“They probably like X-Men because it’s about something. It’s not just an adventure story. It’s not silly. It’s not just about a wimp who turns into Superman by changing his underwear. It’s about how society treats minorities.”
— Sir Ian McKellen - UK Premiere “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” 05/12/14 (via mutant-101)

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Anonymous asked:

hey i thought you should know that lately i've been seeing stuff of my feed apparently reblogged by you that is obviously not the kind of thing you'd reblog, like ads for cover girl and old spice. so if the bastards are doing it without you knowing, i guess thought you should know. if you did reblog those things though that's totally cool too like, you do you this is agreatblogiloveyou


thanks for letting me know and for the compliment~

i don’t reblog those things, no, but i know that’s been happening. i’m not sponsoring ads or getting money or some shit, i just use ad block on my browser which means i don’t see any of the sponsored ad posts in my feed when i scroll through my dash, they’re just invisible to me, but sometimes some weird thing happens where they get “caught” on other posts i reblog using the cntrl+r keyboard shortcut to reblog and they end up on my blog without me knowing. i’ve e-mailed tumblr about it and they’re not helpful because they don’t like that i’m blocking their ads in the first place :/

basically, don’t think i’m endorsing old spice!



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Fact: when poked on their belly button, a bisexual will explode into blue, purple and pink butterflies. The only way to turn them back into a human is by baking a cake and offering it to the goddess Bia. The bisexual will regenerate, take the cake and go back into their room.

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Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.” 

Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets. 

Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets. 

When she started out, Veronika states,

“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.” 

And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”

Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”

You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.

To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/

For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.

For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness athttp://www.naeh.org/ or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/

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I was reading a piece of memoir/writing-from-personal-life that is going around the tumblrz, by a non-binary person. (Note: I’m purposely not linking to it here because I don’t want to Tumblr Call-Out the author. They made a mistake, which I am going to talk about here. But the mistake they made is also an incredibly human and understandable mistake, and it is one that I have seen a lot of people make and have wanted to write about here for awhile. I don’t think that public shaming is actually gonna be productive in this instance. I’m gonna send them a direct message when I’ve got more spoons. This is just me venting/processing a bit…)

Anyway. I was liking their piece! And then there was the line “I wish I was intersex…” And then stuff about how that’d be sooo great because then “my body would match my internal sense of myself” (it was slightly different exact wording, I am paraphrasing here, but it was along those lines). And then I honestly just kinda wanted to throw my laptop across the room. :/

I want to start this by saying that I cannot and should not speak for any intersex or non-binary people other than myself. But, just sayin’: I am both intersex and non-binary. They are related but fundamentally seperate parts of myself. I would not say that intersex is my “gender” or my “gender identity,” as much as it is my experience (although, if you ask another intersex person this question, you might get a different answer!). I would definitely not say that being intersex makes being non-binary any better/easier/safer. If anything, again, speaking from my own experience: Being intersex just deeply fucking complicates all of that stuff. I personally find it REALLY obnoxious when non-intersex genderqueer, non-binary, and trans people use intersex people as “proof” of the beauty and diversity of zee gender spectrum (why the fuck do we even NEED proof when we are right here?!), or as “justification” for non-binary/genderqueer identities and/or for trans identities (why the fuck do we need “justifying”?!).

Also: I am well-aware that there are pockets of intersex “community” (more about this in a sec) that are deeply transphobic and really don’t want to be associated with trans, genderqueer, and non-binary people. I would hope that it is obvious that that is not me here. I think that non-trans intersex people and non-intersex trans people, for example, have a lot of stuff in common wrt, say, dealing with the medical industrial complex. I think that it is important to build alliances with each other, to talk across our differences, to support each other’s fights. I think that, in a lot of ways, at the end of the day, we really are all in this together. But being in it together also means listening to each other and learning when we fuck up.

"Community" is in quotes in the above paragraph because I would argue that because IS people are by & large deeply isolated from each other, there isn’t really so much a unified IS community to even speak of. (I often wish there was, frankly. Sometimes I get lonely.)

TL;DR: YO! OTHER GENDERQUEER/NON-BINARY PEOPLE! We are perfectly lovely and legitimate as-is. We don’t need to use the existence of intersex people as “proof” that we belong and that we matter and that we are real. We’re real no matter what! Saying that you wish you were intersex “because then [my] body would match [my] mind” is actually deeply fucking appropriative, and belies an intense misunderstanding of what it is to actually be intersex.

This is so important.  I especially want to echo the part about the dubiously-existent intersex community.  I hope that this tumblr and other places online can start to serve as a way for intersex people to connect with each other, because feeling alone can almost be one of the hardest parts of being intersex.

-Mod B

I agree with this. As said in previous asks, I think it feels like small arguments tear the intersex “community” apart because there are such a limited amount of intersex people speaking in the first place. There are great organizations but in terms of individuals speaking their opinions, stories, etc, even here on tumblr it’s so quiet that as soon as a few people have differentiating opinions it feels like a huge battle. I have talked to maybe 1 or 2 people who have my condition and shared only somewhat of a similar experience as me. That is very very isolating. This is a big reason why I wanted to be a part of this blog, so others wouldn’t feel as isolated as I have. As for someone wishing they were born intersex, that is alarming to me. It seems like that person has a glamorized, fetishized idea of what being intersex is like. I don’t think it’s wrong to want an intersex body, but consider how much privilege it takes to be able to say not only that but that you wish you were born intersex. You can’t seperate our bodies from our experiences, you can’t have one or the other.  - Mod H

a lot of people also say things like “i wish i was intersex” in cases like this without an understanding of how intersexuality actually manifests, e.g. people thing it means you have “both” fully-developed sets of “male” and “female” genitals, that you could have a “female” body but just with male genitals or vice versa, and other things, which are not what intersex is.

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“In the rare cases where actual psychological differences exist, they cannot be attributed to innate neurology alone. Everything in the brain is a combination of nature and nurture. Culture comes into play, which affects behavior, which then affects the brain. From birth (and even in the womb), a baby is labeled as a girl or boy and treated a certain way as a result. For example, a 2005 study of 386 birth announcements in Canadian newspapers showed that parents tend to say they’re “proud” when it’s a boy and “happy” when it’s a girl. Anne Fausto-Sterling, a biologist at Brown University, has shown that mothers talk to infant girls more than infant boys. This could partly explain why girls tend to have better language skills later on. “Some differences end up fairly entrenched in adult human beings,” Fausto-Sterling says. “But that doesn’t mean that you were born that way or that you were born destined to be that way.””


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