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If you have chosen to live as a woman, you’re going to have to accept a few things:

1) Your experiences are going to be completely different that those of natural born women. This is not a bad thing. This does not make you more or lesser. This just is.

2) You will NEED to be a feminist – the feminist goal is NOT to bring anyone down, but to lift women UP. Stop acting like natural-born women are your enemy. Stop using MRA-style tactics to bring women down.

3) There are biological facts that [most] women experience. Menstruation, pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause.
If you chose to live as a woman, you cannot (read: should not) fake these.  These are not glamorous. These are not pleasant.
These biological realities for women can be painful in many ways. “Pretending” to go through these is offensive.

There is much about womanhood that you will not and cannot understand or experience.
THAT is what makes a woman.
Not clothing or makeup or hobbies.

4) Wanting to live as a woman, but erase the word “woman” makes no sense. If you don’t want women to identify as women… why should you get to do so?
Don’t exclude women. Don’t erase them.
If you want to live as one, you need to ALLOW them to be themselves.

5) Calling myself a woman does not make you a lesser person. It is not meant to insult you. That is my biological reality.
I am in no way insulted if you call yourself a woman.

6) Do not call me “cis”. Cis is a chemistry term, and not a biology term. I am a woman – biologically female – unaltered. Cis is a hateful slur used to insult women by MEN who are fetishizing womanhood. I understand this is a small pocket of the trans community; that does not make it less derogatory.

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I will call you a woman if that is your preference. Your desire to wear whatever clothes, and use whatever name you’d like is no offense to me. You are a human being, deserving of your right to live your life how you see fit.

But you also need to accept that I was born female. I have had to endure things that you will never know (on the flip-side, you will have gone through things I will never know).

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My point is this:
[Most] Women are not trying to erase transwomen (or transmen, for that matter). Please don’t erase us.

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Help us recoup some of our loss after a recent theft.
If you aren’t able to help financially, please consider sharing our GoFundMe page.
Thank you!

http://www.gofundme.com/xfehw4

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From Kamala Chaand Dance Company, Inc.:
“Friends, we are so sad to inform students and our fan base that sometime after last Thursday (June 11, 2015), our studio experienced a robbery by someone with a key to the studio.

Missing from our office that was rifled through is our bank bag containing a month of tuition and troupe fees in mostly cash as well as checks.

We are simply distraught that this could happen to us. Small businesses of every kind cannot suffer this kind of loss well.

We are working with St. Paul police and our landlord to try to solve this troubling event.

Thanks for your thoughts and well wishes right now. We are also going to set up a gofundme to accept donations to help recover some of our loss.”

We’re pretty upset about this.
We only moved into the studio in February, and are starting…

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Beautiful and inspiring.

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FullSizeRender-1FullSizeRender Today I went to a tattoo artist, and for $60 I let a man with a giant Jesus-tattoo on his head ink a semi-colon onto my wrist where it will stay until the day I die. By now, enough people have started asking questions that it made sense for me to start talking, and talking about things that aren’t particularly easy.

We’ll start here: a semi-colon is a place in a sentence where the author has the decision to stop with a period, but chooses not to. A semi-colon is a reminder to pause and then keep going. 

In April I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. By the beginning of May I was popping anti-depressents every morning with a breakfast I could barely stomach. In June, I had to leave a job I’d wanted since I first set foot on this campus as an incoming freshmen because of my mental…

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Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

Brighid

Hear my words, I’m calling from your heart

And calling from your mind

I am the spark that kindles the flame

And nurtures all mankind

For a jewel of light has been at every root

And lies within the soil’s clay

And it cradles the babe of our visions and dreams

And sends all creation into flight.

Take my hand, I’ll pull to free your stance

I pull only at first

And when you push on to make out a path

The waiting seed pods burst

There’s a fountain that flows and deep within the rock

And satisfies the thirst in all.

And it cools the brow when the hammer falls

And smooths the way for the birth.

So speak my name, I’ll come to any door

And come at any hour

And when you raise your voice and your heart

Your innocence is power

And the healing of…

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Kamala Chaand Dance Company is working really hard but it takes a village…. Dancers, you’re our village. Parents, you’re our village. Grandparents, you’re our village. Friends and neighbors, you are our village.

We’ve found the perfect new space, and now we need help getting it ready for Our Dancing Daughters!


We are beginning the program this month with the release of the scholarship application. The application will be made available to girls in the St. Paul area and will be for the school year starting September 2015.
It’s a pretty extensive application process for them and we also need time yet to be able to file our 501c3 and raise more funds in order to supply them with their curriculum and costuming requirements.
This is where you come in. Can you spare us $25? Maybe you’ve got $50 you want to throw our direction to help enrich the…

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A great Yuletide treat recipe!

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

Chocolate Hearts

These are my all time favourites and they really aren’t a cookie. They are a confection because they have no flour. So all you gluten free people, this is for you. 🙂

3 oz of bitter chocolate
1 lb powdered sugar
2 or 3 unbeaten egg whites
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Melt 3 oz of chocolate
Add 1lb of powdered sugar
And mix thoroughly
Work to a stiff yet pliable paste with the unbeaten egg whites
Add 1 tsp of vanilla
Roll ¼ inch thick and cut with cookie cutter
Sprinkle the board with powdered sugar instead of flour
Place on oiled or foiled pan
And bake until firm at 325 degrees
Remove from pan after standing a minute to cool

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Reblogging, because this is so very important.

Dances With Fat

fight backThe CDC has created a tool that they claim will “Assess the costs of obesity as it relates to their bottom line.”  You can bet your sweet bippy there will be lots of swearing in the blog today.

They claim that their tool allows employers to input BMI data and find out how much employees will cost the bottom line based on their “estimations” about prescriptions, hospitalizations, and work days lost.

There are so many ways that this is fucked up that it’s hard to know where to begin.  First of all, the calculation of these numbers are dubious at best for a number of reasons, starting with the fact they are based on BMI which is a simple ratio of weight and height that has many, many problems in this and any context besides providing a ratio of weight and height.  Also, attempts to calculate the costs of obesity…

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Our Dancing Daughters is a big deal for the crew at KCDC.
And now it’s officially a non-profit – yay!

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We are so pleased to announce that Kamala Chaand Dance Company has officially launched Our Dancing Daughters as a non profit organization in the State of Minnesota!
Our board is as follows:
Executive Director Tasha Rose Hodges
Secretary LaDonna Bartol
Treasurer Becky Munson
Art and Marketing Laurie Howard
Outreach Breana Larson

More info (including our new official logo) is coming soon!

Kamala Chaand Dance Company, Inc. is Minnesota’s premier FatChanceBellyDance®, Inc. Sister Studio and the state’s leader in American Tribal Style® Belly Dance performance and instruction. We operate out of our small, 220 square foot studio in Lowertown St. Paul, Minnesota. For awhile our studio space has worked for us… just over a year! The growth of our troupe and student base, however, has exceeded our ability to house all of our students at one time! Quite a wonderful problem to have. In addition to outgrowing our space, we are…

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Help Kamala Chaand Dance Company reach their goal!

Dancing with Adara Din

Kamala Chaand Dance Company, Inc. is Minnesota’s premier FatChanceBellyDance®, Inc. Sister Studio and the state’s leader in American Tribal Style® Belly Dance performance and instruction. We operate our of a small, 220 square foot studio in Lowertown St. Paul, Minnesota. For awhile our studio space has worked for us… just over a year! The growth of our troupe and student base, however, has exceeded our ability to house all of our students at one time! Quite a wonderful problem to have. In addition to outgrowing our space, we are working on becoming a 501c3 in order to teach dance to the at risk young women of the Twin Cities in our youth mentorship program Our Dancing Daughters. This means offering classes FOR FREE to these young women, in addition to aiding them in beginning their costuming, and giving access to resources to help them beyond the walls of the studio…

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