beck, you used the phrase "body-altering things cis people do to confirm their cisness" and i'm not sure i know what that means. could you clarify?
Every day acts like shaving (face or legs or whatever), wearing clothes that shape your body in particular ways, gender-specific haircuts, diets,
Also including medical interventions (like hormone treatments or surgeries) geared towards keeping bodies solidly within the construct of cisness
I’m not saying these things are specifically gendered as actions or whatever, I’m saying they’re ways people “voluntarily” (it’s not precisely a freely made choice) alter their bodies, and they’re taught to do so, to further emphasize “sex differences” or whatever.
“Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.”—
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.
Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).
Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.
Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
This is a blog post that’s incredibly confusing and painful for me to write.
Yesterday morning, Josh forwarded me a tweet that said:
TIL: Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity, raped a friend of my friend while attending Goucher College. I don’t support CAH.
Having gone to college with both of these people I cannot understand why he thinks this is something she would make up. All she’s asked for is people to know that this happened.
I’m standing with my friend against her rapist.
Please, please, before you reblog this, read Max Temkin’s response. Read it again, and keep reading it until you see all the things he’s saying. Read it until you see all the things he’s not saying.
Notice how he never apologizes. The word “if” has to be inserted into every sentence. “IF she felt I did something wrong,” “IF any part of that was traumatic for her.” Notice how he bandies about words like “feminism” and “rape culture”, and how he uses them to divert blame from himself.
“Part of rape culture that hurts everyone is that it makes it difficult to talk about what is and is not consent, and makes it incredibly scary for people to speak up when their boundaries are crossed. It is entirely possible she read something completely different than I did into an awkward college hookup.”
It’s not his fault. It’s rape culture’s fault. Rape culture muddles boundaries. How was he supposed to know that he crossed one? Don’t forget, a huge part of rape culture is the presumption of consent.
I will continue to be a feminist and an advocate for women’s rights to the best of my capacity. Cards Against Humanity will continue to hire amazing, talented women.
We removed all of the “rape” jokes from Cards Against Humanity years ago. We’ll continue to use the game as best we can to “punch up” and not “punch down.”
In what way is Max Temkin an advocate for women’s rights? Because he removed the date rape card from CaH? Because he hires women? That’s a pretty low bar for advocacy. Google “Max Temkin women’s rights” and the very first hit is this post. There are no records that I found of any activism on his part.
Even if he were, how does A equal B? What does his hiring practices or the cards in CaH have to do with an accusation of assault? Max Temkin can’t have hurt a woman, because he’s a feminist? Hey, I heard that person isn’t racist because he has a black friend.
Notice how bad we’re supposed to feel for him.
I have made a career on the incredible power of social media, and the radical new ability that we all have to say whatever we want to a mass audience. Today I can’t help but feel hurt by those same tools that I love.
He feels hurt! He needs a hug! Never mind that he states outright he’s harassed his victim, sending her at least two messages (one via email, one via FB message) that he’ll admit to. No where in the text does he acknowledge the harm done to his victim, and while he tells his fans not to harass her further, he doesn’t acknowledge that this harassment is taking place, nor apologize for it. Because, remember, this isn’t a post about her assault. It’s a post about how “This is just baseless gossip that will now haunt me for the rest of my life.” Like those poor Steubenville kids with their bright futures.
But the point where this gets truly disgusting is here:
I spoke with my lawyer, and she thinks I have a clear case to sue this woman for libel and get a restraining order, but I have no desire to bully or harm her. Additionally, I’m not wild about the precedent that sets for other women to come forward in cases of actual sexual assault.
Part of this paragraph, like the rest of the post, is crafted to earn our sympathy. He could seek legal action, but he won’t, because he’s such a good guy. Look at him taking the high ground (and flaunting it.) Look at him protecting “other women.”
The truth is, he almost certainly could win a libel suit against his victim. The crime wasn’t reported at the time, and there’s no physical evidence. We all know our courts will go to any lengths to avoid prosecuting and convicting rapists, even in recent cases with clear and unambiguous evidence. What chance does a victim shamed into silence for ten years have?
But the second, more sinister part of this is the way he throws shade on his victim. Don’t miss the implicit threat. He never says he won’t sue, he says “he has no desire to bully or harm her”. (More than he already has, presumably.) He doesn’t want to hurt her, but again, she’s forcing his hand. If he sues, it will be because she made him. And there’s that subtle dig at the end, too. “Cases of actual sexual assault”. He’s minimizing her experiences to make himself look better.
All in all this is an epic piece of mansplaining. It’s also super gross.
i went to college with max and am not a whit surprised tbh
I saw your comment about pro israeli or neutral... Tell me one thing though, I'm not trying to start a fight or anything, do you know that Hamas fires rockets each month, even during ceasefires, at Israeli and Palestinian civilians? Now I'm not condoning the killing of children, or anyone for that matter, but do you really think that it is ok for Hamas to target civilians each and every time they fire their rockets into Israel?
you definitely are trying to start a fight.
israeli deaths from hamas rockets during the entire history of the conflict, as of 2012: 26 individuals [citation, Modoweiss]
palestinian casualties in the past ten days: 291 individuals, most of them civilians [citation, Reuters]. update from today, 7/19/14: 342 [citation, SF Gate]
hamas rockets, which are usually one of the several “qassam” models, are crude projectiles assembled by hand in backyards and garages, aren’t very accurate (although newer models, post-2006, are a little moreso) and while they are capable of killing people (at a success rate of <0.217% [citation: Mondoweiss]), they are in no way comparable to israel and the IDF, which are fed an IV drip of cash and armament from the United States military industrial complex, at a much-touted rate of around 8 million us dollars per day [citation, PolitiFact, skeptical/fact-checking website—considers this an “accurate estimate”].
firing trash rockets indiscriminately into Israel is definitely a shitty thing to do. it is also not the apocalyptic threat that israel and pro-israel propaganda (most of it headed by evangelical christians in the USA, who have a vested interest in getting Israel squared away so the Rapture can happen. i’m not making this up, although, hilariously, israel’s behavior is starting to alienate even these die-hards) say it is.
israel is so far up its own ass at this point that far-right Israeli protesters in Tel-Aviv are showing up in white supremacist/nazi t-shirts with stars of david replacing the iron cross motifs [Haaretz]. this particular gang of winners beat up some peace demonstrators, sending one guy to the hospital, before calling it a night.