One of the most challenging parts of coming out as transgender is the resistance people have to changing the pronouns they use. Sure, some slip-ups are understandable at first. But when people actively refuse to use your pronouns, then that’s a whole other story. Here are ten things that this refusal actually signifies to the trans person.
There is a long and troubled history of white feminists in the movement asking women of color to not focus on race. “Why do you need to divide us like that? Feminism is about ALL women, so we shouldn’t focus on one particular group!” But there’s a big flaw in that logic. Check out this comic for a wake-up call about how hypocritical it is to white-wash feminism.
Here’s your Weekly Feminist Round-Up, a collection of the top sociopolitical news stories and creative justice-focused content from around the globe. This week: Janay Rice speaks out about those racist DV Halloween costumes, updates from the missing Nigerian girls, and the unspoken problem with that video about street harassment in New York City. Check it out!
Any exclusion can be painful and dangerous for LGBTQIA+ folks, but to be excluded in the workplace is especially damaging. As the boss, it’s your responsibility to make sure that this place where your employees spend so much of their time is a nontoxic environment — especially for those in the LGBTQIA+ community. Here are some practical tips on how to do this.
Only have sex with people who’ve given enthusiastic, willful, and uninfluenced consent. Seems straightforward, right? But there are still plenty of people who object to this definition of consensual sex. Why? Because they value being able to have sex more than their partner’s consent. Check out this comic for a perfect example of what these conversations look like.
Unless you know queer men or you are one yourself, you probably have no idea just how many queer men struggle with eating disorders, exercise disorders, and/or incredibly negative body image. Fatphobia in gay male spaces is a social phenomenon, and it runs deep. This is a conversation we need to have both as queer activists and as feminists. Here’s why.
The sheer volume of unsolicited opinions that people project upon women’s bodies is staggering. It’s almost like there was a memo sent all of humanity, declaring that women’s bodies are constantly subject to public commentary. But these comments are motivated by something much deeper than that. Here’s what people really mean when they talk about your body.
A key component in battling rape culture is encouraging survivors to speak out about their experiences. This can be beneficial not only for the cause, but also for individual survivors as they heal. But the strong focus on story-telling has an unfortunate side-effect. Let’s learn more about why focusing on survivor stories as inspiration can actually be damaging and how to avoid doing that.
Asexuality is defined as not experiencing sexual attraction. Seems straightforward, right? But like most things, asexuality isn’t as simple as it appears. Within asexuality there are many different spectra to consider: from gender and sexual attraction to sexual drive and desire. There is a lot of nuance to this identity. Check out this video for a helpful introduction!
If you’ve ever so much as made a Facebook post about a social justice issue, you’ve probably encountered people claiming that “political correctness” has gone too far and that we’re all being too sensitive. And to those of us who believe in using language as a tool of compassion, this looks more like an excuse than an argument. Being PC matters. Here’s why.