I don't like to group these link posts, because their inherent intersectionality makes grouping hard, but I'll never post if I don't.
things to do with gender (including gender norms, and trans* issues)
Love It/Shove It?: Dan Savage Can Shove It at the Jaded Hippy:
This constant conflation of sexual organs with sex identity and gender identity is one of the major obstacles, in my experience, with acceptance of and real respect towards trans people's identities. The idea that penis=man and vagina=woman is so entrenched that (cis) people just do NOT question it, even when contradictions of that assumption are staring them in the face. Oh, you look like a woman, talk like a woman, etc. but if I find out you have a penis under that skirt you are clearly "really" a man, or, at the most generous, "were a man once." That you could have been a woman ALL ALONG is not even up for consideration.This is old, but I think is a good summary of things, Tracing this Body: Transsexuality, pharmaceuticals & capitalism.
And that dynamic is being reinforced here.
A Series of Questions, a photography series.
Many documentary photographic projects that deal with trans issues exploit the genders of their subjects, pointing to an "otherness" or inappropriately exoticizing their bodies. A Series of Questions seeks instead to make visible the transphobia and gender-baiting that can become part of everyday interactions and lives, forming a fuller picture of the various lived experiences. In so doing, this work contrasts with the dehumanizing approaches that predominate the images made of transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and gender-variant people, which often focus solely on their gender or trans status, or use them to further a specific point about social construction and gender.People I know are in it! ♥
At 8Asians, No More Girly Boys: Chinese Elementary School Teaches its Boys to be More Masculine.
I love this article: Consuming pop culture while trans: Disney's The Little Mermaid
stuff to do with ethnicity, race and culture
At Native Appropriations, Nudie Neon Indians and the Sexualization of Native Women.
What Kind of Card is Race? by Tim Wise is an old but good article.
Glass Icarus writes inscrutable, about yet another form of exotification and frustration and stereotyping.
At Overland, White Australia has a blackface history, by Maxine Clarke. What it says on the tin; something many Australians deny.
On Reverse Cultural Appropriation at the Merch Girl Tumblr.
this is not gonna be coherent by unusualmusic:
Well, wasn't he fucked? Black teen male with Asperger's and mild autism who wanted to GO READ A FUCKING BOOK ends up ABUSED BY THE MOTHERFUCKING POLICE AND IN JAIL WITHOUT LAWYER OR MOTHER FOR 11 DAYS because some white asshole feels UNSAFE with him SITTING DOWN UNDER A TREE OUTSIDE OF A MOTHERFUCKING LIBRARY. I can't even. I cannot... He paid. He PAID for making some suburbanite racist human incarnation of vomit feel unsafe and so he/she made he PAY. Unleashed the power of the state to make him UNSAFE by MAGNITUDES of proportions that... goddamn. And at Wiscon, all these brown people who come to squeal with joy over media...we come to indulge in joy and you (letter writers and their brethren) claim that our very fucking existence makes you unsafe.
Cyborg rights 'need debating now' OH YEAH.
An interesting discussion at Remade on The Politics of Fashion: Can you be smart, informed about world issues, and still think your personal style is pretty damn important?
Cadbury shies away from Aussie cynics , suggesting that Australians don't understand ethical branding.