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historic-upstart:

jaclcfrost:

i’m frequently visited by three spirits at night

  • the ghost of i fucked up
  • the ghost of i’m currently fucking up
  • and the ghost of i’m probably going to fuck up in the future
gorlt:

descentintotyranny:

Man dies defending daughter during alleged hate crime
Mar. 22 2014
A Chicago man was killed Wednesday while protecting his only daughter during an alleged hate crime.
Fifty-nine-year-old Michael Tingling was walking his 15-year-old daughter, Masharah, home from school around 2 p.m. when he noticed Joseph Firek, 59, making inappropriate gestures towards her, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Firek approached the girl, Tingling stepped in and a fight ensued.
“He was staring at me up and down, eyeballing me,” Masharah said to NBC Chicago. “My dad, being a father, he got protective and put me behind him and told the guy to go away.”
During the altercation, Firek allegedly punched Tingling, who has a pacemaker, in the chest, causing him to go into cardiac arrest, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
Firek allegedly used racial slurs while hitting Masharah’s father.
Tingling was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
“My dad can’t see me go to eighth grade graduation,” the eighth grader told NBC Chicago. “That’s all he wanted to do was see me graduate.”
Tinglings death has been ruled a homicide, and Firek has been charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime.

this breaks my heart

gorlt:

descentintotyranny:

Man dies defending daughter during alleged hate crime

Mar. 22 2014

A Chicago man was killed Wednesday while protecting his only daughter during an alleged hate crime.

Fifty-nine-year-old Michael Tingling was walking his 15-year-old daughter, Masharah, home from school around 2 p.m. when he noticed Joseph Firek, 59, making inappropriate gestures towards her, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Firek approached the girl, Tingling stepped in and a fight ensued.

“He was staring at me up and down, eyeballing me,” Masharah said to NBC Chicago. “My dad, being a father, he got protective and put me behind him and told the guy to go away.”

During the altercation, Firek allegedly punched Tingling, who has a pacemaker, in the chest, causing him to go into cardiac arrest, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Firek allegedly used racial slurs while hitting Masharah’s father.

Tingling was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

“My dad can’t see me go to eighth grade graduation,” the eighth grader told NBC Chicago. “That’s all he wanted to do was see me graduate.”

Tinglings death has been ruled a homicide, and Firek has been charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime.

this breaks my heart

themostlyblackswordsman:

12 DAYS OF BERSERK

Day 02: Favorite female character | SCHIERKE

Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’ →

The total institutions of our society can be listed for convenience in five rough groupings. First, there are institutions established to care for persons thought to be both incapable and harmless; these are the homes for the blind, the aged, the orphaned, and the indigent. Second, there are places established to care for persons thought to be at once incapable of looking after themselves and a threat to the community, albeit an unintended one: TB sanitoriums, mental hospitals, and leprosoriums. Third, another type of total institution is organized to protect the community against what are thought to be intentional dangers to it; here the welfare of the persons thus sequestered is not the immediate issue. Examples are: Jails, penitentiaries, POW camps, and concentration camps. Fourth, we find institutions purportedly established the better to pursue some technical task and justifying themselves only on these instrumental grounds: Army barracks, ships, boarding schools, work camps, colonial compounds, large mansions from the point of view of those who live in the servants’ quarters, and so forth. Finally, there are those establishments designed as retreats from the world or as training stations for the religious: Abbeys, monasteries, convents, and other cloisters. This sublisting of total institutions is neither neat nor exhaustive, but the listing itself provides an empirical starting point for a purely denotative definition of the category.
— Erving Goffmann (Characteristics of Total Institutions)

The term ‘gender’ itself is problematic. It was first used in a sense that was not simply about grammar, by sexologists, the scientists of sex, such as John Money, in the 1950s and 60s, who were involved in normalising intersex infants. They used the term to mean the behavioural characteristics they considered most appropriate for persons of one or other biological sex. They applied the concept of gender when deciding upon the sex category into which those infants who did not have clear physical indications of one biological sex or another, should be placed. Their purpose was not progressive. These were conservative men who believed that there should be clear differences between the sexes and sought to create distinct sex categories through their projects of social engineering. Unfortunately, the term was adopted by some feminist theorists in the 1970s, and by the late 1970s was commonly used in academic feminism to indicate the difference between biological sex and those characteristics that derived from politics and not biology, which they called ‘gender’.

Before the term ‘gender’ was adopted, the term more usually used to describe these socially constructed characteristics was ‘sex roles’. The word ‘role’ connotes a social construction and was not susceptible to the degeneration that has afflicted the term ‘gender’ and enabled it to be wielded so effectively by transgender activists. As the term ‘gender’ was adopted more extensively by feminists, its meaning was transformed to mean not just the socially constructed behaviour associated with biological sex, but the system of male power and women’s subordination itself, which became known as the ‘gender hierarchy’ or ‘gender order’. Gradually, older terms to describe this system, such as male domination, sex class and sex caste went out of fashion, with the effect that direct identification of the agents responsible for the subordination of women, men, could no longer be named. Gender, as a euphemism, disappeared men as agents in male violence against women, which is now commonly referred to as ‘gender violence’. Increasingly, the term ‘gender’ is used, in official forms and legislation, for instance, to stand in for the term ‘sex’ as if ‘gender’ itself is biological, and this usage has overwhelmed the feminist understanding of gender.

— Sheila Jeffreys about the history of “gender” in her new book “Gender Hurts - A feminist analysis of the politics of transgenderism” to be released on May 9, 2014
When a man’s face contorts in bitterness and hatred, he looks a little insane. When his mood changes from elated to assaultive in the time it takes to turn around, his mental stability seems open to question. When he accuses his partner of plotting to harm him, he seems paranoid. It is no wonder that the partner of an abusive man would come to suspect that he was mentally ill.

Yet the great majority of my clients over the years have been psychologically ‘normal.’ Their minds work logically; they understand cause and effect; they don’t hallucinate. Their perceptions of most life circumstances are reasonably accurate. They get good reports at work; they do well in school or training programs; and no one other than their partners—and children—thinks that there is anything wrong with them. Their value system is unhealthy, not their psychology.
—  Lundy Bancroft in Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men (2002), p. 39 (emphasis in original)

"non binary" is binarism

never-obey:

People are inventing labels that are always between masculinity and femininity. There is no outside of the gender hierarchy (or as they call it “spectrum”).

What’s so “non binary” about this? These gender labels are still related to both harmful gender roles. The only thing that changes is the the distance between the labels and the top/the bottom of the gender hierarchy (or both sides of the “spectrum”).

That’s still binarism. Even all those agender/neutrois etc labels still depend on masculinity or feminity. Because without the gender hierarchy (or “spectrum”) these labels would be meaningless.

Denver State Women's Wellness Center now to offer cervical cancer screenings to men who feel like they are female →

plansfornigel:

truetrap:

plansfornigel:

the-female-condition:

sex-negative:

the-female-condition:

ravefromthegrave:

coldhearted-icequeen:

magicuterus:

never-obey:

Having a cervix is a state of mind. O__o”

funds that could be used on actual fucking services for women is going towards pandering delusional males, of fucking course. i am so angry.

is this real life

well, breast exams makes sense, since both males and females can get breast cancer. the cervix thing is just weird though.

if having a cervix is a state of mind, then… well… i guess i’ll just stop having my periods then, because i really don’t want them, and i’ll just will power myself out of them every month lol

(also, if you’re concerned about trans people - RUDE to trans men. they don’t tend to love their periods)

Jennifer Blair wanted breast cancer screenings, they’re not giving cervical cancer screenings to people without cervixes.

http://kwgn.com/2014/04/02/cdphe-state-womens-wellness-center-now-serving-transgenders/

The article says that cervical screenings are included and then provides a link to the Wellness Center for more information that redirects you to the page specifically for cervical screenings?  There’s not much more info besides that.  Can anyone provide any extra?  I don’t want this on my blog if it’s not true but that’s what the article says

http://transgenderequality.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/ncte-commends-cdcs-clarified-breast-cancer-screening-policy/

It says screenings to anybody that has said body part.

but if males need breast cancer screenings, and one can argue that this should be part of male health whether that male is transgendered and identifies as a woman or not, why then the obfuscating language that removes women’s health care from the female body?

Blair sued a woman’s health clinic because the screening funds came from the CDC and the CDC specified that these funds were for genetic females. So actually what this means now is the CDC will not do female specific funding of healthcare and money that is earmarked for women it must now also include males, this is another way to read this. And trans women also need screenings for prostate cancer, but I don’t see any trans women out there protesting that money is being set aside for them as genetic males in order to be tested for sex specific cancers.

I don’t know personally, I’m of the opinion I think trans women need to start their own health clinics, trans women have their own very unique, very specific healthcare needs that are not part of women’s healthcare and and I also think that women should be able to prioritize women. Males have never prioritized female healthcare and have treated the female body as though it is a deformed male, this has been a problem and that was something that the feminists in the 70s fought for, but here we are having to prioritize males healthcare needs again and taking the focus off of females and it’s obscures the fact that female bodies are not the same as male bodies and that we have different healthcare needs.

And why is it that women’s health care clinics are supposed to divert funds and focus to the healthcare needs of trans women when trans women are biologically male? this makes no sense, why are trans women not asking gay men’s health clinics to change their programs and use their funds to meet the needs of trans women? From a public health standpoint this actually makes sense, trans women and gay men are both male and doctors that work at men’s health clinic have specialized in treating the male bodied, gay men also have prostates and need anal Pap smears to prevent anal cancer, and both populations have the highest rates of HIV and SDI infections and there’s even direct overlapping in clients as some some trans women are living as gay males before transitioning.

I think women healthcare clinics should be allowed to focus on female healthcare, I do not see any pressures for Gay men’s health clinics to meet the needs of trans men, females who identifies males, and divert their funds to hire gynecologists to provide cervical cancer screening, breast-cancer screenings, and female birth control

I understand what you mean. However (and this has been said to me by my own doctor) after a certain time on hormones the male body does become more susceptible to female issues. Breast cancer being one of them because of the increased amount of breast tissue. Any one who practices anal sex should receive anal Pap smears.
While the whole reason why a trans woman would need a cervix exam is beyond me, perhaps those techniques or machinery are useful for post operative transsexuals. Again, this is something that I don’t know.
But I do agree with you that trans women do need there own specialized clinics. However we’re a long ways away from something like that being widely available enough for it to be viable.

that’s why i say partner with gay men, so many of the same issues, from the CDC, "Transgender women are at high risk for HIV infection. By race/ethnicity, black/African American transgender women have the highest percentage of new HIV-positive test results.", gay men have been organizing for 40 years around treatment and prevention of HIV, who would be better to serve this community than one who has been facing these same issues. and it wouldn’t hurt for gay men to be screened for breast cancer, they are not at high a risk as trans women but men are still at risk. And gay men have money, why not advocate for gay men to meet the health needs of trans women?

I haven’t had healthcare for most of my life, and I’ve been reliant on local, community women’s clinic and most women’s clinics, in my experience, are run by nurse practitioners who specialize in women’s health and asking them to switchgears get additional training, which cost money, to specialize in transgendered women healthcare is neither practical or logical from a public-health perspective and could put the clinic at risk for being sued for malpractice as nurse practitioners are not trained as endocrinologists and trans women like to sue.

Issues in women’s health are already ignored and unfunded, things like reproductive coercion birth control pills that kill birth-control methods that are killing people, racial and economic disparities in breast cancer screening, treatment and survival , access to birth control by health insurance is still being contested in the Supreme Court, never mind access to safe legal abortions which is rapidly becoming a thing of the past

so I really can’t see the CDC deciding that money earmarked for female centric health care can also be applied to males is really a victory. I’m also really not behind this ruling with the CDC, as Blair is also suing the women’s health clinic that didn’t give her the breast-cancer screening because the CDC funds were earmarked for females- and I can’t see that suing women’s health clinics is really good for women, it’s going to cut in funding and it’s going to cut in services

one of the richest people in the world is a trans woman and Pritzker’s busy funding transgender inclusion in the military- and Lupron for children and Parker Malloy can do a go-fund-me kick starter thing for $30,000 new face, and there are tons of go-fund-me sites for personal surgeries, I think the trans community would be better served looking at raising money for community needs-trans specific shelters and trans specific healthcare clinics and not individual needs. and again I think partnering with gay men health advocates and clinics makes a lot more sense medically for trans women it and it doesn’t cut into the funds and services that are already not there for poor women