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SUNDAY LINKS

November 23, 2014
by GUTS

Thursday was the Transgender Day of Remembrance, commemorating trans* people who have lost their lives to violence in a discriminatory society. There were many powerful reflections published, here are a few:

A celebration of life and a mediation on loss: 

“Our Transecestors gave us LIFE! They gave us life on ballroom floors, in classrooms, in prisons, on the block, in the bars, on park benches, on the train and… Let us remember to remember (and if we only have our imagination, let us use that) the glorious laughter of queens sitting and chatting together holding space for one another. Let us remember to remember the stone butches walking heads high, three-piece suits, suspenders, hats tilted—she was the man and everyone knew it.”

“Are all of your friends boys. Are all of your friends white. You don’t act black. You’re an Oreo cookie: black on the outside but soft, sweet white on the inside. You’re not like a regular girl. I don’t think of you like that.

For my role I am presented with two options: woman and black. I am on stage tapping my feet. I am a number in a count. I am more tired than I am angry. I fill a void. I turn into the void. This is called being accepted.”

  • An excellent, sexy comic on consent (one of our favourite topics) from Oh Joy Sex Toy (one of our favourite sites)!
  • This week on The Feminist Wire was a symposium on Toni Cade Bambara, novelist, activist, essayist, filmmaker and Black feminist. There’s an incredible, diverse range of writing and responses to her life and work, check it all out here.
  • Sexual assault on campuses across North America is finally coming into the light, and the stories that have been revealed are horrifying. Equally disturbing is the overall failure of schools to protect their students with any sort of policies on sexual assault, which means that those culpable far too often go unpunished, while the victims are offered little support. The Toronto Star and Rolling Stone both published horrifying, graphic examples of this hard truth this week.
  • Finally, if you haven’t yet, be sure to participate in our sex survey! It’s completely anonymous, and you can find out all about it here. We’re so grateful for all the honest, funny, moving responses we’ve received already, and we’re hoping to publish the first batch (on getting “the talk”) this week. If you have a story about how you learned about the birds and the bees, be sure to share it with us!

Image by Jamelle Bouie, August 14, 2014.

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