5 Things Cis People Can Actually Do For Trans People (Now That You Care About Us)

The (Trans)cendental Tourist

It’s been a weird year for trans people.

Allow me to be more specific: It’s been a heated, daring, tumultuous, graphic, specularizing, aggressive, pointed,contentious, highlyfatal, and really, really complicated year for trans people.

Here are a few examples: Kristina Gomez Reinwald, Ty Underwood, Lamia Beard, and many othertranswomen of color have been brutally murdered at the hands of lovers, family members, and strangers.Meanwhile,Laverne Cox and Janet Mock have come to fame and exhibited incrediblefeats of grace, articulation, and poignancy under the gaze ofan eager media. Blake Brockington, Leelah Alcorn, Taylor Alesana, and many other transgender youth have committed suicide afterenduring endless bullying and systematic brutality. Meanwhile, Jazz Jennings became the new face of Clean & Clear and published a children’s picture book about her life, and teen trans couple Arin Andrews and KatieHill (best known for “Can You Even Believe They’re Trans?!” types of headlines) wrote and published individual books…

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‘Let Love Be Free’


This Is A Poetic Tribute To The Gay Community & Their SupportersLoveW

“We hide from the world,

We fear for our lives,

and never shall we be truly free.

Love is love,

Let love be free,

A kiss won’t be the end of the world by me.

If you fear my love, 

You fear yourself not me,

What we wish in this life is to only love as we please.

Written By

Salman Khan as a tribute to all those who love and support the LGBT/ gay community.


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Pickup guru Roosh V: Women who cut their hair short are committing self-harm — and should be “monitored by authorities”

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Check out the fertility on these gals! Check out the fertility on these gals!

The war of short-haired women against dudes and their pants feelings continues. Indeed, it’s gotten so bad that pickup artist/rape legalization proponent Roosh V is calling for state intervention.

In a blog post today, Mr. V cites a passage in an Evo Psych textbook suggesting that men tend to prefer long hair on women because healthy hair is an indication of good health and diet, and therefore of “higher reproductive value” in women.

And if cutting off this hair is displeasing to the boners of dudes like Roosh, well, it must mean that women who wear their hair short are, quite literally, mentally ill. No, really; that’s what he thinks. (Emphasis mine.) 

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Another 101 Fact: There is no such thing as reverse sexism

No such thing as Reverse sexism.

The Gender Blender Blog

Something that I often get asked is “aren’t feminists just being reversely sexist?” or “isn’t feminism just reverse sexism?”  No, and no.  There is no such thing as reverse sexism.  First of all, let’s establish a working definition of sexism: Just like how racism = power + prejudice based on skin color, sexism = power + prejudice based on gender.  When talking about the various forms of oppression, many people often confuse prejudice with the ism.  From Failure to Communicate:

That “+ power” portion of the equation is one of the most important parts.  This is not to say that the disenfranchised cannot be prejudiced, because many of them are, but without power, they are not actually working within the systematic framework of advantage created by the majority to privilege themselves.

Therefore, a person who does not exist with the necessary institutionalized power and privilege of belonging to…

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5 Things No One Is Actually Saying About Ani DiFranco or Plantations

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The Great Ani DiFranco Plantation Kerfuffle of 2013 has been something of a boon to people who debate and study race in America. In DiFranco, anyone who’s ever cared about race or Birkenstocks has had a light cast on the perception of just how far race matters have really progressed, which is to say, not as far as we thought. DiFranco is progressive and hip and down for the cause…and, as it turns out, completely full of white privilege. She rolled with booking a plantation for a retreat, then faux-apologized (poorly) for that decision, then a couple of other notable friends defended her abysmally, and finally she issued what most people consider a more genuine – if late – apology with all the appropriate feels (and 80% less foot in mouth). So while she isn’t Michael Fassbender from 12 Years a Slave, it turns out she might be kicking…

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Ladies Who Need More Love: Martha Jones (Doctor Who)

In this article series, we have set out to identify and discuss female characters that we believe can be great characters, but whose potential has been overlooked or ignored by writers, fanbases, and the mainstream media.

The fifth on our list:

Martha Jones from Doctor Who

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Martha Jones [Freema Agyeman] appears in the third season of the rebooted version of Doctor Who, as a companion to the Tenth Doctor [David Tennant]. While many fans consider Martha to be the first black companion on the show, others dispute this fact, claiming that title belongs to Mickey Smith [Noel Clarke] who appeared in first and second season, traveling with the Doctor temporarily. Either way, Martha’s introduction should have been a Doctor Who milestone, as she was the first person of colour to travel with the Doctor on a permanent basis, but instead her time as the Doctor’s companion has been…

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