“The law says that your employer does not steal anything from you, because it is done with your consent. You have agreed to work for your boss for certain pay, he to have all that you produce. Because you consented to it, the law says that he does not steal anything from you.
But did you really consent?
When the highwayman holds his gun to your head, you turn your valuables over to him. You ‘consent’ all right, but you do so because you cannot help yourself, because you are compelled by his gun.
Are you not compelled to work for an employer? Your need compels you, just as the highwayman’s gun. You must live, and so must your wife and children. You can’t work for yourself, under the capitalist industrial system you must work for an employer. The factories, machinery, and tools belong to the employing class, so you must hire yourself out to that class in order to work and live. Whatever you work at, whoever your employer may be, it always comes to the same: you must work for him . You can’t help yourself You are compelled.”—Alexander Berkman, What is Anarchism? (via dirtysquatter)
So, to be looking at women’s fashion on a tall, skinny guy with no hips, there’s no way you can project yourself into those clothes. It underscores all of those body issues that we know women have. It’s the world telling us that there’s something wrong with us and that we’d look better in our clothes and the world would think us more beautiful if we looked like this. I think it’s horrible. …
I’m conflicted. On one hand, I don’t want to say that because you were a man and now you’re a woman, you can’t be in a women’s fashion show. But I feel it’s a dicey issue. The fact of the matter is, when you are transgender — if you go, say, male to female — you’re not having your pelvis broken and having it expanded surgically. You still have the anatomical bone structure of a man.
”—Tim Gunn via the Huffington Post Gay Voices speaking about transgender models in the fashion industry. If you read the full interview, it’s clear he was trying to be apologetic and sensitive with his opinion, but that doesn’t make this any less problematic to wade through. Eesh, Tim. Not one of your finer moments. I’d love to hear your take. (via gaywrites)
i have no patience for anyone who brands themself a feminist and does not respect a woman’s personal choices in terms of clothing, gender expression, etc.
if you find things like shaving to be tiresome, by all means, don’t shave, but if you start acting like any woman who picks up a razor blade is so brainwashed by the patriarchy she’s incapable of making her own grooming decisions, you can take your condescending bullshit elsewhere.
a guy at school today was wearing this damn fine red nail polish and I heard these two girls whispering angrily and looking in his direction so I listened in expecting them to be weird about it and the first thing I hear is “how the HELL did he get it so good did he get it professionally done or something you need to ask him where he found that colour jesus fucking christ are you KIDDING me”
I think this is a good example of how the world should work.