Dear Moneygram: WTF?

17 Apr

Finally, Moneygram  responds to my repeated efforts to get them to refund the money from my canceled transaction. With a note intended towards a different customer.

i would consider following their instructions if not for the “do not reply” bit.


Dear MoneyGram Customer:

Thank you for contacting MoneyGram. We appreciate the opportunity to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Your funds will be credited to your original payment source once you have requested your cancellation and/or refund request. Please allow 3-10 business days for your refund. We look forward to assisting you in the future, and appreciate your interest in MoneyGram.

Electronic Operations Department

Someone illegally accessed my account and tried to send money to one Natalia Pisanina. I did not authorize this transaction and I have cancelled it. Please make sure the amount of money $821+ is refunded back into my account ASAP!

This message may contain confidential information. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately and delete this email from your system.


Lie Dead

15 Apr



Originally posted on Rebecca Mott:

This is a long piece about my stepdad.

I will always love this piece of writing, because it cleared my stepdad away into a box.


I feel I’m at a stage in my life when I can write. I only remember in bits. Much of my life is full of gaps. Rape can be blanked out, to lead a “normal” life. I remember events without feelings. Remember feelings without knowing where they come from. I will remember as clear as I can inside gaps and silences.


I am drunk at a party. Round me others are chatting about sex. There is calm, sarcastic laughter. A voice said –

“Hole so small – like a 6-year-old.”

I freeze. Don’t show you’re scared. I try laughing, but my throat jams. Now it appears everything I hear is about child sex. I’m shaking.

“Shut up. You don’t know what you’re…

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Lesbians in the News 11/04/2015

14 Apr

Originally posted on listening2lesbians:

Lesbians in the news

05/04/2015 – 011/04/2015

Fight Homophobia–Help a Lesbian

Mary Kristene Chapa and Mollie Olgin (Image source: Curve Magazine) Mary Kristene Chapa and Mollie Olgin (Image source: Curve Magazine)

In an example of an appalling hate crime in 2012, two two young lesbians went on a date but were viciously attacked. Mollie Olgin was killed and Mary Kristene Chapa was left for dead.

Their attacker was arrested in 2014 but was not charged with a hate crime, despite sufficient evidence to justify it.

Despite the horror of the crime, Mary Kristene Chapa’s medical fund has only raised $12,882, compared to the over $800,000 raised for Memories Pizza, the pizzeria that declined to cater same sex weddings.

Horrific anti lesbian crime occur routinely and they are not reported. When they are, this is the level of interest they garner.

This is lesbophobia and silencing writ large.

Please read more about Mollie and Mary in Victoria A Brownworth’s piece and please donate to help Mary Kristene Chapa with…

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When “Paternalism” is Worse Than Commercial Rape: #StateofExtraction and the New Manarchist

30 Mar Featured Image -- 1454

Originally posted on Gender Detective - The Personal Blog of Jonah Mix:


Last weekend, the State of Extraction conference was held at Simon Frasier University in the unceded Coast Salish territories of British Columbia. In their words:

The goal of The State of Extraction is to bring together indigenous leadership, academics, artists and public intellectuals from a variety of disciplines, activists engaged in various struggles related to resource extraction (including oil, gas, coal and rare earth metals), representatives of affected communities from the global north and south, and the general public to examine the new face of resource capitalism in Canada and its influence on the world; the (lack of) public debate about such issues and the role of resource capitalism in structuring (and frustrating) such debate; as well as alternative models of economic and social development.

I’m about halfway through the keynotes and the majority of them are absolutely fantastic. A special mention should go to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges…

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The Trans Novel

26 Mar

Originally posted on Bureaucromancy:

An interesting piece I got in my reader:

Caveat: I have read none of these books. My dad tried to persuade me to read Middlesex, I tried and didn’t like it. So I’m discussing concepts rather than literary merit (something I am not competent to discuss anyway).

While this article made some good points, there were some weird places too. The author complains about non-trans (I will not use the term “cis”) people writing stories where trans people are seen as heroes/heroines in an epic sense. But this is the narrative we are given by many trans people themselves, as well as being something readers see in all genres of fiction about everyone. All the way back to the earliest writings, we have the quest undertaken, and the victory (sometimes partial, sometimes Pyrrhic) won. It doesn’t seem strange to me that this would show up in fiction centering around…

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Are There No Sweatshops?

26 Mar

“It’s a common sight at dusk and dawn in China’s public parks and plazas — hordes of elderly women meet to exercise together, dancing synchronized routines while blasting loud music.
Mass public dancing to music of all styles has long been popular with retirees, with some even breaking out moves in international public spaces, from Moscow’s Red Square to outside the Louvre in Paris.
But the raucous music and large groups have become a nuisance for many Chinese residents who live near popular sites. Some are so annoyed that they’ve reportedly dumped poop on the dancing grannies.
Beijing is eager to restore public order. So it has approved 12 dance routines developed by China’s General Administration of Sports and Ministry of Culture, set to appropriate songs that the grannies must now pick up and learn if they want to continue shimmying their way through public spaces.
“From today, public dances will no longer vary by neighborhood, but will become nationally unified,” state media reported.”

That Word Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does

23 Mar


You always cut through the crap, Roslyn.

Originally posted on the one who writes:


And what word is that word? Sex Trafficking. Think about it. When you hear the word sex trafficking, do you think about some poor girl in a foreign country forced by her circumstances into porn/prostitution commercial rape? I’ll bet you do, because that’s the image we’ve been fed, essentially forever. Did you know that commercial rape is a 9.5 BILLION dollar a year industry in THIS COUNTRY? Did you know the average victim age is 13-14? Did you know that one in three teen runaways will be lured into commercial rape within 48 hours of leaving home? These aren’t poor kids “over there,” you know in those fucked up countries where something bad is always happening. Nope, this is right here in the United States.

Top Twenty Cities for Human Trafficking

• El Paso
• Los Angeles
• Atlanta
• Chicago
• Charlotte
• Miami
• Las Vegas
• New York
• Long Island
• New Orleans
• Washington, D.C.

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