The young people of Ferguson, and greater St. Louis, and all of urban, suburban and rural Black America understand perfectly well that war is being waged against them. The powers-that-be every day of the year make it is crystal clear to Black people, especially Black men, that an overwhelming and lethal force is prepared to crush them – for any reason, or for no reason at all. This is the definition of a war of terror. It requires the aggressor to engage in constant and ever escalating displays of disciplined force – which is what militaries do. By refusing to disperse, the Black people of Ferguson have compelled the police to flaunt their military nature and mission before the eyes of the world. The American National Security State is embarrassed. But it will take a social transformation – that is, a revolution – to disarm the beast.
Stuff Professors want you to know but generally don’t say out loud.
I am not a TERF. I doubt Judith Butler is either.
Y’all act like Judith Butler is some kind of voice of trans exclusionary radical feminism because she has worked with theories of gender that don’t take the body into account.
Friends, she’s a scholar. She gets criticized for that stuff already. You know how she responds? By rethinking her scholarship and writing new books. This is how scholarship works.
Acting like “Gender Trouble” = Judith Butler really fails to take into account the fact that people’s scholarship EVOLVES. Because we don’t always get it right the first time.
JB has gone to extraordinary and unprecedented lengths in her attempt to theorize gender as it relates to sociocultural and political discourses. Please take that into account before you lump her in with rad fems who don’t believe that trans women are women.
Template for Preferred Name/Pronouns Letter to Teachers:
Dear Professor [name],
My name is [Preferred name], and I will be attending your course [blank] on [days] at [time] this [term]. I am transgender and have not yet legally changed my name. On your roster is my legal name, [Legal name]. I would greatly appreciate it if you refer to me as [Preferred name] and use [pronouns] when referring to me. Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to starting your course next week.
i’m crying oh gosh
TUMBLR PROF ANNOUNCEMENT: If you are trans or nonbinary and you are in the same situation as the student above, email your professors before class starts. I understand that it might be uncomfortable, but generally professors are absolutely happy to accommodate you. I know I always will be!
If your professor does not respond positively, contact the Dean or the campus LGBT+ resource center with a copy of the email and show them that you are concerned about gender discrimination in the classroom.
I’m glad to see clergy responding to the situation in Ferguson. I’m glad to see so many of my clergy friends on Facebook speaking AND acting out.
On my period and the store discontinued my favorite food. Also, no chocolate or candy in my house and I’m in too much pain to go out.
Also I can’t stop crying because fuck this country.
I need my IUD like now. Actually, I would love to get my eggs frozen and tie my fucking tubes. Never gonna use this uterus so just close it for business.
Fuck I just saw the word cinnibon and now I want cinnibon. Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.
Did I mention I’ve have a chronic headache now and for the past fucking week. Seriously just take my uterus. I’ll hand it over to you. I don’t fucking want it.
[Image: a series of tweets by justified agitator (@Awkward_Duck) on August 19, 2014.
1:23 AM: We literally laid in someone’s backyard for what seemed like an eternity while tanks rolled down the streets #Ferguson
1:26 AM: I’m live tweeting because there’s a media blackout. #Ferguson
1:33 AM: I’m so shaken. They’re literally just rolling around throwing tear gas into neighborhoods-not aggressive crowds. #Ferguson
1:34 AM: I was pouring milk over one guys eyes when they came back around and threw another at us. #Ferguson
1:51 AM: Let me repeat, THEY ARE GASSING NEIGHBORHOODS not crowds of protestors.There was only a few of us walking. there is no curfew, so why?]