Me: Wow navigating colonialism and being queer is really difficult when trying to decolonize because queerness is a colonial concept in language but my people have always had queerness but idk what we call it tho ha ha colonial crisis I'm crying.
White queers: *throws glitter*

Wow. Tending to your mental health can be such an intense and ever-evolving practice! And it weaves itself into all facets of your life. I was taking birth control for a long while due to unstable hormones aka my body producing more testosterone than estrogen, which resulted in not enough estrogen to get my period but creating a ton of anxiety and some aggression. So I had to take birth control every day for the estrogen! But, after prolonged use it, in conjunction with my Zoloft, really killed my sex drive and made me feel hella muted. So, I stopped taking estrogen 4 weeks ago, and started exercising and taking care of my basic needs more fully/deeply, and am figuring out how to take care of the effects of hormones on my body. Intense stuff, folks! Hella reflecting on mental health, gender, medicine, self-care, hormones, and lotsa feelings!

More Men Raped Than Women In US? - Not the Singularity

anrawrasaurus:

In January, prodded in part by outrage over a series of articles in the New York Review of Books, the Justice Department finally released an estimate of the prevalence of sexual abuse in penitentiaries. The reliance on filed complaints appeared to understate the problem. For 2008, for example, the government had previously tallied 935 confirmed instances of sexual abuse. After asking around, and performing some calculations, the Justice Department came up with a new number: 216,000. That’s 216,000 victims, not instances. These victims are often assaulted multiple times over the course of the year. The Justice Department now seems to be saying that prison rape accounted for the majority of all rapes committed in the US in 2008, likely making the United States the first country in the history of the world to count more rapes for men than for women.

The FBI recorded 90,479 cases of rape for women in 2008. Many more rapes go unreported and thus unrecorded, of course, but then I suppose many more cases of male rape in prisons went unrecorded too. Statistics are often contradictory but suggest that as many as two thirds of all rapes are never reported. Extend that across the board and its clear the US has a problem – and indeed, America’s recorded rape rate is as much as thirteen times higher than other developed nations.

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Still rooted in the same patriarchal rape culture power structures, but this is an appalling statistic.

On a related note, I was at one of Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform meetings with top Republican aides two years ago and there was a guy from a non-profit presenting to raise awareness about the prison rape issue, and the people there laughed. Like, actually laughed. It was disgusting.

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dtraveljournal:

Take a ticket stub or plane ticket or whatever to kinkos, have them blow it up, print it on that fabric transfer stuff and make this pillow.

Yes! All the traveling I’ve done and will do…. This is awesome.

movingupward:

dtraveljournal:

Take a ticket stub or plane ticket or whatever to kinkos, have them blow it up, print it on that fabric transfer stuff and make this pillow.

Yes! All the traveling I’ve done and will do…. This is awesome.

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society: *criticizes girls for being fat, ugly and slutty*
girls: *criticize other girls for being fat, ugly and slutty*
society: what is Up with this Epidemic of Girl Bullying. Girls are just so catty and mean! when I was a Young Lass we never had to worry about this but now with the Tweeter and the My Face, these Real Life Mean Girls can Run Rampant! Golly gee, when boys fight they just hit each other and it's over, but girls are So Horrible.

billierain:

Shit people say to sick and disabled queers,
And shit sick and disabled queers say (to each other, to other people, to themselves)
And repeat!

Religion is the cause of all wars. Science is what I believe in.

White proverb, where they conveniently forget that science is responsible for horrible, horrible shit as well

Also, was religion ever a reason for WW1, WW2, the Civil War, War of 1812, etc.?

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My goofy little self fell in a hole while running at my local dog park & (in human terms) I ruptured my ACL. The only way to fix it is surgery, which my family needs help paying for. Please help me heal!

Dearest Family and Friends-

On Monday, March 25th I took my dog, Ellie, to the dog park for a run. We were having a great time, until she tripped in a hole, and ruptured her cruciate ligament in her knee! This is the human equivalent of rupturing your ACL. It was pretty awful!

After spending $600 on tests, it was determined that she will need emergency surgery from a specialist to repair her leg. Normally, this surgery is $5,500-$8,000!! I have been able to work with a surgeon who will perform the surgery for $3,400 due to my low-income status and lack of financial resources within my family. This is an amazing discount!

I have applied for 2 financial aid scholarships from RedRover Relief and the Pit Bull Rescue Central. If they approve my applications, they will only be able to help with a small amount of the funds. I am also working on putting together a fundraiser at the local gay bar that Ellie and I frequent, details soon to be announced.

Please check out my online fundraising page, at http://elliepuppylove.weebly.com/   Even if you cannot donate, please help Ellie and me by getting the word out! I know y’all have fabulous circles of friends, and I would be forever grateful if you could please forward my fundraising page around to those folks.

Thank you so much!

Chelsea

mocosyamores:

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thepeoplesrecord:

Going beyond the Western gender binary - unlearning our backward cultural conditioning 

In Western colonial society (which dominates many aspects of the globalized, capitalist world today) we operate under the presumption that there are only two genders, male and female. But gender is a social construction. One’s options for what gender they identify with are shaped by the culture they are born into. Biological factors are most-often the primary driving forces that choose among the available socially-constructed gender categories.

Cultures around the world have different ways of talking about, thinking about, and identifying gender. It’s often a challenge for (particularly cis-sexual) Westerns to think about other ways gender can be socially constructed. Westerns have the false equivalency of gender and sex drilled into their eternal psyche from the time they are very young, and re-enforced through examples in popular culture. There is no biological reality to gender. Many Westerners have the bizarre belief that one’s XY-sex-determination should also inform one’s gender identity, a socially constructed role in society.

In some cultures, there is no distinction made between gender and sexual orientation and the same can be said for sexual orientation - our culture socially-constructs the options and our biology helps us identify which socially-constructed option feels most ‘right’ and best resonates with us.

I’ve attached some photos to offer some examples of non-colonial, non-Western construction of gender. They’ve all been uploaded onto our Facebook page photostream in case you’d like to ‘like’ or ‘share’ them there. There are literally hundreds of ‘third-gender’ identifying peoples around the world. The eight I’ve chosen are mostly examples I remember from some of my anthropology courses but if you google ‘third genders’ you can find many lists and examples.

Who cares? Why it matters.

The most obvious reason to care about the way our culture has constructed gender and sexual orientation is to deepen one’s capacity for solidarity with people who identify as transgender, transsexual, and others whose gender or sexual identity exists outside of binary Western culture.

But there are other reasons as well. Western culture’s binary nature often creates non-sensical, problematic binary identity constructions that are inherently problematic. For example, I believe that Western masculinity (dominance, aggression, lack of communication, lack of emotional expression, etc) is inherently problematic. I believe that to be the reason why most acts of large-scale-violence and terror are committed by men (see: 100% of the mass school shootings in the United States), and I believe it fosters a degree of internal misery within people who heavily adopt these particular ‘masculine’ traits.

In the age of information, and the age of global connectivity, there is no longer any reason (particularly for young people) to feel isolated or restricted to Western definitions of gender, sexual orientation and identity in general. I think the social ramifications of a generation where more and more people begin to identify outside of the gender binary would be tremendous, and I think we should all consider how we can unlearn our cultural conditioning to embrace other, perhaps less exploitative and dominating identities.

Background information on the identities depicted in the above images:

Hijras
Hijras are male-body-born, feminine-gender-identifying people who live in South Asia (mostly in India & Nepal). Many Hijras live in well-defined, organized, all-Hijra communities, led by a guru.

Although many Hijras identify as Muslim, many practice a form of syncretism that draws on multiple religions; seeing themselves to be neither men nor women, Hijras practice rituals for both men and women.

Hijras belong to a special caste. They are usually devotees of the mother goddess Bahuchara Mata, Lord Shiva, or both.

Nandi female husbands
Among the Nandi in Western Kenya, one social identity option for women is to become a female husband, and thus a man in society’s eyes. Female husbands are expected to become men and take on all of the social and cultural responsibilities of a man, including finding a wife to marry and passing on property to the next generation through marriage. Female husbands may have lived their lives as women and may even be married to a man, but once she becomes a female-husband, she is expected to be a man. Women married to female-husbands may have sex with single men uninterested in commitment in order to become pregnant, but the female-husband (who is often an older woman, often a widow) will father the child of said pregnancy and treat the child like her own.

Two-spirited people
Two-Spirit is an umbrella term sometimes used for what was once commonly known as ‘berdaches’, Indigenous North Americans who fulfill one of many mixed gender roles found traditionally among many Native Americans and Canadian First Nations communities. The term usually indicates a person whose body simultaneously manifests both a masculine and a feminine spirit. Male and female two-spirits have been “documented in over 130 tribes, in every region of North America.”

Travesti
In South America (with a large presence in Brazil), a travesti is a person who was assigned male at birth who has a feminine gender identity and is primarily sexually attracted to masculine men. Therefore, sometimes the distinction between gender identity and sexual orientation is not made. Travestis have been described as a third gender, but not all see themselves this way.Travestis often will begin taking female hormones and injecting silicone to enlargen their backsides as boys and continue the process into womanhood.

The work of cultural Anthropologist Don Kulick (a gay male by Western definitions) in Brazil demonstrated that gender construction in Brazil is binary (like Western gender construction), but unlike Western gender construction, instead of having a male-female binary, there is a male-notmale.

In this particular construction of gender:

  • Males include: men who have sex with women, men who have sex with Travestis but are never on the receiving end of anal sex, men who have sex with men but are never on the receiving end of anal sex.
  • Not-males include: women, men who receive anal sex from ‘male’ gay men or from Travestis.

Fa’afafine
Fa’afafine are the gender liminal, or third-gendered people of Samoa. A recognized and integral part of traditional Samoan culture, fa’afafine, born biologically male, embody both male and female gender traits. Their gendered behavior typically ranges from extravagantly feminine to mundanely masculine

Waria
Waria is a traditional third general role found in modern Indonesia. Additionally, the Bugis culture of Sulawesi (one of the four larger Sunda Islands of Indonesia) has been described as having three sexes (male, female and intersex) as well as five genders with distinct social roles.

Six Genders of old Israel
In the old Kingdom of Israel (1020–931 BCE) there were six officially recognized genders:

  • Zachar: male
  • Nekeveh: female
  • Androgynos: both male and female
  • Tumtum: gender neutral/without definite gender
  • Aylonit: female-to-male transgender people
  • Saris: male-to-female transgender people (often inaccurately translated as “eunuch”)

Kathoey (often called ‘ladyboys’)
Australian scholar of sexual politics in Thailand Peter Jackson’s work indicates that the term “kathoey” was used in pre-modern times to refer to intersexual people, and that the usage changed in the middle of the twentieth century to cover cross-dressing males, to create what is now a gender identity unique to Thailand. Thailand also has three identities related to female-bodied people: Tom, Dee, and heterosexual woman.

-Robert

Excellent overview of non-binary gender categories. Sadly, Western imperialism has all but extirpated many traditional concepts of non-dualistic sex and gender categories through residential schools and religious indoctrination. -Q

This gives me all kinds of gender life and power.

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I love this!!

I love this!!

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