The lovely human on the right is the reason for my recent absence (prior to two weeks ago the reason was my own laziness). They make me so happy and I am so lucky to have met them.
There are most certainly labels that should require strict qualifications before you can use them as an identifier. Doctor, lawyer, professor, blowfish chef. If you aren’t a Time Lord or haven’t gone to medical school, you should not be calling yourself a doctor.
And I will agree that people shouldn’t misrepresent themselves because they think it will help them fit in or seem cool. For a long time I told people I was 1/64th wombat so they would like me more and excuse my extra furry parts. But looking back, I didn’t need to be a wombat to fit in. People liked me just fine as I was.
That said, there are some labels that should not require extensive qualifications or an interrogation. I’m agnostic. Do I really have to prove that I am skeptical about the existence of a deity? Will I get my agnostic card revoked if I enjoy Jesus Christ Superstar? I own several bibles too. I’ve even read large bits of them. Whenever I stub my toe I call out the lord’s name. I also follow like 6 of the 10 commandments.
The truly offensive part of this is that if a male says they are a gamer, they are not questioned. It is just accepted. Not once have I ever had to prove myself. You don’t need to show how many hours you logged playing Call of Duty. You don’t need all the achievements in Assassin’s Creed. (I’m never going to find all those goddamn flags.) You just have to identify as male and a gamer and you’re in the club.
If you enjoy playing video games, you are a gamer. And even if you feel someone is not as gamer-y as you, it doesn’t really matter. It has no effect on your love of video games.
Women play video games. They are gamers. I know some that are quite passionate about them. They write fanfiction, create mods, and spend hours fashioning elaborate cosplay. Frankly, they put my gamer-ness to shame. But not once have they ever accused me of not being gamer enough. I think if male gamers like this fellow keep this attitude, there will be very little interaction with their lifestyle’s or actual dick.
Found a huge lump in my breast last night. I’m going to get it checked out either tomorrow or Monday but I’m gradually getting more and more freaked out by it. I would actually be really happy if I had to have both my breasts removed, but the idea of having cancer and the possibility of it spreading is very worrying. The majority of female-bodied people in my family (both parents’ sides, even) have had cancer of one type or another. Ugh.
I met this gorgeous man at work today. He’s a mushroom hunter and does home improvement stuff and he’s going to build his own hobbit hole and he is a wilderness survivalist and just ugh. We’re going mushroom hunting on Saturday.
Also today he showed me penny cress (which is really fucking good) and picked some edible mushrooms for me.
We talked quite a bit about feminism and the ills of modern society and mental health/illness and plants and trees and life.
I love Portland
Find out more about Transgender Day of Remembrance at www.transgenderdor.org
See the list of people who died because of anti-transgender violence in 2012.
Seattle voters have elected a socialist to city council for the first time in modern history. Kshama Sawant, a member of the populist Occupy Seattle movement, ran on a platform of raising Washington State’s minimum wage to $15 and levying a “millionaire tax” to pay for mass transit and public education.
Sawant took 50.3 percent of the vote to incumbent Richard Conlin’s 49.4 percent. Even in this liberal city, Sawant’s win has surprised many here because Conlin was backed by the city’s political establishment.
While city council races are technically non-partisan, Sawant made sure people knew she was running as a socialist – a label that would be politically poisonous in many parts of the country.
Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP
<3 socialist women of color winning political office <3
This is the official ‘i care’ symbol. This is how it works:
Basically you reblog this, and your followers know that you care and that they can message you about anything anon or not and you will reply back or at least look at their message.
A Voice For Men, one of the most prominent men’s rights websites out there, advocates for women who are being sexually harassed to “envision the person talking to [them] as human” and to thank them.
The new civil rights movement has truly arrived.
Men’s Rights activists: Just want women to be nicer to the men who sexually harass them. Is that so much to ask?
Oh god this is so fucking disgusting
lord oh lord oh lord oh lord
"It will require you to envision the person talking to you as human. It will require you to envision a world in which what you want is NOT the governing principle. It will require you to acknowledge that other people exist and they have different motivations than you."
It will require you to do it. Because, holy fuck, wouldn’t it be awful if someone tried to make men be the ones to do that?
Fuck this bullshit, and fuck anyone who believes that you are required to respond to harassment in a way that pleases them.
words cannot express how much i’d like to see the lgbt*qia*p acronym replaced
- most of the public only says lgbt which is really really limited
- theres a lot of confusion over what the a* stands for (hint it’s not allies but people seem to think it is! sigh)
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