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In her research on shelters for women, Mirha-Soleil Ross discovered that the refusal of services to a [trans] woman was justified on the grounds of the “safety” and comfort level of the other women residents. Ross argues that this concern over “safety” does not extend to [trans] women: “If I have fear and concerns for anyone’s safety in a shelter, it is for an isolated [trans] woman, not for a [cis woman] who doesn’t have to prove to anyone that she is a woman.”

As Ross so eloquently explains, this rationale absolves shelters of their responsibility in educating themselves and their residents about the diversity of women’s lives:

Even the argument that [trans] women should be excluded for their own safety is not acceptable on a long term basis. Just like any other form of prejudice and discrimination, if some [cis] women are threatening the safety of a [trans] woman because she is [trans], it should be dealt with immediately and efficiently. The [cis] women should be confronted about their own ignorance and violence. I don’t see why [trans] women should be restricted from access to such vital services because of somebody else’s transphobia and hatred.

Like the policies in homeless youth shelters, the [trans woman] in question is singled out as the “cause” of this “problem,” or the reason [cis] women in the shelter will not feel safe. This focuses attention on the [trans woman] and neglects the real issue at hand: the provision of services to those in need.

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- Viviane Namaste, Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People (via transfeminism)

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Language Tips for Cis Feminists Speaking on Trans Issues

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Review - Gender Failure by Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote

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It’s not often that a book will give me goosebumps in the middle of a hot summer day, but Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote’s Gender Failure managed to do just that. Repeatedly.

Gender Failure is a collection of essays adapted from the authors’ stage show of the same name. The book also…

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Game of Thrones cities across the narrow sea

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Cis Researchers Get Rich While Their Trans Subjects Starve

odofemi:

Some group of researchers just sent me mail on here to invite me to participate in their study about trans peoples’ Marginalization, Mental Health, and Empowerment — offering a “1 in 25 chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.”

I sent them quite the response.

Let me put this out there: I have been…

arsvitaest:

Franz von Stuck (1863–1928), Mary, the Artist’s Daughter, in Velázquez DressGouache, pastel, pencil, and pen and ink on board

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Franz von Stuck (18631928), Mary, the Artist’s Daughter, in Velázquez Dress
Gouache, pastel, pencil, and pen and ink on board

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Tempera - William Russell Flint

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Tempera - William Russell Flint

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The Queen of Spades by John Byam Liston Shaw (1898)

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The Queen of Spades by John Byam Liston Shaw (1898)

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Calling in the Gleaners (1859) by Jules Breton (1827-1906, French)

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Calling in the Gleaners (1859) by Jules Breton (1827-1906, French)

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William Shakespeare Burton: The Cavalier and the Puritan.

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William Shakespeare Burton: The Cavalier and the Puritan.

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