Archive for ‘liberation’

June 28th, 2012

anarchafeminist: Here it is! My RodeoH review! And this is…















anarchafeminist:

Here it is! My RodeoH review! 
And this is the post with the full set of pictures! 
All of the photos were taken by my spouse Charlene

I am modeling the black and dark grey size XS briefs. 
Right out of the package they fit perfectly (per the sizing info on the website). I’m sure they will shrink in the dryer, but I couldn’t wait to use them! 
I immediately put my packer (a 6” Limpy) inside the underwear as my packer, and jumped around my apartment. Nothing happened. It moved a little bit, but didn’t flop out of the leg holes or anything. 

The entire time I wore the harness (even during sex) I packed. As a trans* man, this was astonishing for me. There wasn’t ANY dysphoria with this harness. Usually the process of putting on strappy instruction manual harnesses is so mechanical that all sexiness is taken out of the situation, and you’re forced to strip naked (which can be triggering for some people) in order to put it on. 
I had the inkling that my partner and I would be having sex, so I slipped it on ahead of time, and before bedtime when moves were made I could immediately insert her favorite toy and get going! It was miraculous! 
Throughout the sexual process, multiple positions were used, and there wasn’t any discomfort on either end for us. The base on the end of the toy is a little small, and I was worried it would slip, but it didn’t. I truthfully forgot that I wasn’t a biological male while having sex with my partner. How crazy is that. 

I give this harness 100%! It was versatile in that I could pack and play with it, which as a trans* man is essential, and it was the most comfortable thing that I’ve ever worn underwear or harness wise. If you don’t already own one of the RodeoH harnesses, you’re missing out on the best sex of your life. Guaranteed. 

To help you get your first RodeoH harness (or a new one!), here’s a coupon code for $10 off your entire order, plus free shipping. Just enter the name Riley at checkout, and go change your sex life forever. 

SPREAD THE WORD about this post! This is my first modeling gig. ;) 
xoxo
Caleb 

we live in amazing times!

June 26th, 2012

If you’re a feminist who understands the (apparently not) radical concept that women can have penises and men can have vaginas (and that there are people with either or both of those who may very well identify as neither a man nor a woman), would you mind reblogging this? I could really use a little faith in humanity being restored right about now.

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June 22nd, 2012

"While cis girls, throughout their socialization and lives in our culture, internalize cultural…"

“While cis girls, throughout their socialization and lives in our culture, internalize cultural messages about ideal womanhood as a demand of what they need to be in order to be considered valuable, desirable, good women, they have the comparable ‘advantage’ of at least already being girls / women (or at least already having that assignment). Trans girls, though, are subjected to those same messages but internalize them as what is required to manifest womanhood at all. We’re swimming upstream against our gender assignment, and if THAT is what ‘being a woman is all about’, THAT gets internalized as the standard we need to live up not simply to be loved and valued, but in order to simply be read and perceived as ourselves. In other words, while cis girls internalize it as what they need to be in order to be good girls, trans girls internalize it as what they need to be in order to be.

This ends up creating a whole lot more existential urgency in a trans woman to live up to the cultural standards of womanhood. For us, the question driving our self-hatred and self-consciousness over stupid things like our body not meeting arbitrary-cultural-standard-of-beauty #2677 isn’t as relatively easily conquered as the desire to ‘fit in’ or be ‘good’. It’s instead driven by the pressing need to exist, to be embodied, to be seen by others and understood as who we are rather than who we aren’t.”

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Natalie Reed, Is He Checking Me Out, Or Just Staring At The Freak?

Read the whole thing.

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April 17th, 2012

"Why has it been difficult for feminists to imagine violence as a viable strategy for political…"

“Why has it been difficult for feminists to imagine violence as a viable strategy for political transformation? Why, despite a documented history of women’s violent struggle, have women tended to disavow their capacity for violence? Part of the answer can be found in the representational habit of positing resistance as the logical negation of the thing being resisted. In the case of violence, this means that - since men wield violence against women in an effort to maintain relations of domination - the use of violence by women would only serve to strengthen the logic of domination itself. Rachel Neumann confirms this tendency when she describes the feelings that some anti-globalization activists had with respect to the Black Bloc riot. In her account, protester violence seems to reiterate existing power imbalances. “Property destruction,” she notes, “has often been linked with larger uses of violence […] Because of the way that men in particular are taught to repress and vent their anger, it often comes out as an exaggerated representation of masculinity, reproducing instead of contradicting the existing power structure.”

According to this logic, by using violence to smash the violent system, activists end by reinforcing the system itself. Here, violence is construed as a logical quantity, a sign that can only be negated by siding with its representational antithesis. But Neumann’s formulation says more about the state of our current political impoverishment (where everything is subsumed within the representational sphere) than it does about violence itself. And while it can be easily transposed into the field of representation, violence itself is not merely a representational act. Its political effects can’t be measured on a balance sheet of stable significations. By abstracting violence from its social context, by distilling it into a representational essence and disconnecting it from the world of lived experience, activists run the risk of foreclosing the possibility of even contemplating the political use of violence.”

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Black Bloc, White Riot: Anti-Globalization and the Genealogy of Dissent (via combat—wombat)

If you had asked me 2 years ago how I felt about “violence” (and/or destruction) as a tactic, I would have made some quip about violence being the status quo and how everyone needs to be less violent, especially “men.” But I thought about how I was often punished for violently lashing back at other kids who spoke a word against me in grade school, whereas men in my family would beat women like it was a standard procedure. I resented it a lot, and eventually had taken to the idea that I might as well denounce all violence in order to deal with that resentment. But one can only sit with such resentment for so long, before fantasizing about, even realizing some kind of retribution or destruction of that which strengthens resentment. Deep in my heart I’d love for a world in which everyone to be “less violent,” but I no longer believe in that world, like I no longer believe male-socialized people have a monopoly on “violence” or destruction.

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March 6th, 2012

"We’re just not interested in questions about Women’s Liberation… You either think chauvinism’s shit…"

“We’re just not interested in questions about Women’s Liberation… You either think chauvinism’s shit or you don’t. We think it’s shit… Girls shouldn’t hang around with people who give them aggro about what they want to do. If they do they’re idiots.”

- Slits guitarist Viv Albertine, NME, June 1977
March 3rd, 2012

unaguerrasinfondo: Doña Lolita, as she is singularly known in…



unaguerrasinfondo:

Doña Lolita, as she is singularly known in Puerto Rico—no last name necessary—became a nationalist hero in 1954 when she organized an assault on the U.S. Congress with her comrades Rafael Cancel Miranda, Irving Flores and Andres Figueroa Cordero. On March 1, 1954, Lolita and her three comrades calmly entered the Capitol, walked through the lobby and up to the visitor’s gallery above the chamber in the House of Representatives, which was in session. Shortly thereafter, Lolita gave the order, the Nationalists unfurled the Puerto Rican flag, Lolita stood up and shouted “Que Viva Puerto Rico Libre!” and within seconds they opened fire on the U.S. Congress. Five congressmen were wounded in the attack. All four Nationalists were immediately arrested. Soon after the attack, the mass media launched a campaign to demonize the Puerto Rican independence movement. But Lolita was not intimidated: “I am not sorry! I am not sorry to come and demand freedom for my country in any place.” As she had written on a note in her purse the day of the attack: “My life I give for the freedom of my country. This is a cry for victory in our struggle for independence… . The United States of America is betraying the sacred principles of mankind in their continuous subjugation of my country.” The four were soon convicted and given life sentences. During the social upsurge of the 1960s and 1970s in Puerto Rico and the United States, more and more people raised the demand for the immediate release of the four as political prisoners and combatants in a just war of self-determination. An international campaign arose, which gained steam with the diplomatic and political support of revolutionary Cuba. The pressure paid off in 1979, when President Jimmy Carter granted amnesty to Lolita Lebron, and the other nationalists, after spending 24 years in prison.

(photo: the arrest of Dolores Lebrón Sotomayor, March 1, 1954)

(text quoted from PSLweb.org, authored by Monica Ruiz and Javier Lavoe.)

September 19th, 2010

“We weren’t political, we weren’t feminists by label, but we…



“We weren’t political, we weren’t feminists by label, but we were automatically women’s rights by being who we were and making sure we were who we were and remaining who we were. Punk really started with equality of girls. There’s a whole culture and so many girls contributed to that. There was a window for female expression in punk when it started. That’s why The Slits were even able to survive and live it and be born into that revolution and have a chance…”  —Ari Up

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September 11th, 2010

Yes.



Yes.

July 26th, 2010

Fuck Equality, I Want Liberation

            bell hooks

“Within patriarchy woman has no legitimate voice. Her voice is either constructed in complicity or resistance. If the choice is not radical then we speak only what the patriarchal culture would have us say. If we do not speak as liberators we collapse under the weight of this effort to speak within patriarchal confines or lose ourselves without dying.”

bell hooks, from Remembered Rapture: The Writer At Work (via sarahgraham7, revolutionnow)