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Art & The Artist

So, I've posted more than a few times on Facebook about a particular author and the harm she is causing the trans community. More than a few people have made the argument that they can condemn the artist and love the art. Can they?

They can certainly claim it, but the fact is, it's from a place of privilege. When you're not the one being harmed by the artist, it's much easier to make that distinction. But for those being actively harmed, that's not a reasonable thing to expect. There's an additional cost here, that gets overlooked by those in that privileged place, and that is the demand that they are making on us to do the emotional labour to distinguish between their love of the work and their dislike of the creator. That's a big ask when you won't even do the bare minimum of allyship here.

I'm seeing these kinds of argument far too often. People claiming that you can disagree or dislike the opinion or idea, but still like the person is another one. That's fine if we're talking pizza toppings or ice cream flavours, but it's an absurd ask when we're talking human rights, access to care, and more. This demand, again, comes from a place of privilege. When you're not the one being harmed, you're not in a position to expect that of me.

I'll paraphrase Mona Eltahawy here: I will not grant civility to those who will not grant my full humanity.


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Getting to Your O Face on HRT

I recently read an article on The Mary Sue on transfeminine pleasure  and I think about how little we really talk about this concept, as though we're not really entitled to it or something.

Yes, I'm envious...

This is the Alice Cos Group , a dance group from China that features only males in their cast. They are all, to put it mildly, simply gorgeous and dammit, I'm just a little jealous! Admittedly, at my current age (let's just say that I go back a few decades and leave it at that) there is zero chance that I would ever be able to pull off the look even remotely as well as they can, but hey, a gal can dream! I'm also really jealous that they actually live a life practically straight out of a Fictionmania story; I would have leapt at such a chance at that age. Ah well, such is the dice of life. Anyways, a sample of their work: