Thursday, May 28, 2015
Very often it happens that people give labels while not knowing what they're talking about.
If you want to talk about LGBT people you must know that you can find a lot of terms that have different meanings.
For me it is very funny when I hear someone insulting someone else saying “GAY”, because “GAY” is the acronym of “GOOD AS YOU”, so maybe you have to think about what you want to say before opening your mouth.
“Gay” is a man that has no problem with his body, who is just attracted from other men and the same is for women, but they are called Lesbians. For sure you know Bisexuals; they are men and women that like both sexes.
A lot of homophobic men says “I hate Gays” but they really like to watch lesbian porn movies, and I think that it makes no sense, or when men says “I would like to have sex with two lesbian girls”… well, I’m sorry for you but they are LESBIANS, so it means that they don’t like men.
After these three types of LGBT people we can meet “Drag Queen” and “Drag King”.
The first category is about men that like to dress themselves like a woman and make shows, for example in disco or in private parties. The second category is about women that want to look like a man, so in short is the opposite of Drag Queens.
Leaving the Drag’s world we can find my favorite category - Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the amazing world of Transsexuals and Transgender people.
No, not all are prostitutes, and is not good to think about these kinds of people saying “they just want to have boobs to earn more money with clients”.
I am transsexual, so I perfectly know the difference between these two types of people.
Transsexual is a man or a woman who wants to completely change his or her gender.
Transgender is a man or a woman who just wants to have the appearance of the opposite sex, but doesn’t want to change his or her gender.
Yes, sometimes we can see this kind of people in the street talking with clients or what else, but I think that I don’t have to remind you that everyone can be a prostitute regardless of their sex or sexual orientation.
Posted by Anti-discrimination Bagpack at Thursday, May 28, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
When two months ago an Italian volunteer came to our office, I was a little bit shocked and confused, to say the least. Shocked, because before seeing the person, I saw really fancy high-heels (that would be a perfect pair for a night club, rather than the office). Confused, because it was a… guy who was wearing them.
Posted by Anti-discrimination Bagpack at Friday, May 22, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
This week the conservative American radio show “The Morning Blaze”” triggered a twitter hashtag called #HowToSpotAFeminist to make fun of people believing in “the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes”. 1 Soon the social network was used to spread insulting and stereotypical images of feminists (commonly portrayed as unshaved, ugly and fat man-haters – hence the obvious essence of the evil in the world). The radio host “Doc Thompson” later claimed the hashtag was just intended to be a dating advice for one of his friends…
Posted by Anti-discrimination Bagpack at Friday, May 15, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The main purpose of cinema itself is to make us emotionally excited. We want to be provoked, to be touched or even shaken after a movie. I was so shaken during „The Tribe“ (2014, director M. Slaboshpitsky) that I even lost my consciousness.
Posted by Anti-discrimination Bagpack at Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
Head & Headphones required -
On the occasion of the Bulgarian women’s month we have compiled our favourite enchanting and empowering songs written about and by women for you. Check ‘em out.
Hurts” (2014) - Beyoncé
The lyrics deal with the issues of self-empowerment. The song and the video depict the effects society's high standards of beauty has, such as eating disorders. Although Beyoncé meets the standardized ideal of beauty herself the song is a critical comment on today’s society, where you can see women’s body’s at every corner, not noticing that they can mostly be considered as variations of one body used over and over again.
“Je veux” (2010) – ZAZ
Catchy French song spreading joie de vivre and a spark of anti-consumerism.
“Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage” (2012) - by Soomo Learning
Great Parody of Lady GaGas famous “Bad Romance” as a tribute to the American suffragist and activist Alice Paul and the generations of women who fought for the passing of the 19th Amendment which allowed women to vote in 1920. (note: although not depicted in the video women of colour were also part of this struggle although they were not always welcome)
“I can’t breathe” (2015) - by Russians famous feminist-music-group Pussy Riot
With the song title being the last words of Eric Garner the song refers to a black American who died after the police put him in a choke hold on July 17, 2014. This incident was one of the triggers that led to protests all over America against the police mistreatment of people of colour and systemic racism. Although Pussy Riot are usually occupied with feminism, LGTB rights and the opposition of Putin in Russia, they “realized that when it comes to freedom, protests, and the value of a single human life, people from different continents can all speak the same language.” (http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/02/what-is-pussy-riot-doing-making-a-video-about-eric-garner/385643/)
The sassy lyrics are inspired by Trainer’s own troubles with self-acceptance due to her body size as a teenager. The addictive bassline makes you almost forget that Trainor bases her positive self-image a bit too much on the claim that men find her more attractive.
“You don’t own me” (1963) - Lesley Gore
Timeless call for self-determination and independence which inspired the second wave of feminism in the USA in the 60s.
“Bitches Butches Dykes and Divas” (2011) – Sokee
German rapper calls women with different gender identities to keep standing up against sexism.
For further reading:
The Guardian, article on the effects of the beauty ideal on women nowadays: read: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/oct/14/women-body-image-anxiety-improve-body-confidence
written by Ann/a
Posted by Anti-discrimination Bagpack at Friday, March 20, 2015