"It's not that trans women have only existed the last thirty years, it's that you have been intentionally denied knowledge of our history by reactionaries who want to see us dead." -- Tumblt user thetolerantleft, responding to somebody's assertion that "there's no history or frans people more than 30 years ago". (Apparently Jan or Feb 2017? Maybe Mar? I found a response / amplification by songofages, dated 2017-03-13)
[The example thetolerantleft uses us Hirschfeld's work being destroyed by the (original) Nazis in 1933. Note that our history goes back much farther than that if you mean "the history of people like us" rather than "people labelled and thought of in the same ways as we are", since the social construction of gender -- and thus the social construction of or awareness/unawareness of trans and nonbinary gender phenomena -- is dependent on time and place. But yeah, even if you limit it to a western and modern understanding of what gender is, our history goes a far back as it is meaningful to look. One of my pet peeves is people who argue that we have to be patient with cis people who don't understand or accept transgenderism because "It's so new, and people aren't used to it yet -- most folks only started hearing about it when [pick the most recent of these at the time of the conversation: Christine Jorgensen | Renee Richards | Jan Morris | Chaz Bono | Lynn Conway | Laverne Cox | Caitlyn Jenner | Lana Wachowski | Wendy Carlos | Caroline Cossey] became famous / came out / was outed! It takes time for people to get used to these ideas!" Even if we only look at celebrities, our history goes back quite a bit more than thirty years. each time this argument is used it seems like everyone simply forgot about the last time everybody was talking about a trans celebrity. So it's not that trans people are "too new" or that most of the culture just hasn't had time to wrap their heads around our existence; it's that certain segments of the population keep editing us out of their awareness after hearing about us and talking about us for a while. (In the last half century, fortunately not usually in so direct and physical a manner as the Nazis did. (But if you look earlier, to the age of colonization, there are plenty of additional institutional and violent examples.)) We have a history. We even have a history of trans celebrities in mainstream-culture's spotlight. Don't make excuses for the people who don't want to deal with the fact that we exist.]
"The support I received from CIA draws a damning contrast to the treatment of other transgender Americans. If trans soldiers can serve in Afghanistan and Iraq, and LGBT intelligence officers can risk their lives hunting terrorists, why are trans teens like Gavin Grimm still fighting in court for the right to pee? If Langley and the Pentagon can use common senseâletting transmen use the men's room and transwomen the ladies' -- surely a school district can figure it out." -- Jenny Hall, "Coming Out as Transgender Made Me a More Effective CIA Officer", The Atlantic, 2017-03-20
"gender is just a social construct"
"so is language"
"what do you mean?"
"sorry, did you say something?"
-- tja thurman, 2017-03-20
[31 March is the annual International Transgender Day of Visibility. The week's quotes will sortakinda have a theme.]
"The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them." -- Mark Twain (pen name of Samuel Clemens, b. 1835-11-30, d. 1910-04-21), Mark Twain's Notebook (pub. 1935)
[Thanks to fidhle for calling this to my attention after he saw it at DK.]
"Let me be clear: nationalism and patriotism are not the same thing. It's vital we differentiate between the two." -- Kamala Harris, 2017-02-17
"Man if only they taught this in high school wait I think they teach in high school It's the WWI unit" -- Bryant Francis, (reply)
|@StripeyCaptain:||"Oddly, they never seem to want testing for anyone who gets more than a couple of grand a month from the state."|
|@tjathurman:||"I think they're worried about a mythical beast called The Undeserving Poor."|
|@StripeyCaptain:||"No one deserves to be poor. Oh right, that's not what they meant..."|
-- Tigerfort and tja thurman (@StripeyCaptain and @tjathurman), 2017-03-20
"Saying that health coverage is a consumer choice makes health care a commodity, something that can be traded, bartered or sold on the open market. Catholic social teaching is clear that health care is not a commodity; it is not a bundle of services available to the highest bidder. Health care is a fundamental human right -- Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI used those very words -- alongside water, food and education. Providing health care is among those rights that the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church says 'every nation is required in duty to make towards a true worldwide cooperation for the common good of the whole of humanity and for future generations.'
"Providing health care to our citizens isnât a matter of choice, it is a duty, an obligation. [...]"
-- editorial, National Catholic Reporter, 2017-03-18
[Spring (technically) is almost here -- about an hour after the cron daemon posts this for me. A happy equinox to everyone marking it, especially to folks celebrating it as a religious holiday! For the rest of us, hopes and good weather to come.]
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2017-01-14:
"Whether we gain or not by this habit of profuse communication it is not for us to say." -- Virginia Woolf, in Jacob's Room (1922).
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
"In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat." -- Warren Eckstein
"We live in interesting times. That's not a good thing. I like to read adventure stories, but I don't like to live them. ObFandom: The most enjoyable cons are the ones where nothing went horribly wrong. The most enjoyable cons *to talk about* are the ones where everything went horribly wrong. -- Keith F. Lynch, 2017-01-22
Subject: Re: DJT vs reality?
"We didn't exist in the other papers. We were neither born, we didn't get married, we didn't die, we didn't fight in any wars, we never participated in anything of a scientific achievement. We were truly invisible unless we committed a crime. And in the BLACK PRESS, the negro press, we did get married. They showed us our babies when born. They showed us graduating. They showed our PhDs." -- Vernon Jarrett (b. 1917-06-19, d. 2004-05-23), in The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords (1999)
[Today is Black Press Day, commemorating the publication of Freedomâs Journal on this date in 1827.]
"If people cared AT ALL about security in bathrooms, if that were even a blip on anybody's radar, we wouldn't even be talking about the minority population of transgender people. We'd be discussing things like... oh, I don't know... doors that lock properly. We'd have people advocating for stall dividers that extend all the way to the damn floor. Y'know those emergency call buttons they have in some handicapped stalls? We'd be advocating for those to be standard everywhere. Or hey, how about legislation to ban people from bringing goddamn weapons into the bathroom, or to ban them from bringing in cellphones that can take pictures, or to ban them from going to the john in groups larger than three? How about extra jail time for any assault that took place in a bathroom, or a requirement for security cameras at the entrances and exits?
"Just... can we all stop pretending that the trans-bathroom debate is about anything other than making a big public statement about how you believe gender works? If you cared at all about security in bathrooms, you'd be advocating security in bathrooms."
-- Tailsteak, 2017-03-13, Leftover Soup (author's note underneath comic)
"A basic weapon of regime changers, as fascists realized nearly a century ago, is to destroy the concept of truth. Democracy requires the rule of law, the rule of law depends upon trust, and trust depends upon citizens' acceptance of factuality. The president and his aides actively seek to destroy Americans' sense of reality. Not only does the White House spread "alternative facts," but Kellyanne Conway openly proclaims this as right and good. Post-factuality is pre-fascism." -- Timothy Snyder, 2017-03-03 (thanks to twistedchick linking to this.)
"The truth of the matter is that privileged people have all of society as a safe space; our culture and even our laws are formed around their comfort. The most unequal laws of history have existed to protect the safe space of those in powerâ--âa space safe from abortions, from queer marriages, from black people and women voting, from anything that challenges their supremacy. Many of the people catered to by the entire setup of society are the same ones who would claim that life never gave them a 'safe space.'
"Of course the privileged don't understand the need for such a space. Safe spaces exist to give marginalized people a quiet moment of respite from a society that has done everything in its power to disenfranchise and disempower us. Those who have power, money, and influence have never experienced such a thing. The world has been made safe for them from the beginning."
-- Na'amen Gobert Tilahun, "Easily-Triggered Privileged People Have Turned Society Into Their Own Giant Safe Space", 2017-01-30
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-12-17:
"To be ruled is to be kept an eye on, inspected, spied on, regulated, indoctrinated, sermonised, listed and checked-off, estimated, appraised, censured, ordered about, by creatures without knowledge and without virtues. To be ruled is, at every operation, transaction, movement, to be noted, registered, counted, priced, admonished, prevented, reformed, redressed, corrected." -- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)
"Writing. Resisting. Doing both because I gotta. The fascists can have all my anger but I'll be damned if I'll let them steal my joy." -- Kevin Hearne, 2017-01-30 [emphasis added] (thanks to @howardtayler for quoting this earlier)
"You know what I hear, when people complain that Hillary Clinton, a private citizen, isnât doing enough in the political sphere? 'We didnât want the woman to get the job, but now that someone else has it, we absolutely expect her to do it.'" -- Abigail Nussbaum, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments [thanks to realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]
To my friends observing the Fast of Esther, may you have an easy fast today.
"Some of the issues holding our world back from peace, health, and equality are identified as 'women's issues,' yet they affect all of us: men, women, nonbinary people, and everyone else. When we change the world to bring about freedom and safety for everyone, we will not only close the gender gap, we will be closer to the vision of a planet at peace." -- Rev. Lyn Cox, 2017-03-05 [I'll be quoting more from this sermon in the future. But don't let that knowledge stop you from going ahead and reading it today -- it was written for now.]
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