Current status:

Listening to 2021's Eurovision contestants.

France is stomping on me in a great way.
In fact I'd just go on and mute this thread right now if you don't give a crap about the Eurovision entries because I can't guarantee that this isn't going to be an ongoing thing.
The Black Mamba's/Portugal's contribution Love is on My Side is giving me Ben Harper vibes which is a super good thing.

Italy's/ Zitti E Buoni's guitar riffs are ... fun. Lots of fun.

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8 Apr
It's #InternationalRomaniDay.

I'm a Welsh Kale diddicoy raised by my gypsy grandmother. I've talked a lot about why the word gypsy from gadje--non Roma--can be problematic, so today I want to talk about my grandmother.
My grandmother was the oldest girl of 8 and like many Rom, she came from a family of musicians. We have pictures of my grandmother and great aunts and uncles dressed up as children to perform on stage at small local venues.
They were poor like many Rom--poverty is an epidemic the Roma fight to this day. My grandmother dropped out of high school to help raise her siblings but continued to self educate. She was a brilliant woman who taught English during the 50s and 60s despite her lack of diploma.
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7 Apr
Nuance and/or anything NOT plain speech was not my strong suit as an autistic kid. (Still not great at it sometimes, but.) Anyway, imagine tiny autistic me the first time I heard "inside every fat person is a skinny person screaming to get out" and the LITERAL HORROR.
I mean, it's wrong anyway, and a super ignorant, asshole thing to say, but to a kid didn't quite grok that there wasn't LITERALLY A SKINNY PERSON TRAPPED INSIDE OF A FAT PERSON...

Plus, I read SCARY STORIES and.
I had about a week of complete abject terror that somehow people were getting trapped inside of other people and I couldn't quite figure out how that worked unless, get this, you pooped them out after.
Read 4 tweets
6 Apr
A thing with my autism and "eating quirks"--there are foods I have the spoons to process their texture and flavor some days, but on bad days when OTHER things are already overstimulating me, I can't handle them.
This is hard to explain to folks who don't have texture or sensory issues, but if I have a good day where nothing's getting to me, I can be relatively "typical" in all the ways, including a majority of food choices.
On days where I've been bombarded with noise, bright lights, strong scents, or previously "challenging" food, no, I don't want it, I will probably freak out if I try to eat it, it's just better for me to stick to safe choices.
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6 Apr
Okay, you didn't know about any of the named problematic authors This Week. Fine. You missed the whisper network--I do, often. I don't read my TL most days. You don't have to proclaim this to the entire universe, though. Like, it's not about you.
It's about the victim of the harassment. I get the frustration--there are lots of things I /wish/ I'd known, but it is legit impossible to know everything all the time unless you do nothing other than live on Twitter and that's just no good.

Unfollow, set boundaries, move on.
And if people are expecting you to flagellate yourself because of genuine ignorance, they probably aren't worth worrying about if they distance themselves.
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2 Feb
TW: Rape

You'd hear so much less sexual assault survivor talk, whiny fucking cis guys, if you'd just stop assaulting people.

Funny how that works.

The onus of sexual assault is not on survivors to be silent, it's on rapists to stop fucking raping.
TW: Rape

To process my OWN feelings, I had to write a book, because to express the horror of that particular sense of powerlessness, of that invasion of your body, of how detached I had to become to get through it? Took 65,000 words.
TW: Rape

And I could have written 60,000 more. Because it took years to get over that feeling that in those fifteen minutes, I wasn't a human anymore, just an extension of someone else's body. To be used.

That trauma? Of losing YOURSELF? It's hard to be succinct.
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2 Feb
I miss silly stuff.

Like going to the craft stores. And getting broccoli cheddar soup at Panera. Shopping the remainder makeup at TJ Maxx. Hanging out in my basement with friends.

Just normal, unexciting things that are so banal in literally any other circumstance, and yet.
I miss planning day trips. And hearing Ethan laughing with his friends on real time versus him in virtual space.

I miss going to the mall and hating it.

I miss bookstores and ice cream cones on the harbor.
I'm very tired, and my soul is weary, and while the end is in sight, things will get easier, I resent the year of experiences this plague cost me.
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