The truth is our job isn’t always great and sometimes it sucks. But it sucks a little less when I get to do it with you.
(via Intersex 101)
What do intersex activists want?
One of the main concerns of intersex activists is to transition from concealment-based treatments of intersex infants to one that is patient-centered. Often, intersex children are subjected to medically unnecessary procedures and surgeries in order to make their genitals appear normal. The child is then often raised without any idea of their intersex condition. Some of these surgeries create children with genitals different than their eventual gender, prompting sexual reassignment surgery which could otherwise have been avoided. Many surgeries and procedures are also experienced as sexually and/or psychologically abusive by intersex children, especially those used for research purposes or requiring sexually invasive treatments. Intersex activists now advocate that only medically necessary treatments be performed on intersex children, and that support and education should prevail instead of shame and concealment.
Some other demands of intersex activists include:
- Not being fetishized or over sexualized
- To be treated as real, diverse people rather than convenient examples for sex and gender theorists
- Some wish to be allowed to legally identify as intersex instead of, or in addition to, male or female
- To end stigma against intersex persons
- Better education among medical professionals
- Appropriate and knowledgeable health care
- More psychological and social support for intersex children and their families
- To consider medical necessity and sexual function as important factors in intersex care, as opposed to ‘normalcy’
Guardians of the Galaxy
Daniel Thompson's imagining of Lupita Nyong'o as Storm has been tearing up my timeline today.
I WASN’T READY GODDAMN
juvjuvychan said: uggggh we need a a shield to protect us from the plastics (I’m gonna start calling all people I don’t want to associate with in a fandom this lol)
lmaooo yessss. the plastics is a perfect name for them.
juvjuvychan said: ew what I haven’t read the new issue yet but that sounds totally like bi erasure to me what the hell is “not queer enough” even mean ugh I bet these are plastics drifting in from the YA fandom
to be fair, i haven’t seen a lot of people saying this, but i can already feel that this is going to become a fairly popular opinion if loki ends up having a romantic relationship with verity or another woman.
this whole thing about loki not being queer enough because he’s shown interest in a woman makes me really uncomfortable. especially because this issue touched on his gender fluidity, which i thought was pretty great.
like i get the impression that people think his queerness is only valid when he’s showing interest in the same sex, which feels a lot like bi erasure to me.