth, we have to admit that we are not men. Butch women are women. We are brave, smart, scrappy, tough-as-hell women. The way we are is natural, healthy and adaptive. We deserve to be loved and respected for what we are and it is completely unfair that we ever have to pretend to be men to get that respect. It’s worse than unfair— it’s oppressive.

    Because my friend still feels bad about her woman driver jokes, she brought it up again recently to apologize. I asked her why she ever thought those jokes were funny in the first place.

    "Oh," she said, "I guess… I was working as a line cook and all of my coworkers were men. They made those jokes all the time, and I had to make those jokes too, or they’d turn it against me and make me the target. I forgot to leave that stuff in the kitchen where it belongs. You know. Butch privilege!"

    "You had to make jokes at your own expense to protect yourself from male violence at work? I see the logic, but how is that privilege?"

    "Because once I was in the boys club I got treated a lot better than other women," she said.

    "Did you, though?" I said. "You don’t think your male coworkers enjoyed watching you humiliate yourself? You think you were getting what they had? Let me ask you something. How many of those men have ever had to disown their maleness as a survival tactic? When do men ever do that?"

    She didn’t have an answer, but she was suspicious of my argument, she thought I was trying to tell her that it was okay for her to trash women.

    Listen, that’s not what I’m saying. It is not okay for you to trash women. I mean “you” in the most collective sense possible, you, dear reader, YOU. Butch women are not acceptable female targets. Stop looking for acceptable female targets. Stop it.

    I am saying that if you are a woman (ANY woman) who trashes women (ANY women) you need to realize that you are throwing up all over your sisters because you drank poison. It’s not your fault that you drank poison, but you need to stick around and help clean up.

    I am saying that you need to look long and hard at men, and especially at your queer brothers. Look at the gay men who say that your genitals look like potted meat mush. Look at the drag queens who mock you in front of gleeful audiences. Look at the het males who demand that you validate their identities by sleeping with them and who fly into histrionic fits every time you say the word “vagina” or admit that you menstruate.

    I want you to ask yourself why you’ve never proposed a special term for their brand of misogyny— actual misogyny that reflects an actual hierarchy.

    Ask yourself why you’re so comfortable sacrificing butch women at the altar of male feelings.

    Because it may be time to consider the possibility that you are engaging in a little horizontal aggression of your own.

    Freaking brilliant:

    "Because misogyny is poison, and every single person born female in our society is forced to drink it, and smile, and thank the person who poisoned her and lie about how good the poison tasted. And when you’re forced to drink poison with a grateful heart every single day of your life, it’s going to affect you in ugly ways. Sooner or later, you are going to throw up on someone’s shoes."

    Relevant—

    ""Because once I was in the boys club I got treated a lot better than other women," she said.

    "Did you, though?" I said. "You don’t think your male coworkers enjoyed watching you humiliate yourself? You think you were getting what they had? Let me ask you something. How many of those men have ever had to disown their maleness as a survival tactic? When do men ever do that?""

    //You think you were getting what they had?//

  7. medievalpoc:

    fandomsandfeminism:

    superhappy:

    cognitivedissonance:

    After threats against her life, Anita Sarkeesian canceled an upcoming talk at Utah State University. Gamergate trolls are celebrating on Twitter while simultaneously dismissing the threats as nothing. Does this read like nothing to you?

    “I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”

    The email’s author threatened to murder feminist women indiscriminately in a mass shooting. And because carrying guns on campus outweigh the right of students and guests to be safe, Anita Sarkeesian canceled her talk.

    BUT WE SHOULDN’T FEEL THREATENED, RIGHT?

    BECAUSE IT’S JUST THE INTERNET, RIGHT?

    The bullies won this time. And if you think this shit isn’t dangerous, I’m fresh out of fucks to give and I’m not restocking any time soon. It’s goddamn wrong to to dismiss this by claiming the author isn’t serious. Elliot Rodger’s rantings were dismissed until it was too late.

    This. Is. Not. OK.

    This is terrifying

    I’ve been talking a lot about engaging in popular culture with awareness and consuming media critically the last day or two. And I wanted to reblog this because in the United States, the term “culture wars” is often used as a metaphor, but it’s becoming all too accurate.

    Writers and bloggers, academics and activists, are not only being openly attacked, but their attackers are being portrayed in the media as having “a difference of opinion”. The fact is, no one is willing to step up and defend our right to speak and be still remain physically safe. Social media and topical websites (by which I mean the people who run them and write for them) are complicit in this kind of silencing and abuse. The police are complicit when they refuse to provide safety. Anyone who does not push back, who does not say, “Wait, this is NOT okay!” is complicit.

    Every woman I know who engages in any kind of critique of poplar culture has been subjected to threats, harassment, stalking, and attempts to slander or discredit their work. I’ve been subjected to this, especially when I’ve said anything whatsoever about video games. Where does it end? When do we say “no more”?

  8. collaterlysisters:

howtobeafuckinglady:

skinandbands:

howtobeafuckinglady:

tin-d0g:

xeansan:

camerongale:

drakensberg:

ttthegingerqueer:

Just filled out my health insurance forms!

yeah!!! fucking around with health insurance forms!!!!

I hate when people complain about “oh health forms are stupid they want my biological sex instead of my gender!!!!” or “they only have male or female!!!”
There’s a reason for that, you dumb fucks, and they’re referring to biological sex
Different health risks are present in different sexes, and whatever gender is in your head does not change the fact that if you were born female, you have a higher risk for certain cancers and osteoporosis, and if you were born male you have a higher risk for heart disease and often a shorter lifespan than a female.
In other words, your biological sex is an important factor in health and health insurance, and your special snowflake status doesn’t change that.

Coulda said it nicer but it’s true; it’s about health.

No. There gets a point where nice doesn’t work. There’s too many stupid ass angsty teens on here that are gonna get themselves seriously hurt or sick because they wanna be a special fucking snowflake. Lemme tell you a thing. Doctors don’t give a flying fuck what you identify as. All they want to know is do you have two X chromosomes or an XY? Because cancer and lupus and certain medicines don’t give a flying fuck what pronouns you use. This is about your fucking LIFE. stop being angsty for TWELVE SECONDS because when you’re in an ambulance or going into cardiac arrest or whatever the situation may be, it’s ESSENTIAL that you get your head out of your ass long enough to tell them your BIOLOGICAL SEX that you were BORN WITH. It literally may save your life.

this is all very violent imo 

It’s important

it’s not but ok lol

hi im one of those doctors you idiots keep using as an excuse to yell at trans people
every single thing you’ve said is incorrect, and you do not know what you are talking about
I may need to know what organs a patient does or does not have, their hormonal status and history of exposure, and even their karyotype. Ideas like “biological sex” can often imply a lot of this. In medicine, that isn’t good enough. We have to be able to catch exceptions, side-effects, sequelae, and anomalies that might affect only one in a million patients. Exceptions to any one or more elements of the “biological sex” paradigm are much, much, much, much more common than that.
You genuinely do not know a patient’s chromosomes until you’ve run an expensive test, and even then, who knows! they could be a mosaic. Whether this information is important, and when, and why, depends. It all completely depends. A gender/sex/whatever marker on a form is not and never will be important. No matter how you cut it, is and always will be a miniscule source of information. Frankly, by disclosing a trans background on this form, the OP has made it more diagnostically useful to a clinician than that form has ever been before - we trans people are statistically very uncommon and tend to encounter distinct hardships and challenges that are highly relevant to our medical needs. Even then, it would still be no substitute for actually interviewing the patient.
So that’s the other thing you House addicts don’t have a clue about. Good doctors do “give a flying fuck” about how the patient identifies, because a patient’s background is absolutely key to their health. Knowing a patient’s basic demographics can help me think about what may be more or less likely in terms of their care needs.
More importantly, it helps me treat my patient with respect. This is both the decent thing to do and an absolute minimum requirement for being able to get damn near anything done. You sneering choads couldn’t cure a side of beef.

Bam.
People act like biological sex is like some magic super-true fact when oh shit, it’s also pretty constructed. I don’t want my doctor to treat me like some model whatever, the point is that something is individual going on in my body!

    collaterlysisters:

    howtobeafuckinglady:

    skinandbands:

    howtobeafuckinglady:

    tin-d0g:

    xeansan:

    camerongale:

    drakensberg:

    ttthegingerqueer:

    Just filled out my health insurance forms!

    yeah!!! fucking around with health insurance forms!!!!

    I hate when people complain about “oh health forms are stupid they want my biological sex instead of my gender!!!!” or “they only have male or female!!!”

    There’s a reason for that, you dumb fucks, and they’re referring to biological sex

    Different health risks are present in different sexes, and whatever gender is in your head does not change the fact that if you were born female, you have a higher risk for certain cancers and osteoporosis, and if you were born male you have a higher risk for heart disease and often a shorter lifespan than a female.

    In other words, your biological sex is an important factor in health and health insurance, and your special snowflake status doesn’t change that.

    Coulda said it nicer but it’s true; it’s about health.

    No. There gets a point where nice doesn’t work. There’s too many stupid ass angsty teens on here that are gonna get themselves seriously hurt or sick because they wanna be a special fucking snowflake. Lemme tell you a thing. Doctors don’t give a flying fuck what you identify as. All they want to know is do you have two X chromosomes or an XY? Because cancer and lupus and certain medicines don’t give a flying fuck what pronouns you use. This is about your fucking LIFE. stop being angsty for TWELVE SECONDS because when you’re in an ambulance or going into cardiac arrest or whatever the situation may be, it’s ESSENTIAL that you get your head out of your ass long enough to tell them your BIOLOGICAL SEX that you were BORN WITH. It literally may save your life.

    this is all very violent imo 

    It’s important

    it’s not but ok lol

    hi im one of those doctors you idiots keep using as an excuse to yell at trans people

    every single thing you’ve said is incorrect, and you do not know what you are talking about

    I may need to know what organs a patient does or does not have, their hormonal status and history of exposure, and even their karyotype. Ideas like “biological sex” can often imply a lot of this. In medicine, that isn’t good enough. We have to be able to catch exceptions, side-effects, sequelae, and anomalies that might affect only one in a million patients. Exceptions to any one or more elements of the “biological sex” paradigm are much, much, much, much more common than that.

    You genuinely do not know a patient’s chromosomes until you’ve run an expensive test, and even then, who knows! they could be a mosaic. Whether this information is important, and when, and why, depends. It all completely depends. A gender/sex/whatever marker on a form is not and never will be important. No matter how you cut it, is and always will be a miniscule source of information. Frankly, by disclosing a trans background on this form, the OP has made it more diagnostically useful to a clinician than that form has ever been before - we trans people are statistically very uncommon and tend to encounter distinct hardships and challenges that are highly relevant to our medical needs. Even then, it would still be no substitute for actually interviewing the patient.

    So that’s the other thing you House addicts don’t have a clue about. Good doctors do “give a flying fuck” about how the patient identifies, because a patient’s background is absolutely key to their health. Knowing a patient’s basic demographics can help me think about what may be more or less likely in terms of their care needs.

    More importantly, it helps me treat my patient with respect. This is both the decent thing to do and an absolute minimum requirement for being able to get damn near anything done. You sneering choads couldn’t cure a side of beef.

    Bam.

    People act like biological sex is like some magic super-true fact when oh shit, it’s also pretty constructed. I don’t want my doctor to treat me like some model whatever, the point is that something is individual going on in my body!

  9. feministingforchange:

appropriately-inappropriate:

palavenblues:

staragus:

babygirlintheshadows:

buffaluffalo:

ghdos:

cardinal-signs:

shaish:

firesalamander12:

I love this duck

I never thought of that this is genius.

huh.

When I was considering homelessness, I already knew I’d be doing this. It makes so much sense. Planet Fitness is only $10 a month so it’s not like you wouldn’t be able to afford it.

a friendly reminder

real life P.S.A..

I’ve had friends that have done this when they needed to escape their unsupportive families.

this was my entire plan when I thought I’d be homeless.  

Just in case anyone needs it.

this is so important

    feministingforchange:

    appropriately-inappropriate:

    palavenblues:

    staragus:

    babygirlintheshadows:

    buffaluffalo:

    ghdos:

    cardinal-signs:

    shaish:

    firesalamander12:

    I love this duck

    I never thought of that this is genius.

    huh.

    When I was considering homelessness, I already knew I’d be doing this. It makes so much sense. Planet Fitness is only $10 a month so it’s not like you wouldn’t be able to afford it.

    a friendly reminder

    real life P.S.A..

    I’ve had friends that have done this when they needed to escape their unsupportive families.

    this was my entire plan when I thought I’d be homeless.  

    Just in case anyone needs it.

    this is so important

    (Source: creppybahl)

  10. goldstarbisexual:

    "sexuality is a spectrum so everyone’s a little bisexual"

    visible light is also a spectrum but i don’t see you calling everything you’ve ever seen “a little green”