bisexual-community:

The 16 most inspiring things about bisexual artist Frida KahloMexican painter Frida Kahlo was born 107 years ago today July 6, 1907. A feisty free spirit who blazed her own trail and inspired everyone around her.

Frida Kahlo is one of the most revered artists to come from 20th century Mexico. Her distinctive look and style are instantly recognizable and she has been called a diva, a muse and a feminist icon.

A force of nature perhaps best summed up by an art critic who saw one of her very first exhibitions and said: ‘It is impossible to separate the life and work of this extraordinary person. Her paintings are her biography.’

She fought through a great deal of adversity during her life. At the age of six she contracted polio, when she was 18 she was badly injured in a bus crash and later in life she suffered several miscarriages … Kahlo never lost her passion for life. She was well known as an extremely quick witted and sharp woman, always the centre of attention wherever she was. Her strength of character has made her an emblem of hope and determination for many.

Art historians usually focus on her relationship with fellow Mexican painter Diego Rivera (whom she married, divorced and then married again) and her affair with Communist leader Leon Trotsky. But Kahlo was bisexual, and made no secret of her affairs and relationships with women as well as men. Kahlo was linked with African American entertainer Josephine Baker, American painter Georgia O’Keeffe and Mexican singer Chavela Vargas.

Photographers were captivated by her beauty. She was a muse to photographer Nickolas Murray who loved to take her picture in her sumptuous Mexican clothes.

Her work has been exhibited in art galleries all over the world, her diary has been published and many authors have written biographies of her extraordinary life.The house she lived in is now a museum. La Casa Azul is filled with trinkets and treasure collected by Kahlo during her life and is one of the biggest cultural attractions in Mexico.

She defied classification of her work. Art critics tried to label her as a Surrealist painter, which was very trendy at the time, but she defied this label, instead saying: ‘They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.’

In 1938 André Breton, principal initiator of the surrealist movement, described Kahlo’s art as a "ribbon around a bomb".

sharkprivilege said: could you talk more about the male disney villains being queer coded with stereotypes?

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Many male Disney villains are what we would call “camp.” Effeminate, vain, “wimpy” and portrayed as laughable and unlikable. Calling upon common negative stereotypes about gay men, these villains are characterized as villainous by embodying these tropes and traits. 

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Think about it: Often Thin/un-muscled figure, heavily inked and shadowed eyes (giving the impression of eyeliner and eye shadow?), stereotypically “sassy” and/or manipulative, often ends up being cowardly once on the defensive, many have comedic male sidekicks (such as Wiggins, Smee, Iago, the…snake that isn’t Kaa) 

Other examples:

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since i was talking about one of the disney man villains who doesn’t fit this stereotype yesterday…

Gaston.

my bf was listening to that song about him yesterday

and i mentioned that he is literally the most terrifying disney villain

why?

because his type of evil is banal and commonplace

there are white men walking around who are exactly like him

men who think that women are prizes they deserve

men who will not listen or pay attention to a rejection

men who will go out of their way, if rejected, to ruin a woman’s life

ppl often seem to miss this when discussion beauty and the beast since the stockholm syndrom ‘romance’ is also a giant icky thing

the terrifying thing about gaston is that he is supposed to be (as all disney villains) a hyperbolic cartoon

but he is the absolutely truest and most real villain

because he exists in the real world

we all know men like him

Also, if we’re talking about queer coded characters the MOST important of all the characters is Ursula who was bad off of a drag Queen (Divine) and has a whole host of negative stereotypes.

She’s also my favorite.

This post is sorely missing some seriously important historical context. The term for this as film history goes is the sissy, and as a stock character the sissy is probably one of the oldest archetypes in Hollywood, going back to the silent film era. Some of the most enduring stereotypes of male queerness—the limp wrist, swishing, etc—can actually be traced to the exaggerated movements of cinematic sissies in silent films. And it’s important to note sissies were portrayed in a range of ways, though they were generally used to comedic effect; queerness was considered a joke, and the modern notion of the “sassy gay friend” in films can probably be traced back to this bullshit too. It wasn’t until the Hays Code was adopted in the ’30s that sissies almost uniformly started being portrayed as villains. Homosexuality was specifically targeted under the euphemism of “sexual perversion”, and the only way it could fly under the radar in films under the strict censorship of the code was by coding villains that way in contrast to the morally upright hetero heroes. Peter Lorre’s character in The Maltese Falcon is one off the top of my head, but there are a slew of them from the ’30s onward, and this trope didn’t go away after the Code ended either. More modern examples in live action films are Prince Edward in Braveheart, Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs, and Xerxes in 300.

So Disney just provides some of the most egregious modern examples of the sissy villain, but this is a really old and really gross trope that goes back years and years in Western film. There’s a fantastic book and accompanying documentary about the history of homosexuality in film by Vito Russo called The Celluloid Closet that gets into a lot of this.

It’s incredibly refreshing to see a response to a post like this that starts with “This post is sorely missing some seriously important historical context.” and then goes on to provide important historical context that adds information to the point being made. I was seriously wincing and bracing myself for “You guys, you don’t understand. It was different back then.”

(Of course, I wouldn’t have been worried if the name of the last poster hadn’t scrolled off the top of my screen by the time I got to it.)

oppression is not a feeling. reducing it how to a community ‘feels’ they are being treated minimizes the violences that are enacted upon them, makes structural injustices a matter of perception of individual acceptance or rejection of oppressive conditions. oppression creates feelings, definitely. it creates trauma, internalized conflict, dissonance, confusion. but oppression is not a feeling.

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2damnfeisty:

Nobody gives the black girl mob credit for being smart as fuck. They clown but at the end of the day they are really intelligent.

And it’s not subtle at all.
Taystee is a math prodigy in addition to being well-read, Poussey is multilingual, Cindy just knows shit, Suzanne studies Shakespeare, Watson was a good student in addition to being a track star, Vee is basically an evil genius. Piper often learns the most from them; they taught her how to fight and helped translate Pennsatucky’s biblical threat.
The show flat out acknowledges the (academic) intelligence of the black inmates time and time again, but the audience collectively ignores it.

ALL OF THIS

!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY REALLY ARE THE SMARTEST! AND NO ONE NOT EVEN ME NOTICED THAT

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A young “Miss Maggie” Walker, the daughter of a former slave, who in 1903 became the first woman of any race to found and become president of an American bank. She also founded a newspaper and a department store called “Saint Luke’s Emporium.”
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A young “Miss Maggie” Walker, the daughter of a former slave, who in 1903 became the first woman of any race to found and become president of an American bank. She also founded a newspaper and a department store called “Saint Luke’s Emporium.”

Courtesy of the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

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The function, the very serious function, of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.

Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up.

None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing.
transstudent:

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transstudent:

Are you a trans youth or do you want to help trans youth in your area? Check out Trans Across America, which indexes resources for trans youth in the United States! Check it out: www.transacrossamerica.wordpress.com

cisnormative terminology that needs to stop

trans-carlos:

airagorncharda:

"female/male bodied": 

  • I’m a man, this is my body. It doesn’t matter what I was assigned at birth, this is my body and I am a man, and therefore this body is a man’s body, and therefore a male body
  • this is erasure of intersex people
  • this is erasure of nonbinary people
  • you don’t actually give a shit about gender, you’re asking about genitals, and unless you’re a doctor it’s none of your fucking business
  • and if you ARE a doctor, you need to figure your shit out so you don’t alienate your trans patients and make them less likely to seek medical help due to dysphoria
  • the term you’re looking for is "assigned female/male at birth" or "afab/amab"

"born a man/woman" (also "used to be a woman/man"):

  • trans people weren’t born cis people and then turned trans; just because it takes us a while to figure out who we are doesn’t mean we were ever somebody else
  • society is cisnormative, and lies to people, and pretends that trans identities don’t exist and aren’t valid, telling trans people that they are cis over and over again since birth like a mantra, so trans people internalize that and believe it, until the evidence to the contrary piles up so high they can’t deny it anymore. That evidence has been piling up since birth; trans people were never cis people
  • this is erasure of intersex people
  • this is erasure of nonbinary people
  • using these terms incorrectly makes it impossible to use them correctly for nonbinary people who DO identify as having started out as one thing and changed to something else
  • the term you’re looking for is “raised as a man/woman”

"male/female parts/genitalia":

  • again, I’m a man, these are my parts, therefor they are male parts, everybody needs to get the fuck over it
  • Yes, I have breasts and that gives me dysphoria and I want them removed, THANKS FOR REMINDING ME, but they are male breasts
  • Yes I have a vagina. Again, this gives me dysphoria, you are an asshole for reminding me. Again, it is a male vagina since I am a man
  • this is erasure of intersex people
  • this is erasure of nonbinary people
  • Unless you are a doctor my genitals are none of your fucking business
  • If you ARE a doctor, you need to start using medical terminology right now, because you’re a medical professional so I think you can use the word “penis” and “vagina” without melting like the Wicked Witch of the West
  • Doctors using this kind of incorrect terminology are alienating their trans patients and making them less likely to seek medical help due to dysphoria. Trans people already have ENOUGH trouble with getting medical help, don’t fuck it up more
  • the term you’re looking for is "penis/vagina/uterus/genitals" or "testes/ovaries" or (and this one’s easy) "chest"

"female/male hormones":

  • cis men and cis women BOTH have estrogen and progesterone and testosterone. Intersex people have all of these hormones naturally as well
  • there are cis women who have high levels of testosterone and low levels of estrogen and progesterone, and there are cis men with high levels of estrogen and progesterone and low levels of testosterone
  • these hormones are not specific to one sex or another, and DEFINITELY not specific to one gender or another
  • this term is hurtful not only to trans people but also people with pcos, people who are undergoing or have gone through menopause, and other medical causes for variations in hormone levels
  • this is erasure of intersex people
  • this is erasure of nonbinary people
  • the terms you are looking for, shockingly enough, are "estrogen" "progesterone" and “testosterone”

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All cis followers please read this.

themidwifeisin:

People were interested in learning about the medication abortion as well. Send any questions over to TheMidwifeIsIn.tumblr.com.

One of the most sinister things about normalized racism is you don’t have to have bad intentions to be racist, you just have to remain ignorant.

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also I bought this excellent looking little flipbook from snaughtie on etsy and I am putting it into my coping skills toolkit.

This is super great. They have a PDF version you can purchase. It also has some blank spots that you can put in words they don’t have. Perfect for when you need help communicating.

This is a great simplified communication tool.

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stargenderprincette:

reverse oppression is impossible, ok

if an oppressed group could oppress privileged people, then they would not be oppressed

oppression requires social power and one of the things about being oppressed is that u don’t have social power

oppression doesnt even look like a word anymore but is this getting thru to u

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ultrafunnypictures:

THIS. 100 times, this.

Yes please

Dude, this is so well said.

A perfect description.

rubbersoulsandtotempoles:

voglio-scopare:

petrapansneverland:

ultrafunnypictures:

THIS. 100 times, this.

Yes please

Dude, this is so well said.

A perfect description.

Want to Un-Learn Your Socialized Niceness and Reinforce your Assertiveness?

feminishblog:

feminishblog:

Practice By Using the Following Phrases When the Opportunity Arrises:

"I’m not interested."

"(Please) Leave me alone."

"I’d rather you not."

"That doesn’t interest me at all."

"You need to stop."

"No."

"That’s not what I said."

"I don’t owe you/anyone an explanation."

"That’s too personal."

"I would like some privacy."

"That doesn’t work for me."

"I’d like to be by myself."

"I’m going to leave now."

These words and phrases might evoke thoughts of reacting to someone bringing unwanted sexual advances. But how can we expect girls and women to be able to say no in such extreme circumstances when we’ve been socialized to avoid confrontation in such “small” circumstances as when a man is talking us when we’d rather be left alone?

You can practice exercising and nurturing your assertiveness (and confidence) by incorporating phrases like this in your day-to-day life.

I was thinking of this today, because whenever any women had to leave the workshops to run to the restroom, they apologized, and also apologized before asking any questions. I noticed this and made it a point not to say “I’m sorry” before asking my question, and even then, it was so hard not to.

My favorite conservative arguments supporting the SCOTUS ruling on the Hobby Lobby case and why they’re full of crap

ablogaboutchoice:

I saw all of these arguments. Some of them I saw repeatedly, others I only saw twice, but each one of these was brought up more than one time.

"This was done in the name of religious freedom! They followed the Constitution! "

False. If this was done in the name of religious freedom, their decision would apply to every aspect of the ACA. However, the Supreme Court justices made it crystal clear that their ruling only applies to the birth control mandate. Any other business owner who opposes (a) certain type(s) of medical care other than birth control in the name of religion has to suck it up and subsidize plans that cover the things they oppose anyway.

"Actually, I would support other business owners if they wanted to deny their employees other types of healthcare for religious reasons."

That’s lovely, but SCOTUS already made it clear that that’s not happening. Therefore, it’s fair to say that their ruling has nothing to do with religious freedom and everything to do with providing special privileges to business owners who oppose contraception on religious grounds.

"Well, some people having religious freedom is better than none!"

No. Either you support it for everyone or for no one. We’re all created equal. We are all supposed to be treated equally under the law. It’s not religious freedom if it only applies to certain people.

"You can easily get your birth control by walking into Planned Parenthood. You can’t do that with other types of healthcare. Insurance is the only way to get other things. "

Wrong again. Anyone can pay for any kind of healthcare out of pocket if they have the money. It’s just that most people don’t have the money, especially if they’re already spending their money on health insurance. Also, Planned Parenthood can’t just give away all types of birth control for dirt cheap. An IUD can still cost you over $1,000. The pill can still cost you over $100 per month depending on what kind you take. Also, not everyone has a Planned Parenthood or another similar clinic within a reasonable distance of where they live.

"Just choose a cheaper type of birth control. There’s a pill that’s only $9/month and you can get it at your local target."

It’s not like birth control is one size fits all. Switching to a cheaper type often isn’t plausible. When you find something that works, you stick with it. There’s no point in playing Russian roulette with your body. You have no idea how new medications will impact you and you shouldn’t be forced to find out, especially if you’re comfortable with what you have. That’s like kicking someone out of the house that they have lived in for years and moving them somewhere thousands of miles away just because you feel that their presence violates your religious freedom.

"There are other issues out there that are more important. Consider yourself lucky that this is your biggest problem right now."

My healthcare is important to me. I’m not going to sit by in silence simply because I’m more fortunate than some other people. Injustice is injustice.

"Hobby Lobby still covers 16 of the 20 types of birth control required by the mandate."

Hobby Lobby isn’t the only company run by the religious right. This ruling opened the door for all employers to deny coverage for all types of birth control for their employees for any reason. All they have to do is claim “freedom of religion” and there are no questions asked.

"The ruling only applies to closely held corporations! Relax!"

90% of American businesses are considered “closely held” and 52% of the American workforce works for “closely held” corporations.

"This isn’t just about birth control, it’s about abortion too. Now they don’t have to cover those either."

They NEVER had to cover abortion. This was never about abortion. The Green family equated IUDs and emergency contraception to abortion because they believe that those things prevent implantation even though studies show otherwise.

Besides, chances are that Hobby Lobby doesn’t truly have qualms about abortion. Hobby Lobby’s retirement plan has mutual funds that hold stocks with companies that manufacture and distribute IUDs, emergency contraception, and ACTUAL abortifacients.

"Just find another job!"

Yes, let’s just go to Job Land, where everyone has a plethora of options when it comes to what employer they want to work for and every employer provides fair wages and full health coverage. Wonderful idea. Why in the world did we not think about that before?

"Just pay for your own birth control and stop expecting handouts just for being a woman! Ugh you have such an entitlement complex!"

No one should have to pay out of pocket costs for healthcare when they already pay for insurance to cover their healthcare. Also, insurance companies are able to cover contraception without upping the actual cost of the plan. What this means is that two people could be paying the same amount for insurance plans that are identical in every way except for the fact that one covers birth control and the other doesn’t. This isn’t a handout.

"Well, not all of my needs are covered, but I suck it up and deal with it."

If you’re too lazy to fight for your own rights, that’s your problem, not mine. Not everyone should be forced to suffer with you. Not everyone wants to be miserable.

"They only opposed the mandate because it required them to foot the bill for birth control. The insurance company wasn’t the one paying for it, it was the employer that was being forced to pay for it."

I don’t know where you got that from, but if you had even an iota of common sense, you’d know that that wasn’t true. Why would employers have to pay for birth control themselves but not any other type of healthcare? The insurance companies needed to have plans that cover contraception and employers had to subsidize these plans in order to provide them to employees. As I mentioned before, the cost of birth control coverage does not raise premiums, so it’s not like employers are saving any money.

REGARDLESS, in order to appease everyone, there was a proposal made that would guarantee that insurance companies wouldn’t use any money that they got from religious employers to pay for birth control. They’d use money from third party sources. That way, no one had to fund what they didn’t agree with and everyone had access to contraception. Religious business owners didn’t like this proposal because even though it’s more than fair and it still “preserves religious freedom”, it’s not limiting access to birth control. All they care about is making sure that their employees live by their arbitrary rules.

"Well, like it or not, SCOTUS made their decision. It is what it is."

Thank you for contributing absolutely nothing to this debate, captain obvious. Pleasr tell me more things that I already know.

Also, if you don’t stop whining about Roe v. Wade but expect me not to speak out against this ruling, you’re a hypocrite.

"Well, I like the decision!"

I’d like if the Westboro Baptist Church was banned from protesting, but that’s too fucking bad for me because that would be considered limiting their freedom of speech and their right to assemble. I’d love if spewing Holocaust denial propaganda was considered a crime in the US like it is in many European countries, but once again, that limits their right to free speech. Your shouldn’t support stuff simply be because you like it. You should be able to back up why their decision was justified beyond the fact that you personally approve of it.

TL; DR If you’re defending the SCOTUS decision on the Hobby Lobby case, you’re completely uneducated when it comes to this issue. Provide me with one argument in support of it that holds water, one argument that I can’t possibly find a rebuttal for, and I’ll take that back, but you damn well know that you can’t.