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posted by Christa (Philly)

Here is a video for those folks that still have some questions about gender, sex, trans issues, etc.  Its also a good educational tool when you are trying to inform someone that has no concept of gender identity.  I think they do a pretty good job at hitting most of the issues.  Of course there will always be minor problems, but I think the positiveness of the video outweighs them!  The background music is pretty great too 😉

Its a bit long…almost 20 minutes.

We’re waiting for a transcript for this video which we’ve been told will be up soon, we’ll post it as soon as we have it!


-by Tim (formerly of DC SDS)-

*cisgender: (noun.)

1. the contrast to trans on the gender spectrum
2. someone who lives and identifies as the sex they were assigned at birth

1.  Ask EVERYONE which pronouns they use, and actually commit yourself to using them.  Please please please stop only asking people who look “gender-variant” enough about their pronouns.  First of all, we (shockingly) don’t like always being singled out in groups for our gender presentation.  Secondly, you can’t tell people’s gender identities by looking at them.  We should be building a radical culture where everyone can have their identities respected, and making questions about pronouns a habit for everyone makes it much easier for that to take shape, rather than trans and genderqueer people having to feel the pressure of constantly outing themselves every time they meet a new persyn.
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Because it is a holiday weekend, I have spent the last two days around my family, including my parents,brother, and extended family. I never been incredibly close with my family, so I don’t spend a lot of time with them, and since I am often surrounded by progressive/feminist/activist/LGBTQQI/sex-positive/etc. friends and other folks at school, it’s always kind of disheartening when I leave the haven of this bubble. I hate to  call it a bubble because it’s not like we as a community are oblivious to the thoughts, beliefs, and lives of people who don’t share our political beliefs, but sometimes to me it feels like a comfortable, cozy bubble, which is both a good and a bad thing.

It is not even as if I deal with a constant barrage of overtly sexist, racist, classist, homophobic, conservative and/or fundamentalist bullshit- my family (minus  my neo-con, Fox News loving brother) is relatively liberal and they (even my brother, to a certain extent) are pretty accepting of my political views and activism/organizing. I make my dedication to reproductive rights no secret, and have no qualms discussing my feminist views and activism with my family. But I have observed things this weekend that have made me incredibly uncomfortable, and I share this because I’m sure some of you have seen the same, as it is the weekend of a capitalist, hetero-normative, materialistic, racist, and overall problematic holiday. The first instance came when my mother took no time to inquire about my sexuality due in part to my short hair, decision to take more women’s studies classes, friends, and activism. I told her that it was wrong to attempt to determine my sexuality on the basis of these things because there is no right or correct way for a female or queer person to be.

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