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Live-Action adaptation of ERASED anime coming via Netflix

by Daryle Lockhart

Kei Sanbe’s manga “Boku dake ga Inai Machi”, the time travel drama also known as ERASED, was a very popular title last year. It was turned into a popular anime series and adapted into a live-action film that premiered last March. 

The manga ran in Young Ace magazine in between June 2012 and March 2016.

Now ERASED is back, this time in the form of a live-action Netflix series, which will be written by Tomomi Ōkubo and directed by Ten Shimoyama.

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God: Never in a Hurry, Always On Time

Be patient with God and with yourself. One of life’s frustrations is that God’s timetable is rarely the same as ours. We are often in a hurry when God isn’t. You may feel frustrated with the seemingly slow progress you’re making in life.

Remember that God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time. He will use your entire lifetime to prepare you for your role in eternity.

The Bible is filled with examples of how God uses a long process to develop character, especially in leaders. He took 80 years to prepare Moses, including 40 in the wilderness. For 14,600 days Moses kept waiting and wondering, “Is it time yet?” But God kept saying, “Not yet.”

Contrary to popular book titles, there are no “Easy Steps to Maturity” or “Secrets of Instant Sainthood.” When God wants to make a giant oak, he takes a hundred years, but when he wants to make a mushroom, he does it overnight.

Great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Be patient with the process. James advised, “Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed” (James 1:4b MSG).

Don’t get discouraged. When Habakkuk became depressed because he didn’t think God was acting quickly enough, God had this to say: “These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” (Habakkuk 2:3 LB)

A delay is not a denial from God!

Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. Years ago people wore a popular button with the letters PBPGINFWMY. It stood for “Please Be Patient, God Is Not Finished With Me Yet.” God isn’t finished with you, either, so keep on moving forward. Even the snail reached the ark by persevering!

“So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

by Rick Warren

HOLY HECK Y’ALL OH MY GOD thank you??? so much????? for all this nice feedback on my hard knock life video like what the heck im blown away by how fast this thing was picked up!! that’s now my most popular video on here what the hECC IM???? SPEECHLESS?????

AND HEY THANKS FOR 400+ FOLLOWERS TOO ACTUALLY UR ALL SO NICE AND WONDERFUL IM GONNA CRY MAN HECKIN BLESS UP

anonymous asked:

According to IMDB Ghost in the Shell is #3 at the box office. If it's in the top 5 how is that a "bomb"?

Oh… Oh, wow. Really? You don’t see how it’s a bomb? Maybe I should explain how box office openings and performance metrics work.

It’s a bomb because it was supposed to perform much better. It’s a giant-budget, a-list, highly-promoted, mass-release action blockbuster based on a pre-existing popular title, delivered during the start of blockbuster season that fell behind a film that has been out for three weeks now and a crappy animated movie about a baby that wears a suit. It was supposed to not only be number one, but also reach a certain project if it didn’t. #2 might not have been terrible, had it met its projections, but it fell short by millions. The Boss Baby has grossed twice as much as Ghost in the Shell in the same amount of time. There are different performance metrics for different films, and Ghost in the Shell failed to meet theirs. If GitS had been opening alongside something like Avatar and the Avengers, #3 would be one thing. But it lost out to Boss Baby. 

It was projected to gross $25 million domestically in its opening weekend. It grossed $19 million instead. That’s failing to meet projections by over 20%. It wasn’t even the top grosser of films released this week. 

Tons of bombs have made it to #3. Hell, John Carter, literally one of the biggest flops of all time, started ranked at #1 and fell to #2 during its opening weekend. And it still grossed more than Ghost in the Shell.

That clear it up for you? #3 is easily a failure for a movie like this, when it fails to meet its projections. You can open at #1 and still be the biggest bomb ever.

I love video games so much, but YIKES the video game industry is so bad right now. PR nightmares everywhere, constant shitty releases and more and more terrible triple A titles, developers and publishers.

It’s really messed up how companies can release a game that is clearly unpolished or buggy or straight up non-functioning, but it doesn’t matter cause they can just patch it. What happened to quality control? So much money goes into development of these games, and what do we get? In the words of our savior Jeff Goldbloom; one big pile of shit. Not even indie games are safe. Indie games got popular cause triple A titles sucked, but now indie is just a really bad gimmick that has the exact same problems. UGH

Black Gamers Revolution 24-Hour Livestream Fundraiser for Flint

BGR will be hosting our first ever 24 hour livestream on TwitchTV for Black History Month. In addition to hosting our event, we will be running a fundraiser to provide support to those in Flint, Michigan who are suffering at an everyday basis due to the water system being contaminated with extremely high levels of lead. 

The team behind BGR will not stand idle to those in need. Their cries for survival and justice will not go unheard. Within this event, we will raise funds to contribute to the efforts of those who provide the essentials Flint residents need to survive while their water remains undrinkable. For 24 hours consecutively, @blackpoeticinjustice will stream gameplay such as Overwatch, For Honor, and other popular titles while he raises awareness.

While @blackpoetininjustice streams, the BGR Broadcast Team will also have the option to contribute to cause by streaming within the timeframe of the event. They will push for donations as well as bringing about awareness to their followers. Not only will this promote the cause, but this will also add exposure to the Black gaming community and display unity within the Black community as a whole.

Our long term goal as a movement is to provide funds and express support to causes that help our community, the Black community. 

This is our chance to achieve that goal and show the world that we’re more than just gamers. 

We’re Black gamers. 

We’re Black gamers that support our community. 

- BGR Team

anonymous asked:

I've read that in a query, it's best to avoid naming comp titles that are extremely successful. I realize that for me as a picture book writer, it would be ridiculous and unrealistic to claim I'm going to be the next Dr. Seuss. But how big is too big? Is it okay to compare my manuscript to a book by a well-known contemporary author like Jane Yolen or Kevin Henkes?

When it comes to comps, think COMP R.A.T.S.:

RECENT: You can comp to a classic if you absolutely must - but ONE classic. Much more important are comps to RECENT books that have done well. You aren’t Dr Seuss, but that’s OK, because this isn’t 1955. (I’d consider Henkes and Yolen to be in the category of “classics” at this point. Again, ONE is fine, more than that and it looks like you are stuck in a time warp).

APT: I mean… make sure your comp is TRUE. Don’t say a book just because it is popular. If you feel yourself just inserting something in there for the sake of it, better to NOT have a comp. Your chapter book about silly li’l zoo animals is nothing like TWILIGHT, my friend!

TASTEFUL: Not to be a jerk, but honestly: Your comps should be great books published by major publishers, award winners, bestsellers, cult favorites, VERY strong debuts, or otherwise “best in class” in some other way. Like, if you comp to a book I’ve never heard of, that’s problematic, because I have heard of LOTS of books. If I look it up and it’s published in somebody’s garage with comic sans typeface and has sold three copies… that’s a problematic comp. Likewise if you are comping to a highly divisive book. If the title of the book is likely to make some people *recoil*, it is not a great comp.

SPECIFIC: You can get around some of the braggadociousness of comping to a popular title by talking about the SPECIFIC ways in which your title is similar. And also, what sets your book apart!

Bad: “I’m the next Dr Seuss!”  (uh no you aren’t kid, and thanks, but we already have one)

Better: “Mycharactername has the early-elementary bravado and sass of classic NYC characters like Eloise, but with a sensibility and swagger that is pure 2017 Brooklyn.”

Or: “MyAwesomeTitle is a rhymer that will appeal to fans of the rhythm and wordplay of LLAMA LLAMA, but it has a hip-hop beat that is all its own.”

Make sense? COMP R.A.T.S. It wasn’t a thing before. It’s a thing now.

As for the future of the Nintendo 3DS business, Nintendo 3DS family hardware has continued to spread through our markets, reaching sales of 62 million units worldwide. Our efforts will focus on the opportunities to take advantage of this install base.

We will continue to introduce new titles that players can enjoy for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. We have heard speculation that Nintendo Switch will replace the Nintendo 3DS, as both are game systems that can be played outside the home, but Nintendo 3DS has unique characteristics that differ from those of Nintendo Switch. Furthermore, the price points and play experiences offered by the two systems are different and we do not see them as being in direct competition. We plan to continue both businesses separately and in parallel.

This slide shows the major announced games for Nintendo 3DS that have been recently released or that are announced for release later this year in our markets. We will have several follow-up titles from popular franchises on Nintendo 3DS and we are developing many other unannounced titles to continue to enrich the software lineup going forward.“ -Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima

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PALADIN DANCE PARTY!!

A set of five individual energetic mixes for our paladins, because I just want them to smile and dance and be goofy kids again. All five are hosted on 8tracks, with additional links to free listening youtube playlists. Each one has it’s own unique vibe which reflects the personality of its paladin! Listen to them individually or mix them together for a dance party of legendary proportions. Please enjoy! 

LANCE: Go Big or Go Home : High-energy music that demands movement, songs so catchy you can’t resist singing along! A playlist for saving the universe and looking good while doing it. 

KEITH: Catch Me (If You Can) :  Songs that were meant to be screamed at the top of your lungs while jumping on your bed and probably breaking something in the process. Show the universe what a complete badass you are with these songs about Just Not Giving a Damn.

HUNK: Land of 1000 Dances A mix of music written for the explicit purpose of dancing. It’s impossible to take yourself seriously while grooving to these tunes, so just cut loose and get goofy!

PIDGE: Arcade ☆ Fire : Tracks pulled from popular game titles, beatmania, DDR, and the likes. Digital music from all over the galaxy, for your listening enjoyment. Rock out or space out, it’s up to you!

SHIRO: Uprising : Songs deep enough to keep you focused, raw enough to supply a daily dose of angst, and angry enough to help you kick it’s ass. A playlist for revolutionaries and freedom fighters.

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i was tagged by @lifeofaphantrashcan to make a moodboard out of the first 9 songs that play on my playlist ! so here it is ✨✨

i tag @danulestu @dxntasies @lovelornlester @lovelylilaclester @starboydan but of course don’t feel pressured to do it ~~

The False Friend

The false friend draws you into their flock to add to their numbers.
They want your assistance in achieving that shallow title, “popular”.

The false friend smiles in secret as you cry and blunder.
They silently hope that you only rise to once again falter.

The false friend grows angry and envious each time you smile.
They wonder why you’re so happy, as their soul grows darker.

The false friend never asks how you are because they care.
They only ask in hopes that your life is much harder.

The false friend calls you up for countless favors.
They will never offer a hand to help or a comforting shoulder.

The false friend is quick to point out and whisper of your sins.
They will never mention and thank you for the goodness you harbor.

The false friend is the worst kind you can invite in.
They lurk in the shadows as you begin to wonder,
What friendship really is.

varric writes a series about a super spy based on leliana and its just basically james bond but in thedas with cool girls and leliana unironically loves them.

Ep 8: “through science to justice,” Magnus Hirschfeld, Weimar Germany, and the Nazis

Hi everyone, today’s video is going to be a little longer than usual because I’m trying to fit in a whole bunch of things, like the first gay rights group, the flourishing of a gay subculture in Germany in the early 20th century, and the persecution of LGBT folks during World War II. It’s a lot, and I’m going to try and serve the totality of it as best I can, but this is just a brief overview. I wanted to keep these things together because I think each part of this story informs the ones around it.
[Just FYI, my German pronunciation is terrible, but I’m going to give it my best shot.]
In 1897 a group of people in Berlin formed the Wissenshaftlich-humanitäres Komittee [or the Scientific Humanitarian Committee] to lobby against anti-gay laws in Germany, including Paragraph 175 of the Criminal Code, which outlawed sex between men. Led by the sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, the committee was the first gay rights group in the world. Coming a generation or so after the coining of the word “homosexuality,” and the work of the first gay rights activists like Karl Ulrichs and Karl Maria Kertbeny (see episode one for details), Hirschfeld was at the vanguard of those using the most up-to-date science to fight against societal and legal attitudes that treated homosexuality as deviant and criminal. He wasn’t alone in this, but he was probably the most prominent scientist working on these issues at the time. In fact, he was sometimes promoted as the “Einstein of sex.”
Hirschfeld was the Scientific Humanitarian Committee’s first chair, and the committee was emblematic of his motto: “through science to justice.” Like Ulrichs and Kertbeny before him, argued that sexuality was an innate trait rather than a chosen one, and by this reasoning it was cruel and pointless to criminalize same-sex activity. To give you an idea of the kind of things that he did with the committee Dr. Hirschfeld often served as an expert witness for the trials of men charged under Paragraph 175, arguing for leniency in the courts. In doing so, he often succeeded in getting the sentences reduced for his client.
For his part Max Spohr, One of Hirschfeld’s partners in the committee, involved himself in the activist push by publishing sexological studies and popular gay literature. With titles like Die Transvestiten (or The Transvestites), these books spread the committee’s ideals across Europe. Germany was uniquely suited to this tactic, given that censorship laws at the time were fairly liberal. Despite this leniency, Spohr and other publishers occasionally came into conflict with the government, such as when he published homosexual and anarchist Adolf Brand’s literary journal Der Eigene, which had explicitly gay content. This and other propaganda from the committee turned sentiment among many of Germany’s elite against anti-gay laws.
Many of the texts published by Spohr’s press included both academic journals and longer scientific papers from Magnus Hirschfeld. Dr. Hirschfeld founded an institute in 1919 to further work in the field of sexology, or the study of human sexual behavior. Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Science (Institut für Sexualwissenschaft) occupied a large building in Central Berlin, where Germans could go for help with a number of sexually-related issues, from birth control to gender transition services, and which housed a museum devoted to human sexuality.
Under Hirschfeld, the committee also circulated a petition among elites to urge the government under Kaiser Wilhelm II to repeal the anti-sodomy law. This petition even made it to the floor of the Reichstag (or the parliament) in 1898, though the statute was not overturned. The committee and other rights groups continued pushing this agenda even after the Wilhelmine government gave way to the Weimar Republic after WWI. A vote in 1929 promised to reform the law (activists called the reform “one step forward and two steps back), though this too fell through. Hirschfeld resigned his chairmanship that same year following this last attempt.
So, what was gay life like in Germany at this time? Around the turn of the 19th century, police in Berlin began an informal policy of monitoring but not raiding establishments that catered to homosexuals. This allowed a gay nightlife to flourish in the city. By the end of the 1920s, Berlin was well known throughout Europe as a center of homosexual life, especially for those who were well off. Clubs and bars that served gay clientele and featured cross-dressing entertainers were even established enough to warrant guided tours. It wasn’t all wine and roses, however. Despite relative freedom, homosexuality was still a punishable offense, and thousands ended up in prison as a result of Paragraph 175. Moreover, the Berlin police position of non-intervention didn’t really extend to the rest of Germany.
The openness of Berlin’s attitude towards homosexuality was always tenuous at best, and relied upon a fairly liberal society. After the Great Depression hit, and the collapse of the German economy on top of crippling reparations imposed by the victors of WWI, the previous open conditions gave way. By the time the National Socialists (or the Nazis) seized power, an atmosphere of fear, anxiety, and plain old xenophobia had made it much easier for those in power to scapegoat marginalized groups within Germany.
Despite the previous promise of the reform movement, Paragraph 175 continued into the Third Reich. After seizing power, the Nazis began campaigns against those they deemed “degenerate,” and much like leftists, Jews, persons with disabilities, and Romany, thousands of homosexuals were sent to concentration camps. These prisoners wore a pink badge in the shape of a triangle, marking their crime as homosexuality. This pink triangle was revived as a symbol by gay rights groups later in the century, most notably by ACT UP during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.
Gay prisoners went through the same torture, privation, and cruelty as others in the camps. By the end of World War II, only about 40% of those who had been sent to concentration camps because of their sexuality had survived. And yet for many, even liberation came with a cost. Both governments in divided Germany maintained anti-sodomy laws on their books well after the war, and even re-imprisoned those who had been released. East Germany made amendments to the law beginning in the 1950s, and overturned it in the 80s. West Germany amended their law in the 1960s, though full repeal didn’t occur until after reunification in the 1990s.
As for Magnus Hirschfeld, he was away on a speaking tour when the Nazi party took power. He never returned to Germany, and died in exile in 1935. The Nazis sacked his institute in May 1933, destroying the sexological museum and burning the institute library, including Hirschfeld’s research and the research of his colleagues. Being a Jew, and a reported homosexual, as well as a liberal sexologist, Hirschfeld was a powerful symbol for them to attack, and it was unlikely he would have survived returning to his country.
You’ll notice that women are excluded from this narrative thread. In large part, it’s because Paragraph 175 only criminalized same-sex activity between men, and because the scope of Nazi repression of lesbians was substantially different, tending towards circumscribing the role of women as mothers and wives rather than by outright imprisonment. Hirschfeld, for his part, welcomed women into the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, and worked on feminist issues of the time like decriminalizing abortion. Others in the same movement, like Adolf Brand, tended towards dismissing women and lionized masculinity as the greatest ideal as part of the männerbund (or the male association) movement.
Now, I don’t know how many you have run across the idea of Nazis as being gay, but it is something I’ve witnessed personally. To be sure, some of the earliest Nazi leaders, like head of the Brownshirts Ernst Röhm, were gay, but the power of these leaders within the Nazi government was short-lived. Röhm himself one of many assassinated in 1934 during the Night of the Long Knives. There is no doubt in my mind that the Nazis were virulently homophobic, and that’s where I’ll leave that idea.
Just one last point, although this video is already quite full. Hirschfeld’s approach, and the approach of the committee, necessarily left out a lot of people who were adversely affected by anti-gay laws, primarily the working class and sex workers, although those are often one and the same. For this and other reasons the movement as a whole broke down along ideological and class lines, and it’s possible that effectiveness suffered as a result.
It’s taken me a while to figure out how to approach this episode, because I see real parallels between what I’m discussing here and what our landscape looks like today in the US. That being said, I don’t want to give the impression that I think the election of Donald Trump is exactly analogous as the rise of Nazism in Germany. There are, however, a lot of troubling similarities, and I’m not holding out hope that things will get better soon for marginalized people in the US.
I’m passionate about history because there’s nothing new under the sun. What I’ve been trying to do throughout this series, whether consciously or unconsciously, has been to illustrate the strategies and tactics by which people have tried to foment change. Sometimes, like in our first episode, it’s by defining the issue, by giving us vocabulary to talk about it. Sometimes it’s through spontaneous (and physical) resistance, like with Compton’s cafeteria in episode 6. Occasionally it happens within the system; more often it comes from outside. Change doesn’t always stick, and it’s never easy. Progress doesn’t always win, and that kind of sucks.
So what can we do? We can pay up for people whose work has helped us out. With money if you can, by signal boosting if you can’t. Support your local library. I wouldn’t have access to most of the materials I’ve used in this series if it weren’t for the library. There’s a million things to do, they’re just a search away.
There’s so much more out there than I’ve managed to fit in this video, so don’t just take my word for it. Take a look at the resources in the description, and there’s a link to the transcript as well. You can follow me on Twitter, you can follow the show on Tumblr, and don’t forget to subscribe. See you next time.
So what can we do? We can pay up for people whose work has helped us out. With money if you can, by signal boosting if you can’t. Support your local library. I wouldn’t have access to most of the materials I’ve used in this series if it weren’t for the library. There’s a million things to do, they’re just a search away.
There’s so much more out there than I’ve managed to fit in this video, so don’t just take my word for it. Take a look at the resources in the description, and there’s a link to the transcript as well. You can follow me on Twitter, you can follow the show on Tumblr, and don’t forget to subscribe. See you next time.

Watch: https://briefcommaqueer.tumblr.com/post/159316183370/resources

NB/GQ Survey 2016 - the worldwide results

Greetings!

I am pleased to announce that I have the results of this year’s survey to share. This post will be about the international results, which include the responses from UK participants.

The survey ran from 8th January to 16th January 2016, for 8 days. It was promoted on social networks (Tumblr, Twitter, Reddit, and anywhere that anyone felt like sharing) and the Project Wonderful ad network, and the survey was built with Google Forms. Participants were self-selecting, and were invited to take part if they were neither exclusively always male nor exclusively always female. It asked:

  • Which words from a list (plus a textbox) participants identified with [optional, checkboxes]
  • Which title from a list (plus a textbox) participants most wanted to use [optional, single answer only]
  • Which pronouns from a list (plus a textbox) participants were happy with [optional, checkboxes]
  • Whether the participant is in the UK [required]
  • Two pilot questions for possible inclusion in next year’s survey [optional, open text box, not discussed here, results not published]
  • For feedback - most of the questions asked have been answered in this FAQ post.

There were 3078 responses altogether. I removed 28 (mostly duplicates, and a sprinkling of trolls) from the results, leaving 3055 (29% of which were from the UK).

[The results on Google Sheets]

Question 1: Which of the following best describe(s) in English how you think of yourself?

This year I specified English in each of the questions for the first time.

The top 5 were:

  1. Nonbinary 64.6% (up 0.9%)
  2. Genderqueer 40.7% (down 0.5%)
  3. Trans 34.8% (up 3.7%)
  4. Agender 30.9% (down 0.5%)
  5. Transgender 30.9% (up 4.4%)

It’s probably not surprising to note that all but agender are umbrella terms. A lot of people when asked their gender have an umbrella term, plus a more detailed term. Mine is “nonbinary, more specifically agender”, and I think it can be compared to the way men and women sometimes clarify their gender with descriptive terms too - such as “woman, more specifically femme woman”. Typically there are fewer umbrella terms and a greater diversity in the words people use to narrow it down. But it certainly doesn’t work like that for everyone.

So, bearing in mind a lot of people chose only an umbrella term and a lot of people didn’t chose one at all, I’ll split it into what I currently understand to be umbrella terms and ways of being in them…

Umbrella terms, top 5:

  1. Nonbinary 64.6% (up 0.9%)
  2. Genderqueer 40.7% (down 0.5%)
  3. Trans 34.8% (up 3.7%)
  4. Transgender 30.9% (up 4.4%)
  5. Trans* 8.9% (down 3.7%)

Ways of being in them, top 5:

  1. Agender 30.9% (down 0.5%)
  2. Fluid gender/genderfluid 30.8% (down 0.4%)
  3. Enby 15.6%
  4. Demigender 14.8%
  5. Transmasculine 14.2% [footnote 1]

I’ve not shown the up/down % for enby, demigender or transmasculine, because I didn’t offer any of those as options last year and so the figures aren’t really comparable - people are ten times more likely to check a box than to write an identity into the “other” box.

It’s interesting to note that the two umbrella words that went down in popularity, genderqueer and trans*, are both words that people were vocal about in the feedback box - specifically, that those words were hurtful or offensive. (People complained about genderqueer because it contains the word queer, which is still a slur in many places, and complaints about trans* most commonly were about it excluding nonbinary people and being transmisogynist.)

Here’s a summary:

  • 22 identity words were offered in the survey.
  • 40 identity words were typed into the “other” box more than once.
  • 117 identity words were typed into the “other” box only once.
  • That’s 179 identity words total.
  • People chose on average 3.9 identity words each.
  • Most people (21%) chose only one identity label.
  • 91% of people chose between 1 and 7 identity labels.

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Question 2: In a magical world where all title fields on forms were optional and write-your-own, what would you want yours to be in English?

This question allowed only one answer, though people very occasionally sneakily used the text box to tell me about either-or situations - and those titles were counted too.

The top 5 were:

  1. Mx 34.4% (up 2.4%)
  2. No title at all 32.9% (down 17.4%)
  3. Neutral career or qual 12.6% 
  4. Standard NB/GQ title 3.6%
  5. Mr 3.0% (down 1.8%)

Last year “no title” was most popular, and this year it’s Mx - but only just, by 1.5%.

The “no title” option has gone down very significantly this year, and I’m not sure why that is but I suspect that it may have something to do with me offering more titles as pre-written options this year; last year over 1% of people entered Dr into the other box, so I included it this year by adding gender-inclusive (eg: Dr) and gender-exclusive (eg: Sister) career/qualification titles as two separate options. I also added an “unknown” option. I think these changes and the increasing popularity of Mx account for most of the difference in the “no title” option.

A significant change from last year was my inclusion of a hypothetical gender-exclusive title for nonbinary people, as opposed to the gender-inclusive Mx, Ind, Per, etc. A gender-exclusive nonbinary title would be one that is intended for only nonbinary people to use, in the same way that men get Mr and women get Ms. Possibly unsurprisingly, this was the most popular gender-exclusive title option at 3.6%. Although this option asked people choosing it to let me know about any gender-exclusive nonbinary titles in the feedback box, no one suggested one.

The vast majority of people (67%) would rather have Mx or no title at all. This could be for a number of reasons, such as a belief that gender is irrelevant, or the fact that nonbinary people still face significant discrimination and would rather have a gender-inclusive title that anyone can use and therefore theoretically doesn’t out them as nonbinary and/or trans.

Due to them getting under 1% of responses this year, I will be removing Misc, Pr, Mrs, and gendered career/qualification titles from the list of offered titles next year.

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Question 3: Supposing all pronouns were accepted by everyone without question and were easy to learn, which pronouns are you happy for people to use for you?

This question allowed multiple answers, and had a write-in “other” box. The pronouns question always takes me a LOT of hard work for various reasons, so I’m thinking about better ways to ask about this.

The top 5 were:

  • Singular they/them 77.5% (up 3.1%)
  • She/her 25.0% (up 1.1%)
  • He/him 23.4% (up 1.6%)
  • Mix it up 12.2%
  • None/avoid pronouns 11.0% (down 2.2%)

“Mix it up” was a new option this year, and a good idea, I think - a lot of people selected several well-known pronouns as they did last year, but were able to add this very practical detail to their responses.

Here’s a summary:

  • 13 pronouns were offered in the survey.
  • 33 pronouns were typed into the “other” box more than once.
  • 90 pronouns were typed into the “other” box only once.
  • That’s 123 pronouns total.
  • People chose on average 2 acceptable pronouns each.
  • Most people (44%) chose only one pronoun.
  • About 3 in 4 people were happy with only 1 or 2 pronouns.

Last year I had to add a couple of pronouns because they got over 1% in the “other” text box, but this year only offered pronoun options went over 1%. I was surprised to see the relatively new xe/xem pronoun get more than the well-established zie/hir and Spivak options.

As with last year, he/him and she/her were approximately equal and more acceptable than anything but singular they/them. Some people expressed comfort with a gendered pronoun because it was incongruent with their gender assigned at birth and therefore caused less dysphoria, and some were happy to stick with the familiar pronouns people assume based on birth assignment. Many people chose both he/him and she/her. It demonstrates that one cannot judge gender assigned at birth based on gendered pronouns, and that a comfort with or preference for gendered pronouns doesn’t indicate that one is binary.

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The questions I ask

  • What should the third gender option on forms be called? - Still no consensus in that area. Even the most popular word (nonbinary) doesn’t work for around 2 in 5 of us, which is significant.
  • Is there a standard neutral title yet? - Not yet. Mx is looking very promising, and is consistently far more popular than all other titles, but just as many nonbinary people want no title at all. It’s really important that activists campaigning for greater acceptance of gender diversity remember to fight for titles to be optional, too.
  • Is there a pronoun that every nonbinary person is happy with? - As with last year, still no. The closest we have to a standard is singular they, and so I will use the data to campaign for journalists and anyone else with a style guide to allow it. But around 1 in 4 (23%) of us are not happy with singular they.
  • Are any of the neopronouns gaining ground in a way that competes with singular they? - No. Additionally, they are very difficult to count and therefore cannot be represented accurately, just because there is no consensus on spelling, form or pronunciation. This can partially be rectified by me improving my survey software, but users of these neopronouns will probably not reach consensus for many years - language and especially pronouns can be very slow to settle and gain ground.

What I’ll do differently next year

  • I’m going to look into paid and professional survey services. There are some questions that I would love to ask and some analysis that I would love to do that are very hard work in Google Sheets. (I do love playing in spreadsheets though.)
  • I’m also going to look into some more functional way to offer mailing lists. I think more people would be able to take part and promote if they could get an email reminder when the survey started. This year I’m using Google Sheets to let people ask for an email when the results are posted and when next year’s survey goes up, and I am going to be doing a LOT of copy-pasting. I’m happy to do it, but imagine if I didn’t have to! (If you want to get email notifications of anything, please do click here!)
  • I am going to start social networky things for this survey. Every year I spam all my followers with this, and no doubt some of them are kinda fed up of it. I also think that there must be people out there who wouldn’t read an email but would see a tweet or a blog post, and those people maybe don’t want my TV screencaps and waffling about autism for the 11 months of the year that I’m not hyperfocused on this survey.

Closing thoughts

You are all awesome. I love that you are all willing to trust me with this stuff, and I feel very lucky to be able to do this whole thing because I find it really fun and interesting. I learn so much every time. Thanks for another great survey experience!

See also

Footnotes added after publishing

  1. It’s been pointed out to me that people who use transmasculine tend to see it as an umbrella term, but I feel like I don’t know enough about that to confidently edit this post! So I’m going to add this as a footnote and leave it at that. Perhaps more questions about which are umbrella terms and which aren’t will happen next year.