The name's Nat. I post and reblog mostly stuff about art, animation and video games. I also care about social justice, though I don't support extremism of any sort. I'm an Egalitarian and a 4th Wave Feminist.

I also do critiques from time to time.

PRIDE

PRIDE

 

E-mail RAINN on Saturday, March 15, 2014?

schaka:

permutationofninjas:

The current FBI definition of rape is “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”  As we’ve said before, this erases victims of rape who are forced to penetrate, generally men forced to have sex with women.  The number of victims who are erased this way is not insignificant; according to the 2010 CDC NISVS, it’s almost equal to the number of women who are raped.

While the FBI definition doesn’t have a direct legal impact, it affects how crime statistics are collected and serves as a model to state legislatures.  This continued erasure is a self-perpetuating cycle that must be stopped.  Rape victims who are not ciswomen victimized by cismen need more support.  With this in mind, I’m asking any readers of this post to help me in an effort to try and create a world in which fewer rape victims are erased.

While it’s probably unrealistic to expect the FBI to change their definition again in the next few years, it might be possible to encourage certain other organizations to stop erasing male victims.  RAINN in particular is a very popular source of statistics regarding rape, some of which erase many victims.

I’d like to get as many people as possible to contact RAINN at info@rainn.org and/or chelseab@rainn.org on Saturday, March 15, 2014, asking them to consider using a more gender-inclusive definition for their statistics and rape awareness campaigns.  It would be best for all of this contact to happen all on the same day; it’s easy to ignore a few scattered pleas, but a flood of concern is harder to brush off.  Until that date, I’d like people to reblog this post and spread the message as much as possible.  Talking to local feminist groups or other gender rights-oriented groups is particularly important.  Additionally, I’d like anyone interested in taking a more active role to contact me; a clearer line of communication would help me organize this effort.

While we most likely will not succeed at actually getting RAINN to change their policies, this campaign will increase the visibility male victims, help us learn how to organize social justice campaigns, foster positive connections with feminist groups, and encourage greater activism within the MRM and egalitarian movements.

What do you guys think?

-DJ

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This is important not only for male victims, but for virtually all victims of female rapists, no matter their gender. Please take the time to do this or at least signal boost.

Actually, the LGBT lobby faces significant barriers in getting assistance for same sex couples in abusive or violent relationships. The language of domestic violence policy has a firmly entrenched male perpetrator vs female victim narrative that makes it very difficult. Services are often gendered. One domestic violence non-profit in, I think, Maryland offers free batterer treatment programs to men, but charges $20 per session to female batterers.

When I was at the NOW conference a year and a half ago, a lesbian activist did a presentation on how the language of VAWA does a disservice to her community, in that it does not really make room for the possibility of male victims or female perpetrators. The reception was VERY chilly, just icy stares from the audience, until she made some remark along the lines of, “Now I’m not saying DV isn’t a gendered problem. I’m not saying it’s not about violence against women. Of COURSE it’s gendered,” at which point there was a smattering of applause, and she ducked out in a hurry before the Q&A, claiming to have to catch a plane.

Perhaps the largest barrier to the LGBT lobby in dealing with this is in their alliance with feminism. Is it the LGBT community that wants to keep this under wraps, or is it the feminist lobby they’ve allied themselves with?

cosplaying-on-a-budget:

Did any of you see this amazing cosplayer at Katsucon this past weekend? Fallen Feathers Cosplay did an incredible job on her Queen Esther from Trinity Blood. Want to know something even more incredible? She’s only been sewing for two years! Just wanted to let all those beginning seamstresses out there know that with dedication, hard work, and a lot of blood, sweet and tears you can create amazing costumes! Go check out her fan page at:   https://www.facebook.com/fallenfeatherscosplay?ref=br_tf

Photos by the amazing Fanboy Photos: https://www.facebook.com/FanboyPhotos

LGBTQ Feedback

trans-wife:

I would very much like to hear from the LGBTQ communities & their supporters & allies, (especially my followers) regarding how *YOU* feel.
What LGBTQ issues are most important to you?
What change/s would you like to see in the future?
What do you think LGBTQ resource &/or news sites and LGBTQ groups should be focusing on?
What would you want from a local LGBTQ group?
Please e-mail me your answers to Trans_Wife@yahoo.com

My wife & I are considering starting a local Trans, Queer, Intersex, dulgender, bigender, & Cisgender ally group and we would Really like to know how people feel & what you would want.
I also want to keep this page as supportive & positive as possible and help all of the LGBTQ community whenever possible.
Your input will help us greatly with these goals.
Thank you

un-punk:

averyspaciouswitch:

R.I.P. to all the men and boys who have been abused, assaulted, and killed but are only remembered when someone needs a tragic example to reason away the suffering of women.

I’m so sorry that misogynists only see you as tools to enforce oppression.

You deserve so much better than that.

Thank God someone said this because I hate when people use the suffering of another group to make a cheap point. It’s all just as horrific.

That thing where you’re doing the exact same thing as the strawman you’re complaining about

amazing

fuck y’all and your false caring, ‘cause reality says that you’d never talk about any freaking victim who doesn’t fit your political agenda.

You’ll never talk about anybody who isn’t a female victim of a male perpetrator by yourself.

And we’re supposed to suck it up and clap for you erasing us and be thankful, smh.

(Source: averyhoppybun)

princesshollyofthesouthernisles:

Actual Tiana concept art, because all the Tiana art I ever see is fanart mislabeled as production artwork.

Lisa Keene, Bill Schwab, Lorelay Bove, Kevin Gollaher, Ian Gooding, Mark Henn, & Chris Appelhans (click individual pictures for artists)

(Source: shining-magically)

cats-radical:

nat-sg:

cats-radical:

People who complain about women in movies wearing more revealing clothing, because it’s “degrading” make me laugh, because like…

Oh man, I didn’t know that women wearing revealing clothing was so uncommon?

I mean, it’s not like in a big city or in a place like California, or hell IN A HIGH SCHOOL, can you find a woman or girl walking around in a miniskirt or walking around in a tight shirt with a lower neckline.

No, women wearing clothing that shows a lot of skin isn’t common at all.

And god knows they can’t possibly ENJOY wearing those clothes, can they?

Yeh. People keep forgetting that women in fiction wearing revealing clothing isn’t a problem by itself. It’s a problem when these women are written shittily and shoved into a stereotype, and it’s a problem that there are so few alternatives shown. But the existance of women that wear revealing clothing isn’t a problem, nor is it when they’re acknowledged in the media.

Same when people shit on “overemotional” women in the media all the time, because clearly such a thing as a very emotional woman can’t exist in the real world, amirite. Like gee, apparently my existance is detrimental to feminism and characters that are like me are “walking PMS-jokes”.

Cool story.


^

On the “overemotional” women train of thought, there are a lot of “overemotional” men in movies too.  And it’s not like “overemotional” men are accepted either.

But yeah, it’s when the characters are vapid and without nuance (with or without revealing clothing, as women who dress a little more conservatively than average get pushed into stereotypes as well sometimes), is when it’s an issue.

True, true.

cats-radical:

People who complain about women in movies wearing more revealing clothing, because it’s “degrading” make me laugh, because like…

Oh man, I didn’t know that women wearing revealing clothing was so uncommon?

I mean, it’s not like in a big city or in a place like California, or hell IN A HIGH SCHOOL, can you find a woman or girl walking around in a miniskirt or walking around in a tight shirt with a lower neckline.

No, women wearing clothing that shows a lot of skin isn’t common at all.

And god knows they can’t possibly ENJOY wearing those clothes, can they?

Yeh. People keep forgetting that women in fiction wearing revealing clothing isn’t a problem by itself. It’s a problem when these women are written shittily and shoved into a stereotype, and it’s a problem that there are so few alternatives shown. But the existance of women that wear revealing clothing isn’t a problem, nor is it when they’re acknowledged in the media.

Same when people shit on “overemotional” women in the media all the time, because clearly such a thing as a very emotional woman can’t exist in the real world, amirite. Like gee, apparently my existance is detrimental to feminism and characters that are like me are “walking PMS-jokes”.

Cool story.

What really upsets me about the current slurry of trans activism:

chakrabot:

sozziesocks:

chakrabot:

lenyberry:

chakrabot:

Simple issue: I am transgender. I was born in a body that feels opposite to the gender I feel I have/should be. Every day I feel this. I’ve felt this for years. I want to switch genders. Ideally I want my physical gender to match my personal/mental gender so that I feel like my body is mine. I want to live like a normal [person of desired gender], I want to be accepted as one.

Sloppy transactivism: Let’s identify as trans! Some people are only trans sometimes! I’m trans and proud! Cishets are gross! I have a penis but like to wear dresses but don’t consider myself female I am also trans! Hey on facebook let’s have all the cis folk identify as cis, that would help trans people because ?????? success!

Oh great cool, so let’s forcibly other a group of people who want nothing but to pass as the gender they present without people badgering them about it. Genius.

Simple issue: Trans people have a really hard time having access to affordable and necessary medical care and surgery, which of course contributes to the high suicide rate of trans individuals.

Sloppy transactivism: I’m a transfluid person and doe/does/deer/doeself are my pronouns! Trans isn’t a disorder! Fuck medical gatekeeping! Doctors shouldn’t have anything to do with whether you are trans or not!

::thousands of trans individuals suffer depression and commit suicide due to the fact that being transgender, despite being considered gender dysphoria, can’t get enough backing as a  medical disorder to qualify GRS as a medical necessity::

Wow, good job,snowflakes.

Whether or not you think truscum is good or bad, what we all need to realize is that with so many different types of people ‘identifying as trans’, they are effectively blurring the lines of what trans is, and crowding out the needs and voices of those with Gender Dysphoria. The people who need HT and surgery, the people who can’t just fluidly morph through different genders and be happy with it. The people who don’t identify as trans, because trans is the condition, not a gender.

Not all nonbinary people are trans. Please guys, think about the damage this is causing. We need progress.

As an addendum, here’s a little interaction my BF had with an LGBTQ facebook community regarding the gender changes:

"But I thought the whole point of being trans was to identify as the other gender, not to identify as being trans? In fact I’m pretty sure that "identifying as the disorder itself/identifying WITH the disorder" is precisely what creates such an unhealthy transition. As a "trans-male," that’s how I understand it to be… Thoughts?"

and the page owner replies: “Not everyone who is trans wants to transform into the other gender, some people are gender fluid, androgynous, etc, transgender is not a “disorder” transexuality is a medical term, and if people X dress that doesn’t make them want to be a different gender.”

So I said: ” Ah I see so Facebook is speaking of transexuality, not transgenderism. Makes sense. In so far as transgenderism being a disorder, it’s called Gender Identity Disorder or Gender Dysphoria. Medically it is considered a disorder and that is why people require medical treatment. If we don’t call it a disorder we won’t be able to have it included its surgeries in various insurance policies. I’ve accepted that I can’t have my cake and eat it too.”

See I don’t even think that considering it a “disorder” is a bad thing? Like… “disorder” just means a medical condition that is harmful to the person who has it… Gender dysphoria is harmful to people who experience it and medical treatments can alleviate that harm so it is a disorder. Having a disorder doesn’t make you a bad person or somehow “less” than anyone else, it just means your need for medical treatment is recognized.

Exactly but these fools are too busy saying “FUCK TRUSCUM” to realize that they are slowing down progress.

Basically my thoughts on being trans.

I’ve said before that “transgender” is not a gender. It is a label, and it is a label that should be applied only to people who have gender dysphoria. Non-binary people can have gender dysphoria. No one is trying to exclude non-binary people (except assholes). If they have gender dysphoria, they are non-binary and trans.

Saying that it is a medical disorder (and it is) is not excluding non-binary people. Non-binary people can have this medical disorder. There is nothing wrong with having a medical disorder. I have several. I also have several mental illnesses. There is negative stigma attached to them, and I am fighting to end that rather than fighting to have them recognized as something else.

GID is a medical disorder. It—just—is. This is a medical fact, and medical professionals are not going to disregard years of research and study on the word of a few cis people who think that they can be trans while identifying exclusively as their birth gender/sex and experiencing no dysphoria whatsoever.

Liking the clothes of the opposite sex does not make you trans.

Doing things stereotypically attributed to the opposite sex does not make you trans.

If you have gender dysphoria, you will know. It is not silent. It is not sneaky. It can be crippling. It oftentimes is. It is looking in the mirror and speaking, and being unable to comprehend that who you are seeing and hearing is you. It is disgust with your own body, with the genitals you were born with. It is looking into the future, and being unable to see yourself as anything other than the sex you should have been born as. It is seeing a person of the opposite sex and wondering why you could not be them, why they were so lucky to be born with all that you desire, all that you need.

It is an incredibly painful thing to live with, and those who have no experience with that pain should not claim to know it, should not claim to be who and what we are.

We make up less than 1% of the population. You are appropriating the struggles of one of the smallest minorities in the world. Our label is not yours to wear like a fashion accessory. Our label is not yours to define. Both binary trans folk and non-binary trans folk must live with the pain of gender dysphoria. You have no right to claim our label when you know nothing of our struggle.

Too raw not to reblog. Emphasis mine. 

In Kansas, gay/lesbian/bisexual/pansexual etc. people can now legally be banned from

shadygrifter:

wessasaurus-rex:

gay-of-demonic-charm:

~ Shops
~ Restaurants
~ Hotels
~ Any other business
~ Their jobs
~ Their university
~ Public pools and parks
~ Everywhere under state control
~ Police services
~ Hospitals
~ And by extension that means 999 too

If they make a case to marry someone of the same gender they will not only lose but have to pay for the opposition’s lawyer

Just thought I’d let you guys know, since I can hardly believe it myself

fuck

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According to MSNBC.com as of 4 hours ago:

Kansas House Bill 2453, aka “the official LGBT discrimination bill”,  has officially been killed in Kansas’s Senate, which means that it will not pass into law.

Instead, what it will do is be booted back to Kansas’s House in order to have revisions made. According to the current House speaker, if it went to vote again, it “probably wouldn’t pass”.

THIS IS VERY GOOD NEWS.

It is also largely in part because of the grass roots petitions on facebook and online, showing lawmakers that citizens are highly opposed to this kind of bill passing.

So everyone?

Good job. We’re good for now.

On Stalin’s birthday, the custom was that Stalin would meet with honor students and ask them questions. Maria meets with Stalin, she is a senior in high school. “Who is your mother?” he asked. “Russia,” she said. He then asked, “Who is your father?” “Stalin” she said. “What do you want to be?” he asked. “A doctor” said Maria. She was sent to one of the best medical schools.

Second student, Vladimir greets Stalin. Stalin asks the same two questions, and Vladimir answers, “My mother is Russia and my father is Stalin.” “What do you want to be?” asked Stalin. “An engineer” replied Vladimir. So he was sent to the best engineering school.

Then Boris meets with Stalin who asks him the same two questions. Boris answers, “My mother is Russia and my father is Stalin.” “What would you like to be?” asks Stalin. “An orphan” replies Boris.

joke from late 1940’s in Romania, as recited by Eva Mozes-Kor. (via gedenkenbrauchtwissen)

Imma be proud about this one

(via houseofrandom)

I had no idea this joke was from the 40’s, Romanians still use it today (in various versions)

I seek liberty and freedom, not for myself, but for those whom such fundamental rights are denied. I am their shield, their sword, their only hope. The roads I travel are dark, but they bring me closer to the light.

(Source: terahhertz)