Month: March 2012

Romney @ Lawrence

Posted by – March 30, 2012

Mitt Romney’s speaking at Lawrence University in an hour or so. He’s meant to give a policy talk, the unveiling of which is a Big Deal.

In the meantime, this article about Lawrence – by an alum who now lives in Boston – gives you some of the history of this university and of the town.

You can watch live if you’d like.

RIP: Adrienne Rich

Posted by – March 28, 2012

Adrienne Rich died, and the world is a little less poetic – and a little less political - as a result.

Translations
By Adrienne Rich

You show me the poems of some woman
my age, or younger
translated from your language

Certain words occur: enemy, oven, sorrow
enough to let me know
she’s a woman of my time

obsessed

with Love, our subject:
we’ve trained it like ivy to our walls
baked it like bread in our ovens
worn it like lead on our ankles
watched it through binoculars as if
it were a helicopter
bringing food to our famine
or the satellite
of a hostile power

I begin to see that woman
doing things: stirring rice
ironing a skirt
typing a manuscript till dawn

trying to make a call
from a phonebooth

The phone rings unanswered
in a man’s bedroom
she hears him telling someone else
Never mind. She’ll get tired.
hears him telling her story to her sister
who becomes her enemy
and will in her own time
light her own way to sorrow

ignorant of the fact this way of grief
is shared, unnecessary
and political

WI Prison Law & GID

Posted by – March 27, 2012

A while back, a federal judge here in Wisconsin ruled that the 2005 Sex Change Prevention Act (really? was that necessary?) was deemed unconstitutional because it represents:

“deliberate indifference to the plaintiffs’ serious medical needs in violation of the Eighth Amendment,” because it denies hormone therapy without regard to those needs or doctors’ judgments.

The U.S. 7th District Court of Appeals upheld his ruling last year, and just this week, the Supreme Court turned it down for review.

Which means, overall, that trans prison inmates in WI, IL, and IN can get medical care for their transition while in prison.

Julia Sweeney Does Sex Ed

Posted by – March 27, 2012

Hysterical, and probably even funnier for those of you who parent.

It does make me wonder if there is something more like a sex education appropriate video of humans having sex that isn’t porn per se. There should be.

(Thanks to my friend Keith for this one.)

Firsts.

Posted by – March 25, 2012

A trans guy is running for City Council on the Upper West Side of Manhattan (from whence come all things progressive).

“I’m not running because I’m transgender,” said Mr. Wymore, 50, who was born female but now, after testosterone therapy and top surgery, identifies as transgender. But, he said, that “doesn’t mean that being transgender doesn’t bring a certain perspective.”

Although gay men and lesbians have broken many electoral barriers — serving as mayors, state legislators and members of Congress — the same is not true of the transgender community. Only a few, including a Democratic district leader in Westchester County and a former member of the Hawaii Board of Education, have been elected to office around the country.

Of course that really means those who are out as trans, which means there are probably others no one knows are trans who are holding office.

Not Just Homos

Posted by – March 25, 2012

What’s interesting to me is that it’s never just “sexual deviants” that are targeted by people who are homophobic. You’ll notice the same crowd goes after women who expect to make decisions about their own sexualities and bodies, and in general are anti-sex. This little blog, Chew on This, in predicting the dearth of accurate sex info if someone like Santorum is elected, is spot on. The laws governing who can own, buy or sell sex toys often go hand in glove with laws that govern other aspects of sexuality, whether it’s birth control or sex work or homosexuality.

I Am Trans

Posted by – March 22, 2012

GLAAD has a new campaign to help educate not just the mainstream population, but specifically the LGB about trans people and identities. Here’s a start:

Ours is coming!

Just Because I Love It

Posted by – March 22, 2012

Meds for Women

Posted by – March 21, 2012

It’s pretty ridiculous that most clinical trial leaders effectively ignore the fact that women absorb and metabolize drugs completely differently than men, especially since, according to this study, women use an average of five prescription drugs compared to less than four for men — and that’s not even counting their slutty prescription contraceptives. In 100% of the study’s clinical trials, women failed to take prescriptions as directed, and were often not prescribed correct dosages to begin with. The study focused on cardiovascular disease — the number one killer of women in the U.S. — and diabetes, since more than half of diabetics are women. If more women than men are dying from these diseases, how come their antidotes are still tailored to men’s bodies?

asks this Jezebel article, and it’s about goddamned time. Most clinical studies are done assuming the patient is a testosterone-dominant, 200 lb. person. If you are not, your meds aren’t accurate.

No to Urban Outfitters

Posted by – March 20, 2012

So Urban Outfitters was selling a card that said:

Jack and Jill went up the hill / So Jack could see Jilly’s fanny / But Jack got a shock / and an eyeful of cock / Because Jill was a closet tranny

Classy. Someone brought it up (and snagged a copy of the image) on reddit, and then HuffPo picked it up.

Sadly, this doesn’t surprise me at all: the fake hipster of UO is already well-known, and despite how much you might like their stuff, their owner donates your green to guys like – Rick Santorum.

So no UO for me, no matter how fast they try to disappear this one.

Trans Canada

Posted by – March 19, 2012

I’ve got someone who needs trans resources in Ontario, Canada. Please feel free to post them here, or email me with them & I will.

Thank you!

Brave: New Disney

Posted by – March 19, 2012

I am worried they’re still going to marry her off at the end, but this looks like it might not suck.

The trailer’s here.

“Viagra Review Board”

Posted by – March 18, 2012

There’s a jokey photo circulating that’s meant to be a humorous response to the (male) (Republican) attempt to make birth control illegal and/or not covered by health insurance. In it, a group of women, most of them white haired,  all wearing dour clothing, old fashioned hats. They have a sign that says “Viagra Review Board.”

And it keeps bugging me to see (feminist) friends posting this as if it’s funny. Why?

There is a long, long history of women being considered the morally responsible gender, for starters, which is based on the (false) assumption that women don’t like sex. There is also a long line of feminist thought – eugenicists, anti-porn activists, & the like – who have been extremely sex negative, accusing men’s sexualities of either “ruining racial purity” (via miscegenation, because, as the thinking went, men will fuck anyone,while women innately know better & so only have sex with members of their own, appropriate race).

Similarly, women “of a certain age” and older are as well, historically, either considered the “third gender” post menopause – and that’s courtesy Simone de Beauvoir, of all people – or otherwise considered sexless, frumpy, or just unattractive. A friend of mine commented to me recently that men only seem to get more attractive as they get older, while women only decline, and as she’s a peer — well, I wanted to smack her.

So I give you Helen Mirren, who is 67 this year.

There is nothing but our own vision, and our own cultural bullshit, that allows even smart, feminist women to see men as aging well & women not aging well.

But in either case – women as sex negative and older women especially as prudish or sexless – this “jokey” response confirms and reifies (there, I said it) a bunch of ideas about women WHICH ARE THE EXACT SAME IDEAS that cause male politicians to pass laws that shame women who have sexualities – and who insist on being in control of them – in the first place, that women aren’t actually supposed to like sex, that women are only attractive when they’re young, and that any woman who is in control of her body must be a slut.

So let’s give that joke up, shall we? I mean, the Boomers are now our “women of a certain age” after all, & they were the first generation truly liberated by the pill and who were actively practicing “free love”.

That is, my feminist “Viagra review board” would be handing that stuff out to anyone who wants to continue to have sex despite physical limitations, just as they would also freely give out birth control and other safe sex tools to anyone who wanted them.

Women like sex, dammit.

Andrew in Drag

Posted by – March 17, 2012

Ah, Magnetic Fields.

Lyrics: More

Traveling While Trans

Posted by – March 16, 2012

Cool new information about Traveling While Trans when it comes to the TSA and security. Amongst other things:

Private Screening: Screening can be conducted in a private screening area with a witness or companion of the traveler’s choosing. A traveler may request private screening or to speak with a supervisor at any time during the screening process.

Travel Document Checker: The traveler will show their government-issued identification and boarding pass to an officer to ensure the identification and boarding pass are authentic and match. Transgender travelers are encouraged to book their reservations such that they match the gender and name data indicated on the government-issued ID.

I am quite pleased to see the use of the term “prosthetic” – by which they mean, if you weren’t sure, things like breast forms and packers. Of course NCTE has more information, and follow-up on the info TSA has provided.

Doonesbury – Day 5

Posted by – March 16, 2012

ENDA: Write Now

Posted by – March 15, 2012

There’s a good column by the one & only Jillian Weiss on the current need to contact your legislators about ENDA and the potential Executive Order that could help it become law.

We need this one, and we need it badly.

Doonesbury – Day 4

Posted by – March 15, 2012

Doonesbury – Day 3

Posted by – March 14, 2012

Oh yes. It’s just getting better.

Sad News Out of Mexico

Posted by – March 14, 2012

A trans LGBTQ activist named Agnes Torres Sulca was found dead as her friends and family feared she would be.

It’s hard to read about this kind of violence and not think there but for the grace of god.

Condolences to her friends and family, but as well to all the people who benefited from her work.