Gender Odyessy: Height Oppression Panelists Needed

 

Call for Speakers at Gender Odyssey Seattle Conference Workshop and Panel Presentation on Height Oppression.

Sam Davis, a genderqueer transguy from the San Francisco Bay Area, will be presenting a workshop at the Gender Odyssey conference on Friday 8/3, including a panel presentation and group discussion on height oppression. His aim is to create a dialogue strategizing ways that short people who pass as male can use language to empower themselves when being disrespected, bullied, or looked down on (in every sense of the word) for being short.

He is looking for short cis men and trans people who pass primarily as male, who might consider speaking about their experiences dealing with both the overt and the more subtle, pervasive forms of height discrimination we experience. As a progressive community, we have found creative ways to use language and empowering rhetoric to respect ourselves as queer and as trans and as feminists and anti-racists and disability rights activists.

Using these models and other examples of movement-building as a starting point, the workshop aims to articulate what height oppression means, deconstruct how it manifests in everyday interactions, and identify ways to challenge it. Sam is looking for a panel of speakers, including both non-trans men and trans-identified people who typically pass as male, straight and queer, as diverse a panel as possible, to share experiences of height oppression throughout our lives, and name examples of ways different people have found to stand up against it.

Amazingly, it is commonly taken for granted that saying,”Wow I feel so tall around you!” is acceptable, while any other similar comment asserting one’s privilege over another person with a visibly less-valued aspect of physical appearance would be immediately challenged by anyone who considers themselves progressive-minded.

Sam is looking for a panel of speakers who are comfortable talking about what kinds of discrimination they have dealt with over the course of their lives, and how they have survived it with dignity. The panel presentation will be followed by group dialogue brainstorming possibilities to create empowering language for short male-presenting people, and empowering responses to different situations involving discrimination, disrespect, patronizing, bullying, and subtle indicators of being viewed as inferior.

Please contact Sam Davis if you would consider speaking as part of the panel.

He can be reached by email at: samdavis66@sbcglobal.net. He will then arrange a phone conversation to talk more about the particular experiences you might like to bring up, and ways this form of discrimination intersects with different sources of oppression in our culture.

 

Michigan Capitol Vagina Monologues

Alright folks!!

Courtesy of the Rochestor Citizen, we’re proud to bring you the prologue to the performance of the Vagina Monologues that took place on the Capitol Steps in protest of the House in Michigan declaring that the word “Vagina” is OFFENSIVE.

It’s a VAGINA. You shouldn’t be messing around with it if you can’t TALK about it!

Enjoy!

 

Superman Battles The Klan (Clan)

On June 10, 1946, a 16 part radio Superman episode debuted. Superman’s radio creator’s and writers decided that after the war, the Man of Steel needed some new enemies. The rising of the Klan gave them what they wanted.

It was time to teach the youth of America that tolerance and accepting other people is the true American way, and that hating other people is against everything they just fought the Second World War for. Here’s an interesting article about it.

http://www.metroactive.com/papers/metro/07.02.98/comics-9826.html

I couldn’t figure out how to get the radio link to play, but thankfully someone uploaded it on Youtube. Enjoy!

NBJC Calls For Hate Crime Investigation in FAMU Hazing Death

NBJC Calls For Hate Crime Investigation in FAMU Hazing Death.

Our friends over at the National Black Justice Coalition would like to remind us that hate and hazing need to be stamped out. School needs to be a safe space for everyone!