Something Clever

When RuPaul and his supporters defend the use of the words “tr*nny” and “she-male,” it gives the power of those words to those who would “castrate or put us on an island and drop an H-bomb on us.” Defending those words is tacit permission to others to use those words as weapons, to openly manifest their hate, against people who lack the ability to fight back. We police words, because they have the power to drive us to despair when we live under an unending torrent of hate. …

The excuse that they’re reclaiming the language does not hold water: you can’t reclaim it while it’s still actively being used against you, and especially if the words are being used against some other group than your own. I can’t accept the excuse that policing language is somehow a greater moral wrong than the harm of that language on the people it is being used against.

RuPaul is not transgender, and does not define himself as such. Yet, he has decided that he can unilaterally dictate what language is offensive to transgender people, a group that isn’t his own. Imagine for a moment if one of the most popular and prominent members of the transgender community was encouraging straight people to use the word f*ggot when describing gay men. Imagine if they refused to step back from the use of this word. Would there be a similar debate?

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones…But Words Can Kill the Soul | Brynn Tannehill for the Huffington Post Gay Voices  (via gaywrites)

xrayandvavin:

flowercrownimpala:

i wonder if actors ever get their scripts and are like

well this is fucking stupid

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In 1979, when the minimum wage was $2.90, a hard-working student with a minimum-wage job could earn enough in one day (8.44 hours) to pay for one academic credit hour. If a standard course load for one semester consisted of maybe 12 credit hours, the semester’s tuition could be covered by just over two weeks of full-time minimum wage work—or a month of part-time work. A summer spent scooping ice cream or flipping burgers could pay for an MSU education. The cost of an MSU credit hour has multiplied since 1979. So has the federal minimum wage. But today, it takes 60 hours of minimum-wage work to pay off a single credit hour, which was priced at $428.75 for the fall semester.

pseudologia-fantastica-me:

arrafrost:

lacigreen:

fulloflightning:

don’t blame women for the fact that someone they trusted betrayed them in such an intimate way

solidarity with my ladies

for real i’m so sick of everyone blaming women when their asshole partners share their PRIVATE, CONSENSUAL pictures with the public

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THIS IS FOR EVERY GENDER

lokislongluscioussantahat:

coll-of-the-haunted:

zelda-in-a-tutu:

impmon:

babyferaligator:

babyferaligator:

beginning of joke

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i honestly dont understand this joke and its frustrating me

Well, I guess you’re missing the

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 I do have a remarkable tendency to miss the Juicy Juice Hypotenuse.

Can we always call it that oh my god

truebeliever980:

Spring 2014. Never forget.

truebeliever980:

Spring 2014. Never forget.

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