Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday Reading

On Being a Transgender Astronomer
by Jessica Mink
Each human being has a gender identity. Most of us don't think about it much because it usually matches our biological sex, but sometimes it doesn't, and then we fall into the broad category of trans* people. Even though we are grouped with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual people under LGBT. and its variants, our category is not tied to our sexual orientation, so many of our issues are different. It appears that gender identity is usually innate, even when it does not match our biological sex. That means that many trans* people might not appear any different than their knowledge of their biological sex (how a person's genes express in their physical appearance) would lead you to believe, while others may take hormones, have surgery, or simply change their wardrobe and appearance to match the gender which they feel themselves to be. Thus gender presentation or expression is a separate thing from gender identity, though it is often related. It should also be noted that while trans* people have many similar experiences, my view from the male-to-female side is not the same as that of my friends transitioning from female to male, nor is it identical to anyone going the same way I am.
Read More at Women in Astronomy


Finally, the girls are centre stage
by Kate Bonynge
Now about to come to the end of its third series, Some Girls, written by sitcom stalwart Bernadette Davis, is a hidden gem among the current plethora of male-dominated comedies. For those used to the familiar toxic entertainment formula, where female characters are pigeon-holed into the role of doting wife, 'slutty' mistress, ditzy 'airhead', romantic interest for the male leads or all of the above, this BBC3 show is a well-timed antidote.
Read More at The F Word


Feminism 101: Helpful Hints for Dudes, Part 10
by Melissa McEwan
Here is something that has happened to me countless times in the ten years I've been blogging: I share something about my lived experience reflecting some part of my individual experience of womanhood, and a dude who I don't know and with whom I've never interacted before but who assures me he is A Feminist Ally will pop up in comments, or on Twitter, or in my email in order to "discuss" it with me. 
Read More at Shakesville


What I Fear As A Black Woman: Broadening the Conversation About Violence
by Tessara Dudley
It’s true that many women go through their days with a constant fear of violence, but it looks different for Black women, especially Black queer women. Gendered violence is compounded by racial violence is compounded by anti-queer violence. The worst part? No one is talking about it.
Read More at Black Girl Dangerous


Remember Invisible Children?
by Sean Jacobs & Elliot Ross
Remember “Invisible Children” ? We don’t either. Yesterday they announced they’re winding up. Time to recall some highlights from the bullshit files. They were, frankly, full of it. To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, if you gave Invisible Children an enema, they’d be buried in a match-box.
Read More at Africa Is A Country


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