Liberal Values Don’t Apply

3 Sep

Excellent.

My Only Path to Power

An ex-friend of mine has jumped on the trans bandwagon. A year ago he and his long-term girlfriend (now broken up, what a surprise) were the ultimate underemployed, granola, anti-establishment hippies.

Now, of course, he’s a devotee of Lancome Voluminous Lash Booster and Big Pharma.

All around me I’m watching liberals:

  • Criticize consumerism and capitalism. Unless you’re trans, in which case you require thousands of dollars in make-up, clothing, surgery, and drugs.
  • Criticize Big Pharma, plastic surgery and the medicalization of personality variance. Unless you’re trans, in which case every cosmetic procedure you want is a life-or-death need and you should totally sign up for dangerous elective surgeries and lifelong dependency on off-label drugs.
  • Promote self-acceptance and criticize body-shaming. Unless you’re trans. Then your body is wrong and should be fixed.
  • Criticize gender stereotypes as harmful to women. Unless you’re trans. Then they are an innate feature of your brain and a…

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We Are Sorry

3 Sep

Help Help Help

Please help, I am not
Asking much, just that you notice

I know there are horrors
About which I am not
Personally informed

I talk too much. My sorrows are tiresome.
Any poem I write is going to be too long.

I come from a caste that believes in happiness. As if
It was a thing.

I am sorry, not that you asked
For a character reference.

I am weary, and inexcusable.

The emptiness of my life
Can never compare to the horrors
Of which we do not speak.

The only way out of a double bind
Is to smash it.

Such smashing is something of a crapshoot
Especially for those of us
Still inhabiting the towers.

Oh horrors,
You are just about our mindsets, often as not
Moss and rats and tardigrades
Slime mold and cockroaches
Bring it on.

Make what you can
Within our detritus
Your good manners
About our embarrassments
Shine on.

Facebook Is Full Of Holes

3 Sep

I was talking to some friends on FB today, and a comment popped up with an animated gif with a cat holding a phone, posted by me. People thought it was funny.

I didn’t post it. I don’t know who posted it. I’ve never posted an animated gif. I don’t know how to post animated gifs. I don’t know who hacked into my account and I don’t know how they did it.

That platform is fucking scary. That’s the creepiest thing that’s ever happened to me on the Internet.

I could go on and on, like about all the child porn.

Get out.

 

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You Seem Sad

3 Sep

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Philly Trans Health Cancels Detransition Panels

30 Aug

Crash is an important writer about detransitioning issues. Deplatforming is wrong.

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Transcript: I want to respond to the recent cancellation of two workshops that were going to be presented at Philly Trans Health Conference. One was about detransitioning and was mainly addressed to therapists on how to support patients who detransition. The other was about alternative ways to treat gender dysphoria aside from medically transitioning for people who chose not to or can’t transition, people who transition and then end up detransitioning and for people who medically transition but find that it doesn’t address all their symptoms. Some trans people found out about the workshops from the conference schedule posted online and objected to them being presented because they thought the presenters had a “terfy” or anti-trans agenda or that their presentations would other wise be harmful in some way. They contacted the conference organizers and managed to get the workshops canceled.

I know one of the presenters, Carey Callahan and…

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Energy firm behind Dakota Access Pipeline sues demonstrators

24 Aug

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dapl-signBy David Ward, APTN National News, August 23, 2017

The company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline is suing Greenpeace and other organizations it has labeled as “rogue environmental groups and militant individuals.”

Energy Transfer Partners filed the lawsuit with U.S. federal court on August 22.

The company alleges the group of “co-conspirators manufactured and disseminated materially false and misleading information about Energy Transfer and the Dakota Access Pipeline for the purpose of fraudulently inducing donations, interfering with pipeline construction activities and damaging Energy Transfer’s critical business and financial relationships.”

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A Systemic Problem With Internet Organizing

23 Aug

Back in the days when there were small, stable communities, people who had more or less stayed together in one place for generations, people got into it with each other just as much as they do today. But there were a couple of big differences.

One is that they had more investment in dispute resolution, because they were all of a tribe. To fail to resolve disputes would mean, ultimately, the demise of the community.

The other is that since everybody knew each other, it was relatively easy to determine who the arbiters were. They were not people who got themselves into positions of power by force or trickery, not in a healthy community. They would be the elders who were known to be fair, who had known everybody all their lives, who had a good insight into human foibles, people who had a knack for seeing through misrepresentations. People with good people skills and good bullshit detectors, in other words.

With modern-day organizing, and Internet organizing, we have neither of these. When we have conflicts, our options are to fume at each other, to complain to our friends, or to publish call-outs. This latter is frowned upon as feeding horizontal hostility, and fuming and backstabbing feeds feuding. Thus does the left endlessly fragment, because we have no court. We have no elders, or if we do, we don’t know how to agree on who they are. And when we feel aggrieved, as opposed to just annoyed, not reacting really isn’t an option.

The right resolves this by using a strict authoritarian structure, that everyone involved agrees to accept unquestioningly. Organizations on the left sometimes attempt to mimic this, out of frustration with all the infighting. But it is no solution, this sort of refusal to allow any questioning of authority, this holding onto authority by force.

The right is just more used to it than the left is, so it works better for them as a tactic, but in the end it’s a failed strategy as it allows no method for self-correcting. They can go anywhere, these organizations, devote themselves to all manner of horrors, because any questioning is brutally quashed.

Meanwhile, there is still the need for arbiters. People who don’t want to be arbiters sometimes get asked to do it, people who are genuinely seen as leaders. But they often can’t do it, because they don’t have the entire context of the dispute, and also because what happens is they wind up spending all their time trying to arbitrate disputes. Or they just don’t want to do it, maybe aren’t even good at it. Arbiter skills and leadership skills don’t completely overlap, and people seen as leaders aren’t necessarily interested in all aspects of leadership.

Organizing is doubly burdened by its tendency to attract abusive persons and infiltrators. Radical feminist organizing is even worse, as many women are attracted to it when in some kind of state of shock over experienced trauma. Abusers and infiltrators are skilled at manipulating people, which is greatly enabled by Internet presentations.

This is hard on the leaders, or anybody who is perceived as a leader. Eventually what they tend to start doing is saying “I don’t want this, I don’t have time for this, take it somewhere else.” But there is nowhere else to take it. Conflicts are often never brought out in the open, or if they are, onlookers can’t be sure they are getting the whole story, or even an honest story. They are often unwilling to take sides, or they do take sides, neither of which actions actually resolves conflicts, and both of which can easily work to drive further divisions.

This is also a key problem with anarchy, this naive assumption that with no gods, no masters, everybody will always behave ethically.

I don’t see how to resolve this without true community. Otherwise, we will just continue to fragment and fracture like the tribes of warring primates that we are. I don’t see how we solve this in a virtual context where it is so easy just to move on. But mostly, I don’t see how we resolve it without actually knowing each other, not just viewing each other’s Internet performances.

The Internet has been enjoying widespread popularity for over twenty-five years now. If it was possible to build community online, that included some way to moderate disputes, wouldn’t somebody have done it by now? Maybe it can be done, but maybe it’s just too much to expect of activism, with all its built-in problems, to adapt itself to such a limited platform.

Female Socialisation

21 Aug

From 2014

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You’re so pretty.
You’re adorable.
You’re beautiful.
You’re my beautiful little girl.
Sweet little lady.
Careful! Don’t get hurt!
Play nicely.
Don’t get dirty.
Stop that.
Be more ladylike.
Don’t eat too much.
Shhhh.
Quiet.
Girls are duuumb!
Girls have cooties.
No girls allowed.
Hahahahaha! You have boobs!
Look at her boobs!
Boobs!
Boobs!
Boobs!
Boobs!
Ewwwww. Periods are disgusting.
You’re disgusting.
That’s gross.
Hahahahaha! You’ve got your period.
Boobs!
Let me touch them!
I want to touch them!
Disgusting.
Slut.
You’re gross.
Whore.
Let me touch it.
Bitch.
I only want to touch it.
She’s a slut.
Virgin.
Slut.
Virgin.
Slut.
You slut.
Show me your tits.
Get ’em out!
Slag.
You want it.
Take it.
Have it.
Swallow it.
Slut.
Whore.
Stupid bitch.
Fat bitch.
You’re not quite right for this.
I’m not sure you can do it.
Tits.
Cunt.
I just want to fuck you.
Come on…

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The Eye Of God

20 Aug

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Eclipse photos: Wendy Carlos

I look up. Incredible! It is the eye of God. A perfectly black disk, ringed with bright spiky streamers that stretch out in all directions.
Jack B. Zirker Astronomer Emeritus Sacramento Peak – National Solar Observatory

Since the beginning of human civilisation, people have connected the Sun with the eye of God.

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Animation credit: Robin Edgar.

The right eye of the ancient Egyptian sky god, Horus, was the Sun. In Hindu mythology Surya , the Sun god, is called the eye of Varuna the god of the heavens. The Persian Sun god Mithras was believed to be the eye of Ahura Mazda, the creator god. The Greek god Helios was the god of the Sun as well as the god of Sight, and was portrayed as an eye with rays surrounding it. The Japanese Sun goddess Amaterasu was born from the left eye of…

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You should’ve asked

20 Aug

Well this is just fantastic.

Emma

Here is the english version of my now famous “Fallait demander” !

Thanks Una from unadtranslation.com for the translation :)

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