In defense of the sanctimonious women's studies set. On Monday night, Donald Trump’s wife Melania touched hearts as she addressed the Republican National Convention, sharing the lessons she learned growing up as a black girl on the South Side of Chicago. As first spotted by journalist Jarrett Hill, Melania’s speech bore more than a passing resemblance to another speech at another convention about eight years ago — Michelle Obama’s 2008 address to the Democratic National Convention. The cribbed portion discussed the values that Michelle and Melania apparently share, including working hard for what you want in life and keeping your word. Read more → I apologize for Feministe’s long, long radio silence, and I hate that this is the occasion to break it. Read more → [Content note: mentions of transphobia and child sexual abuse] While Feministe has been down, an issue erupted in North Carolina about where trans people are allowed to pee. Here are some highlights, if somehow you missed it while you were missing us. Read more → Calm down. Read more →
Stress Stress is a process, not a diagnosis. We experience stress when there is an imbalance between the demands being made on us and our resources to cope with those demands. The level and extent of stress a person may feel depends a great deal on their attitude to a particular situation. An event that may be extremely stressful for one person can be a mere hiccup in another person’s life. You may feel under pressure to do something and fear you may fail. The more important the outcome, the more stressed you feel. Stress is not always a bad thing. Stress may also contribute to physical illness such as cardiovascular disease. Effects of stress Stress affects us in many ways, including: Emotionally – anxiety, depression, tension, anger The way we think – poor concentration, forgetfulness, indecisiveness, apathy, hopelessness Behaviourally – increased drinking and smoking, insomnia, accident proneness, weight problems, obsessive-compulsive behaviour, nervousness, gambling. Your response to stress
Genderpalooza! A Sex & Gender Primer You probably already know what sex is (and no, not that kind of sex): the classification of a person (or plant or animal) based on whether their anatomy and chromosomes are what we identify or classify as male or female, from a physiological perspective. It’s typically assumed that sex and gender are the same thing. What the heck is gender? identity , roles and status based on ideas about sex and what it means to different people and groups. binary : as being only one thing or the other, without any overlap or grey area in between. masculine and what feminine , man or woman, or other kinds of gender altogether either outside those two terms, mixing them or expanding those ideas and feelings. Making sense of gender – and the roles and status based on gender -- can sure get complicated, especially because of what a big deal gender is in our world, how it effects everyone’s relationships and personal identity, and how varied – yet pervasive – ideas about gender can be. genitals and for women, . sexual
The Combahee River Collective Statement We are a collective of Black feminists who have been meeting together since 1974.  During that time we have been involved in the process of defining and clarifying our politics, while at the same time doing political work within our own group and in coalition with other progressive organizations and movements. The most general statement of our politics at the present time would be that we are actively committed to struggling against racial, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppression, and see as our particular task the development of integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking. The synthesis of these oppressions creates the conditions of our lives. 1. Before looking at the recent development of Black feminism we would like to affirm that we find our origins in the historical reality of Afro-American women's continuous life-and-death struggle for survival and liberation. 2. 3. 4. My email is bec•white at gmail•com.
The Conversation, Promoting Sexual Wellness | Campfire Introduction Have you had “the conversation” (cue appropriate nudge and wink)? Whether you’re a parent, grandparent or young person, talking about sex often makes us uncomfortable. In this special collection of short films, we’ve partnered with a number of organisations to make the conversation easier for everyone. When so much of the discussion around human sexual relations today gets lost in politics and innuendo, we hope this focus on sexual wellness provides a fresh opportunity to promote the values of honesty, openness and respect. Any conversation about sex can be easier to start by looking at the broader issues at stake. Despite sex education currently being taught in the majority of Australian secondary schools, just 59 per cent of teens reported using condoms when they last had sex (according to the La Trobe University National Survey of Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2013). NO TIME? Two short films available at Campfire from the Ask Grandad resource kit:
Non-binary gender — Sexpression:UK What does it mean to be non-binary? Although people tend to think of gender as a strict binary (the idea that people are either men or women), in reality people are more complicated than that - and that's where non-binary people come in! A non-binary person is someone who identifies as something other than entirely a man or entirely a woman. Is being non-binary the same as being transgender? Well, yes and no. However, like any group of people, non-binary folks are a diverse bunch - not everyone experiences dysphoria to the same degree, if at all, and the amount of dysphoria a person feels doesn't necessarily determine the changes they make. Someone I know just told me they're non-binary - what can I do to support them? First of all, accept that they're telling the truth. To Summarise: Non-binary people identify as something other than entirely a man or entirely a womanSome of us are transgender and some of us aren't - and that's okay! Links: Nonbinary.org The Genderbread Person
Fundamental Feminist Frameworks Reading Schedule Week 1: Early Feminist Thought Mary Wollstonecraft, “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,” London, England, 1792Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions,” Seneca Falls, NY, 1848Sojourner Truth, “Can any man do more than that?” speech (formerly known as “Ain’t I a Woman?”), 1851Gerda Lerner, Selections from The Creation of Patriarchy, 1986 Week 2: Second Wave & Women’s Liberation Friedan, Selections from The Feminine Mystique, 1961Kate Millet, Selections from Sexual Politics, 1969Mary Daly, Selections from Gyn/Ecology and a chapter from Beyond God the Father Week 3: Third Wave and Intersectionality Elsa Barkley Brown, “‘What Has Happened Here’: The Politics of Difference in Women’s History and Feminist Politics”Kimberle Crenshaw, “Intersectionality: The Double Bind of Race & Gender”J. Week 4: Capital Marx/Engels - TBDNancy Fraser, Selections from Fortunes of FeminismPierre Bourdieu, “The Forms of Capital,” 1986 Week 6: Chicana Feminism
We Promise, These Aren't Two Different People, Just Years Of Drug Use (19 pics) Posted Feb 13, by BJ Rudd He looks really tired now Change occurs fast You don't age well You struggle to make regular facial expressions Your skin suffers You lose a lot of weight Disheveled is their new look The weight loss make them unrecognizable Smiles start to fade Loss of color and hair Motor skills become difficult to control Ages your twice as fast You give up your ability to age well Heavy drug use is never positive in your life You wonder if there are regrets But sometimes it looks as if there arent.. 2 Months and WOW 1 Year and such a big difference Is this even the same person? It's crazy what 2 years can do
The Trans Inquiry Report: A Non-Binary Summary In the small hours of this morning, many of us could be found reading the Trans Inquiry report  as released by the Women and Equalities Commission at midnight. While not legally binding in itself, it is the result of months of investigation chaired by Maria Miller MP and is likely to be influential. During the inquiry, evidence was submitted to the panel, some of it by people whose gender transcends the binary. The report openly states that “it was not possible within the scope of our inquiry to undertake an in-depth consideration of the position of all non-binary and non-gendered people” [Page 5] and as such it doesn’t recommend steps for nonbinary inclusion and recognition as firmly and to the same extent as it does for binary trans people. – It recommends a wholesale review that includes an investigation of the needs of nonbinary people within the next six months. [Page 9] – It recommends that the UK offer the option of X as a gender marker on passports to anyone who asks for it.
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