05/08/2011 § Leave a comment
happy mother’s day to my mom, kimie tanaka, and to all the double-duty mommas that make our world go round.
and while mothers day has become a hallmark holiday (im down w flowers n treats), let’s also raise its history as a Civil War era call by women against war, for racial equity and for women’s leadership. pieces feel particularly relevant today:
“..Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”Mother’s Day Proclamation, 1870 -Julia Ward Howe “Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!
“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”
02/17/2011 § Leave a comment
thumb up to governor patrick for banning discrimination against transgender workers in state jobs through an executive order. its a step towards recognition on a long road ahead..
7% of the american population lives off of $10,000 a year or less. but double the number (15%) of all transgender people earn less than $10,000. to layer race, a cruel 35% of all black transgender americans survive with incomes under $10,000. so, banning discrimination is one thing. but what about some affirmative action for trans folks? and of course this is only state jobs; the legislative fight on private employment is another animal.
nonetheless, i guess this presents the difference between patrick and mitt romney (who is quietly attempting to circumvent MA anti-discrimination protections won for gay and lesbian residents). so we take what we can get.. congrats to the activists and community.
01/12/2011 § Leave a comment
nepal steps ahead after a supereme court decision to recognize transgender people in their census and adding a 3rd gender category.
“This year’s census in Nepal includes a new category for transgender people, thanks to a recently-passed anti-discrimination law. Parliamentarian Sunil Babu Pant says the transgender community is happy because, “This shows that the government has started to recognise them.””
12/02/2010 § 1 Comment
i rarely copy and paste a whole article, but its incisive on its own and im tired so.
How objectification silences women – the male glance as a psychological muzzle
For something intangible, a glance can be a powerful thing. It can carry the weight of culture and history, it can cause psychological harm, and it can act as a muzzle. Consider the relatively simple act of a man staring at a woman’s body. This is such a common part of modern society that most of us rarely stop to think of its consequences, much less investigate it with a scientific lens.
Tamar Saguy is different. Leading a team of Israeli and US psychologists, she has shown that women become more silent if they think that men are focusing on their bodies. They showed that women who were asked to introduce themselves to an anonymous male partner spent far less time talking about themselves if they believed that their bodies were being checked out. Men had no such problem. Nor, for that matter, did women if they thought they were being inspected by another woman.