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anonymous asked:

I find trans issues to be extremely confusing. I've heard it said that gender is a social construct that doesn't or shouldn't exist. I'm uncomfortable with that idea because I have a gender and I don't want it taken away. At the same time, I worry that that stance takes identity away from other people. I'm open to the idea of gender being a spectrum, but I'm confused by the notion of moving around on that spectrum a lot. What's your perspective on the issue, as a nonbinary person?

Ah! Okay, so an important thing to keep in mind with gender is: you can but you don’t have to.

You can have a gender! You can have a gender that fits your assigned gender! You can have a gender different from your assigned gender! Or you can not have a gender at all! 

Another important thing to keep in mind is: just because something is a social construct doesn’t mean it’s inherently bad.

Justice is a social construct. It is a concept that we, as a society, have invented together. The social construct of justice can be useful–but if it’s applied badly, it can cause harm. (feuds, cycles of vengeance based on the idea of ‘justice’–you see what I mean.)

Fashion is a social construct. The idea of clothing being ‘fashionable’ is a concept that we, as a society, have invented together. The social construct of fashion can be fun–but if it’s applied badly, it can cause harm. (people shunned from a group due to not having the ‘correct’, ‘fashionable’ clothing, for example.)

Gender is a social construct. It is a concept that we, as a society, have invented together. The social construct of gender can be useful for some people–and not useful for others–and when it is applied badly, it can cause harm.

Also! When you say that you are open to the idea of gender as a spectrum, you are perhaps thinking of something like this:

But it is much more useful to think of gender like this:

The Gender Diamond!

Notice that agender is included in the gender diamond–it’s not opposed to the other options, just added to them. 

And see how there’s a spectrum that goes not just from guy to girl…but from genderqueer to agender…from girl to agender…from guy to agender…from girl to genderqueer…from guy to genderqueer…

It’s a much more nuanced thing, and helps more people to be included! 

You having a gender does not take anything away from people who do not, just as agender people not having a gender does not take away yours <3

Now–you also say you would like to understand genderfluidity–having one’s place on the gender diamond move around.

All right, so–let us return to the social construct of fashion as an aid in understanding!

Let us put fashion into a diamond-type-spectrum, like the gender diamond:

Fashion diamond, wheee!

Okay, so imagine that you wake up in the morning. You open your closet–practicality is not a concern today; you have no plans, so what you wear is entirely up to you. 

Where do you fall on the fashion diamond? 

What do you most feel expresses your inner self today? 

Let’s say that you have a week with no plans; a week to wear whatever you feel like wearing–will you always fall on the same place on the fashion diamond every day? Perhaps you will! 

Or perhaps you will move around on the fashion diamond, based on which aspect of your personality/inner self is most prominent on a particular day.

Being genderfluid is, for me, like moving around on the fashion diamond. 

Some days I will feel I am a more formal fashion person. Some days I will feel like casual clothes best reflect what I am feeling. Some days I feel that a semiformal outfit is most appropriate for my current feelings. Some days I go more towards neither casual nor formal.

Just so with my gender:

Some days I will feel closer to being guy; some days I will feel closer to being a girl. Some days I feel like an even mixture of both. Some days neither seems to fit and I feel more agender. But I am always nonbinary!

So! I hope that this has helped to answer your questions, Anon!


(also-also: the fashion diamond isn’t meant to correspond to the gender diamond–I’m not, by any means, saying that being agender is the same as wanting to wear lingerie with spikes! The fashion diamond is just meant to show that things other than gender can be arranged into diamond-style-spectrums, and that moving around on these spectrums is a possibility.)

anonymous asked:

Do you think the speculation of the Ruby Squad sent to Earth could've been the elite. I mean they wouldn't send just any Rubies, your thoughts.

Anonymous said:
I have to ask about the rubies, I mean in regards to them being possible elites. Just look at veteran Eyeball and cunning Navy, just two of the five. Do you think they could be elites, why send 1 out of 5 experienced rubies to Earth. Except Leggy.

So I’ve received two asks asking about a specific word: Elite. 

And I don’t know about that word because it’s never mentioned in-show. That means that it carries a lot of the baggage and connotations of our world. Elite would refer to the highest, the best. 

For me, it insinuates that this Ruby Squad is the best Ruby Squad there is on Homeworld. And the reasons for this are that 1) It’s Earth. 2) Eyeball and Navy know what they’re doing.

I’ll talk about the latter point first. I feel like Homeworld aspires for higher standards than the bare minimum. Saying that Eyeball is a veteran is not saying a whole lot. I’m all for declaring the competency of the Ruby Squad. It’s something I’ve been reiterating over and over that Homeworld trains its gems and makes sure they can get the job done because they can’t afford to keep wasting resources in failure.

Nonetheless, the point often cited is that Navy was able to deceive the Crystal Gems in Room for Ruby, which the CGs were able to do easily, twice, without much effort. That’s not saying a lot for the Ruby Squad except that on the third try, they finally wised up and beat the CGs at their own game.

Eyeball’s attacking Steven, and Navy’s flinging them out of the plane were signs they were upset and angry and spiteful which is something people tend to be after being sent on two wild goose chases by the same people. But other than that, they did exactly what their job entailed.

My point is, Rubies are guards. They were sent to retrieve and guard Jasper. They were assigned to guard nobility like Sapphire. These are important gems, and they aren’t all trained to fight, again, like Sapphire. Rubies have to be competent, or the rare aristocratic gems with special war-winning abilities would have been assigned other gems as guards at this point.

I’m not incredibly surprised at all that they were able to pull one out from under the CGs because the CGs had drastically underestimated them at this point. 

As for their location being Earth, the Diamonds still think Earth is a relatively safe place. Save for the emerging Cluster, they don’t think there’s a threat. That’s why they sent a lone civilian the first time around, Peridot. And even when Jasper went missing, it wasn’t a threat of other gems that caused them to send for a rescue team. It was because of the Cluster, which hadn’t hatched yet to the best of their knowledge. 

Blue Diamond visited Earth herself without guards to escort her. That’s how safe the Diamonds think the planet is. So I don’t think Earth is a huge factor in sending their best team. 

If there’s anything to take away from this post, it’s really that we should be expecting more of Homeworld and the forces they send. SU has shown us that Homeworld isn’t playing Bond villain. The Diamonds aren’t irrationally destroying everything that irks them and their citizens aren’t bumbling henchmen. They don’t have a huge self-destruct button for their own base that anyone can waltz up to and press. They are an organised civilisation much older than those of Earth and there’s a reason they’ve been able to sustain such rapid technological progress. It’s not to say the Ruby Squad isn’t good at their job, but I’d be hard pressed to say they’re the best.