What does “radscum” mean? Sorry if this is ignorant of me, the internet hasn’t been able to answer my question
So I decided to put together this quick post, especially in light of bugbrennan’s tumblr being featured so heaving on my dashboard tonight*. Also, I tried googling ‘radscum’ and the results kind of suck, especially if you aren’t familiar with a lot of feminist terminologies or whatever.
Radscum is basically the nickname feminists have given those who refer to themselves as “radical feminists”. Radical feminism! That sounds great I hear you say, but oh no, they’re totally misappropriating the word radical, because they are firmly fucking stuck in the second wave. Ridiculous shit radscum believe in include, but are not limited to
“Womym born womym” i.e that the only “real” women, are cisgender ones, and radscum frequently erase, opress and misgender transwomen and are incredibly transmisogynistic. For an example of this, check out Janice Raymond’sThe Transsexual Empire if you feel like you want to have the urge to throw and break things.
“Political lesbianism”, i.e. the belief that sexual orientation is a choice and that lesbianism should be “chosen” over heterosexuality as a political statement. Now, there has been much nuanced discussion within the Queer community (especially since this interview with Cynthia Nixon came out, pardon the pun) that for SOME, some (and I am going to repeat the word “some” again) Queer people, the relationships they may have with other Queer people might be a choice. However, this is more a complex issue that questions whether or not using the “born this way” argument is due to the heterosexist society we live in as an attempt to assimilate into it and not just “be a lesbian! It’s better for our political agenda.” Radscum pretty much leave it as “be a lesbian because it’s better for feminism” which has as much thought process behind it as taking a shit.
Radscum regularly and bewilderingly often continue to ignore of dismiss the existence of intersectionality; i.e the fact that all form of oppression are linked- including misogyny, racism etc.- in a power structure that makes up the kyriarchy. Instead, radscum just say, “FUCK THA PATRIARCHY!!11!!” and then presumably go cry in their bathrooms about how much their lives and choices suck.
If you have a strong stomach and can resist the urge to vomit all over yourself and everything around you, check out Andrea Dworkin; the arch radscum/some sort of vile lizard chimera woman. For more information, check out this tumblr, because it’s informative and excellent.
*please block her and report for harassment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information why, check out this and have a read through.
Marissa Alexander is another victim of Florida’s infamous Stand Your Ground law, proving that Florida statute 776.013 is not for battered women or people who won’t shoot to kill. When attacked by her husband in her home, with an order of protection in place, Marissa Alexander shot into the ceiling, instead of into his body, to scare him away. She is now sitting in a jail cell, awaiting sentencing for assault with a deadly weapon.
Ms. Alexander is black and a mother of three. She had given birth nine days earlier to a premature infant, allegedly as a result of battering during her pregnancy. She is a licensed gun owner, with concealed carry permit. She was in her own home. Her husband had a documented history of domestic violence. She reasonably believed that her life was in danger and her husband was violating an order of protection.
On July 1 the interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford Loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent if Congress doesn’t act. Though this rate hike will have devastating consequences on more than 7 million students nationwide who currently hold a Stafford Loan, change will hit students of color especially hard.
The facts below show how students of color depend on financial aid to finance their college education and how they are uniquely impacted by student debt.
1. Students are having trouble paying back their college loans. Studies show that only 37 percent of students are able to repay their loans on time. Students of color are more likely to depend on financial aid to attend college and have higher trends of student debt.
2. For the first time, student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt in the United States. Student college loan debt is now higher than all credit card debtin the country put together. Nationwide, student debt is at $867 billion compared to credit card debt at $704 billion.
3. People of color, particularly African Americans, are graduating with more student debt. African American students in particular are graduating withmuch more debt than white students. A 2010 study by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center found that student loan debt levels of $30,500 or higher were more common among 27 percent of black bachelor’s degree recipients compared to 16 percent of their white counterparts.
4. Youth unemployment (ages 16 to 24) is higher for people of color, making student debt a significant financial burden. Youth unemployment is highest among youth of color, with rates for African American youth at 30 percent and Latino youth at 20 percent, compared to the white youth unemployment rate of 16 percent.
5. Students of color rely on other forms of financial aid, such as Pell Grants, which are also facing significant cuts. Students who will lose eligibility or be cut from the Pell Grant program—a means of access to higher education and social opportunity for low-income families—will likely turn to loans to make up the difference.At a majority of historically black colleges and universities in particular, two-thirds or more of all enrolled students receive Pell Grants, with more than 90 percent of students receiving these grants at eight such institutions of higher learning.
6. While educational attainment increases among Latinos, the achievement gap continues. From 2001 to 2011 the number of Latinos with a bachelor’s degree or higher education increased 80 percent from 2.1 million to 3.8 million. But there’s still an achievement gap: By 2012 only 14 percent of all U.S. Latinos over the age of 25 had bachelor’s degrees, compared to 34 percent of whites. A 2009 Pew Hispanic Center survey found the most common reason for the gap was pressure to support their families financially, forcing them to choose between college and their families. This means that low-interest-rate loans are that much more important to Latino youth in completing their college careers.
7. More students of color are taking out private loans, exposing them to more financial risk. There was an approximate 16 percent increase and 12 percentincrease among black and Hispanic students, respectively, that took out private loans, from the 2003–04 to 2007–08 school years. While federal loans have lower interest rates than private loans, doubling the rate will bring the two closer together, making students of color more vulnerable to defaulting on their loans.
8. Students of color are more likely to enroll in for-profit schools, which currently account for nearly half of student loan defaults. For-profit colleges and universities tend to have higher tuition, increased dropout rates, and insurmountable debt for students. This puts economic and academic barriers on students of color, making it more difficult for them to graduate.
9. Students of color with higher student debt are left with fewer options.Deferments and forbearances often provide short-term debt relief, but the interest on the loans may accrue and capitalize during the forbearance or deferment period, making the loans more expensive in the long term.
10. Student debt hinders students of color from homeownership. Past-due payments hinder borrowers due to lower credit scores and having their wages used for loan repayment.According to the Federal Reserve, fewer young people are getting mortgages—just 9 percent of 29-to-34-year-olds got a first-time mortgage from 2009 to 2011, compared to 17 percent in 2001.
Allowing Stafford Loan interest rates to double would make the cost of college skyrocket—the cost of college for those relying on Stafford Loans would increase by 20 percent. Given that students of color are more likely to rely on financial aid to finance their college education and graduate with higher student debt, increasing these interest rates would disproportionately impact them. We need to focus on making college more affordable, particularly at a time when students need a good education to be competitive in the international economy.
My nephew, Marudan, is two years old. He is adorable and sweet and a wonderful nephew. It also happens that he is autistic, and that he stims (does repetitive movements to stimulate his senses) by doing harmful things like throwing himself backwards and into objects, as well as headbanging. He also has severe food sensitivities and learning delays.
My mother wants to get him treatments and services that will ultimately make him “normal” and strip him of his autistic identity. Being autistic myself, I don’t see this as a positive move and would like to provide my brother, my nephew’s father, with autistic community-friendly resources, and practitioners that have a good track record. My goal is to provide my nephew with the help that he needs to manage stressors, sensitivities, and etc. in a way that helps preserve his autistic identity.
If anyone has any resources, therapists, or contacts that have some sort of reach in either Vienna, Austria (as they will be moving there sometime soon) or in Wisconsin, USA (where they live currently), I would greatly appreciate it if you could forward them to me.
If you don’t, I would appreciate it if you would signal boost this post. It really means a lot <3
I’ll be reblogging this once a day—I want the right care for my nephew.
“You won’t allow me to go to school.
I won’t become a doctor.
One day you will be sick.”—
— Poem written by an 11 year old Afghan girl
This poem was recorded in a NYT magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. An amazing article about the ways in which women are using a traditional two line poetry form to express their resistance to male oppression, their feelings about love (considered blasphemous), and their doubts about religion.
People are still reblogging a fairly short post I made about intersectionality and white privilege and completely ignoring the intersectionality.
yes, you are a queer, working class, disabled, fat, trans* person =/= being immune to white privilege if you are white.
yes, you are a queer, working class, disabled, fat, trans* person =/= YOU ARE NOT HURT BY ANYTHING, EVER - YOU ARE IN NO ONE OPPRESSED BY OTHER SYSTEMS
yes, you are a queer, working class, disabled, fat, trans* person =/= ignoring the race plays a major role in how you experience these things, in how society interacts with your needs, in how your being white affects the queerness, poorness, disabledness, fatness, trans*ness of another person
yes, you are a queer, working class, disabled, fat, trans* person =/= displacing violence toward people of color
yes, you are a queer, working class, disabled, fat, trans* person =/= you are allowed to support frameworks of white supremacy and racism
yes, you are a queer, working class, disabled, fat, trans* person =/= you are allowed to tell people of color that race doesn’t matter
(Nuns) were the first feminists, earning Ph.D.’s or working as surgeons long before it was fashionable for women to hold jobs. As managers of hospitals, schools and complex bureaucracies, they were the first female C.E.O.’s.
They are also among the bravest, toughest and most admirable people in the world. In my travels, I’ve seen heroic nuns defy warlords, pimps and bandits. Even as bishops have disgraced the church by covering up the rape of children, nuns have redeemed it with their humble work on behalf of the neediest.
So, Pope Benedict, all I can say is: You are crazy to mess with nuns.
The Vatican issued a stinging reprimand of American nuns this month and ordered a bishop to oversee a makeover of the organization that represents 80 percent of them. In effect, the Vatican accused the nuns of worrying too much about the poor and not enough about abortion and gay marriage.
What Bible did that come from? Jesus in the Gospels repeatedly talks about poverty and social justice, yet never explicitly mentions either abortion or homosexuality. If you look at who has more closely emulated Jesus’s life, Pope Benedict or your average nun, it’s the nun hands down.
Since the papal crackdown on nuns, they have received an outpouring of support. “Nuns were approached by Catholics at Sunday liturgies across the country with a simple question: ‘What can we do to help?’ ” The National Catholic Reporter recounted. It cited one parish where a declaration of support for nuns from the pulpit drew loud applause, and another that was filled with shouts like, “You go, girl!”
At least four petition drives are under way to support the nuns. One on Change.org has gathered 15,000 signatures. The headline for this column comes from an essay by Mary E. Hunt, a Catholic theologian who is developing a proposal for Catholics to redirect some contributions from local parishes to nuns.
“How dare they go after 57,000 dedicated women whose median age is well over 70 and who work tirelessly for a more just world?” Hunt wrote. “How dare the very men who preside over a church in utter disgrace due to sexual misconduct and cover-ups by bishops try to distract from their own problems by creating new ones for women religious?”
Sister Joan Chittister, a prominent Benedictine nun, said she had worried at first that nuns spend so much time with the poor that they would have no allies. She added that the flood of support had left her breathless.
“It’s stunningly wonderful,” she said. “You see generations of laypeople who know where the sisters are — in the streets, in the soup kitchens, anywhere where there’s pain. They’re with the dying, with the sick, and people know it.”
The trial for trans woman CeCe McDonald officially began today at 9am in Minneapolis. We will be doing our best to follow the case closely and post updates here on PrettyQueer. If you have additional items to report, email email@example.com or tweet us @prettyqueer.
Mansplaining isn’t just the act of explaining while male, of course; many men manage to explain things every day without in the least insulting their listeners.
Mansplaining is when a dude tells you, a woman, how to do something you already know how to do, or how you are wrong about something you are actually right about, or miscellaneous and inaccurate “facts” about something you know a hell of a lot more about than he does.
Bonus points if he is explaining how you are wrong about something being sexist!
Think about the men you know. Do any of them display that delightful mixture of privilege and ignorance that leads to condescending, inaccurate explanations, delivered with the rock-solid conviction of rightness and that slimy certainty that of course he is right, because he is the man in this conversation?
I need feminism because when I get grabbed and groped in a club, people expect me to either laugh it off or start getting with the guy. When I tell them to back the fuck off, people don’t seem to understand why I’m being ‘a bitch’.
You wanna say how much you care about women? Go after bugbrennan. Collect your shit. She is stalking and harassing women. Prove you give a shit about trans women as much as you do about your own armpit hair. Prove you’re not all worshiping at the shrines of the second wave. Give a shit. Actual women are being harmed. Take a break from reblogging unknowablewoman’s ‘but including trans people in abortion conversations makes me sad’ shit. Take a break from ripping on black women and telling them they’re anti women for hating that Girls program. Take a break from all the toxic shit in your movement and go after this slime for harassing and stalking women, for outing women, for misgendering women. Prove your in this for more than the tired riotgrrl posters and knitted uteruses. Prove you give a shit about trans women.
No, that’s not the start of a joke. I seriously can’t see much of a difference.
Both consist of generally privileged individuals attempting to control the behaviour of… Well, everyone else.
Both consistently define women by their reproductive capabilities.
Both groups claim that trans women transition either solely to have sex with them, or because they’re “crazy.”
Both believe trans men are just “confused” and “self-loathing.”
Neither has any concept of non-binary identities.
Both groups wrongly think that the statuses which give them privilege actually put them at a disadvantage.
Both insist on erasing intersectionality because it doesn’t reflect their experiences.
Both commonly erase or rationalize violence against groups more marginalized than them, and neither group shies away from threats (veiled or not-so-veiled) against marginalized persons who call them out on their shit or otherwise contradict them.
Really, the only difference between radscum and MRAs is which side of the binary they were born on.
Hi! I just started a tumblr, the Transgender Couchsurfing Network. After seeing dozens of posts come across my dash about displaced or homeless trans people needing places to crash, I decided that there had to be a way to organize these posts somehow, and to put those in need in contact with those willing to lend a hand. If you’re trans and need a place to stay, or if you have a couch or floor or spare bedroom available for someone in need, I urge you to reblog this post, follow the blog, and get the word out. Everything is still under heavy construction, but the more people that see and hear about this blog, the more people will be able to benefit from it! I know that there are so many people here on tumblr who are in need of a place to stay for a night or two, and I also know how many amazing, wonderful people would be willing to host someone and help out a trans person in need. We all know what a huge problem unemployment and homelessness are for trans people (especially TPOC and trans women) — even a place to stay for a night can make the biggest difference! So PLEASE, even if you can’t offer up your couch, REBLOG AND SIGNAL BOOST. I really, really think that this is something that could help a lot of people, and I would LOVE to see this spammed all over my dash and the dashes of all of my lovely followers!!
What features, what kind of response, what kind of mediation and abuse prevention mechanisms?
A person who you’ve blocked should NOT be able to reblog you or like your posts AT ALL.
Can’t prevent a cut and paste, but that should be implemented at the VERY BARE MINIMUM.
a person you’ve blocked should not be able to SEE your posts AT ALL. or that should at least be provided as an option. i mean, really.
I was so pissed when I realized that blocking someone didn’t stop them from reblogging and accessing your page. That seemed to defeat the entire purpose of blocking them in the first place.
I”m saying, when I block someone, I don’t want them on my blog, on my posts, on my dash, in my notes, NO.
No interaction. None. That’s what “blocked” means.
??? so the hell does it do then?! ‘cause I’ve blocked a few people and I mean… it sounds like it doesn’t do anything?
you do not get notes from them on your dash…that’s all blocking does.
I’ve noticed also that blocking them keeps them from sending you un-anon messages, and keeps you from sending them messages as well, but that’s it. They can still send anons if you have it turned on, it won’t block their IP or account or whatever.
I SERIOUSLY wish the block feature worked like Facebook’s - where if you block someone, they can’t even tell if you still have a blog. They wouldn’t be able to see my posts, my url, my notes, anything.
Especially when my best friend’s ex still stalks both hir and my blogs to keep tabs on us. And then harasses hir with all sorts of anon messages, passive-aggressive mentions, and texts and calls hir repeatedly to cuss hir out and to tell hir how “horrible” of a person hir is.
If you didn’t catch “Meet the Press” yesterday, you missed a lively conversation about, among other things, women’s votes in 2012 and the policy controversies that have put women’s issues at the forefront of the political landscape.
As you’ll see in this clip, around the 5:20 mark, Rachel noted the pay disparity between men and women in this country, which prompted some unexpected pushback (and incessant interruptions) from Republican strategist Alex Castellanos.
The angle to this to keep in mind is that the Republicans on the panel, Castellanos and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), simply reject the available facts on the wage gap. Despiteampleevidence that shows women make less than men for the same work, Castellanos chooses to believe his own version of reality in which that’s not the case.
There are about 1,700 inmates at Auburn Correctional Facility, of whom 1,698 or so are indisputably men.
Then there are Jessica Marie Brooks and Leslieann Marie Manning.
They are part of the small population of transgender inmates in New York prisons. Both say they’re receiving hormone therapy, and the physical changes are subtle but apparent.
Brooks and Manning say there is at least one other transgender person at Auburn, and more in other state prisons. That leads to two pertinent questions for New York state taxpayers: is gender dysphoria, or gender identity disorder, an actual affliction? And if so, is the state obligated to pay for treatment?
On the first question, experts agree that transgender people do indeed have a legitimate medical condition.
Gender dysphoria is recognized by the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association and is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, an authoritative resource published by the American Psychiatric Association.
“Gender dysphoria is a medical condition, not a lifestyle choice. … It’s not something anybody would choose,” said Randi Ettner, chairwoman of World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s committee on incarcerated persons. “I think the layperson doesn’t understand this is a lifelong medical condition, most likely something the individual is born with, and that there is no cure for it.”
For Ettner and other transgender advocates, the legal implication for inmates is clear: the state has an obligation to pay to treat all medical diagnoses, including hormone therapy, electrolysis and sexual reassignment surgery for people who require them.
“The principle has to be that to the extent that we pay for health care for people in incarceration, then everyone who’s incarcerated should be treated the same way and all medically necessary care should be provided,” said Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York City. “We shouldn’t be targeting one small subset of incarcerated individuals and saying, ‘We don’t want to provide you care because we don’t like who you are.’”
State Sen. Michael Nozzolio, chairman of the Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections committee, disagreed, calling hormone therapy and other accommodations for transgender inmates “optional medical care.”
“I’ve long believed this is an inappropriate expenditure of taxpayers’ dollars,” he said. Hormone therapy costs about $100 a month and gender reassignment surgery is much more expensive.
Nozzolio annually sponsors a bill that would require inmates to make a co-pay for all medical care. It has never passed the Democrat-controlled state Assembly.
States have taken different approaches to treating transgender inmates. Most allow for some medical care with a proper diagnosis; the only complete ban, in Wisconsin, was struck down in federal court last August.
The New York Department of Corrections and Community Services formally recognizes gender identity disorder as a legitimate affliction and has a policy of maintaining hormone therapy for inmates who were diagnosed prior to their entry into custody.
Inmates who were diagnosed after their entry into custody can also begin hormone therapy with a diagnosis from a specialist and the approval of the department’s chief medical officer.
Both Brooks and Manning accused the prison administration of throwing up barriers to treatment, and both had to sue for the hormones they now receive.
Manning first requested hormones in 2002, then sued the state in 2005 and eventually received treatment starting in 2009. In the meantime, she stopped taking her anti-HIV medication and attempted to remove her testicles with a rubber band, according to court papers.
In 2004, Brooks challenged the state’s former policy that barred hormone therapy for new diagnoses and briefly gained national notoriety after a U.S. District Court judge sided with her. That decision was later overturned, and it was not until last June — more than a decade after her first request — that she started on treatment.
“You’ve got to fight for everything in here,” she said.
Both Brooks and Manning say they are currently receiving estrogen boosters and androgen blockers after having been diagnosed as gender dysphoric by an outside specialist.
Manning had to wait seven years, Brooks 11, and both said they are not receiving the dosage their doctors recommended, but the medications are having an effect.
Beyond access to medical care, the two transgender inmates both complained of verbal harassment and abuse from correctional officers at Auburn and elsewhere in the prison system. They gave specific examples of homophobic slurs and destruction of property like feminine undergarments.
“Some of (the officers) are more tolerant or accepting, and some of them might not like me, but they’re professional in their job,” Brooks said. “And some of them …are biased, prejudiced, everything’s just piling down on you and they don’t care. They just hate, and they’re comfortable with it.”
Their claims are corroborated by a 2007 report from the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, an advocacy and legal center for transgendered people that represented both Brooks and Manning in their lawsuits. It lists numerous complaints by transgendered inmates including multiple daily strip searches and having persistent reports of rape go ignored.
Brooks and Manning have filed only one formal complaint, according to DOCCS records. That came in 2002 when Manning accused an officer of calling her a homosexual.
Manning also has a grievance pending now after DOCCS’ chief medical officer in Albany denied her endocrinologist’s prescription for a bra, saying her breasts weren’t full enough to warrant one.
“They try to do everything they can to deny that you’re trying to be female,” Manning said. “There’s a couple of officers up there that will call you a fag, call you homosexual, say other nasty things. It’s just continual harassment.”
DOCCS does not have targeted transgender sensitivity training for its officers, but spokesman Peter Cutler said there are behavioral standards for all staff.
“We expect all of our staff, security and civilian, to perform their duties in a professional manner, which includes the fair and appropriate treatment of inmates,” he wrote in an email. “We have a variety of training programs for staff where sensitivity to inmates’ needs is emphasized.”
Morgan Hook, a spokesman for the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, assailed the Sylvia Rivera report as “unsubstantiated” because the inmates quoted in it did not give their names.
As for the specific claims from Brooks and Manning, he said NYSCOPBA and DOCCS take them seriously.
“Inmates are absolutely entitled to their rights - and NYSCOPBA members swear an oath to protect those rights,” Hook wrote in an email “Further, inmates should never be subjected to violence or harassment. … (But) this depiction of Auburn is uninformed at best, and dangerously misleading at worst.”