aprilseye
What is ‘panocha’? Panocha is a sweet dessert, a cone of brown sugar shaped like a passageway. It’s delicacy, indulgence, sustenance, wetness, sweetness, spice, blood, pain, life, pleasure, joy, and empowerment. Panocha means vagina and/or vulva and holds a cultural resonance for many who grew up with the word or have come into it thorugh Chicana feminist writings. Panocha conveys an embracing of our whole selves-bodymindspirit-in a way that the proper terms vagina and vulvla do not. We join others in speaking panocha because its homemade- a way for us to express sensuality and eroticism on our own terms.
From a zine titled Panocha Platicas: A guide to healing sex and sexuality in community  by Sophia Arrendondo, Jessica Heredia, Irene LAra, Eneri Rodriguez Arauz (via aprilseye)
genderfuckandsecrets

leotron:

What is Transcending Anatomy?

Transcending Anatomy started as a project for my SExCo class at Oberlin College in spring 2011. As a trans person who has primarily had sex with other trans people, I was frustrated that the few available resources about sexuality for partners of trans people mainly talked about hormones and surgery. They didn’t represent me or my partners, and I wanted something different.

Transcending Anatomy is an alternative resource that acknowledges the diversity of trans people’s bodies, identities, and sexualities, while giving trans people and our partners an opportunity to speak for ourselves. On this Tumblr you can read the zine (or download a copy!) and read continuing submissions. Let’s start a conversation!

What you’ll find here: Lots of talk about trans people having sex! Honesty, communication, consent, and respect. Advice about asking the right questions and finding comfortable language. Sex-positivity. Body-positivity. Quotes and anecdotes from real people who are straight and queer, mono and poly, vanilla and kinky, asexual and sexual, with all kinds of genders, in all stages of “transition”.

What you won’t find: “Trans 101” material. Advice about transitioning, surgery, and hormones. Relationship talk (except inasmuch as it relates to sex). Erotica and porn (I’ll post links, but there won’t be anything NSFW directly on this Tumblr). Sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism, racism, classism, and other forms of oppression.

Triggers: This is a place for open talk about sex and dysphoria; posts on those topics won’t have trigger warnings. This includes kink, BDSM, and all terms for body parts. Any material related to harassment, abusive relationships, sexual assault, or violent assault will have a clear trigger warning.

Boostin’, boostin’, boostin’

annieelainey

annieelainey:

Beauty Pressure

Don’t be brainwashed. It is a lie to think that you aren’t good enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, curvy enough. It is a lie to think that you are lacking merely because you are not the “standard beauty”. There are so many different kinds of beautiful. You are beautiful just as you are.

This is utterly brilliant.

Watch and reblog, please.

annieelainey
annieelainey:

Posts like these bring me down, I capped this from this morning, I’m sure the notes keep climbing. I understand needing to lose weight for health purposes, I love you all so much, health is very important. But so many want to lose weight thinking it will make them more “beautiful”… some are already skinny and just can’t see reality in their reflection.
I wish you all could see the truth. I wish you all could see just how beautiful you really are.

True, but healthy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re skinny. 
Thinness is nothing more than a modern fetish, not proof that you’re healthy. I have thin friends who live off of doritoes, debbie cakes, mountain dew and beer. That’s hardly healthy. 
Fat MIGHT be a symptom of ill health but there is no proof of it by a long shot. Weight, likewise CAN be a symptom but there is no proof. You can be fat, ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’ and still be healthy. Health is about what you’re consuming and what you do with it. So contrary to popular opinion, no one can tell a person’s health by judging how their body appears. Our perception of what an ‘unhealthy’ person looks like is the myth caused by BMI. The entire foundation of BMI is faulty because there are no true studies and has arbitrarily, been altered repeatedly over the course of time. 
In fact, there was a study that showed that BMI is ready to be scrapped:

Body Mass Index (BMI), the standard measure of obesity, is badly flawed and a more accurate gauge should be developed, according to doctors. Writing in Friday’s Lancet medical journal, the researchers from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, found that patients with a low BMI had a higher risk of death from heart disease than those with normal BMI.

The CDC has even admitted that the formula is misleading, because the BMI doesn’t take into account all aspects that make up a human being (muscle, height, etc. etc. Bruce Willis would be considered overweight!) 
From here:

'This overweight category of body mass index of 25 to 29.9 is a phony category. It doesn't have medical justification,' says Paul Campos, JD, a law professor and author of The Diet Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight Is Hazardous to Your Health.
Campos says the BMI was developed as a statistical sorting tool for researchers and was never meant as a gauge for weight loss.'It just doesn't make sense,' he says, pointing to muscular celebrities such as Matthew McConaughey and Brad Pitt, who he says would be considered too heavy based on their BMI numbers.”

So, again more weight doesn’t equal, less healthy. Just like less weight, equals more healthy. These are illusionary correlations, and backed by many doctors and scientists. 
Dr. Kausman:

"Dr Rick Kausman, Australian Medical Association spokesman, believes in looking beyond body size — instead focusing on fitness as a measure of true health. ‘We’ve been brainwashed to believe that healthy weight is a size 8 … We’re clearly not all meant to have a BMI of 22, or be a size eight or 10,’ he says. ‘Human beings are meant to come in all shapes and sizes. We have to allow our weight to be the healthiest it can be to us, not to anyone else.’"

Paul Campos:

"Paul Campos, law professor at the University of Colorado and author of The Obesity Myth, agrees. ‘What a healthy weight is for you as an individual has little or nothing to do with what a healthy weight is for anybody else,’ he explains. ‘Within a very broad range, a healthy weight is the weight that a particular individual maintains while living a healthy life.’" 

Joanne Ikeda:

“‘I don’t believe height and weight is a good indication of health,’ said Joanne Ikeda, co-director of the Center for Weight and Health at the University of California at Berkeley. ‘If a fat person or obese person has normal blood pressure, if their total cholesterol and glucose levels are normal and they are healthy, there is no reason they should necessarily have to lose weight.’”

Of course, I have no problem with people wanting to lose weight. That’s your choice. However, it’s important to realize that you don’t medically need to lose weight anymore than you do to be more attractive or beautiful. You are beautiful the way you are right now. You are uniquely you, and you don’t need to alter who you are for anyone. If this is intrinsically motivated, then fine, I wish you luck! If you want to keep eating Cheetos and drink Mountain Dew, then you should share your Mountain Dew with me. Just sayin’. =P
Love,
Taylor

annieelainey:

Posts like these bring me down, I capped this from this morning, I’m sure the notes keep climbing. I understand needing to lose weight for health purposes, I love you all so much, health is very important. But so many want to lose weight thinking it will make them more “beautiful”… some are already skinny and just can’t see reality in their reflection.

I wish you all could see the truth. I wish you all could see just how beautiful you really are.

True, but healthy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re skinny. 

Thinness is nothing more than a modern fetish, not proof that you’re healthy. I have thin friends who live off of doritoes, debbie cakes, mountain dew and beer. That’s hardly healthy. 

Fat MIGHT be a symptom of ill health but there is no proof of it by a long shot. Weight, likewise CAN be a symptom but there is no proof. You can be fat, ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’ and still be healthy. Health is about what you’re consuming and what you do with it. So contrary to popular opinion, no one can tell a person’s health by judging how their body appears. Our perception of what an ‘unhealthy’ person looks like is the myth caused by BMI. The entire foundation of BMI is faulty because there are no true studies and has arbitrarily, been altered repeatedly over the course of time. 

In fact, there was a study that showed that BMI is ready to be scrapped:

Body Mass Index (BMI), the standard measure of obesity, is badly flawed and a more accurate gauge should be developed, according to doctors. 

Writing in Friday’s Lancet medical journal, the researchers from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, found that patients with a low BMI had a higher risk of death from heart disease than those with normal BMI.

The CDC has even admitted that the formula is misleading, because the BMI doesn’t take into account all aspects that make up a human being (muscle, height, etc. etc. Bruce Willis would be considered overweight!) 

From here:

'This overweight category of body mass index of 25 to 29.9 is a phony category. It doesn't have medical justification,' says Paul Campos, JD, a law professor and author of The Diet Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight Is Hazardous to Your Health.

Campos says the BMI was developed as a statistical sorting tool for researchers and was never meant as a gauge for weight loss.
'It just doesn't make sense,' he says, pointing to muscular celebrities such as Matthew McConaughey and Brad Pitt, who he says would be considered too heavy based on their BMI numbers.”

So, again more weight doesn’t equal, less healthy. Just like less weight, equals more healthy. These are illusionary correlations, and backed by many doctors and scientists. 

Dr. Kausman:


"Dr Rick Kausman, Australian Medical Association spokesman, believes in looking beyond body size — instead focusing on fitness as a measure of true health. ‘We’ve been brainwashed to believe that healthy weight is a size 8 … We’re clearly not all meant to have a BMI of 22, or be a size eight or 10,’ he says. ‘Human beings are meant to come in all shapes and sizes. We have to allow our weight to be the healthiest it can be to us, not to anyone else.’"

Paul Campos:

"Paul Campos, law professor at the University of Colorado and author of The Obesity Myth, agrees. ‘What a healthy weight is for you as an individual has little or nothing to do with what a healthy weight is for anybody else,’ he explains. ‘Within a very broad range, a healthy weight is the weight that a particular individual maintains while living a healthy life.’" 

Joanne Ikeda:

“‘I don’t believe height and weight is a good indication of health,’ said Joanne Ikeda, co-director of the Center for Weight and Health at the University of California at Berkeley. ‘If a fat person or obese person has normal blood pressure, if their total cholesterol and glucose levels are normal and they are healthy, there is no reason they should necessarily have to lose weight.’”

Of course, I have no problem with people wanting to lose weight. That’s your choice. However, it’s important to realize that you don’t medically need to lose weight anymore than you do to be more attractive or beautiful. You are beautiful the way you are right now. You are uniquely you, and you don’t need to alter who you are for anyone. If this is intrinsically motivated, then fine, I wish you luck! If you want to keep eating Cheetos and drink Mountain Dew, then you should share your Mountain Dew with me. Just sayin’. =P

Love,

Taylor

What Is A Real Woman

What is a real woman? How do you tell? Does she move like an Amazon, staring down at all the fake women that hang their heads, knowing they do not meet her height or the thinness of her waist? Or does she possess hips so thick that when she moves, the jiggle makes every fake woman around her quiver in the putrid stench of their faux womanhood? Do real women wear glasses? Or do fake women have poor eye sight? Real women must have a vagina right? Or are we not the sum of our genitals?

Would you know a real woman from a fake woman? Could you tell if a real woman shaved her vulva by looking at her on the street? Or do real women let their bush grow freely? Do they play with the designs? Is her inner labia suppose to be super small? Is she suppose to be a virgin? How could you tell this about your boss? Your sister? Your Aunt, you neighbor, your friend – are these real women?

Do real women have sleek blonde, brown, red, locks that reach all the way down to her ass? Do only fake women shave their hair off? Do only fake women crop their hair and dye it blue, pink, blonde, yellow, orange, purple and so on? Is our womanhood based in the roots of hairs all over our body? Every hair that sprouts on tit or chin, underarm or leg, do real women shave and pluck it off? Or is it suppose to be there? What would a real woman do?

Is a real woman, the woman that has one sexual partner? Or do real women rebel against these notions and won’t stay with a partner for more than two nights? Do real women date only men? Can a real woman be asexual? Would you know, if she was fucking another woman? Would that make her a fake woman too? What color should a real woman be? Black? White? Brown? Yellow? Which ones are fake?

So what is it? What is a real woman? All of these women are real women. It is a shame that we have forgotten that women are not to be defined or categorized into systematic boxes forged from a catastrophically bleeding system that leaves out so many women. We are emotionally and physically changing. No two women are the same. We are separate by our difference. Our scars, invisible or not, make up who we are. Women are not made one way.

A real woman is a woman. We are all colors. We are all shapes and sizes. We come from all backgrounds and histories. We are the women that work at night clubs or Hooters or 9 to 5 office jobs. We have worked jobs from the age of ten to support our siblings. We have never worked a job in our life. We are hated. We are loved. We are envied. We are house wives with one, two, three, six children. We are women who choose sex over relationships. We are straight. We are lesbian. We are asexual. We are pansexual. We are queer. We are intersex. We are bisexual. We are trans. We are cis. We have long hair. We have short hair. We have giant breasts. We have hand-sized breasts. We are poets. We are mathematicians. We are artists. We are mechanics. We are mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins. We belong to no one. We are independent and dependant. We are strong. We are perfectly flawed. We are beautiful the way we are. We are not made for labels.

We are all plenty REAL enough for anyone that is concerned with our Womanhood and there isn’t a person on this planet that has the right to tell us otherwise.

Love,

Taylor

lieutenantsquiggles:

I hate how the world thinks it’s acceptable for men to bully women into shaving their pubic hair. If you want a hairless wonder, go fuck a 12-year-old. A real woman has pubic hair. So there.

I hate how the world thinks its acceptable for people, regardless of gender identity, to bully women into changing their bodies to accommodate their silly personal preferences. A Real Woman has The Cuntmentality. 

Also, telling someone to go fuck a 12 year old is in no way commendable. 

Love,

Taylor