“The only reason I’m putting myself out here and talking about anything is because there’s been so many trans* girls on Youtube or that I’ve read about that put themselves out there and made their knowledge available that I feel like I have to return the favor. You know, when I was 14 years old, if I was watching House of Style, watching a transsexual being interviewed and talking about that, then it would’ve completely changed my life, you know… I would’ve felt saved.”
For me, femme is about healing
it is about the rituals of adornment that I use to calm my anxiety, and quell my tears after days where transphobia slips under my skin like stubborn splinters
it is about reaching across time, bridging the distance between the man I am and the girl I was.
it is about finding that girl in the recesses of my heart, holding him in my arms, and saying “it will be okay, we made it out alive.”
it is about finding a way to be a boy that doesn’t hurt.
it is about nurturing all the femme parts of myself that I suffocated, just so the boy part of myself might be visible to other people.
For me, femme is about resistance
it is about refusing to believe that there is a right way to be a man
it is about glitter armor and gestural fierceness coating my spirit so that I might just be strong enough to survive
it is about reclaiming and flaunting all of the parts of my femininity that have been used to say that the sexual assaults were my fault
For me, femme is about healing, resistance, survival.
Somedays, femme is all I have.
“For me, femme is about resistance”
“it is about refusing to believe that there is a right way to be a man”
“it is about reclaiming and flaunting all of the parts of my femininity that have been used to say that the sexual assaults were my fault”
For real. I mean, everything you said. but those things in particular. UNF.
bringing this fab post back because I’m writing about it right this very moment~
Oh look! It’s bb me!
ms. dorothy height is a queen in every sense of the word. without being concerned with the spotlight, she made innumerable strides in the fight for equality in this country for both african americans and women. in fact, she is credited with the being the first person to treat rights for african americans and women as one cause, though she often had to fight to be recognized in the civil rights movement because she was a woman and she had to fight be respected in the women’s liberation movement because she was black. her career in civil rights spanned 80 years in which she worked with martin luther king jr. advised several american presidents, and led the national council of negro women where she spearheaded programs on poverty, voting rights, and AIDS. she even received over 3 dozen honorary degrees from universities such as tuskegee, harvard, and princeton. ms. height died in 2010 at the age of 98 and her life is truly an inspiration! read more about her here and here. #keepitQUEEN.
posted by trae.
My sweet, sweet Soror, too little people know of your contributions to society…