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I am Angry

August 13, 2010 2 comments

Read this, and you’ll be angry too.

I was going to just edit this in to the end of my previous post on hate violence, but this fuckery deserves its own little area. The jist of the article is that Rob Jones, a 17 month (you read that right, month) old boy was brutally beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend for being “too feminine”.

“I was trying to make him act like a boy instead of a little girl,” Jones explained. “I never struck that kid that hard before. A one-time mistake, and I am going to do 20 years.”

I have a message for Pedro Jones: go to fucking hell. I hope you do way more than 20 years. You killed a toddler, a FUCKING TODDLER, for not being manly enough for you. Later in the article there are quotes that expound upon how much he loved the kid. Fuck you. Your “one time” mistake just took a child’s life, that’s not “one time” for him, it’s forever.

This is a symptom of a sick society that prescribes which behaviors are “masculine” and which are “feminine”, allowing no mixing, who is allowed to perform which set of behaviors, “men” and “women”, again allowing no mixing, modification, or other options. And the penalty for breaking these rules? Death. I’d like to take the opportunity to repost this link that I shared in the last post. We are at war, and our children are the casualties.

The article itself is very well written, and expounds on the signs of our misogynistic, homophobic, and transphobic society. It includes a number of other examples of such hatred, such as a “feminine” boy being “cured” through aversion “therapy” and later attempting suicide. I encourage everyone to read it, and I’m just going to share this one quote, which is basically a summary of the central idea of the article:

The attack, and the apparent impulse behind it–that a violent man was made uncomfortable by a even a perceived variation on gender-normative behavior–is exactly what makes transgender and gender-variant Americans among the most vulnerable segment of the population, and children who even appear gender-variant are the most vulnerable of all.

I’m going to go do something soothing for a while now. And I was having a good day until I read this fuckery.

Hate Violence Report

August 12, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve been reading the NCAVP Hate Violence Report for 2009 which came out recently. There’s a lot of data there, and I recommend that people at least read the included stories and scan the statistics (I also recommend listening to soothing music while you do so). I’m not going to report a summary of the data here, I was planning on it but every time my brain tries to collate it all I fail, but I may do it at some other time. I will, however, note how obviously intersection plays with this sort of thing. The report notes that gender expression and heteronormativity are more strictly enforced when racism is involved. And the statistics around disability here are, while incomplete, rather shocking (at least to me, as I don’t normally operate in disabled spaces and don’t see what goes on with that particular intersection). I’m having difficulty figuring out what some of it says due to the use of some vague terms, particularly in the “Recommendations for Survivors and Victims, Service Providers and Community Organizers” section, which was going to be my backup plan for commenting on this. If I end up doing either of the things I originally planned it will appear as an edit to this post, most likely.

It is a bit fitting that I found this, a declaration of war against transphobic violence and society, the morning I decided to blog about hate violence. I consider the ensuing trackback to be my signature.

Edit: I’m going to let the report speak for itself, I’ve decided. I have other things ruining my day at the moment. And I’ve fixed the link.