"Your Greed Is Hurting The Economy!"
there are literally people on tumblr who describe themselves as proud neo-nazi white supremacists who hate “anti-racists and feminist whores” but it’s the ~social justice bloggers~ that everybody complains about and makes fun of. okay
Israel approves detention without charges for African immigrants
December 11, 2012
Israel’s parliament has approved a law which allows undocumented immigrants from Africa to be detained for up to a year without trial in the latest in a series of measures aimed at reducing the numbers of African migrants in the country.
The new bill passed by 30 votes in favor to 15 against during a late-night vote in the 120-member Knesset, Israel’s parliament, and was announced Tuesday. A previous law, which was overturned by the Supreme Court in September, had set a maximum detention period of three years.
Supporters of the bill in the government see the migrants as illegal job-seekers, but critics say many of the migrants are asylum-seekers fleeing hardship and persecution in their homelands.
Members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party praised the new legislation. Interior Minister Gideon Saar said it would “allow us to keep illegals away from our cities.”
Miri Regev, another Likud Knesset member, said Israel should “send them all back to their countries.”
"This law is needed in order to deter potential infiltrators. The present reality is a human ticking time bomb," Regev, who also heads the Knesset’s Interior Committee, told parliament.
im just gonna keep reblogging this because EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ AND REBLOG (NOT JUST LIKE) THIS RITE NOW. i havent read a post on tumblr that covered so many important points on transmisogyny in queer spaces so well in a long time. and seeing as how no one ever seems to really have these conversations, it makes it all the more important. SO READ AND REBLOG IT DAMMIT.
My doctor, who is a trans woman, and I had a conversation today about the guy who raped me earlier this year. At first she was like “did you charge him?” When I explained that he’s a trans man of colour, she immediately got why I hadn’t. Not because I couldn’t bare to put a trans person, especially a trans person of colour, in jail (which I can’t), but also because it would cause me to be completely ostracized by the queer/trans community in Toronto. I’d be “just another crazy trans woman.” It was an uncomfortable realization for both of us to sit there, as trans women, knowing that we have literally no recourse when violence is enacted on us within the community (though if the same violence conveniently came from a white cis straight man, we would be celebrated as heroes for standing up to such an easy target, at least within the queer/trans community).
She and I both, as professionals in the community, are well aware of the fine line we have to walk in order to be taken seriously in the queer/trans community. We not only have to look a certain way (both in terms of passing and in terms of conforming to queer normative acceptable standards of appearance), we also have to make sure not to rock the boat too much. We have to appear as sane and calm as possible, no matter the circumstances. If we show too much emotion at any time (read: any inconvenient emotion), we get hit with a double-whammy of misogyny and transphobia, quickly written off as hysterical “crazy trans women.” Accuse the wrong person of something, anyone too close to queer-home, and that’s the end of our credibility and the revoking of our entrance passes to Queerlandia.
It’s exhausting having to walk such a fine line. I’ve found that there are so many “danger zones” to watch out for. Trans women have to not only be queer-literate (knowing queer social justice language), we have to be exceptionally good at using it. Any minor slip of language or politics and we’re labeled “crazy trans women” by cis people while trans men nod knowingly in agreement — rarely standing up for us, and just as often perpetuating the ‘crazy trans woman’ stereotype themselves.
I became aware of this initially through cryptic warnings from an older queer trans woman friend of mine, years before I became involved in the queer community, but I didn’t realize the extent of it at first. That is, until I was invited to participate in it. When I first became involved heavily, I befriended two trans men whom I looked up to a great deal, and one of the first conversations we had in private was a gossip session in which they “warned” me about various trans women and got me to agree that they were “crazy.” I’ve found similar conversations throughout the community, often used in a way that it makes me wonder if what’s really happening is that they’re subconsciously testing my loyalty to the queer zeitgeist. Am I good tranny or a bad tranny? Am I willing to be part of their clique, giving them the ability to deflect any and all criticism of transmisogyny, or am I a “problem?”
Before I realized that this was a system, that trans women were being systematically tested and written off, I engaged in it myself. You get a self-esteem boost, knowing that the cool kids don’t count you among those trans women. Those trans women who stepped on the wrong toes, who take up “too much space,” who don’t have the right guilt-producing identity complex to be worthy of space (disabled young trans sex workers of colour who vogue are considered highly prized friend-accessories, to be seen but not really heard beyond the occasional “gurl” for comedic effect, but only if they have the right haircut and the right clothes and are working towards a bachelors of gender studies or similarly useless degree).
Who are these “crazy trans women?” Often they are incredibly sincere activists who haven’t had the privilege of being taught all of the ins and outs of anti-oppression social justice practice that is a prerequisite to membership in this queer community. Often they are labeled “too emotional” and “too angry,” “loose cannons” who are out of control when speaking about our experiences of sex work that don’t fit into the easily digestible “I do queer feminist porn on weekends to pay for my fluevogs while I’m in grad school” vision of sex work that the queer community has deemed acceptable. Often they are trans women who are said to take up “too much space,” while everyone whispers about how “you know, I know it’s wrong to say, but she just seems like she has male privilege, you know? Like you can just feel it. Not that I’m saying she’s a man, but, you know, you never know.”
At the end of the day, this whole complex of issues is simply misogyny, ableism, and transphobia dressed up as “community accountability.” It holds trans women to impossible standards, opening us up to vulnerability to all forms of in-community violence (physical, sexual, social), and creating a fear within the minds of so many queer trans women that our second-class position within the queer community could be ripped from our hands at any time for any minor infraction.
I’m tired of trying not to be a crazy trans woman in the voyeuristic eyes of queer community.
Morgan M Page/Odofemi, 2013.
I’ve highlighted the most important parts of the study for you all to read:
Discrimination was pervasive for all respondents who took the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, yet the combination of anti-transgender bias and persistent, structural and individual racism was especially devastating for Black transgender people and other people of color.
- Black transgender people live in extreme poverty with 34% reporting a household income of less than $10,000/year. This is more than twice the rate for transgender people of all races (15%), four times the general Black population rate (9%), and over eight times the general US population rate (4%).
- Black transgender people are affected by HIV in devastating numbers. Over one-fifth of Black respondents were HIV-positive (20.23%) and an additional 10% reported that they did not know their status. This compares to rates of 2.64% for transgender respondents of all races, 2.4% for the general Black population, and 0.60% of the general US population.
- Nearly half (49%) of Black respondents reported having attempted suicide.
- Black transgender people who were out to their families found acceptance at a higher rate than the overall sample of transgender respondents.
- 50% of Black respondents who attended school expressing a transgender identity or gender non-conformity face harassment.
- Half (51%) reported discomfort seeking police assistance. Thirty-five percent (35%) of Black transgender people had been arrested or held in a cell due to bias at some point in their lives.
- Physical and sexual assault in jail/prison is a serious problem: 29% of Black respondents who had been to jail or prison reported being physically assaulted and 32% reported being sexually assaulted while in custody.
- Health outcomes for Black respondents show the appalling effects of social and economic marginalization, including much higher rates of HIV infection, smoking, drug and alcohol use and suicide attempts than the general population.
- 21% of Black transgender people reported being refused medical care due to bias. Over half of Black transgender people reported having postponed care when they were sick or injured due to fear of discrimination (34%).
- Black transgender people had an extremely high unemployment rate at 26%, two times the rate of the overall transgender sample and four times the rate of the general population.
- Thirty-two percent (32%) of Black transgender people lost a job due to bias and 48% were not hired for a job due to bias.
As you can see, trans* issues ARE race issues.
FreeQuency - “Embracing Weakness”
"Like most stereotypes, the Strong Black Woman has her roots in slavery’s trees. Just another character written into the master’s mythology."
Performing at the 2013 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival.
do you ask every single person who identifies as nonbinary if they are ACTUALLY nonbinary, just in case you’ve found the fabled “transtrender” in the haystack? do i know you? do i have an obligation to explain my identity to you, random accusatory grayface stranger?
if you are genuinely curious about my identity and my feelings surrounding it, and wish to have an engaging and respectful conversation, feel free to come off anon and we can talk. if you just wanted to triumphantly yell “HA!” at whatever response i might give, because my gender experience doesn’t live up to your standards, then you can take your close-minded attitude elsewhere.
Uggh, I hate this kind of stuff so much. So suppose someone identifies as genderqueer, or non-binary, or trans and doesn’t experience an incredibly painful, draining discomfort about their body or assigned social role? All that is is a beautiful thing.
The right response to that would be: YAY! I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU! I’M SO HAPPY YOU GET TO BE YOU WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THAT! I WISH WE ALL DID, BUT AS IT IS I’M JUST HAPPY FOR YOU.
Shouting ‘faker!’ in response to someone not having dysphoria is pathetic.
Having dysphoria is not a standard for transness. There is no ‘trans-enough’ bar you have to pass to identify as trans. All not having dysphoria means is that you do not walk around with a truly horrible kind of pain. Seeing the existence of genderqueer/non-binar/trans people without dysphoria as anything but beautiful is ridiculous and cruel.
There’s a weird thing that happens in leftist circles when porn is criticized. I could say why I felt McDonalds and fast food in general is a deplorable industry that is oppressive in a multitude of ways and deserves to be brought down and no one would argue I hate food or shame those that work there. But when similar charges are brought against the $100 billion a year porn industry that sells sex as a commodity in such a damaging manner, people come up with the wildest defenses. The profiteers of porn do not create the generic category of sex just as McDonalds does not create the generic category of food. They manufacture a capitalist product for profit, both of which are about as equally nourishing for our communities.
I see why you might be annoyed when people respond that way and if it creates a culture in which the capitalist porn industry can not be criticized, it is very problematic.
However, this is not such a weird thing happening. It’s super easy to explain. Remember that both conservatives and liberals constantly make the jump from ‘the porn industry is full of sexism, racism and exploitation’ to ‘porn is all bad, those who work in the industry should be criminalized and they’re all horrible perverts’. People make that jump all the time. It is so common that a lot of sensible leftist people make the same jump without ever having examined it up closely.
So when you start speaking about the evils of the porn industry, people will be on their guard. They’ll expect you to make that jump. Some may be so used to hearing that jump that they can’t imagine an alternative and they’ll be convinced that you’re about to make that jump. It’s up to you to prove that a different way of criticizing the porn industry is possible.
Of course there are some people that will never listen. People that will pretend you made that jump no matter what you say. They’re not listening and so it’s a waste of time talking to them. But a lot of people are not like that, they’re just on their guard and they will listen if you can show them you’re not about to make that jump. It helps to be aware of that context when you criticize the porn industry and all it’s evils. It’s almost impossible to criticize the porn industry without distancing yourself from the dominant sex-shaming story about porn. And seeing how toxic that story is, it’s worth distancing yourself from.
totalitarian dystopian future lit is like “what if the government got so powerful that all the bad stuff that’s already happening ALSO HAPPENED TO WHITE PEOPLE?”