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It’s silly to me when people tell plus sized cosplayers cosplaying skinny characters that they’re “too fat” for that cosplay and to “cosplay within their body type”. Like a) they’re weight and body type does not define how good their cosplay is or what characters they can cosplay b) are you seriously comparing a living human to a cartoon with exaggerated and unrealistic proportions right now and shaming them for not fitting them perfectly? Because I just can’t with that.

Andy and Lana Wachowski open private studio for TransLife Center benefit


For years, Andy and Lana Wachowski, the award-winning directors and producers of such films as The Matrix, V for Vendetta, and Cloud Atlas, have kept their Hollywood secrets hidden from the general public.

The inaugural event, TransReelization: An Evening of Film at Kinowerks Studio, will give attendees the chance to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a selection of films at the Wachowskis’ studio at 5645 N Ravenswood Avenue.

Kinowerks Studio is renowned for its “cleverly sustainable design elements and the best of green technology,” and is lined with Wachowski artifacts, trophies and memorabilia from their films.

"We are delighted to host this event supporting the TransLife Center," Lana Wachowski said, "for a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts."

Lana herself identifies as transgender, and over recent years she’s accepted numerous awards for her work pertaining to trans issues, including the Human Rights Campaign’s ( HRC ) Visibility Award in 2012.

"Invisibility is indivisible from visibility," Wachowski said in her HRC acceptance speech. "For the transgender community this is not simply a philosophical conundrum — it can be the difference between life and death."

VIP guests will have the opportunity for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the studio guided by Lana prior to the start of the event.

All guests will get a comprehensive look into trans issues with a full selection of short films that address gender-related topics set to play beginning at 7 p.m. The films include I Am A Girl!I’m YoursGender GamesSisterhood, a trailer for MAJOR!, and an exclusive sneak preview of Black is Blue.

The TransLife Center, Chicago House's newest initiative, which opened its doors in July 2013, provides comprehensive programming and support to transgender individuals that seek housing, health, legal and employment services.

Buy tickets for TransReelization online at

The children of highly-educated, high-income parents aren’t necessarily less racist than their peers. But they are more equipped to hide their worst thoughts from college admissions counselors and pesky journalists—meaning that they’re more likely to secure the employment and education opportunities that could help them change their tune.

Pew study shows social media class divide: Rich kids better prepared to hide their racist tweets.


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Holy shit what a beautiful study

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Save the Hoop! - GoFundMe


Kenzie Lynn is passionate about two things: Hoop Dance and Horticulture. She dances professionally with the KC Circus Troupe, Cirque du Risqué, and is attending school at JCCC to learn the science behind her love of plants. Presently, both of her dreams are in jeopardy.

Due to a clerical error, the college has a withdrawn class recorded as a failure; this leaves her $300 in debt and ineligible for future financial aid. On top of this, her car has broken down for the last time. She has a bike, which she’s been using to get around, but she lives far enough away from her day job that she’s relying on the charity of friends and family just to make her way.
Kenzie is in a bind — although she has an upcoming performance with her circus, she cannot afford the college debt and other normal costs of living in the mean time, and is considering selling one of her coveted LED hoops just to get by.

If, however, she were able to raise some money, she would be able to keep her hoop, pay off her debt, contest the financial aid issue, and put a payment toward a new, more reliable car.

We’re asking friends, family, friends of friends, patrons of the arts, and all-around good people to help us out. Even dontaing a few bucks can make a huge difference, not only for Kenzie, but for the Circus community and the future of Horticulture! Chipping in a little will make you the effective equivalent of a Producer! Go around an tell your friends you helped to produce live performance art in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area!

To see more about Kenzie and her upcoming performances, including her upcoming performance in Madhouse at the City Stage in Union Station for the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival, check out the Facebook page for her circus:

Most of all, Kenzie is not just an amazing flow artist, but she’s a good friend. So, we at Cirque du Risqué are trying to be a good friend back and organize this campaign. Will you help us? Save the Hoop!

If a woman didn’t want to have sex, though, abortion suddenly becomes okay. Most states and nations with laws restricting abortion to the point of a ban make exceptions for rape and incest. Any qualms about the feelings of the nugget of cells forming in the uterus are instantly, magically less important than a woman’s autonomy if she was raped or subjected to incest, because a woman who didn’t really, truly want to have sex is a good woman and shouldn’t be punished for it, whereas bad women who consent to sex, who might even actually enjoy it, deserve to suffer the consequences.

Unspeakable Things, Laurie Penny (via ekattri)

It’s all about controlling female sexuality and our reproductive destinies. Welcome to the Gilead.

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Free PDF Books on race, gender, sexuality, class, and culture



Found from various places online:

The Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

Angela Y. Davis - Are Prisons Obsolete?

Angela Y. Davis - Race, Women, and Class

The Communist Manifesto - Marx and Engels

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic

The Black Image in the White Mind: Media and Race in America- Robert M. Entman and Andrew Rojecki

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism - bell hooks

Feminism is for Everybody - bell hooks

outlaw culture - bell hooks

Faces at the Bottom of the Well - Derrick Bell

Sex, Power, and Consent - Anastasia Powell

I am Your Sister - Audre Lorde

Patricia Hill Collins - Black Feminist Thought

Gender Trouble - Judith Butler

Four books by Frantz Fanon

Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

Medical Apartheid - Harriet Washington

Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory  - edited by Michael Warner

Colonialism/Postcolonialism - Ania Loomba

Discipline and Punish - Michel Foucault

The Gloria Anzaldua Reader

Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher

This Bridge Called by Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga & Gloria Anzaldúa

What is Cultural Studies? - John Storey 

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture - John Storey 

The Disability Studies Reader 

Michel Foucault - Interviews and Other Writings 

Michel Foucault - The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1Vol. 2Vol. 3 

Michel Foucault - The Archeology of Knowledge 

This blog also has a lot more. 

(Sorry they aren’t organized very well.)

This is amazing. MUST READSS

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