Month: March 2011

Breaking the cis filter

When I was younger, I thought I was the 'opposite' binary gender to my assigned one and expressed myself accordingly. I was asked if I wanted to transition (in their words "have a sex change" when I was older. I replied no. Scornfully. Why would I do that? How would that even work? Such was the cis filter on my life that to me, at the age of thirteen with a lot of gender-related Feelings, trans people were the crossdresser in the charity shop in town and the 'tranny' comments people made when they saw me. I had no idea that these genitals did not make me my assigned gender, that there was a possibility of not being my assigned gender, that there was a whole world outside the binary....
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Free Iman al-Obeidi

Only a few weeks ago my co-blogger Philippa wrote a post quoting Freda Adler: “Rape is the only crime in which the victim becomes the accused.” In ...
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Miss Representation

Miss Representation is a documentary about the way the US media portrays women. It just premiered at Sundance, no word on when it might be released here. Looks ...

The tyranny of silencing

If I asked everyone here who had been called "humourless" or "too angry" when they stood up for their beliefs in equality to raise their hands, I imagine we would see a forest of hands. It's such a familiar situation - stressful, distressing, frustrating, alienating, but so common. Call out a sexist joke? Humourless. Call out racist taunts? Oversensitive. Call out cissexism? Angry over nothing. ...