Q

Anonymous asked:

what do you think about bi women using statistics to say lesbians are undeniably less oppressed than them? that the fact lesbian rates are closer to straight women's rates than bi women's rates "proves" how much better lesbians have it?

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spinsterprivilege:

queerqueerspawn:

I am not a lesbian, not a woman, and have Issues with the label of bi so I’m probably the wrong person to ask about this when it comes to thinking about it from the perspective of people impacted by that discussion (who like… should be everyone’s priority?). spinsterprivilege & goldstarprivilege & gaypocalypse are all really good people to ask about this.

That being said, I think there’s a few pretty obvious statistical issues that those studies in general need to address. Those are a) wonky as all hell, b) not really a direct answer to your question, but c) still kind of important to keep in mind on this and other issues with ~demonstrating privilege~ and I’d like to think the sort of thing that would motivate someone to ask me about this. So. More about them under the cut.

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I received this same (actually perhaps a very very similar) anon earlier today while I was at work and wasn’t able to put forward the necessary effort to respond. I’m assuming this is possibly the same person? If so, anon, please know that I wasn’t ignoring your ask, just leaving it until I had more time to write a careful response.

Personally, I would like to take a closer look at a lot of the studies done about bisexuality, since I frankly haven’t studied all of them in depth. I have, however, seen some of the stats I assume you’re referring to, and I’ve skimmed Matt’s post now [and will read it more fully tomorrow]. So far, I do think he covers many of my main points. The most pertinent of these are as follows:

  1. several of the most frequently cited studies rely on small sample sizes or specific methodology that absolutely cannot be extrapolated out as a statement about the general bi population.
  2. correlation does not equal causation. As unfortunate a fact as this is for people who prefer to act as if nuance and things like multiple variables (including different axes of oppression) do not exist, it’s still unfortunately true and they do.
  3. related to the last point, what I personally have seen from people who uncritically use the findings of these studies to show how bi-identified people are unilaterally and unconditionally oppressed is a tendency to ignore combining factors: if bi people have been found more likely to live in poverty, for example, what are the other mitigating factors? No study that I am aware of has ever been able to conclusively prove this result [poverty, or nearly any other factor studied] is actually caused by someone identifying as bisexual.
  4. While I am skeptical about some of these numbers, and frankly infuriated by anyone who would use them to claim another similarly marginalized group “has it so much better” than bisexual people, it should hopefully go without saying that any amount of abuse, oppression, discrimination, -phobia, etc. is unacceptable. I don’t for one minute want to minimize the oppressive, violent, or painful experiences of bi-identified women.
  5. An enormous part of my frustration with many of these posts is feeling as if the OPs don’t feel the same—really, truly, in more than name and lip service only—toward the statistics about lesbians. This discussion shouldn’t be about who has it worse; that’s the worst kind of contest. This should be about ending all abuse and all oppression, period. That’s the fight I want to have. For all of us.
  6. Essentially, I am not denying either that these statistics exist or that bi-identified people do not experience unique oppression; I do, however, question the claims some bloggers make based on those numbers. I have some more nuanced thoughts I can perhaps etch out later (though some of these, particularly regarding bisexuality and communities of color, I would prefer to repost from someone else more qualified), but I believe this covers most of it for now.

***On a related note, I do know of a blogger who is working on a comprehensive and fair review of these most frequently cited studies. When she does finish, I will absolutely repost it on my blog. I’m not sure when the post will be ready, but please either check back for it or feel free to ask on anon for links when it is posted.

waepenwifebunny:

mapsontheweb:

European States that Require Sterilization of Transgender People

Amendment: Denmark no longer requires sterilization

It should be noted that just because sterilisation isn’t a requirement in law doesn’t mean that it isn’t in practice a requirement, often targeting just women.

In the UK, sterilisation isn’t a legal requirement but it is something that the GRP asks for evidence of and does take into consideration, especially for women.

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degraalaart:

Hey guys, I was invited to join Teepublic the other day and have just put up some stuff.
You can get all the Sailor Moon drawings on shirts, and for the next 2 days each one is only $14! You can choose the colour of the shirt and I get a portion of the sales for each shirt sold, so check it out if you’re interested!
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degraalaart:

Hey guys, I was invited to join Teepublic the other day and have just put up some stuff.
You can get all the Sailor Moon drawings on shirts, and for the next 2 days each one is only $14! You can choose the colour of the shirt and I get a portion of the sales for each shirt sold, so check it out if you’re interested!
Here is my Storefront.
degraalaart:

Hey guys, I was invited to join Teepublic the other day and have just put up some stuff.
You can get all the Sailor Moon drawings on shirts, and for the next 2 days each one is only $14! You can choose the colour of the shirt and I get a portion of the sales for each shirt sold, so check it out if you’re interested!
Here is my Storefront.
degraalaart:

Hey guys, I was invited to join Teepublic the other day and have just put up some stuff.
You can get all the Sailor Moon drawings on shirts, and for the next 2 days each one is only $14! You can choose the colour of the shirt and I get a portion of the sales for each shirt sold, so check it out if you’re interested!
Here is my Storefront.

degraalaart:

Hey guys, I was invited to join Teepublic the other day and have just put up some stuff.

You can get all the Sailor Moon drawings on shirts, and for the next 2 days each one is only $14! You can choose the colour of the shirt and I get a portion of the sales for each shirt sold, so check it out if you’re interested!

Here is my Storefront.

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cash4oneness:

sandsofsaadi:

thepeoplesrecord:

Here is a short list of a few of the hundreds of examples of the media intentionally manipulating the public to support Israel’s recent offensive against PalestiniansJuly 24, 2014

CNN journalist re-assigned from the region after tweeting that Israelis celebrating the death of civilians were scum. 
NBC journalist re-assigned after reporting too honestly on the situation on-the-ground.
FOX News putting images of Gaza reduced to rubble with captions indicating (falsely) that it is damage done to Israel inflicted by Palestinian rockets. (image attached)
The New York Times changing the headline about four children playing on the beach being killed by Israel to something that is intentionally vague/ambiguous. 
Diane Sawyer misidentifying photos of Palestinians in the conflict, claiming they are Israelis. 
MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal calling out the network bias toward Israel and then having her TV appearances canceled as repercussion.
Unfair coverage from the BBC which was protested widely in England. 


Please reblog or message with additions as you see/think of them and I will edit with the additions. I am sure we can create quite a large list of examples.


This is important. Hold media accountable. Publicly call out news outlets that are fucking up. Spread the truth beyond your circle of tumblr fans. Raise awareness and mobilize.

#newsfail
cash4oneness:

sandsofsaadi:

thepeoplesrecord:

Here is a short list of a few of the hundreds of examples of the media intentionally manipulating the public to support Israel’s recent offensive against PalestiniansJuly 24, 2014

CNN journalist re-assigned from the region after tweeting that Israelis celebrating the death of civilians were scum. 
NBC journalist re-assigned after reporting too honestly on the situation on-the-ground.
FOX News putting images of Gaza reduced to rubble with captions indicating (falsely) that it is damage done to Israel inflicted by Palestinian rockets. (image attached)
The New York Times changing the headline about four children playing on the beach being killed by Israel to something that is intentionally vague/ambiguous. 
Diane Sawyer misidentifying photos of Palestinians in the conflict, claiming they are Israelis. 
MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal calling out the network bias toward Israel and then having her TV appearances canceled as repercussion.
Unfair coverage from the BBC which was protested widely in England. 


Please reblog or message with additions as you see/think of them and I will edit with the additions. I am sure we can create quite a large list of examples.


This is important. Hold media accountable. Publicly call out news outlets that are fucking up. Spread the truth beyond your circle of tumblr fans. Raise awareness and mobilize.

#newsfail
cash4oneness:

sandsofsaadi:

thepeoplesrecord:

Here is a short list of a few of the hundreds of examples of the media intentionally manipulating the public to support Israel’s recent offensive against PalestiniansJuly 24, 2014

CNN journalist re-assigned from the region after tweeting that Israelis celebrating the death of civilians were scum. 
NBC journalist re-assigned after reporting too honestly on the situation on-the-ground.
FOX News putting images of Gaza reduced to rubble with captions indicating (falsely) that it is damage done to Israel inflicted by Palestinian rockets. (image attached)
The New York Times changing the headline about four children playing on the beach being killed by Israel to something that is intentionally vague/ambiguous. 
Diane Sawyer misidentifying photos of Palestinians in the conflict, claiming they are Israelis. 
MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal calling out the network bias toward Israel and then having her TV appearances canceled as repercussion.
Unfair coverage from the BBC which was protested widely in England. 


Please reblog or message with additions as you see/think of them and I will edit with the additions. I am sure we can create quite a large list of examples.


This is important. Hold media accountable. Publicly call out news outlets that are fucking up. Spread the truth beyond your circle of tumblr fans. Raise awareness and mobilize.

#newsfail
cash4oneness:

sandsofsaadi:

thepeoplesrecord:

Here is a short list of a few of the hundreds of examples of the media intentionally manipulating the public to support Israel’s recent offensive against PalestiniansJuly 24, 2014

CNN journalist re-assigned from the region after tweeting that Israelis celebrating the death of civilians were scum. 
NBC journalist re-assigned after reporting too honestly on the situation on-the-ground.
FOX News putting images of Gaza reduced to rubble with captions indicating (falsely) that it is damage done to Israel inflicted by Palestinian rockets. (image attached)
The New York Times changing the headline about four children playing on the beach being killed by Israel to something that is intentionally vague/ambiguous. 
Diane Sawyer misidentifying photos of Palestinians in the conflict, claiming they are Israelis. 
MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal calling out the network bias toward Israel and then having her TV appearances canceled as repercussion.
Unfair coverage from the BBC which was protested widely in England. 


Please reblog or message with additions as you see/think of them and I will edit with the additions. I am sure we can create quite a large list of examples.


This is important. Hold media accountable. Publicly call out news outlets that are fucking up. Spread the truth beyond your circle of tumblr fans. Raise awareness and mobilize.

#newsfail

cash4oneness:

sandsofsaadi:

thepeoplesrecord:

Here is a short list of a few of the hundreds of examples of the media intentionally manipulating the public to support Israel’s recent offensive against Palestinians
July 24, 2014

Please reblog or message with additions as you see/think of them and I will edit with the additions. I am sure we can create quite a large list of examples.

This is important. Hold media accountable. Publicly call out news outlets that are fucking up. Spread the truth beyond your circle of tumblr fans. Raise awareness and mobilize.

#newsfail

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han-nara:

June 25, 1960. Korean schoolgirls demonstrate their protest against U.S. military presence.

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swampmermaids:

softboycollective:

parteira:

fuckyouwhiteboy:

majiinboo:

This is who they have playing as Wonder Woman 😒

WTF

the only wonder woman i recognize is gina torres and/or laverne cox.

and lucy lawless.

the tags literally say “weareright” and “loveidf” fascism is so creepy

YOUR NEW WONDER WOMAN

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boyfriend-free-girl:

"mass murder is empowering for women b/c traditionally men have been the ones to commit mass murder"

this is the logic under which some people in this world function

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handsomedogs:

This is my grandma’s border collie, Smokie. I’m visiting for 2 weeks and while I’m here it’s my job to take him for a walk every day which is something I’m happy to do because he’s a great dog.

handsomedogs:

This is my grandma’s border collie, Smokie. I’m visiting for 2 weeks and while I’m here it’s my job to take him for a walk every day which is something I’m happy to do because he’s a great dog.

just finished my last shift at Joann’s! they gave me a card and a cookie! :3

I’m not gone for good since I’ll probably go back in December once my temp job is over, but it’s nice to at least get a break. I think the only thing I’ll miss is the ladies I work with. most of the older women act like mamas to the rest of us and even though the job was shitty it was nice to have like 3 moms during one shift.