FREE CeCe trailer
I lost my shit, I think maybe someone is chopping onions near metears. i can’t wait to watch the whole thing.
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.
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Alright tumblr fam! We’re almost there!
I have 8 days left to raise $2,348 for top surgery. I can’t do this without your help and I really appreciate anything you can give! I’ve also created tons of fun perks (like handmade stationary sets! and zines!) which you can claim on my donation page right here:
For those of you who don’t know me yet, here’s a little more information!
Hey lovelies! I’m Myles and I’m a fem transsexual man hoping to have top surgery in March. Because of the unexpectedly early surgery date, I’m now rushing to fundraise and could really use your help. This procedure is both life-saving and life-changing for me, so please donate if you can! Every little bit helps and I am so deeply grateful for anything you can give.
Being “visibly trans” has made it very difficult to get and maintain jobs. I’ve been let go from two jobs already for being trans, and I currently work two jobs just to cover my rent. I’ve tried hard to save money for surgery and I managed to scrape together the $500 deposit the surgeon requires. But the $8,320 price tag for this surgery is way out of my range.
I’ve struggled with dysphoria for a long time, finding myself in psychiatric programs because of the depression and anxiety it’s caused me, and I’ve been blessed to find so much relief since starting hormones. Recognizing myself in the mirror for the first time is an incredible experience.
But I am still struggling everyday with having large breasts. I bound my chest for years, causing myself severe back pain. Now I walk around in the world with my unbound chest and receive stares, harassment, and threats of violence nearly everywhere I go. This surgery will help me to feel safe in public and at home in my own body.
I know it’s super cheesy but I feel like I’ve been in a little cocoon all through my transition. For me this surgery is going to help me burst out of my cocoon and finally see my wonderful butterfly self reflected in the mirror! Please help me make this a reality by donating and by sharing this campaign far and wide!
Thx for reading, you are all angels <3 <3 <3
P.s. here’s a cute little vid where I talk about the fundraiser and then sing and show you bby pics of me :3
Getting so close eee! Just $2,000 left to raise and only a few days to do it. Sorry for bombarding you with so many posts about this fundraiser, I promise it will be over very soon and we can return to my blog’s regularly scheduled cats and selfies.
Until then, please do keep boosting if you can! Thank you thank you thank you!
Signal boosting to all my followers - Myles is so awesome and this surgery would be truly life changing and life saving. Please consider giving, and if you can’t give, signal boost!
You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).
Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.
Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.
Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?
People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.
Also, fuck you FOX News for that “If you’re on food stamps, the last thing you should be buying is soda” comment. Pretty sure both rich people and poor people like soda. Just because someone is on food stamps doesn’t mean that middle class and rich people get to sit on our high horses about what they ought and ought not be buying with it. I hate the attitude that poor people should only use their money to buy the absolute most necessary items for survival and everything else is wasteful on their part. Demanding that poor folks buy only bread and water and no-name brands and the absolute cheapest of what’s available and viewing what for us would be normal purchases like soda and snacks and things that maybe aren’t the cheapest but are better tasting and better for you as irresponsible wasteful purchases *completely* takes away their agency. And you know what? You don’t get to do that. You don’t have that right. We dehumanize poor folks in North America too much as it is. Everyone likes soda. Everyone likes little treats once in a while. Everyone ought to have the right to spend their money the way they see fit, and to decide to buy more expensive things sometimes because it makes the quality of their life better.
How would it feel to go into a grocery store and have someone stand over your shoulder forbidding you from buying anything but the cheapest possible option, anything but the smallest amount possible for what you’ll need to survive? “Oh, you wanted that fruit? Well it’s not quite in season so it’s more expensive. You can’t get that.” “Oh, it’s your sons birthday? Nope, can’t get that birthday cake, it’s not a necessary purchase. Also it’s unhealthy and because you’re poor, you shouldn’t be unhealthy because we’ll judge you for that too.” “Oh, you saved up and scrimped up money to buy yourself a beautiful dress/coat/whatever because it makes you feel great and makes you really happy? Better not wear that at the grocery store when you use your food stamps, because we will us this as evidence that you can’t manage your money and spend wastefully and shouldn’t be entrusted with government money”. This is what our cultural conversation around food stamps demands of poor people, and it’s judgemental and dehumanizing and gross. Poor folks do not need us going over their grocery lists picking and choosing what is appropriate for them to buy. So don’t do it.
So some dudes were complaining lately, “Women are telling guys to stop telling them how to dress, but not all guys are total misogynists! Women do it to each other too!”
So. People. Let me tell you a thing.
This is a picture of a panopticon. It’s a kind of prison. See, it’s a giant circle, with all the cells around the rim. The tower in the middle is where the guards are. The guards can see into all the prisoners’ cells, but the prisoners cannot see each other, and they have difficulty seeing the guards. Each prisoner knows that at any time, they are being watched, and if the guards see them behaving incorrectly, they will come with truncheons and beat the prisoner up. They learn to feel that gaze on them, all the time; every movement makes them think, “What if this breaks the rules, and they see, and they come and punish me?” Soon, prisoners don’t need guards standing over them all the time to follow the rules; they do it themselves, because that gaze is omnipresent. Even when the guard house is empty, they still think, “What if someone is watching me?” (This is all from Michel Foucault. You want more on this, go read Discipline and Punish, enjoy the descriptions of medieval torture.)
The panopticon is a metaphor. In our society, we are constantly watched, tracked, disciplined, and punished, from childhood. The school says you skipped class today. The babysitter says you wouldn’t follow the rules. The police saw you at the park with your friends. We are held to valid rules, and to bullshit rules; some of them are necessary to make our society safe, and some of them just make us easier to exploit.
You are held to rules. I am held to rules. They vary. As a woman, I am held to rules that say be small be pretty defer to someone else and I’m punished in different ways if I don’t obey. My brother is held to different rules, that say be strong don’t feel dominate the situation. We end up policing each other; we meet and he says, “Looking good,” and I remember: people are watching how I dress and how I look. If I disobey, they will notice, and I could be punished. I meet him after his job and ask, “Do you think you’ll be promoted soon?” and he remembers: people pay attention to whether or not I’m in charge, and if I’m not dominant, I could be punished.
Sometimes the guardhouse is empty. Sometimes nobody is paying close attention to what I’m wearing. Sometimes the guards don’t come to punish me, so whether or not I am pretty or attractive does not affect whether I get to own property. (It used to: whether or not my ancestresses were married affected their legal and economic statuses hugely)
Feminism is about the work of dismantling the prison when it comes to bullshit rules. It’s about saying that we shouldn’t be held to stupid rules based on gender. So it’s about the work of getting rid of the cells and the watchtower, and getting rid of the guards with truncheons. We can stop telling each other these stories about all the rules we’re held to, and we can stop punishing each other for breaking them. My brother stops telling me, “You’ll never get a date if you dress like that.” I stop telling him, “You need to be strong and work hard so you come out on top.”
So no, feminists don’t believe that all men everywhere are 100% misogynistic. It’s just that a lot of women are conditioned to think that 100% of the time, there is a risk that someone is watching us, and we will be punished if the break the rules. It is really hard work to break the social structures and the internal attitudes that imprison us.
And yes, women can enforce the panopticon. Hell, I’ll even tell you a womanly secret: I cannot count the number of times I’ve received cruelty at the hands of fellow girls for the way I looked or dressed. My entire middle school experience was basically that and algebra. We’re working on fixing that! Please, do not doubt that we’ve been working on that among ourselves as a gender. Women have spent a lot of blood, sweat, and tears trying to change how we treat each other. Now we’re asking you to pitch in.
Tyendinaga Mohawks begin blockade for missing/murdered women
By Krystalline Kraus, Rabble.ca, March 3, 2014
As of Sunday, roughly 70 members and supporters of the Mohawks of Tyendinaga erected a blockade on Shannonville Road, pushing for the Canadian government to host a genuine inquiry into the disappearances and deaths of Indigenous women across Canada — thus stating their dissatisfaction of the Oppal Inquiry.
As of reports from Sunday night, “two large fires are going across the street and vehicles are parked, blocking Shannonville Road.”
The federal government has already insisted that it is willing to commit $25 million to the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains. While this is a start, the mandate is not specific to why First Nations women are at a higher risk of violence due to historical and socio-economic factors.
This blockade should not be a surprise to anyone, since Tyendinaga Mohawk resident Shawn Brant had already warned the federal government — and especially Stephen Harper — that the government had until the end of February 2014 to start a campaign of direct action if an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women was not called.
Much love and respect to my family out there!
Huge respect to folks up at Tyendinaga, they are always on it.
I had a patient in the clinic who really did not want an abortion but who had no resources to cover the costs of prenatal care or childbirth. She was single and without insurance coverage but made just enough money to be ineligible for state assistance. She already had outstanding bills at the hospital and with the local ob-gyn practice. No doctor would see her without payment up front.
We were willing to do the abortion for a reduced rate or for free if necessary. But she really didn’t want an abortion. Once I understood her situation, I went to the phone and called the local ‘crisis pregnancy center.’
"Hello, this is Dr. Wicklund."
Dead silence. I might as well have said I was Satan.
"Hello?" I said again. "This is Dr. Wicklund."
"Hello," very tentatively, followed by another long silence.
"I need help with a patient," I said. She came to me for an abortion, but really doesn’t want one. What she really needs is someone to do her prenatal care and birth for free."
"What do you expect us to do?"
I let that hang for a minute.
--This Common Secret, Susan Wicklund (via asgardian-feminist)
“To the people clinging to the notion that female-led pictures are a niche genre, people see them! They make money! The world is round, people!” - Cate Blanchett
It’s sadly telling that there are no women of colour in this graphic. Just a few WoC characters that could have been included here:
- Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori in Pacific Rim
- Halle Berry as Leticia Musgrove in Monsters Ball
- Rita Fukushima as Yukio in The Wolverine
- Parminder Nagra as Jess in Bend it Like Beckham
- Lupita Nyong’o as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave
- Lucy Liu as O’Ren Ishii in Kill Bill Vols 1&2; Alex Munday in Charlie’s Angels
- Stacey Dash as Dionne in Clueless
- Lilo and Nani from Lilo and Stitch
- Gabrielle Union as Isis in Bring It On
- Queen latifah as ‘Mama’ in Chicago
As you can see, I’ve run the gamut here - comedies, sci fi, animated films, dramas, musicals - any one of these great roles played by women of colour could have been included in this list. I mean, if you can include Sandra Bullock form Gravity, why not Lupita Nyong’o from 12 Years a Slave? If you can include Merida from Brave, why not Lilo and Nani from Lilo and Stitch? Why is it that these graphics never seem to represent anyone but white women? Yes, there are far fewer substantial and transformative WoC characters than than white female characters in film. That doesn’t mean that it’s okay to to create graphics about women and film that completely exclude them.
This is such a great resource
It’s also designed so fucking well too okay.
This is a REAL pamphlet given to a young person at a crisis pregnancy center. According to them, using a condom is “about as safe as hanging over a cliff with a frayed rope.”
Talk about lies and misinformation.
Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) pose as legitimate reproductive health centers. They have a track record of outright lying to women and work to dissuade people from exercising the right to choose. They often advertise as if they provide abortion services, drawing people in by promising free reproductive health services, including free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and options counseling.
Know that you have rights and choices when it comes to dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Crisis Pregnancy Centres often outright lie (or lie by omission) to women seeking information about their reproductive choices. They may use films, pamphlets, and emotional manipulation to make you feel guilty and scared about wanting any information about abortion. Many of them have misleading names like ‘A Woman’s Choice’, and list themselves under ‘abortion providers’, and there are many more CPC’s than abortion providers in both the US and Canada, so it can be difficult to know if the organization you’re looking at is a CPC or not. Below is a list of helpful resources on Crisis Pregnancy Centre’s!
CPC’s in Canada (remember, these are places to AVOID!)
Kevin Smith on the his ideal film rating board from This Film is Not Yet Rated
This is very true, and it’s something that affects all genres of story telling, not just film and television. It’s really good to see that male directors like Kevin Smith are aware of it, because it’s just so easy for writers to reach for rape as the default motivator for female agency. As Alyssa Rosenberg over at ThinkProgress argues:
Rape doesn’t only happen to women, and it’s not the only thing that happens to women. You can lose your job, your house, your car, your kid, your best friend, your business, your family, your faith, your following, your office. If men are reaching for the worst thing that can happen to women and choosing rape out of a deficit of imagination, then that’s having a character be sexually assaulted for shock value. If you want to tell a story that’s about the worst thing that happened to a specific woman character, you should be thinking very specifically about her and less about your and the audience’s default answer to a question.
Dear Isaac: Or, How to Deal with Men’s Rights Activists
On the Inherent Privilege of White Culture: an examination of cultural appropriation
Looking Critically at Eugene Kanin’s Study Of False Rape Reportse
Supernatural and Queer Love: Destiel, Queer Baiting, and homophobia
The Scarlet Woman’s Sexposé #3: The Cat Food Conspiracy
Pacific Rim’s Mako Mori: Or, How to Write a Female Character