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The reverence of Santa Muerte by trans women in Mexico.
For those few who might still be on LiveJournal, their new user agreement is a giant crock of shit and what you sign might not even be the actual agreement. The language of the English version says “this translation of the User Agreement is not a legally binding document. The original User Agreement, which is valid, is located at the following address: http://www.livejournal.com/legal/tos-ru.bml.” Which is, conveniently, not in English so who knows what you’re actually signing.
You were a misogynist before testosterone
For cisgender readers — as a trans person who’s been taking testosterone for close to eight years and who knows many other people who take testosterone, I want you to know that testosterone doesn’t make you a misogynist. It’s as laughable as the statement that testosterone makes you interested in science (#distractinglysexy, anyone?). Testosterone didn’t make Griffin a misogynist, nor did it suddenly send beams of empathy rushing into his brain for boys and men who sexually harass women.
Griffin was a misogynist before taking testosterone.
Continuing my trend of posting links to everything Ijeoma Oluo writes, here’s her essay on the (lack of) value we place on fat people.
This guy is writing a series on how to become a farmer without fucking up your entire life. I’m not on the fast track to farming, but I’ll be following this series because talk about Changing Your Life.
Marketing to fan communities (taking product placement above and beyond).
While tweeting fandom references, or even attempting to incorporate your brand into fan culture itself may be advantageous to one’s social media strategy, marketing a product towards fandom necessitates an understanding of fan communities. Particularly when relying on a single fandom to be both viewer, promoter, and serve as inspiration, such understanding is even more crucial. Beyond the semi-amusing clickbait of fandom-oriented tweets, constructing an entire product around fan practice for fans is tricky territory perhaps best left alone. Knowing your target demographic, it seems, may also mean knowing when to not engage in the first place.
It’s not just people giving birth who need a doula.
Woman of Color in Wide Open Spaces
I’d decided to spend four weeks as a woman of color in wide-open spaces detoxing from whiteness. But when I pitched my tent, I hadn’t known that about 80% of National Parks visitors and employees are white. Essentially, I’d leapt from the Ivory Tower into a snowbank. I should have known that Black folks weren’t the target audience for all those memes about the cleansing, revitalizing effects of the Great Outdoors. I should have known from the people in the images. Always white people in zip-up North Face fleeces, stretchy yoga pants, and hiking boots. But I didn’t know, and I gassed up my car and went.
As soon as I feel able to do more than minimalist-survival cooking, I’m making this.
Crafting as resistance
A white male student at Texas State gives us an example of using your privilege for good. I especially love that he had to put down flowers and a balloon before destroying the anti-choice posters.
I don’t think I’ve linked to any fiction on a Dump yet, but this story (The Revolution, Brought to You by Nike) is amazeballs. And it’s especially timely considering the Pepsi debacle.
Nike as a brand had always been about striving. Not invariably so; the Mars Blackmon ads were mostly just funny, and so was the Lil’ Penny campaign. And sometimes they were more about the win than the process. But at its best and most influential, Nike had made itself a symbol of improving yourself, and making an impact on the world. Doing better. Being better.
They’d even dabbled directly in politics before with an extensive campaign promoting Title IX; little girls talking about the benefits of sports. It was beautiful, if not controversial. And it had helped to sway hearts and minds, as beautifully produced media often did.