*makes heterophobic text post*
It’s a metaphor, see? You make a mean text post, but you don’t back it with thousands of years of violently-upheld institutional power, so it doesn’t have the power to actually hurt anyone.
best one yet
gender needs to go sit in the corner and think about what it’s done
La petit mort?
Being a trans girl is like…..being a tall girl, or a short girl, being a girl with freckles, or a girl with defined cheekbones.
Every girl is born a little different, every girl is unique. nothing about a girls body make her more or less of a girl. And nothing a girl does makes her less or more of a girl.
Being a transgender girl is just like being every other kind of girl - its an identity. :) (nothing more, nothing less) - by transgirlnextdoor
i am so sick of english majors and writers talking about the efforts of marginalized people to make space for ourselves in a language that erases us as ‘distorting’ or ‘warping’ that language .
Art history meme | 2/8 artists
↳ Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1656)
A baroque painter and follower of Caravaggio, Gentileschi is widely held to be the most important and accomplished woman artist before the modern period and one of the great artists of the Italian Baroque.
While the few woman painters of the time were largely restricted to domestic scenes and still lifes, Artemisia began, from a young age, to paint large-scale paintings of historical and religious subjects. Her most appreciated works nowadays display Caravaggesque use of chiaroscuro and high drama.
Some of her most famous paintings reflect her interest in depicting mythic-heroic women. These works have been described as proto-feministic in their depictions of their female subjects and in their subversion of the representations of these women typically found in male contemporaries’ works.
Originally tutored by her father, Orazio Gentileschi, Artemisia was raped as a young woman by a friend of her father’s, who had taken over her tutelage. During a high-profile trial in which Artemisia testified against her rapist, she was subjected to humiliation and torture in order to ‘prove’ her claims. Critics have often tied these events in her own life into Gentileschi’s work as an artist, seeing her images of female vengeance, violence and strength as a cathartic and therapeutic representation of Artemisia’s anger and trauma.
Secrets Rich and Strange: The Angels
Beautiful and terrible creatures of fire and air, have mercy on me. You will be called swords of heaven, there will be awe and fear wherever you tread. You will shine a light as has never before been seen.
Amber Heard for VS magazine
Adonis Bosso @ DNA by Dana Scruggs for PlayHaus
View the full story here: http://danascruggs.com/men-i
Erik Jones / Red Winter / Colored pencil, acrylic, wax pastel / 16”x20” / 2014
but have you seen girls? have you seen boys? have you seen nonbinary people? have you seen how cute they all are?
so a lot of shit happened this weekend
but the most important thing that y’all need to know
is that i read one of my poems to andrea gibson and she hugged me
a couple of key problems with the ideology that everything a woman does is inherently feminist:
- it essentially gives white/liberal feminism the go-ahead regardless of transphobia, racism, ableism, and queerphobia
- it makes it easier to handwave the actions of women who have yet to be educated about the patriarchy and thus commit microagressions against other women every day
- it ignores the fact that there are multimillion dollar corporations that sustain themselves with the degradation women and their self-esteem and allows us to continue partaking in them without a second thought, both to our own detriment and to that of our fellow women
- (not all of which are corporations that are immediately evident; there are make-up companies and designer labels, sure, but there are also sweatshops exploiting female slave labor, publishers that give the okay to blatantly misogynistic literature, etc.)
- it basically gives every woman a get-out-of-jail-free card for their own missteps, regardless of their privileges or anti-feminist actions
being a woman does not give you an automatic feminist ID card to partake in anything harmful to women under the rationale that “i’m a woman, so it’s okay!” feminism isn’t just about reclaiming your power on an individual basis, because misogyny does not just hurt on the individual scale — it’s about acknowledging the societal machinations set in place to restrain women, then making a conscious effort to dismantle them to the best of your ability.
you are bound to make decisions that aren’t feminist, and that’s okay! it’s impossible, in the world we live in, to be a completely conscious feminist in everything you do. you are going to do things that are not entirely concurrent with feminist ideals — but ignoring that by re-framing them as “feminist” is NOT a step in the right direction.