Archive for June, 2011

Roundup: ELEVATE bloggers

Sharing the love with my fellow sister bloggers who also partnered with the Black Women’s Health Imperative to raise awareness for National HIV Testing Day. Check out their fabulous blogs and show them some love, too! Queen Unique, The Queen’s Pen Malikah, Reclaim Your Queendom Nikki, divaMissioN Sarah, Vegged Out Mom Ayanna, By Ayanna Ellis […]

by × June 27, 2011 × Comments are Disabled
ELEVATE the Conversation: Fighting the stigma and campaign against HIV Testing

ELEVATE the Conversation: Fighting the stigma and campaign against HIV Testing

Given my fundamentalist background, I’m especially aware of the barriers posed by sex-negative, stigmatizing, false assumptions and beliefs about HIV testing. Beliefs that AIDS is a “gay disease,” even a punishment from God for a “homosexual lifestyle.” Abstinence-only programs that teach young women that that the only protection they need […]

by × June 27, 2011 × 1 comment
National HIV Testing Day: ELEVATE the Conversation

National HIV Testing Day: ELEVATE the Conversation

Today is National HIV Testing Day. Are Women Human? is partnering with the Black Women’s Health Imperative to promote the ELEVATE Campaign, aimed at raising awarenesss about HIV among Black women, and getting more Black women tested for HIV. As with so many issues, the impact of HIV/AIDS on individuals and communities […]

by × June 27, 2011 × 3 comments
AfroLez: “Reflecting Upon My Twenty-One Years Of Pride”

AfroLez: “Reflecting Upon My Twenty-One Years Of Pride”

Trigger warning for rape, heterosexist/misogynist violence. NewBlackMan has a moving essay by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, aka AfroLez, on how she came to terms with her sexuality and why she’s vocal about her identity as a black lesbian. The conclusion includes a powerful reminder of how much progress has yet to be […]

by × June 26, 2011 × Comments are Disabled

At MOMocrats: White male privilege and the daughter test

I’m very excited to share that I’m now a contributor to MOMocrats, a great blog dedicated to writing about politics from a variety of parents’ perspectives. My first post for MOMocrats has just been posted; please check it out, and the rest of the blog, too! An excerpt: Steven Levitt of […]

by × June 25, 2011 × 2 comments

Manly Men of Yore

One of the most interesting and insidious aspects of complementarianism is its use of alternative (read: false) historical narratives to legitimize its claims about the timeless and universal nature of “masculinity” and “femininity.” Men everywhere have always been like X, and women everywhere have always been Y, and that’s that. […]

by × June 19, 2011 × 5 comments
Gender confusion as “reparative” therapy, cont.

Gender confusion as “reparative” therapy, cont.

Image: James Franco in drag, ht Sociological Images. Text: girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short wear shirts and boots because it’s okay to be a boy but for a boy to look like a girl is degrading because you think being a girl is degrading Continued from here. […]

by × June 13, 2011 × 2 comments
Traditional Marriage includes…

Traditional Marriage includes…

    Text: Traditional Marriage includes… 1691: Whites only 1724: Blacks with permission of slave owner 1769: The wife is property 1899: Polygamous Monogamous 1900: The wife can own property 1965: Contraception legal 1967: Interracial couples 1975: Wife can have credit in her name 1981: Husband owns all property 1993: […]

by × June 11, 2011 × 12 comments

Gender confusion as “reparative” therapy

Trigger warning: suicide, physical and emotional abuse, heterosexism, cissexism. Kirk Murphy’s story is yet another tragic example of the ridiculous and harmful the lengths we go to as a society to enforce supposedly natural gender norms. We’re talking about a 5 year old little boy who had to make sense of […]

by × June 10, 2011 × 2 comments