Women's Student Activist Collective

The Women’s Student Activist Collective is a social justice student group that works to empower women, transgender, and gender non-conforming people to eliminate oppressions related to sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, ability, etc. ALL GENDERS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN!!

Spring 2014 meetings:
Every Wednesday at 4 pm in Coffman Memorial Union 215 (email wsac@umn.edu with questions)

Based at:
The University of Minnesota


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odinsblog:

Excerpts from Brittney Cooper's Salon article. The full article is HERE and It is definitely worth a read. Additionally though, THIS post (by brutereason) is required companion reading for those who still believe that the whole #CancelColbert tag was no more than people who “don’t get satire” or that it’s simply “PC outrage" run amuck

If that is what you believe, then IMHO, you are missing (or willfully ignoring) the realities of privilege, paternalism & hegemony, and you value being “anti-PC" more than you value anti-racism

The @Suey_Park video interview is HERE (worth watching) and a few related posts are here, here and here

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Just last week, a 7th grader with a curvy build came home upset about this. She had worn an outfit with a skirt and leggings, and in the morning, a teacher had said to her, “Cute outfit.” But then her homeroom teacher pulled her aside at the end of the day and said, “You know, another girl could get away with that outfit, but you should not be wearing that. I’m going to dress code you.” Juliet Bond and the child’s mom were discussing the incident, not certain if the message to the child was ‘you’re too sexy’ or ‘you’re too fat.’

The kids also report that the teachers have been discussing ‘appropriate body types for leggings and yoga pants and inappropriate body types for yoga pants and leggings.’

Bond says, “This is concerning because it is both slut shaming and fat shaming. If a girl is heavy or developed, the message is that she cannot wear certain clothes.” Neither is acceptable. We should not be sexualizing kids, nor should we be making them feel that they can wear leggings as long as they remain stick thin. Bond asks, “Why are the girls being pulled out of class to have assemblies on whether they are wearing the right clothes, while the boys remain in class, learning and studying?”

I don’t have a problem with a school having a dress code; in fact, I attended a school that didn’t allow jeans or shorts or shirts without collars, but I do have a problem when the dress code is discriminately based on gender and body type. There is a big difference between telling all students to dress respectfully and telling curvy girls to dress in a way that doesn’t distract boys.

The Real Problem with Leggings Ban for Middle School Girls: Specific Targets | Alternet (via becauseiamawoman)

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gunlust:

giving trans women roles to cis men 

  • robs trans women actors (who can’t get cis women roles) and gives those roles to cis men who already have an enormous amount of roles and opportunities
  • reinforces the false idea that trans woman are somehow equivalent or analagous to cis men in costume 

like really thats all there is to it. theres nothing you can say that justifies this practice

(Source: whereismyhoverboard, via transawareness)

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lavandulum:

agendr:

there is no such thing as “the opposite gender” because there are more than two genders. thats like saying “i like the opposite flavor of ice cream” there is no opposite when theres essentially an infinite number of possibilities

also implying that genders somehow inherently “oppose” each other in eternal conflict is a subtle way of justifying unequal distribution of power under patriarchy.

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Anonymous asked: Do you not believe hate breeds more hate?

cishits:

I believe “hate breeds more hate” is a phrase that

  1. is used to blame the victims of hateful actions for those actions
  2. deliberately ignores the source of the hate
  3. excuses the oppressor
  4. attempts to control how the oppressed react to their oppressors

If Person A says something cissexist to Person B & Person B responds aggressively, Person B is not “breeding more hate.” Person A is obviously already hateful. Person B has every single fucking right to be angry. 

We have every single fucking right to be angry.

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How to like problematic things

starvedforjustice:

  • know they’re problematic
  • know why they’re problematic
  • don’t dismiss people’s feelings/dissatisfaction with them
  • don’t silence people when they’re talking about the problems in your media, because your enjoyment is not more important than that discussion. 

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oiiaustralia:

Please include intersex in your human rights efforts too!
A poster we published in September 2009 - download a copy to print.
Download and print the PDF from here.
On our website

oiiaustralia:

Please include intersex in your human rights efforts too!

A poster we published in September 2009 - download a copy to print.

Download and print the PDF from here.

On our website

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ceegypt:

blackfeminism:

do people say “bad neighborhood” for cities next to all-white high schools where the boys are getting high every day and raping girls? do they even say “bad neighborhood” for cities with large kkk meetings? or is bad neighborhood a strictly anti-black code?

image

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nos3bleeds:

Ok so i don’t know how many of you saw my embroidery set from last year showing women in film statistics, but to tie in with International Women’s day over on Screenqueens and the learning I’ve done in the past year, I’ve added a couple more. 

(via thenewwomensmovement)

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exsouthernbelle:

queeringfeministreality:

chicklikemeblog:

Just gonna leave this here. 

But also this.

*mic drop*

(via transawareness)

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As women, we are often told that there are hundreds of things we can’t do for one reason or another. We also often end up blowing people away with how wrong they all were. If there’s something you are working hard to do, don’t stop because of what people may think or expect of you. Don’t let anybody’s judgments get in the way. You can do it. And I’m sure you will be amazing. Julia Bluhm, “Not “crazy,” just dedicated” (via middle-women)

(Source: sparkamovement, via middle-women)