womenwhokickass:

Dr Julia Serano: Why she kicks ass
She is a biologist, American writer, spoken-word performer and trans-bi activist, who has been invited to speak about transgender and trans women’s issues at numerous universities. Her writings have also been used in teaching materials in gender studies courses across the United States.
Dr Serano is the author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. Her work has appeared in queer, feminist, and pop-culture magazines, including  Bitch, Clamor, Kitchen Sink, LiP, make/shift, and Transgender Tapestry.
She is a poetry slam champion and has given spoken-word performances at events such as the National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco Pride Dyke March and Trans March stages, Ladyfest, outCRY!, Femme 2006 and in The Vagina Monologues.
She also organizes and hosts GenderEnders, a performance series that features the work of transgender, intersex, and genderqueer artists and allies, which has produced 20 shows.  
As a biologist  she has a doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and works as a researcher at UC Berkeley in the field of evolutionary and developmental biology. Among her discoveries is K10 transport/localisation element (TLS) in Drosophila.
If you require any evidence that femininity can be more fierce and dangerous than masculinity, all you need to do is ask the average man to hold your handbag or a bouquet of flowers for a minute, and watch how far away he holds it from his body. Or tell him that you would like to put your lipstick on him and watch how fast he runs off in the other direction.

—Julia Serano, Whipping Girl, A Transsexual Woman On Sexism And The Scapegoating of Femininity (via femi9itch)
When you’re a trans woman you are made to walk this very fine line, where if you act feminine you are accused of being a parody and if you act masculine, it is seen as a sign of your true male identity. And if you act sweet and demure, you’re accused of reinforcing patriarchal ideas of female passivity, but if you stand up for your own rights and make your voice heard, then you are dismissed as wielding male privilege and entitlement. We trans women are made to teeter on this tightrope, not because we are transsexuals, but because we are women. This is the same double bind that forces teenage girls to negotiate their way between virgin and whore, that forces female politicians and business women to be agressive without being seen as a bitch, and to be feminine enough not to emasculate their alpha male colleagues, without being so girly as to undermine their own authority.

—Julia Serano, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, p 28-9 (via bisexual-books)
themountainlaurel:

Violets by James Stuart Park
bellaandchloe:

Wishing you a beautiful and harmonious Wednesday! 
augustfleurs:

Green-veined White (Pieris napi) Enjoying Lavender (by j13art)
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You are so great though really and I’m gonna embarrass myself but you’re hot as all hell ;a; <3

foodsicle:

Does god bless your Transsexual heart?