Quickies: 18/01/2013

Quickies: 18/01/2013

Sweden ends the forced sterilisation of people updating their gender identities on legal documentation.

Rosa Parks will become the first African-American woman to have her own statue in Washington D.C.’s Statuary Hall.

The city of Brighton, England publishes a report with recommendations to make the city more trans*-friendly, including the addition of an alternative honorific title – ‘Mx’.

As 2012 saw the percentage of tattooed women exceed that of men in the U.S., check out some amazing pictures of some amazing tattooed women, back when it was a little less cool.

It’s a sad situation when more people seem to care about an imaginary woman than a real one.

Featured image is of Maud Wagner, the first known female tattoo artist in the U.S., from Margot Mifflin’s book ‘Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Woman and Tattoo’.

EDIT: The first article link info has been edited to clarify the circumstances for which sterilisation in Sweden was enforced.

By Bip
Bip lives in Sydney, Australia, where she attempts to study how viruses work and hopes someone gives her a PhD for it. Apart from microscopic organisms, she also has a soft spot for animals, humans and robots. Bip was raised Muslim and female but is now skeptical of both.


  1. in the interest of accuracy, Sweden wasn’t previously requiring people to be sterilized prior to receiving gender reassignment surgery, but as a precondition of having their legal gender changed.

  2. You’re right; I’ve edited the post accordingly. Thanks for that!

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