LGBTQ+ advocacy groups are requesting the immediate halt of the birthname publication of trans-actor/actresses on IMDb. This practice is known as “deadnaming” which is the usage of a given name of someone who has changed it. Some groups supporting this stance are Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Transgender Law Center, and the Transcend Legal, Inc.
Category: Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
This past Saturday, Serena Williams lost in the women’s single Wimbledon Tennis Final which is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments in the world. In total, she has won 23 Grand Slam titles, and of that, seven were titles from the Wimbledon tournaments. Serena Williams has shown herself to be a dedicated person in her sport always as her personal life, and she has received backlash from that.
Mary J. Blige is holding true to being a multifaceted entertainer. The musician who became the youngest and first female artist on Uptowns Records, in 1989, continues to influence the media industry from her performances to her business deals.
This past weekend, July 5-7, Blige continued her legacy by performing at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. This year marked the 25th anniversary of not just the festival but since the release of her second album: My Life.
The trailer for Disney’s new live-action film of Mulan was released this morning. In the trailer, Mulan rode into her town on her horse. When she got home, her mother announced that the matchmaker found her a possible spouse. Her father states that the decision has been made and that it is best for the family. Mulan responds, “Yes, I will bring honour to us all.”
The matchmaker monologues about the qualities of a lady, “quiet, composed, graceful and disciplined,” and we see Mulan being dressed for courtship throughout this speech. But it is juxtaposed with Mulan training for the army and fighting in battle still embodying these four traits.
Women are oppressed due to the idea of this binary of male versus female and that males are dominant group within this correlation. The American system has proven that the systematic intersectionalities of race, gender and even class do play a part in the functioning of society. Black women are at the intersections of all these isms. Women are already oppressed due to this- social construct of gender; therefore women of color, specifically black women are at the full effect of discrimination because of such. Yet, women who do not identify with the norms of society are discriminated and oppressed even after because of one’s sexual orientation and sexual expression on top of racism, sexism and classism. The reason for this is through the lens of control and power from the structural perspective through racialized gender stereotypes of the black community.
Transphobia is an issue that affects thousands of people worldwide. Transphobia often leads to violence which in many cases, has resulted in death. Many individuals have been victims of transgender based violence due to existing notions of heteronormativity, associated with the black sexual politics of sexual deviance within black womanhood.
Living in a world that is viewed through the idea of the color of your skin is a lesson to learn. Even though race is a social construct, indicated throughout history, race is the number one indicator of difference between people. Being black in America, there is a time one has to understand one’s self through the race perspective to fulfill the identity of being black. Thus, through the importance of family, which comes a sense of belonging, consciousness is achieved by the person seeking understanding in one’s life, with the comprehension of racism and sexism.