“Trans men are MEN. Not special edition sparkly vampire fluffy unicorn womyn-space-compatible men-lite. It is utterly, utterly, utterly fucked up to even suggest that they should be allowed in womens’ spaces, especially at the expense of trans women.”—freedominwickedness (via kiriamaya)
The challenge: Don’t use any gendered bathrooms or change rooms for the month of April.
What are “gendered bathrooms”? Gendered bathrooms are designated for “men” or “women” by a sign. This challenges includes ALL multi-stall and single-stall washrooms, and the bathrooms at work, schools, libraries, bars/restaurants, and everywhere, really.
There are multiple purposes for this challenge:
1) To give people who don’t find going to gendered bathrooms a difficult/unsafe experience a small idea of what it is like for trans and gender variant people to navigate this world. Hopefully, with some real life experience, you will have a broader understanding of how gendered this world really is. But,
DOING THIS DOES NOT GIVE YOU AUTHORITY TO SAY WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE TRANS OR GENDER VARIANT.
2) To inspire people to fight for more gender neutral bathrooms.
Tips: - Don’t drink a lot of liquid if you are leaving the house for long periods of time - Try to figure out where some gender neutral bathrooms are in your town/city, and plan your day around using a gender neutral bathroom. - Remember, you can use gendered bathrooms again in May. Some people can’t.
And, even if you really have to go to the bathroom, try to not see gendered bathrooms as a possible place to go.
If you are interested, feel free to write your experiences down and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. With your permission, they will be included in a zine on the topic of gendered bathrooms.
We also recommend fighting for gender neutral bathrooms in one (or more) public space(s). Often the fight for this aspect of bathroom accessibility is only fought for by trans and gender variant people; It would be nice if other people fought for it too.
Perhaps it’s conspicuous that to date few journals have dwelled on the current ethical drama currently undergoing in Berlin, Germany involving an eleven year old child who was born a boy but whom in their own words wishes to re assert themselves as a female. Something that they have felt since they can remember, according to one report earlier this year. That though now may be wishful thinking in the face of a recent court decision that in essence seeks to mandate that the child be placed in institutional care and one suspects have their sense of self ‘normalized.’
The above link is a petition to stop this child from being put into an institute until she conforms to gender=sex ideals. If you want to read more on this article, there are two stories. Original and Updated. This child’s petition only has 10K signatures. Come on people, lets get involved. No trans child should have to be snatched from a supportive mother and locked away in a padded cell until they conform.
I take issue with the wording of parts of these articles/quotes.
Hmm.. tied my hair into pigtails.. not sure how I feel about the way they make me look. I think my chin kills the look, as per usual. Though one thing is for certain, my hair is amazingly thick. It is just such strange hair… straightening it might be a good idea.. though I dont have a straightener :/