This (and the rest of the thread) is a point I see brought up very often (because it is plainly true and basically impossible not to observe), but I feel like people (as I'm seeing in the comments of this thread) really drop the ball on where all this externalized self-loathing
Way too often, people look at these pathetic wretches and go, "ah, I know why they seem to hate everything about being a woman! They're all actually trans men in denial!"
So, first of all, this is one of those things where I think we all learned the hard way that
things go really badly when you make the wild claim that all the people who hate group X are secretly members of it. This happened with being gay for a good long while, and it lead to a lot of "allies" making shitty gay jokes about right-wing lawmakers and religious cranks, and
hatemongering go completely unchecked, their straw men get to speak on behalf of all trans people.
The narrative being pushed here, which based on celebrity reactions is a pretty good recruitment tool, is that trans women are out in force trying to compel everyone to never use
the word "woman" again.
As people keep pointing out, that's completely ridiculous, clearly not happening, not something we'd be in a position to do, something that in fact goes very much against our collective interests, and is of course projection, because this is a hate group
Like aside from the general Libertarian paint-huffing and thinking the company is based in Wisconsin somehow, there's really not a whole lot to sell.
"Name recognition" does nothing, because 3rd parties are allowed, encouraged even, to slap that name on all their stuff...
the "more business-friendly labor market" being speculated about here simply does not exist. It's a weird niche little industry here. Everyone with the actual qualifications to do what the new union here does either currently works at Paizo, or are already pretty comfortably
Seeing a few people on the ol' TL today wasting their time trying to have reasoned arguments with anti-vaxxers. I still maintain that the best response to bad-faith arguments is never to engage, but should you insist on doing so, I highly recommend you ignore their talking points
and instead lead with an argument phrased something like this:
IS THE WIDDLE CRYBABY SCARED OF A TINY LITTLE NEEDLE? WAAAAAAAH! WAAAAAAAAAH! I DON'T WANT AN OUCHY FROM A TEENY LITTLE POINTY! I NEED EVERYONE TO LET ME JUST HIDE UNDER MY BLANKIE AND PRETEND NOTHING'S WRONG! WAH!
Should the person in question attempt some manner of counter-argument, you might then respond with something like:
WAH! WAH! THE WIDDLE CRYBABY CAN'T HANDLE A WIDDLE POKE YOU CAN BARELY FEEL! WAH!
And I want to stress that I am actually being completely serious with this advice
Hey anti-vax weirdos. You got a ton of vaccinations when you were a child. Nothing happened except you didn't get any horrible plagues from not having them. Millions of people have gotten the ones you're worried about and had no problems of any kind after, they can just live life
and the big scary looking needles you keep seeing in news stories are ridiculous props from stock photos. The actual needle is so small and so thin you literally don't even feel it and there isn't a single drop of blood. At worst you're tired for a day.
Every other scary thing
you've heard is a ridiculous story someone made up because they're a whiny little baby looking for an excuse not to get jabbed with what they imagine is a giant needle and the crap they make up is absurd if you think at all. A few drops of what's mostly clearly clear water can't
So I'm seeing a lot of people's direct responses to the post in the screenshot here, so it's clearly making the rounds, and I figured I'd just toss out a random reminder that when you see something like this get posted, you need to be aware that is not a message from a person you
If you're going to engage with something like that, you need to treat it like that scenario from every zombie movie ever where someone's loved one has undeniably become a zombie and is in attack mode.
Like, if you happen to be in a
position to catch someone in the early stages of radicalization and you want to talk them down, hey go for it. But someone in the early stages of radicalization looks like a normal functioning human being who throws you for a loop in the middle of a conversation with a single
While I'm laughing at a bunch of nazis having all their private info posted all over the internet, I would like to remind you that avoiding such a fate is the reason I don't even stick out my paypal address and instead link this list amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls… and PS my birthday is
observed next month.
This is not me suggesting that people order stuff off that wishlist using the credit card numbers of various hardcore murderous nazis to clean that list out by the way. That would most likely cause a ton of headaches as those are reported as stolen etc. etc.
This is also not a suggestion that anyone do to the nazis in question any of the sorts of things they do to torture people when they have access to their full legal names and addresses, as most of that is illegal and, again, I don't want anyone getting in trouble.
So it seems like today is a day where a lot of people are sharing experiences working for a certain company and ways that that might suck if you're queer or a woman. I definitely don't have the sort of stories a lot of people do, but I was absolutely around to witness plenty of
the over the top things higher profile people have been bringing up. So screw everyone trying to discredit them, and there's a special place in hell for the many people I see trying to discredit them by reviving ridiculous old nazi playground rumors about people from 7 years ago.
Anyway, if I'm just talking personal experience, mine there mostly just involves having my foot repeatedly slammed in the door.
It's weird to get into how long I've worked in the RPG industry because technically I think it's "since the 90s" or so, but I made a clean break when I
If you've followed me long enough you know all this by heart already but if anyone has missed the tales of this and other bigots with no credentials who waves a cocktail napkin with "studies" at actual experts constantly, this thread's a good catch-up on how full of it they are.
If you're in a hurry, back in the 80s some quack decided to conduct a "study" on a handful of kids whose parents were worried they weren't 100% conforming to every gender stereotype so he took a headcount and then years later tried to track them all down and went "well 3 of the 4
I could find again grew up straight so I guess that's the ratio" (I'm slightly exaggerating the numbers but again, if you want accuracy here's a whole thread diving in).
Years later bigots started claiming this half-assed study "proved most trans kids magically turn cis later!"
Me: "Far-right bigots actually want you to say 'pregnant women' instead of 'pregnant people' because they hate to see women be referred to as people."
Some bigot following tons of big far-right names: "Nothing far right about refusing to call bearded men 'women'. We have eyes."
Do NOT go digging out the actual post to make fun of this loser directly, but wow was I sorely tempted to break my policy of never doing so for a quick "apparently not" on that one.
Like, the actual relation of the matter to transphobia is that sometimes men (and nonbinary folks
too), some of whom have beards (but it's very weird how much they fixate on that) get pregnant, and when they do, they have actual difficulties with legal protections and medical coverage referring explicitly to women, and bigots throwing fits if you fix those. So we've got this
I don't know if anyone was actually following me for this, but it's been a while since I've talked at all about the whole mess we'll call "the Wi Spa thing" and people who HAVE been talking it for the past... entire time it's been a thing have been continuing to do so via asses.
So here's a vague overview where I'm going to be intentionally fuzzy about a lot of details because from where I sit, that's the only remotely ethical way to bring people up to speed on this.
So on July 3rd, a raving far right weirdo walked into a spa in LA and recorded a video
wherein she screamed a whole bunch of completely unhinged gibberish which, if I properly recall, mainly consisted of a bunch of ranting about people burning in hell, a man exposing his genitalia to little girls in a hottub and/or changing room, and a lot of thrusting her camera
I see a lot of people today are once again talking about that one old stalker of mine who got himself booted off this website permanently after years of vile behavior most notably including trying to shut down a children's charity, and I have two main thoughts on the matter.
The first and honestly more important is that it's all very rude of you to keep mentioning him where I can see it because it is so incredibly rare for any of the awful people who have spent years using this website to make my life hell to actually get kicked out, I cherish that.
The second is that he's apparently pursuing frivolous lawsuits against various people for talking about him, and I'm reasonably certain he can't do that to me since I'm both American and unemployed. So, have some golden oldies? Upthread and what's nested.
Writing prompt accepted. Transphobia in reality vs. cis people's weird fantasy version of it.
So there's this weirdly popular myth, which people buy into to varying degrees, but at the most brutal end it goes like this:
We've got these people we call trans women, who look like
men but you have to call them women, because they have some weird brain thing and going against it is just completely devastating to them.
And some of the more worldly ones will also add on to that that there's people who look like women but you gotta call them "them" or "enby."
Obviously this is all complete BS and I am also being a bit tongue in cheek assuming people this removed from reality just full on do not comprehend that trans men exist or AMAB nonbinary people etc. etc. the 101 class is still over here if anyone is new: secretgamergirl.tumblr.com/post/186627278…
... OK, just to make it clear, there is not, and inherently can never be, a "non-scam use" for "NFTs."
The entire PREMISE is inherently a scam, confusing people into thinking they are purchasing... something (I don't know what people actually think it is they get, and I'm not
sure they even have a clear idea, almost tempted to survey) when they are in fact just forking over huge sums of money to someone in exchange for them popping an imgur url or whatever into what's essentially just tinyurl.com but worse.
And THAT whole fraudulent trade
is really only happening to inflate the perceived value of bitcoin, because my little "but worse" there is doing the real heavy lifting of "incrementing the totally arbitrary counter that is 'the blockchain' that by design requires someone to burn even more fossil fuels than last
Just saw one of those "it would magically solve all harassment if everyone had to use their full legal name as a handle" dudes, and while I am too tired to spend the hour it'd take once again laying out how this would do absolutely nothing to reduce harassment and place targets
of such in such extreme harm they would have to completely abandon all such platforms (not to mention things like all the trans people and people with non-Christian names constantly tossed off Facebook due to their "suspicious name" policy) but I really genuinely have to ask:
In the year 2021 are there still people out there so disconnected from reality that they genuinely believe the reason Twitter is a hotbed of harassment is that the people who run twitter can't pin down the people doing the harassment?
If I had a dollar for every time someone I'd previously thought was a friend cut all ties with me and started blindly nodding along with every wild baseless rumor and"bad vibe" that crossed their path with this as their only justification, I could always pay my rent and utilities
Yeah, no shit. There are literally people out there whose entire lives boil down to waking up in the morning, finding lists of trans women, and starting rumors about them all being baby-eating puppy-kickers who blight everyone's
Similar things get floated around about every marginalized group, and I kinda figure if you're in "social justice spaces" that's something you are, in fact, aware of. And if there's a particular minority about whom you think "well maybe THESE claims are worth considering"
I would like everyone to take a moment to look at the obscene headline on the filth Zinnia's linking here and explain to me why people think it is OK to talk about absolutely any group of people like that.
Like what kind of a fit would people have if someone lead off a headline
talking about, I dunno, "the extra wide dark bump-ringed areolae of call center workers" or something? Would we not all immediately demand to know how the hell that ever made it to print?
And before anyone points out the metaphorical usage of that particular phrase to refer to unchecked egos and power moves, it is quite clear that bigots ARE, in fact, literally invoking vivid physical descriptions of how they imagine the genitals of the objects of their fixations.
People are really freaking weird about personal accountability and twitter's terrible UI. Exchanges I see happen a lot:
Some random person who wants to get in a shouting match hits reply on something I RTed/someone's response to a post I made/someone's response to THAT and starts
shouting back and forth with someone, usually a scumbag I blocked when they first showed up to make it harder for them to rally in other scumbags/optimize the visibility on their scumbaggery.
I pull this person aside and say "hey, if you're going to continue that conversation,
tag me the hell out of it please?"
And then they get all angry and start shouting "I never tagged you in!" and bla bla bla and no, you did. Like, you didn't go out of your way to do it, but that's the default terrible UI of twitter. When you hit the reply button, above the prompt
So the thing I find shocking with the various... things where you load up a website to have some random gig economy person go pick you up something at a fast food place or whatever is they don't just take an obscenely huge cut, they take a ton of different obscenely huge cuts at
every step and I think everyone involved sees how much they're being gouged they figure that must be it.
The last time I tried to use one, I just had no food at all, so I'm like, where's a good fast food deal? And found something where normally you go to the drivethrough and you
get like 4 little bits of chicken for like, I dunno, $2.50-$4? Anyway here the price is like, double that. And I just got curious and pulled up the menu online and yeah, the price of everything is double, so OK, you're paying the full price to both the food place and the company.
Earlier this week I was in a weird position of trying to explain to someone who seemed to be in a good place what the deal was about a headline making Olympic win by an openly trans person, because the person in question is nonbinary, and turns out when the overwhelming majority
of exposure most people get to the very concept that trans people exist at all comes exclusively from propaganda that specifically seeks to demonize trans women and makes a conscious effort to hide that trans men and non-binary people even exist because they undermine arguments,
people are rather understandably TOTALLY FREAKING LOST when, you know, a nonbinary person wins a gold in the Olympics.
So, yeah, before I get too deep into my 102 rambling here, a football/soccer player from Canada named Quinn won a gold medal at the Olympics, after having come
Today seems like a good day to remind everyone that when a person holding an important government office like, say, senator, repeatedly proves to be a terrible person and does not reflect your values, you have the ability to nominate someone else to run against them when their
term is almost up. More to the point I would like to remind people that there are these things called primaries, where if, oh, the deeply entrenched self-absorbed loser you want gone is already a member of the party your would-be replacement belongs to, you have a vote before the
main vote to maybe go "hey, it'd be much better if the party supports this other person as one of the candidates in this upcoming election instead of this loser who sucks and is doing a bad job." And then they have to either not seek to keep the job or take that D off and go I.