Cathy Brennan, radical “feminist” terrorist, has set her sights on a young black activist in Baltimore County, MD. Phylicia Sampson is being taken to court by Brennan, a notorious harasser of trans women and their supporters. Sampson is a recent college grad with few resources, no car and no way to fight back without your help.
As a community, we’ve suffered Brennan’s assaults for a long time—her blog is the best known for outing trans women’s personal information. She believes trans women are men who are infiltrating the feminist community and expends her resources fighting them. The idea that she is now taking her harassment to a legal venue is horrifying. That she has selected a young black woman with few resources to fight back is repugnant.
We can’t let Cathy Brennan get away with this! Share Phylicia’s campaign on Facebook, twitter, tumblr and instagram. Here are some things you can do TODAY to help:
- Tell your friends why it is important that they donate to this campaign.
- Donate what you can.
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Please help out! Stop Cathy Brennan’s fuckery here!
Gutted, just gutted by Marissa Paternoster’s comic for The Talkhouse, which continues to be one of my favorite new music sites.
My comic is still up at The Talkhouse. Read it while you can.
Whoa. That comic is really fucking good.
- by Arlee Barr
Artistic and masterfully executed interpretations of neurones and brains on quilted, embroidered, beaded and tie-died fabrics. Visit Arlee Barr on Flickr for more textile art.
For more information about brains and neurones:
- “How Your Brain Works,” How Stuff Works
- “Neurons and Neurotransmitters, the “Brains” of the Nervous System,” University of Texas
- “Brain Facts and Figures,” University of Washington, Seattle
- “Neuroscience Tutorial,” Columbia University
- “Neurons, Synapses, Action Potentials, and Neurotransmission,” The Mind Project, Illinois State University
(Source: Arlee on Flickr)
These are all pretty awesome.
Bikini Kill - For Tammy Rae
Bikini Kill are a pretty divisive band, and I have a lot of ambivalent feelings about kathleen hanna and riot grrrl in general, but overall they were a really good band and sometimes I feel like they don’t get enough credit for their music. They made really abrasive noisy raw garage punk and then they had these tender as fuck almost twee indie rock songs like this one, they were a pretty diverse and interesting band.
So yeah I definitely understand why a lot of people can’t get into them but I dig it.
Cool I was hoping someone would send me one! (some of these may be tmi or gross, sorry!)
1: I can’t swim, whistle or snap my fingers. I didn’t know how to ride a bike until I was 16.
2: I wasn’t able to masturbate until I was 19, but I started fucking when I was 15.
3: The most money I’ve ever made in a year is around $10,000.
4: I dropped out of school when I was 16. The highest level education I had was about 4 months of 10th grade. Never gone to college and never intend to.
5: I’ve worked over a dozen jobs in the past 7 years, mostly minimum wage shitwork like fastfood or retail. I also did a bit of sex work. For the past 4 years I’ve been working at home, doing freelance web design and other grunt work for rich people.
6: I was straightedge until I was about 22. The first time I ever got drunk I had a bottle full of whiskey and a plate full of smores. it was unpleasant. I only drink about once every few months. The only other drug I’ve done is pot, which I don’t enjoy much.
7: I’ve recorded and released an absurd amount of music over the past 12 years. Over 40 albums in various genres, some in bands with other people, mostly solo projects of dubious quality. I tend to release a project online then forget about it and move on.
8: I do a lot of magical thinking. Specifically my brain will tell me that I have to do mundane things in a certain way, or something bad will happen. I often ignore it, but sometimes I get paranoid and make sure I comply just in case.
9: I’m near sighted and I should be wearing glasses, but I broke my last pair 6 years ago and have been putting off buying a new pair since then. It mostly means watching foreign films is harder and I give myself headaches when I squint.
10: I’m not sure if you can usually tell from photos, but I have kind of fucked up skin. I have some mild form of psoriasis that causes red bumpy splotches to just kind of appear in random places. And up until a few years ago I had another condition called tinea versicolor that was spread out over most of my body which caused weird yellow-ish splotches.
But after using some coal tar and moving back to the PNW it cleared up. I should see a dermatologist about the psoriasis stuff but it’s cosmetic so it’s hard to justify the money. I just hope it never gets on my face too heavy. As it is I just get occasional splotches, most of the bad stuff is on my arms.
It is a well known problem in the so-called ‘lgbt’ community that many of the white and/or cis people in that community make a regular habit of using the bodies and violence levelled against trans feminine iaopoc to make rhetorical points about their (alleged) suffering. Except… that this is our intersection and you are not our family.
These are two very important things for a subtler, insidious case of this. Now that we’ve screamed loud enough and long enough there are some ‘progressive’ corners of the ‘lgbt community’ that understand the history of ‘gay liberation’ and stonewall and pride parades and all the privileges that white and/or cis queers enjoy over and above any trans feminine iaopoc. And these progressive people will talk about our elders and our ancestors and believe that knowing the name of Sylvia Rivera somehow gives them leave to claim them.
We are not your family. Not your sisters. Neither are our dead for you to claim.
And here I am using ‘our’, but is Sylvia Rivera my ancestor? Is Marsha P. Johnson?
For we are also not a monolith and it feels like violence in my soul when I see these invocations of the dead. The utilitarian use of their names. So that certain people can appear progressive or knowledgeable about ‘our’ history.
And I cannot help but see how this is connected, deeply, with the ways that — in today’s communities and movements — the most you’ll hear or see from trans feminine iaopoc is the names of the fallen at a local TDoR hosted by some white trans d00d. And, again, there is a need to be specific, since many of the dead are Black and/or Latin@ trans women.
Are these my dead to claim? Is Sylvia Rivera my ancestor? Is Marsha P. Johnson?
I can’t even really call them ‘my’ leaders, despite the fact that they led. Because during their lives they fought and fought but the ‘lgbt community’ never recognized their contributions, wisdom, or worth while they were still alive. What does it mean that, now that they’ve passed on, so many are willing to speak their names? Invoke their spirits? All the while benefiting from everything they did and lived for? And not just benefiting…
You invoke their names, but what have you done recently for a trans feminine iaopoc? What are you doing right now to recognize the ways that we contribute to our communities and reap few (if any) of the benefits? When was the last time you actually followed the lead of a trans woman of colour? Do you even know the names of us still alive and still struggling and still working for our liberation? Can you understand how twoc were at the front lines 40 years ago and how we are still there?
Have you thought about the fact that we know of just a small handful of the people involved with the riot and who create/d the ongoing movements are named? Holding up just a small fraction of the people who’s lives and spirits went into creating both the gay movement and the trans movements, while not realizing that there are uncounted many who’ve likewise contributed, but we don’t know their names because we’ve been so effectively erased from our own history. That, still, even the few names we know, have their roles and importance constantly erased and minimized.
And, as you reverently whisper their names and call on their spirits, can you see the way that the trans movement is/has gone the way of the gay movement? That our leaders have become mostly white trans men and white trans women? That these super duper progressive leaders claim their positions of authority by netting ‘progressive activist’ points by knowing ‘our’ history and invoking the names of past twoc?
The ways that twoc leadership is almost always framed as a thing of the past. That these white trans people legitimately understand themselves as the inheritors of their legacies. That they truly feel that they walk in their footsteps, that they carry the torch they lit.
All the while, ignoring those of us still living and breathing. On capitalizing on our efforts/thoughts/art/lives. Serving as gatekeepers to the few spaces and resources intended for the ‘trans community’.
My first post for tranny power :S
I honestly feel humbled by the people I’m sharing that space with…
Mo-dettes - Paint it black
Whoa. I wasn’t aware that this existed. Awesome postpunk ladies covering one of my fave stones songs. It’s really good, they give it more of an ominous off kilter vibe than the original has. All of Mo-dettes stuff is great, especially their song “white mice”, that’s a fucking classic.