This is one of the best articles I've read on this topic, with the exception of the use of the word "handicapped" instead of "dis/(dis)/differently-abled."



Racism 101 for Clueless White People, Written by a Slightly Less Clueless White Person

By Robin F. // [livejournal.com profile] tamago23

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WARNING: the following link could be triggering as it includes asphyxiation and racist imagery.

what the fuck is this?

the producer of this image, the lovely blogger behind "the libertarian conservative," created the above graphic and posted it on another blog, accompanied by the following text:

[I'm ...] doing exactly what the left is doing to Sarah Palin.

We’re at war folks, and I intend to fight this war until my dying breath. We’re at war against terrorists that want to destroy this country and everything it stands for and we are war against godless liberals who hate the very values and freedoms that this Nation was founded upon.


i have not seen ONE piece of slander that advocates for this kind of violence against sarah palin or attacks any one of her identities in a fear- or hate-mongering way. and especially not in a way that taps into the history of violence and murder associated with any of her identities.





-ism 101 and why images of violence against sarah palin do not justify this image )
I just finished reading The Last Time I Wore a Dress by Daphne Scholinski. Fantastic. I couldn't have read this book at a better time 'cause I've been experiencing a lot of internalized transphobia lately (mostly I've been getting frustrated with myself -- "why can't I just be female and deal with it? Why do I have to have all these special exceptions and shit?") and Scholinski's story reminded me that there is still so much work to do and that playing with my gender expression in ways that are comfortable to me and that asking others to address me by my chosen pronoun ("ze"/"zur" -- i.e., "I use Andrea's pronoun because it makes ze happy in zur everyday life") is okay.

Last night I was drinking lightly with some of my friends and a chaste game of Spin the Bottle occurred -- but what struck me was that none of the straight girls would kiss each other on the lips and none of the straight boys would kiss each other on the lips, either, and even for some of the straight boys kissing each other on the cheek was clearly uncomfortable, too. I was the only queer-identified person playing, and at one point, after one particularly spectacular display of the two straight boys playing getting the serious heebiejeebies about kissing each other on the cheek, I said in a light tone with a smile, "What, are you guys homophobic or something?" (I recognize that this was certainly not the best choice of language given the context, and who am I to challenge what people are comfortable doing with their bodies, but still. If both these boys had no problem kissing the straight girls playing the game and watching and egging on my super queer-friendly female roommate and I kissing but they got visibly uncomfortable kissing each other, then what gives?) Both of them got instantly defensive and they were like, "No, man, no, I love gay people, and some of my friends are homophobic and that shit is just so insane..." I wish I'd been thinking clearer and said something better-phrased and that I'd made a point about homophobia not having to necessarily be a bad thing and that homophobia doesn't always manifest itself in overt acts or declarations of actual hatred toward queer people.

I wonder about how defensive people -- especially individuals who may exist comfortably within mainstream spaces... )

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