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Site re-design and new Terms of Service

biyuti:

publishbiyuti:

Finally. Finally I have the website at a place where I am very happy with the overall look and functionality.

The biyuti publishing experience is now, 100% different.

First, as you can see, the website looks much, much different. But the difference isn’t only cosmetic. I’ve instituted a different shopping cart approach where there will no longer be a centralized cart for all books. It might be more inconvenient in some ways, but it is allowing me to shift to a model where all authors, from this point on, will receive 100% of their royalties1.

After much reflection, I realized that this will probably never be ‘profitable’ nor do I want to approach this business with an eye on the bottom line. The intent and purpose has always been to help marginalized people (with a focus on trans women of colour) publish their works and, hopefully, make money.

I hope to continue funding this project through a variety of crowdfunding initiatives and, more or less, out of my own pocket. On that note… my preferred crowdfunding source is Gittip (since they allow people to donate a weekly amount and all the money I get is given to me, after transaction fees). And, even if all you think you can donate is $0.25 a week, or a $1/month, if even 25 people will do this, I’ll have my web hosting costs covered). Likely, I’ll do some fund raising on a per book basis to cover costs related to legal deposit, cover images, etc.

Okay. The even more exciting part? Is the way that the books look now.

Like. Holy fuck. YES!

Checkout how Trauma Queen looks…

or

The Womanist Musings Posts

Do you see how great this looks???? Omg.


  1. If sold on this website only. Other retailers will obviously have different arrangements, but it’ll be up to the individual to sort that out. 

seriously….

everyone go look at how pretty biyuti publishing is now!

Go. Now. Or else…

In case anyone is wondering… this is what I’ve been doing for the past two weeks and why I haven’t been around. Figuring this all out took a lot of work.

But so worth it.

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Most people look at the word “disabled” and assume it means “less able.” It doesn’t. It means “prevented from functioning.” When I turn the wireless connection off on my computer, I get told that the connection has been “disabled.” Does this mean that my wifi has suddenly become less able or broken? Has my wifi acquired a disability? Of course not. It has been prevented from functioning by an external force. In a very similar way to how I’m disabled by bus drivers that just won’t stop if they see me — a wheelchair user — waiting at the bus stop.
Lisa Egan, I’m Not A ‘Person With A Disability’: I’m A Disabled Person (via princezeldas)

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strugglingtobeheard:

lakotapeopleslawproject:

Chase Iron Eyes needs your support! 
We must all demand that the treaties be honored and the Lakota foster children be returned home! “The rate and manner of removal of Indian children is tantamount to genocide; it accomplishes the same results as forced transferal of our children to boarding schools in the past. It leads to the erasure of our dignity as original peoples of this continent.” For a full briefing on the ongoing, de facto genocide against Indian people in South Dakota, visit the Lakota People’s Law Project website.
Read his blog post here! GET INFORMED!
READ HERE: http://lakota.cc/14nhcCL

please boost and spread so more people can know about the reality of these children in South Dakota and their families fighting against genocide

strugglingtobeheard:

lakotapeopleslawproject:

Chase Iron Eyes needs your support!

We must all demand that the treaties be honored and the Lakota foster children be returned home! “The rate and manner of removal of Indian children is tantamount to genocide; it accomplishes the same results as forced transferal of our children to boarding schools in the past. It leads to the erasure of our dignity as original peoples of this continent.” For a full briefing on the ongoing, de facto genocide against Indian people in South Dakota, visit the Lakota People’s Law Project website.

Read his blog post here! GET INFORMED!

READ HERE: http://lakota.cc/14nhcCL

please boost and spread so more people can know about the reality of these children in South Dakota and their families fighting against genocide

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mangoestho:

abieyonce:

mangoestho:

 coretta was better than mlk. remember that. remember that she coulda been like a beyoncè-yoyo ma hybrid if she didn’t join the revolution with her cheating husband. i wish that history books would really talk about her political work outside of her husband.

can we get the history books to talk about sexism in the civil rights movement in general? maybe just a little bit? like i need fannie lou hamer to be the center of any crm discussion. 

Let’s talk about how the Civil Rights Movement was incepted by Black women seeking retribution and community consciousness about the rape and assault of Black women and girls. Rosa Parks was a typist and recorder for what would be the equivalent of a rape crisis center. The Civil Rights Movement was a women’s movement that shifted gears to garner attention b/c even in the scheme of racialized oppression; people cared more about Black men’s pain/suffering than that of Black women. All of this with the hopes that women’s rapes, assaults, kidnappings and lynchings would get attention by association/proximity to those of men. 
READ THIS BOOK! CHANGED MY COMPLETE PERSPECTIVE OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND REPRESENTATION OF RACIALIZED OPPRESSION.

mangoestho:

abieyonce:

mangoestho:

 coretta was better than mlk. remember that. remember that she coulda been like a beyoncè-yoyo ma hybrid if she didn’t join the revolution with her cheating husband. i wish that history books would really talk about her political work outside of her husband.

can we get the history books to talk about sexism in the civil rights movement in general? maybe just a little bit? like i need fannie lou hamer to be the center of any crm discussion. 

Let’s talk about how the Civil Rights Movement was incepted by Black women seeking retribution and community consciousness about the rape and assault of Black women and girls. Rosa Parks was a typist and recorder for what would be the equivalent of a rape crisis center. The Civil Rights Movement was a women’s movement that shifted gears to garner attention b/c even in the scheme of racialized oppression; people cared more about Black men’s pain/suffering than that of Black women. All of this with the hopes that women’s rapes, assaults, kidnappings and lynchings would get attention by association/proximity to those of men. 

READ THIS BOOK! CHANGED MY COMPLETE PERSPECTIVE OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND REPRESENTATION OF RACIALIZED OPPRESSION.

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sassyfrasscircus:

spramp:

mariekpascual:

Mark Aguhar (1987-2012)

Artist Statement (from markaguhar.com):

"Mark Aguhar’s work is a continuous exploration of queer expression and what it means to have grown up gay on the internet. Aguhar collects visual artifacts from queer online communities and uses them in their work to define and redefine who they are and what their body is. Aguhar’s work that combines porn, fashion, textile patterns, optical effects, trans identities, and queer jokes. They not intend to make teaching work, or art to represent the entirety of the LGBTIQA community, they express their situated experience of the spectrum. "

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I am surprised by how much sex I have had in my life that I didn’t want to have. Not exactly what’s considered “real” rape, or “date” rape, although it is a kind of rape of the spirit - a dishonest portrayal or distortion of my own desire in order to appease another person.

I said yes because I felt it was too much trouble to say no. I said yes because I didn’t want to have to defend my “no,” qualify it, justify it - deserve it. I said yes because I thought I was so ugly and fat that I should just take sex every time it was offered, because who knew when it would be offered again. I said yes to partners I never wanted in the first place, because to say no at any point after saying yes for so long would make our entire relationship a lie, so I had to keep saying yes in order to keep the “no” I felt a secret. That is such a messed-up way to live, such an awful way to love.

So these days, I say yes only when I mean yes. It does require some vigilance on my part to make sure I don’t just go on sexual automatic pilot and let people do whatever. It forces me to be really honest with myself and others. It makes me remember that loving myself is also about protecting myself and defending my own borders. I say yes to me.

Margaret Cho, “Yes Means Yes” (via spitswap)

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These days, before we talk about misogyny, women are increasingly being asked to modify our language so we don’t hurt men’s feelings. Don’t say, “Men oppress women” – that’s sexism, as bad as any sexism women ever have to handle, possibly worse. Instead, say, “Some men oppress women.” Whatever you do, don’t generalise. That’s something men do. Not all men – just some men.

This type of semantic squabbling is a very effective way of getting women to shut up. After all, most of us grew up learning that being a good girl was all about putting other people’s feelings ahead of our own. We aren’t supposed to say what we think if there’s a chance it might upset somebody else or, worse, make them angry. So we stifle our speech with apologies, caveats and soothing sounds. We reassure our friends and loved ones that “you’re not one of those men who hate women”.

What we don’t say is: of course not all men hate women. But culture hates women, so men who grow up in a sexist culture have a tendency to do and say sexist things, often without meaning to. We aren’t judging you for who you are but that doesn’t mean we’re not asking you to change your behaviour. What you feel about women in your heart is of less immediate importance than how you treat them on a daily basis.

You can be the gentlest, sweetest man in the world yet still benefit from sexism. That’s how oppression works.

Of course all men don’t hate women. But all men must know they benefit from sexism (via brute-reason)

Black women cannot even mention the word sexism because then we are accused of hating Black men and are called emasculating bitches who want to destroy the Black community.

We are not allowed to discuss misogyny Black women face on a large scale platform. Sexism is a non issue because RACISM is the true issue, and any sort of feminist thought is the white devil’s infiltration.

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A sharp class distinction has arisen, producing a mini-class of Blacks who benefited most by the civil rights and Black Liberation movements, thinking and acting as if our historic struggle has been won so that they can become as arrogant and ignorant as the worst examples of white America.

Amiri Barak from “A Post-Racial Anthology?” in Poetry Magazine, May 2013 (via superoeuvre)

#Obama

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mymothertongue:

ethiopienne:

mini twitter essay of the day

TL;DR: ACTIVISTS LAUGH TOO, BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF LIVING, BREATHING HUMAN BEINGS.

I am tired of being the token queen of “that’s not funny”. Why aren’t there more of us?

because people yell at us and sic all their friends on us and bully us for being ‘humourless’, ‘politically correct’, ‘oversensitive’ ‘wet blankets’ in need of ‘serious professional help’.

(Source: ethiopienne)