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Link to the syllabus to the graduate-level Seminar in Transgender Studies taught by Dr. Talia Mae Bettcher at California State University, Los Angeles.

give your daughters difficult names. give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. my name makes you want to tell me the truth. my name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.
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So we’re all rooting for Sasheer Zamata's SNL debut this Saturday. At least I am! The girl is hiiilarious! But as we all know, the first day at the job is always nerve-wracking….specially if #Amerikkka is watching! This week's episode was a hard one to come up with because we wanted to do a social commentary on SNL’s PoC allergy (as Tina Vásquez calls it) and still root for Ms. Zamata. Keep having those conversations, cos we sure will!

Check out the new Liberty For All episode here:
http://culturestrike.net/liberty-for-all-22

And don’t forget to tune in this Saturday to watch Sasheer Zamata’s SNL debut!

Check out past Liberty For All episodes here:

Ep1     Ep2     Ep3     Ep4     Ep5

Ep6     Ep7     Ep8     Ep9     Ep10

Ep11   Ep12   Ep13   Ep14   Ep15

Ep16   Ep17   Ep18   Ep19   Ep20

Ep21

"A decade after Puerto Rico became a United States “protectorate” in the 1950s, scores of islanders streamed into New York City. Among them were poets, writers, musicians, and artists who used poetry and prose to question and examine their newfound identity, culture, and history in what became known as the Nuyorican Literary Movement.

Magdalena Gómez, a figure in that nascent movement, who used her voice to decry the oppression she observed and encouraged the disenfranchised to work to realize their potential, has recently given her personal papers to the UConn Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center….” …

simchiller:

they outlawed this move just because she was the only woman who could do it. 
Surya Bonaly was infamous for (among other things) doing aone blade backflip in the 1998 Olympics, and is the ONLY figure skater who’s ever pulled that off. Not just the only woman, the only figure skater PERIOD. There’s like all ofthree Olympic-class male skaters who did backflips in their routines, and NONE of them could do it one blade.
But wait, there’s more.
Backflips were banned from the 1976 Olympics onward on the official justification that skating jumps are supposed to be landed on one blade, whereas backflips are landed on both blades. The unofficial justification was it was too dangerous, both to the athlete and to the rink — if you didn’t land it perfectly, you could not only break your ankle, but also punch THROUGH the ice surface.
Surya Bonaly was openly contemptuous of the figure skating judges, because they were a bunch of openly racist white men who always screwed her over by giving her lower scores than she deserved. That one-blade backflip was her ultimate FUCK YOU! to the Olympics judges, because she took an “illegal” backflip and made it legal by landing it on one blade. Pretty much DARING them to mark her down for being epic awesome and pulling a move that their precious coddled white girls didn’t have the guts to even think about.
They did, of course. White racism knows no bounds. But she utterly owned them with that move.
not only did she do a fucking backflip and land, she landed then went right into a triple loop. like holy fuck

My honey talks about this woman to me all the time—how amazing, 

simchiller:

they outlawed this move just because she was the only woman who could do it. 

Surya Bonaly was infamous for (among other things) doing aone blade backflip in the 1998 Olympics, and is the ONLY figure skater who’s ever pulled that off. Not just the only woman, the only figure skater PERIOD. There’s like all ofthree Olympic-class male skaters who did backflips in their routines, and NONE of them could do it one blade.

But wait, there’s more.

Backflips were banned from the 1976 Olympics onward on the official justification that skating jumps are supposed to be landed on one blade, whereas backflips are landed on both blades. The unofficial justification was it was too dangerous, both to the athlete and to the rink — if you didn’t land it perfectly, you could not only break your ankle, but also punch THROUGH the ice surface.

Surya Bonaly was openly contemptuous of the figure skating judges, because they were a bunch of openly racist white men who always screwed her over by giving her lower scores than she deserved. That one-blade backflip was her ultimate FUCK YOU! to the Olympics judges, because she took an “illegal” backflip and made it legal by landing it on one blade. Pretty much DARING them to mark her down for being epic awesome and pulling a move that their precious coddled white girls didn’t have the guts to even think about.

They did, of course. White racism knows no bounds. But she utterly owned them with that move.

not only did she do a fucking backflip and land, she landed then went right into a triple loop. like holy fuck

My honey talks about this woman to me all the time—how amazing, 

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Sending an email to ask your professor for a letter of recommendation. Step-by-step how to and sample emails: http://www.wikihow.com/Ask-Your-Professor-for-a-Letter-of-Recommendation-Via-Email

This is great advice for all students. I really am very happy to help my best students by writing letters of recommendation for them. But I want to write a *the best* letter I can. To do that, I need them to help me.

#1 in a series on getting good letters of rec (for 1st generation students, and others).

"The actions of the Durham Police Department, led by Chief Lopez, last night were a tried-and-true tactic to intimidate and spread fear in our community," Evelin Huerta, sister of the deceased teen, told CNN. “We call on Chief Lopez to resign immediately in light of his leadership that put dozens of armed police on the streets to scare residents and turned a memorial vigil into a war zone last night. We will not be intimidated by Chief Lopez and the Durham Police Department’s tactics.”

Just a nice little reminder, flow-chart style.

The term Hispanic, coined by technomarketing experts and by the designers of political campaigns, homogenizes our cultural diversity (Chicanos, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans become indistinguishable), avoids our indigenous cultural heritage, and links us directly with Spain. Worse yet, it possesses connotations of upward mobility and political obedience.

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you better get to know

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