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I think we still live in a culture that assumes that men are single by choice and women are single because no one wants them.

- Sara Eckel, This is Why You’re Still Single (It’s Not Why You Think)  (via aprettypastiche)

(Source: live-to-the-point-of-tears)

alex-brucee:

I strive to be a woman with this amount of strength and courage. Beautiful ladies, as we all are.

alex-brucee:

I strive to be a woman with this amount of strength and courage. Beautiful ladies, as we all are.

It’s Not Okay: Intimate Partner Violence in Radical Queer Spaces

http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/04/16/303652716/drag-is-raw-wrestlers-queens-and-gender-as-performance-art?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140416

New provincial policy to protect transgender rights

Social Skills or Stereotypes? What My Autism Classes Didn't Teach Me

autostraddle:

Social Skills or Stereotypes? What My Autism Classes Didn’t Teach Me

Maggie, a 24-year-old engineer from Toronto, knew she was queer from the moment she first experienced the spark. “I had my first kiss with a girl when I was thirteen and it felt like my whole body was electrified,” she says….

If tomorrow, women woke up and decided they really liked their bodies, just think how many industries would go out of business.

- Dr. Gail Dines (via volatilebodies)

(Source: artiquno)

emphasisonthehomo:

Queer subtext in media is nice and all, but have you considered:

  • Including actual queer characters instead of vague metaphors for queer characters.

French ire at former prostitute as 'queen' - Independent.ie

theartoftransliness:

Great video from Chase. 

Teaching Consent to Small Children

afrafemme:

A friend and I were out with our kids when another family’s two-year-old came up. She began hugging my friend’s 18-month-old, following her around and smiling at her. My friend’s little girl looked like she wasn’t so sure she liked this, and at that moment the other little girl’s mom came up and got down on her little girl’s level to talk to her.

“Honey, can you listen to me for a moment? I’m glad you’ve found a new friend, but you need to make sure to look at her face to see if she likes it when you hug her. And if she doesn’t like it, you need to give her space. Okay?”

Two years old, and already her mother was teaching her about consent.

My daughter Sally likes to color on herself with markers. I tell her it’s her body, so it’s her choice. Sometimes she writes her name, sometimes she draws flowers or patterns. The other day I heard her talking to her brother, a marker in her hand.

“Bobby, do you mind if I color on your leg?”

Bobby smiled and moved himself closer to his sister. She began drawing a pattern on his leg with a marker while he watched, fascinated. Later, she began coloring on the sole of his foot. After each stoke, he pulled his foot back, laughing. I looked over to see what was causing the commotion, and Sally turned to me.

“He doesn’t mind if I do this,” she explained, “he is only moving his foot because it tickles. He thinks its funny.” And she was right. Already Bobby had extended his foot to her again, smiling as he did so.

What I find really fascinating about these two anecdotes is that they both deal with the consent of children not yet old enough to communicate verbally. In both stories, the older child must read the consent of the younger child through nonverbal cues. And even then, consent is not this ambiguous thing that is difficult to understand.

Teaching consent is ongoing, but it starts when children are very young. It involves both teaching children to pay attention to and respect others’ consent (or lack thereof) and teaching children that they should expect their own bodies and their own space to be respected—even by their parents and other relatives.

And if children of two or four can be expected to read the nonverbal cues and expressions of children not yet old enough to talk in order to assess whether there is consent, what excuse do full grown adults have?

10 LGBT Women Kicking Ass in Politics Worldwide

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10 LGBT Women Kicking Ass in Politics Worldwide

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Last week, I wrote about Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the former Icelandic prime minister who was the first out LGBT person in the world to be elected a nation’s head of state. When I was writing it, I realized that Sigurðardóttir had had this…

fuckyeahlavernecox:

Laverne Cox and her mother on stage at the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards.Laverne was honored with this year’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given to an openly LGBT member of the entertainment or media community for his or her work toward eliminating discrimination against the LGBT community. Previous winners include Ellen DeGeneres, Chaz Bono and Wanda Sykes.
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fuckyeahlavernecox:

Laverne Cox and her mother on stage at the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards.

Laverne was honored with this year’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given to an openly LGBT member of the entertainment or media community for his or her work toward eliminating discrimination against the LGBT community. Previous winners include Ellen DeGeneres, Chaz Bono and Wanda Sykes.

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wsswatson:

fk4eva:

marinashutup:

in which the actor who plays one of television’s least likeable characters is actually super considerate and cool

How can he be such a despicable cunt, then…

(Source: kazuos)

into-every-generation:

buffystolethetardis:

humnoo:

a-pariah:

why is the female hero so often tomboyish

why cant there just be one like oops i chipped my barbie pink nail polish while brutally killing an entire armada of time traveling ninja pirates

with my hair curler

Um…

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how do you forget buffy?

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HOW

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COULD

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YOU

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FORGET

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BUFFY?

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(Source: 2005graphics)