December 24, 2013
Cameron's internet filter goes far beyond porn - and that was always the plan

sekritjay:

Through secretive negotiations with ISPs, the coalition has divided the internet into ‘acceptable’ and ‘unacceptable’ categories and cut people off from huge swathes of it at the stroke of a key.

New Statesman - Martin Robbins - December 23rd

Through secretive negotiations with ISPs.

There is no porn filter, and blocking Childline is not an accident

The idea of an internet porn filter has always been a political fiction, a conveniently inaccurate sound bite used to conjure images of hardcore fisting and anal rape in the feverishly overactive imaginations of middle Britain. What activists actually called for - and ISPs were forced to provide - is an ‘objectionable content’ filter, and there is a vast, damp and aching chasm between the two.

The language of the mythical ‘porn filter’ is so insidious, so pervasive, that even those of us opposed to it have been sucked into its slippery embrace. And so even when it turns out that O2 are blocking the Childline and Refuge websites, or that BT are blocking gay and lesbian content, we tend to regard them as collateral damage – accidental victims of a well-meaning (if misguided) attempt to protect out children from the evils of cock.

But this was never the case. As Wired reported back in July, Cameron’s ambitions extended far beyond porn. Working through secretive negotiations with ISPs, the coalition has put in place a set of filters and restrictions as ambitious as anything this side of China, dividing the internet into ‘acceptable’ and ‘unacceptable’ categories, and cutting people off from huge swathes of it at the stroke of a key.

"As well as pornography, users may automatically be opted in to blocks on "violent material", "extremist related content", "anorexia and eating disorder websites" and "suicide related websites", "alcohol" and "smoking". But the list doesn’t stop there. It even extends to blocking "web forums" and "esoteric material", whatever that is. "Web blocking circumvention tools" is also included, of course."

And the restrictions go further still. Over the weekend, people were appalled to discover that BT filters supported homophobia, with a category blocking, “sites where the main purpose is to provide information on subjects such as respect for a partner, abortion, gay and lesbian lifestyle, contraceptive, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.”

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December 15, 2013
This reminds me of 27 Jul at Eden Underground.

This reminds me of 27 Jul at Eden Underground.

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December 14, 2013

splatterqueer:

Transfeminine identity is literally the most nihilistic identity you can possibly have. Vague butch non-binary presentation doesn’t even begin to compare to the sheer amount of hatred and fear transwomen face. Our very existence implies the death of the child, an end to reproduction, and an opposition to domestication. We have barren wombs, we are anti-production, we don’t need to abandon our identities to destroy.

All the usual unemployment, social ostracism, and plutocratic prevention of medical transition are ongoing and I’m on the brink of homelessness here.

(Source: cyberdesert, via punwitch)

December 13, 2013
rhydonmyhardon:

bongfucker:

to the people asking me why i want america wiped off the map

please we deserve it tbh


It would solve many of the world’s problems, but I’d settle for citizenship somewhere nicer by virtue of being less cisheteropatriarchically Christian fundamentalist white supremacist anticommunist neoliberal hypercapitalist.Never mind. Just do it.

rhydonmyhardon:

bongfucker:

to the people asking me why i want america wiped off the map

please we deserve it tbh

It would solve many of the world’s problems, but I’d settle for citizenship somewhere nicer by virtue of being less cisheteropatriarchically Christian fundamentalist white supremacist anticommunist neoliberal hypercapitalist.

Never mind. Just do it.

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December 13, 2013

anticupid16:

WHY IS NOBODY TALKING ABOUT THIS:

AUSTRALIA BANNED GAY MARRIAGE, MAKING 27 MARRIAGES DONE IN THE LAST WEEK SINCE THEY PASSED THE LAW THAT MADE IT LEGAL INVALID: SOURCE

AND INDIA UPHELD A LAW BANNING GAY SEX, A LAW THAT WAS INSTATED DURING BRITISH RULE AND IS OVER A HUNDRED YEARS OLD: SOURCE

WHY IS THIS NOT ALL OVER MY DASH?

Two national scope LGBT/GSRD rights reversals in a week is ominous news, and that atop LGBT/GSRD-targeted UK censorship.

(via greenskyoverme)

December 13, 2013
http://genderbitch.tumblr.com/post/69856185695/lets-be-clear-here-trans-women-are-raped-by-cis

genderbitch:

Let’s be clear here, trans women are raped by cis women (including by cis lesbians) more often than the other way around (by a disturbing margin because trans women are considered to have the lowest incidence of rapes perpetrated by gender stats) and none of us report it. Like ever.

We just…

This needs to make the rounds on Twitter, too.

(Source: punwitch)

December 13, 2013
Reblog if you would play a video game with a trans* protagonist

felixrocketship:

lisaquestions:

alexispointy:

pumpkin-spice-and-ass:

pumpkin-spice-and-ass:

I just want to see how many people would be in favor of me having a trans* main char for my independent game I’m designing for a competition.

Just so you know, I’m currently in the idea phase…

Trans feminine protagonists for the wins!

Of course I would. I’m trans myself. There is a trick where I don’t play video games much, though.

(via fursecutions)

December 13, 2013
A villanelle with very bad meter

There is no way that can be the real me.
And when I see myself in the mirror
I know that’s not how I’m supposed to be.

I hate everything of myself I see.
I hate everything of myself I hear.
There is no way that can be the real me.

I looked scarcely half the age I now see.
I was half this size going back just a year.
I know that’s not how I’m supposed to be.

It’s why I got an orchiectomy.
Becoming more manly is what I fear.
There is no way that can be the real me.

It’s why each day I shot up so much E.
It was supposed to make me more a girl.
I know that’s not how I’m supposed to be.

And now every time I look I see
A horrible man’s face in the mirror.
There is no way that can be the real me.
I know that’s not how I’m supposed to be.

December 12, 2013
Selfies might be less traumatic if I looked anything like my target gender, but my thyroid died and I look more masculine than pre-HRT.

Selfies might be less traumatic if I looked anything like my target gender, but my thyroid died and I look more masculine than pre-HRT.

December 10, 2013

Anonymous said: In gender therapy, I've been asked why I began really thinking I was trans so 'late' (I'm 22). I find this a really hard question to answer, for me it's along the lines of "because I didn't care about gender at all and my main identity was that I'm smart and I had other problems, like depression", but this answer feels not quite right. It's really hard to find the right words - how would you answer this?

subkontext:

zjemptv:

Here’s a big reason why plenty of us might not figure out we’re trans until we’re 20, or 30, or 60:

Of all the perspectives on transness that are offered in mainstream society - whether they’re “he or she?” episodes of Maury, gawking documentaries, or cheap “tr*nny” jokes everywhere we turn - not a single one ever suggests that this could actually be you.

People ask us why we didn’t know sooner. Well, maybe there was no way we could have known! The world doesn’t readily grant us access to the information we would need to know what it is we’re experiencing, to put it in the proper context, to understand what it is we are, or to pursue the things we need to help ourselves. The world makes us fight fucking tooth and nail just to find what the goddamn words are for what we are. It discourages us at every turn from even being this, and makes us go through hell to access what we need just to live our lives.

And then the world asks why, in the face of all this, we didn’t do something about it sooner. Why, in a world where everyone is assumed to be cis and transness is some weird thing that’s super rare and only happens somewhere else far away, it would take us decades to realize we’re not cis. Well, what the hell were they expecting? We live in a world that fucking punishes children and then teenagers and then adults, too, when we ever dare to voice that sentiment. And they expect a vulnerable, innocent child to somehow know all that, and to say it out loud, in a world like this?

When I was a kid I didn’t know it was even a possibility for me to be a girl. I didn’t know this was something that could happen. It was positioned so far outside of my reality, I didn’t even reach the point of wanting it but dismissing it as impossible or infeasible. It didn’t even occur to me to want this; it was something so unknown to me it would have been like wanting to be a unit circle or an Einstein-Rosen bridge. Being a girl, of course, is actually possible - but nobody told me that!

My entire life as a kid was so consumed with living up to others’ expectations and doing what everyone told me to do, I didn’t have time to think of who I was, or what I wanted, or even envision myself as a person in my own right with my own goals and image of who I am. I was just this little kid who apparently did really well on IQ tests and got promoted ahead by two whole grades and was expected to ace every class and some day I would go to college and that was the sum total of who I was and there was nothing, nothing else, not a single stand-out feature of who I was as a person beyond what I could do at school to impress a bunch of adults.

It took me until I was 19 and almost died, to realize I might actually just straight-up drop dead at any time, and that I needed to start figuring out what mattered to me and who I was and what I wanted my life to be like.

From that moment, it was maybe 6 months before I started putting on makeup for the first time.

Everyone develops as a person at their own pace, and there can be any number of factors that interact to influence how and when we come to understand who we fundamentally are. The challenges of being trans on top of that are enormous. A therapist - particularly a therapist working with trans people - should be the first to recognize this. They are professionals. It’s their job to know these things.

Same goes for being lesbian. I didn’t come out until 20 because I was discouraged by society to recognize my feelings for women as erotic; because my core identity was being a musician; because I thought I’d just lead a normal life and eventually fall in love to some guy (which I didn’t); because I didn’t know one single lesbian and because of common misconception about female homosexuality.

Transition is a physical process, not just a social one. Socioeconomic circumstances like poverty or homelessness, confinement whether penal or psychiatric, medical conditions precluding HRT or surgery, and more can all be insurmountable barriers to transition. Many know all along and are helpless to act on it, hence how rampant suicide and among trans women self-emasculation attempts are.

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