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
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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.
Now there are some folks on tumblr, (not sure if this goes beyond tumblr or not) that are trying to say the whole idea of a biological sex binary doesn’t exist…..What?
Now I understand this whole gendergluid/nonbinary movement.
THere are various ways to present your gender. If you wanna present and identify as male cool. As a female? cool. As a mix of both? Cool. As neither? cool. In my mind gender is indeed a very social construct depending on where you live. And going outside of that construct is not bad in my eyes.
But the idea of no sex binary? Thats just wrong and ridiculous and unhealthy tbh. If there is anything more solid in this world its that there are males and females. In almost every species on this planet. It’s how the human race got here. Through sexual reproduction between males and females. That is a undeniable truth.
Now a lot of them bring up the fact that there are intersex people, and various folks with hormonal disorders that can mess with your chromosomes, therefore messing with your sex itself, and even how you mentally think about your sex and gender. I can’t deny that. A simple bit of research can prove this.
Now I can say there is a bit of a grey scale because of this. Not everyone is male or female. BUT to suggest that there is no binary at all? And that most beings on the planet aren’t male of female is just unrealistic.
Okay, no, I can’t ignore this. This isn’t even speaking as a nonbinary advocate, this is me speaking as a biologist.
"Most beings on the planet" aren’t male or female in any way you could map onto the human sex binary. Yes, sexual reproduction in plants and animals is achieved through the fusion of two cells, and in many cases those cells have differentiated into one large sessile kind and one small mobile kind. In many species it is true that some members of that species carry one kind and some members another. This is, for example, true for most (but not all) mammals (some mammals have lost the male sex, and reproduce asexually!)
Non-mammals do things way differently (like, some fish change their sex depending on what’s convenient, and a lot of animals have no genetic component to sex, or any non-reproductive sexual dimorphism), but hey, let’s focus on our closest relatives: primates. That’s about as comparable as we’re going to get, right?
Turns out, primates have all kinds of approaches to sex. Some species have very clearly delineated sexes with definitely separate roles and the biological differences to match (gorillas are an example). These species tend to live in polygamous troupes, where most males do not engage in reproduction. Other species, generally the rarer monogamous ones like bonobos, have such weak sex characteristics you can’t tell without looking at their genitals.
And of course, in all these species there is a percentage of individuals where, even if you strictly define sex as reproductive capacity (which is what biologists tend towards, since it is the one that is most portable across species), they are neither male nor female. They aren’t numerous enough to have a defined social role, but they exist.
Now how does that relate to humans? Well, hominids are an odd one. Nobody knows what social structure early hominids had, and our sex characteristics do not fit with either a dominant-male polygamous origin, a partial monogamy model (like most birds have), or a bonobo-like pure monogamy. We do present sexual dimorphism, but it is weak and far more fluid than is usual for dimorphic species. Think, even humans presenting canonical sex traits vary wildly in their expression. Some have a lot of body and facial hair, some have barely any. Body fat arrangements exist on the full continuum between canonically “feminine” and “masculine”. Breasts can be incredibly prominent or barely present, while still displaying full functionality.
This is odd. You don’t see male peacocks without tails! Sexual dimorphism is an evolutionary adaptation arising for the need to compete for mates, and selection pressure is strong: non-dimorphic individuals do not reproduce. Yet hominids appear to play fast and loose with how our bodies express our hormonal makeup, with differences between “sexes” having to be drawn in terms of small gaps in statistical averages rather than clear differences. Different hypothesis have been suggested, but my two favourites are that either early hominids lived in cooperative groups where members freely chose mating partners and offspring were raised by the group as a whole, or hominids descended from a polygamous species but changed into a mostly monogamous structure, with our dimorphism being a genetic relic that is not selected for anymore.
I kind of got carried away there, so let’s talk about the sex binary. What is the sex binary? The sex binary is the idea that all humans can be clearly separated into male and female, and that each of those groups is distinct in a number of characteristics, including genetics, anatomy, reproductive capacity, chemical biology, and even social role.
This is bollocks.
And I don’t say that because of some ideological conviction, it is literally not true. Reproductive capacity (that is, whether an individual produces eggs or sperm) is the one with least exceptions, but there are some even there, and anyway reproductive capacity is not associated with any other traits half as strongly as the idea of the binary says. Genetically XX and XY are the two most common caryotypes related to reproductive potential, but because genotype =/= phenotype, not even all XY people develop sperm or XX people eggs. Anatomy is a spectrum, and anatomically intersex people are actually fairly common (but overwhelmingly receive non-consensual cosmetic surgery in infancy to “normalise” their anatomy), as is chemical biology, and to throw a further wrench in those gears, humans love to play around with those things. And social roles, well, anyone who tries to tell you that gender roles are clearly defined and immutable needs to get out more.
So yes, on a biological level, humans, like most mammals, are divided into sperm-producers and egg-producers.
But this isn’t strongly related to anything else, and it is certainly not what people mean when they talk about “male” and “female”. It’s not the “sex binary” that people talk about existing or not existing. And the kind of gametes you produce isn’t all that significant to your identity, in general.
Jasmin Rodriguez from Vintage Vandalizm
Cris Brodahl (2010)
1. The Cure
2. The Waiting Room