A genderqueer love story; A 13 year-old girl who knows more about slut-shaming and why it’s wrong than almost any adult I know; Pink tanks; Transgender Israeli man gives birth; Why you should buy girl scout cookies; Metonymy; Who’s the queerest of the queer?
It’s another Thursday Round-Up!
From the Queer Blogosphere
Israeli Transgender Man Gives Birth
Yuval Topper-Erez is the first Israeli transgender man to give birth. Congratulations to him, his spouse, and their baby Lyrrie!
Girls Scout Cookie Boycott?
There are plenty of reasons why I’m not a fan of the Girl Scouts or their cookies… But right now, I want to buy a case!
This girl scout wants to boycott the Girl Scouts cookie fundraiser because some divisions allow transgender girls to be members. She attempts to find a basis in girl scout values like honesty — the thesis being that girls and parents are being lied to, and that transgender girls are actually boys who decided they want to be girls… Well, watch for yourself.
Edit: The video seems to have been removed — perhaps because of all the hackles it raised? I hope so! But you can still see who and what is behind it, and get a full nauseating look at their agenda at the Honest Girl Scouts website.
Some good response videos here and here. And this one by a queer former girl scout →
(And someone needs to explain to Huffington Post that transgender is NOT gay)
Queerer Than Thou
I love this comedy, which aims to answer the age-old question —
Who’s the queerest of them all? (Which is all eerily familiar…)
(“I’m so queer, I’m beyond identity politics…” 🙂 )
Genderqueer love story
Discovery of the Week
I love learning new stuff. Here are two words I was not familiar with before:
Microaggression: The idea that specific interactions between those of different races, cultures, or genders can be interpreted as non-physical aggression.
|Microassault||An explicit derogation characterized primarily by verbal or nonverbal attack meant to hurt the intended victim through name calling, avoidant behavior, or purposeful discriminatory actions.|
|Microinsult||Characterized by communications that convey rudeness and insensitivity and demean a person’s racial/cultural/gender heritage or identity|
|Microinvalidation||Characterized by communications that exclude, negate, or nullify a person’s psychological thoughts, feelings, or experiential reality.|
Metonymy: A figure of speech used in rhetoric in which a thing or concept is not called by its own name, but by the name of something intimately associated with that thing or concept. For instance, “Hollywood” as used to represent the American movie industry. Or, “The pen is mightier than the sword”, whereas “pen” represents the written word, and “sword” represents physical force.
While not necessarily a political/activist term, I learned it in this context. It’s dangerous to send me on Google searches to discover why a feminist-orientalist-activist-academician-Facebook-friend of mine used it in a political argument… I came up with a whole new way to look at how we use words in our political discourse. For example, this academic paper explores how the Bush administration used metaphorical and metonymical references to create solidarity (with “The American People”) and distance (from “The Iraqi People).
But you don’t need to delve into high-level academics to understand this: Just think about the automatic substitutions we do every day. Can you spot the difference in these (made-up) headlines?
- Russia Plans War With Japan
- Russian Premier, Sergei Doe, Opines That War With Japan Is Inevitable.
Think about how that changes our perception of what we read and hear.
Gender & Socialization
Fotoshop by Adobé
This video by Jesse Rosten has gone mega-viral, but just in case you haven’t seen it — it’s a must!
**This commercial isn’t real, and neither are society’s standards of beauty.**
13 Y.O. Explains Why Slut Shaming Is Wrong
I love this girl — I can’t believe she’s thirteen! Most adults I know cannot reason this well, and don’t know as much.
MRI Scan of Female Orgasm
You know what it feels like… Do you know what it looks like? Really, science knows so little about it. Have you any idea how many sections of your brain light up?
To me — this is BEAUTIFUL.
And just because it’s fun – Art Cars!
Feminist Art Car — Vain Van
Peacenik Art Car — Ping-Pong VW
Make Afghans, Not War