Posts Tagged Chelsea Manning

We have a long way to go for transgender liberation

We’ve seen important action on trans rights and challenging bigotry against trans folks in recent years. But the past week or so has been a sobering reminder for me of how much work still needs to be done to get the broader population to treat trans women like people.

I’ve spent years now trying to get the media to cover stories of trans folks with respect, to at least get names and pronouns right, and I am by no means alone in this work. So the media reaction to Chelsea Manning’s very straightforward announcement of her name and pronouns was heartbreaking. After so many years of this being explained to mainstream media, when the big media organizations already ...

We’ve seen important action on trans rights and challenging bigotry against trans folks in recent years. But the past week or so has been a sobering reminder for me of how much work still needs ...

Guess which news channel played ‘Dude (Looks Like a Lady)’ in their Chelsea Manning segment, and other fun Wednesday games

Sigh. Here’s an infuriatingly thorough compilation of all the worst cable news reactions to the story of Chelsea Manning’s transition, including a mocking, sneering segment on Fox News using Aerosmith’s “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” as a soundtrack for hate.

We’ve said it before but this apparently needs repeating: hateful, ignorant and childish coverage of Chelsea Manning’s transition, including misgendering and mocking her, is completely shameful and unacceptable. It’s also just plain lazy. As Jos was quoted as saying in a recent BBC blog post, “Just get it right, people. It’s honestly not that hard.

Sigh. Here’s an infuriatingly thorough compilation of all the worst cable news reactions to the story of Chelsea Manning’s transition, including a mocking, sneering segment on Fox News using Aerosmith’s “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” as ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Jos on HuffPost Live talking about Skyler White and “complex female roles.”

Legally married gay couples aren’t eligible for veterans benefits, says the VA. What. The. Fuck.

Solidarity is for Miley.

Campus activists! Apply for a SAFER policy training.

Stopping the drug war isn’t enough to end mass incarceration.

The queer afterlife of Whitney Houston.

Katie at Salon: Fox News celebrated National Dog Day rather than Women’s Equality Day.

I guess I missed the “abortion orgies” when I was a Girl Scout.

On Chelsea Manning and the prices of disclosure.

Zerlina talks with Mother Jones about online harassment.

Le1F speaks out against “Same Love.”

Jos on HuffPost Live talking about Skyler White and “complex female roles.”

Legally married gay couples aren’t eligible for veterans benefits, says the VA. What. The. Fuck.

Solidarity is for Miley.

Campus activists! Apply ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Comic Matt Bors takes on the mental condition related to Chelsea Manning’s transition. The good news is there’s treatment! (See above.) And if you are offended by the term douche-bag, read this.

Happy Go Topless Day!

An educational video game asks players to navigate all the barriers to abortion access in Texas.

How Victorian architecture aimed to segregate and isolate certain emotional displays of women.

Autostraddle has a behind-the-scenes look at the early days at Bustle. Apparently, Bryan Goldberg decided to make a site for women because he’d signed a non-compete clause making the young male demographic off-limits, and he didn’t want too many “smart” writers.

Fornicating While Latina.

Like Jos, Anna Gunn has ...

Comic Matt Bors takes on the mental condition related to Chelsea Manning’s transition. The good news is there’s treatment! (See above.) And if you are offended by the term douche-bag, read this.

Happy Go ...

Quick Hit: DemocracyNow! on Chelsea Manning

If you don’t know DemocracyNow!, you should (and now you know). The radio and TV show, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan González, consistently provides excellent news coverage of the most important, and often least reported stories, AND brings you the voices of great guests, AND provides transcripts of their shows, AND provides Spanish language translation of their shows.

On Friday, the show had a  segment entitled ” ‘Empowering, So Brave': Trans Activists Praise Chelsea Manning, Raise Fears over Prison Conditions.” Goodman talks to Lauren McNamara, a transgender activist and Manning online confidant as well as Chase Strangio, a staff lawyer at the ACLU and former Sylvia Rivera Law Project attorney. You can watch the entire ...

If you don’t know DemocracyNow!, you should (and now you know). The radio and TV show, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan González, consistently provides excellent news coverage of the most important, and ...

Transmilitary: meet the soldiers the military doesn’t want you to

It’s no wonder Chelsea Manning didn’t start transitioning while serving in the army. The institution make have gotten rid of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but it makes no bones about its exclusion of transgender people. In language that reflects its archaic and out of touch policies, The Department of Defense  lists the following as disqualifications for serving in the military: “history of major abnormalities or defects of the genitalia, such as change of sex [and] hermaphroditism.” and “current or history of psychosexual conditions, including but not limited to transsexualism [and] transvestism.”

This, of course, does not mean there are not transgender people currently serving in the Military. But they serve in silence. Until now. A new documentary web ...

It’s no wonder Chelsea Manning didn’t start transitioning while serving in the army. The institution make have gotten rid of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but it makes no bones about its exclusion of transgender people. ...

The shameful, unacceptable media coverage of Chelsea Manning’s transition

When Chelsea Manning announced yesterday that she is transitioning and wants to be referred to by the name Chelsea and with female pronouns, news organizations scrambled to figure out what to do. Many published articles with bizarre headlines like, “Manning Says He Is Female and Wants to Lives as a Woman.” Which is ridiculous, because Chelsea made it very clear how to refer to her: “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female… I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun.”

NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, the Boston Globe, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, Politico, the Telegraph, Reuters, and the Los Angeles Times all used masculine pronouns ...

When Chelsea Manning announced yesterday that she is transitioning and wants to be referred to by the name Chelsea and with female pronouns, news organizations scrambled to figure out what to do. Many published articles with ...

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