What Janet Mock Can Teach Us About Womanhood and ‘Realness’

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Redefining Realness may be about one trans woman of color, but it’s a story everyone should read, because the issues she confronts—including identity, poverty, sexual abuse, and self love—are things that are, in one way or another, within our power to change. And for that reason people should be, and seem genuinely interested in, having public conversations about the needs of trans people. 

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"The racial implications in the good-bad girl dichotomy still endure. In many ways, attitudes toward Black women have not changed much since the Antebellum South. Blackness is still equated with sexual deviancy and whiteness is still equated with purity."

‘The People’s Pope?’ If By People, You Don’t Mean Women 


Members of the media are beside themselves, as are many progressives—particularly progressive men—who gush that a new day has dawned in the church. Raise the subject of the pope’s affirmation of the church’s exclusion of women from any form of meaningful leadership, or of the cruelty of the church’s opposition to any form of reproductive freedom—doctrine that often finds its way into the laws of nations—and you’re all but told to shut up and wait.

‘The People’s Pope?’ If By People, You Don’t Mean Women

Members of the media are beside themselves, as are many progressives—particularly progressive men—who gush that a new day has dawned in the church. Raise the subject of the pope’s affirmation of the church’s exclusion of women from any form of meaningful leadership, or of the cruelty of the church’s opposition to any form of reproductive freedom—doctrine that often finds its way into the laws of nations—and you’re all but told to shut up and wait.

That’s why switching genders in street harassment arguments, for example, often doesn’t work. If you ask men if they’d enjoy getting catcalled, more than a few would answer “yes.” For men, being on the receiving end of commentary about their looks while in public isn’t a threatening situation, while it very often is for women and other genders. The same could apply for switching the genders of Lulu: men judging women intimately would be an extension of the way women are already incredibly scrutinized, publicly and privately, for every possible superficial reason that reduces her to her body (dress, sexual conduct, looks, etc). Deanna Zandt for Forbes

After reading that last article just a couple days ago, I realized something. I am done making excuses for the pro-life movement. I am done trying to explain that the movement is not anti-woman. I am done trying to insist that the movement really is simply trying to “save unborn babies.” I’m done because it’s not true. The pro-life movement supports the exact policies that will keep abortion rates high. It is those who believe in choice who support policies that will bring the abortion rates down.

I was a dupe. I’m ready to admit it now.

How I Lost Faith in the “Pro-Life” Movement

Don’t Just ‘Reframe’ Purity Culture—Rethink the Whole Concept

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These are my recollections of growing up in white Christian purity culture. But, despite numerous popular critiques of this culture in recent years, increasingly from Christians themselves, I rarely find my experience as a queer Black woman reflected.

I find, instead, frustratingly predictable laser focus on women who are white, cisgender, straight, middle-class, able-bodied—and an unwillingness to truly question assumptions shaped by these experiences, and often even assumptions of the very purity culture critics are trying to change.

Former Texas Rep. Wayne Christian, who tried to get LGBT/women’s centers banned from public schools, is touting his strong record against abortion …. while running for railroad commissioner.

Former Texas Rep. Wayne Christian, who tried to get LGBT/women’s centers banned from public schools, is touting his strong record against abortion …. while running for railroad commissioner.

Women have been having abortions since time immemorial. The criminalization of abortion, however, is a more recent phenomenon, dating back to the 19th century, and supported by patriarchal social norms linked to female domesticity and motherhood, and a desire to control female sexuality. In Our Own Hands: What U.S. Women Can Learn from Self-Use of Medication Abortion Worldwide