The Melissa Harris-Perry Show was awarded with the Media Momentum Award from the National Center for Transgender Equality for their work in including transgender issues and trans people at the table. I’ve seen more episodes of trans people engaged in discussion on her show than any other show of this genre (or any genre) that I can think of. I like that Melissa Harris-Perry said she views the award as a mandate to do better (versus as cis ally cookies). Here’s part of what she said:
So often trans voices in media are represented as comedic relief or as documentary oddities. Far too often the assumption is that the bodies of trans people are odd and fascinating but that the ideas, passions, goals and analyses of trans people are irrelevant. American media encourages cis viewers to look at trans people, but not to listen. So we hope that we can contribute to undoing that impulse of dehumanizing spectacle and not because of any sense of charitable desire to ‘make life easier’ for trans people. Our desire to make space at the table, to listen to trans men and women is because we know that without a multitude of voices, we get our stories wrong.
We know that if the table is all White or all straight or all male or all cis then we will miss crucial aspects of stories that we care about from incarceration to poverty to sexual assault to international and domestic politics. We bring trans folks to the table because trans people bring needed analysis and perspective with them, and we can’t get the story right if we only talk to cis people. It is as simple as that.
The next thing I would like to see (and me as a cis person; I’m sure a trans person has their own media desires, for which I don’t seek to disregard) is trans people (especially Black and people of colour) hosting shows like this one and more present in daytime/primetime media (network too, not everyone has/can afford cable).
"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
reblogging for commentary
Super Yakuza Bros by Eduardo Vieira
"YAKUZA MARIO, the king of mushroom drug dealers, YAKUZA LUIGI, the prince of green mushrooms. The evil princess of the Mushroom Kingdom, and her demonic guard!!! Are the Yakuza Bros a match for them??? “Traditional, Ink & Red Pencil, 2013
oh no luigi is hot
I normally don’t reblog art that isn’t my own or a friend signal boost but this inking is just gorgeous and everything I love about ink work and uughgggnnnn *drooling*
also i super love the soft minimal colors wanna eyeball this close for reference
I’ve been waiting to do this. The major change this yea was getting a Cintiq in late feb early June (I even paid it off last month!). I love where my art is going and I feel there has been a drastic improvement. I had a ton of things I was proud of making this year. Putting out a full comic every month really helps you grow as an artist, so thank you slipshine for being the best job I could ever have.
I plan to keep challenging myself and get even better next year. Thank you all for following me and watching my progression. All the wonderful comments and followers are huge source of inspiration!
You all know about Cathy Brennan. You all know about how she’s outed trans people to their employers, posted their identifying information and previous legal names online, and attempted to interfere with their medical treatment. Secular Woman is asking the Southern Poverty Law Center to make note of her dangerous transphobic hate site, and recognize it as the hate group that it is. Please sign and share.
please sign this. cathy brennan is a literal human garbage dump who is dangerous to trans women and has outed minors and celebrated the suicides of trans women. she is scum and she deserves to have her hateful ideology exposed and destroyed. i’d like to see her disbarred as well but that may be wishful thinking at this point.
Why the hell doesn’t this have thousands of notes?
Please sign and reblog!