What’s Behind Criticisms of Those Red Equal Signs in Your Facebook Feed?

What in the world could be wrong with it?

It’s been all over Facebook and Twitter as part of a wider social media campaign for marriage equality. If you’re especially savvy, you’re aware that it’s a spin on the Human Rights Campaign’s logo (which they’ve self-promoted). And if your Facebook and Twitter friends/followers are anything like mine, you’ve probably seen a variation of profile photos and status messages critiquing it.

So for those of you who don’t quite understand why some of us are tired of hearing about gay marriage, the HRC and your goddamn red equals sign, here’s the extremely simplified explanation courtesy of the Huffington Post.

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just read it. its really good.

Stacia L. Brown

From an outsider’s perspective, say, from the purview of a citizen whose great-great-grandfathers were land owners, voters, arbiters of the unamended Constitution, we spend a lot of time lamenting. We deflect our own savagery by blaming it on their ancestors. Our hearing turns conveniently selective when they insist that they are not their ancestors. They know full well that, after our brief exchange — wherein they will glumly wonder, How can black people be so unforgiving? — they will go home and turn a key in the lock of a house they’ve either purchased outright or will pay off before the age of 30. They know how easily they qualified for their low-interest mortgage. They know their parents’ pristine credit, ensured by their grandfather’s investments and assets, inherited from their great-grandfathers dividends, insured by their great-great-grandfather’s land ownership, made that possible.

And they know our great-great-grandparents — both of them…

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What’s Wrong With the Term ‘Person of Color’

reblogged from Black Girl Dangerous

by Janani

Identifying as a person of color in solidarity with other people of color says ‘hey, my people have been oppressed by White people, maybe in a different time and space than your people, but we can work in solidarity.’  The identification needs to carry some degree of humility, and a deeper commitment to allyship .  The POC umbrella is not an excuse to disavow the ways we benefit from various racial structures and sit idly by as our communities reap advantages from racism towards other people of color.

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My Thoughts:

I’m white. and I don’t believe that, as a white person, it’s my place to critique critical race theory. In fact, I feel a little bit uncertain even reblogging this, and its a pretty gentle critique.

But anyway, I’m reblogging this because, first of all, I read it and thought it was really intelligent and insightful and that the author is brilliant.

Secondly, because I hear a lot of white people toss around the term “POC” as though all people of color have the same experiences and face the exact same oppressions and microaggressions, which is kinda racist. So, I think it’s important for white people, especially white people who consider themselves to be radical/politicized/anti-racist allies to read things that remind them that people of color do not have a single, monolithic experience.

The masculine/male  – feminine/female gender construct is just that: a construction. We have a bunch of traits we’ve traditionally designated as feminine, and a bunch of traits we’ve arbitrarily determined are masculine. Traits are traits are traits. But we as a culture have ascribed valuations on them — valuations that are confining and confusing for people who don’t necessarily fall into the proscribed “correct” category.

The Frisky

super useful.

genderqueer.me

This is the 3rd article in the series about hysterectomies for transgender people. We’ll address the two biggest concerns that come up during the process, and specific steps to take towards making this a reality for you.

In the previous 2nd part  we went over reasons trans people consider hystos, and common questions, while the first part went over the basics of the procedure.

Biggest Concerns

Once they have made the big decision, a lot of people still have to jump through hoops and navigate other bumps in the road to make it a reality.

Finding a surgeon

Our biggest concern as transpeople usually revolves around finding a surgeon who will not just validate our identity, but who is willing to perform this surgery on someone who is otherwise healthy, often quite young and within reproductive age. Secondary to this is, especially for those who unmistakably look like men, is…

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