Si me quieres, quiéreme entera por la poetisa cubana Dulce María Loynaz.
If you love me, love me whole
not by zones of light or shadow…
if you love me, love me black
and white, and gray and green and blond,
love me day,
love me night…
and in the morning with the open window!
If you love me, don’t break me in pieces:
love me whole…Or do not love me at all!
If you love me, love me whole by Cuban poet Dulce María Loynaz.
fear and hatred of trans women is absolutely central to patriarchy. it underlies the most common acts of homophobia - every time someone gets called a faggot or bashed for being an effeminate male. it underlies the violent construction of masculinity - the orders to man up, don’t be a pussy, don’t act ‘like a woman.’ fear of trans women is the specter that our culture congers up to stifle empathy for women in little boys. it is used to demean and dismiss strong women both cis and trans.
to support transmisogyny, or to fail to support trans women, is to strengthen one of the central pillars of patriarchy. transmisogyny is a patriarchal act. it doesn’t matter who is doing it, the effect is to support patriarchy.
When MLK said “I they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" he was saying that ‘I hope one day that i can walk down the street without being stereotyped and killed’
Why would he be talking about white people.
In what world would be trying to fight for “white rights” or for white people to be treated ‘equally’ when they already had a majority of the power, what fucking sense does that make.
The beautiful faces
Of my black people
Are a parade
Of molasses in bloom
They pass before me
Cheers my heart
The beautiful faces
Of my dark race
Are made of weeping
Pain and suffering
They are the truth
That life challenges
But they carry within
So much love
A little poem para todas mis hermanas chicanas y mexicanas:
"Pero hermana, a caso tu no eres nacida de la sangre fria de la serpiente corriendo por tus venas
La fuerza del Aguila en el corazon
Y la valentia de los niños heroes en el alma?”
-Rebecca Encina /@quietxwizard
"Where are you from?"
"I have a folder on my desktop dedicated to women like you."
I am tired of Brazilian women only making the international news because of their butts. I am tired of prancing lingerie-clad models being representative of Brazilian women. I am tired of seeing “Brazilian Butts” workout DVD commercials. Mostly, I am tired of the glorification of Brazilian butts which minimizes Brazilian women to one part of their body.
I don’t want my culture to be defined by butts and because of that I want to bring to light some extremely awesome Brazilian women who have or are contributing immensely to the empowerment of Latina women and just kicking butts left and right.
Chiquinha Gonzaga - In 1868, Chiquinha’s husband made her choose between him and her piano. She chose music. Between protesting slavery and supporting her two children alone, Chiquinha wrote over two thousand songs including Brazil’s very first Carnaval ‘marcha’.
Maria da Penha - Maria escaped her husband’s two attempts to murder her and waited twenty years before he was punished for it. Brazil now has the Maria da Penha law which increases the punishment for domestic violence against women.
Carmen da Silva - in the 60’s and 70’s Carmen wrote about divorce and motherhood as a choice. Carmen also encouraged women to seek work as a form of freedom from financial and psychological dependency.
Pagu - In 1922, at the age of 14, Pagu had an abortion. Despite the social constraints of the time, Pagu spoke openly about sex education and of birth control options and availability.
Leila Diniz - During the Brazilian dictatorship this actress spoke openly about sexuality despite the strict censorship laws. Leila is credited for normalizing female sexuality and dispelling the myth of women not being able to separate love and sex.
Nisia Floresta - In 1832, when most women did not know how to read, 22-year-old Nisia wrote a book titled “The Rights of Women and the Injustices of Men”. Eventually she opened a school in Rio de Janeiro to teach women mathematics and history.