Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I got ur fails right here

Keira Knightley's breasts have been tampered with again.

On the left is the ad. Below is a shot taken while stylists were attending her during the shoot. Can you spot the difference?

This is a continuing battle for Knightley, who has stated that she is proud of her body, and who, in the past, has refused to let images of her body be augmented. I admit my crush on Knightley deepens whenever she speaks up for her breasts.

I'm not even going to go into the obvious airbrushing beyond the photoshopped breasts; I'll just point out that apparently women are only beautiful if they have breasts and look plastic.


You've probably already heard about the latest transphobic idiocy, courtesy of the Transportation Security Administration. Basically under these new policies, transgender flyers will be outed as transgender since it requires that they use a name that reflects their gender (and by gender, they ignorantly mean what's between the individual's legs). According to Jos at Feministing:

Many trans individuals do not have identification that matches their presentation or the name they regularly use. Others have IDs with conflicting information. The Advocate asked the TSA how trans folks should handle these situations and got some very un-helpful advice:

TSA spokesman Dwayne Baird told on Thursday that transgender travelers who are purchasing tickets should declare "the gender that they were at the time that they booked their flight."
And Monica from Transgriot states:
The first implementation phase of the initiative required that airlines collect the names of all passengers as shown verbatim on government-issued identification.

The next phase began August 15 on several air carriers. It requires passengers to declare their gender at the time of booking their flights.

By the end of March 2010 all companies will be required to obtain gender information from persons booking travel.

TSA spokesman Dwayne Baird told in a recent interview that transgender travelers who are purchasing tickets should declare "the gender that they were at the time that they booked their flight."

However, Baird said he was unsure whether those who don't identify with a specific gender or are in transition would be held to the same rules.

Kristina Wertz, the Transgender Law Center's legal director, said the new regulations will likely exacerbate airport hassles that some transgender people already face while traveling.

No kidding. One of the potential consequences of having your trans business disclosed is a situation in which the traveling transperson could be subjected to harassment, disrespect and discrimination by airline personnel, security, customs officials if they're travelling internationally and other passengers. (emphasis mine).
And, keeping with the ugly transphobic theme, there's this about a transwoman named Kate Lynn Blatt
whose employer requested a photograph of her genitalia as a condition of continued employment.

Blatt was working for Manpower, a temporary employment service. After she was asked to leave a job she was on for Manpower in 2007, they told her that she’d have to provide documentation from her surgeon regarding genital surgery, plus a photograph of her genitalia in order to seek further employment through them. (emphasis mine).

::::Head. Desk::::

Here we have a classic example of cisgender privilege. We do not demand to see evidence of someone's genitals when their gender identity matches their biology. This is harassment. Tell me this is illegal--but we all know transgender individuals aren't really human, amirite?


Let's make some noise supporting Blatt and her lawsuit against Manpower.


Today's win, of course, is the sentencing of Dwight DeLee for the murder of Lateisha Green, which occurred on November 14, 2008. He has been sentenced to 25 years, and his conviction of committing a hate-crime is only the second ever in the U.S. which involves a transgender individual. It's a bitter win, however, because a young woman's life was stolen. My heart goes out to Lateisha's family. I hope the asshole rots. More details can be found here.


luvandfamily said...


Daisy Deadhead said...

Waiting to see if Ali Larter (of HEROES) will cave to the pressure of the ubiquitous Hollywood Boob Job. I think she looks super-fit and lovely as she is (gymnast type of body, and sometimes she has to do super-hero moves and stuff, so that makes sense)....but I can't think of another TV-actress with breasts as small. I can't believe she's held out as long as she has! Ali rules!

I will be very impressed if she never caves; I'm actually impressed already.

Ssejors said...

Holy Fuck my jaw dropped at the article about Manpower inc. demanding a picture of that woman's Genitals! I have never been asked my SEX when buying a plane ticket nor do i ever expect that I will have to take a picture of my junk to prove my gender for any reason what so ever. It makes me so angry that some people are treated so fucking poorly. And for 10$ an hour! my Word! That's minimum wage in parts of Canada. And you don't even need a fucking high school degree for that! What kinda JUNK does a person NEED to be sporting to make a piss poor little 10$ an hour! ANGER! And the fact that this woman has to STATE that transgendered people are Valuable Human beings, as if that should even be questioned! AAAAAAAAAAAHHH Anger! sorry.. outburst I'm just so flabbergasted!

oooh ps I found yer blog via Renee at WM and I'm super thrilled to have a new blog to read!