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5 Reasons We Should Celebrate Andreja Pejic
By Claire Biggs
If you were paying attention in 2011, you might remember Andreja Pejic as the androgynous model who took the fashion world by storm. Supported by the likes of Carine Roitfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier, Pejic found fame by championing a career that didn’t require her to conform to normal gender norms. Now the 22-year-old is embarking on a new chapter: living – and working – as a woman after sexual reassignment surgery (SRS).
We’ve put together a list of 5 reasons you should celebrate the supermodel.
+ She Stayed True to Herself at Risk of Losing Her Career
Although Pejic was proud of her gender nonconforming career, her “biggest dream was to be comfortable in” her body. She knew that transitioning might be setbacks in her career, but she decided that she had to be true to herself; her career is “just going to have to fit around that.”
+ She’s Opening Up Because She Has a “Social Responsibility”
Pejic didn’t have to come out about her transition, but she chose to do so – and on such a public scale – because she has a “social responsibility” to do so. In fact, she hopes that “by being open about this, it becomes less of an issue.”
+ She Wants to Give Others Hope
In a Facebook post, Pejic calls her transition a “life-saving process.” For others considering a similar transition, the model wrote that she hopes to show that “one can be happy and successful in their new chapter without having to alienate their past.”
+ She’s Joining a High-Profile Group of Women + Changing an Industry
The fashion world is often lacking in diversity, so have someone like Pejic accepted by the industry is a huge win for the LGBTQ community. Like Laverne Cox and Janet Mock, Pejic is using her platform to promote activism on behalf of the trans community.
+ She’s Setting the Record About SRS Straight
When asked about her surgery, Pejic was quick to dispute the misconception that “you go to a surgeon and say, ‘Oh, I want to be a woman.’” As she explains, there are psychiatric evaluations involved, and patients undergo “strict testing” before being allowed to have the procedure.
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an-andreja-pejic-blog:

5 Reasons We Should Celebrate Andreja Pejic

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If you were paying attention in 2011, you might remember Andreja Pejic as the androgynous model who took the fashion world by storm. Supported by the likes of Carine Roitfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier, Pejic found fame by championing a career that didn’t require her to conform to normal gender norms. Now the 22-year-old is embarking on a new chapter: living – and working – as a woman after sexual reassignment surgery (SRS).

We’ve put together a list of 5 reasons you should celebrate the supermodel.

+ She Stayed True to Herself at Risk of Losing Her Career

Although Pejic was proud of her gender nonconforming career, her “biggest dream was to be comfortable in” her body. She knew that transitioning might be setbacks in her career, but she decided that she had to be true to herself; her career is “just going to have to fit around that.”

+ She’s Opening Up Because She Has a “Social Responsibility”

Pejic didn’t have to come out about her transition, but she chose to do so – and on such a public scale – because she has a “social responsibility” to do so. In fact, she hopes that “by being open about this, it becomes less of an issue.”

+ She Wants to Give Others Hope

In a Facebook post, Pejic calls her transition a “life-saving process.” For others considering a similar transition, the model wrote that she hopes to show that “one can be happy and successful in their new chapter without having to alienate their past.”

+ She’s Joining a High-Profile Group of Women + Changing an Industry

The fashion world is often lacking in diversity, so have someone like Pejic accepted by the industry is a huge win for the LGBTQ community. Like Laverne Cox and Janet Mock, Pejic is using her platform to promote activism on behalf of the trans community.

+ She’s Setting the Record About SRS Straight

When asked about her surgery, Pejic was quick to dispute the misconception that “you go to a surgeon and say, ‘Oh, I want to be a woman.’” As she explains, there are psychiatric evaluations involved, and patients undergo “strict testing” before being allowed to have the procedure.

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Chooch, I feel I'm horribly uneducated on the Israel/Palestine situation. :( I mean, I understand the basic conflict, but I know there's much more to the issue and I have no idea where to start looking. Are there any links/articles/videos on the topic that you've found particularly accurate or informative? Zayn's tweet definitely makes me want to learn more on this issue.

goodladnicelittlebody:

Here is one of the biggest benefits to having zayn tweet this; uninformed people decide to figure out what’s going on. Unfortunately, I’m not the best person to talk to about this, but I’ll try my best. I also know that twerk-it-larry is pretty informed on the situation and has faced it first hand.

So, Zayn Malik tweeted this today:

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Some history:

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Until1946, Palestinians lived all over the country, some Jewish people did too, and they actually lived pretty peacefully.

After WW2, the British, finding that Jews felt unsafe in Europe, decided to establish Israel as their state. Over a million fled to Israel from 1948-1970.

Here’s some more history.

Here’s a video.

Here’s a post about some of the ways Palestinians are discriminated against.

Here’s whats happening now:

The current escalation was caused when 3 Israeli teenagers were kidnapped while they were found on Palestinian land. Israeli government was quick to blame Hamas, the people in power in Palestine, they later admitted that that it was a lone act, in other words, Hamas wasn’t involved. In other words, you could make the argument that Israel blamed Hamas in order to justify the planned attack.

Further, the Israeli government was well aware the teens were dead, but acted as if they didn’t:

Yet for the next two weeks authorities put on a phony rescue effort, instituted a gag order to prevent the public from knowing the truth and rallied the Jewish domestic and diaspora populations in anticipation of their move against Hamas.

Sad.

The death toll is approaching 1,000, most of them women and children. That because Israel consistently target, hospitals, and UN shelters

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Israel: 42.

"Israel has the right to defend itself?"

In a nutshell, the conflict is about two peoples, living in peace. One side does something, and the other reacts.

I’m not saying Palestine is innocent in all of this, but they are definitely the disenfranchised population. According to Human Rights Watch:

World Report 2014.

Israeli forces killed more Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and demolished more Palestinian homes than in 2012. Israel continued to build settlements in the West Bank, violating international law. Palestinian security forces in both the West Bank and Gaza enjoyed virtual impunity from criminal prosecution despite credible allegations of torture. In Gaza, Israel and Egypt impeded rebuilding of the devastated economy by blocking virtually all exports. Israeli and Palestinian security services in the West Bank and Gaza arrested people arbitrarily and unlawfully restricted people from protesting.

Oh and:

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I have general knowledge of what’s going on, so here are some more links to explore and stay updated:

Haaretz 

PressTV

James Gelvin

Noam Chomsky

Jewish Voices for Peace

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