“OUT is a novel that is too controversial for the traditional publishing world. But we want to get it out there, and we need funds to publish paper copies of the book and to publicize it. It’s due out in October 2012. It takes place in a world where same-sex couples (Parallels) run the government in close association with a powerful religious organization. Opposite-sex couples (Perpendiculars) are criminalized, sent to rehabilitation camps, and treated as outcasts. Into this world comes Chris Bryant, son of a powerful minister. Chris has always been faithful to his Anglicant religion – even though he’s never felt like everyone else, never felt…Parallel. And then it happens: he meets her. Carmen. Daughter of one of the leading Perpendicular prosecutors…the girl he knows he can’t live without. Carmen has always thought the treatment of Perps is barbaric – but to actually be one? To fall in love with Chris and openly admit to it is suicide.Their only chance to be together is the Underground, a secret society Chris’s sister introduces him to that is determined to mount an attack against the social restrictions of the Anglicant church. They want to make an example of Chris and Carmen, two Perps from high social families, to become the catalyst for an uprising that will threaten the traditions of their society’s families and church. But the cost of involvement just might be death for them both. OUT is a thrilling new young adult speculative fiction novel (yup, that’s right – no apocalyptic cause here, just speculation on conscious survival of the species rather than natural selection) by Laura Preble, author of The Queen Geek Social Club trilogy (Berkley JAM). School Library Journal hailed Laura as “expertly handl[ing] the ups and downs of teenage friendship and romance, as well as…real characters who go through the typical trials of teenage life.” We need funds to publish copies of the book and to help publicize it. Help us get OUT out there!”
I am literally unable to even
okay, so this appropriative discrimiflip nonsense needs to stop right now, but
We really, really need to take advantage of this whack cultural meme, guys. I want stories where anyone who isn’t channelling Frodo Baggins on the astral plane is ostracised. I want stories where there’s a secret society of outcasts made up of people who know how to code from scratch. I want stories where the world is divided into coke drinkers and pepsi drinkers. Forget about pearls and coals or pures and crazies or perpendiculars and parallels — give me stories about the social boundaries between anthrophiles and furries, between people who like Freeman and people who like Liu.
A friend and I were just discussing a shit story where Fat people rule the world and thin people are persecuted. Another shitty privilege flip.
We already know that all fat people will be on rascals, and that getting off it is worthy of an arrest. And you get arrested for eating celery, missing a meal, or walking to work, as well as going to the gym.
And yes, although it makes no sense. Gyms in this world. Because that’s the type of hack writer that would put such a book out. “Hurrr fat people would have gyms too, they’d just never go to them.”
Yes, just like calling the “ugliest part of society” a “pearl”.
Also the erotic fiction where women take over the world and force men into servitude and use them only for breeding. Oh the poor maltreated menz!
Any other shitty privilege flips we can call out that are mind-breakingly stupid, especially if they were written by someone who has no fucking clue how privilege works?
“too controversial for the traditional publishing world”
Translation: so full of shit that the people who put out Twilight wouldn’t touch it.
There are so many things that are rubbing me the wrong way today.
In particular, the post regarding the 8 year old who was humiliated in front of her classmates. It kicked up a lot of raw feeling regarding my own past, my own childhood. The humiliation of an 8 year old, more or less anyone in a setting meant for education and learning is disgusting. When it happened to the 8 year old girl, was it about race? I wouldn’t doubt it. It certainly was for me. Some of the comments were eerily reminiscent of the kind that had been made towards me. Not only did I grow up in a very “white” suburban city, it was a very discriminatory one at that.
The police, the city and school officials, even the teachers had no problems letting me know how much they disliked my family. As far as they were concerned, I should have been living somewhere else because I was very much not welcome in their vicinity.
School officials took my mother to court multiple times upon the basis of truancy and their belief that she was a bad mother. I remember multiple times, school counselors would sit and question me about the situation at home. My older sister, fed up with the racism and harassment she faced in school, dropped out and spent the time raising the younger ones of us, as well as working overnights at a nursing home.
Some things to consider before you go rambling about bad parenting:
- I have a large family, and growing up it was just my mom taking care of us with no kind of child support to give us even a vague cushion of comfort.
- My mother worked 70 hour weeks, as well as part-time on the weekends, in order to support us.
- I can remember ONE singular time when my mother physically checked my homework/helped me with it because she actually had the time and energy to do so. That was when I was in high school.
- When you’re living in a state of poverty, homework is not very high on the list of priorities because you’re more concerned about other things. Like food. Electricity being shut off. Etc.
You cannot make an assumption on parenting skill or attentiveness from the spare facts in an article online when there are SO many other factors that come into play.
Do some fucking research before you catch a bad case of the verbal diarrhea that some of you are so fond of spewing.
It will be interesting to see where they take this. I think that done well, the show will help address concepts of “bender” privilege in a safe and interesting way that can also translate to critical thinking on male privilege, straight privilege, class privilege, etc. If done poorly, it could be used to reinforce people fighting against oppression as “oppressing themselves.”
I do think there is a cautionary tale in the “oppressed becoming the oppressors”—separate and distinct from the concept of “privilege”—and Amon looks to be definitely “chaotic evil,” but this public speaker guy was on point and just counting on the wrong leader. Korra’s defensive response is very telling.
What they said. ^^^^
Like, even from people that are fucking awesome about everything else.
It never seems to cross peoples minds to be inclusive towards trans women.
It never seems to cross peoples minds to acknowledge trans women.
It never seems to cross peoples minds that without inclusive and acknowledging statements, trans women need to assume that we aren’t wanted.
We NEED to do this because we are tired as fuck of assuming that we are being included.
We are tired of coming into women’s groups and being victimized and abused.
We are tired of going to rape crisis centers and being turned away because our existence is triggering.
We are tired of wanting a safe space and then being told WE are the rapists, the deceivers, the monsters, and the child molesters.
We are tired of being the punchline and the joke. The fetish object and “best of both worlds” so long as we’re gone by morning.
Never mind the fact that many of us are victims of rape.
That many of us have dealt with child abuse.
That many of us have been physically assaulted.
That all of us live and deal with the constant deceptive nature of cis people.
We NEED to assume we aren’t wanted. Because the whole wide world is telling us we’re trash and we can’t be arsed to assume that you actually meant to include us when you said fucking nothing.
We don’t have the fucking luxury to assume that we are being included.
Make it damn clear that you want us around.
Make it clear that you won’t put up with transmisogyny.
Make it clear that you view us as women. That you view us as fucking people.
I’d like to see some fucking solidarity, but I wonder if this will even be reblogged?
And if it is reblogged I wonder how many people that aren’t trans women will do so?
I’m honestly not betting much, so I guess we’ll see.
Simple concept that somehow eludes more people than it should — which is to say anyone: transgender women are women, transgender men are men.
There’s several in my life, some of whom are reading these very words. In case I haven’t made it clear enough in word and deed elsewhere, here it is again: I’m glad each of you is here.
People with a problem with any of that need to step off now before they make utter fools of themselves in a forum that never forgets.