Nice to see a journalist pointing out the true cause of child prostitution: economic disparity and colonialism. From 4 News:
The social price of gold: child prostitution
Since the price of gold nearly doubled five years ago, thousands of illegal miners have flocked to a remote corner of the Peruvian jungle to take advantage of a once untouched ‘El Dorado’. In a few short years they have not only created a huge environmental problem, but also a tragic social problem: child prostitution.
While gold mining takes place all year around, the most productive months are in the dry season from March to December. During that time hundreds of young Peruvian women arrive in Puerto Maldonado, in Southeastern Peru and its surrounding areas. These are often women dispatched by their families and lured on the false promises of well paid jobs as waitresses, they end up working in one of the regions hundreds of so-called prostibars.
The average prostitute is around 16 years old, but many are as young as 12.
Anonymous said: kelsey its me im the anon, i just wanted to explain that i post mean things because i am so in love with u. i am so attracted to people who look like muppets and who have a worse attitude and social skills than an autistic adolf hitler. im just mad u wont date me bcuz im not pretending to be a girl despite my massive intimidating peen which for some reason dont make u a str8 for wanting in ur mouth.
Ohhhh it’s you. I honestly forgot about you!
Hello, Anders Ohman, known MRA creepbag. I love the way you have turned me calling you on your terrible verbal cyber harassment as me ~slandering you~.
I am not ashamed to say that you aggrivated my mental health issues, so calling me a “crazy cunt” doesn’t get to me.
You should know better, as an IT person, than to message me from work. IP address 188.8.131.52 led me to Brigham and Women’s, where you work. I’m going to call your job and see how they feel about you using your work time this way.
I’m the crazy cunt, sure, and you’re the troll who needs to send transphobic anons from your job over the fact that someone you met once doesn’t like you.
I was going to leave this one private, but you picked on my ex girlfriends, who are trans women. And you as someone whose close friends with transgender people! You know what I do to people who are assholes to trans women?I let everyone know what they look like:
Since this was originally posted, the situation has escalated, including a fake twitter account publishing Kelsey’s home address. This isn’t just drama, this stalking, it’s fucking wrong, and it needs attention. Signal boost, please.
Registration for CZF 2014 is open! Go now!
we’ve just registered! will we see you in march?
by Andrea Smith There has been much discussion of late about the racist, imperialist, and just generally atrocious writings of Eve Ensler and the 1 Billion Rising campaign.
Okay, this is an absolutely brilliant piece by Cherokee scholar and thinking-machine Andrea Smith. She’s not claiming to have invented any of this, she’s just putting it together in a clear and concise way. This is intersectional feminism writ large, writ obvious. I love that her Indigenous feminism is explicitly addressing anti-Black racism.
If you read this and don’t understand how white feminism fails us on pretty much every single level, then you aren’t even trying to get it.
It is with profound sadness that I write to tell you QEJ is closing.
Funding has always been a challenge for QEJ throughout our 12 years of existence, but this year the financial crisis has been relentless. We finally had to face the painful reality that we cannot keep going. The crisis cannot be resolved simply by a one-time burst of money. Had that been true, we would have turned to you, our community, and asked for help. I am sure of your response.
What the Board and I had to confront was that this financial crisis would remain an ongoing emergency because we had no certain guarantees of future long-term funding. We were looking down the barrel of the funding-world shotgun, and understood that we could not stay alive. We know that QEJ is not unique in this crisis. We see clearly how our radical vision of social change — including issues of poverty, incarceration, sexuality and racism too often did not align with more mainstream foundation priorities. And we know that this gap between our vision and the funding that enables it is a critical issue for our communities in the future.
We have never had a large number of major donors able to write big checks (though we thank the ones who have). What we have always had was a loyal and committed group of donors who believe in what QEJ does, and who gave—not huge sums—but all they could. Yet that wasn’t enough to keep us afloat. We needed to find another way to stay alive and, though we had a strategy, we did not have the time to implement it. Realizing this, we looked at each other and said what we had never said before: We have to close.
This has broken our hearts.
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This really amazing list of WOC and QTPOC bands is going around
and it reminded me of how i felt when I first saw this series years ago.
Elle is a dear friend/artist who makes space for ‘outsider’ identities in their work and everyday life. This series is doing exactly what the list is doing, which is why I wish to share this with ya’ll.
(dont hate me elle! <3 )
elle is a dear friend (to us as well) & an amazing human being & their work deserves to be noticed
Partner abuse is widely misunderstood and underreported in the queer community. In large part, this stems from a widespread misconception that partner abuse only affects straight couples where the male partner abuses the female partner. This is a myth — in fact, queer intimate partner violence is happening all the time — but it continues to be exclusively reflected in resources and mainstream responses to partner abuse across the United States. For instance, there was the judge in Ohio who didn’t believe abuse could occur between same-sex partners. And the specific challenges that queer people face when trying to get help about intimate partner violence are on top of the already challenging situation that ALL survivors face.
20 pg. at 1/4 letter size
$4 or trade, contact the author to order
There are a lot of great zines out there where people share their experiences relating to mental health. However, there aren’t (yet) as many zines that talk about living with other health conditions, though When Language Runs Dry, about chronic pain, and Life, Death, Love, & ‘All of the Above’, which is about the author’s partner’s having leukemia.
Inspired by Dave Roche’s writings about his experiences with Crohn’s Disease, Stacy decided to write about her own history with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
The zine’s layout is lovely: clean and highly readable, and, as Stacy assures readers in her introduction, she doesn’t go into graphic detail about any of the symptons of IBS. Instead, she focuses on practical tips for living with the condition, intended both to help other folks with IBS, and to help the rest of us understand better what it’s like living with IBS:
"One question [people with IBS] will always ask if we are going to a new place is if the place has a bathroom or where the bathrooms are. Fun stuff, huh?"
In addition to all of the other reasons it’s not awesome to have a medical condition, IBS sufferers have to deal with living with something that they might not generally feel comfortable talking about, and that many other people will misunderstand or feel awkward discussing. It takes a special kind of highly admirable boldness to write publically about the state of your bowels, and Stacy does so with aplomb and class, entertainingly and informatively. Check it out!
- Lily Pepper
Help Food For Thought Books into and through its 38th year!
Food For Thought Books is a radical paradise, a queer haven, the type of place you walk into for the first time and feel that you’ve come home. I can’t count the number of Saturdays I’ve spent sitting in Food For Thought for hours browsing their amazing selection. I can never leave without at least one book (usually I leave with a lot more). Their events are diverse and inspirational, from monthly letter writings to queer incarcerated pen pals, to the annual zine fest, to open mics and speakers of every variety. I couldn’t imagine the Pioneer Valley without Food For Thought. Please contribute to their campaign in whatever way you can. Help this amazing community hub stay open.
Food For thought has been my second home for the past four years of my life. I can’t begin to explain to you how much this place means to me and how incredible and important it is for the western mass community as a whole.
I have been really actively involved with them and have been seeing the process of everyone trying to figure out ways for FFT to try and stay open. Zine fest raised 1,000 dollars but it nothing close to being enough.
please donate? Thrushparty? Onyrclothesline? Kaalliiopi? Kaleicious?
Here’s another installment of “Get to Know Your Chicago Zine Fest Organizers/Coordinators”:
Name, CZF title/job, name of your zine (if you have one)
Heather, third year organizer. I’m the volunteer coordinator, among many other CZF duties. I’m also the king of spreadsheets.
hoax zine loves heather <3
Someone asked us:
Since a transman can still get pregnant while on testosterone (even though the chance is slim), can he still use a home pregnancy test? Or will his hormones affect the results and give a false negative/positive or something?
What do you do to feel more safe with clients?
How do handle transphobic violence?
What activity helps you feel calm and safe after work?
Red Umbrella Project wants to know how you practice self-care and keep yourselves safe! On Tuesday, December 10th from 7pm-8:30pm at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Red UP and Center for Anti-Violence Education are putting on an Anti-Violence and Resilience Training & Community Gathering. You can learn more about the event on our Facebook page.
While we are pleased to announce that this curriculum was created with the help of people currently or formerly in the sex trades, we believe even our perspectives as a peer led group cannot cover the wide array of experiences of people in the sex trades. That is why we are asking for your help: submit your safety and self-care tips either to our Tumblr, Facebook, or email@example.com and we will include them in the workshop or the free self-care packages given to each participant.
I am semi-involved with this workshop IRL & I can personally attest to how incredibly on point it is going to be. If you are involved in the sex trades, please consider submitting tips on self-care and / or attending the workshop. Also, please re-blog.
this is an interesting point, although mathematically inaccurate: assuming the women:men, 0.78:1 ratio is correct, men make $1.28 for every woman’s $1
White people are still the ~standard so that’s not so revolutionary.
A white man makes $1.34 for every dollar that a black man makes
A white man makes $1.52 for every dollar that a latino man makes
A white man makes $1.24 for every dollar that a white woman makes
A white man makes $1.44 for every dollar that a black woman makes
A white man makes $1.67 for every dollar that a latina woman makes
That’s some bullshit right there.
If you take away anything from this website, please let it be what I bolded ^