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January 01 2018

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transstudent:

What can intersex look like?

“My intersex variation is gonadal dysgenesis. I found out at age 15 when I still hadn’t gotten a period. I have XY chromosomes and I have to take estrogen to help my bone health because I was born without ovaries.”

“My intersex variation is congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). I found out at birth. CAH is one of few intersex variations with additional medical considerations, because it affects the body’s ability to produce stress hormones. I take testosterone and I identify as transgender.”

“My intersex variation is complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS). That means my body developed in a way that is “tipically” female, but I was born with XY chromosomes and internal testes instead of ovaries. My body is insensitive to testosterone, so it converts it to estrogen instead.“

“My intersex variation is parcial androgen insensitivity syndrome (PAIS). That means I only partially responded to testosterone in the womb. (Because of this, people with PAIS may havve an ambiguous sex at birth.) My parents found out I have PAIS when I was born. I have XY chromosomes and I identify as transgender.”

Doctors often encourage surgical removal for female-identified intersex people who have internal testes. However, this is NOT medically necessary and has more to do with society’s views on sex and gender. Removing hormone producing organs makes a person reliant on the medical industry for external hormones! Similar to other LGBT groups, intersex people struggle for bodily autonomy. We may have to fight against surgeries we don’t want.

Learn more from InterAct!

9 Inspiring People Who Spoke Up In Defense Of Black Lives In 2017

whyyoustabbedme:

1. Erica Snipes Garner

After losing her father to police brutality, Erica Snipes Garner made it her mission to bring awareness to police brutality. Since 2014 she has spoken out and protested police brutality, increasing awareness and support around the issue. As she currently battles for her own life, we must honor the way she battled for black lives in 2017.

2. Princess Nokia 

Princess Nokia is known for sharing messages that empower women and black people and even making men stand stand in the back at her shows so women can take the front. So it was no surprise when the up and coming star took on a racist and won. In New York on a busy train a drunk white man decided to run around an L train carriage screaming the n word. He yelled it towards a group of students repeatedly creating an uncomfortable ride for all on the train. Princess Nokia decided to stand up for the young men and toon on the drunk and belligerent man later identified as Paul Lawson. She gave him a warning to get off the train before throwing a paper bowl filled with soup at Lawson. When Lawson tried to get back on the train, Princess Nokia with assistance from other pushed him back on the platform. She’s the real MVP. Any other racist want next?

3. Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick went from being one of our favorite players on the field to one of the biggest voices standing up for justice. When Colin first took a knee on the field during the national anthem in 2016, it set off a chain of events that led to a grievance being filed against the NFL and widespread beliefs that he was being blackballed from ever playing football again. Colin’s work is just beginning as he continues to give to causes that advance social justice and influence other players to take a knee.

4. Takiyah Thompson

Two days after the nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA college student Takiyah Thompson took action against America’s long history of racism and oppression and the statues that honor it. In doing so, she climbed a ladder, looped a hole around the top of the confederate soldiers monument in Durham, NC and brought it down to the ground.

”I think what we did was the best way, and not just the best way, but the only way, because the state and the Klan and white supremacists have been collaborating,“ she said to Democracy Now. “So what we did, not only was it right, it was just. I did the right thing. Everyone who was there, the people did the right thing. And the people will continue to keep making the right choices until every Confederate statue is gone, until white supremacy is gone. That statute is where it belongs, right? It needs to be in the garbage, incinerated, like every statue—every Confederate statue and every vestige of white supremacy has to go.”

5. Tarna Burke

While working as a youth worker, Burke was approached by a young girl who confessed to her that her mother’s boyfriend had been abusing her. Burke couldn’t bring herslef to listen to the full story and redirected the young girl to another female counselor. That young girl and her story stuck with Burke who wishes she could have said to the young girl, “ Me Too”. Burke later launched the “Me Too” campaign to help survivors of sexual abuse, assault and sexual exploitation. Actress Alyssa Milano tweeted using the hashtag  #metoo that led millions of women to share their stories of assault and abuse. Milano later gave credit to Burke for the creation of #metoo.

6. Angela Rye

Angela Rye takes being unapologetically black and powerful to new levels on CNN. Rye manages to tackle some of the toughest issues with the best grace. She has consistently spoken out about issues affecting communities of color and to hold necessary individuals accountable. She wasn’t afraid to take on anyone in 2017 just like she wasn’t afraid to use Beyonce lyrics to dismiss someone in 2016.

7. Maxine Waters

Auntie Maxine taught us a very valuable lesson this year: Don’t let people waste your time, reclaim it. 

8. Tamika Mallory

Tamika Mallory is not afraid to ask the tough questions. As a matter of fact, to a crowd full of women at the women’s march, she wasn’t afraid to ask white women as co-chair of the march, “Where have you been?” It’s a question that a lot of us would like to ask our newfound white allies who have decided to take up the fight with us against racism and sexism. Tamika’s decision to continue to lend her voice to combat inequality and social justice has inspired the next generation to follow her path and fight for a more equitable world for women and a safer world for black people.

9.Chance the Rapper

You don’t want any problems when it comes to Chance the Rapper and his love for the city of Chicago. His passion has led him to raising and donating millions of dollars to Chicago Public Schools. Because of his commitment to help make Chicago Public Schools better for students, Chance spoke out against the Mayor and his proposal to build a $95 million police and firefighter training center.

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thinkingaboutmyotps:

flozmin + some popular tumblr textposts

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momentarily-insane:

mayahan:

Clever Illustrations by Danish illustrator HuskMitNavn 

I love this kind of art 🤗

jewishdragon:

teenagetimeships:

mygenderadventures:

writerdarkflamespyre:

sketchthetrees:

juhaniotsoberg:

So I found a site that does a subscription box for your period- it sends you basics like hygiene products, pain medication as well as snacks and pampering stuff to make you feel good, 

but the best thing is they have a specialty boxes, like vegan or kosher only snacks but also 

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they specifically offer boxes for menstruating guys and nb folks. 

which is pretty darn cool.

it’s called bonjourjolie and I think it’s 1000% awesome tbh 

i think this is the best thing omf

@mygenderadventures, don’t know if this is content you’d put on your blog, but I think this is fantastic.

I don’t tend to post non-art stuff but thanks for the shout-out anyway!!! I’m sure this will be of interest to a few people here :)

The “specialty boxes” that these are listed with also include a box for kids getting their first period

THEY HAVE KOSHER ONLY

I’M JUST. I’VE NEVER SEEN A SUBSCRIPTION BOX THAT INVOLVES FOOD OFFER THAT KIND OF OPTION

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superheroesincolor:

Fantasy’s Othering Fetish (2016)

“Fantasy and science fiction allow for limitless creation, innovation, and exploration. Yet what we actually get are Eurocentric worlds that demonize or erase people of colour. Why do authors and readers accept this? Where did it start? And going forward, how do we resist?

SFF author and critic Phenderson Djeli Clark takes a look at these issues in Fantasy’s Othering Fetish, the latest ebook from Media Diversified. Featuring a foreword by novelist Daniel José Older, this book discusses everything from medieval Arthurian romance to Tolkien and Game of Thrones, and provides a overview of contemporary work by global SFF authors of colour. With its sharp, insightful critique and Clark’s deep knowledge of and passion for the genre, Fantasy’s Othering Fetish is a much-needed antidote to the whitewashed worlds of mainstream SFF.”

Edited by Phenderson Djeli Clark, Foreword Daniel José Older  

Get it here


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ithelpstodream:

Amazing.

kamorth:

nerdygirlnoodles:

Okay, but seriously on the topic of straight people being so overly concerned about their children being exposed to homosexuality…

As some of you know, I am a makeup artist in a holistic beauty boutique in a very wealthy area of eastern New York. The week before Halloween I was offering simple costume makeup designs for both adults and children. So my last client of the evening was a 15 year old girl who came in to get her makeup done for the Halloween dance at her school. I was enjoying a conversation with both the girl and her mother when suddenly the topic of transgender came up. I got a little nervous because I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut when I hear people speaking negatively about these sorts of topics and as I mentioned, my store is in a very upscale, white, conservative area…

Anyway, the girl starts telling us that her friend prefers to be a boy now. She says it very simply and comfortably and it made me happy to see her talk about it as if it was really no big deal.

Her mother says

“How does she even know what transgender is though? She’s a little young to be making a decision like that. I really think the media is taking things too far with all this gay stuff. I’m not against it or anything, but didn’t you just tell me two boys in your class are dating too?”

The girl said that yes, two boys she knew were dating and another boy she knew was gay also. (And she also corrected the pronouns her mother used for her friend)

“I don’t mind that she knows that homosexuality is,” the mother said. “But I don’t think it should be taught at such a young age. Did you know it’s on Disney channel now?”

It took me a moment to respond, I just kept painting the girl’s face until I could figure out what I wanted to say.

“Well,” I said. “We tend to teach heterosexuality literally from the time a child is born. Most children’s books and movies are even centered around a romance of some kind like a Prince and a Princess for example. There’s rarely a children’s movie that comes out where the main male and female character don’t end up marrying each other in the end. If we don’t have a problem flooding our children’s minds with heterosexuality from the time they are able to sit up and watch a movie on their own, what is so wrong with showing them two boys or two girls being in love? We aren’t showing them sex. We aren’t showing them anything inappropriate. Since when is love inappropriate? If we show them love in all it’s forms (be it gay or straight) from an early age, they will see that it’s all perfectly normal and natural and maybe we can finally put homophobic the past…”

The woman considered this for a second and then said “I just feel like they see it and then they start to think that they might be too.”

“And maybe they are. But isn’t it better for them to know that it’s okay? They aren’t hurting anyone.”

Then the girl said. “No ones going around just thinking they are gay because they know what gay is, mom. I know what a chicken is, that doesn’t mean I’m going to wake up tomorrow and start clucking.”


I loved this kid. I hope she does well in all of her endeavors

I’m not going to wake up tomorrow and start clucking

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thechanelmuse:

“I come from a favela in Brazil. I am black. I have a poor family. Yet, despite all those odds, I became a ballerina. I had to get by on my own [upon arriving in New York at the age of 19 on a full scholarship to the Dance Theatre of Harlem]. That’s when I grew up and learned to appreciate what my parents taught me. I’m not here [at Dance Theatre of Harlem] because I’m poor. I’m here because of my dancing.” —Ingrid Silva

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babyanimalgifs:

This is adorable

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the-perks-of-being-lost:

sixpenceee:

In case you weren’t aware, deaf people swear just as much as the rest of us - they’re just able to do it a little more discreetly. YouTube channel Cut has helped us all join in on the fun by posting a video in which 7 deaf people show how to say all of your favorite curse words in American Sign Language, and it’s so much more fun than just flipping the bird. (Source)

I’m about have bitches so SHOOK.

bennyslegs:

when your friends are talking about stuff you don’t understand but you still want to be part of the conversation

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scotchtapeofficial:

scotchtapeofficial:

oh my god i just drove home from university for the holidays & i forgot our neighborhood sends a christmas tree out on the pond on a tiny fucking boat every december and just leaves it there til january

finally got a decent pic of it

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belovedblabber:

“she’s a hero only to herself“

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chronicwafflelust:

youngwildandfreewifi:

everyonesaysitsprobablyfine:

sixpenceee:

Czech photographer Dan Vojtech conducted a fascinating experiment to show how the focal length can change the shape of a person’s face. Using lenses that increased incrementally from 24mm to 200mm, Vojtech demonstrated, via a clever gif, that the camera truly can add ten pounds. That being said, it can also subtract those same ten pounds much in the same way. (Source)

Wtf

what is the truth

Somewhere between 35mm and 50mm is the truth (when compared to a lens on a full-frame camera), if “the truth” is the equivalent to what the human eye sees.

The focal length of the human eye is actually somewhere between 17mm and 24mm when calculated in the same way that a camera lens focal length is, but that doesn’t take into account peripheral vision or the widened field of view when compared to a camera. It also gets much more complicated than that (given differences such as a retina and cornea being curved compared to camera sensors and (most) lenses that are flat, among many other things), but yes, in basic terms, “the truth” is about 43mm.

However, longer focal lengths tend to be seen as more flattering, with anywhere between 50mm and 200mm being popular focal lengths for portrait photography.

ramblingsofagirlgeek:

startofamoment:

burningredhair:

i need a spin off prequel series to brooklyn nine-nine about captain holt’s days as a young cop, fighting racism, homophobia and catching bad guys

bonus if it also shows his budding romance with kevin the new yorker writer

Holt! In The Name Of The Law!

manxx
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