mh, dysphoria, theory applied to life
Who could have guessed that roughly 10 years after figuring out that I was probably suffering from dysphoria, I would have finally (unsuccessfully) tried everything to control it except transitioning, including Toughening Up, The Position That Gender Is Not A Thing, and I Can Define Myself As Whatever I Want.
Spoiler: sex/gender is a social construct. Turns out other people's opinions and actions apparently matter.
Also, please send help.
Assange, mention of sexualised violence
My hot take on the #Assange arrest thing is this; I think Assange seems to be an overall unpleasant person and a clown, and that WikiLeaks have gone completely off the rails a long time ago.
I also think that he obviously should be persecuted on the charges of rape and obviously not persecuted for whatever the US is allegating, and would happily walk in a march for both of these cases.
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.