Dealing with the particularity of our bodies, and more


I think Andy Coate’s post asking for funds for top surgery is amazing: honest, vulnerable, funny, and sarcastic while making something intensely personal, public.

I’m a trans man and I want you to give me your hard-earned cash so I can have top surgery which basically means removing breast tissue and reshaping my chest to appear more masculine. Gross, right? You’re the one who asked. (Thoughts on, July 25)

Adam Dyer will be teaching a course at the Starr King School for the Ministry about being embodied.

I’d love to see us change the dialogue about how we not only talk about black bodies, but how we talk about ALL bodies. Objectification, racialization, gendering . . . these are all aggressions we throw at each other, sometimes all too casually. (spirituwellness, July 25)

Diane Daniel asks, “What’s in a name?

As someone connected to a transgender person, it becomes confusing and crazy making when speaking of the past tense. To call the man I fell in love with “she” seems nuts to me. Lina identified and appeared as a male and used a male name. On the other hand, using Lina’s male name also feels bizarre. Of course I want to respect her, but I’d like also to respect my memories and my reality. (She Was the Man of my Dreams, July 22)

Discussing race and racial profiling

The Rev. Tom Schade modestly proposes that we respond to racial profiling by taxing white privilege.

I am proposing a White Privilege Public Safety Tax: a tax imposed on all white citizens and residents of the United States of America. This tax would create a fund to compensate those people of color who are mistakenly profiled by state agents and vigilantes. (the lively tradition, July 22)

Kim Hampton links the perception of black male criminality to control of black male sexuality.

Almost from the time the first Africans set foot on colonial soil in 1619, law, as it related to those of African descent has been about mainly one thing…controlling black sexuality (both male and female). Yes, most of the laws regarding those of African descent were miscegenation (or, more technically, anti-miscegenation) laws. To ignore this makes having the conversation about black “criminality” incomplete. (East of Midnight, July 23)

Patrick Murfin points out the prevalence of white-on-white crime.

Look, the plain fact is that all folks—White, Black, Brown, the Pigmentation-of-your-choice—overwhelmingly kill the folks they are closest to and live with and amongst. That means family members, pesky neighbors, co-workers, friends, and drinking buddies. Even gang violence and stranger-on-stranger robberies and street crime occur largely within our highly segregated communities. (Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout, July 24)

Around the internet

John Beckett explores the value of religious uncertainty.

Do your beliefs help you live a peaceful life, or do they fill you with fear and anxiety? Do they help you live in harmony with other people and other creatures, or do they isolate you from whole segments of the world? Do they challenge you to build a better world, or do they tell you things are OK like they are? Or worse, do they tell you things would be fine if other people would quit screwing it all up? (Under the Ancient Oaks, July 25)

The Rev. Tom Schade urges UUs to fight classism.

Does your church still have a pro and con panel discussion and an open forum before it marches with its banner in the local Pride parade? Probably not. You’ve had those discussions and have moved as a body from the sidelines into the struggle.

We are not there yet now, but we should be moving on toward that place, where poor and working class people know that Unitarian Universalists are on their side.

Exploitation is as morally offensive as marginalization and oppression. (the lively tradition, July 25)