Editor's Note: Every Thursday, I'll be rounding up my favorite Identities pieces from the past week so that PolicyMic Pundits can more easily read and comment on the great content being written about sex, sexuality, gender, and race in politics and culture, in addition to updates from our community and GIFs galore! You can subscribe to get updates delivered straight to your inbox.
Highlights This Week:
First things first — congrats to Thomas McBee, PolicyMic's new Managing Editor!
We're so proud to have his leadership; be sure to congratulate him yourself!
Yesterday marked Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialize transgender people who have lost their lives to violence, and to acknowledge and stand in allyship with a community tragically and disproportionately affected by those losses. As a media organization for and by millennials, who increasingly identify outside the traditional gender binary, PolicyMic is committed to doing justice to transgender people's stories. In honor of TDoR 2013, Thomas and I put together a series of articles on trans visibility and the media; you can read the entire series here.
Both Thomas and I were touched to see the powerful response to this piece by photographer Amos Mac of Original Plumbing, who showed that there's more to gender than what meets the eye with 16 original photographs paired with quotes from their subjects, including Janet Mock and Rocco Katastrophe. So far, his piece has been shared 19,237 times.
We were equally affected by an eloquent essay from Foster Noone, an Alabaman high school student and community organizer with the Magic City Acceptance Project and the Youth Voice Project, who explains why older generations should listen to millennials in order to end transphobia. Foster concludes, "This generation will be the least transphobic yet. All we need is for adults to get on our level."
Let's work to make that true.
Updates From Our Pundits:
Google search love!
Senate floor love! (For Jewelyn Cosgrove.)
What did you do last week? I'll share any outstanding writing achievements in our community, and highlight the great work that all of our Pundits do offline as well. If you have anything you'd like for me to include about yourself or a fellow PM writer, please send it along!
Must Reads From Last Week:
The Market Demands That 20-Somethings Demand Raises (Jewelyn Cosgrove, @JewelynCosgrove) — With higher unemployment and higher debt, the only thing we've got less of is pay.
Trans Women Can Be Lesbians, Too (Mey Rude, @lunchinthepark) — And bisexual. And queer. And so on.
Live-Tweeting Your Relationship Won't Fix It (Andrea Garcia-Vargas, @AndreaGarVar) — When couples fight, no one wins.
Why We Can't Give Rob Gronkowski a Free Pass For Racism (Justin Chan, @JChan1109) — Professional athletes have to play by the rules, too.
Statistics Say, As a Latina I Am An Anomaly (Maribel Hermosillo, @Cualania) — How are women of color ever going to succeed if we are expected to fail?
Pregnant? Scared? These "Fake Clinics" Will Make It Worse (Amber Logdson, @senatorkhaleesi) — I should know; I went to one.
New Survey Claims Women in the Arab World Have Exactly Zero Rights (Laila Awala, @lulainlife) — But what about the rest of the world's women?
Why This Gay Man Thinks Apple Shouldn't Erase Its Offensive "Gay" Definition (Andrew Godinich, @AGodinich) — Doing so erases what it means in real life.
The Sexist Double Standard For Orgasms (Senti Sojwal, @senti_narwhal) — We now have proof for what every woman who has ever been single already knows about casual sex.
Lily Allen's New Video Doesn't Empower Me, Or Anyone Else (Danielle Paradis, @DaniParadis) — Oh look, faux-liberation. Again.
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