My girlfriend is spending the next half year literally on the other side of the planet, so I made a chocolate calendar of sorts to count the days until she returns https://octodon.social/media/1DnGigli03HlOPP14qU
I'm a bit worried about Bandersnatch, not because of the choose your own adventure model or anything (I think that's in the range between fun and a very good idea), but because one can imagine the same without choice, i.e. a TV series that uses data on the viewer's preferences to show them similar things to what they have already seen, which I think runs a very real risk of empoverishing culture (even more).
Me and some friends have a new year's quiz for 2019 (in Swedish), in case anyone's interested. https://goo.gl/forms/4bL3RkVr8yNozx0J2
Soon enough, the French Academy rose to the occasion, and published its opinion on this version of French which doesn't exclude women and nonbinary people by design.
They described it as a "mortal peril".
I'm not joking, this is a real quote from its official declaration. Including women and nonbinary people in your spelling puts the French language in "mortal peril".
When I say it's impossible to talk about someone in French without gendering them, this is not strictly true. There is an entire system of "inclusive writing", complete with neopronouns (there are no gender-neutral pronouns in what I'm going to call "classical French") to remedy the language's huge flaws.
But the use of gender-neutral language in France isn't simply a question of using the words to make them more commonplace. It's a political battle.
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How I'm doing? Well, my girlfriend just told me about meeting a dog she know when she was little in the street and that dog now being over 15 years old and possibly recognising her but now being much less energetic and I immediately burst into tears so everything is going great on my end.
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Quelle surprise; the anime-themed instance seems like kind of crap
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Also, as this language is typically employed as part of a policy, the situation becomes rather confusing, as I have to reverse engineer what they actually mean when they ask me what I "identify" as. Are they after my lived experience? How others in a group would react to- and interact with- me?