EVERYDAY FEMINISM

What ‘Passing’ Says About Our Expectations of Women – And Why This Trans Woman’s Getting It Wrong on Purpose

I Got It Wrong On Purpose: A Trans Woman On "Passing"

“Do I pass?” According to our society’s standards, women who are trans, women of color, fat, disabled, and more will never “look like a woman right” – so this author’s getting it wrong on purpose. Dysphoria can leave us heartbroken around as we try to fit the impossible standard of womanhood. With this moving article, learn about the power of looking like you.

Being Seen as a Hairy Brown Girl – There Was Nothing Wrong with Me Then and There Is Nothing Wrong with Me Now

Photo credit: Sharon Kilgannon, Alonglines Photography

As a hairy South Asian girl, this author was ridiculed and was made to remove his facial and body hair from a young age. And even after he came out as a trans man and was using he/him pronouns, it took him two years to let his facial hair grow. Why? Find out with this compelling story of overcoming the Western beauty and gender standards that impact us all.

10 Examples of Straight Privilege

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Maybe you’ve seen increasing acceptance and support for LGBTQIA+ people. That’s great! But we still live in a society where straight people have rights, power, and freedom that influence their lives in so many ways. Here are some examples of how straight privilege comes into play. The last one is essential for supporting vital LGBTQIA+ liberation.

Why We Must Honor the Trans Lives We’ve Lost Without Telling the Living They’re Doomed

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(Trigger Warning: transphobia and violence) Many well-meaning allies are spreading the word about horrific violence against transgender people (especially the high rates against trans women of color). But have you thought about what it’s like to be a trans woman of color and constantly encounter these stories? This moving piece shows how vital it is to center trans voices and offer hope for living long and happy lives.

First Boi In: Dressing Queer in the Corporate World

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You never really forget the day you realize you’re the first of a kind that those around you have ever encountered. That was this author’s experience of being a masculine of center woman in a corporate office complete with assumptions about how gender and sexuality should be presented in the workplace. Here’s a deeper conversation about gender dress codes.

5 Ways to Support a Trans Person Experiencing Body Dysphoria

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Being a trans person who experiences body dysphoria can be a challenge – both for the person directly experiencing it, as well as for the loved ones around them. The truth is, few people feel prepared to help someone cope with body dysphoria. So if you’re wondering how to support someone with this experience in your life, this list of five tips is a great place to start.

9 Ways Intersex Youth Want You to Support Them

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Intersex conditions are typically non-life threatening, natural variations of internal and/or external sex anatomy. And they’re not uncommon. But as a society, we’re hooked on the idea of sex as a binary thing – and that hurts intersex people, especially youth! Learn here about how intersex youth want to be supported and broaden your feminist horizons to include them.

The Whole Truth of Coming Out of the Closet – In Comic Form

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“Coming out of the closet” is big part of our lingo and understanding of the LGBTQIA+ experience. But do you know about the many different meanings of being “out” for different people? This comic breaks down what the concept of the closet really means, and shows how cis and straight people can help dismantle the forces building closets around our identities.