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13

Apr

When I don’t live in the same city as my friends, and I see pictures of them hanging out

best-likes:

Nature Trail at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

The Nature Trail is a project by lighting designer Jason Bruges, which has turned the otherwise nondescript corridor route from ward to surgery into an adventure through a forest, complete with glimpses of glowing animals snatched through the trees.

(Source: archatlas)

mydrunkkitchen:

Hey girl hey #GameofThrones

mydrunkkitchen:

Hey girl hey #GameofThrones

05

Apr

WRITING MY THESIS

25

Mar


The right wing conservatives think it’s a decisionAnd you can be cured with some treatment and religionMan-made rewiring of a predispositionPlaying God, aw nah here we goAmerica the brave still fears what we don’t knowAnd God loves all his children, is somehow forgottenBut we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago

The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made rewiring of a predisposition
Playing God, aw nah here we go
America the brave still fears what we don’t know
And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago

(Source: livingdeadboys)

22

Mar

Not Done Yet.

corrupter-of-words:

verdigrisfemme:

widdershinsgirl:

calliowong:

Dear Tumblr,

I thought I was finished speaking when I wrote the last sentence to my supposedly-last post, “Thank You.” Apparently I’m not done. There’s something you all should be aware of. This comes to you in rough-story form, with all relevant folks addressed using the gender-neutral honorific Mx (instead of Mr, Ms, or Mrs).

I was going to wait until the weekend to write, but the information is the same regardless of how polished I write—and I feel this is necessary.

A few days ago, I heard back from some friends from Smith Q&A (a group in support of transwoman acceptance at Smith), who contacted others on my behalf about the legality of using the FAFSA as a bar against my admission.

Jon O’Bergh, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the US Department of Education, gave some clarification on the matter. Mx. O’Bergh commented on the fact that, according to both the Dep of Ed and FAFSA, the self-reported sex indicator on the FAFSA is used for Selective Service only. Then Mx. O’Bergh referred me to Cameron Washington, Web Usability Specialist at FAFSA, for further clarification.

I won’t keep flitting about with a play-by-play of each specific person’s contribution to the (quite-substantial) email chain that built up. However, according to Mx. O’Bergh and Mx. Washington:

The FAFSA sex reported is only used for Selective Service purposes. Neither FAFSA nor the Department of Education cross-checks sex information with Social Security. The federal government is irrelevant in this conversation. All concerns about my hypothetical admission endangering Smith’s status as a historical women’s college receiving federal funding?

Irrelevant, and wrong. The government does not care about my sex marker.

Thus, Smith College’s decision not to process my application based on my FAFSA sex marker is at Smith’s sole discretion. Their hand was not forced; they chose this.

Smith College is fully capable of reviewing my application and making an admissions decision for me based on my credentials. Just—it’s so simple, really.

This is obvious discrimination on Smith’s part.

In case I didn’t mention earlier:

Dean Shaver’s  words to me over the summer, when I was still trying to figure out Smith’s transgender-acceptance policies, were that: “It seems to me that if your teachers provide the language you suggest, all your pronouns would be female and therefore consistent with what Smith is expecting.” She spoke of school papers and transcripts consistently reflecting “female” for my application. Nowhere was there mention of FAFSA, a federal financial aid form.

I am quite convinced that Smith’s supposed transgender-acceptance policies have been evolving with every letter of this Tumblr posted, with every obstacle I manage to clear.

So, Smith chose this path.

Make it a hard walk, folks.

 

 

Calliope.

Signal boosting.

I remember thinking that the FAFSA being the reason Calliope wasn’t permitted to apply to Smith sounded super fishy (in the sense that Smith is using it as a really bullshit excuse) because I had heard that FAFSA isn’t supposed to report back like that, but I couldn’t remember where I had heard that info so I assumed I had made it up. So this was definitely Smith College’s decision and the federal government did not force their hand… good to know. Thanks for the update.

signal boosting to get more legit information out there.  thank you, calliope, for your persistence and for keeping us all informed about how the policies (don’t) work and what’s going on.

19

Mar

thewinterbird:


“the thing is, avery, if you think a woman’s physical body is yours to judge and condemn, you don’t belong here. autostraddle isn’t for you. your outdated ideas are worthless to us. and i mean all of us — the queers, the bis, the gay, lesbian, questioning, trans*, intersex, cis, genderqueer, agender, poly, omni, asexual, pansexual, label-free, butch, dyke, femme, boi, andro, ag, stud, grrrl, old, young, every shade, every race, every ability, every background and foreground and literally everything in between — we ALL repudiate you and your kind.
it will never be our job to make you feel comfortable or represented here, because this space is not for you.”

Laneia on this post. (You might not want to look at the rest of the comments though.)

thewinterbird:

“the thing is, avery, if you think a woman’s physical body is yours to judge and condemn, you don’t belong here. autostraddle isn’t for you. your outdated ideas are worthless to us. and i mean all of us — the queers, the bis, the gay, lesbian, questioning, trans*, intersex, cis, genderqueer, agender, poly, omni, asexual, pansexual, label-free, butch, dyke, femme, boi, andro, ag, stud, grrrl, old, young, every shade, every race, every ability, every background and foreground and literally everything in between — we ALL repudiate you and your kind.

it will never be our job to make you feel comfortable or represented here, because this space is not for you.”

Laneia on this post. (You might not want to look at the rest of the comments though.)

(Source: beyoncepatronus)

18

Mar

WHEN SOMEONE ASKS ME ABOUT APPLYING TO GRAD SCHOOL

whatshouldwecallgradschool:

image

So glad to be done.

16

Mar

Whenever I go shopping

14

Mar

wrdbnr:

GOOD THINGS