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Thoughts On “The Hawkeye Initiative” (#transmisogyny #rape)

hobbitdragon:

girlinfourcolors:

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Artists: Lauren Armstrong (left) & Kenneth Rocafort (right)

Disclaimers may be in order.

First, I hate everything. It’s seriously the first thing out of my friends’ mouths when I’m done speaking to them. “Ceridwen, why do you hate everything?” Let’s just get that out of the way so I don’t have an inbox full of similar notes when I’m done with this. (What am I saying, people don’t read this blog.)

Second, I understand the intent behind The Hawkeye Initiative. The work that the management is busy with, drawing attention to the sexism inherent in mainstream comics art, is good work. It’s important that more people do this work, and on that level, I wish them success.

The Hawkeye Initiative has been live for about a week now, and the response has been incredible. Quite literally, in fact: It strains credibility to think how quickly this project has taken off. In seven days, the blog has been featured on io9, ONTD, Bleeding Cool, and Know Your Meme.

By comparison, Escher Girls, which has been doing the work of highlighting the sheer amount of sexist art in comics for over a year now, still doesn’t have the following that The Hawkeye Initiative has built in the last seven days.  In the interests of full disclosure, the woman behind Escher Girls is a personal friend, but I want to be clear this isn’t a case of envy-by-proxy. I’m more interested in exploring why this discrepancy exists.

My take? People care more about issues of sexual exploitation if that exploitation directly effects men. We see this time and time again in our day-to-day lives. The sexual abuse of young men and boys makes national news, and the narrative surrounding them explores the psychological damage caused by their abuse. “What he might have gone on to achieve” is a common refrain in these stories. Meanwhile, the narrative surrounding the sexual abuse of young women ignores all of this in favor of finding some way in which her rape and abuse was her fault. Even in cases that avoid this trope, such as (most, though not all cases of) the abuse of underage girls, “what she might have gone on to achieve” is never even considered.

While objectification is not as “serious” as rape, it remains a contributing factor in rape culture. So when that culture sees an instance of a man being objectified, even if that objectification is meant to draw attention to similar treatment of women, it reacts in ways it does not when the subject is female. As I said before, Escher Girls has been highlighting this issue for over a year now, but the focus has remained solely on how this issue effects women. Ami provides smart commentary, her readers have contributed redraws showing ways in which the art can not only be less objectifying but objectively better, and the focus remains on women. The Hawkeye Initiative, meanwhile, shifts the focus to a male character, and in so doing, draws the attention of our male-dominated culture.

And that’s assuming the best intentions of the management and their contributors. Go through the archives and count how many times a variation of “This is hilarious, I had to contribute” is used. Be careful here, friends. There’s some intense ugliness hidden behind why you find this so hilarious, and it’s steeped in misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia.

On tumblr, polerin elaborates:

There’s some really nasty shit lurking not too far under the surface of some of the drawings. In some cases, like the ones where they switch clothes, it’s not even too deep.

Making choices of clothing based in femininity/femme-ness on a dood isn’t a context free choice. Doubly so when you are mocking something. It relies on the deep history of cissexism and oppositional sexism in our culture. Even if that’s not the intent of the artist, it is impossible to look at these drawings and not have all the jokes about guys wearing women’s clothing or “acting like a girl” come up. That’s the POINT of these drawings.

And that point pins trans women to the wall as a side effect of (rightly) critiquing the sexism in comics.

Despite the best of intentions, the vibe comes across as really anti-femme, anti-trans women, and ultimately, anti-women. After all, if we’re unable to talk about the mistreatment of women without bringing men into the picture, what does that really say about us? If we’re unable to talk about the mistreatment of women without considering how it effects all women, what does that really say about us?

Boom. Duly noted. 

lavendersprigsandcoffee

Stephen Colbert Doubles Down on Transphobic Joke

transradical:

If you haven’t been watching The Colbert Report the past few nights, you probably missed Mr. Colbert’s random potshot transgender people. In a segment on controversial meat additive known as pink slime, Colbert remarked on the alternative name for pink slime, LFTB, saying “LFTB, because our beef now has so many hormones in it that it’s a part of the transgender community.” 

Shockingly, some transgender people were offended compared to hormone-laden slime in a story that had absolutely nothing to do with the transgender community. Just like every other mention of trans* people by Colbert, we were only brought in as a punchline.

Now, I certainly didn’t like the joke, but it’s not even close to worst thing Colbert has ever said about trans folk. In January of this year , Colbert invoked the sh-word (rhymes with female, nowhere near as nice) at his Carolina rally to make lame pun on Herman Cain’s first name.

I didn’t expect anything more to come from Colbert’s comment — For some reason he always seems to get a free pass for these kinds of comments. — but the next night, Colbert did issue an apology for the joke.  Unfortunately he decided to issue that appology to “any of [his] transgender bovine viewers that may have been offended.” He goes on to mock the argument against forcing strict gender roles on children, which is not strictly even a transgender issue. 

So Colbert makes the “mistake” (his word) of calling transgender people hormone-filled slime and “apologizes” for it by calling us cattle. We’ll I’m satisfied, aren’t you?

This comment wouldn’t stick out if Colbert did not already have such a strong history of making disparaging comments about transgender people or if even once on his program he ever covered a story relevant to the transgender community. A search for the tag “transgender” on ColbertNation.com yields 3 results: the two videos mentioned above and an interview with George Stephanopoulos where Colbert jokes about Joe Biden getting sexual reassignment surgery so he could become the first female vice president. Classy.

And do I even have to point out that while Colbert has never had an openly transgender guest on his show, Dan Savage has personally been a guest five times!

Handbasket Productions has an incomplete list of the use of transphobic and trans-insensitive jokes on The Colbert Report and its sister-program The Daily Show. The only goes up to 2007, and there have been plenty since, so if you have any jokes from The Colbert Report or The Daily Show against transgender people that particularly hurt or offended you, please share them in the comments below and your reaction to them. I plan on compiling the worst of them into a single video so links to the actual clips would be appreciated.

rileykonor

U G H - I am going to swear a lot right now.

solemnhypnotik:

Why does so much transmisogyny and privilege-denying bull shit exist within the trans* guy community? This bull shit is ESPECIALLY exhibited by well-off white dudes who are supposed spokespeople for ‘our’ community.

(I.e. Buck Angel, Ryan Cassata, Lucas Silveira, etc.)

Yes, I am calling people out here. Why? I am sick of seeing this oppressive shit all over my dash. Racism. Sexism. Misogyny. Body-shaming. Ableism. (proof here) Really? And what’s more? Some people actually accept and tolerate this shit because these people are ‘famous’. What true fans you are!

Guys, why is it SO hard to admit you have privilege? If you cannot admit that and acknowledge folks who are less privileged, I do NOT want you speaking for me. And I surely do not want you representing what it means to be trans*. All these folks do is reinforce negative, heteronormative stereotypes about trans* guys - a diverse minority of people who deserve fair representation and equal acknowledgment and respect.

Lastly, why do I have to keep bringing this stuff up, guys? Are we not oppressed enough? Now we are creating minorities within minorities here? Why are we actually fighting about what is or is not acceptable oppressive behaviour? Stating your opinion is one thing, but if you are using oppression in ANY way to get a point across or ‘fight for equality’, it is not only hypocritical, but WRONG.

Please note: When people say you are privileged, it is not a personal attack against you. It is not something to be ashamed of. It is something to be acknowledged. Whether you choose to do so is up to you, but it does not change the fact that you all are, in fact, privileged. Deny all you want. Call us whatever you want. Have your fans attack us over these issues. It only further proves our points.

Sincerely,

an admitted privileged white trans* guy named Riley

This is awesome, especially the links to their douchefuckery. While these people may have never intended to become role models, they are and celebrities don’t come with a magical aura that prevents them from doing wrong and makes them perfect. Their fans need to realize that we don’t come up with this shit because we’re bored.

Love,

Taylor

iragray

iragray:

Trans* 101: Terms (Part 2) You can see the rest of the video series here.

Thank you, Kyle, for the help with the transcript.

Hey everyone so this is the um part two of the fifth video in regards to the trans 101 series, we are still talking about terminology this video is mostly going to focus on um terms relating to trans marginalization. But just really quickly before we move on to that, a lot of people get the trans man and trans woman mixed up, and I want to be clear that when you are typing out these words, there is a space between the beginning right of the next word. Right because trans men and trans women are men and women who happen to be trans, not the new breed of, you know, men and women. Alright, so remember how when we define trans or someone who is of the transgender experience, we defined it as someone who is of a different gender than what they were given at birth, right? So, a lot of people think that trans men are women and that trans women are men, um no, haha. So someone who was gendered female at birth but identifies as a man today right now, is a trans man. Someone who was gendered male at birth, but identifies as a woman, right now, in this moment, currently, is a trans woman okay. Someone who was gendered male at birth is not a trans man, okay? Someone who was gendered female at birth is not a trans woman. That’s misgendering, that’s giving someone the wrong gender. Nobody likes that. And by nobody, I mean most people don’t like that. Alright, so, moving on. We’re going to define cissexism next. And compare it to transphobia. I don’t like the term transphobia and the reason is because of the -phobia part. A lot of people debate on this because the phobia here is a suffix, meaning that it doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing as phobia as an isolated word. Right, but when we use a term, we not only use its dictionary definition, we also use its cultural definition. So at a point in time where
people are refusing to acknowledge that the cultural definition of transphobia
is relating to fear, and the literal definition, too, then we’re refusing to
acknowledge the word itself. Right. So, transphobia connotes that there is,
that it’s out of your control, that you hate somebody, that you hate an entire
group of people, that you actively work to keep us down, because you can’t help
it? That’s bullshit. Transphobia is the irrational fear of trans people. Uh,
the thing with phobias is that phobias are intense, they are often panic attack
inducing, emotional breakdown inducing, they are often physically debilitating.
I have never met someone who is cissexist, and we’ll get into exactly what that
means in a minute, I have never met someone who is cissexist who has had a
panic attack because of my presence. Um, but yeah, so cissexism is the notion
that cisgender people are more valid, more normal, more real, regular, you
know, such and so forth, than trans people. That trans people are less normal,
that trans people are abnormal, that trans people are not as good, that trans
people are a fluke, that we are unnatural, etcetera, etcetera. Right, so
remember when we talked about the difference between normative and normal. Cissexism is the idea that comes out of making cisgender people normative. Does that make sense? Okay. I’m going to pretend that you said yes, haha. If you didn’t say yes then ask me, and I will definitely clear that up. Right so, oh shit, I shouldn’t have erased that. So people who perpetuate the notion that cissexim that, or rather perpetuate cissexism are cissexist, or they are doing cissexist things, or saying cissexist things, right? So another form of marginalization within the trans community, so keep in mind that trans is an umbrella term, right? So, in this case, cissexism affects all of-, all trans people, and then there, and we’re going to go into what all these terms mean, but then there is binarism, and then there is transmisogyny.

So we’re going to go over what transmisogyny is right now. Transmisogyny looks like this, literally. Right so, it’s misogyny directed towards trans women, if that makes sense. That’s a very, very limited definition; I don’t know why I just said that. Transmisogyny is a term, the only term that I know of, that combines two forms of oppression into one, because it’s very specific and isolated. Um, it is the oppression and marginalization of trans people who were gendered male at birth. Um, so, remember how we were talking about how like, and trigger warning trans women and trans people who were gendered male at birth, I’m about to use like, yeah, remember how we were talking about how the “t-word” affects, is a transmisogynistic term, and how it doesn’t affect all trans people but only an isolated group of trans people, um. This is why, because, it’s ironic because, in terms of sexism, people who were gendered female at birth are marginalized, but only if they continue to agree with that assignment. Right so like, trans women are marginalized more so than trans men are. Trans men often have access to male privilege, trans men have access to being gendered female at birth privilege. Which is complicated, it’s all very, like, it’s convoluted and wavy, and so forth and, there’s no right singular answer. So anyway, transmisogyny is very real, um, and like for example transmisogyny does not directly affect me, I actually benefit from the existence of transmisogyny which is bad and disgusting that it exists. Um but, examples of transmisogyny are the fact that every single year at trans day of rememberance, the majority of the people that we remember are trans women. The majority of trans people who are murdered, who are assaulted, who are raped are trans women, not trans men and not generally people who were gendered female at birth. That’s not to say that our marginalization as trans people does not exist, it’s not to say that we don’t get assaulted, because we do, but the difference between us and trans women is exponential, exponential, in terms of likelihood of being hurt, for our genders. So we’ve gone over cissexism, and we’ve gone over transmisogyny, let’s go over binarism. Just really quickly want to check the time, okay, cool. 

 Alright, so binarism is a form of discrimination that is outside and within the trans community. It can affect other forms too, so like, for example, binarism exists within the LGB community as well, the notion that bisexual people need to pick a side of the fence. That’s binarism, that you have to pick one of the binary. There is no middle, right, and that either of these two options is best, if you were to exist anywhere else, you’re not as good, you’re not as normal. Right, so, in terms of the trans community specifically, remember how we talked about how binarism, is the discrimination of the non-binary folks, is the discrimination against non-binary identified folks, so people who identify as gender-queer, and we’re not going to get into like all the definitions of all the identities, that would take forever, people who identify as gender queer, gender fluid, agender, bigender, etcetera, etcetera, are affected by binarism, regardless of gender assignment, um regardless of what they were assigned at birth. Uh, so yeah, I recognize that this is pretty fast, and it’s pretty complicated, and such and so forth, and a lot of trans men are going to be pissed off at this video, but I don’t care, you all need to check your privilege, and you all need to be aware of marginalization, and how you benefit from that, just because you are trans does not mean that all trans people are affected equally, we’re not. Um, but yeah, anyway, so if you have any questions, you can email me: ira dot d, as in dog, dot gray g-r-a-y, at gmail dot com (ira.d.gray@gmail.com). um you can go to my blog, www dot ira dalton gray dot com (www.iradaltongray.com), if you want to ask me a question there, forward slash ask (/ask). Lets see, you can message me on facebook, as always, you can comment on the youtube video, I always answer every question, uh and I like to think that I’m pretty nice in general. Thank you for sticking around for like twenty minutes now, I will talk to you all later, and uh, see ya!

lucypaw

Trans* people in NYC, attention!

lucypaw:

amydentata:

iamgrey:

If you’re looking for decent therapists in NYC, AVOID Jay Anne (@j_annethestar). This person’s extremely cissexist. They claim to be ‘welcoming’ but evidence from my own interactions with them on twitter indicate otherwise. Please pass along. Don’t want any trans* siblings to be victimized by characters like this.

Holy crap I had an exchange with this person on Twitter as well, and they don’t have a clue. Uses the t-slur constantly, thinks “trans” is a separate gender from “woman”, condescending, refuses to listen to trans people. Avoid like the plague.

She thinks this warning message is free publicity. That’s right people–an oppressed minority spreading a warning message about you for their own safety is “free publicity”. What a disgusting person.

Signal boosting.

On November 9th, Dan Savage was the recipient of a “glitter bomb” stunt for the second time this month so far. He was continuing his MTV tour at University of California Irvine.

 One of the students involved in the stunt was grabbed by the police and arrested.

According to my source at the event, Savage was in the middle of answering a question from a student who was wondering if her boyfriend was a freak because he watched porn featuring trans women. Savage suggested that her boyfriend was a freak, while freely using the terms “shemale” and “freaky tranny porn.” That is when two individuals ran up and threw glitter on him yelling “Transphobe!” Someone from the MTV tech crew muttered “Oh, not again!” Savage laughed it off and said that being gay he loves glitter.

Later, when another student was asking him about the incident, Savage answered, “I’m used to it.”

Savage’s use of the terms “tranny” and “shemale” are a minor part of the complaints being lodged against him, however, the use of those slurs is the most visible and most discussed part of them. Savage has claimed that he was transphobic 15 years ago but isn’t anymore, however, if that is true than why would Dan choose to use those same derogatory slurs knowing how much anger it draws from the trans community and so soon on the heels of the first glitter stunt?

Was he being antagonistic or just oblivious?

Considering that he is being called transphobic so frequently that he now says he is “used to it,” it’s hard to understand how he can continue to see himself as a spokesperson for the LGBT community rather than solely a gay spokesperson. Especially when he apparently has begun bringing police to his events to protect him from the community he claims to represent.

iragray

I am not a woman trapped in a man’s body. This body is no man’s; it is mine, it is me, and there is no man in that equation. And I am not trapped in it. There are a million and one ways out of this body, and I have clung to it, tooth and claw, despite an endless line of people and institutions who would rather I vacate the premises, and have sometimes been willing to make me bleed to convince me they’re right.

This body is mine, and I claim it and its bruises, and it is not a man’s, and I am not trapped here. I have looked leaving my body in the eye and I have said, in the end, hell no. There is too much to do, too much to love, too many who need one more of us to say hell no and help them say the same.

little light, the seam of skin and scales (Taking Steps)
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tummydearest:

combat—wombat:

[TW FOR ANTI-TRANS AND RACIST VIOLENCE AND HATE SPEECH]
SUPPORT CECE MCDONALD! 
CeCe McDonald is a young African American transgender woman charged with “second degree murder” after an incident that began when she was violently attacked because of her gender and race.
DROP the charges and FREE CeCe!
CeCe is a creative and energetic person who, before her life was so unjustly interrupted, was studying fashion at MCTC. She had a stable home where she lived with and helped support four other African American youth, her family. CeCe’s family describes her as a leader, a role model, and a loyal friend. She is known as a wise, out-spoken, and welcoming person, with a cheerful disposition and a history of handling prejudice with amazing grace.
Around 12:30 am on June 5, CeCe and four of her friends (all of them black) were on their way to Cub Foods to get some food. As they walked past Schooner’s Bar in South Minneapolis, a man and two women (all of them white) began to yell epithets at them. They called CeCe and her friends ‘faggots,’ ‘niggers,’ and ‘chicks with dicks,’ amongst other things.
As they were shouting, one of the women smashed her drink into the side of CeCe’s face, slicing her cheek open, lacerating her salivary gland, and stinging her eyes with liquor. A fight ensued, with more people joining in. What happened during the fight is unclear, but within a few minutes Dean Schmitz–one of the attackers–had been stabbed.
CeCe was later arrested, and is now falsely accused of murder
For a month, CeCe was kept in solitary confinement “for her own protection”; she had no say in this matter. Finally, she was transferred to a psychiatric unit in the Public Safety Facility. It was nearly two months before she was taken back to a doctor to check up on the wound on her face, which by then had turned into a painful, golf ball-sized lump.
Later on, CeCe’s friends were harassed on the street by people they recognized from the scene of the fight. Individuals circled the block that CeCe’s friends were walking on and called them ‘niggers’ and ‘faggots’ and told them to ‘go back to Africa.’ When they attempted to wave down a passing squad car for assistance, the officer driving the car said he would not help them.
Help us fight for CeCe, and for an end to racist, transphobic violence in our communities! Visit our What You Can Do page and find out how to get involved.



REBLOG THIS NOW.

tummydearest:

combat—wombat:

[TW FOR ANTI-TRANS AND RACIST VIOLENCE AND HATE SPEECH]

SUPPORT CECE MCDONALD! 

CeCe McDonald is a young African American transgender woman charged with “second degree murder” after an incident that began when she was violently attacked because of her gender and race.

DROP the charges and FREE CeCe!

CeCe is a creative and energetic person who, before her life was so unjustly interrupted, was studying fashion at MCTC. She had a stable home where she lived with and helped support four other African American youth, her family. CeCe’s family describes her as a leader, a role model, and a loyal friend. She is known as a wise, out-spoken, and welcoming person, with a cheerful disposition and a history of handling prejudice with amazing grace.

Around 12:30 am on June 5, CeCe and four of her friends (all of them black) were on their way to Cub Foods to get some food. As they walked past Schooner’s Bar in South Minneapolis, a man and two women (all of them white) began to yell epithets at them. They called CeCe and her friends ‘faggots,’ ‘niggers,’ and ‘chicks with dicks,’ amongst other things.

As they were shouting, one of the women smashed her drink into the side of CeCe’s face, slicing her cheek open, lacerating her salivary gland, and stinging her eyes with liquor. A fight ensued, with more people joining in. What happened during the fight is unclear, but within a few minutes Dean Schmitz–one of the attackers–had been stabbed.

CeCe was later arrested, and is now falsely accused of murder

For a month, CeCe was kept in solitary confinement “for her own protection”; she had no say in this matter. Finally, she was transferred to a psychiatric unit in the Public Safety Facility. It was nearly two months before she was taken back to a doctor to check up on the wound on her face, which by then had turned into a painful, golf ball-sized lump.

Later on, CeCe’s friends were harassed on the street by people they recognized from the scene of the fight. Individuals circled the block that CeCe’s friends were walking on and called them ‘niggers’ and ‘faggots’ and told them to ‘go back to Africa.’ When they attempted to wave down a passing squad car for assistance, the officer driving the car said he would not help them.

Help us fight for CeCe, and for an end to racist, transphobic violence in our communities! Visit our What You Can Do page and find out how to get involved.

REBLOG THIS NOW.

lucypaw

lucypaw:

At 4am on Saturday morning,  an unidentified Latina trans woman was found unconscious in the Columbia Heights area of Washington, DC. She was taken to Howard University Hospital where she later died.  

In an unrelated incident taking place just an hour later, police arrested a man in Southeast DC after he threatened three trans women with a gun following an altercation on a bus.

This follows off-duty police officer Kenneth Furr firing his firearm five times into a car full of transwomen and the shooting death of Lashai McLean.

Maybe someone from the Nation’s Capital can explain why violence against trans women seems to be on an upward tick?

I wish I could.