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Gender nonconforming teen sues South Carolina DMV that forced him to remove makeup for driver’s license photo
Chase Culpepper, 16, and his mother have filed a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina DMV for gender discrimination. Chase is gender nonconforming and wears makeup in his everyday life. (Chase identifies as male and uses male pronouns.)
In March 2014, Chase passed his driver’s license test. However, when he went to have his photo taken for his license, a DMV employee told him he had to remove his makeup. The employee told Chase he “didn’t look like a boy should” and that he wasn’t allowed to wear “a disguise.”
Chase was forced to remove his makeup in order to get his license.
The DMV claims the employee was following a policy dating from 2009, which states, “At no time will an applicant be photographed when it appears that he or she is purposely altering his or her appearance so that the photo would misrepresent his or her identity.”
DMV spokesperson Beth Parks said, “Stage makeup is not acceptable because it can be used to alter appearance. Regular everyday makeup is accepted because it’s used to highlight or hide blemishes.”
Chase’s lawsuit argues that this policy is being interpreted too broadly.
**According to my law studies so far, his argument is correct. This was gender based discrimination. Chase was discriminated against because he was not conforming to the employee’s and the DMV’s personal ideas of what a “boy” should look like. Namely, he was told he couldn’t get a driver’s license unless he removed makeup. Cis women are not subjected to any sort of no-makeup policy.
**The photo provided is a screencap I took from the local news story about this case. I thought it was extremely important to show that the DMV’s claim that “stage makeup is not allowed” does not apply here. The screencap shows what Chase looked like with his makeup on for the photo (on the left) and what he looked like after being forced to remove the makeup (on the right). He was wearing natural-looking makeup, and he looked the same either way. The makeup did not hide who he was at all. Calling it “stage makeup” is inaccurate.
The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund is assisting Chase. The lawsuit is not asking for financial compensation, but rather requests a change to the DMV policy and requests that Chase be allowed to retake his photo wearing his makeup.
My citations won’t hyperlink for some reason. Here they are:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/02/justice/south-carolina-drivers-license-makeup/index.html?hpt=ju_c2
http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-south-carolina-dmv-lawsuit-20140902-story.html
http://www.wyff4.com/news/upstate-teen-told-to-take-off-makeup-for-drivers-license-photo/26515132#!bPdEJd

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Thanks for sharing this story, anon! I hadn’t heard anything about it. 

facebooksexism:

Gender nonconforming teen sues South Carolina DMV that forced him to remove makeup for driver’s license photo

Chase Culpepper, 16, and his mother have filed a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina DMV for gender discrimination. Chase is gender nonconforming and wears makeup in his everyday life. (Chase identifies as male and uses male pronouns.)

In March 2014, Chase passed his driver’s license test. However, when he went to have his photo taken for his license, a DMV employee told him he had to remove his makeup. The employee told Chase he “didn’t look like a boy should” and that he wasn’t allowed to wear “a disguise.”

Chase was forced to remove his makeup in order to get his license.

The DMV claims the employee was following a policy dating from 2009, which states, “At no time will an applicant be photographed when it appears that he or she is purposely altering his or her appearance so that the photo would misrepresent his or her identity.”

DMV spokesperson Beth Parks said, “Stage makeup is not acceptable because it can be used to alter appearance. Regular everyday makeup is accepted because it’s used to highlight or hide blemishes.”

Chase’s lawsuit argues that this policy is being interpreted too broadly.

**According to my law studies so far, his argument is correct. This was gender based discrimination. Chase was discriminated against because he was not conforming to the employee’s and the DMV’s personal ideas of what a “boy” should look like. Namely, he was told he couldn’t get a driver’s license unless he removed makeup. Cis women are not subjected to any sort of no-makeup policy.

**The photo provided is a screencap I took from the local news story about this case. I thought it was extremely important to show that the DMV’s claim that “stage makeup is not allowed” does not apply here. The screencap shows what Chase looked like with his makeup on for the photo (on the left) and what he looked like after being forced to remove the makeup (on the right). He was wearing natural-looking makeup, and he looked the same either way. The makeup did not hide who he was at all. Calling it “stage makeup” is inaccurate.

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund is assisting Chase. The lawsuit is not asking for financial compensation, but rather requests a change to the DMV policy and requests that Chase be allowed to retake his photo wearing his makeup.

My citations won’t hyperlink for some reason. Here they are:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/02/justice/south-carolina-drivers-license-makeup/index.html?hpt=ju_c2

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-south-carolina-dmv-lawsuit-20140902-story.html

http://www.wyff4.com/news/upstate-teen-told-to-take-off-makeup-for-drivers-license-photo/26515132#!bPdEJd

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Thanks for sharing this story, anon! I hadn’t heard anything about it. 

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CNN has obtained a video, taken shortly after Michael Brown was shot, that shows a contractor who had been working near the shooting site describing the incident in a manner that matches other eyewitness testimony—raising his arms and shouting “man, he was going like this,” as if to suggest that Brown had adopted a posture of surrender before he died.

Two contractors are shown in the video, and both have spoken to CNN; one also spoke previously to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and one to Fox affiliate KTVI. The individual who is shouting and raising his arms in in the video told CNN that “the cop didn’t say get on the ground. He just kept shooting.” The other said that he saw officer Darren Wilson “chasing” Brown, that Wilson fired a shot at Brown while Brown’s back was turned, and that Brown raised his hands before he died, though it’s not clear at what point the witness saw Brown’s hands raised. (For what it’s worth, it seems like the worker who spoke to KTVI is the one wearing a pink shirt in the video and that the worker who spoke to the Post-Dispatch is wearing a green shirt.)

The CNN account notes that the workers are not from Ferguson and did not know the Brown family—a detail that could increase their perceived objectivity vis a vis witnesses from Brown’s neighborhood.

33 Days since Mike Brown’s murder, and his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. How much more evidence is needed to make a fucking arrest?!  #farfromover #staywoke #ArrestDarrenWilson 

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If you have this brand please toss it and buy Purina, Science Diet, or Blue.

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queeniman:

lulz-time:

BREAKING: Seattle becomes the first city to raise its minimum wage to $15/hour. SHARE if Congress should take Seattle’s lead! 
the current minimum wage (at least in NY) is $8.00 and less than a year ago it was $7.25, so yes.

Wow

Nope nope and nope. Make better decisions and life and you won’t be working a minimum wage job.

^ That’s literally the dumbest fucking thing I’ve ever read in my life. Are you the kind of person that goes up to homeless people and tells them to get a job? Good fuuuuuuuuuuuucking lord. If everyone was able to get a “better” job, there would be absolutely no-one populating the mass expanse of the workforce. Are you unable to see how this suggestion is completely and utterly illogical? And extremely rude?
Thank god people in Seattle have good heads on their shoulders so single mothers working 3 minimum wage jobs to feed their children can finally be treated like actual live human beings with needs and not capitalistic automatons. 

"Just get a better job" is the most white bread privilege shit I’ve ever heard.

I don’t even think it’s white privilege. I think it’s just near-bottomless dumbfuckery.

"Get a better job," they said.
Suddenly, every custodian everywhere quits their job and gets a better one. Now, upon entering public restrooms, everyone is handed a spray bottle and toilet brush, because now they have to scrub their own shit out of that public porcelain throne. Women’s restrooms come complete with plastic bags, because they have to bring their soiled period products home with them and dispose of them at home, because there is no more public waste removal.
"Get a better job," they said.
All fast food employees quit and find a “better job”. No more fast food places! There also aren’t any restaurants. Better learn to cook your own shitty garbage burgers. You have only yourself to yell at if you forget the cheese.
"Get a better job," they said.
Retail stores no longer have any employees. All shopping must be done online, but you have to drive out and pick up the supplies yourself because the Fedex people quit and got better jobs, too.
"Just get a better job," they said!
You now have to grow and make every single thing you ever consume for the rest of your life, because no one wants to do it for you at $7 an hour.
Fuck you.

Bolded, cause, fuck yeah.

"But if we raise minimum wage, product prices will also increase." Sit your selfish ass down and shut your fucking mouth if you honestly think it’s so much of a big fucking deal for you to pay an extra 10 cents on your large fries just so someone else doesn’t have to work 3 jobs just to barely fucking survive oh my god how hard is this to understand?

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kadabralin:

fierceawakening:

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and-the-devil-makes-three:

beardenvy:

queeniman:

lulz-time:

BREAKING: Seattle becomes the first city to raise its minimum wage to $15/hour. SHARE if Congress should take Seattle’s lead! 

the current minimum wage (at least in NY) is $8.00 and less than a year ago it was $7.25, so yes.

Wow

Nope nope and nope. Make better decisions and life and you won’t be working a minimum wage job.

^ That’s literally the dumbest fucking thing I’ve ever read in my life. Are you the kind of person that goes up to homeless people and tells them to get a job? Good fuuuuuuuuuuuucking lord. If everyone was able to get a “better” job, there would be absolutely no-one populating the mass expanse of the workforce. Are you unable to see how this suggestion is completely and utterly illogical? And extremely rude?

Thank god people in Seattle have good heads on their shoulders so single mothers working 3 minimum wage jobs to feed their children can finally be treated like actual live human beings with needs and not capitalistic automatons. 

"Just get a better job" is the most white bread privilege shit I’ve ever heard.

I don’t even think it’s white privilege. I think it’s just near-bottomless dumbfuckery.

"Get a better job," they said.

Suddenly, every custodian everywhere quits their job and gets a better one. Now, upon entering public restrooms, everyone is handed a spray bottle and toilet brush, because now they have to scrub their own shit out of that public porcelain throne. Women’s restrooms come complete with plastic bags, because they have to bring their soiled period products home with them and dispose of them at home, because there is no more public waste removal.

"Get a better job," they said.

All fast food employees quit and find a “better job”. No more fast food places! There also aren’t any restaurants. Better learn to cook your own shitty garbage burgers. You have only yourself to yell at if you forget the cheese.

"Get a better job," they said.

Retail stores no longer have any employees. All shopping must be done online, but you have to drive out and pick up the supplies yourself because the Fedex people quit and got better jobs, too.

"Just get a better job," they said!

You now have to grow and make every single thing you ever consume for the rest of your life, because no one wants to do it for you at $7 an hour.

Fuck you.

Bolded, cause, fuck yeah.

"But if we raise minimum wage, product prices will also increase." Sit your selfish ass down and shut your fucking mouth if you honestly think it’s so much of a big fucking deal for you to pay an extra 10 cents on your large fries just so someone else doesn’t have to work 3 jobs just to barely fucking survive oh my god how hard is this to understand?

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theyellowbrickroad:

Aw boo I lost 40 pounds since March and all you’ve probably accomplished within that time is getting this response from me. Bye

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avri-wallflower:

sourcedumal:

Fuck special snowflakes who think like this.
Gurl bye
Your ass ain’t fucking special because you don’t wear makeup.
You’re not fucking better than the woman with large breasts who wears tank tops.
You’re a piece of shit because you are putting sexist stereotypes onto other women in some anti-feminine bullshit.

If you don’t like it, why’d you comment on it? I think it’s awesome and you’re probably one of the girls up there that wears makeup and shortshorts and tiny tanktops. And most kids today wear makeup because they think they aren’t pretty and need it. So deal with it. And get over yourself.

girl bye.
lemme tell you something: I wear tons of fucking make up. I wear short dresses. I walk around with a face that looks about as fake as it can get outside of a fucking barbie doll. and I like it that way. and, despite what you seem to think, no, it’s not because i think i’m ugly. i just fucking like makeup (and trust, i’ve spent years examining my own motivations and how they’re tied to internalized self-hated, fatphobia and misogyny so don’t EVEN cause you don’t know what you’re talking about).
I also read ravenously; engage in discourse regarding philosphy, art, economics, politics, race, gender, sexuality; make subversive art; and love comics and film and music. I’M A FUCKING PERSON IS WHAT I’M SAYING. 
like how fucking deep is this goddamn image when the spine of the book JUST SAYS THE WORD ‘BOOK’.
this kind of bullshit narrative, other than furthering a misogynistic dichotomy that pits women against each other, is also a complete fucking fallacy. A huge majority of average women DON’T DO THIS. you aren’t the lone plain jane in an army of cake-faced, bottle blonde barbies—if you look around, you’ll see that most women just throw on jeans and tops and very little makeup. 
I get that this kind of shit is an attempt to fight back against media-made images of what womanhood is supposed to be. I get it. (thought isn’t it interesting that the “weirdo” in the picture is still thin and conventionally attractive??)
but attacking other women who you perceive as being stupid or carbon copies because of their fucking appearance doesn’t fight back against shit. it actually does EXACTLY what the patriarchy wants us to do—engenders more hatred and competition between women. 
but you know, whatever, continue to think you’re so goddamn special. i’ll be over here reading AND wearing hot pink lipstick and having a hell of a time doing it. 

THIS IS THE BEST FUCKING THING I’VE EVER READ IN THE HISTORY OF EVER

And that is how you tear a fake feminist to shreds. Bravo.

preach

fernacular:

hyaena13:

themoo-n:

kinkyturtle:

avri-wallflower:

sourcedumal:

Fuck special snowflakes who think like this.

Gurl bye

Your ass ain’t fucking special because you don’t wear makeup.

You’re not fucking better than the woman with large breasts who wears tank tops.

You’re a piece of shit because you are putting sexist stereotypes onto other women in some anti-feminine bullshit.

If you don’t like it, why’d you comment on it? I think it’s awesome and you’re probably one of the girls up there that wears makeup and shortshorts and tiny tanktops. And most kids today wear makeup because they think they aren’t pretty and need it. So deal with it. And get over yourself.

girl bye.

lemme tell you something: I wear tons of fucking make up. I wear short dresses. I walk around with a face that looks about as fake as it can get outside of a fucking barbie doll. and I like it that way. and, despite what you seem to think, no, it’s not because i think i’m ugly. i just fucking like makeup (and trust, i’ve spent years examining my own motivations and how they’re tied to internalized self-hated, fatphobia and misogyny so don’t EVEN cause you don’t know what you’re talking about).

I also read ravenously; engage in discourse regarding philosphy, art, economics, politics, race, gender, sexuality; make subversive art; and love comics and film and music. I’M A FUCKING PERSON IS WHAT I’M SAYING. 

like how fucking deep is this goddamn image when the spine of the book JUST SAYS THE WORD ‘BOOK’.

this kind of bullshit narrative, other than furthering a misogynistic dichotomy that pits women against each other, is also a complete fucking fallacy. A huge majority of average women DON’T DO THIS. you aren’t the lone plain jane in an army of cake-faced, bottle blonde barbies—if you look around, you’ll see that most women just throw on jeans and tops and very little makeup. 

I get that this kind of shit is an attempt to fight back against media-made images of what womanhood is supposed to be. I get it. (thought isn’t it interesting that the “weirdo” in the picture is still thin and conventionally attractive??)

but attacking other women who you perceive as being stupid or carbon copies because of their fucking appearance doesn’t fight back against shit. it actually does EXACTLY what the patriarchy wants us to do—engenders more hatred and competition between women. 

but you know, whatever, continue to think you’re so goddamn special. i’ll be over here reading AND wearing hot pink lipstick and having a hell of a time doing it. 

THIS IS THE BEST FUCKING THING I’VE EVER READ IN THE HISTORY OF EVER

And that is how you tear a fake feminist to shreds. Bravo.

preach

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