Dispatches from Ladyblogland

What can I say about this week other than it was electric?

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Persephone Pioneers: Welcome Back, Julia Serano!

You might remember our last interview with writer, biologist, and artist Julia Serano. She blew us away with her 2008 book, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, by igniting readers through critiques on both mainstream and feminist views of gender, while challenging assumptions about societal attitudes toward trans women, gender, and sexuality. Read More Persephone Pioneers: Welcome Back, Julia Serano!

There Are No Clean Cut Answers: Needs, Fetishizing “Otherness,” and Communication

Q. My husband wants to have a threesome with a she-male or male ( a penis inside him and his in me). The situation has been pressing on and on for about a year. His birthday is coming up and he asked again. I’m scared partly of being with him and another man, and partly because the sin I feel. We’ve discussed how I feel about it many times this past year. I feel he is being selfish and that the conversations feel all about his pleasure. I am very sexual and when I’m not getting the right amount of pleasure, I get frustrated. How do I get him to forget about other people and focus on us? Also, it is so hard for me to have an orgasm, he has become discouraged before in trying. Which is another reason I think he want to try something new (like a threesome). What can I do to make it easier for him to be able to give me an orgasm? Read More There Are No Clean Cut Answers: Needs, Fetishizing “Otherness,” and Communication

Persephone Pioneers: Justin Adkins

On Saturday, October 1st, Occupy Wall Street NYC protestors set out to march on the Brooklyn Bridge, an action that resulted in a tense showdown between protestors and the NYPD, resulting in 700 arrests. There has been much dispute over the involvement of police who were said to have “escorted” protestors halfway over the bridge, only to meet them half way in and entrap and arrest them. Read More Persephone Pioneers: Justin Adkins

Why This Slut Walked

You know something is amiss when a grown man says to you at a rally against rape, “I hope you get raped.” But let’s not color the entirety of this piece on that comment. This lone incident, while reflective of something that is so large and encompassing, is not what moves me to write this piece on the Slutwalk march, though, there is something devastatingly ridiculous about it. Read More Why This Slut Walked

Persephone Pioneers: Julia Serano

Julia Serano is a writer, biologist, curator, spoken-word artist, and musician. Whew. Her 2008 book, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, ignited readers by offering a critique on both mainstream and feminist views of gender. As a trans woman, she offers a unique perspective on sexism, cis-sexism, feminist and queer communities, and the argument that femininity is an empowering, yet often demonized, trait that needs to be celebrated. Read More Persephone Pioneers: Julia Serano

Ghosts of D.C.: Violence Against Trans Women In The Nation’s Capital

Over the past few months, trans women in the Washington, D.C. area have been targeted for violence and hate crimes. Since July alone, there have been four reported shootings of trans women in the D.C. area, as well as multiple other reports of crime towards them. Back in mid-August, Kenneth Furr, an off-duty cop, drunkenly fired his gun into a car, leaving its passengers, three trans women and two young men, injured. The incident came fresh off the heels of the still unsolved death of Lashai McLean, a twenty-three year old woman who was walking home from The Wanda Alston House, a home for LGBTQ youth and project for Transgender Health Empowerment. Eleven days later, in a distance that now seems ominous, a still unidentified male fired a shot at Tonya Harell, barely missing her, one block from where McLean was shot. Read More Ghosts of D.C.: Violence Against Trans Women In The Nation’s Capital