Friday, 9 June 2017

Being Transgender & Truthful

95% of the time people who dismiss the gender of transgender people have zero interest in being educated beyond the 7th grade chromosome argument.
I have personally tried many times to do so. To be completely honest, I don't think it's the modern scientific studies that daunt them. I also don't entirely believe their intent is malicious, even though denying a trans person's gender is inherently a violent act.

The biggest issue is the fact that they are so invested in their own cisgender binary that they cannot imagine why anyone could be trans.
This of course means that our mere existence threatens them, and they get scared by what we represent. We are a world-shattering truth which they simply aren't ready to deal with.
This is the root of transmisogyny and some cisgender people refuse to let it go. They attack us out of nowhere because they are afraid of their own gender becoming somehow invalidated.
This is not the case, but having been the target of such attacks, and observing such attacks on others the only conclusion I arrive at is that they actually are more adamant about gender than transgender folks are!

If we're allowed to be who we are, somehow they CAN'T be who they are. So they retaliate with violence, hate, libel, slurs, and more… when all WE did was exist.

Statistically, some of them are probably trans themselves, but have become so intimidated by society and/or religion that they can't come out, so they cling to the "penis = man, vagina = woman" dichotomy like a scared child holding a teddy bear. I pity them, really.
Others are simply bullies who cannot handle anything that doesn't remind them of themselves. Narcissistic as that is, it's also pathetic.
Transgender people have a kind of strength and resolve that militantly minded "XX = female, XY = male" cisgender people will never have.

It's not the "courage" or "bravery" we have to be who we are in the face of overwhelming oppression either… It's our ability to be truthful.
Cisgender people can be so invested in the lies that society tells us every day that they can't take encountering someone living authentically.

So I don't bother trying to educate these people anymore.

Source: TransEthics on Twitter

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The House Music Anthem (HIstory)

Move Your Body

Marshall Jefferson had this song in his head whilst working at the post office. 

He figured out all the parts, then got fellow PO workers and friends Curtis MCClain, Thomas Carr & Rudy Forbes to join him at Lito Manlucu's studio. 

They recorded a version, but his 3 friends thought that it sucked. That night he took the tune to the Sheba Baby club and played it to the DJs Mike Dunn, Tyree Cooper and Hugo Hutchinson. They loved it, but wouldn't play because of the piano, which they thought wasn't "House music". 

He then drove to the Music Box to play it to Ron Hardy. In his car he played it to K.Alexi Shelby who was also not impressed, also thinking that it wasn't House music. 

In the club he gave it to Hardy, who played it straight away, then played it back-to-back 5 times. It became the biggest tune in Chicago and Hardy asked him not to give it to other DJs. 
Eventually Marshall Jefferson couldn't stifle demand from other DJs anymore and he gave it to Frankie Knuckles to play. 

He also took it to Larry Sherman at Trax. He also hated it and said it wasn't House because of the piano. Marshall didn't care and paid Larry to press it up.... which finally happened 13 months later. The version on DJ International came about because Marshall thought he could record a superior version in a bigger studio. He went to Paragon studios to record it.

This was meant to have been released on Marshall's own "Other Side" label, but at the last minute Larry Sherman scratched out the "Other Side" label number on the mothers and replaced it with a Trax number. If you own a release with a scratched out "Other Side" number you know it's an original release.

Larry Sherman also didn't bother too re-master or re-cut it. Also the release was meant to be credited as On The House, as Curtis McClain, Thomas Carr & Rudy Forbes had helped write the tune.
Larry just credited it to Marshall Jefferson, which caused a lot of friction between Marshall and the other people involved. They came around his house to confront him, Marshall telling them it was Larry's fault, which they didn't believe.
They only believed him when they confronted Sherman, who told them to piss off.

A friend of Curtis McClain called Norman David got Marshall to sign an affadavit stating that they had sang the vocals on the record. They took this to Larry who claimed that he had given Marshall $150,000 and that he had put Marshall's name on the song as that was required in the contract.
They went back to Marshall demanding their cut only for Marshall Jefferson to tell them that he ad not received a penny from Larry Sherman and had, in fact, paid HIM $1,500 to press up the release, which they didn't believe, even after he had showed them the receipt. They then said that Sherman had offered them a contract, which they were going to sign and get rich, a course of action which Jefferson tried to stop. They later had 2 releases, but got paid nothing from Sherman.

Author / Source : Ian S. on Discogs

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Gender Stereotypes

My art is about gender role reversal, including the reversal of power. Like everyone, I noticed from an early age that society expects different behaviours from people based upon their sex, and I became fascinated by a scenario in which women, not men, are the dominant sex. Not the S&M world of whips, dungeons and dominas, but a simple swap of everyday gender roles. It is extremely (and surprisingly) difficult to find this depicted, so I decided to try and create this world in art.

I used to use the moniker ‘Eve’s Rib’, but found that some people called me ‘Eve’, and assumed that I identified as female. So now I am Jamie Vesta and yes, I’m male and content to be. I’m critical of masculinity, but that’s a different thing.

I work within a few different scenarios. My usual is a situation where women, as a result of the so-called ‘genderquake’, have become the breadwinners and seized economic and political power from men. In this near-future world, it is women who wear the trousers and go to work, while the men have to stay at home, wear dresses and do the housework. This scenario offers a rationale for the pictures.

It takes certain trends in the real world – girls doing better in education, women moving into the workforce, etc – and extrapolates them into a female-run future. However, if you prefer to take the pictures as illustrations of a world that’s always been female-dominated, or as stand-alone satire, that’s fine too. I also paint scenarios set in an alternative past in which it’s the men and boys who wear the petticoats and bonnets, and I occasionally base pictures in the real world.

The pictures will serve the fantasy of a particular community, but I hope they will also provoke the viewer to question gender norms. Gender is a social construct. It is a product of history, not of genes or divine will, and can therefore be changed or ignored. Gender conventions should not prevent people from expressing themselves as they please.

The forward strides taken by women over the last hundred years might convince some people that women are really becoming dominant. But though it’s fun to pretend, we must know the difference between fantasy and reality. According to the top indicators of power, women are still behind men: just look at the proportion of women to men in our parliaments and boardrooms, and they are sometimes paid a third less than men for doing the same job.

This is why feminism – which argues that women and men are born equal, and should be treated equally by society – is still very important.
- Jamie Vesta

Thursday, 26 January 2017

How to Manufacture Masculinity

Are you a man: masculine, male, and/or manly (some or all of the time)? Do you check the box that says “male” next to the word “gender” when you fill out your demographics? Do you, like the majority of people who answer yes to both of those questions, find that a penis has always been conspicuously attached to your body, which you just take for granted, for an indicator of your social gender, and as a generally awesome win in the birth lottery? Well, do I have a list of tips (double entendre intended) for you to keep that up (this perception of your gender — not an erection)!

1. Be Intellectually Dishonest With Yourself

The presentation of only two very rigid possibilities for gender expression is a super important aspect of any gender-indoctrination program. Being deprived of the right to choose the gender that feels most like your authentic self, from birth, is step one. Depriving yourself of any opportunity to exercise free will over how you convey your adult maleness to other people is a perfect step two. Not only that, it gives you the benefit of blaming everyone else for any harm caused by your knee-jerk displays of masculinity. If you hit or rape a woman, it’s because she made you do it; just like the ones you shout at when their skirts are too short or their shirts are too low, and the ones you talk right over whenever they disagree with you. If you molest a child or kill someone, it’s because your parents didn’t love you, and you just finally boiled over. If you bash someone you think is gay or trans*, and one of them reports it to police, it’s because they were sexually harassing you. You’re the real victim here.

2. Be Intellectually Lazy, Too

Since you’re already clearly victimized by non-consensual gendering and gender binarism (don’t Google either of those), and since it’s clearly everyone else’s fault, clearly you’re the only victim. Then you don’t have to think about how, if the way you (and all manly men) have been socialized to think about your gender, then clearly everyone else has been socialized the same way too. Thinking like that might make you stop and empathize with how women have been brainwashed to define their gender in negation to everything that defines your gender. And you’ve got more victim status to claim with all that time and energy! But if you avoid thinking about that at all, then any time a woman lashes out at you for being the same gender as the last person who punched her in the face, you can claim victim status again! It’s not your fault some other manly man did that to her, so why is she attacking you for it? You certainly don’t punch women in the face (even if you secretly or not-very-secretly think she probably had it coming), so she clearly just hates men. Problem solved! Manly men love fixing things! Amirite?

3. Laugh Carelessly About Male Stereotypes

This list is starting to get long and depressing. Time to brighten things up with a good pot-shot directed at any perceived failure of your gender (especially if that’s secretly you — no one will ever find out). Everybody knows you prove your masculinity with your chest hairs and ripped muscles, so the next time you’re in front of your friends, pick a guy around who doesn’t even have hair on his ass, and who is too small to push back, then speculate about how small his penis is while you shove him around. It’ll be a riot! If some guy you know about isn’t getting laid for any reason at all, call him a faggot. In fact, I’ll bet you got a head start on that while you were all still in primary school, so teach your sons and nephews to do it too, by calling these “faggots” out in front of them. If one of your buddies works cooperatively with his wife, girlfriend, or female co-workers, tell him he’s pussy-whipped. It’s hilarious because it’s making fun of women too! And nothing gets people roaring with laughter, quite like a good “tranny” joke. Especially one that’s actually about a drag queen. Amirite?

4. Arbitrarily Decide That Male Chauvinism Is Totally Legit

My final suggestion is to secure your false sense of masculinity as if it was real by developing a superiority complex about being a penis-bearer (actual or perceived). You’ll have already managed this by openly rejecting anything that is socially read as either feminine or emasculating. But it’s really important to also hold the conviction that patriarchy is natural (even though, in the entire history of Western civilization, we’ve actively worked against establishing any other social order), and that anyone who suggests otherwise is just trying to victimize men by taking away the social power they are naturally entitled to. You earn super bonus points for comparing this difference in gender politics to the Holocaust, or for denying that patriarchy is systemic (as evidenced by what a shitty deal you’ve gotten out of it as an individual). And any time someone tells you you’re wrong by pointing out, just for the sake of perspective, how much worse anyone else has it, change the subject back to something about penises (such as circumcision!) Because that issue is always way more important.

Source: Haifisch Geweint


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