Musings of a Wannabe Feminist

Not for the faint of heart

jaythenerdkid:

undeadseanbean:

nonhoration:

earthlydreams:

This is so cool! But what country are they from? “Africa” is really vague.

Their names are Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola and they’re from Lagos, Nigeria. There’s a neat video about them here.

#when will people start giving names to young non-white scientists??#bc that shit is getting old

boost the fuck out of this, and make sure you include their goddamn names and country of origin.

jaythenerdkid:

undeadseanbean:

nonhoration:

earthlydreams:

This is so cool! But what country are they from? “Africa” is really vague.

Their names are Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola and they’re from Lagos, Nigeria. There’s a neat video about them here.

boost the fuck out of this, and make sure you include their goddamn names and country of origin.

(Source: untouchmyhair, via blackfashion)

1morey:

edonaghey:

"There is a fundamental concern that the content of such magazines normalises the treatment of women as sexual objects. We are not killjoys or prudes who think that there should be no sexual information and media for young people. But are teenage boys and young men best prepared for fulfilling love and sex when they normalise views about women that are disturbingly close to those mirrored in the language of sexual offenders?" -Dr. Peter Hegarty

Could you tell the difference?

  1. Rapist
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  3. Lad Mag
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  16. Lad Mag

Holy crap this is creepy.

(via mavkakiss)

Effects of Testosterone

transgenderteensurvivalguide:

You folks have been getting a lot of asks about the effects of testosterone, so I figure I’ll help you out by sharing the information printed on the consent form I had to sign when I started it. This info is from paperwork I received in 2012.

I’ve underlined things that I think are especially important for people to keep in mind.

Please note that the timeline for all changes varies from person to person.

(*C)W: genital mention, menstruation mention

Changes that will likely be permanent even if you stop taking T:

  • Lower voice pitch;
  • Increased hair growth, with thicker/coarser hairs on arms, legs, chest, back, and abdomen;
  • Gradual growth of facial hair
  • Hair loss at the temples and crown of the head, with the possibility of becoming completely bald (NOTE: hair loss depends largely on genetics and is only likely to happen to you if your relatives are bald/balding); and/or
  • Genital changes may or may not be permanent, including clitoral growth and vaginal dryness. (NOTE: for those of you worried about dryness, it can be treated without affecting your T levels! Just ask your provider about it)

Changes that are likely to reverse if you stop taking T:

  • Acne (NOTE: a lot of people get really nasty acne from T but that doesn’t always happen. My acne was really bad to begin with, and it actually got better when I started T)
  • Fat redistribution (decreased on butt, hips, and thighs; increased in abdomen - changing from “pear shape” to “apple shape”);
  • Increased muscle mass and upper body strength
  • Increased sex drive; and/or
  • Menstrual periods typically stop within 1-6 months of starting T (NOTE: it can take longer than that, and you may get occasional bleeding even after it stops but it’s not nearly as bad as a full period).

The effects of testosterone on fertility are not known. (*IMPORTANT:) It is possible to get pregnant while on T.

Things that will not be changed by T:

  • Fat loss may cause a slight shrinkage in breast tissue, but it will not be substantial.
  • Voice pitch will likely drop, but speech mannerisms will not automatically become masculine.

Additional things to keep in mind:

  • Increasing dosage does not increase rate of masculinization. In fact, extra testosterone is converted into estrogen, which may slow or stop masculinization.
  • Testosterone increases risk of heart disease because it changes levels of good and bad cholesterol, increases blood pressure, and increases deposits of fat around the internal organs. These changes and risks do not exceed those of a *(cisgender male).
  • Testosterone can damage the liver. Drink alcohol in moderation and make sure you’re being monitored for possible liver damage for as long as you’re on T.
  • Testosterone can increase red blood cell count, but generally to a normal male range.
  • It is not known how testosterone affects the risks of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and uterine cancer, [BUT it is speculated that these cancers are estrogen-driven and therefore T probably will not increase your risks of these. If you have a genetic predisposition to any of them, however, don’t think that T will protect you.]
  • Testosterone can cause headaches or migraines. (NOTE: I don’t know anyone who has experienced this.)
  • Testosterone can cause emotional changes, including increased irritability, frustration, and anger. (NOTE: It will not change your personality, you may simply notice you react to things a little differently. If you don’t have trouble managing anger to begin with, you will not develop them.)
  • The right dose or type of medication prescribed for you may not be the same as for someone else.

There are a lot of people who are worried that T will shorten their lifespan or give them heart disease and things like that. As long as you make an effort to lead a healthy lifestyle, follow the directions of your doctor, have routine blood tests done to make sure everything is in order, and check in with your doctor every now and then, your risks are no higher than those of a typical cisgender male.

Some things I’d like to add that aren’t on the paper:

  • Taking testosterone is not guaranteed to get rid of any dysphoria you may have. Things are probably going to happen more gradually than you’d like them to.
  • If you’re absolutely terrified of needles, you can use patches or gel for T, but honestly subcutaneous injection is a great, easy method that doesn’t hurt very much and doesn’t cause crazy T level swings like intramuscular does. Also, patches and gel cause changes to happen even more slowly than with injections. (*Also, patches, pills and gel are expensive and rarely covered by insurances.)
  • A lot of transmasculine people I know have reported becoming “more gay” when they started T, as in they started to take more of an interest in males than they did previously. This is normal. It’s okay. It doesn’t mean anything for your sexuality or gender identity unless you want it to. It also isn’t guaranteed to happen; I also know plenty of people to whom this didn’t happen, including myself.
  • You don’t have to ID as male to be on T.
  • Your libido is probably going to get really high. It’s okay if that makes you uncomfortable.
  • Things are going to happen slowly. That’s okay. They’re still going to happen.
  • HRT is really scary to parents, even the ones who are super accepting of you. It was probably one of the scariest things about my transition for my mom. If you’re under 18, be patient with your parents. Educate them. Try to get them agree to a consultation with a local endocrinologist who treats trans people.
  • Yes, you may develop a little Adam’s apple. It’s super cool.
  • You can’t pick and choose what changes happen. If you’re not okay with the possibility of all of these things happening to you, then you probably aren’t ready for HRT or else it simply is not the right choice for you.
  • A lot of people try to “naturally transition” if they can’t get T. Please note that this is often actually more expensive than traditional HRT, and that certain T-boosting supplements are intended to increase the production of testosterone in people who produce it on their own—meaning cis men. If you want to transition naturally for whatever reason, please be sure to research it very carefully.

That’s about all I can think to say. If you have any questions about testosterone (or top or bottom surgery, as I’m fairly well-researched in both fields) feel free to stop by my blog and ask me.

Fox says:

Anything I’ve edited/added is starred, in parenthesis and italicized. (*Like so.)

queeringfeministreality:

lunarobverse:

A brilliant metaphor

This is so perfect.

(via bigender-why-gender)

lagos2bahia:

So many men have internalized the lie that they have uncontrollable sex drives, and no way to control their anger. They aren’t ashamed of their abusive behavior because they see it as a something natural to them and maybe even central to their masculinity. It’s scary as hell.

(via bioterrorist)

ironicdavestrider:

Maybe the reason social justice bloggers are “getting younger and younger” are because shit mongers are trashing the world around these kids so they’re forced into adult issues based on factors they cannot control about themselves 

And if these kids have a better grasp on social issues than some 20 somethings stop shaming them for being passionate about creating a better environment for themselves when they’re adults 

(via majorasnightmare)

bratkitty:

wsswatson:

nadiacomenencia:

oh FUCK OFF!!!!! i would gladly pay for both the dinners if it meant i get equal pay, and domestic violence rates decrease, and rape prevalence decreases, and im not catcalled on the fucking street.
of fucking course i like free food. but thats as a person, not a woman.
im not even gonna start about the second picture. there so much wrong with it

I’ll start with it.
Firstly, every feminist I’ve spoken to is opposed to the tradition of men paying for dinner, since one of the bases of feminism is opposition to traditional gender roles, both for men and women. Many of my female friends insist on splitting bills 50:50 (unless they’re taking their partner out for a treat or vice versa, obviously).
Secondly, it’s wildly inaccurate (not to mention cisnormative) to act as though men can carry 40 times the amount that women can, and if a woman could only carry 2lbs (aside from the fact that she’d probably not be a woman but actually a small child), I really don’t think she’d have gone into a career that requires physical labour.
Thirdly, we live in an increasingly intellectual society where physical labour is increasingly carried out by machinery, and the wage gap affects people in careers where they are doing exactly as much work as their male counterparts.
http://time.com/105292/gender-wage-gap/
http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/nov/07/gender-pay-gap-official-figures-disparity
http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender-equality/document/index_en.htm#h2-7
I’d also like to acknowledge that plenty of feminists (female and male and non-binary alike) belong to the queer community, and do not date/do not exclusively date members of the opposite sex. It’s wildly inaccurate to say that all feminists support chivalry, a) because most don’t and b) because there are plenty of feminists (and women in general) who gain no benefit from it whatsoever on account of not commonly dating men.

It would appear the person who attempted to draw this was trying to depict construction workers in the second panel. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess they have never actually done any job requiring physical labor before, or else they would know that a lot of those jobs have a lifting requirement to get hired on that you must meet regardless of gender. 
I work at a warehouse and I am required to lift 75 pounds along with my male counterparts. Still the majority of employees on my shift are female. In fact, I would say both men and women are pretty equally represented in management. 
I’ve been put in a lot more physical jobs within the warehouse over my male counterparts because I’ve proven that I can do the job reliably when others couldn’t be. Most of the time, I don’t even need to be asked. (It’s a warehouse that sells musical equipment and I pretty much spent my Saturday last weekend lifting and moving huge speaker cabinets. No, they are not light.)
A friend of mine who works there started at the same time as me and had transferred into what is probably the most physically intensive department in the warehouse. She is the only girl in that department. She is also more in shape than and can lift more than almost all of the guys there. 
Oh, little side note about my friend. When she first transferred over there, some of the guys would purposefully give her the hardest to maneuver rabbit jacks in the warehouse. (a piece of power equipment that you have to use your upper body to steer. There’s no power steering and some of them you really have to lean all of your body weight into). They did this specifically because she was a girl and I guess they wanted to show that she wasn’t as as good at it as them … or something. (One of the guys there told me this when helping out in my department one day. Why he chose to divulge this information is beyond me.) So the fact that she can not only keep up with, but actually run circles around those guys is pretty awesome. 
Also, here’s a little pro tip: If you specifically give women harder equipment to work with and enlist them in doing the heaviest lifting all the time to show they’re weaker, that’s called confirmation bias and you’re not actually proving anything. (I mean, other than the fact that you’re a giant man-baby who probably isn’t very good at his job to begin with.)

Tl;dr version: That second panel is sexist in a couple of different ways and women absolutely deserve equal pay. You can stop paying for my meals when I make the same amount as you for doing the same job.

bratkitty:

wsswatson:

nadiacomenencia:

oh FUCK OFF!!!!! i would gladly pay for both the dinners if it meant i get equal pay, and domestic violence rates decrease, and rape prevalence decreases, and im not catcalled on the fucking street.

of fucking course i like free food. but thats as a person, not a woman.

im not even gonna start about the second picture. there so much wrong with it

I’ll start with it.

Firstly, every feminist I’ve spoken to is opposed to the tradition of men paying for dinner, since one of the bases of feminism is opposition to traditional gender roles, both for men and women. Many of my female friends insist on splitting bills 50:50 (unless they’re taking their partner out for a treat or vice versa, obviously).

Secondly, it’s wildly inaccurate (not to mention cisnormative) to act as though men can carry 40 times the amount that women can, and if a woman could only carry 2lbs (aside from the fact that she’d probably not be a woman but actually a small child), I really don’t think she’d have gone into a career that requires physical labour.

Thirdly, we live in an increasingly intellectual society where physical labour is increasingly carried out by machinery, and the wage gap affects people in careers where they are doing exactly as much work as their male counterparts.

http://time.com/105292/gender-wage-gap/

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/nov/07/gender-pay-gap-official-figures-disparity

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender-equality/document/index_en.htm#h2-7

I’d also like to acknowledge that plenty of feminists (female and male and non-binary alike) belong to the queer community, and do not date/do not exclusively date members of the opposite sex. It’s wildly inaccurate to say that all feminists support chivalry, a) because most don’t and b) because there are plenty of feminists (and women in general) who gain no benefit from it whatsoever on account of not commonly dating men.

It would appear the person who attempted to draw this was trying to depict construction workers in the second panel. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess they have never actually done any job requiring physical labor before, or else they would know that a lot of those jobs have a lifting requirement to get hired on that you must meet regardless of gender. 

I work at a warehouse and I am required to lift 75 pounds along with my male counterparts. Still the majority of employees on my shift are female. In fact, I would say both men and women are pretty equally represented in management. 

I’ve been put in a lot more physical jobs within the warehouse over my male counterparts because I’ve proven that I can do the job reliably when others couldn’t be. Most of the time, I don’t even need to be asked. (It’s a warehouse that sells musical equipment and I pretty much spent my Saturday last weekend lifting and moving huge speaker cabinets. No, they are not light.)

A friend of mine who works there started at the same time as me and had transferred into what is probably the most physically intensive department in the warehouse. She is the only girl in that department. She is also more in shape than and can lift more than almost all of the guys there. 

Oh, little side note about my friend. When she first transferred over there, some of the guys would purposefully give her the hardest to maneuver rabbit jacks in the warehouse. (a piece of power equipment that you have to use your upper body to steer. There’s no power steering and some of them you really have to lean all of your body weight into). They did this specifically because she was a girl and I guess they wanted to show that she wasn’t as as good at it as them … or something. (One of the guys there told me this when helping out in my department one day. Why he chose to divulge this information is beyond me.) So the fact that she can not only keep up with, but actually run circles around those guys is pretty awesome. 

Also, here’s a little pro tip: If you specifically give women harder equipment to work with and enlist them in doing the heaviest lifting all the time to show they’re weaker, that’s called confirmation bias and you’re not actually proving anything. (I mean, other than the fact that you’re a giant man-baby who probably isn’t very good at his job to begin with.)

Tl;dr version: That second panel is sexist in a couple of different ways and women absolutely deserve equal pay. You can stop paying for my meals when I make the same amount as you for doing the same job.

(Source: the-seeds-we-sow, via majorasnightmare)

floozys:

you can’t pick which girls get to be a part of your self acceptance movement you can’t say you want girls to love themselves but not fat girls because they need to lose weight or that girls deserve respect but then turn around and not respect trans girl’s identities, you don’t get to choose which girls do or don’t get to be apart of the self acceptance movement, you’re either in it for all of us or none of us  

(via bigender-why-gender)

theworldstandswithpalestine:

Melbourne protest for Gaza, July 19. 2014.

theworldstandswithpalestine:

Melbourne protest for Gaza, July 19. 2014.

(via majorasnightmare)