if (x > bird & x > plane): x = BIRDPLANE

gehayi:

"Most moviegoers will never know that women of color and LGBTQ characters were cut from Guardians of the Galaxy, but audiences will get to relate to the talking raccoon and the talking tree.” 

— Marissa Lee in Where’s the Diversity, Hollywood? Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blockbusters Overwhelmingly White, Male

:((((((((

Literally the only things I was looking forward to in this movie were the raccoon and the tree. When I saw the trailer for the first time, I said out loud, “So… bro superhero movie, but there’s some potential here. If they manage to get a high enough raccoon-to-bro ratio, this might actually be worth watching.”

And now I find out it was not originally a bro superhero movie. :((((((((

blood-and-vitriol:

gement:

blood-and-vitriol:

waepenwifebunny:

Wait there cafabs who willing took testosterone who are talking about having had “testosterone poisoning”…

[Preface: I hear you and appreciate your experience is 100% valid. Also preface: I am AFAB genderqueer with no interest in medical interventions. I’m trying to explore this to better understand bad behavior so I can call it out.]

This is interesting to me because my historical associations with “testosterone poisoning” all relate to disparaging stereotypical cis men behaviors, such as violent jealousy, competitive pissing matches, and refusing to ask for directions. I think I first heard it when I was 10.

I’d assumed trans women were reclaiming the term to mean something useful and important. Google isn’t helping me out on this one either way; I’d love to have some background on whether it was reclamation or parallel evolution.

The problems I’ve seen with it in the cis context were people using it to justify or abdicate responsibility for destructive behaviors (the Men Can’t Help Themselves fallacy). Given only the OP quote, I’d have assumed trans men were buying into (and joking-not-joking about) that fallacy from cis culture and using T effects to justify bad behavior. Which is, in itself, some crap that needs to end.

Does that match the pattern you’ve been seeing or are they doing some more specific in context that makes it some totally totally gross attempt at camaraderie with trans women? (Because, wow, gross.)

Does ”But we are trans women” seem like flat-out back pedaling, or a continued insistence on T-based camaraderie?

I am asking for clarification so I can spot the patterns which I’m not in a position to otherwise see, and correct them when I spot them.

So, here’s the situation around that terms as I know it.

I don’t think I ever heard the phrase “testosterone poisoning” from anyone cis, growing up. Maybe someone used it around me, but it sure didn’t feature prominently or have any meaning that I was aware of. 

I first encountered it among trans women. It was a way of expressing our deep discomfort with the way having an endocrine system full of T *feels* to us — which is kind of hard to describe, because it’s probably not analogous to any other group’s experience of the same thing (some people love it, after all, and most folks who have it more or less don’t even think about it). “I can’t wait to cure this case of testosterone poisoning,” says someone about to go on HRT. “I think right now my biggest problem is T-poisoning,” says someone at the beginning of her transition who’s not sure what all she needs to do to feel at home in her body, but has come to the conclusion that maybe hormones would be a good idea.

It’s also a way of describing the lasting and visible effects of T, especially during puberty, on our bodies. Which we very often perceive as *damage*, even years after making a chemical transition, and which are often used to degender us, invalidate our identities, or even flat out justify violence against us. Many of us never pass for cis, after all, and doing so is all but a precondition for *anyone* other than your fellow trans women making more than a token effort to see you as your actual gender. (And you can’t even trust them to do it, because like any community defined by demographics we are neither a monolith nor “innate” allies of one another, we absorb the dominant culture’s BS and don’t always clean it out of our systems thoroughly when we start to recognize that it’s failing us, and we are as prone to screwing each other over for a sense of security as any other group.) “These are the scars of T-poisoning when I was 14.”

The OP isn’t talking about trans men — we’re actually discussing a recent, visible and growing segment of the CAFAB population who have decided, for whatever reason, to start labelling themselves as “trans women.” Some of whom may have tried experimenting with T and decided that it really wasn’t for them, or who may have thought they were trans men at some point until it turned out no, not so much. Who are just helping themselves to our identities and ways of discussing that, very often while actively shutting us down in other areas. CAFAB women, in other words, who’re harming trans women in much the same ways they always have but are now also bald-facedly appropriating our identities, labels and lingo.

And some people are wondering what the big deal is here, and why we (trans women) are being so possessive, or insisting we just lack perspective or are somehow universalizing.

Wow. Thank you.

(Also, I appreciate how emotionally expensive it is to describe something like T-poisoning in detail. Thank you for taking the effort.)

blood-and-vitriol:

waepenwifebunny:

Wait there cafabs who willing took testosterone who are talking about having had “testosterone poisoning”…

[Preface: I hear you and appreciate your experience is 100% valid. Also preface: I am AFAB genderqueer with no interest in medical interventions. I’m trying to explore this to better understand bad behavior so I can call it out.]

This is interesting to me because my historical associations with “testosterone poisoning” all relate to disparaging stereotypical cis men behaviors, such as violent jealousy, competitive pissing matches, and refusing to ask for directions. I think I first heard it when I was 10.

I’d assumed trans women were reclaiming the term to mean something useful and important. Google isn’t helping me out on this one either way; I’d love to have some background on whether it was reclamation or parallel evolution.

The problems I’ve seen with it in the cis context were people using it to justify or abdicate responsibility for destructive behaviors (the Men Can’t Help Themselves fallacy). Given only the OP quote, I’d have assumed trans men were buying into (and joking-not-joking about) that fallacy from cis culture and using T effects to justify bad behavior. Which is, in itself, some crap that needs to end.

Does that match the pattern you’ve been seeing or are they doing some more specific in context that makes it some totally totally gross attempt at camaraderie with trans women? (Because, wow, gross.)

Does ”But we are trans women” seem like flat-out back pedaling, or a continued insistence on T-based camaraderie?

I am asking for clarification so I can spot the patterns which I’m not in a position to otherwise see, and correct them when I spot them.

catsuitmonarchy:

nocakeno:

onebadassfuckingfractal:

melissafromreno:

amandaonwriting:

Nine Wonderful Words About Words from 25 things you had no idea there were words for

Semantic Satiation makes sense to me right about now…
FOLLOW/UNFOLLOW

I denominalisate the SHIT out of words! :D

chronic lethologica right here

Eggcorn is the one I am most excited about. Though I need an example of god to use it.
Also I was at first confused if lacuna was a noun on its own or if this was going to be a post joking about English speakers obsession with cool non-English words.

asezawesome:

youngblackandvegan:

2damnfeisty:

weian-fu:

mynameisdreik:

decolonizedafrican:

beautiesofafrique:

Miss Africa USA 2014 contestants

" The Miss Africa USA Pageant is grooming a new generation of African women leaders to impact their communities in Africa, America and the rest of the world.

The Pageant enables  African  girls in America to shine the spotlight on Africa, tell their stories to the world,  inspire one another, build self esteem, and feel beautiful inside and out. This pageant is like no other, the delegates are very intelligent young women from some of the most respected educational institutions in North America, with careers spanning from the Sciences to the Arts, some in Medical School or Pharmacy School, others are upcoming Journalists or Human Rights Activists and more. “

To vote and find out more visit: http://missafricausa.org/

my people are fine as fuuck

YES, they ARE!

Miss Uganda has my vote for everything. Just…. Just give her everything.

I’m sorry but how do you even choose. They are all pretty as hell. I couldn’t be a judge.

black women are the most beautiful women in the world

I cannot with all this collected beauty.

elizarickman:

I asked Cecil Baldwin last night if he wanted to try on one of my dresses. He paused for a split second, and said, “Yes. Yes I do.” (at Chan Centre for the Performing Arts)

So this happened.
I subscribe to more than one headcanon that says Cecil Palmer’s clothing preferences are mostly texture-based, which explains some of the eclectica. This matches that impression perfectly.
My favorite such idea is from this astoundingly good WTNV/Golden Compass crossover, in which Cecil ‘sees’ similarly to Daredevil, so pictures are just flat paper and color coordination is for other people.
(Also in that fic the borders are different so Night Vale primarily speaks Spanish and the Sheriff’s Secret Police keep assuming Carlos’s last name is Perfecto.)

elizarickman:

I asked Cecil Baldwin last night if he wanted to try on one of my dresses. He paused for a split second, and said, “Yes. Yes I do.” (at Chan Centre for the Performing Arts)

So this happened.

I subscribe to more than one headcanon that says Cecil Palmer’s clothing preferences are mostly texture-based, which explains some of the eclectica. This matches that impression perfectly.

My favorite such idea is from this astoundingly good WTNV/Golden Compass crossover, in which Cecil ‘sees’ similarly to Daredevil, so pictures are just flat paper and color coordination is for other people.

(Also in that fic the borders are different so Night Vale primarily speaks Spanish and the Sheriff’s Secret Police keep assuming Carlos’s last name is Perfecto.)

sairobee:

in other news i finally figured out how to draw this asshole

image

that’s it

i’ve done it

i can finally quit drawing

Tagged: fun fact about the blogger:when it’s been a LONG day involving a cab and a bus and a train and a plane and another train then one last train to get homeand i’m beyond exhausted and i need something in my eyes to make my brain stop making That Noisethe only thing I can take turns out to behighlander the serieswhich for you kids out there is a cheesy as fuck 90s tv show about people who cant die and who wear a lot of stonewash denimand who fight each other with swords shh dont ask why even they don’t knowbut it’s gold and it sinks into my bruised mind like rain into earthwhile Queen’s Who Wants To Live Forever plays gently in the backgroundand everything is mullet haircuts and bad wig historical flashbacks and nothing hurtsso this guy here is Methoswho’s the oldest immortal there is (5000 yrs and counting)and who acts like an amoral perpetually chill uni student who absents himself from anything resembling troubleor moral obligation(which is a huge front he’s a sweetheart I mean he only commited mass muder that ONE time)and anyway is kind of what castiel is to the spn fandom in that he appears in s3 and we all went from ‘who’s this asshole’to ‘holy shit can he be in everything though’ in the space of one ep pretty much(jk what highlander fandom - my prime watching years were me my parents cable tv and a dial up 56k modem)i was howling into the voidwhich i still am tbhbut I CARE NOTthis show was a formative influence and to deny it would be follyit was a prime high school and uni coping mechanism and as such owns me henceforthillustration

Me: *squinting* Is that… IT IS! Oh, how I have missed you, focal point of my earliest public fandom years.

I was a solitary fan like everyone else who grew up more than ten years ago. When I went to college and found newsgroups, my major fandoms were Doctor Who (and I’d watched everything available from incarnations 3 to 7), Forever Knight which had ended a year or so before, and Highlander, which was at the height of activity.

Highlander was the fandom where I learned about fandom culture. It was where I learned how deeply obsessed the Internet was with boys kissing, which hadn’t really crossed my radar as a Thing, and with how sexualized fan/character relationships often were, and legitimized my lifetime of author insertion storytime as “fanfiction.” It was where I learned that a group will latch onto some costuming detail like pullover sweaters and make a years-long meme out of it.

And I was very, very firmly in the Methos camp.

deducecanoe:

I interrupt my frequent unhappy rants about my low self esteem, panic-inducing lifestyle and all the ways fandom craps on itself to bring you ducklings in dresses made of cupcake papers. Ok. You need this. Shut up and accept that you need this.

deducecanoe:

I interrupt my frequent unhappy rants about my low self esteem, panic-inducing lifestyle and all the ways fandom craps on itself to bring you ducklings in dresses made of cupcake papers. Ok. You need this. Shut up and accept that you need this.

unsuborsuper:

They discover themselves lying face-up on the boardwalk at the waterfront, with a view of the endless expanse of stars and no idea why. And for some reason, despite the dry desert air pulled over them like a blanket, they’re wearing coats. The first thing they do is sit up and take them off.

With this fic, I am breaking my fast on reading R&G fanfic. (I had previously read None At All. As I’m almost done with Act II of my own far too ambitious work, I’m no longer worried about other people’s voices replacing my own in my head.)

It is a *delightful* choice. They fit in so well there.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Magic

szzzt-captain:

shadesofmauve:

shadesofmauve:

gement:

IT HAS BEGUN.

Ahem.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Magic, an epic in three-ish acts, in which our heroes still do not understand their universe. Or rather, multiverse. Or rather, Alfred.

Act I Scene i is now on public view. I have 8 chapters done (almost to the end of Act II) and plan to release chapters every two weeks to keep a sensible buffer. Meta can be really slow writing.

I haven’t actually read more than the first page or so, but I would’ve been sold enough to reblog just based on the intro above.

…okay, actually I would’ve been sold on basically anything that managed to have this. Or that. Or rather, Alfred.

Aaaand then I read the line “impoverished and buried in monkeys” and now I’m going to smile all the way to tomorrow morning.

I grinned as soon as I saw the Major Character Death warning. #not a warning I usually grin at XD

OH GOOD. I swear, tagging works like this one…

I know I should trust the target audience of this fic to go “it’s right in the title, okay let’s go,” but it’s also like trying to figure out if you have to tag Torchwood fic for MCD every time you shoot Jack.

Other concerns included “If Alfred exists as in the play (an underage sex worker), do I have to tag for Underage?” I ruled against that one since the spirit seems to be filtering explicit content, but I’m far too literal-minded to make these decisions easily.

I’ve got to figure out some kind of inclusion line for “if there’s X much character or relationship or setting it’s worthwhile to list it” to make the tags as honest and useful as possible. If I go by mentions or implications, madness will ensue across the multiverse.

Hi, I’m a librarian and I overthink things and tag with extreme prejudice, and I’m really really happy you like it so far.