Every week in Oh Joy Sex Toy, an intrepid artist experiments with some aspect of sex and illustrates the results in a deliciously NSFW comic. In this week's comic, guest artist Sam Orchard tests out the Le Butch strap-on harness.
• A Comic-Con panel titled "Women Who Kick Ass," featuring The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira, Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, and Machete Kills' Michelle Rodriguez, started off promisingly. But as soon as Rodriguez mentioned "destructive male culture," sexism began stirring in the audience. [Racebending]
The statistics from the 2011 National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs are grim. Trans people were almost two times as likely to experience injuries than cis people. Transgender people of color were 28 percent more likely to experience physical violence compared to people who were not transgender people of color. And people under 30 were the most likely to experience sexual and physical violence.
2011 was also the year that Shelley "Treasure" Hilliard was horrifically murdered in Detroit. Only 19 years old, Hilliard was an active member in Detroit's LGBTQ youth community, and her death shook the activists, family, and friends around her. But TransParent, a new film, is going beyond the statistics to share the story of Shelley, her mother, and the community around them.
In 1923, 17-year-old Carrie Buck was raped and impregnated. Her adoptive family, trying to avoid the public shame of having an unwed mother in their midst, had her committed to an institution for the "feeble minded." Because she was supposedly "feeble-minded" and the daughter of an unwed mother herself, the State of Virginia sought to sterilize her and, in 1927, the Supreme Court ruled in its favor.
One would think we've come a long way since 1927. But apparently we haven't.
• Same-sex marriage is now legal in England and Wales! The country's Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties all backed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, which was given official "Royal Assent" on Wednesday. [BBC News]
In this historic week of Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality and the Voting Rights Act, we're thinking a lot about intersections. More than ever, it's clear that making America a more equal union means defending the civil rights of everyone—not benefitting one group of people over another.
This week's Popaganda focuses on those areas of overlapping identity, digging into the framing of race in media with Colorlines.com Senior Editor Jamilah King, talking with transgender ice hockey player Micah Barritt about gender dynamics in athletics, discussing the link between feminsm and biking with author Elly Blue, and exploring the political need for linking immigrant rights and LGBT rights with Basic Rights Oregon racial justice organizer John Joo.
• Meanwhile, the Colorado state civil rights division issued an encouraging ruling against a Colorado school that banned a transgender girl from using the girls' bathroom. In the words of the decision, telling a child she "must disregard her identity while performing one of the most essential human functions constitutes severe and pervasive treatment, and creates an environment that is objectively and subjectively hostile, intimidating or offensive." [New York Times]
• The Food Network fired celebrity chef Paula Deen last week for admitting to using a racial slur in the past and for considering a plantation- themed wedding for her brother. Multiple people ask: Is she just a "product of her time"? [Colorlines, NYTimes]
Navy Seal Kris Beck deployed 13 times during her more than 20 years in service and earned both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. However, if she tried to join the military today, Beck would be swiftly rejected. Beck is transgender—and the military has made it clear that though gay and lesbian Americans can now join the military, transgender folks are still not welcome.