Today I have taken an exam and done (I think) rather well, and cleaned my apartment. I don’t want to know what it says about me that the second feels like a lot more of an accomplishment than the first.
but you do realise that if the 'boy' is a 'tranny' (transsexual) that means she's a girl, right?
Well, you might mistake them for a girl such as if they are a drag queen and like crossdressing, but just because someone dresses femininely that doesn’t make them automatically a girl. That’d be pretty sexist. I understand if you are confused though. There are 2 kinds of transsexual people. There are the ones who get surgery, this is because they might have a fetish or something for appearing a certain way such as in weird porn. Other transsexual people are simply those that go against gender norms. For example, boys in makeup.
you aren't hurtful to the lgbt community at all, these people are just being rude to you. i personally love your blog and the stuff you post, i can't see anything offensive about it! keep doing what you are doing! :)
Thank you! I’ll get back to posting gay friendly stuff.
Someone who identifies himself as “sociologist and editor of Maskulinist.no” (spoiler alert: maskulinist is Norwegian for masculinist) wrote an article in the web edition of the newspaper I grew up with about how straight marriage is weakened by gay people getting married and how brainwashing children by encouraging gender atypical play and reading fairytales where two princes get married will cause, um, he doesn’t say exactly, but something bad. He also chastises the new minister of children and equality (you know, this lady) for accepting a rainbow flag as a gift from LLH when she took over as minister.
The comments are brilliant. I mean, sure, there are the odd people who agree with him, but mostly the comments go something like “Seriously? This is sort of medieval and it also makes no sense. Why are you so threatened? Did you actually pass your exams to become a sociologist?”
Nickname(s): Anne (please don’t), AH (this one’s cool) Age: 21 Birthday: 15 June Orientation: queer?
LIKES / DISLIKES:
Favorite Color(s): Clear yellow, maybe? But also green. Pretty much any colour can be great. It depends on the nuance more then the colour. Least Favorite Color: I don’t think I have one? Favorite Food: THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE um since we’re closse to Christmas I’ll go with pinnekjøtt? But like, salmon, lasagna, enchilladas, roast, salad, wok… FOOD. Least Favorite Food: Brusselsprouts? No, cellery! Favorite Band/Artist: Um um um, this is hard, I am not a music person, but like, I love Karpe Diem A LOT. So them, maybe? Least Favorite Band/Artist: This is even more impossible? I don’t really go around actively disliking artists/bands. Except maybe Katy Perry, but I kind of like some of her songs, no HANG ON, Robin Thicke. Ugh. Favorite Type of Movie: The type that is maybe a little slow, and makes you think and isn’t too Hollywood-y and doesn’t end with Life Changing Kiss Followed By Eternal Happiness For Everyone TM. Least Favorite Type of Movie: Dude-bro comedies. Or ones where a whole bunch of people get shot all casually nbd. One thing you can’t get enough of: Time. One thing you hate more than anything: “Oh, so you’re a smart girl!” (when telling people what I study) “That looks great on a resumé, too!” (when telling people what I did the last two years) “Det er så bra at du er engasjert” which I don’t know how to translate but it is the most dismissive, insulting, infantilizing, infuriating comment, disguised as a compliment and I get it ALL THE TIME) and other comments of that type, I JUST
Are you single? Yes Do you have a crush on anyone right now? Also yes Do you flirt a lot? HAHAHA no. How does one flirt? Sweetest thing you’ve ever gotten: Um… V gave me a drawing of Ada Lovelace, accompanied by some really nice words, completely unprompted after I said something about feeling out of place at Uni. It’s on my wall. Do you believe in love at first sight? No Do you fall in love fast? I really have no empirical data on this one, so I can’t conclude one way or another. Do you ever make the first move? Generally speaking, NO, that is SCARY. But… if the conditions are right, then maybe? Do you want to get married? Only of I find someone I want to marry.
A daydreamer? I sometimes don’t get homework done because I’m daydreaming so much… Talkative? With some people in certain situations, but mostly not really. Energetic? More than I was a year ago, but no. Happy? Sometimes. Depressed? Not anymore Caring? I hope so? Trustworthy? Yes Confident? HAHAHA NO. Except for a few specific things. Friendly? Yes? Sarcastic? Only a little. Dependable? I don’t know. I mean, I want to be, but I’m getting better at being a person*I* can depend on, and sometimes that comes at other people’s expense? IDK. Adaptable? No. Emotionally strong? Uh. Probably really really not. Religious? … Indecisive? Kind of Outgoing? No Nosy? Yes, so much. It’s a problem Lazy? Most of the time Artistic? Nope. Thoughtful? Yes Considerate? Yes Romantic? I think so Obsessive? Not really Sincere? Yes
Last week I started a petition requesting that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (or anyone, really) stop making transphobic jokes on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. You can read all about it here and here.
Today, with the help of my friends (Thank you for being a friend, Ryan!) and despite my inferior spelling skills (No Thank you for being a fiend, Autocorrect!), we flew past our initial goal of 100 signatures.
Onward and upward. Tomorrow’s goal is the front page of change.org, so I’m thinking 50,000-100,000 signatures would be fine. Seriously though, 100K signatures would be awesome but it will probably take more than a day or two, so let’s say 1000 is next. In the meantime, please continue to share the petition far and wide. I will continue to work on making sure that your voices reach the decision makers. Also, I have no idea what I am doing. If you’ve run a successful petition or similar project and have some protips, I will listen.
Jon, Stephen, Sumner, I know you read my blog so please allow me to share just a few of the many excellent, relevant, perspective-inducing, comments on the petition:
I’m a veteran, a liberal, and a transsexual woman. It bothers me that Mr Stewart and Mr. Colbert are so willing to respect me for my term of military service while simultaneously thoughtless enough to disrespect me and other trans people on a regular basis. I don’t believe they do this out of malice, but I think this kind of humor is beneath them and inconsistent with their politics.
Jokes made at the expense of marginalized and vulnerable people, and which reinforce pernicious myths about them, are cheap, easy jokes. The proper targets of satire–as you should know, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert–are the complacent, comfortable and powerful, not the vulnerable and disenfranchised. Please don’t resort to lazy humour which devalues and endangers the lives of those who are its targets.
Several people I love and hold in greatest esteem have been physically and emotionally assaulted because of their gender orientation. I strongly believe that everyone has the responsibility to end transphobia.
These are such intelligent guys that are doing a whole lot of good- I’m sure they only need to be aware of this to change it for the better. I respect them immensely and doubt they’re being intentionally hateful, but this is important to be aware of.
“Satire” should punch up, not further hurt and marginalized people who are already treated as less-than-human by much of society. Telling transphobic jokes is not progressive, it’s not cool, it’s not funny.
I’m a transwoman. I watch your shows. I like your shows. But these things make me feel bad about being who i am. And i just want you to realize that what you are saying isn’t funny, just hurtful.
I’m a trans woman and frequent Colbert Report and Daily Show viewer. I love the commentary and humor but hate never knowing if I’m going to be dehumanized for a cheap laugh.
I’m a transgender person who regularly views both shows, although I honestly watch Colbert less now because of his frequent use of transphobic humor. I’d like to see more of Stewart’s segments mocking transphobic bigots, rather than more segments where we’re the punchline for a cheap joke. Remember, there’s a lot of scared, closeted trans teenagers watching your shows, and those little jokes can do more damage than someone who hasn’t gone through it can possibly imagine.
Good comedy punches up. Bullies punch down.
Yo guys if you could help spread this around and sign it, it’s kind of a big deal. These guys are sort of held as the epitome of what being a good “progressive” is in this country, and if they can get away with throwing tr*nny out as often as they do, then they’re setting an example that says casual transphobia is not just A-OK, but cute and funny.
All the following is a direct quote from a project they want us to do.
Suppose the human population is attacked by zombies. This is quite a common happening in movies, and the “zombification” of humans acts much like the spreading of a disease. Let us make a differential equation model, inspired by the SIR model from Problem 1: Implement and experiment with the SIR model, to simulate how humans and zombies interact.
We introduce four categories of individuals:
S: susceptible humans who can become zombies.
I: infected humans, being bitten by zombies.
R: removed individuals, either conquered zombies or dead humans.
“We shall in this project model epidemiological diseases such as measles or swine flu and eventually apply such models to simulate how humans can defend themselves against a zombie attack.”—This is from the description of the final project in my programming course and it’s not even a joke.
“This is what I have:
- A nice bike
- A good friend
- A bad friend
- A brother (in Africa?)
- A large student loan
- A Cand.Mag.-degree
- A camera
- A handful of (borrowed) money
- A pair of almost new trainers
This is what I don’t have:
- A girlfriend
- The feeling that everything is connected and that everything will be okay in the end
- A watch”—
I’ll never understand people who don’t drink alcohol
Maybe they know what alcohol can do to people, maybe they fear liver failure, maybe they had a family member or friend that died from an alcohol related accident, maybe they don’t feel the need or desire to drink, it’s really not that hard to comprehend
fucking thaNK YOU
#I won’t judge you for drinking #but don’t force me to drink #because I won’t drink any alcohol
you know when someone asks you a general question like “how are you” or jokingly says something like “do you ever even sleep” and there’s that split-second moment where you consider actually telling them things
like whether they’re good or bad things whether they’re sad or happy or anything at all you just
Since A Katy or A Gaga is airing tonight and the entire episode is going to be gif-ed and spread over Tumblr, please remember to tag any gifs from the Applause performance with Strobe Lights, or put a trigger warning for epilepsy because I’ve seen several people saying that the strobe lights used in that performance can induce epileptic seizures.
I am shaking and hyperventilating and I just want to hide.
And on top of that I don’t know whether to be more angry with the people who are trying to use this to argue against immigration or the people who are trying to use it to argue for locking up “psychatric cases.”
The social model does not say that, with proper accommodations and in the absence of stigma and discrimination, impairments, pain, and medical conditions will go away.
The social model separates what we collectively refer to as “disability” into 2…
I actually haven’t noticed that the conflation here is less of a thing in the UK. Unfortunately. It doesn’t seem as if any more non-disabled people are aware that the social model exists.
Some excellent points.
I was hoping you or other UK people would chime in! That’s good to know. I’ve had people tell me that it’s less confusing in the UK, but I don’t think any of them were FROM there, so…
From where I am standing English doesn’t seem to be the worst language for this. I have no idea how to make this distinction in Norwegian. I mean, wikipedia talks of “funksjonsbegrensning” or “funksjonsnedsettelse” vs “funksjonshemming” but that sounds weird and is also really LONG. I think the thing is that “disable” is a verb and it has an antonym, “enable”, and you can say things like “society disables some people and enables others” while “funksjonshemme” really is not a verb, like no. (“hemme” is, but that is moving uncomfortably close to the land of slurs and even if it wasn’t it doesn’t have an obvious antonym.) And a medical journal makes the distinction between “ha en funksjonshemming” and “være funksjonshemmet” but that makes absolutely zero sense (basically this translates to “having a disability” vs “being disabled”, I mean like) while a relevant white paper draws the line between “med nedsatt funksjonsevne” and “funksjonshemmet” but that just kind of makes me angry (“with reduced ability to function” is the first one there like what exactly were you thinking here, how is this the same as impaired?)