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May 14th, 2012

"There are 3 crucial points here. One, every transsexual has the right to survival on his/her own…"

“There are 3 crucial points here. One, every transsexual has the right to survival on his/her own terms. That means that every transsexual is entitled to a sex-change operation, and it should be provided by the community as one of its functions. This is an emergency measure for an emergency condition. Two, by changing our premises about men and women, role-playing, and polarity, the social situation of transsexuals will be transformed, and transsexuals will be integrated into community, no longer persecuted and despised. Three, community built on androgynous identity will mean the end of transsexuality as we know it. Either the transsexual will be able to expand his/her sexuality into a fluid androgyny, or, as roles disappear, the phenomenon of transsexuality will disappear and that energy will be transformed into new modes of sexual identity and behavior.”

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Andrea Dworkin, Woman Hating (via negationparty)

Well there ya have it. Second-wave rad-scum indeed eh?

(via suzy-x)

i mean also she eventually ended up assisting in the creation of “the transsexual empire” and stopped sticking up for trans women the moment it became inconvenient. so really only dworkin circa 1974 is off the hook

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Fuck, well that’s some inconsistency. I mean I knew of THAT Dworkin but I’m surprised that she wrote this BEFORE taking part in the hot mess that is The Transsexual Empire.

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May 14th, 2012

Four more things

  • The last woman who spoke at the fancypants lunch (“New York’s premier reproductive health event” ) was head of NARAL NY and she told the story of losing her baby (her term)  when she was 6 months pregnant, there was no heartbeat and her doctor refused to do a D&E, she had to go to three hospitals to find someone who would do it. It was a horrific and traumatic story, obviously very difficult for her to tell. I almost kind of blacked it out and it is just hitting me now. I don’t think she intended to tell it—she has a memoir coming out tomorrow and it is not mentioned in the book, she mentions losing the baby but not the rest. It is staggering to think about.

  • We discussed it a little on the way home and I told my editors how I am taking the Reproductive Health Access Project course in manual vacuum aspiration (w/Suzy!) and they were really into it. I was like “Seriously if the shit goes down I want to be able to help,” and they were like “WE WILL DO IT TOO.”

  • Sharon Camp, who is basically the woman that created Plan B, talked about how it all came to be. She is one of those people who makes it sound so simple, “Well I couldn’t find anyone who would manufacture it or distribute it, so I started a pharmaceutical company.”

  • Afterwards I went to meet a friend who was having a not-fun lady procedure and we gave her gummy sours after and took her home on the ferry.


It was really kind of blood and guts and emotional day, a lot of uteruses, but also sort of inspiring. I feel less hopeless about everything, a little.

May 14th, 2012

emilysyrja: Today I took yr advice and wore black…



emilysyrja:

Today I took yr advice and wore black lipstick.

Given that I have porcelain skin—well, I say I have porcelain skin, but I should probably say that I am the embodiment of the pasty nightmare vision suffered by countless East Lansing ladybros each time they scurry into a tanning salon, hoping to avoid my sad fate—and that I am about 30 pounds overweight, when I put on black lipstick, I instantly transform into a Chubby Goth Girl. As an aspiring comedian, this delights me; Chubby Goth Girls are inherently funny. Really! Even the most mundane, innocuous things become hilarious when a Chubby Goth Girl does them. (It constantly surprises me that there aren’t more network sitcoms about Chubby Goth Girls, but maybe that’s why I’m a perblogger and not a successful television writer. Anyway.)

TO WIT, here are just a few things I did today that ordinarily might not have been particularly funny, but were transmogrified into pure comedy gold by a swipe of dollar-store lipstick. Picture, if you will:

  • A Chubby Goth Girl scarfing Jimmy John’s on a park bench.
  • A Chubby Goth Girl needing to reapply her black lipstick after scarfing Jimmy John’s on a park bench.
  • A Chubby Goth Girl waiting for a bus, then approaching the bus when it arrives, then being blatantly ignored by said bus—which proceeds to guiltlessly zoom by after picking up the passenger in line before her (said passenger was, of course, not a Chubby Goth Girl).
  • A Chubby Goth Girl rushing to pick up her long-since-trashed bike before it is impounded by police, then pushing the thing—a groaning, rusted-out bubblegum pink Schwinn—halfway across campus to the bike shop to ask if it is worth fixing (and then being told that it is not worth fixing).

If you envisioned one or more of those scenarios and did not at least chuckle, you are probably a Chubby Goth Girl yourself. Or at least one of the more condescendingly empathetic East Lansing ladybros.

How does Bad Bangs Rockabilly Girl factor into this?

May 14th, 2012

OH MY GOD IN THE LAST GIF THO THE DOG CATCHES THE KITTY WHEN…









OH MY GOD IN THE LAST GIF THO THE DOG CATCHES THE KITTY WHEN SHE BEGINS TO FALL AND HELPS SET HER DOWN SAFELY

You guys, life is so beautiful sometimes.

May 14th, 2012

theaveragedayofme: so i got a haircut… and im kinda maybe sorta…



theaveragedayofme:

so i got a haircut…

and im kinda maybe sorta flipping out about it.

why? I think it’s cute. It doesn’t look that much different?

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May 14th, 2012

This is the fancypants place where I had fancypants lunch today…



This is the fancypants place where I had fancypants lunch today and a lady thanked me for being a vigilant pro-choice member of the media. FANCY PANTS AND ABORTION. Really my two favorite things in one event. The only thing better is if it had been on a boat. Also Andy Stern from NARAL got up and recited the ERA from heart and sang a song from Free to Be You and Me. Also at the next table was the Inter-Faith Pro-Choice Coalition of New York. Also Christine Quinn got up and told everyone about how she was the first person to say “vagina” in a press conference in NYC City Hall and my editor hugged me. SNIFF I LOVE EVERYONE.

PS Obv the feminist hair was off the hook.

May 14th, 2012

Dioramanomics

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we had a diorama tradition? So for every occasion you would give a diorama and so many people would have jobs. And we could reuse all kinds of things that people throw away. I HAVE SOLVED THE WORLD.

May 14th, 2012

jhameia: breadstickjalapeno: elegantbuffalo: Skagen is the…





jhameia:

breadstickjalapeno:

elegantbuffalo:

Skagen is the northernmost point of Denmark, where the Baltic and North Seas meet. The two opposing tides in this place can not merge because they have different densities.

i like to think that they’re kissing :3

WOW! And I thought seeing Cape North in PEI was cool!

May 14th, 2012

"White supremacy and racist institutions will not be eliminated through sympathetic white activists…"

“White supremacy and racist institutions will not be eliminated through sympathetic white activists spending several thousand dollars for nonprofit diversity trainings which can assist them in recognizing their own racial privilege and certifying their decision to renounce this privilege. The absurdity of privilege politics recenters antiracist practice on whites and white behavior, and assumes that racism (and often by implicit or explicit association, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia) manifest primarily as individual privileges which can be “checked,” given up, or absolved through individual resolutions. Privilege politics is ultimately completely dependent upon precisely that which it condemns: white benevolence.”

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(via ahystericalvoid)

May 14th, 2012

flasd: One example of many letters written by Emma Hauck during…



flasd:

One example of many letters written by Emma Hauck during her admission to the psychiatric hospital of the University of Heidelberg, 1909.