When I first heard about Choice USA’s “Bro Choice” campaign it was through the wonderful news cycle of tumblr.
I saw a certain post that mentioned a campaign about including the voice of Bro’s in the choice movement and I admit to having an immediate negative reaction. I then…
“Apropos of other infuriating conversations going on in the series of tubes recently, I just want to state, plainly, that I have no problem being identified as a cis woman, cis lady, cis feminist, white woman, white lady, white feminist, or any other related iterations thereof.
I am both of these things.
I am a cis woman. I am a white feminist.
These are both parts of my complex identity which are privileged by the larger culture and the feminist movement.
Being reminded of my privilege does not feel hostile. It feels like a request to please be vigilant, to please remember not to misrepresent my experience as universal.
I’ve got no reason to be angry about that, and neither does anyone else.”
This is how the woman, then young, remembered the August day in 1963 on which she gave birth to her illegitimate daughter: She was in an Edmonton hospital; the doctor ordered she receive an injection. She blacked out, and when she started to come to, a male voice said: “knock her out.”
She claimed she woke up sometime later and was told she had given birth to a girl, but the baby had died.
Her baby girl did not die, though. She was adopted by a married couple.
I never wanted to give up any child of mine for adoption,” the Edmonton mother swore in an affidavit before her recent death. “I went through my entire life believing that the baby I carried in 1963 had died…. I believe that I was lied to and my baby was stolen from me.”
Since the National Post launched an investigation earlier this month into coerced adoptions between the 1940s and 1980s, dozens of mothers have said they were forced by social workers, medical staff and churches into surrendering their child because they were young and unmarried.
But some of these women say they never surrendered their child at all: They say they were told their child was stillborn or died shortly after birth, when in reality they allege their baby was adopted or essentially handed to a married couple.
“In those days, it was just said the child was dead because that way the mother wouldn’t look for it,” said Lise Pageau, a regional director at Mouvement Retrouvailles supporting adoptees and natural parents, adding that she has personally spoken with at least a half-dozen mothers who allege this happened to them. “[Nurses and doctors] would show the mother a very, very, very sick baby and say the child would not pull through the night. Sometimes the child was already promised to a couple.”
This article was written in 2011, but it is one of the most horrific things I’ve ever read.
The documentary Crossing Over looks at the lives of 3 transgender Mexican women as they seek political asylum in the United States to escape transphobia in their homeland.
Francis Murillo, Brenda Gonzalez and Abigail Madariaga fled Mexico and are now living in Los Angeles to escape the stigma, discrimination and persecution associated with being transgender in the highly Catholic nation.
This looks amazing. These women are brave Latinas exposing a different side of immigration, one that is usually ignored by many. Crossing Over is not set to be released until January 2013, but you can read more about the film here.
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leave trans issues to trans people
leave poc issues to poc
don’t try and be a teacher on these issues
ask questions if you need to (don’t get pissed if you don’t get an answer)
self realizations are cool
but don’t act like you’ve overcome your privilege
an easy cis white person’s guide to blogging in the feminist community.
pretty sick of white feminists acting like the big mean black girls are ganging up on them when they’re “only trying to help” and “fighting for the same cause.”
it doesn’t help when you deny your privilege
it doesn’t help when you ignore poc
when you post a picture of a…
Jessica Valenti in her cracker glory—a white woman decide she wants to criticise a Black woman because we don’t get thrown under the bus enough. She wants to use a Black woman (Mrs Michelle Obama) as a means for her success.
Of course the fucker criticises a Black woman…
Read read read!
In reference to the girl who submitted before about people trying to get her to get in her car, I feel your pain. I honestly do, and I really hope you’re ok.
Kidnappings happen far more often than people think. I have been nearly kidnapped several…