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 Listening to some TERF spew TERF bollocks on CBC and I'm struck by how close the TERF (and their buddies, the misogynist right) sound to the arguments of anti-immigration types. You were not born X, therefore you can never be X, etc. Is it then coincidence that the two greatest points of unity on the Alt Reich are the opposition to the human rights of immigrants and trans people?
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Don't bait the transphobes on Facebook
Don't bait the transphobes on Facebook
Don't bait the transphobes on Face—
—ah, fuck it.

P.S.:

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In lieu of providing actual content (outrage burnout continues at pace), here's what I'm reading this morning.

I won't link anything about Syria, Egypt, or the two Canadians under arrest in Cairo, because those sorts of horrors are above my level of cope right now and there's plenty of more intelligent discussion about it elsewhere.

Rage-inducing:

• Jezebel has a good post on how not to react to Chelsea Manning's announcement that she's Chelsea Manning. I'm lucky enough to be shielded, by virtue of currently being within my little progressive bubble and having a strict policy of not reading the comments since Manning's outrageous sentencing a few days ago, but I'm aware that there's some serious stupid out there. The discrepancy between her treatment and that of rapists, murderers, and war criminals is so infuriating that I can't even begin to put it in words—add transphobia and misogyny into the mix and you have a perfect storm of asshattery.

• On a related note, here's a long read about Manning, American institutions, and the internet. (Written before her sentencing and the official announcement of her gender identity, so the article uses male pronouns.)

“Why wasn’t I consulted?” is the fundamental question of post-network democracy, and the fundamental question of the Internet, to which the state mechanisms have so far replied: “Who the hell do you think you are?”


• Locally, some more on the shooting of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, murdered by pigs on a Toronto streetcar. One pig (not the one who tased the dying kid after he'd been shot eight times) has been charged, but make no mistake—a pig will not actually be convicted for gunning down a likely-mentally-ill person of colour. This is a concession to the massive outcry following Yatim's murder and is intended, ultimately, to absolve all of the pigs of guilt by finding this pig not guilty.

Tell me I'm wrong, people.

Quebec's proposed religious symbols ban, WTF? Though maybe the Jewish and Muslim communities there, not exactly accustomed to holding hands and singing Kumbaya, will find some common ground in opposing this bullshit. Proof that New Atheism is a continuation of White Man's Burden imperialism by other means.

Amusing:

• I'm getting some lulz out of the food poisoning at the CNE. I mean, isn't the point of eating these things to get food poisoning? The receptionist at my physio place, who is approximately my height and much thinner, apparently eats this kind of shit and announced her intention to try the Cronut despite everyone getting sick from it, and despite a job where she works with health professionals.

Happy-making:

What, you mean that community-building is actually more effective at stopping crime than putting cops and surveillance cameras everywhere? You don't say! Will you just check out this lady making community housing better for everyone:

“We go up to the crack dealers, face-to-face, and we say, ‘Hello, how are you?’ says the 56-year-old woman, who uses a wheelchair. “‘It’s a beautiful night out. I love your coat. May we sit with you?’”


Someone wrote a book just for me, apparently. Industrial music, Marx, and the Situationists. I of course immediately placed a hold on it.

Baby Nautilus!

Useful:

• The title of this article, Anti-Fascist Fitness, made me hope that there was a training regimen to get in shape in order to beat up neo-Nazis, but it's actually not so much about that as about the politics of the fitness industry and the OMGBEESITY panic.

This article, on how to be an ally to people with illness, chronic pain, and invisible disabilities, is quite a good read. I don't like the random capitalization or Tumblr SJW-style language, but the advice itself is useful and certainly would have been worth distributing to certain people *cough*co-workers*cough*. Especially the bits on being "the doctor," "the parent," and "the worshipper," all of which I've had to deal with in abundance.

Read, discuss if you find 'em interesting.
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Oh, is Michfest doing its transphobic routine again? It is?

Copypasta'd from my comment in a locked post:

Womon?!

I mean, there is a metric fuck-ton of stupidity in practically everything out of Michfest's collective mouths these days, but for some reason, bizarre spelling contortions because one is so EDGY never fail to get an eyeroll out of me. Making up words or terms that everyone outside of your little circle either won't get or will laugh at does not make you a more hardcore feminist. It makes you look like a bunch of moronic children who stapled a sign to their treehouse reading "NO TRANS PEEPLE ALOWED."

Go up to any woman, cis or trans, outside of Michfest's corner, and tell them about WBW. You'll get blank looks.

Low-hanging fruit aside, is there any space where trans people can feel wanted without a fight? I mean, my house, I guess. Otherwise, it's pretty much guaranteed that you will have to fight your way in, just like all queer folks have had to fight their way in, like all feminists have had to fight their way in, like every racialized and marginalized group has had to go where some shitheel has told them they don't belong.


I almost wish that I liked earnest folk music and being naked in the mud so that I could boycott this gender essentialist ridiculousness.


While we're on the topic of gender essentialism, interview with the Beer for the Ladiez woman. I still can't get over how funny I find it. It's pink! The logo appears to be Curlz MT typeface. There's a purse and a little black dress on it. Because women like that sort of thing. Did I mention that it's pink? And it is diet and makes you burp less than other beers. I wonder if the proceeds benefit "breast cancer awareness," too.
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Okay, kids. Let's a have a discussion about the way Old Media is covering the details of Russell Williams' crimes. There's a lot there, both said and unsaid: The violation of the dignity of his victims, the emphasis on fetish and cross-dressing as a factor in his murders, the de-emphasis of state-sanctioned violence as a potential factor in his murders, the gory, voyeuristic relish to symbolically reenact the rape, torture, and murder of women that the Dead Tree Papers revel in.

I see some talk happening on FB, none here.

So. Discuss.
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Virginia governor declares Confederate History Month. What? Really?

The Catholic Church knowingly dumped pedophile priests in remote native villages in Alaska, because, hey, who could stop them?

The Afghan torture hearings continue, but don't think that you get to hear about it.

Speaking of which, remember when we invaded Afghanistan to drive out the Taliban and bring in democracy? LOL.

The Ontario government continues not to do anything about the mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows, the result of the Dryden Pulp & Paper Co. dumping 9,000 kg of mercury into the Wabigoon River.

This is just chilling to listen to. Some radio asshats making jokes about starvation in Haïti.

The same high school that cancelled prom rather than let Constance McMillen bring her girlfriend did something even worse to another kid. 16-year-old Juin Baize was kicked out on his first day of class, and his family was eventually forced to relocate to Florida to protect his safety, just for being transgendered.

Cats at the Toronto Humane Society are in danger of being euthanized if homes are not found for them by April 12.
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Virginia governor declares Confederate History Month. What? Really?

The Catholic Church knowingly dumped pedophile priests in remote native villages in Alaska, because, hey, who could stop them?

The Afghan torture hearings continue, but don't think that you get to hear about it.

Speaking of which, remember when we invaded Afghanistan to drive out the Taliban and bring in democracy? LOL.

The Ontario government continues not to do anything about the mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows, the result of the Dryden Pulp & Paper Co. dumping 9,000 kg of mercury into the Wabigoon River.

This is just chilling to listen to. Some radio asshats making jokes about starvation in Haïti.

The same high school that cancelled prom rather than let Constance McMillen bring her girlfriend did something even worse to another kid. 16-year-old Juin Baize was kicked out on his first day of class, and his family was eventually forced to relocate to Florida to protect his safety, just for being transgendered.

Cats at the Toronto Humane Society are in danger of being euthanized if homes are not found for them by April 12.
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Six-year-old Desre'e Watson was inducted earlier than usual into the American prison-industrial complex—for throwing a temper tantrum.

Link requires a subscription, so cut n' pasted under here: )

• In immigration news: How about reviving the Asian Exclusion Act? (Link via Pandagon.) The proposed legislation would take away the right of immigrants to sponsor their families.

Just plain fucked up.

• Finally, can we have a moratorium on transphobia expressed using feminist language, particularly when it involves using single-sentence paragraphs in a very pretentious attempt to sound strident? (Good response here.)
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Six-year-old Desre'e Watson was inducted earlier than usual into the American prison-industrial complex—for throwing a temper tantrum.

Link requires a subscription, so cut n' pasted under here: )

• In immigration news: How about reviving the Asian Exclusion Act? (Link via Pandagon.) The proposed legislation would take away the right of immigrants to sponsor their families.

Just plain fucked up.

• Finally, can we have a moratorium on transphobia expressed using feminist language, particularly when it involves using single-sentence paragraphs in a very pretentious attempt to sound strident? (Good response here.)
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Oh for fuck's sake. I hope these people and most of these people aren't trying to call themselves feminists, at least. Because they're sadly deluded if they're determining who's a woman and who isn't by what bits someone was born with.

I could go on about these privileged, self-congratulatory hippies and how disgusted they make me. Or why this is ridiculous and arbitrary. [livejournal.com profile] springheel_jack covered that more eloquently than I could.

I ask, instead, for anyone who thinks that this is perfectly groovy to ask themselves the following:

• Who else talks about gender and sexuality in terms of "natural" and "unnatural"?
• Who else likes to define people on the basis of genitalia?
• Who else is freakishly obsessed with other people's uteri?

Yeah, that's right, you bigoted nutjobs. Your ideological allies are the Christian Taliban. Put that in your clay pipe and smoke it.
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Oh for fuck's sake. I hope these people and most of these people aren't trying to call themselves feminists, at least. Because they're sadly deluded if they're determining who's a woman and who isn't by what bits someone was born with.

I could go on about these privileged, self-congratulatory hippies and how disgusted they make me. Or why this is ridiculous and arbitrary. [livejournal.com profile] springheel_jack covered that more eloquently than I could.

I ask, instead, for anyone who thinks that this is perfectly groovy to ask themselves the following:

• Who else talks about gender and sexuality in terms of "natural" and "unnatural"?
• Who else likes to define people on the basis of genitalia?
• Who else is freakishly obsessed with other people's uteri?

Yeah, that's right, you bigoted nutjobs. Your ideological allies are the Christian Taliban. Put that in your clay pipe and smoke it.

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