Where is the meme that Chelsea Manning coming out as trans is going to help her get out of prison even coming from?
they seem to think that trans women are actually unicorns or mythical tales which cannot be held by any walls. i think they don’t actually know what we are.
as queer theoreticians can’t stop telling us, by our very nature we transgress boundaries, undermining and subverting fixed binary meanings such as “inside” and “outside” jail. by coming out as trans, Chelsea has become not a person but a discourse, capable of existing both within and without the prison-industrial system, ultimately calling that whole system into question.
or, bullshit aside (though we damn well SHOULD question the system), being a trans* woman (out or otherwise; they’re different selections from the buffet of shit) is going to make those 35 years last a lifetime. :/
I don’t give a shit why I’m trans or the biological and psychological theories about it.
Hell, even if am just doing this for no more reason than it feels good, it is still a perfectly valid way to live my life and I still deserve respect.
“The Human Rights Campaign asked us to take down our trans* flag because ‘marriage equality is not a transgender issue.’
They said this to one of our activists as well as a transgender person who held the flag. We stood our ground, and flew our flag proudly.
That flag flew behind the podium ALL day today, keep an eye for it on the news.”
This apparently happened twice. Well done, HRC. Well done. But I’m not allowed to be critical of your campaign. Get the fuck out of here.
Tell me again who you’re creating “safe space” for with all your red HRC logos? HRC isn’t shit. It’s just that simple. They aren’t shit.
I was expecting this to be meta on how Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a trans narrative. And while I can appreciate a more broadly feminist interpretation of the film, I am kind of surprised/disappointed that the author of this meta failed to acknowledge that much of the feminist subtext in this movie is specifically and intentionally transgender.
For example, Ursula stealing Ariel’s voice: when the medical science of hormone treatment/sex reassignment surgery was first put into practice, transgender individuals were required take on entirely new identities, keep their former identities secret, and cut off all contact with their former friends/family *as a condition* of recieving treatement. The entire Ursula-Ariel relationship is an allegory for the historical exploitation of the transgender community by the medical/psychiatric community.
Lets not forget that the main character is named Ariel, after Shakespeare’s famous character of indeterminate sex/gender.
Read The Tempest, you guys.
reblogging for further commentary— thanks! i didn’t know a lot of this.