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{ LINK: Today in Rape Culture [Trigger warning for rape, transphobia, and police abuse] }

sisterhoodispowerful:

[Trigger warning for rape, transphobia, and police abuse]

Um, wow. A friend on Facebook just posted one of the more horrific things I’ve [TW!] read lately. Basically, San Antonio police officer Craig Nash detained a trans woman, and proceeded to rape her. The woman…

(Source: slutever--forever, via tranzient-deactivated20110219-d)

{ LINK: Trans Woman of Color Erasure & Objectification }

dancingonembers:

September 30, 2008

(so, this might seem weird, but in addition to its actual content, this post is laying the groundwork for an analysis of the silence surrounding the recent anti-muslim terror attack in Ohio (see also. h/t to Cheshire Bitten. More of the groundwork will be done in a post to follow.)

How often do you see trans women of color speaking in their own voices? On the blogosphere (that is, user created media), there are quite a few: Holly, Tobi, Little Light, Mia Nikasimo, and Monica Roberts, who in turn highlights the voices of Marisa Richmond and Claudia Charriez, as well as (to a lesser degree of self determination) Isis Tsunami, Bulent Ersoy, Leang Sothea.

In non-blogosphere media (that is, media filtered through an organization), there are any number on the Being T documentary (whose names I don’t know)(h/t Monica), and the deceased Marsha P Johnson (who is rarely shown speaking for herself, almost always reduced to ‘activist and murder victim’) and Sylvia Rivera. Seriously.

In Chicago, one friend of mine is a labor organizer, and acquaintances of mine work at the Broadway Youth Center, and Howard Brown. In Minneapolis I met and briefly worked with women from The African American AIDS Task Force, The Indigenous People’s Task Force, District 202, and All Gender Health.

I make this long, long list not because it’s exhaustive (it’s not, please comment if I forgot you), but in order to make it painfully obvious that there are lots and lots of trans women of color speaking, saying and doing important shit.

And if you’re white and that’s what you think of when you hear “trans woman of color” (etc), I’ll eat my shoes. My hat, too. Hell, if you could name 5 accomplishments by trans women of color I’ll be impressed. But not because they aren’t accomplishing them. Because they’re not being reported.

Media visibility for trans women of color (scanty as it is) goes to 1)objectifying portrayals of sex workers, and 2)murder/hate crime victims. The white trans community seems to have replicated this pattern–while Becoming a Black Man1 and Still Black may have achieved some popularity, and Whipping Girl has spread like wildfire, almost all of what I see reported in transnews and on the blogosphere at large that covers TWOC is focused almost exclusively on their victimhood, and the commentary limited to that & dissection of the fetishization.

Of the top twenty hits googling “trans woman of color”, only two were definitively not about that person being a victim (or survivor) of racist trans misogynistic physical violence, one of which was a comment by Little Light in response to transphobic hate speech included in the 59th Carnival of Feminists; 7 of the first 10 results for “trans women of color” are about transphobic violence (though one does have a positive unrelated story), and the other three are about Isis and Lavergne on reality TV. By contrast, not one of the first 10 for “trans women” focuses on physical violence, and only three out of ten for “trans woman”. Neither “trans man of color” nor “trans men of color” turned up any results obviously violence related (though the “Becoming a Black Man does relate to violence, it’s not in such an objectifying way.).

Say it with me now: trans women of color are not objects. They are not (only) victims. They are not the people you can push the pity party onto when you’re tired of dealing with it yourself and want to be seen acting to change shit. Yes, they are at vastly greater risk of violence than the rest of us trans folks–and just because you bring that up when transphobic/trans misogynistic violence is being talked about does not make you a “good ally“. Their deaths do not define their existence. Yes, many are sex workers because of economic marginalization–and this does not define their lives. They are more than points in a power struggle between multiple groups of white trans activists and cis feminists.

As Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha writes in “The Femme Shark Manifesto”:

FEMMES ARE LEADERS IN TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS/ DEFENDING OUR QUEER AND TRANS OF COLOR COMMUNITIES.

WE USED OUR STILETTOS AS WEAPONS AT STONEWALL

WE WERE THE TRANS[ ]WOMEN WHO FOUGHT BACK AT THE COMPTON CAFETERIA

WE’RE THE GIRLS WHO STARE DOWN ASSHOLES STARING AT OUR LOVERS AND FRIENDS ON THE SUBWAY….

WE REMEMBER OUR DEAD- SAKIA GUNN, GWEN ARAUJO, AND MANY OTHER QUEER AND TRANS POC WHO DIED BECAUSE OF RACIST, HOMO/TRANSPHOBIC VIOLENCE. NOT AS A POLITICAL STATEMENT BUT AS WOMEN WE LOVED IN REAL LIFE WOMEN WHO COULD’VE BEEN US OR OUR LOVES.(link) (note–this piece is about queer femmes of color, not specifically trans ones. And you should read it.)

More later.

1: A rather (trans) misogynistic article at that–it does include trans women’s voices, but only as a means to further oppress them/erase their voices and further the subtextual point ‘black men have it worse than black women’. See also my performance piece, So Shut Up.

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bolding is mine, because that is what I did in my hysterical post last night. - C

(via tranzient-deactivated20110219-d)

cocoa-puss-universe:

President of the American Medical Association 1876President of the American Gynaecological Association 1876The Slave Women shown in the above picture represent:Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy.These three women became the foundation of Sims experimentsand the foundation for Women Health. Anarcha was operated onover 30 times, by Sims. He believed slaves had a high tolerancefor pain and required no relief from the operations.Sims Experimented on 11 (eleven) slaves at one time. Black Slavesrepresented an unlimited supply of people to operate on. In your Minds is the Power to Build a Memorial for Anarch,Besty, Lucy and All of the other Black Slave Women mutilatedand killed by J. Marion Sims and others like him.

cocoa-puss-universe:

President of the American Medical Association 1876
President of the American Gynaecological Association 1876
The Slave Women shown in the above picture represent:
Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy.

These three women became the foundation of Sims experiments
and the foundation for Women Health. Anarcha was operated on
over 30 times, by Sims. He believed slaves had a high tolerance
for pain and required no relief from the operations.

Sims Experimented on 11 (eleven) slaves at one time. Black Slaves
represented an unlimited supply of people to operate on. 

In your Minds is the Power to Build a Memorial for Anarch,
Besty, Lucy and All of the other Black Slave Women mutilated
and killed by J. Marion Sims and others like him.


(via heartinakiln)

and knottywench adds even more history:
knottywench:

cocoa-puss-universe:

President of the American Medical Association 1876President of the American Gynaecological Association 1876The Slave Women shown in the above picture represent:Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy.These three women became the foundation of Sims experimentsand the foundation for Women Health. Anarcha was operated onover 30 times, by Sims. He believed slaves had a high tolerancefor pain and required no relief from the operations.Sims Experimented on 11 (eleven) slaves at one time. Black Slavesrepresented an unlimited supply of people to operate on. In your Minds is the Power to Build a Memorial for Anarch,Besty, Lucy and All of the other Black Slave Women mutilatedand killed by J. Marion Sims and others like him.

These experiments resulted in the development of the American model of the speculum.
Know the history of our reproductive health!

and knottywench adds even more history:

knottywench:

cocoa-puss-universe:

President of the American Medical Association 1876
President of the American Gynaecological Association 1876
The Slave Women shown in the above picture represent:
Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy.

These three women became the foundation of Sims experiments
and the foundation for Women Health. Anarcha was operated on
over 30 times, by Sims. He believed slaves had a high tolerance
for pain and required no relief from the operations.

Sims Experimented on 11 (eleven) slaves at one time. Black Slaves
represented an unlimited supply of people to operate on. 

In your Minds is the Power to Build a Memorial for Anarch,
Besty, Lucy and All of the other Black Slave Women mutilated
and killed by J. Marion Sims and others like him.


These experiments resulted in the development of the American model of the speculum.

Know the history of our reproductive health!

(via gorgbus)

{ LINK: My name escapes their minds: darling80m: “Blame the Muslims”: Violence Against Women in Egypt -... }

darling80m:

“Blame the Muslims”: Violence Against Women in Egypt - Huffington Post

almaswithinalmas:

As soon as CBS announced yesterday that correspondent Lara Logan had been sexually assaulted while covering the Egyptian protests, the media sprang alive in search of a scapegoat….

(via juthikaforpresident-deactivated)

{ LINK: My name escapes their minds: Violence Towards Women }

thepeacockangel:

Whenever I hear sex negative feminists proclaim that “porn is violence towards women” or “high heels are violence towards women” I can’t help but feel incredibly hurt.

First of all, I have experienced actual violence towards women. I’ve been a victim of sexual assault…

(via juthikaforpresident-deactivated)

{ LINK: more tweets with news from Libya (*trigger warning*) }

image: 10 tweets of news from Libya:

EDIT: also a *warning* for ableist language used in reference to Gaddafi, and i suggest you read the article linked/quoted here because it deals with the representation of the mercenaries

[description courtesy of notthemarimba] @libyanmaddog: 400 dead in two days while 350 died in 18 days in Egypt. Libyan population=6 million, Egyptian population=82 million #Libya

@monaeltahawy (Mona Eltahawy): “Officers came out, said they are with the people.  They invited group of demonstrators inside building, closed gates, shot them.”  post is tagged #Libya.

@Jnoubiyeh (Sarah Abdallah): “The death toll keeps rising in #Libya.  At least 500 Libyans are estimated to have been murdered by #Gaddafi since the uprising began.  #Feb17”

[description courtesy of dancingonembers] @Lady_Gabina: #Libyan thugs bypassed the tear gas and went straight for live ammo. Please help spread the word. There is NO ind MEDIA in Libya. #Feb17

@monaeltahawy (Mona Eltahawy): “Murderous #Gaddafi has #Libya under communications blackout.  Libyans rise up even tho no intl media 2 bear witness.  In awe of their courage”

@Libyayalibya (Libyan kid): “#Gaddafi has given orders to the mercenaries to rape the Libyan women.  Can this be happening in 2011.  #Gaddafi is insane dictator.”

@KCDalis: “@yvonneridley CONFIRMED widespread massacres and genocide taking place as we speak in Libya.  Western Gov. awfully silent.  #Feb17 #Benghazi”

@ShababLibya: “confirmed: brika barracks, they are firing at anyone and everyone regardless of age etc, anyone they see (these ppl being paid) #Libya”

@juhina_ (jay_Libya): “confirmed: a child, 9 months old, was shot and died.  now how is that not genocide?  how is that not a massacre?  WHERE IS THE WORLD?  #libya”

@AJELive: “”it’s a massacre, it’s a massacre; the Libyan regime has gone crazy.  He’s killing the protesters.”  #Libya http://boo.fm/b283732 v @acarvin”

(Source: cerinamroths, via stfuislamobigotry)

{ LINK: PFC LaVena Johnson - Searching for the truth behind a young soldier's death (*massive trigger warning* for the whole case due to graphic discussion of rape/sexual torture and murder) }

haven’t seen any new news on her case in a long time.  what happened?

{ LINK: (trigger warning) what a shitwad }

technicolortimecoat:

This kinda freaked me out personally, to the extent that if I had recognized his name I would’ve had a panic attack. Reader discretion advised.

(via technicolortimecoat-deactivated)

{ LINK: Have I linked this yet? }

*WARNING* for misogynist violence at the link

tal9000:

Those in the punk scene who haven’t already seen this (it’s the start of a four-post series, but they were all posted consecutively) should.

i’m not in the punk scene but signal-boosting.  oh holy shit what a vile ass this guy is.