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"Ain't I A Woman?" On the irony of trans-exclusion by black and African feminists

When African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activists Sojourner Truth asked “Aint I A Woman?” as she stood in front of the crowd of largely white women’s rights activists at the 1851 Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio she marked a critical concern for women who have historically been seen as “Other.”

Truth’s seemingly rhetorical question was used to highlight the ways in which her womanhood as a black slave woman was not recognised by…


Added by Gender Bent on March 17, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Dear Chimamanda, being violently forced to be someone you're not is not a privilege

Dear Ms. Adichie,

Because of the fearless way you have defended and protected your sisters, over the past few years you have become one of the foremost feminist icons in the world. But after your interview with U.K.’s Channel 4 last week in which you made uninformed and ultimately violent comments on the experiences of transgender women, I have to question the sincerity of this show of fearlessness.

In the video (below), you argued that “the whole…


Added by Gender Bent on March 13, 2017 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Don't forget Black trans women on #InternationalWomensDay

As visibility for black trans women is (slowly) increasing with the presence of actress Laverne Cox and writer/activist Janet Mock and shows like Oxygen’s ‘Strut’, transphobia and high homicide rates of trans women continue to be pressing examples of violence against women. LGBT-identified individuals are twice as likely to be attacked in hate crimes than others and 2016 marked the… Continue

Added by Gender Bent on March 8, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Hands off our freedoms: It's 2017 and women still have to fight for basic shit

Happy International Women’s Day, I guess? Forgive the ‘tude, but as we roll through Donald Trump’s second month as President, it would be irresponsible of me to pretend that now’s a stellar time to be a woman in Trump’s World, whether you’re American or not. And while the Wall Street bull’s newest opponent—a …


Added by Gender Bent on March 8, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Black trans artist Lucas Charlie Rose on his trans-only mixtape

“Are you a boy? Or are you a girl?”—Professor Oak, Pokémon

My gender-identity crisis started young, and the only reason I choose to call it a “crisis” and not a “transition” has everything to do with how gender (“norms”) and sexuality are viewed and received within the Black Community, and when presented on a broader spectrum.

One of the greatest difficulties I’ve experienced on my journey of coming out as Pansexual in regards to my sexuality, and…

Added by Gender Bent on February 28, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Black transwoman Keke Collier shot and killed in Chicago #BlackTransLivesMatter

We’ve lost another Black trans life. Tuesday in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, a 24-year old transwoman named Keke Collier was shot and killed, according to WLS-TV. Early reports have misgendered Collier as male, although she was well known and outspoken about gender identity. In the WLS report, a friend of Collier’s named Shasha Lauren confirmed the victim’s identity. Lauren works as a peer navigator at Chicago House, a nonprofit organization that helps transgender… Continue

Added by Gender Bent on February 23, 2017 at 11:58am — No Comments

Hidden Figures: Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term "intersectionality", helped change activism forever

Hopefully, you’ve heard of intersectionality by now. A term coined by Civil Rights advocate civil rights advocate and critical race theory scholar Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, intersectionality is the black feminist theory that specifically addresses the areas in which oppression intersects, or the “interconnected nature” of societal categories, like race, gender, religion, orientation, etc. A clear example of an intersectional issue can be observed when we look at the wage gap… Continue

Added by Gender Bent on February 15, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Anti-Misogynoir Project creates platform for black womxn to tell their own narratives

The Anti-Misogynoir Project is a visual project that gives black women a platform to share their own narratives about the black femme experience. “It's kind of like a Humans of NY, but for Black Womxn,” says photographer Jacquelyn Iyamah. Through the ongoing visual project, Iyamah hopes to empower and embolden black women to be honest about their identities and stories by sharing them with the world. See more of the Anti-Misogynoir Project on…


Added by Gender Bent on February 2, 2017 at 11:18am — No Comments

Planned Parenthood wants to know what you DEFY

On the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade our friends at Planned Parenthood are calling on you to join their #IDEFY campaign to bring down the walls of hate and share your stories of defiance against discrimination, intolerance, slut-shaming, abortion stigma, sub-par sex ed, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia and other forces that obstruct justice and block individual opportunity. Head over to Facebook to …


Added by Gender Bent on January 22, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

10 Reasons Why 2016 Was The Ultimate #BlackGirlMagic Year

Black girls have been slaying since the beginning of time, but in 2016 #BlackGirlMagic hit a new level. Our unapologetic achievements as entrepreneurs, activists, writers, and, more, were positive shining lights of space-taking resistance and inspiration.

1. Detroit-based high school student activist Taylor Amari Little. This year, Little founded …


Added by Gender Bent on December 27, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Men Have The Right To Be Vulnerable - Toxic Masculinity Hurts Everyone Involved

Over the past few years, the social movement that once worked to dismantle labels evolved into one where everyone's identity seemed to be defined by the box they fit into. My box happens to be "cis-gendered, heterosexual female." That means I agree with the gender I was assigned at birth and I am attracted to members of the opposite sex, at least that's how it was explained to me by folks who are more educated on the subject of gender identity than I am. I have…


Added by Gender Bent on December 12, 2016 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Why are women shamed for their body hair while men are praised for beards & other tufts?

In 2016, you wouldn’t think of addressing body hair that naturally grows, yet the continuous negative stigmas and harmful stereotypes have brought more issues to light than just the “look,” or shaming women who choose not to shave, but bring forth internalized damaging emotions to girls and women who feel they have to shave in order to be “accepted,” among society.

Lately images of the female genitalia have surfaced with captions (usually by males) stating…


Added by Gender Bent on December 5, 2016 at 12:14pm — No Comments

UK digital project Motherhood Reconstructed is celebrating Black mothers and hosting its inaugural panel “Debunking the Strong Black Woman” next month in London!

Motherhood Reconstructed is an organization committed to celebrating motherhood in all its forms and the Black women at the forefront of raising the next generation of thinkers, movers, and shakers. Women are simultaneously reduced to the singular role of mother and homemaker, while still being erased in our discussions of mental health, personal development, and representation in the media. No one Black mother is alike, but somehow they’re treated as a monolith, even with…


Added by Gender Bent on November 8, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Dating: If he doesn't accept your natural hair, run as fast as you can

In the early stages of dating, you are always trying to impress that guy and appeal to him. You kind of aim to be his ideal woman. We can say, "no we don't", but we all do this. If he plays Pokemon Go, then you play Pokemon Go. If he likes Rock music, then you try out Rock music. It is needless to say you want to one day be his future.

But, there is always one thing that I will not suffice in a relationship. That is my hair. Yes, I am a proud naturalista and have…


Added by Gender Bent on October 24, 2016 at 11:09am — No Comments

Child of soul songstress Sade comes out as transman

Closely following #NationalComingOutDay, Ila Adu, the only child of legendary soul singer Sade, comes out as a transman. The decision to make this information public marks a very different tone for the Adu family who is notorious for being extremely private. In the Instagram caption, Adu, who had previously identified as a lesbian, expressed that “Today is the first day of the rest of my life.” It’s an amazing thing to see so many people having the courage to live their…


Added by Gender Bent on October 13, 2016 at 1:04pm — No Comments

BOOK: Queer Activist Nia King Releases Queer & Trans Interview Collection

Nia King, queer author and host of the podcast We Want The Airwaves, is releasing a book of interviews with the queer and trans artists we know and many that we should know. According to its description, "...Nia discusses fat burlesque with Magnoliah Black, queer fashion with Kiam Marcelo Junio, interning at Playboy with Janet Mock, dating gay Latino Republicans with Julio Salgado, intellectual hazing with Kortney Ryan Ziegler, gay gentrification with Van Binfa [...], and…


Added by Gender Bent on September 20, 2016 at 1:44pm — No Comments

French Islanders Stage #GoodAsYou2016 LGBT Equality Demonstration

What happens when you take to the streets with a mission of peace, love, and equality for people of all walks of life? You get a demonstration like the recent one by OriZon, a LGBT organization based on the island La Réunion off the coast of France. The group staged a particularly warming demonstration for gender and sexual identity equality. Enlisting civilians with signs reading “Nous Sommes Tous Égaux” and “Luttons Pour L’Égalité,” a wide range of ages, backgrounds,… Continue

Added by Gender Bent on September 16, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Offtharecord gets candid with trans and gender non-conforming folx in Seattle at the 2016 Gender Odyssey

Trans(Formation)- Episode 1 In response to the epidemic of transphobia and trans related violence happening all around us, Off Tha Record packed up and headed out to Seattle to attend the 2016 Gender Odyssey conference. We invited Trans and Gender Non-Conforming attendees to speak candidly about their experiences with battling misgendering and facing layers of stigmas related to race and class. This episode features BB, Sebastian, and Georie. They discuss what it's like…


Added by Gender Bent on September 12, 2016 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Nate Parker finally starts taking responsibility for past misogynistic & homophobic ways

Several weeks after past accusations of the rape of a college classmate resurfaced, director/actor Nate Parker spoke to Ebony in a candid interview about his 19-year-old self, toxic masculinity, male privilege and a whole lot more.
 Littered with blunt and troubling statements about his former views, Parker verbalizes the troubling perspective many men suffer from as the result of taught hyper-masculinity and misogyny.

Early on, Parker describes his past…


Added by Gender Bent on August 29, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

RAD CREATIVE OF THE DAY: South African filmmaker Jabu Nadia Newman’s The Foxy Five follows intersectional feminists challenging oppressive status quo

Jabu Nadia Newman is the creator and show-runner of Cape Town’s The Foxy Five—an intersectional web series that follows a powerful group of 5 young womxn who are tearing down the “white-supremacist-capitalist-patriarchy“ on their own terms. The series also explores many of the different perspectives and…


Added by Gender Bent on June 24, 2016 at 10:21am — No Comments

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