Monthly Archives: November 2013

Isaac @ Le Faux – What Makes A Man A Man

We went to this show in Seattle yesterday evening and this particular performance positively blew me away. I am really glad someone else took this video and shared it on YouTube, even though the picture and sound quality is not the best, so I can share this here on my blog. Of course it resonated with me, what makes us who we are? Our actions, our exterior appearance, other cultural and social markers are all subjective to change. Does that make us more or less of what we are and who is to decide?

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Justice for all?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/nyregion/charge-is-dropped-in-beating-death-in-harlem.html

The violent death of yet another person with a transgender history is outrageous. In this day and age no woman should not be afraid to walk the streets, especially when they are in company. Yet it happens more often than we are made aware of by the media. The rampant masculine heteronormative supremacy evident in the violent death of Islan Nettles seems to get away with murder… Again and again.

I am not a legal expert, so the intricacies of the way this case is framing the crime committed as a misdemeanor elude me. The structural violence Islan is still subjected to posthumously is upsetting , to say the least. Yes, the case is not closed “The suspect, Paris Wilson, 20, could still be charged with homicide, according to an assistant Manhattan district attorney, but more evidence would be required.” He had her blood on his clothes, witnesses identified him as the attacker. And then someone else claims responsibility, maybe in an attempt to confuse the authorities to get the perpetrator off the hook?

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Respectful journalism is possible

http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/229120/nine-ways-journalists-can-do-justice-to-transgender-peoples-stories/

I stumbled on this via Facebook, nowadays one of my primary sources of information besides the NYT and class readings.

What is going on with journalists asking for before and after pictures, old names and surgical procedures? I know the answers, but seriously people, there is so much more to a person’s story than physical details. Be inquisitive and respectful at the same time, how about that for a change. Food for thought

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School Suspends Teen Boy for Carrying Purse. Why?

I already shared this on Facebook, but this is a good way to start my own blog. What in the world is going on with those school administrators?

Dr. Rebecca Hains

For several weeks, an eighth-grade boy outside of Kansas City has been expressing his individuality by carrying a floral-print Vera Bradley purse. But yesterday, his assistant principal demanded he remove it. The boy refused, and he was immediately suspended from school.

This raises a question: Why is it a problem for a boy to carry a purse instead of a backpack if he wants to? By breaking gender stereotypes, he’s not hurting anyone. Instead, he’s showing the world that he has good self-esteem and self-confidence—that he is secure his identity.

Unfortunately, his school administrators’ actions show that they want to force a 13-year-old kid into stereotypical masculinity. Apparently, they value gender conformity over creativity and individuality.

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