Fierce-haired Puerto Rican Sexologist! Co-founder of The LatiNegr@s Project, radical educator and woman of Color w/a disability, titi/auntie, fat pro-choice independendista femme. Basically a pretty cool broad. Creative Commons License
This work by LatiNegraSexologist is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at www.latinegrasexologist.tumblr.com/ask.

janetmock:

It’s rare that trans women are given the mic to speak about our experiences on our own terms, and it’s an even rarer occurrence when we women of color get to share space with one another and truth tell in a public space.

I’m proud of the nearly 10 minutes I shared with Isis King, who came into the media’s focus when she was recruited to compete on Cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model in 2008. I’m proud to call Isis my dear sister and to be able to speak with her about our public lives.

For In The Life Media’s landmark 20th season, Isis and I discuss living visibly as trans women, our personal experiences in the media and our views on “tranny” and divisive trans terminology.

I’d like to use this space to clarify three things:

1. Isis mentioned Laverne Cox as one of the only examples she’s known of trans women like herself on television. I’d like to highlight the fact that other sisters are and have also represented on television: Carmen Carrera, Candis Cayne, Jamie Clayton, Nina Poon, Harmony Santana and Nong Ariyaphon Southiphong.

2. I made a statement about our responsibility to educate others about our experiences. I said, “You have to use your life as a teaching moment.” It’s a personal choice to do so, and it’s a responsibility that I take on, but it is NOT our job to educate people about us. I was reminded of this when I read Janani Balasubramanian’s essay “Brown Silence,” where she so eloquently writes: “Not everyone’s education needs to be our responsibility all the time…Our words and energy should also be conserved.”

3. I also said the dehumanization of trans women in the media “leads to trans women hurting themselves in a way that they feel they don’t deserve more.” Instead, I’d like to add that the systematic dehumanization of trans women through words, images and the lack thereof of words and images that represent the totality of our experiences actually is what contributes to others seeing us as less than human therefore justifying the violence, battery, criminalization and murders we face. 

Finally, I hope conversations like these continue to happen, and that they happen with a wide array of women, because it’s only in hearing a plethora of our voices do we paint a more realistic portrait of womanhood. 

  1. moonstrucklifec reblogged this from janetmock
  2. jazmineinmaculada reblogged this from janetmock
  3. pickachu36 reblogged this from janetmock
  4. reverseswirl reblogged this from cousinnick
  5. rogue-feminist reblogged this from cousinnick
  6. everfaithfulservant reblogged this from cousinnick
  7. nyappytotoro reblogged this from cousinnick
  8. intothenightandbeyondthemoon reblogged this from cousinnick
  9. norseaboo reblogged this from cousinnick
  10. rottenthemonster reblogged this from cousinnick
  11. one-of-the-birds reblogged this from cousinnick
  12. rileythehellgoat reblogged this from cousinnick
  13. cousinnick reblogged this from janetmock
  14. sleepinghookah reblogged this from enexcelsis
  15. enexcelsis reblogged this from ipodchick
  16. hansvanhans reblogged this from chicken-wig
  17. queen-nomadic reblogged this from mistress-of-death
  18. oliviadlrosa reblogged this from loveyourchaos
  19. pyroperception reblogged this from tylerthelatteboy