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"This is enraging. Police violence against LGBT and queer people, which are disproportionally people of color, needs to be seen as equally import to other equality struggles, like the fight for same sex marriage. Police brutality and murder IS an LGBTQ issue."


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"Joan of Arc as pioneering transgender/queer martyr"

I’m getting an idea for a thesis along the lines of:

"Joan of Arc as pioneering transgender/queer martyr"

After all, one of the key reasons why she was ultimately put to death by the combined forces of the Catholic Church and French/British feudal lords was because her supposed sins included “dressing” and generally “comporting herself” like a man. She was accused of being an “unwomanly woman.” She chose to wear “men’s clothes” and demanded to be treated just the same as all other men both on and off the battlefield — and not just in terms of “equal rights,” per se, but in accord with the all the social and cultural gender norms regarding men in Medieval France.

And for this, she was deemed eligible to be burned at the stake by the ruling powers of her time and place.

On top of this, she was also just a bad-ass young woman [she was only 19 when she was executed!] who led an entire army to fight against the occupation of France by the British; and who also — in large part owing to her own status as a small rural farmer — critiqued the domination by the big French landed aristocracy over the mass of oppressed French peasantry.

Thoughts?

[Disclaimer: Obviously the modern notion of a transgender identity as such did not exist in Medieval France. I am aware of that, and not trying to retroactively assign contemporary notions onto pre-existing historical epochs. But I think if we look at what Joan of Arc was trying to express with her gender identity within the narrow confines of her society at that time, we can see something that is at least somewhat akin to our modern conception of transgender identity. Maybe … ?]

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Fuck NPR and the NYTimes. NPR spokesperson states they will continue to refer to Pfc. Chelsea Manning as “Bradley” and use male pronouns until she “physically” undergoes genital surgery.


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The US prison system is just one huge human rights catastrophe; more expansive than Stalin’s gulag archipelago, and currently the biggest prison system in the entire world (both relatively AND absolutely).

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People who are more repulsed by Pfc. Chelsea Manning’s gender identity than the verifiable war crimes which she exposed can actually and truly just fuck off and die. You people are the reason why the U.S. is a savage wasteland and are an embarrassment to the human species. You people are the ones who should be removed from society in order to safeguard the public’s well-being, not Manning.


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Dave Zirin




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Solidarity with Chelsea Manning. Please take today to make the choice to educate yourself and others about Trans people instead of being an asshole.

Dave Zirin

Solidarity with Chelsea Manning. Please take today to make the choice to educate yourself and others about Trans people instead of being an asshole.

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Pfc. Chelsea Manning has been subjected to outright torture on multiple accounts. Not only was she kept in conditions of 24-hour solitary confinement for 2 years leading up to her recent trial, but because she is transgender, the Army has subjected her to grueling and bigoted attacks on every facet of her personal life.

This woman is a hero! Obama should be stripped of his Nobel Peace Prize and it should be turned over to Manning for her courage in exposing the war crimes committed by the most powerful and violent nation in the world, the USA.

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Wow. So intense. Everything about this entire tortuous episode which Manning has been put through is both heartbreaking and despicably barbaric.


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