Saturday, February 18, 2017
Beckon Your Soul Forth
Cast your race off
Put down ancestral baggages
Hold lightly to identity
Skin like cloth
Beckon your soul forth
To experience Humanity
With agape's eyes
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Rights are Within
One must not conflate "rights" with privileges; rights are within, thus outside of human purveyors to barter with, while the latter is indeed within their reach and manipulation.
Therefore, a human being is always whole, and has always been so, before society begins to use privileges to manipulate our anxieties and fears, as society bamboozles us to seek refuge from a disordered universe into tribes, in-groups, enclave, and/or nations.
Believe, none of us, CERTAINLY, is the only certainty, for the Truth is most and always ineffable.
Goddess bless, reader!
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Deconstructing "Whiteness" as a Human Syndrome
By constantly associated the racial term, "White", with "supremacy," one inevitably begins to associate "Whiteness" with superiority, but without associating it with the most insidious psychological mechanism, as would if the racial word were to be associated with the term complex, to be deconstructed as a human frailty, or syndrome.
Goddess bless, reader!
Anachronistic "White Supremacy"
Furthermore, how does one define "White," as a race? One cannot define it scientifically, but culturally; therefore, a lot of folks, who might be perceived, read as "non-White" externally or skin-color-wise, are indeed and in deeds most culturally "White," in relation to high privileges, and an internalized superiority complex based on economic status, education status, and a general affiliation to certain tribes with high vested interests in the status quo.
Goddess bless, reader
Saturday, September 3, 2016
**Jen Richards on cisgender actors playing trans women**: ..." I auditioned for this. I told them they shouldn't have a cis man play a trans woman. They didn't care.
I've made this point in a few interviews, but never on Twitter, so let me lay it out. Reasons not to have cis men play trans women:
First, there's the practical/economic one. It denies actual trans women opportunities, jobs, resources, which hurts entire community.
Then there's an aesthetic. Now, I agree, in principle, that anyone can play anyone. As an artist, I want that kind of freedom myself, but...Having trans people play trans people allows for more informed, subtle, authentic performance. It makes for BETTER ART, which is the point.
There's a reason why @HerStoryShow has resonated so much with trans people, why we love @Lavernecox, @MsJamieClayton, @angelicaross, etc.
Eddie Redmayne, Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, etc., are great actors, but we, and those who know us, see the difference between them & us
Cis audiences reward them because they see being trans itself as a performance. Trans actors rather perform THE STORY, not our gender.
But all of this pales to the main reason not to have cis men play trans women. This is the reason that is making me cry as I type this...
It will result in violence against trans women. And that is not hyperbole, I mean it literally. Cis men playing trans women leads to death.
Here's why. I've spent years looking at violence against trans women, particularly who does it & why. I talk to survivors. There's a pattern:
Straight men are attracted to trans women. They always have been, always will be. We are some of the most popular sex workers. It's a fact.
BUT they are afraid that being with trans women makes them gay/less masculine. They seek us out, enjoy us, then punish us for their anxiety.
Let's be more direct: They have sex with us, worry that makes them gay, then reassert their masculinity through violence aimed at us.
Back to the point. WHY do men, who aren't attracted to men, who only date women, think being with trans women makes them gay/less masculine?
Because culture as a whole still thinks trans women are "really" men. Decades of showing us that way in shows. It's been internalized.
Again & again cis men play trans women in media with the furthest reach, are rewarded for it, & tell the world trans women are "really" men.
When @MattBomer plays a trans sex worker, he is telling the world that underneath it all, trans women like me are still really just men.
And that is going to lead to violence. Not to me, likely, but to girls already most at risk. Any cis men who do this have bloody hands.
I'm not some screechy activist. I mean all this literally. It's happening all the time. The stakes are life & death. Our women are dying.
I'm a filmmaker. I hold the freedom of art sacred, but I also recognize its power as a responsibility. We shape perception, we are culpable.
**Dear @MarkRuffalo & @MattBomer: if you release this movie, it will directly lead to violence against already at risk trans women**.
**You will exacerbate the cultural belief that trans women are really men, which is the root of violence against us. @MarkRuffalo @MattBomer**
I need to back up on one point from earlier, because it also matters. The root of the violence is white supremacy, no matter who does it...
#JenRichards #TransLivesMatter #privilege #transactresses #transactors #equity #visibility
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
The Pugnacious, Alpha Roosters
To empower the disenfranchised or marginalized by centering their lived experiences with oppression does not, in any way, take away from the humanity of the privileged subgroup, but since a privilege is not absolute, but most relative, it does reduce its value, effect, or more to the point, defect.
A privilege is indeed a defect, for it places on one it is bestowed the illusion of freedom, but only to behave within a preordained way, and there is the rub, which makes the privileged as oppressed in their narrow way of experiencing life or humanity, as the privileged creates an external, linear order of experiences, which is most retrograde to any truth or freedom to exist as one innately experiences, understands the nobility, connectedness of our humanity.
Also, as we have all been bamboozled to experience value, for example, if too many folks have $200 of discretionary income, we then believe that such an amount is not longer as valuable; therefore, we must acquire more money, as we, then, invariably put roadblocks for others to have same.
Essentially, that is what happened a few years ago, when the real estate market collapsed, for too many ill-advised, -acquired mortgages had diluted the value of such a privilege; therefore, the pugnacious, alpha roosters came home to reinforce, restore linear order.
Goddess bless, reader!