Friday, August 29, 2014

As Seen on Lesbolution's Tumblr Blog

small (and some large) changes you can make to live a more female-centric life:
  • value female friendships
  • prioritise art made by women, including music, movies, books, visual art, etc.
  • get involved in all-female group activities, whether it just be chillin with ur gal pals or having full blown feminist meetings
  • be extra friendly and helpful to female strangers
  • compliment the women in your life on things other than their appearance
  • be vocal and unapologetic about your feminism
  • listen to the wisdom of your female elders
  • consider getting involved in women’s spirituality
  • consider political celibacy if you’re heterosexual. this is an extreme measure and not for everyone, but it is powerful
  • love and support all the women in your life. this includes yourself.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Personal Note on Butch/Femme and my Thoughts

Despite this article last year where I described myself as a "Butch Lesbian" while having no real idea what a "Butch Lesbian" is, and frankly, neither do other self-proclaimed "Butch Lesbians" I'm going to let people know that I don't think I'm really a TRUE "Butch Lesbian."  I'm just a regular run-of-the-mill dyke, or a really ugly and uppity lesbo feminist, depending on who you ask.

For the sake of not naming names, there are two rather prominent "Butch Lesbian" activists who have taken to publicly trashing me (one of them numerous times).  It seems they enjoy brow-beating other women who do not narrowly conform to their ideas of gender, and yes, this is all gender, but for more on that, read the link below.  To those women, sure, I don't fit into your little club, and I don't want to anyways.  I will, however, find your antics juvenile, despite both of your ages, and will not hesitate to call bullshit when I see it.

I'm tired of brow-beating from fellow women on the topic. I'm just a fat dyke, and I express myself however the hell I want.  So for the sake of expressing myself, here is an expression: gender norms are fucking asinine, and those who support gender norms and "othering" of breaking gender norms through endless meaningless labels are hilarious.  That includes the labels of "Butch" and "Femme." When really, both of you are dykes, and both of you are women. Get over yourselves, your egos, and your vanity/gen(d)eral issues!

A friend of mine wrote a great piece on this topic, and my thoughts can also be summed up with it too. Definitely read it, it's worth thinking about. "Hate to Break it to You, but Butch and Femme is Also Gender"

Friday, August 22, 2014

24 Hour Truce

Andrea Dworkin once said that she'd like a "24 hour truce during which there is no rape." I want a 24 hour truce during which all men stop hurting all women. This means that no matter what a man's background, whether the color of his skin, the income residing in his wallet, his abilities or disabilities, his sexual orientation, his age, "gender identity," or any other factors which marginalize him when compared to rich white men, will stop hurting women for 24 hours.
This includes men with disabilities who buy victims of the sex trade in order to get laid because they feel they are entitled to women's bodies.
This includes gay men who think it's funny to make fish jokes, to call women "bitches," or to feel up women without consent.
This includes old men who think it's fun to rape young girls.
This includes young men who harass young women in the hallways of their high schools.
This includes men who "identify" as women who commit violent crimes against women, and it includes the men who "identify" as women who support these vile offenders.
This includes poor men who engage in domestic violence against their female partners on the bogus "reason" that they are disenfranchised based on class status, man, and it's really draggin' them down and bummin' them out, maaaan.
This includes men who think they are "allies" who talk over women, or who get pissed off and make threats to leave organizations when women discuss important issues like being PIV-critical.
This includes men who intimidate women by means of financial control.
This includes men who think they have the right to control women's reproductive autonomy for any reason.
This includes men who consume pornography and eroticize the physical and financial control leveled at women in the industry.
All of you. Cut the crap. Knock it off, grow up, and allow us to BREATHE.
A 24 hour truce. Your move.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

#TERFweek? More like #LIMPweek!

Men who are Lesbian-Infiltrating Male-Pleasers (or LIMP) are men who are against female-only spaces and against the right of lesbians to say "no" to male-born people as sexual or romantic partners.  Like Dana Beyer wrote recently of the Cotton Ceiling, decrying lesbian females who choose not to sleep with born-males as being "transphobic," I am here to tell you that LIMPs are lesbophobic proponents of rape culture, and just general misogynists to boot.

I'm not saying you should use slurs or insult people, buuuuut since they're not respecting our wishes, insist on continuing to call us TERFs and "cisgender" despite our wishes, and in light of "TERFweek" on twitter, use the hashtag #LIMPweek if you so desire.  For added comedic effect, use "LIMPweak" too.

I am not cisgender, nor transgender, nor genderqueer, nor agender, nor bigender, nor any type of the multitudes of endless "gender identities" there are.  I was born a female, everything else is societal bullshit, and nobody on this planet needs to identify with their birth sex, the opposite sex, or something in between.

Monday, August 4, 2014

My First Michfest Experience

Dear Lisa Vogel,

My name is Heath Russell and this year I was approved to present a workshop entitled “Denying Gender.” I was thrilled to hear this; however, I was much less thrilled when this news came Sunday August 3rd when my friend [name redacted] posted a photograph of your printed program to Facebook. Despite the last minute notice of my presentation, I’m sure I would have been able to put something together had I gone to Michfest this year. I submitted my project proposal late last winter and never received word about whether my proposal had been received, much less approved or denied. So, again, imagine my surprise when I found out it had been approved and that I would be presenting two days later on Tuesday August 5th.

My workshop was called “Denying Gender” because I am detransitioned female. That means I had taken steps to try changing my gender to a man, but hormonally and socially stopped transitioning. Since then, I have taken a Radical Feminist stance on the topic of gender and gender abolition. However, I know that society does not live in that reality, and we are at the mercy of patriarchy, which is why Michfest was started as a way for women to embrace what a culture would look like without males and patriarchal influence. For someone like me, this would have been one of the first times I would have been in a female-focused/female-dominated environment. As part of my journey back to embracing myself as the female I was born as, Fest sounded like it would be a very healing place for me, due to its unique female-only intention.

Given the controversial nature of my topic, there is no way that I would have attended Michfest nor presented without some form of contact from crew. Recently, I spoke at Radfems Respond in Portland Oregon on this very topic. Radfems Respond, as you are probably aware, was met with much protest by the local trans community and I would expect nothing less had I presented this at Michfest. In order to present at Radfems Respond, we required not only our personal security team, but the security personnel of the Multnomah County Library. If I were to present at Michfest on this topic, I feel it is Michfest’s responsibility to inform me that I am speaking, as well as take steps to ensure my personal safety while presenting.

I’m deeply hurt and offended that I did not even receive a courtesy response to my request and instead the only place I saw my name and workshop mentioned was in the printed brochure that my friend happened to post on Facebook. I saw no mention of my workshop listed on the website. I am interested in speaking at Michfest next year if I can get a response from the crew.

If someone could please respond to me as soon as possible regarding this matter, I would be very appreciative!

Thank you very much,
Heath Russell