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Gender Bent's Blog – March 2017 Archive (9)

Is Dave Chappelle making fun of fragile masculinity, or enforcing it?

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about Dave Chappelle's two new comedy specials released on Netflix last Tuesday, marking the long-awaited return to stand up from the mastermind behind the game-changing Chappelle’s Show.



But not everyone is laughing. Controversy has erupted over how the specials –“The Age of Spin: Live at the Hollywood Palladium” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas: Live at Austin City Limits” – seem over-reliant on…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 28, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Intersex people are proof that nature is not as obsessed as we are with putting people in boxes

Intersex activist Hida Viloria, Image Credit: Hachette Book Group

Gender is a fascinatingly all-encompassing construct. From the moment we are born, most of society reads one of two onto us and insists on treating us accordingly–often violently. These two genders, male and female, inform almost everything; from the colors we are supposed to like, the people we are supposed to be attracted to, the music we are supposed to be drawn to, to the way we are supposed…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 24, 2017 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Old white men have no business making rules about women's health

Old white men are great at a lot of things. Buying stocks. Subsequently destroying the stock market and the economy. Not going to jail for it. Not going to jail for anything. Electing racists and sexists. Colonizing lands. Genocide. Creating little future old white men who do all of those things even better.



One thing they are not…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 24, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Black girls go missing from the focus of our movements long before they go missing from our streets

"What happens when Black girls look clear in the moonlight, daylight, sunset?" - Makayla Posley, NY-based Poet.



Last week, the D.C. metropolitan police department tweeted about the disappearance of 10 teenagers considered “critically missing,” all of whom were Black or Brown. Usually (and horrifically), these type of developments fly under the radar, but when Twitter…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 23, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Hey TERFs, being trans inclusive doesn't take anything away from your womanhood

During International Women’s Day, I noticed a recurring theme that made me sick: ciswomen clamoring to shut down, marginalize, and otherize transgender women on what these ciswomen described it as “their day”.



But being trans in and of itself is the difference of experiences of womanhood. It’s not less than, it’s not removed from womanhood—it is purely a difference in experiences. This difference is relevant when we talk about oppression, but it’s not…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 23, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

"Ain't I A Woman?" On the irony of trans-exclusion by black and African feminists

When African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activists Sojourner Truth asked “Aint I A Woman?” as she stood in front of the crowd of largely white women’s rights activists at the 1851 Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio she marked a critical concern for women who have historically been seen as “Other.”



Truth’s seemingly rhetorical question was used to highlight the ways in which her womanhood as a black slave woman was not recognised by…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 17, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Dear Chimamanda, being violently forced to be someone you're not is not a privilege

Dear Ms. Adichie,



Because of the fearless way you have defended and protected your sisters, over the past few years you have become one of the foremost feminist icons in the world. But after your interview with U.K.’s Channel 4 last week in which you made uninformed and ultimately violent comments on the experiences of transgender women, I have to question the sincerity of this show of fearlessness.



In the video (below), you argued that “the whole…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 13, 2017 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Don't forget Black trans women on #InternationalWomensDay

As visibility for black trans women is (slowly) increasing with the presence of actress Laverne Cox and writer/activist Janet Mock and shows like Oxygen’s ‘Strut’, transphobia and high homicide rates of trans women continue to be pressing examples of violence against women. LGBT-identified individuals are twice as likely to be attacked in hate crimes than others and 2016 marked the… Continue

Added by Gender Bent on March 8, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Hands off our freedoms: It's 2017 and women still have to fight for basic shit

Happy International Women’s Day, I guess? Forgive the ‘tude, but as we roll through Donald Trump’s second month as President, it would be irresponsible of me to pretend that now’s a stellar time to be a woman in Trump’s World, whether you’re American or not. And while the Wall Street bull’s newest opponent—a …

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Added by Gender Bent on March 8, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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