A trans woman was brutally beaten in San Antonio, and SA media and police dismissed the violence. RMJ writes:
They’re using the harmful trope of trans women as deceivers. Their language does not intent to inform their viewers of a vicious act of violence, but to satisfy their own sense of her as an other, and to comfort cis viewers that yeah, she’s weird and icky…As always with media coverage of trans women, the most important thing is what’s in her pants, and how weird their trans status is, and how sorry they should feel for her poor attacker who was just pushed too far after his big surprise.
Garland Grey on the homophobia he faced as he tried to enter the teaching profession.
Being straight, talking about your opposite sex spouse, having a picture of your family on your desk, wearing a wedding ring – these are all social characteristics. But doing any of these things while queer is about SEX. In a culture steeped in as much corporeal revulsion and body hatred as ours, straight bigots are more than happy to use their children as a cudgel to beat the world with. Queers who teach are forced into the closet, treated like monsters, insulted, degraded and are frequently accused of being pedophiles.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) have placed a “hold” on plans to build the National Women’s History Museum. Meryl Streep, who donated 1 million dollars to the project, responded, ”We will get permission, because I can’t imagine those two senators who have put a hold on our museum have the stomach for war with the women of America.”
More links after the jump
Jezebel asks why we aren’t taught about urinary tract infections in sex-ed.
Guernica Magazine has a feature on Muslim Grrrls.
Bitch Magazine has a feature on Puerto Rican feminist Luisa Capetillo.
Latino Like Me gives us a brief history lesson on Mexicans figured into the 1920s immigration debate.
The Curvature has updates on the NC rape case that a district attorney dismissed after citing a ruling from 1979 which states that one cannot withdraw consent after sex has begun.
The Rejectionist talks about the depressing publishing statistics for authors of color.
The U.S. finally apologizes for infecting hundreds of Guatemalans, including mental health patients, with syphilis and gonorrhea in the 1940s.
Racialicious on the 6 things to know about the black rock audience.
Melendy Britt, voice of She-Ra, dishes on She-Ra’s 25th anniversary. Has it really been 25 years?! I used to love that show!
Latina Lista on the New York Times reporter who violated the trust an undocumented immigrant in an interview.