Graham

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Happy first day in East Boston! Just marshing through the marsh before the rain hits.

Happy first day in East Boston! Just marshing through the marsh before the rain hits.

Does anyone notice anything different about my desk today? #mystery

Does anyone notice anything different about my desk today? #mystery

Is this considered cheating? #GREtime sweaty practice session number 1

Is this considered cheating? #GREtime sweaty practice session number 1

Happy marshmallow badminton hot tub barbecue birthday.

Happy marshmallow badminton hot tub barbecue birthday.

neutrois:

chromaluv:

Let me talk to you about books.
Specifically, one book. This book.
This book should be a best seller. This book should be required reading for graduating from high school. Before you get that diploma, you read this book.
This book deals with debunking “Neurosexism,” which is a very fancy term for all of that evolutionary psychology bullshit that people spill about those “brain differences” between boys and girls.
This book debunks such myths as:
Boys are better at math than girls
Women make crappy lawyers/business CEOs/etc, as their brains are not cut out for aggression.
Men make crappy counselors/primary school teachers/primary parents/etc, as their brains are not cut out for empathy.
MEN ARE BUILT FOR GOING OUT AND HUNTING WHILE WOMEN ARE BUILT FOR STAYING HOME AND BABYMAKING IT’S NOT SEXISM IT’S JUST BIOLOGY
And many other such myths.
Furthermore, this book covers topics such as: 
Neurosexism and gender perceptions in multiple races (as this is not a singularly white experience, just as the western world isn’t a singularly white experience)
Sex discrimination in the workplace, and how women are (or, more often, are not) allowed to behave
How science is used (badly) to support many of these claims
Experiences of trans* people, both through interviews and empirical studies.
AND FINALLY - It is all brilliantly researched, cited, compiled - and it’s easy to read! Cordelia Fine actually manages to be funny while writing this, which I think is important, because it makes all of this information infinitely accessible.
Delusions of Gender has reinforced what Oberlin taught me: The gender binary is stupid and arbitrary, and dangerous. And it is a self-perpetuating bias that needs to be addressed to be overcome.

Haven’t read it yet but it’s on my list!

neutrois:

chromaluv:

Let me talk to you about books.

Specifically, one book. This book.

This book should be a best seller. This book should be required reading for graduating from high school. Before you get that diploma, you read this book.

This book deals with debunking “Neurosexism,” which is a very fancy term for all of that evolutionary psychology bullshit that people spill about those “brain differences” between boys and girls.

This book debunks such myths as:

  • Boys are better at math than girls
  • Women make crappy lawyers/business CEOs/etc, as their brains are not cut out for aggression.
  • Men make crappy counselors/primary school teachers/primary parents/etc, as their brains are not cut out for empathy.
  • MEN ARE BUILT FOR GOING OUT AND HUNTING WHILE WOMEN ARE BUILT FOR STAYING HOME AND BABYMAKING IT’S NOT SEXISM IT’S JUST BIOLOGY
  • And many other such myths.

Furthermore, this book covers topics such as: 

  • Neurosexism and gender perceptions in multiple races (as this is not a singularly white experience, just as the western world isn’t a singularly white experience)
  • Sex discrimination in the workplace, and how women are (or, more often, are not) allowed to behave
  • How science is used (badly) to support many of these claims
  • Experiences of trans* people, both through interviews and empirical studies.

AND FINALLY - It is all brilliantly researched, cited, compiled - and it’s easy to read! Cordelia Fine actually manages to be funny while writing this, which I think is important, because it makes all of this information infinitely accessible.

Delusions of Gender has reinforced what Oberlin taught me: The gender binary is stupid and arbitrary, and dangerous. And it is a self-perpetuating bias that needs to be addressed to be overcome.

Haven’t read it yet but it’s on my list!

“One of the best examples,” Jackson said, “ is that at the end of WWII some librarians decided that they wanted to put books on tape for people who lost their vision. Those were the first audiobooks. And today, there’s Audible.com, there’s Amazon, there are so many uses for audiobooks outside of those who are visually impaired.”

There are dozens more examples. Under Armor recently acquired the patent for a one-handed zipper. NPR added transcripts to their site for the hearing-impaired, and their traffic increased 7%. Inclusivity is a good business move.

This Woman Is Taking On Disability Stigma With A Purple Cane And A Petition (via disabilityhistory)

post-transition:

Gonna roll the dice and put this out there - in hopes that it doesn’t come back to bite me in the ass…. I am a music teacher in the public school system and looking to make other trans* friends in my field of work. I knew this would be a lonely road, for obvious reasons I can see why you would want to remain stealth, but I am looking to make contact with other trans* teachers or trans* people in education. 

Age 25, living in Michigan, with frequent visits to Phoenix&Tempe. Been on T over 3 years, first year with topical cream (Androgel compounded) and then injections for the past two and a half years. Two years post-op with Dr. Medalie in August. Incredibly happy with my results, loving the adventure that is my life. Was talking with a friend last night about being trans*, and I’ve realized that I wouldn’t have my life any other way. Being transgender has made me so much stronger than I ever thought possible.

Hey! I work in education research. I’m 25 and based in Mass. Just went to a huge teaching conference in Atlanta and was thinking similar things about how everyone is probably stealth. Are you out to any coworkers?

post-transition:

Gonna roll the dice and put this out there - in hopes that it doesn’t come back to bite me in the ass…. I am a music teacher in the public school system and looking to make other trans* friends in my field of work. I knew this would be a lonely road, for obvious reasons I can see why you would want to remain stealth, but I am looking to make contact with other trans* teachers or trans* people in education. 

Age 25, living in Michigan, with frequent visits to Phoenix&Tempe. Been on T over 3 years, first year with topical cream (Androgel compounded) and then injections for the past two and a half years. Two years post-op with Dr. Medalie in August. Incredibly happy with my results, loving the adventure that is my life. Was talking with a friend last night about being trans*, and I’ve realized that I wouldn’t have my life any other way. Being transgender has made me so much stronger than I ever thought possible.

Hey! I work in education research. I’m 25 and based in Mass. Just went to a huge teaching conference in Atlanta and was thinking similar things about how everyone is probably stealth. Are you out to any coworkers?

medievalpoc:

Toni Morrison
[“The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Someone says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing.” -Toni Morrison]
Wow. I swear, every time Toni Morrison opens her mouth, truth that cuts to the core falls out.
This quote resonates with me because so much of what I want to happen here has to do with removing a lot of the racist assumption about history in so that others can just get on with it. Even if you don’t like what I write, the images, links, books, and resources are still here to link to, rather than constantly being bombarded with and distracted by demands for “education”, “proof” that racism exists, or anything else anyone might need it for.
Whether you’re writing, making visual art, working in education, or just trying to have a conversation, it’s my hope that this blog might help remove some of the distractions of racism as defined above, and do your thing.

medievalpoc:

Toni Morrison

[“The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Someone says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing.” -Toni Morrison]

Wow. I swear, every time Toni Morrison opens her mouth, truth that cuts to the core falls out.

This quote resonates with me because so much of what I want to happen here has to do with removing a lot of the racist assumption about history in so that others can just get on with it. Even if you don’t like what I write, the images, links, books, and resources are still here to link to, rather than constantly being bombarded with and distracted by demands for “education”, “proof” that racism exists, or anything else anyone might need it for.

Whether you’re writing, making visual art, working in education, or just trying to have a conversation, it’s my hope that this blog might help remove some of the distractions of racism as defined above, and do your thing.