Posts Tagged Transgender Issues

Online Misogyny

The Population of Loss: What patriarchy does to us all

In writing about the frightening Isla Vista shooting this week, I focused on what the shooting dredged up online—a cavalcade of opinions and rants that show the hidden army of men willing to see women’s dead bodies as an acceptable sacrifice to their own lusts and entitlements. The number of people willing to tacitly justify what happened by suggesting, with terroristic logic, that women should give in to sexual advances we do not want, or indulge male entitlement at every turn in the name of forestalling more dead men and women, is horrifying.

In that article, I also drew a connection between what happened in Isla Vista and the suicide of women like Alyssa Funke, the young college student and ...

In writing about the frightening Isla Vista shooting this week, I focused on what the shooting dredged up online—a cavalcade of opinions and rants that show the hidden army of men willing to see women’s dead ...

Five things not to do when writing about trans women of color

TW: Transmisogyny

This weekend I got to see Laverne Cox speak, and it reminded me once again of how grateful I am for her, for Janet Mock, for our own Katherine Cross, for my girl Morgan Collado, and for all the trans women of color out there who are speaking their truths and generously using their words and time to shed light on their lived experience. I am so grateful for the work they’re doing, and for the increased spotlight on how we can improve the material conditions of the diverse communities of trans women. But when there is a sudden rise in mainstream attention to a set of issues that have long been marginalized, there are ...

TW: Transmisogyny

This weekend I got to see Laverne Cox speak, and it reminded me once again of how grateful I am for her, for Janet Mock, for our own Katherine Cross, for my girl

Pentagon considers transferring Chelsea Manning to facility where she can receive transition-related health care

In a completely unprecedented move, the Pentagon appears to be considering transferring Chealsea Manning into civilian prison so that she can access transition-related care.

In a completely unprecedented move, the Pentagon appears to be considering transferring Chealsea Manning into civilian prison so that she can access transition-related care.

HHS expected to lift Medicare’s blanket ban on gender-affirming surgery

Ed note: This post originally stated that HHS is expected to lift the blanket ban on Medicaid; HHS is expected to lift the ban on Medicare. It has since been corrected to reflect this.

As the work of an independent review panel wraps up, the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to end Medicare’s blanket ban on gender-affirming surgeries for trans people. This is a really, really big deal:

Ed note: This post originally stated that HHS is expected to lift the blanket ban on Medicaid; HHS is expected to lift the ban on Medicare. It has since been corrected to ...

Trans women belong here

Do women’s colleges really need to discriminate against trans women because of federal guidelines?

Last year we covered the case of Calliope Wong, a young woman who was rejected from Smith because she’s trans. Some women’s colleges, like Simmons which admitted Wong, have moved to be inclusive of trans women in keeping with their mission to serve women. And then there are so-called “women’s colleges” like Smith that are continuing policies of exclusion. Two weeks ago, Smith students held another protest in favor of trans women’s inclusion at the school – and on Saturday Suzanna interviewed two members of Smith Q & A about their efforts.

The Smith administration is trying to act like this is a non-issue, a typical administrative tactic at academic institutions. They pretend the school doesn’t have an exclusionary policy and have blamed federal guidelines, claiming ...

The Feministing Five: Smith Q & A

Continuing Feministing’s coverage of Smith College’s severe refusal to allow trans women to enroll, we were thrilled to speak with two members of Smith Q&A — a collective that has been organizing to make the college more accessible to young trans women.

Two weeks ago Smith students held a large protest outside of a campus main office, which was sparked when the administration refused to further negotiate with students regarding policy reform. According to current undergraduate Raven Fowlkes-Witten, “The rally was a big win in itself and we were able to show support for trans women everywhere. Even though we are just allies, we support them in any way that we can.”  This ...

Continuing Feministing’s coverage of Smith College’s severe refusal to allow trans women to enroll, we were thrilled to speak with two members of Smith Q&A — a collective ...

Janet Mock flips the script and interrogates a cis journalist on her womanhood

As you know, trans women have been enjoying some pretty exciting mainstream media attention lately. The flipside of this attention is that they’re often forced to educate not only a public that’s still catching up but also the journalists that are giving them a platform. Just recently, we’ve seen Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera school Katie Couric on how the preoccupation with transition objectifies trans people. And we’ve seen Janet Mock call out Piers Morgan for sensationalizing her story and mis-gendering her on his show.

Now Mock continues her heroic work on this front with this instructive segment with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez. In order to show just how dehumanizing many of the questions journalists regularly ask trans women ...

As you know, trans women have been enjoying some pretty exciting mainstream media attention lately. The flipside of this attention is that they’re often forced to educate not only a public that’s still catching up but ...

A song of faith and sexual fire: How roleplaying game religions work as moral tools

When one grows up in a traditionalist household, which only ever admitted spirituality of the most reactionary and narrow sort, it is easy to see faith as a rusted chain keeping your head forcibly turned to the leaping shadows of Plato’s cave. My resentment at my Roman Catholic upbringing boiled over into unchecked rage against any and all people of faith, who I blamed for various and sundry ills—like Richard Dawkins, I saw in religion the “root of all evil.” For 18-year-old me, newly flush with age-of-majority status, I celebrated my newfound freedom by ditching the faith of my upbringing and ruthlessly scorning any people of faith as “ignorant” and “backward” people barring the way to true freedom.

People ...

When one grows up in a traditionalist household, which only ever admitted spirituality of the most reactionary and narrow sort, it is easy to see faith as a rusted chain keeping your head forcibly turned to the ...

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