Just a reminder that transphobia is not the same as transmisogyny. That is all.
In 1979, when the minimum wage was $2.90, a hard-working student with a minimum-wage job could earn enough in one day (8.44 hours) to pay for one academic credit hour. If a standard course load for one semester consisted of maybe 12 credit hours, the semester’s tuition could be covered by just over two weeks of full-time minimum wage work—or a month of part-time work. A summer spent scooping ice cream or flipping burgers could pay for an MSU education. The cost of an MSU credit hour has multiplied since 1979. So has the federal minimum wage. But today, it takes 60 hours of minimum-wage work to pay off a single credit hour, which was priced at $428.75 for the fall semester.
I have a piece I’m working on, I guess I can share this, about a buddy of mine who was killed. … His mother was a radiologist. She made the mistake of being an American and buying her son a Jeep for his 23rd birthday. He went out in that Jeep. The police out in Prince George’s County [Md.] were looking for a suspect with a Jeep of a similar make. They ran the tags. The tags came up for this woman in Pennsylvania — who was his mother — ‘cause that’s where it was registered. They assumed it was stolen and followed this young man through three jurisdictions and shot him. My friend, Prince Jones, was a born-again Christian. He was going to see his daughter. And his fiancee. His mother was perfectly upstanding. And her life was plundered; her legacy was plundered. Her child was taken away. Respectability has nothing to do with this. There’s no way that you dress a certain way or speak more polished that [pause] makes you not a n- - - - -. And you all can cut that if you need to cut that; I’m sorry. But: These are the facts. There’s no way … there’s no way to get you out of that. That’s what racism says you are and the way to get out of that is to eliminate racism. [Laughs] Listen: That brother’s mother, I sat with her and she said, “I had talked to him about how to deal with the police. It’s not like we didn’t have that conversation. Yeah, we did.” I talked to Lucia McBath, Jordan Davis’ mother. She said, “I talked to Jordan about that. It’s not like we didn’t have a conversation about how to comport himself when he’s out. But that boy … is 17 years old. You can’t say that the way to not get killed is to have the maturity of a 45-year-old.” That’s just … OK, so then we lose. That is actual racist logic. Because you’re not requiring that of white young men. Seventeen-year-old white men. That is racism.
You don’t have to justify your body.
If you’re thin, you don’t have to say ‘but I eat all the time!’/’I have a fast metabolism!’
If you’re fat, you don’t have to say ‘it’s genetic!’/’I’m trying to lose weight!’
You don’t need to explain to anybody why your body is the way it is. Your body is YOUR body, and that’s all the justification you need.