The U.K. is finally getting its first sitcom focused on trans characters.

The show is called “Boy Meets Girl,” about a guy who falls for a trans woman. And word on the street is that in this show, unlike in many others, her trans identity is NOT a punch line! (It’s sad that this is a big deal.) In fact, Boy Meets Girl was chosen for an award because of its positive portrayal of trans characters.

The sitcom is set in and around the city of Manchester, England, and the series pilot stars trans actress Rebecca Root. The synopsis of the series, which will air in six half-hour episodes on BBC2, seems to suggest a classic romantic sitcom with a trans twist:

"Leo’s had a bad day. He’s been fired (again), is being given a hard time by his mum and, to cap it all, his blind date fails to show up. But then he bumps into Judy and finds himself deeply attracted to this surprising and beguiling woman. They bond over drinks and, unfazed by the fact that there’s a bit of an age gap between them, arrange to meet the following evening. Leo’s mother is unhappy that he’s having dinner with an older woman. But Leo doesn’t care what she thinks; he knows that he’s just met someone very special."

The cast and premiere date have yet to be announced, but BBC says it’s committed to having a trans actress play the lead character. Awesome, awesome, awesome to hear. 

Author: Nadia Kim

Abstract: Situated within the context of US imperialist dominance over South Korea, I draw on interviews, observations, and archival newspaper data to examine South Koreans’ and recent émigrés’ sense of inferiority to White America and various positions vis-a-vis Black Americans. I capture such a racial formation by analyzing the White-led US military state’s subordination of, and mass media culture’s bias against, South Koreans (and their immigrant co-ethnics by way of the 1992 Los Angeles unrest). With respect to White and Black America, Koreans in the home country draw on Euro-American ideologies to conceive of themselves as “inbetween” the two. At the same time, Koreans are well aware that they are in a subordinate position to the Black American agents of the US occupational forces. These findings show that immigrants in the United States are often racialized by American racial ideologies long before they set foot on US soil. Specifically, they recognize that “race” is not just about color or class, but also about nation, political power, and recognition. This study shows that research on US immigrants should consider the global and transnational context in which “race” travels and profoundly shapes the lives of those who travel in body and mind.

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OPINION: Is it time to quit Facebook?

Each time we use Facebook, we perform labor, which is to say that we create value. There is no material product,but what we do produces cultural knowledge, shapes opinion and ultimately directs the flow of capital. Facebook has taken our relationships with one another and monetized it, turning our interactions into advertising opportunities. It relies on us to provide content, in the form of videos we shoot, articles we like, screeds we write, places where we check in and comments we post. Without our labor, it has no value; nor would it make any money (hence why Facebook includes the number of new and active users in each quarterly report). Which leads to the great deception of Web 2.0: We aren’t Facebook’s clients; corporations are. 

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Gender Doesn't Matter

Why should it matter?

Why should anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual preference, religion, etc. be placed and categorized? Much less be trapped in endless stereotypical jokes all their lives, simply because of sheer ignorance? 

In a perfect world, we would have equality and complete tolerance. Imagine being able to drive down the street and not having to worry about being pulled over because of typical bad profiling. Where you could go to a party and not listen to everyone speaking broken English to the Asian couple because they think it’s “OK’ because they’re friends. Saying you’re Catholic and not hear about another child molestation quip, let alone an Atheist judging you across the room.

Sadly, we’re still living in a world without equality, let alone respect.

Judging 

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All my life, I just wanted to be treated equally as any other person with a beating heart. To send off my portfolio and resume without using a pen-name so it doesn’t get tossed out.

I just wanted to draw and entertain people through Tumblr, yet for some reason, everyone wants to know my gender. For what reason? Honestly, why is it so important that some people on the internet had to even de-rail an entire post on Reddit speculating on my gender and my sexual preferences?

What difference does it make with the piece of art in front of them? 

My gender shouldn’t change their opinion of the art or any of my work or the works of other artists.

Yet, it does maybe for some closure to assign a stereotype and judge me.

Would it make them more comfortable to masturbate to my drawings if I was a girl? Would it bring closure to all the cooking of food recipes I made myself because gender stereotypes dictate women usually cook? Or maybe I’m just another fake gamer girl attracting notoriety and attention? 

Of if I was a guy, maybe I’m a flaming homosexual because gender norms dictate pink is a girl’s color let alone the love for musicals? That my preference in men, women and body types clearly say I’m a confused transgendered with weight problems?

I’ve got a great sense of humor, but maybe that’s part of the problem. When someone tells the same stereotype joke over and over again. Instead of smiling and laughing so we don’t look like humorless dicks, maybe we should actually say something.

What a concept. 

Media & Satire 

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I’m sure almost any movie goer can agree that it’s a travesty to see a Michael Bay film racking up millions after millions based on punchlines and jokes centered around reinforced stereotypes. Feel free to count all the racial stereotypes in all four Transformers films. While I realize this is a popcorn movie franchise, Michael Bay isn’t doing any favors to these ethnic and minority groups. 

These films reach a pretty big audience. Believe it or not, there’s an entire world beyond the people you encounter on the internet. Each of these people and more importantly, children are subjected to countless stereotypes in these films. If the original Star Wars trilogy could entertain millions of children, I’m sure you could drop the Black jokes here and there.

This is why it’s nice to have Gran Theft Auto and Saturday Night Live to a certain extent. They’re basically making a social commentary on just how screwed up our society has become. Not saying every aspect of their execution is perfect, but you have to admit, it’s pretty eff’d up when it’s so on point with everything wrong in our society. 

Portlandia is another great example of satire in our generation. Anyone living in Portland will usually chuckle at how true things are, but for everyone not from Portland, the jokes get lost in translation. 

I’m sure this was one of the reasons why David Chappelle stopped his own show during the mid-2000s. Stupid and ignorant people stopped viewing his show as a satire and actually told stereotypical jokes as though as it was OK. That it was OK to make fun of minority groups because a celebrity did it first.

I guess that’s the problem with satire. Once it becomes popular, the wrong people misinterpret it. Often the uneducated.

Say Something

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What I want people to take away from all this is to say something. Don’t just laugh at a bad joke you’ve listened to for the past 21-years of your life.

It’s not OK when your friend’s making fun at the transgender at the bar.

It’s not OK to tell your girlfriend to go make you a sandwich in front of your friends, hoping for a laugh.

It’s not OK to tell someone a blonde joke thinking it’s their first time hearing it.

Stereotypes aren’t funny, let alone placing and judging people based on said stereotypes. Satires open up dialog and conversation for such issues. If done properly, it criticizes people’s stupidity, yet these same stupid people misinterpret the message and makes it worst.

Instead of labeling people and judging people based on stereotypes, we should be focusing on their work and actions.

The best thing to do is to teach people and especially children, the importance of respect for other minority groups and equality for all.

Regardless of gender. 

Maybe someday, your child won’t have to live in the same screwed up world you live in now. 

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Michael Sam made history earlier this year, first when he came out as gay and then when he was drafted to the St. Louis Rams. 

But that’s not reason enough for ESPN to respect him. Deadspin found a clip from this week where SportsCenter looks into details about Sam’s locker room showering habits and how they affect other players. 

Reporter Josina Anderson explained that one player told her that Sam was “simply just one of the guys, and he seems to be taking a rookie approach in terms of just listening and learning at his own pace.”

“[The player] said he was just trying to feel his way through and, perhaps, see what guys he can relate to,” she continued. “But another Rams defensive player told me — quote — ‘Sam is respecting our space.’”

“And that from his perspective, he seems to think that Michael Sam is waiting to kind of take a shower, as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable,” Anderson said.

The ESPN correspondent added that two other players said that they could not verify the shower report because “they weren’t tracking that.”

“[Defensive tackle Kendall Langford] told me, ‘Listen, I have not been in the shower at the same time as Michael Sam.’ He said there definitely could be a million reasons as to why that is,” Anderson asserted. “He said he could be doing extra work on the practice field, he could be riding his bike, he could be doing extra cardio.”

BREAKING NEWS: Gay people shower! Sometimes in locker rooms with other people! And sometimes alone! And it literally shouldn’t matter to anybody else!

While African-American suspects had been arrested in 54 percent of murders, 55 percent of thefts and 49 percent of assaults, television stations including WCBS, WNBC, WABC and WNYW have featured coverage of crimes that are predominantly committed by black people. The stations covered murders of which 68 percent of the suspects were African-American, 80 percent of the suspects of thefts were African-American, and 72 percent of the suspects of assaults were African-American.
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No media outcry after BLACK cop kills young WHITE man!!?

On the surface, the cases appear nearly identical: Michael Brown and Dillon Taylor, two young, unarmed men with sketchy criminal pasts shot to death by police officers two days apart.

But while the world knows of the highly publicized situation involving 18-year-old Mr. Brown, whose Aug. 9 death in Ferguson, Missouri touched off violence, protests and an angry national debate, most people outside Utah have never heard of 20-year-old Mr. Taylor.

Critics say there’s a reason for the discrepancy in media coverage: race. Mr. Brown was black and the officer who shot him was white. Mr. Taylor wasn’t black — he’s been described as white — and the officer who shot him Aug. 11 outside a 7-Eleven in South Salt Lake was black.

The perceived double standard is fueling resentment and talk of double standards on conservative talk radio and social media, where the website Twitchy has compiled a list of Twitter comments asking why Mr. Brown’s death has been front-page news for weeks while Mr. Taylor’s was a footnote at best.

“Black cop kills unarmed white male #DillonTaylor in Utah,” says a Thursday post on Twitter by radio talk-show host Wayne Dupree, who is black. “#LiberalMedia can’t find [their] way to cover the story.”

A sarcastic Sunday tweet from Valerie said, “CNN Please! We need the name and home address of #DillonTaylor’s killer immediately. Why hasn’t he been arrested??!!!!!”

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“I just didn’t think that they would be going in this direction,” Mr. Capaldi said in a gentle, stately voice with only traces of a Scottish accent, on a visit to New York last week. Asked what he meant, he answered with a laugh: “Well, I guess, older. And more like me.”
“The Doctor doesn’t have a mirror, so he has no idea he’s gotten older,” Mr. Capaldi said. “So he keeps asking her about his face. ‘Does it look good?’ ”
“I took Matt to lunch and he came in on crutches,” he recalled, “and I said, ‘What happened to you?’ And he said, ‘This show.’ I thought: ‘My God, you’re 30 years younger than me and you’re on crutches. What’s going to happen to me?”
“I survived without any injuries,” he said. “It keeps you fit. It’s great to wake up in the morning and think, I’m Doctor Who.”

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“One of the nice things about ‘Doctor Who,’ and I know from being a fan myself, is even if a lot of people don’t like me, some people will love me,” says the 56-year-old Scot, dressed stylishly in a slim-cut blue suit and wingtip Doc Martens, “that somewhere there will be a little group of people that says, ‘Oh, that’s my Doctor,’ and the more everybody else hates me the more they’ll love me.”
“I’d wander in there and stand sort of close to people thinking, ‘They don’t know that Doctor Who’s standing next to them, and if they did know, they’d be very excited.’ I hope that maybe they’ll read this and in their memory they’ll go, ‘There was a strange guy standing next to me…’
“Toward the end it became a bit difficult because you’re actually just lying to people,” says Capaldi, who dodged other job offers by making vague references to nonexistent sitcoms. “I had my own personal pilot season.”

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anonymous said:

Hello, I have to write an paper in school about ADHD and the assignment is basically identitying an issue concerning ADHD and I figured the best way to find out what about ADHD is like controversial enough to write a paper about would be to ask people with ADHD. Is there anything that would be documented in news sources that people with ADHD are concerned about right now? thanks and sorry if this is a shitty ask

Probably the most common thing I see is abuse of medication by people who don’t have ADHD. You know, the whole “study drugs” thing people talk about regarding colleges and the like. That’s definitely been covered in news sources, and I’m sure that if you need some personal perspectives on it you’ll get lots of volunteers in the notes on this post.

-J

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