One big reason I resent cis straight kinksters and asexuals trying to appropriate the queer tag is because their main justifications for doing so reduce queer identity to fucking. And yes, part of being queer involves who you want to fuck, but we are not protective of our ranks because we think we have some exclusive right to regale our coworkers and relatives with accounts of how we want to fuck (if anyone), what we wear when we fuck, what we like to be called when we fuck, etc. Our homophobic society, however, declares that that is our sole motivation for organizing, fighting, and banding together. We are constructed as sex-crazed perverts out to rape and convert innocents into our ranks. Therefore, when cis straight BDSM practitioners and ageplay fetishists and even the asexuals come up and say, “Hey, I’ve also based my identity around my particular type of fucking/non-fucking, so you must let me in”, we are not surprised, but we do find it profoundly homophobic and offensive. Why would we want people like that around us?
Frida Kahlo and Her Dogs by Gisèle Freund, 1948
Both subject and photographer are eligible to be featured here.
This blog post outs several transwomen with both pseudonyms AND legal names, their photos, where they can be found at the festival, and in some cases their profession and employment. Being on this “hitlist” of transwomen was not consented to by any of them, and it associates them with accusations of volatile behavior that the author has absolutely no proof any of them participated in. The blogger refuses to use female pronouns and asserts that these women, who live in one of the most marginalized segments of our society, are “chest pounding” and trying to assert male privilege in invading a womens’ space – as if people who’ve survived gender dysphoria and live outside of our binary ideas of gender have any male privilege to speak of.
Here’s the original post in question (tw for transphobic and cis-sexist bullshit). This is absolutely ridiculous on so many levels. Regardless of how you feel about transpeople, you should absolutely be concerned that Wordpress is allowing defamatory, person-targeting practices like this to happen, despite a clear violation of their Terms of Service.
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In a bizarre lack of coincidence, one of the women they outted, the one that they link her legal name to her online name? just lost her job today.
Labeled “Mae Snyder.”
This could be two women just standing close for the camera, but take a look at the backward tilt of the one woman’s hand, reaching back affectionately to touch the other woman. Intimate. I don’t know which one is Mae.
This photo is from John Lampert’s collection of gay and lesbian vintage photos.