Yes, being in a female dominated field, I do know what it means to be marginalized. “





oh my fucking god

The really ugly part is they’ve actually done multiple sociological studies on this, and guess what the result is? Men in female-dominated fields aren’t marginalized at all; they get special treatment and are fast-tracked to the top, getting more credit for their work, faster promotions, and greater pay and benefits than their female colleagues.

Here’s one study. Here’s another. And another.

Yup.  The classic example that comes immediately to mind is male elementary school teachers, who are generally fast-tracked into administrator positions like principal.

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The most important reason why we need the word “cis” in our lexicon is because it tells the thousands of young trans people out there right now who are struggling with their sense of identity, some of whom do not even realise yet that that is what they are doing, that there is something that you can be that is not what you were told you could be.

I did not know the word “cis” when I was 8 years old, imitating the handwriting of the girls in my class. I did not possess this language when I was 15, and attempting to put on makeup in secret without the guidance of my mother or my aunts, and copying the clothing styles of the girls in my high school. I did not have this language when I was 24, with hair down to my waist, wearing my girlfriend’s clothes to work. I did not have this language at 33 years old, before I proposed to my wife, or at 37, when we decided to have a child before we got any older.

I didn’t even know this language at 40, when I finally understood that the days of my life were not going to be many more in number if I did not attempt to find out if the feelings I had been feeling all my life would lead me to a better life.

But I certainly knew the word “transsexual”. I knew the words, “Renée Richards” and “Wendy Carlos”. I knew the word “freak”. I knew the word “mutilation”. I knew the words “liver damage”. I knew the words “shorter life span”. I knew the words “no children”. I knew the word “faggot”.

We need the word “cis”, because those children need to know that their choices aren’t limited, not anymore. Those children need to know that the alternative to “man” isn’t “freak” and the alternative to “woman” isn’t “abomination”. Those children need to know that “abnormal” means “statisically fewer in number”, not “unnatural”.

We need the word “cis”, because all the children of this Earth need to know that “cis” is just one thing you can be, and not what you necessarily are.


— Gemma Seymour, 6 March 2013 (via gcvsa)

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9 Black butch lesbians share their stories in The Butch Mystique (2003)

The last one!!

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Anonymous asked: FYI on the Facebook pronouns. I selected "them" and I now show up on my family's pages as their son/brother. I had my gender censored from them in a custom privacy setting but FB kinda inadvertently outed me. Just in case anyone is in the same boat, passing that along.



Oh wow. That’s kinda shitty—

PSA though.

Ahh, so not only are neutral pronouns getting masculine defaults for relation terms (really, it should be sibling, child, spouse, etc), relation terms aren’t ACLed.

This raises the question: how would you ACL those relationship terms? I mean, you have to put something there; otherwise that would flag as suspicious. I suppose showing gender-neutral terms as described above for anyone who doesn’t have the ACL is the obvious solution, but even that could be strange. I can just see: “My profile says you’re my ‘child’, now. What’s up with that?”

Really the ideal seems to be that, for safety, some people shouldn’t know you’ve set a custom gender.

So the real solution here is to allow a user to set multiple custom genders, each with a separate ACL list. So you can have a public / family view gender, and then a ‘for friends I’m out to’ gender, at a minimum.

In the meantime, signal boost, because this is going to be non-obvious to a whole lot of people and doesn’t seem to be documented anywhere.

"Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia: Those with the disorders are viewed suspiciously, and claims of malingering are common, thus promoting further distress … It is suggested that because the veracity of ambiguous illnesses is often questioned, this might represent a potent stressor in women with such illnesses…"

-From the study by McInnis et al.

Researchers are finally starting to get it…

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In another episode of White Men Gone Bad, Nature editor Henry Gee outs blogger Dr. Isis for the crime of saying she wouldn’t buy his magazine until it had a better male-to-female ratio of contributors among other matters around the treatment of women that concerned her. The outing was made to much applause from some of his followers as noted in the image that seems to have auto-attached to the link.

Now she can receive all the violent, perverse hate mail directed at her blogging persona at her professional email accounts, and worse. There is no way in which this wasn’t calculated to crash her career and cause her personal pain, especially since she also blogs about her family. This is timed to match Dr. Isis’ recent announcement that she has undertaken the search for a new job. 

Henry Gee’s actions were meant to intimidate me into silence. He took this approach likely with the thought that it was the most powerful way he could hurt me. Nothing more. Although I am ok, there are some recent victims of outing behavior that are not. That’s frightening. To think that the editor of a journal would respond to criticism of his professional conduct regarding the fair treatment of women by attempting to personally injure and damage…


And, what about people that might submit to Nature? He’s clearly willing to use his knowledge of people’s identities to injure them personally. If you’ve ever criticized him, or the journal, in the past, can you really be confident in fair peer review?

Misogyny, bullshit, and more. The old guard of the white men’s brigade is full of trolls. I can’t wait until they fade into history. 

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misgendering a cis person is still transphobic

you’re still perpetuating the idea that if you don’t fit certain criteria, you can’t be a certain gender

guess who gets hurt by that

(hint the answer starts with “everyone” and ends with “but mostly dmab trans people”)

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"It grew out of trying to conceptualize the way the law responded to issues where both race and gender discrimination were involved. What happened was like an accident, a collision. Intersectionality simply came from the idea that if you’re standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you are likely to get hit by both. These women are injured, but when the race ambulance and the gender ambulance arrive at the scene, they see these women of color lying in the intersection and they say, ‘Well, we can’t figure out if this was just race or just sex discrimination. And unless they can show us which one it was, we can’t help them.’"

— Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Intersectionality: The Double Bind of Race and Gender” (via ethiopienne)

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As a sociologist, I think it is best to turn to the evidence: Do Asians face discrimination? The labor market is one of the best places to take this question because this is where many people believe Asians have reached parity with white Americans.

Asian Americans have among the highest earnings in the United States. In 2013, Asians’ median weekly earnings were $973, as compared to $799 for whites, $634 for blacks, and $572 for Latinos. It seems as if Asians do not experience discrimination. However, these aggregate numbers hide many disparities.

First of all, Asian men earned, on average, 40 percent more than Asian women. The gender gap between Asian men and women is the highest of any racial group. Secondly, these numbers hide the diversity within the Asian community: the 2000 U.S. Census reports Hmong women had an average weekly earnings of just $389 per week – putting them far below average. Whereas Chinese and Indian men earn more on average than white men, the opposite is true for Laotian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Hmong men. In sum, some Asians earn more than whites, yet this is the case for only some nationalities – those that have, on average, higher levels of education.

Chinese and Indian Americans have higher educational attainment than their white male counterparts. This helps explain some of the earnings disparities.

Studies that take into account educational achievements find that Asian men earn less than their white male counterparts. Sociologists ChangHwan Kim and Arthur Sakamoto found that if you compare white men to Asian men with similar characteristics, the white men often earn more. In other words, if an Asian American man and a white man both live in New York, both went to selective universities, and both studied engineering, we could expect that the Asian American man would earn, on average, 8 percent less than the white man.

The fact that Asian Americans do not earn as much as white men with the same qualifications points to the fact that Asian Americans face labor market discrimination. In other words, there is a real monetary cost to being Asian American. Over the course of one’s career, this disparity can amount to significant amounts of money.

Labor market discrimination against Asians is not unique to the United States. A study conducted in Australia also uncovered labor market discrimination against Asians. Alison Booth and her colleagues conducted an audit study where they sent 4,000 fictitious job applications out for entry-level jobs, where they varied only the last name of the applicant – thereby signaling ethnicity.

The results were that the average callback rate for Anglo-Saxons was 35 percent. Applications with an Italian-sounding name received responses 32 percent of the time – with only a small statistically significant difference. The differences were starker for the other groups: indigenous applicants obtained an interview 26 percent of the time, Chinese applicants 21 percent of the time, and Middle Easterners 22 percent of the time. According to these findings, Anglo-Saxons would have to submit three job applications to have a decent shot at getting a callback whereas Chinese applicants can expect to submit five.


"Hashtag Sparks Discussion About Asian American Discrimination", Racism Review, 12/17/13

Besides the debunking of the “Asians don’t face discrimination in hiring, they show that Americans don’t see race and hire only by qualification” myth, note the massive wage gap between Asian men and women.

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dear every white dude who has told me that “Asians have more power than white people” -

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It’s just really hard to look at gendered income inequality without looking at the fact that white women make more than black men, like idk, that whole “women make .77 cents to a man’s dollar” is tired and basic and I don’t wanna hear it anymore tbh.

(sorry, lemme add a couple sources)

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"26% were sexually assaulted at shelters"

If you wear jeans, you’re not a woman: Transphobia at women’s shelters » Zinnia Jones

34% of trans women who had attempted to access shelters were denied entry outright. Of the respondents who did manage to access a shelter, 25% were evicted after it became known that they were trans. 55% were harassed by shelter staff or residents, and 29% of trans women were physically assaulted. 26% were sexually assaulted at shelters. Overall, 47% were treated so poorly that they chose to leave the shelter.

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Beyonce pens equality essay, proves she’s the woman’s studies professor you wish you had

Just when you thought your one-sided relationship with her couldn’t get any better, Beyoncé wrote a feminist essay entitled, “Gender Equality is a Myth.” If this makes you want to go back to school and write about the movement that will ultimately be known as Beyoncism, “the interdisciplinary study of how to make feminism the coolest thing ever,” you are not alone.

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but that statistic is just for white women to white men :(


Actually White women make more.  That statistic is an average across all racial groups.

In 2010:

  • White women made 80.5% of what White men made.
  • Black men made 74.5% of what White men made.
  • Black women made 69.6% of what White men made.
  • Hispanic men made 65.9% of what White men made.
  • Hispanic women made 59.8% of what White men made.

(Source: US Current Population Survey and the National Committee on Pay Equity)

White women have been making more than Black men in the US since 2004, and that’s before we account for disproportionate imprisonment and biased hiring, both of which cut off Black men’s access to comparable jobs in the first place. And obviously Black women and Hispanic people of all genders make even less than that, and are also negatively affected by institutional racism.

None of this is to cast any stones at Beyonce for writing what she did; institutional racism is a huge constraint here, too.

But basically, this illustrates a good rule of thumb for gender statistics: Whatever the statistic is, if it doesn’t account for race and therefore averages people of all racial groups together, White women are doing better, and WOC are doing worse.

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See also: “gender-neutral” children’s clothing.

Eliminating the color pink and anything with a ruffle is not “gender-neutral.”

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I know when I started this blog - I started it as fat cis womyn. I don’t include black because while I have always been and will always be black - my blackness was something I didn’t include in my political work.

I fought for my fat grrls right? I was yelling so loud to be seen…

Welcome to why my fat person blogging slowed down a lot.

Sort of.

It’s pretty fucking awful.

Re-reblogging for clarification: although I understand that the term “womyn” may have TERF connotations (I definitely wouldn’t use it myself), it really doesn’t look like the OP is using it that way—they actually appear to identify on their own blog as trans.  In the post above, they seem to be referencing a historical personal identity as cis, and they have a follow-up post that I can’t figure out how to link directly because their theme is not the most accessible:

the broader point is fat white cis womyn get to talk about being fat and have that really be a crucial/defining point in their political/feminism

but so many fat black trans* folx or assumed womyn folx have to be black AND trans* AND fat or black and NON CIS AND fat but still assumed to be a womyn so all the trappings of misogynoir still very much apply. 

privilege has been described at something you don’t think is a problem because it’s not a problem for you - so before you fat cis white babes come for me ask yourself why the only identity you care about me reppin’ is my fatness.

Is “womyn” a term used primarily by TERFs?

I know there’s the link to MWMF and second-wave feminism, so this probably should have occurred to me before, but I haven’t seen a lot of specific discussion about it and Googling isn’t getting me very far (possibly because of MWMF).