jocoserial:

subaquaticartisan:

Some tweets calling Ubisoft out on their bullshit.

and there’s a word from the director of assassin’s creed 3 ladies and gentlemen

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danipanteez:

phillanthropist:

barackobttm:

sideb00b:

crownprince81:

lyriciss:

White folks get so offended at the thought of poor people having any chance of a fair shot in this world.

This^^^^^^

WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU GO TO UNIVERSITY IF YOU COULD GET HIGH AND WORK AT MCDONALDS EVERYDAY MAKING JUST AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU WOULD HAD YOU NOT BUSTED YOUR ASS?

"White Folks" don’t get offended by poor people having a fair shot… poor people just want an easy way out because they’re lazy and don’t wanna work. Moving the minimum wage up to 15 dollars an hour would be such a stupid thing to do. 

*Taxes food*

*Increases Mortgage rates*

*Increases Insurance Rates*

*Increases entire cost of living*

Why would anyone need to raise minimum wage? Those stupid poor people have everything they need to stay in poverty right? owait

god bless u phil.

(Source: -teesa-, via livermonster)

"$174,000"

— Annual salary for members of Congress, who are still getting paid during the government shutdown, even though many government employees are not. (via theweekmagazine)

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dontbearuiner:

wolvensnothere:

bspolitics:

Let me reiterate, THE VOTES ARE THERE TO END THE SHUTDOWN, but Boehner won’t let it go to a vote.

He is afraid of looking “weak” and trying to protect his job while shutting down the federal government and putting some 800,000 people out of work while he does it.

Meanwhile, the media wants to act like this is some kind of breakdown of communication where both sides refuse to compromise. The problem with that narrative is that it’s one side that is causing all these problems right now and this false “neutrality” only benefits the side behaving badly.

CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and even dear NPR: TAKE NOTE

The next person who says “it’s both sides’ fault” gets a slap.

waywardswagabond:

jessiesula:

pizzaforpresident:

I’m so done with this planet

she saved two lives and all they care about is her nipple.

this is sexism, my friends.

THIS MAKES ME SO FUCKING ANGRY

ARE YOU ACTUALLY EVEN KIDDING ME

THE FACT THAT SOMEONE ALLOWED WHOEVER THE FUCK WROTE THIS TO BE PUBLISHED LET ALONE THE FACT THAT IT WAS ACTUALLY!!!! PUBLISHED!!!! REALLY!!! PISSES ME OFF

SO

FUCKING

MUCH

THIS WOMAN SAVED NOT ONE

BUT TWO PEOPLE’S LIVES

BY HER OWN COURSE OF ACTIONS

NOT BECAUSE SHE WAS TOLD TO OR BECAUSE IT WAS HER DUTY

BECAUSE SHE FUCKING WANTED TO

SOMETHING THAT WHEN YOU LOSE

YOU DO NOT GET BACK

EVER

AND THE FUCKING PRICKS AND EVERYONE WHO BOTH ALLOWED THIS TO EXIST / HAVE READ IT AND CARED ABOUT IT AND THOUGHT IT WAS ACTUALLY A WORTHWHILE IMPORTANT STORY!!!!!

THAT PEOPLE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO AND CARE ABOUT!!!!!!!

ONLY GIVE A SHIT ABOUT A SMALL PIECE OF HER SKIN THAT IS FOR SOME REASON “TABOO” AND “LEWD” BECAUSE THIS FUCKING COUNTRY HAS DESENSITIZED US TO VIOLENCE AND HATE SO GODDAMN MUCH THAT WE ARE OBSESSED WITH SEXUALITY AND FERTILITY T THE POINT WHERE THIS WOMAN’S NIPPLE

HER FUCKING

NIPPLE

IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE FACT THAT SHE SAVED

TWO

PEOPLE

FROM

DYING???????????????

I AM FUCKING

DONE

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Anonymous said: "The problem here is that Jamie making money from my idea really does effect me. It potentially affects my sales, because people who see his first may buy it, or they may choose his over mine. It’s already hard enough to make money out of art without competing with the people who are stealing your ideas." I understand it's aggravating to have someone blatantly rip you off, but do you really think it's ethical to be attempting to make money off of fanart of other people's IP to begin with?

m-v-b:

punksthetic:

m-v-b:

Basically, if AMC has a problem with it, they can tell me and I’ll happily remove it from sale. It wouldn’t even take a cease and desist, a simple tweet or email would do the trick. 

To be honest, although I had it in mind that it’d be nice to sell this as a print or a T-Shirt from the start, my priority was to do the work for the love of the franchises. It’s fan art, by a fan. But it’s still art, and it’s art I worked very hard on. 

Lots of people sell fan art after all - and most big companies are happy to let it slide. Being new to this side of the industry, I wasn’t aware that writing ‘breaking bad’ on a piece could cause any sort of an issue (something Punksthetic keeps pointing out as though it makes him any more innocent). Generally I either do professional work for hire or self-published comic books, I only just started to make T-Shirts etc. Fan Art isn’t my general area of expertise. I just know a lot of people who do it and it seems fun. 

The way I understand it (and this comes from a guy who works on Breaking Bad official merch who reblogged a lot of this stuff for me), so long as people wouldn’t confuse it for an official work, companies like AMC couldn’t care less about people like me selling works like this. And a BrBa/BttF mash-up isn’t particularly likely to be official merch. I’m certainly not trying to pretend that it IS official either. 

I’m considering re-releasing my own version trimmed down and without the text/with different text, if it makes any difference. 

Something that I’ll make clear here, because the line you quoted me on above perhaps muddies this point, is that it’s more about the principal of the theft than the money for me. Sure, it sucks if he cuts into my potential sales, but I’d happily not make a dime off of my work, if it meant stopping this fraud from making any off of a concept he stole from me. I want everyone to know that. 

Thanks for the question, it was a good one!

-MVB 

Of course you’re not trying to claim it’s official merch. That’s why you have “BREAKING BAD” right at the top of your piece.

Clearly this guy knows nothing about the t-shirt/print business or copyright infringement… My piece, on the other hand, doesn’t infringe upon either franchise and is considered fair use. I have been doing this for a while now and I know how to design a piece so that it does not infringe upon others rights. You can simply take a small trip to Michael’s RedBubble store to figure out that he has no such experience.

Also, just for the record, I know you’re going on and on about me supposedly “admitting” to this theft you’ve been harping on about for the last week or so, but I think you need an education on something called “The Devil’s Advocate,” wherein someone takes a stance they don’t necessarily agree with. In my private correspondence with you, I was speaking in just such a way, fully aware you would print screen our conversation and post it around because anyone with half a brain could understand this simple concept. When I said, “You think you’re the only one to have your idea copied?” I was speaking from your viewpoint for a moment, as if your accusations were true… Your attitude and actions you have taken in light of that possibility is STILL highly inappropriate and unacceptable, and without proof you are just another mudslinging journalist. This smear campaign of yours HAS to stop.

Seriously, though, I hope you have a good life, Michael. I hope you get all the credit in the world for your piece, because it’s not bad. I didn’t copy you, for the record, and I never once tried to insinuate that you copied me (though you have confessed that you had been a follower of my work when you first accused me, so perhaps… I inspired you in some small way?). As far as I’m concerned, you can make a ton of money off your art for all I care.

What I DO care about, however, is your willful and ignorant bashing of my reputation without hard evidence to support your claim. Such evidence might be me “liking” your art on Facebook, me being an actual follower of one of your followers on Tumblr, or me actually putting a note on your Tumblr sketches… none of which you have.

Until you prove any of this, you are simply a whiny crybaby with nothing except the desire to be right… but desire alone does not make anything you want become reality, no matter how much you want it to.

I hope perhaps I’ve gotten through to you (this time).

-Jamie

 

I’ve spent the last few days trying to get out of this cycle of mudslinging and focusing on art again (I’m making a comic), but unfortunately the mud is mounting up on my doorstep. 

In the interest of moving on from this, I’m going to set the record straight on a few recurring things I keep hearing from Jamie and the few people supporting him.  

For starters, Jamie keeps pointing to the fact that I have ‘Breaking Bad’ written on mine as though it invalidates my point about him plagiarizing me, because I supposedly don’t understand the rules of the T-Shirt business. Weirdly however, I’ve seen many other examples of people doing exactly what I did, or supposedly worse still, using official logos - on products they are selling on the same sites where his Jamie hosts his art. The fact that I supposedly did something wrong in my original piece has nothing to do with whether or not Jamie plagiarized me.

Using the name ‘Breaking Bad’ in the BttF font obviously was not designed to mimic the official font of the TV show, or to trick anybody into thinking the art was official. I have never made that claim and funnily enough, only Jamie and a few of his followers even seem to be drawing that conclusion.

Where it’s true that I owned one or two of Jamie’s T-Shirts (up until tossing them in the trash last week), no, I was NOT inspired by his work. I could not have been inspired by a design he had yet to create. I’ll point back to the time-stamps. Also - I didn’t even know who he was, I was not a follower of his on any social network, I just picked the designs up on 24 hour t-shirt sites without knowing who made them. I’m certainly going to be more discerning in future. 

Time stamps clearly show that I had my rough image online over 24 hours before Jamie posted anything about his mash-up. And because he claims that my posting it on Facebook doesn’t count (for some bizarre reason), I’ll point out that I still had it up on Tumblr several hours before he even mentioned it online. Tagged and viewable to the public. 

Jamie keeps asking how he possibly could have possibly seen it, but only he can know the answer to that. Sure, he’s not a follower of mine on Tumblr or Facebook, but as if it even needs explanation, it’s worth pointing out that every one note on Tumblr, or one share on Facebook might equal a hundred views (I have over 1900 friends on Facebook). Lots of people see things without clicking the little ‘like’ or ‘heart’, or even share things on other social networks where they can’t be tracked. My colour test, for instance, has wound up on several peoples’ Instagrams - something I don’t even use. Here, I don’t even know who this guy is. Once you put something out there, if it’s a good idea, it travels beyond your reach pretty quickly. 

As recently insinuated by his fans, no, I did not rip off other BttF/BrBa mash-ups like this one. I researched it, found some people did mash-up the two franchises already, and carefully made mine very different.

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As you can see, I used Walt and Jesse rather than Marty and the Doc and referenced my favourite Struzan poster for the pose. Because the hazmat suits are similar to the ones worn in BttF and because it makes him look like a wacky scientist, I put Walt in one. I also used the BttF font when I could have easily styled it after Breaking Bad. I decided to use the RV, rather than to pluck the Delorean out of BttF, or something else from Breaking Bad. Jamie did everything the same. The only real difference is that I added in the red smoke from season one. Any other combination of elements would not have bothered me, but this was a clear copy of my concept. 

Another argument I keep seeing him make against me is that I produce less work than him. My output as an artist really doesn’t come into play either, let alone prove Jamie’s innocence. The truth is, I just work in more fields and only recently made this foray into T-Shirt/fan-art territory. Not like I feel I should have to justify myself in this circumstance; generally I make comics and often I write rather than draw.

And Jamie’s claims of playing Devil’s advocate when he admitted to copying me? Nope, sorry, not the case. Not in that context. For starters, an innocent person doesn’t need to justify or advocate theft. What his his comments were closer to is Blackmail. Jamie was threatening to get me in trouble with AMC if I caused him any more trouble over this piece. You only need to read what he said. The reason why it didn’t work is simply because (as I have mentioned many times before), I don’t mind taking my work down from sale.

No, I’m not running a smear campaign either. I made two, maybe three tumblr posts on the subject, in the interest of getting people to contact him and plead with him to do the decent thing and take his copied piece down. Jamie responded by attempting to sic his own followers on me, but only two showed up… and one of them seemed a bit embarrassed and apologetic about the whole thing. 

Now I’m getting his version taken down where I see it, but that’s all I’m doing. If people are still contacting him, it’s not because I’m actively doing anything to spur them on, it’s because they don’t like plagiarism, they don’t like his behaviour, and now they know all about it. 

Hope this clears things up,

-MVB

ausetkmt:

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

New York City: 6 CUNY Students Violently Arrested Protesting Ex-General David Petraeus
Six students were arrested Tuesday evening in an unprovoked police attack against a peaceful protest lead by City University of New York (CUNY) students and faculty decrying the University’s appointment of former CIA chief and ex-General, David Petraeus as an adjunct professor to the Honors College. Students were punched, pushed against parked vehicles and thrown to the pavement by police captains and officers after the NYPD forced them off the sidewalk and into the street. Tuesday’s demonstration was called for by the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY.
“As students were chanting ‘War Criminal Petraeus Out of CUNY Now,’ I was shocked to see several police officers grab and brutalize one of the demonstrators,” said City College student Yexenia Vanegas. “This was completely unprovoked, as demonstrators made [it] clear that they were there to defend our university in a peaceful protest.”The arrested students were arraigned Wednesday evening, September 18, at the Manhattan Criminal Court located at 100 Centre Street. The courtroom was flooded with supporters ranging from activists, to fellow students, to CUNY faculty outraged at the NYPD’s response to their student’s attempts to peaceably assemble.
The attack occurred in front of CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, where Petraeus has been appointed to teach a class on public policy. “Protestors were marching in a circle on the sidewalk and chanting, but the police forced them into the street and then charged. One of the most brutal things I saw was that five police officers slammed a Queens College student face down to the pavement across the street from Macaulay, put their knees on his back and he was then repeatedly kneed in the back,” said Hunter student Michael Brian. “The student was one of those pointed out by ‘white shirt’ officers, then seized and brutalized. A Latina student was heaved through the air and slammed to the ground.”
(the following video depicts the NYPD confrontation beginning at 1:56)

A broad range of CUNY students, faculty and staff members, have been carrying out a campaign of “protest and exposure” against the Board of Trustees’ appointment of Petraeus, whose documented actions as Iraq/Afghanistan war commander and CIA chief include drone strikes on civilians, the use of “enhanced interrogation” centers and the use of white phosphorus weapons in Fallujah, despite international restrictions on their use.
CUNY organizers state that this “blatant use of police brutality against peaceful protestors will not intimidate or deter those who expose the truth about the actions of David ‘Death Squad’ Petraeus and oppose attempts to turn the City University into ‘a war college.’”

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ausetkmt:

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

New York City: 6 CUNY Students Violently Arrested Protesting Ex-General David Petraeus

Six students were arrested Tuesday evening in an unprovoked police attack against a peaceful protest lead by City University of New York (CUNY) students and faculty decrying the University’s appointment of former CIA chief and ex-General, David Petraeus as an adjunct professor to the Honors College. Students were punched, pushed against parked vehicles and thrown to the pavement by police captains and officers after the NYPD forced them off the sidewalk and into the street. Tuesday’s demonstration was called for by the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY.


“As students were chanting ‘War Criminal Petraeus Out of CUNY Now,’ I was shocked to see several police officers grab and brutalize one of the demonstrators,” said City College student Yexenia Vanegas. “This was completely unprovoked, as demonstrators made [it] clear that they were there to defend our university in a peaceful protest.”
The arrested students were arraigned Wednesday evening, September 18, at the Manhattan Criminal Court located at 100 Centre Street. The courtroom was flooded with supporters ranging from activists, to fellow students, to CUNY faculty outraged at the NYPD’s response to their student’s attempts to peaceably assemble.

The attack occurred in front of CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, where Petraeus has been appointed to teach a class on public policy. “Protestors were marching in a circle on the sidewalk and chanting, but the police forced them into the street and then charged. One of the most brutal things I saw was that five police officers slammed a Queens College student face down to the pavement across the street from Macaulay, put their knees on his back and he was then repeatedly kneed in the back,” said Hunter student Michael Brian. “The student was one of those pointed out by ‘white shirt’ officers, then seized and brutalized. A Latina student was heaved through the air and slammed to the ground.”

(the following video depicts the NYPD confrontation beginning at 1:56)

A broad range of CUNY students, faculty and staff members, have been carrying out a campaign of “protest and exposure” against the Board of Trustees’ appointment of Petraeus, whose documented actions as Iraq/Afghanistan war commander and CIA chief include drone strikes on civilians, the use of “enhanced interrogation” centers and the use of white phosphorus weapons in Fallujah, despite international restrictions on their use.

CUNY organizers state that this “blatant use of police brutality against peaceful protestors will not intimidate or deter those who expose the truth about the actions of David ‘Death Squad’ Petraeus and oppose attempts to turn the City University into ‘a war college.’”

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Punksthetic Plagiarizes

m-v-b:

Some people are saying my last post is a little on the long side. I get that. 

Here’s the cliff-notes, please share them around for me and if you have the time, contact Jamie R. Stone (AKA ‘Punksthetic’) on his Tumblr, TwitterFacebook, or Facebook Fanpage to let him know that this is not an OK way to treat fellow artists:

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-MVB

ixnay-on-the-oddk:

anarcho-queer:

froontherun:

anarcho-queer:

Howard Morgan, A Black Cop Who Was Shot 28 Times By Several White Cops, Faces Attempted Murder Charges
As much of the country follows the Trayvon Martin case, activists in Chicago are hoping to bring some of that attention to Howard Morgan, a former Chicago police officer who was shot 28 times by white officers — and lived to tell his side of the story.
Morgan was off-duty as a detective for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad when he was pulled over for driving the wrong way on a one-way street on Feb 21, 2005, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. While both police and Morgan agree on that much, what happened next is a mystery.
According to police, Morgan opened fire with his service weapon when officers tried to arrest him, which caused them to shoot him 28 times. His family, however, very much doubts those claims.
“Four white officers and one black Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad police man with his weapon on him — around the corner from our home — and he just decided to go crazy? No. That’s ludicrous,” Morgan’s wife, Rosalind Morgan, told the Sun-Times.
She was not the only person to doubt CPD’s side of the story. A Change.org petition signed by more than 2,600 people called for all charges against Morgan to be dropped, and now Occupy Chicago is getting involved.
“After being left for dead, he survived and was then charged with attempted murder of the four white officers who brutalized him," Occupy wrote on their website, adding that Morgan was found not guilty on three counts, including discharging his weapon. The same jury that cleared him of opening fire on the officers, however, deadlocked on a charge of attempted murder — and another jury found him guilty in January.
That jury was not allowed to hear that Morgan had been acquitted of the other charges.
Protesters and Morgan’s family say the second trial amounted to double jeopardy, and claim officers have gone to great lengths to obstruct justice in the case:

“Howard Morgan’s van was crushed and destroyed without notice or cause before any forensic investigation could be done.
Howard Morgan was never tested for gun residue to confirm if he even fired a weapon on the morning in question.
The State never produced the actual bullet proof vest worn by one of the officers who claimed to have allegedly taken a shot directly into the vest on the morning in question. The State only produced a replica.”


“If they can do this and eliminate double jeopardy and your constitutional rights, then my God, I fear for every Afro-American — whether they be male or female — in this corrupt unjust system,” Morgan’s wife told the Sun-Times.
Howard Morgan will be sentenced Thursday. He faces 80 years in prison.
Source

What.
The.
Absolute.
Fuck.

This post is over a year old, but since people are currently reblogging it, I should at least post an update.
Unfortunately, the protests and campaign to raise awareness about Howard Morgan’s case couldn’t spare him from our racist ‘Justice System’.
Howard Morgan, his attorney Sam Adam Jr., and Charice Rush (who testified in favor of Morgan), the only witness to the event, are all black. The four other officers involved are all white. The twelve-person jury that found Morgan guilty had ten white members.
On April 5, 2012, Howard was found guilty of attempted murder despite the lack of evidence supporting the white officer’s claims, the blatant disregard for double jeopardy laws (Howard was tried twice) and the reluctance to search for forensic evidence (like checking for gun powder residue on Morgan’s hands).
He was issued four sentences, one, 40 years, one, 35 years, and two for 25 years. These sentences were reported as 40 years because Morgan may serve them concurrently.

WHAT THE FUCK?!

ixnay-on-the-oddk:

anarcho-queer:

froontherun:

anarcho-queer:

Howard Morgan, A Black Cop Who Was Shot 28 Times By Several White Cops, Faces Attempted Murder Charges

As much of the country follows the Trayvon Martin case, activists in Chicago are hoping to bring some of that attention to Howard Morgan, a former Chicago police officer who was shot 28 times by white officers — and lived to tell his side of the story.

Morgan was off-duty as a detective for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad when he was pulled over for driving the wrong way on a one-way street on Feb 21, 2005, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. While both police and Morgan agree on that much, what happened next is a mystery.

According to police, Morgan opened fire with his service weapon when officers tried to arrest him, which caused them to shoot him 28 times. His family, however, very much doubts those claims.

Four white officers and one black Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad police man with his weapon on him — around the corner from our home — and he just decided to go crazy? No. That’s ludicrous,” Morgan’s wife, Rosalind Morgan, told the Sun-Times.

She was not the only person to doubt CPD’s side of the story. A Change.org petition signed by more than 2,600 people called for all charges against Morgan to be dropped, and now Occupy Chicago is getting involved.

After being left for dead, he survived and was then charged with attempted murder of the four white officers who brutalized him," Occupy wrote on their website, adding that Morgan was found not guilty on three counts, including discharging his weapon. The same jury that cleared him of opening fire on the officers, however, deadlocked on a charge of attempted murder — and another jury found him guilty in January.

That jury was not allowed to hear that Morgan had been acquitted of the other charges.

Protesters and Morgan’s family say the second trial amounted to double jeopardy, and claim officers have gone to great lengths to obstruct justice in the case:

Howard Morgan’s van was crushed and destroyed without notice or cause before any forensic investigation could be done.

Howard Morgan was never tested for gun residue to confirm if he even fired a weapon on the morning in question.

The State never produced the actual bullet proof vest worn by one of the officers who claimed to have allegedly taken a shot directly into the vest on the morning in question. The State only produced a replica.”

If they can do this and eliminate double jeopardy and your constitutional rights, then my God, I fear for every Afro-American — whether they be male or female — in this corrupt unjust system,” Morgan’s wife told the Sun-Times.

Howard Morgan will be sentenced Thursday. He faces 80 years in prison.

Source

What.

The.

Absolute.

Fuck.

This post is over a year old, but since people are currently reblogging it, I should at least post an update.

Unfortunately, the protests and campaign to raise awareness about Howard Morgan’s case couldn’t spare him from our racist ‘Justice System’.

Howard Morgan, his attorney Sam Adam Jr., and Charice Rush (who testified in favor of Morgan), the only witness to the event, are all black. The four other officers involved are all white. The twelve-person jury that found Morgan guilty had ten white members.

On April 5, 2012, Howard was found guilty of attempted murder despite the lack of evidence supporting the white officer’s claims, the blatant disregard for double jeopardy laws (Howard was tried twice) and the reluctance to search for forensic evidence (like checking for gun powder residue on Morgan’s hands).

He was issued four sentences, one, 40 years, one, 35 years, and two for 25 years. These sentences were reported as 40 years because Morgan may serve them concurrently.

WHAT THE FUCK?!

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sparkamovement:

Olympics struggle with ‘policing femininity’: 

There are female athletes who will be competing at the Olympic Games this summer after undergoing treatment to make them less masculine.
Still others are being secretly investigated for displaying overly manly characteristics, as sport’s highest medical officials attempt to quantify — and regulate — the hormonal difference between male and female athletes.
Caster Semenya, the South African runner who was so fast and muscular that many suspected she was a man, exploded onto the front pages three years ago. She was considered an outlier, a one-time anomaly.
But similar cases are emerging all over the world, and Semenya, who was banned from competition for 11 months while authorities investigated her sex, is back, vying for gold.
Semenya and other women like her face a complex question: Does a female athlete whose body naturally produces unusually high levels of male hormones, allowing them to put on more muscle mass and recover faster, have an “unfair” advantage?
In a move critics call “policing femininity,” recent rule changes by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the governing body of track and field, state that for a woman to compete, her testosterone must not exceed the male threshold.
If it does, she must have surgery or receive hormone therapy prescribed by an expert IAAF medical panel and submit to regular monitoring. So far, at least a handful of athletes — the figure is confidential — have been prescribed treatment, but their numbers could increase. Last month, the International Olympic Committee began the approval process to adopt similar rules for the Games.

There’s a lot going on here, but here’s what jumped out at us immediately: Women, particularly women athletes, are constantly told they’re not as strong or fast as men—and now that they’re proving otherwise, they’re being forced to undergo hormone treatments. We don’t think it’s a coincidence that women of color are coming under fire for this more than white women. From the article: “Lindsay Perry, another scientist, says sometimes whole teams of African women are dead ringers for men.” This is a clear example of how we’ve constructed a very particular, very narrow ideal of femininity and womanhood that devalues and casts aside black women in particular. 

sparkamovement:

Olympics struggle with ‘policing femininity’: 

There are female athletes who will be competing at the Olympic Games this summer after undergoing treatment to make them less masculine.

Still others are being secretly investigated for displaying overly manly characteristics, as sport’s highest medical officials attempt to quantify — and regulate — the hormonal difference between male and female athletes.

Caster Semenya, the South African runner who was so fast and muscular that many suspected she was a man, exploded onto the front pages three years ago. She was considered an outlier, a one-time anomaly.

But similar cases are emerging all over the world, and Semenya, who was banned from competition for 11 months while authorities investigated her sex, is back, vying for gold.

Semenya and other women like her face a complex question: Does a female athlete whose body naturally produces unusually high levels of male hormones, allowing them to put on more muscle mass and recover faster, have an “unfair” advantage?

In a move critics call “policing femininity,” recent rule changes by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the governing body of track and field, state that for a woman to compete, her testosterone must not exceed the male threshold.

If it does, she must have surgery or receive hormone therapy prescribed by an expert IAAF medical panel and submit to regular monitoring. So far, at least a handful of athletes — the figure is confidential — have been prescribed treatment, but their numbers could increase. Last month, the International Olympic Committee began the approval process to adopt similar rules for the Games.

There’s a lot going on here, but here’s what jumped out at us immediately: Women, particularly women athletes, are constantly told they’re not as strong or fast as men—and now that they’re proving otherwise, they’re being forced to undergo hormone treatments. We don’t think it’s a coincidence that women of color are coming under fire for this more than white women. From the article: “Lindsay Perry, another scientist, says sometimes whole teams of African women are dead ringers for men.” This is a clear example of how we’ve constructed a very particular, very narrow ideal of femininity and womanhood that devalues and casts aside black women in particular. 

(via postmodernismruinedme)