"When you’re a trans woman you are made to walk this very fine line, where if you act feminine you are accused of being a parody and if you act masculine, it is seen as a sign of your true male identity. And if you act sweet and demure, you’re accused of reinforcing patriarchal ideas of female passivity, but if you stand up for your own rights and make your voice heard, then you are dismissed as wielding male privilege and entitlement. We trans women are made to teeter on this tightrope, not because we are transsexuals, but because we are women. This is the same double bind that forces teenage girls to negotiate their way between virgin and whore, that forces female politicians and business women to be aggressive without being seen as a bitch, and to be feminine enough not to emasculate their alpha male colleagues, without being so girly as to undermine their own authority."
Julia Serano, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive
, p 28-9 (via bisexual-books
"Other parts of ancient Eurasia had traditions of third-gender spirit-people. Herodotus and Hippocrates both discuss the “enarees”, or male-to-female transsexual shamans among the ancient Scythians, who “mutilated” their genitalia and took on female roles. They were said to be the most powerful shamans of their people. Ovid actually claimed that some Scythian priestesses knew how to extract “female poison” distilled from the urine of a mare in heat, with which to dose men in order to feminize them. The average person might throw this off as silliness, if they didn’t know that pregnant mare’s urine is the main source of Premarin, the most widely used estrogen drug today. They also ate a lot of licorice root - so popular among them that the Greeks to whom they exported it referred to it as “the Scythian root” - which is also an anti-androgen."
Ergi - The Way of the Third (via regionalholidaycaptain)
I love trans history!
I would FUCKING LOVE to see a comprehensive trans history book, that especially covered the history of HRT, I’ve always had questions but never really had answers!
especially after YEARS of our HISTORY BEING ERASED and pushed under the rug to make cis people comfortable, and say that “trans people id a modern thing” to be able to show up and take out a history book and be like BOOM shut the hell up.
Lots of us are working on this.
Susan Stryker is the chief here, and Cristian Williams unearths a great deal. If you aren’t checking in with Zagria’s blog, you are missing a ton.
I know of six or seven history books that are being worked on.
Make no mistake: we are entering a renaissance of trans understanding that rivals that of the late 60’s under the Reed funded work.
One warning, though: understand that much of this is being written with an intense understanding that the way we think of transness today does not apply to pretty much any culture but western ones, and that the history is deeply intertwined with the cultures of the time being looked at.
Historians that apply today’s understanding, which comes from the mid 1800’s, to times and people’s and cultures prior to that is incredibly bad form, as it both erases those cultural points and obscures the full breadth of our history.
(Source: bad-mojo, via tonidorsay)
I got laid off today. →
I’ll probably be going back to school since jobs are hard to find, so to supplement my income I’ll be doing some daytime cam shows and recording some videos. I’d like to get a website set up where I can have blog posts, including video toy reviews, and a shop where people can purchase things like…
"Everything we feared about communism - that we would lose our houses and savings and be forced to labor eternally for meager wages with no voice in the system - has come true under capitalism."
i used photoshop and sai for the first time for this wooo
The most important reason why we need the word “cis” in our lexicon is because it tells the thousands of young trans people out there right now who are struggling with their sense of identity, some of whom do not even realise yet that that is what they are doing, that there is something that you can be that is not what you were told you could be.
I did not know the word “cis” when I was 8 years old, imitating the handwriting of the girls in my class. I did not possess this language when I was 15, and attempting to put on makeup in secret without the guidance of my mother or my aunts, and copying the clothing styles of the girls in my high school. I did not have this language when I was 24, with hair down to my waist, wearing my girlfriend’s clothes to work. I did not have this language at 33 years old, before I proposed to my wife, or at 37, when we decided to have a child before we got any older.
I didn’t even know this language at 40, when I finally understood that the days of my life were not going to be many more in number if I did not attempt to find out if the feelings I had been feeling all my life would lead me to a better life.
But I certainly knew the word “transsexual”. I knew the words, “Renée Richards” and “Wendy Carlos”. I knew the word “freak”. I knew the word “mutilation”. I knew the words “liver damage”. I knew the words “shorter life span”. I knew the words “no children”. I knew the word “faggot”.
We need the word “cis”, because those children need to know that their choices aren’t limited, not anymore. Those children need to know that the alternative to “man” isn’t “freak” and the alternative to “woman” isn’t “abomination”. Those children need to know that “abnormal” means “statisically fewer in number”, not “unnatural”.
We need the word “cis”, because all the children of this Earth need to know that “cis” is just one thing you can be, and not what you necessarily are.
Gemma Seymour, 6 March 2013 (via gcvsa
The hardest lesson I’ve learned in life is that no one, but no one, owes you answers, time, or attention, not even a reaction or notice, simply because you want them.
I wish that I had been taught that lesson by someone, anyone, who came before me—my mother, my father, anyone—but it wasn’t until I learned that lesson for myself that I understood the reason they never taught it to me was because they themselves had never learned it.
When someone disagrees with you, they are not beholden to you simply because they disagree to explain to you why they disagree. I cannot think of a single life lesson that will be more valuable to your development as a human being than coming to terms with this realisation. As someone who talks a lot about how equal dignity is the central pillar of my philosophy of morality, it surprises even me, now that I recognise it, that more people don’t understand this simple fact.
Your time, energy, and attention is yours and yours alone, and no one has the right to demand them of you. If you are willing to engage in discourse or dialog, then the only equitable means of engaging is by the exchange of equal value. The only exception to this rule is when you have yourself committed a prior wrong against that person; only then do you incur a debt that must be repaid upon demand.
Our lives impinge upon other people, whether we realise it or not; the statements we make and the actions we perform have consequences that we may not always see or understand, consequences that may harm others, even if our intentions are pure. People are within their rights as autonomous, equally dignified beings to choose how much and how little they will share with you. Be thankful that they offer you the gift of saying, “No. I disagree.” It may be all they are able to offer, and it may be the most valuable gift you ever receive.
Gemma Seymour, 3 April 2014 (via gcvsa