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What makes 11-year-old Jazz a girl is not her pink cleats or the fact that she sews. What makes Jazz a girl is the fact that she identifies as one. Despite the efforts of Ms. Barbara Walters’s in telling the story of Jazz, a transgender preteen on 20/20, Barbara ended up completely missing the bar and instead telling a completely sensationalized borderline transphobic version of Jazz’s story. The interview begins with Barbara asking this young very ... Read More
“At least your Lindsey Lohan-Samantha Ronson phase is over,” my sister said half-jokingly to me when I revealed the news that I had broken up with my first boyfriend and first love. The boyfriend being discussed happened to be female to male transgender and despite the fact that I looked like the heart-eyed-emoji when I was around him and he drove me absolutely banana emojis, the amount of hate and transphobia that I had to deal with because of this ... Read More
Julia Serano spoke about the deeply-rooted assumptions about feminism, as well as femininity and masculinity, that result in transphobia. Concordia's Women's Studies Student Association brought the writer, activist, biologist, and spoken-word performer to Concordia with the intention of reaching out to Concordia's queer community. Serano addressed several issues surrounding transphobia that can be ameliorated with feminist discourse.One of the first problems ... Read More
"Dear Cis People" is making waves with its bold mission statement and arresting messages. The tumblr, which is controlled (and minimally edited) by a trans woman named Amy, describes itself as "a place for trans people to send an anonymous message to the cis population as a whole," as well as  "a means of opening a communication line from people who are often silenced, either inadvertently or otherwise." Challenging a culture of silence, these stark ... Read More
This weekend, the Web played host to a volley of transphobic hate speech and the subsequent backlash that erupted over social media. And though we as a society are unfortunately inundated with hateful internet rants, this particular spat was particularly shocking due to its source—a handful of British feminist journalists. Suzanne Moore The trouble began with Suzanne Moore’s essay for New Statesman, “Seeing Red: the Power of Female ... Read More