Sexistentialism

Philosophy and Radical Politics

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joyceanfartboner:

i still read ACAB as “assigned cop at birth”

Guys remember that time Rel read ACAB as “assigned communist at birth” because it was in my tags and she just assumed COMMUNISM

That was and is hilarious.

-Z

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bonesismyteddybear asked: Cisfemale, bi. I think you're completely right!!! As terms, bisexual and lesbian didn't exactly exist as we see them today. :)

punwitch:

cuntfear:

punwitch:

Basically.

And while I can understand wanting to draw parallels to historical figures (I do it all the time as a trans woman, desperately seeking my history that has been wiped from the books) the worthless shitfights over Sappho (who gets to use Sapphic for instance) are so damaging and energy devouring among both lesbians and bisexual women that I really think we both need to fuck off a little bit, take a breather and accept that she can and does symbolize all of us.

Like I have watched no less that seven major fucking throwdowns on whether Bisexual Women can use Sappho and her imagery (“she’s lesbian, fuck off bi women rawr!!!!!!”) and whether Lesbian Women can use Sappho and her imagery (“she’s bisexual, fuck off lesbian women rawr!!!!!”) and it’s like

how the fuck???? is this our priority right now???????

I think it comes from from a fierce protectiveness we have over any historical representation of us, because we get so little of it, and garden-variety internalized misogyny that makes us see other women as competition instead of allies

Misogyny prompts us to attack each other which is where the bullshit of uncritical “monosexual privilege” and uncritical “bihet”, “man lover” and “bi privilege” came from.

Ultimately I doubt Sappho would want to be fought over be women. I feel like very few women would want to be a trophy for groups of woman to hurt each other over using as a symbol.

Just so everyone knows I am going to be writing a post on the wordpress about queer women’s solidarity and these are excellent points I want to include. If anyone else wants to contribute perspectives on queer women’s solidarity, feel free to send a message or use the submit function.

-Z

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transascendant:

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scifi-fantasist:

blacksupervillain:

anarcho-queer:

U.S. Democrats plan to give Israel an addition $225 million for military spending. The same bill also cuts $1 billion of emergency funds meant to deal with the 50,000 undocumented child migrants held in crowded and unsanitary border facilities.
Israel already received $504 million for the joint U.S.-Israel Missle Defense Program for the Fiscal Year of 2014. That is not including the $3.1 Billion the Obama Administration spent on Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel for the Fiscal Year 2014.

Fuck this

no money for water in detroit
no money for public schools
no money for student loan debt relief
no money for healthcare 
no money for crumbling infrastructure
no money for economic investment in inner cities and indian country

People need to get angry now

link, source
republicans may block it because the president is for it. strange bedfellows.

transascendant:

postracialcomments:

scifi-fantasist:

blacksupervillain:

anarcho-queer:

U.S. Democrats plan to give Israel an addition $225 million for military spending. The same bill also cuts $1 billion of emergency funds meant to deal with the 50,000 undocumented child migrants held in crowded and unsanitary border facilities.

Israel already received $504 million for the joint U.S.-Israel Missle Defense Program for the Fiscal Year of 2014. That is not including the $3.1 Billion the Obama Administration spent on Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel for the Fiscal Year 2014.

Fuck this

no money for water in detroit

no money for public schools

no money for student loan debt relief

no money for healthcare 

no money for crumbling infrastructure

no money for economic investment in inner cities and indian country

People need to get angry now

link, source

republicans may block it because the president is for it. strange bedfellows.

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squidsqueen:

I love how fashion magazines are full of tips for styling messy buns and slouchy sweaters and torn jeans

but as soon as a disabled woman leaves the house like that she’s “given up” and “can’t take care of herself.” 

Fuck this hit me hard.

-Z

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transwomanism:

Gender, Sex, Biology & Trans Women

Many of us understand sex and gender as categorically separate when envisioning trans women. How do we enforce transmisogyny through biological essentialist views of what we define as “sex” when imagining trans women? This storify examines how we enforce physical & ontological gender violence through non-consensual cisnormative separations of sex and gender. Sex is very much a gendered concept with its own colonial and violent baggage.

Note: This is a partial storify. Read the full version here

https://storify.com/TGirlInterruptd/gender-sex-biology-and-transwomen 

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theronshan:

HELP US

Just a few hours ago we were given some devastating news. Our Landlord wants us to leave our home on September 5th, despite his knowledge of our financial situation he wishes to go ahead with demolishing and rebuilding an extension to the kitchen.

We’re going to be frantically looking for places in the area around us but the current government has brought a lot of Anti-DSS [anti benefits] sentiment with them, thus a lot of rented places are not only expensive, but state that they won’t allow people on benefits to live there.

We don’t look good on paper, unemployed Mother and Daughter? Own a cat? Need a garden for therapy reasons? On benefits?

We need money to cover the costs of a deposit, moving van, first month’s rent a new place, first month’s utilities.

I will doubtlessly elaborate on this later with more details, but for now I remain in shock.

Please signal boost, please donate, please do whatever you can to help us because all I have in my bank account is £1100 and that is not enough to move two people, animals, and their stuff.

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sasuraiger asked: Can you explain what a "nounself pronoun" is? Everything that google/tumblr is turning up for me is either about the (un)acceptability of them, or tumblrs/blogs asking people for opinions on them, but nothing explaining what they actually are. Thanks for answering, and I really like this blog.

sexistentialisms:

You can find a good list of links and resources here, at askanonbinary.

Basically it’s a very subversive way of identifying one’s gender. Pronouns do not equate to gender, of course, but I find it fascinating to associate non-gendered nouns or ideas with pronouns, which usually reserve some reference to gender signifiers. As I argued in my essay on the semiotics of nonbinary gender, as gender is an epistemologically arbitrary system of signification (i.e. it has no “objective” grounding that we can have knowledge about), it is only as a result of performative norms, culture, and patriarchy that certain signifiers get associated with certain genders. Once we accept this premise, if we are to take a subversive stance towards such norms then legitimately ANY signifier could be considered gendered. For example, there are certain cultural contexts in which you could consider punk a gender; in others, culture and race intersect, such that Jewish gender becomes “queer” in relation to hegemonic white, western gender norms. In other contexts, indigenous forms of gender arrangements are colonized by Western binary systems. So you see how gender signifiers are arbitrary and culturally contingent as well as embedded within power relations.

This is equally true of noun-pronoun discourse, which has its own problems with race, class, ability, etc. However, noun pronouns are an interesting phenomenon insofar as they claim traditionally non-gendered signifiers in a linguistic space that is usually reserved for gendered signifiers (masculine and feminine pronouns, traditionally). There are a lot of class issues and ability issues within this discourse, and that is worth critiquing. What I like to hold onto is the potential they offer for imaginative possibilities (I really overuse this phrase but it’s incredibly important) beyond our horizon of knowledge about gender and gender identity. They offer a space of disruption about where the limits of gender can go and what can and cannot be a gender. In a perfect world, this would be a very cool and interesting approach to undoing hegemonic gender. And yet those pesky class and ability issues remain.

Most people I know who use noun-pronouns are only able to do so in a very limited space (for obvious reasons). That’s of course very difficult. Usually (in my experience), if someone approaches you and asks you or tells you to use such pronouns, you’re either someone they trust and want to share this part of their lives with you, or you’re in a space (such as their tumblr) that they need to maintain as a safe and open space for them. In any case, refusal to use such pronouns would be extremely meanspirited, not to mention violent and cissexist. In general, use the pronouns people tell you they use; if you don’t you’re perpetuating the cissexist idea that there are only x many genders with x many ways to signify them, when in reality gender is bullshit and we’re all kind of making it up as we go along. I can talk about politics and theory about what such pronouns do, or critiquing the culture in which noun-pronoun discourse tends to circulate, but at the end of the day when it comes to respecting other people that’s what comes first.

As a side note, I can totally see why someone would want a noun as their pronouns. I have this like really visceral identification with jellyfish, and if I wasn’t so into being a lady I would totally pick jellyfish as my second-choice for gender. Have you seen them??

Whenever someone asks me to use such pronouns, I’m always super flattered, because I now have this unique way to relate to them and their identification with whatever noun is their pronoun-base. It’s like I get to share in the uniqueness and singularity of their existence every time I talk about them.

Anyway, those are my thoughts.

-Z

Hey someone reblogged this and I had almost forgotten about it. I was hoping for a bit more discussion on this topic, so if any trans folks (cis people really ought to stay out of this conversation) have any thoughts I’d love to hear them.

-Z

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whimsyandmayhem:

johnskylar:

devilthrones:

A Facebook friend of mine had the perfect thing to say about this creep:
This is why, despite being a nonbeliever and a scientifically minded person, I hesitate to identify as a member of the skeptic/atheist community- it is dominated by pompous white men who find doing things like categorizing rape into different “levels” of badness, and playing logical fallacy “gotcha” games with anyone hurt by this, to be a diverting intellectual exercise. In truth, they may act like this is nothing more than a fun little project, but this is to hide how much emotional validation and sexual enjoyment they derive from this game. Their intent is to do harm, and to assert power by the further gaslighting and violation of boundaries of those who protest. The more you ask them to stop, the more excited they get, and the more they will try to pull you into a “debate” and harm you further. This is not done in the spirit of true inquiry and debate; it is abuse disguised in the sterile wrapping of “discourse.” 

Dawkins is such a moron.  Largely because he seems to think women think of rape exclusively as a crime rather than as a traumatic experience.  
Nobody cares how many years in jail you can get for a rape, Dickie, if they’re trying to put the pieces of their psyche back together and are fairly certain it’s not worth it to bother even telling the police.  Your utilitarian calculations of badness don’t matter to someone who feels totally destroyed, and apparently evolution forgot to include the notion of human empathy and compassion in your general asshole program.
Also, just let’s clarify why this is stupid legally as well as stupid empathically: the justice system in most countries knows that a-crime-with-violence-added should be a charge of the base crime, plus the crime of using violence to commit a crime.  That’s why you can have more than one charge.  Here’s how it works:
1) Rape is a crime.
2) Threatening someone with a knife is a crime.
If you committed the crime in (2), you may deserve harsher punishment for (1), the way we do sentencing, but maybe not (up to the judge really); you get punished for two separate crimes, even if committed together, as separate charges.
In other words, even our justice system tries to keep these things separate so that you don’t dilute the badness of them.
You shouldn’t have to “compare” date rape and rape at knifepoint.  Crime at knifepoint is wrong.  Rape is wrong.  Both are crimes, both can be committed independently of one another.  Comparing them creates the even more awkward situation where you start comparing “knifepoint attack plus rape” to “knifepoint attack alone,” and then we really go down a shitty rabbit hole to a hell dominated by White Men who think rape victims give half a shit about everything I just mentioned.

"This is not done in the spirit of true inquiry and debate; it is abuse disguised in the sterile wrapping of ‘discourse.’"Oh man that hit me so hard. Basically that’s ever “let’s use formal logic/i love philosophy” asshole who’s tried to talk to me about feminism

There are a lot of ableist slurs in the commentary here (moron, stupid) and the fact that that is going unchallenged is a problem. It’s good commentary but like, come on people. -Z

whimsyandmayhem:

johnskylar:

devilthrones:

A Facebook friend of mine had the perfect thing to say about this creep:

This is why, despite being a nonbeliever and a scientifically minded person, I hesitate to identify as a member of the skeptic/atheist community- it is dominated by pompous white men who find doing things like categorizing rape into different “levels” of badness, and playing logical fallacy “gotcha” games with anyone hurt by this, to be a diverting intellectual exercise. In truth, they may act like this is nothing more than a fun little project, but this is to hide how much emotional validation and sexual enjoyment they derive from this game. Their intent is to do harm, and to assert power by the further gaslighting and violation of boundaries of those who protest. The more you ask them to stop, the more excited they get, and the more they will try to pull you into a “debate” and harm you further. This is not done in the spirit of true inquiry and debate; it is abuse disguised in the sterile wrapping of “discourse.” 

Dawkins is such a moron.  Largely because he seems to think women think of rape exclusively as a crime rather than as a traumatic experience.  

Nobody cares how many years in jail you can get for a rape, Dickie, if they’re trying to put the pieces of their psyche back together and are fairly certain it’s not worth it to bother even telling the police.  Your utilitarian calculations of badness don’t matter to someone who feels totally destroyed, and apparently evolution forgot to include the notion of human empathy and compassion in your general asshole program.

Also, just let’s clarify why this is stupid legally as well as stupid empathically: the justice system in most countries knows that a-crime-with-violence-added should be a charge of the base crime, plus the crime of using violence to commit a crime.  That’s why you can have more than one charge.  Here’s how it works:

1) Rape is a crime.

2) Threatening someone with a knife is a crime.

If you committed the crime in (2), you may deserve harsher punishment for (1), the way we do sentencing, but maybe not (up to the judge really); you get punished for two separate crimes, even if committed together, as separate charges.

In other words, even our justice system tries to keep these things separate so that you don’t dilute the badness of them.

You shouldn’t have to “compare” date rape and rape at knifepoint.  Crime at knifepoint is wrong.  Rape is wrong.  Both are crimes, both can be committed independently of one another.  Comparing them creates the even more awkward situation where you start comparing “knifepoint attack plus rape” to “knifepoint attack alone,” and then we really go down a shitty rabbit hole to a hell dominated by White Men who think rape victims give half a shit about everything I just mentioned.

"This is not done in the spirit of true inquiry and debate; it is abuse disguised in the sterile wrapping of ‘discourse.’"

Oh man that hit me so hard. Basically that’s ever “let’s use formal logic/i love philosophy” asshole who’s tried to talk to me about feminism

There are a lot of ableist slurs in the commentary here (moron, stupid) and the fact that that is going unchallenged is a problem. It’s good commentary but like, come on people.

-Z

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