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  • Support the inclusion of trans women at womens’ colleges

    smith-q-and-a:

    Smith Q&A invites you to read the following phone script to any/all of the following Smith College officials. Every call counts!

    Deb Shaver, Dean of Admission - (413) 585-2500

    Audrey Smith, VP of Enrollment - (800) 383-3232

    Rebecca Lindsey, Secretary of the Board of Trustees – (413) 585-2105

    Hello! My name is (your name), from (name of your organization)*, and I’m calling regarding your admissions policy for trans women applicants. While your provisional policy requests matching gender markers and pronouns in recommendation letters and transcripts, it does not account for the economic and social conditions many young trans women live under. Many school districts do not allow trans students to update the gender markers on their school records, and only a handful of states have issued guidelines for these situations. Less than half of trans high schoolers are able to change their school records to comply with your policy. Because schools are such dangerous places for trans girls, many are not comfortable being “out” at school or asking to change their records at all, and this is especially true for low-income trans girls and trans girls of color. Even those who are out in their schools and communities are not guaranteed supportive teachers who will consent to write recommendation letters with proper names and pronouns. For all these reasons, and more, it’s important that Smith’s policy regarding transgender women applicants moves towards one of self-identification, like the new policies at Mount Holyoke and Mills College. Womanhood does not reside in school records! Once again, my name is (your name), and I thank you for your time and your consideration.


    *The inclusion of your organization’s title denotes to Smith officials that this issue is one that concerns people from all over the state of Massachusetts and beyond! (If you do not affiliate with any company or non-profit, please disregard.)

    AND/OR:

    Demand policy change by email: 

    Dean of Admission (dshaver@smith.edu)

    VP of Enrollment (ays@smith.edu)

    Secretary of the Board of Trustees (rlindsey@smith.edu)

    If you need help with this, contact us.  

     

     

    danfreakindavis:

    REMINDER: if you have a vagina can get pregnant and want to use Plan B as an emergency contraceptive, it loses effectiveness if you weigh more than 165 lbs (74.84 kg) and is completely ineffective for those that weight more than 176 lbs (79.83 kg) (x)

    (via bodyposishopping)

    queerspawned:

    what if all my fellow white body positive feminists took a little break from endlessly dissecting the “skinny shaming debate" re: all about the bass and started focusing more on the material realities for people with non-normative bodies that are marked by race, disability, class, and fatness 

    (via inclusivestreetstyle)

    skelletonclique:

    Reminder than “trans” and “man”/”woman” are separate words.

    ✗ - Transwoman

    ✗ - Transman

    ✓ - Trans woman

    ✓ - Trans man

    You don’t say “blackwomen” or “tallmen.” Adjectives shouldn’t be attached to their nouns. Trans women and trans men are still women and men and by attaching the adjective to try and make a new word, you are othering them and making it appear as though they are “not really men/women.”

    (Source: anarchoace, via fat-femme-queen)

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