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Dysphoria is not a social construct

“gender dysphoria is caused by living in a society that harms trans people and projects it’s own negative image onto us.”

Gender dysphoria has NOTHING to do with society. This is coming from somebody who is pre-T and passes as male. I’m stealth. I go to the men’s room. I get treated the same way as any other guy my age would. This makes my life a little easier only because people’s words don’t remind me of my body out in public. But despite all of this, I still feel sick when I look in the mirror. I hardly shower because it’s painful for me to take off my layers of clothing. I don’t know much about female genitalia because I’ve only seen my own twice or so and was left with a mental breakdown and in tears.

Why do you think people bind, tuck, pack, go on hormones and get surgeries? There’s a difference between self-consciousness and dysphoria.

Can you see now why it’s so hurtful to trans people to say that dysphoria is caused by society? No matter how I’m treated, it makes no difference when I go home at night. I’ve felt uncomfortable in my body since I started puberty and didn’t have a clue that I was a guy. Ask almost any other pre (or even post) op/hormonal trans person and they will tell you the same thing experienced a little differently. Even when people don’t have strong dysphoria, and even when people don’t pass, they transition because it’s what they need to do. Not what other people tell them to do, out loud or not.

Social Simulation

“And over here, kids, is our Society Simulation chamber.” the professor gestured towards a wide array of supercomputers that filled a chamber the size of a warehouse. Each of the computers was the size and shape of a small brick house.

Some of the kids gasped aloud at the enormous size of the room while others waved some of the server engineers, who waved them back. The professor continued as she lead them up the stairs towards a watching room. A smart glass served as an observation port to the computers below.

“Each of these computers is simulating a society of AI people. Their growth as a species from simple bit gatherers to complex civilizations with entire data economies. Our findings have been very interesting to say the least. Here, let me show you around.” she continued. The smart glass lit up and began zooming in on a variety of computers.

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Grasping at straws: Ymir ain’t dead

hmm… tinfoil hat theory here: but we’ve seen with Eren & Historia that people can access memories not belonging to them.

Could it be that Gallard tried that trick with attempting to see his brother’s memories, as Rod used showed Historia Grishas, but couldn’t, but did see Ymir’s?

Supporting evidence 1: Gallard never says he ate Ymir, and when we see him standing in front of her he’s in similar clothes to what he is wearing in the present. No signs of syringes, no rolled up sleeves or third person ready to inject him. Could it be that since he last saw Reiner he went and visited Ymir in whatever location she is being held? 

Supporting evidence 2: Ymir’s Titan looks like Gallard’s.

Now that might seems like it should be in the against it column, but consider this: Isayama is a grade A troll (sub note: Bert going to bite his hand at Utgard).

Ymir’s shifter form looks exactly like her regular titan form, something we’ve not seen at any other time (the albeit brief glimpses of Eren and Armin show radical differences). The other noticeable difference with Ymir vs other shifters is that she was a regular titan for 60 odd years, while most are for a few minutes at most.

Conclusion: It’s pretty darn weird that Ymir’s regular form looks so much like Gallard’s shifter form (not to mention the picture book shenanigans). It’s all rather convenient… a little too convenient.

Additionally Gallard says she also wanted to bring back Marcel’s “Jaw” - this could be taken to mean that is the titan designation he now bears, but he doesn’t confirm it. After all he says he was chosen for the operation nine years ago as well - so did he get his titan then?

For instance if he is actually saying (official translation pending):

“This never would have happened if, nine years ago, when I was chosen for the operation on Paradis Island… I had been given the armoured titan instead of you”

Meaning he could be bitter he was given a different titan which meant he stayed back in Marley territory, so wasn’t there to protect his brother.

After all there are NINE titans:

1. King - Uri / Frieda / Grisha / Eren

2. Attack - Owl / Grisha / Eren

3. Colossal - Bert / Armin

4. Female - Annie

5. Armoured - Reiner

6. Jaw - Marcel / Ymir

7. Beast - Zeke

8. Quad - Piku, Piek or however its spelt

9. ????

If Gallard does have Ymir’s titan, we’re still missing one - who given how the Marley have been talking about their war effort should have been fighting with the others, or at least mentioned - so it could well be that Gallard is actually the as yet unnamed 9th titan and Ymir is just being held captive.

“But why would they just hold her captive not take her power back?” I hear you ask.

Well for one, she’s shown herself to be a (somewhat) willing prisoner, and thus a source of information about the wall society / military. She’s also shown herself as having rather flexible loyalty towards the vast majority of people in the walls.

And secondly, she’s leverage against the only other branch of the royal family outside Zeke and (translation & horrifying implications for the other, especially female, shifters pending) his kid - Historia.

If the Marley forces want to get control of the coordinate (seeming to be unaware of the First King’s trap), they want / need a royal bloodline. So a reasonable plan would be to defeat Eren so they can get their control over the co-ordinate and the titans, then use Ymir as bait to get Historia to come with them, and have more royal blood available and a puppet to take over the island more peacefully.

Thirdly, if Gallard has been a shifter as long as Reiner, the Marley might not have had a suitable candidate to take over Ymir’s titan - Gabi, Falco and co are all still around 10-12 years old, so when Ymir arrived they probably would have only just begun their training.

So if Ymir was a passive prisoner there would not have been the urgency to take the power from her, especially as we’ve seen with Eren how hard it is for someone to learn to control their power.

Additionally with the Marley’s comparatively advanced technology they would find it easier to keep Ymir contained even if she did turn hostile - put her in a concrete vault with only narrow staircases out and she’d have a very hard time escaping.

And lastly, from a narrative point of view, there are very few deaths that have not been shown explicitly - especially of named characters. So while it is possible Isayama hecked this up big time, that we weren’t shown regular titan Gallard standing before a chained up Ymir, but rather casual wear Gallard, feels significant.

But this may well be wishful thinking of course

Their reproductive system is somewhat unnerving. The female is larger than the male. Its single ovary is located in the secondary orifice, the “genital cecum” between the stomach and the mantle. The male has three penises, each with a different function. The penis proper is a flexible tube that contains spermatophores and penetrates into the female orifice. Once inside, its tip detaches and moves alongside the ovary, where it deposits spermatozoa and dies. This detachable tip regenerates after each act of coitus. The second, spoon-shaped penis moves between the teeth of the female’s tongue, stimulating ovulation and the excretion of specific hormones. The third, thumb-shaped penis caresses the female abdomen during copulation. Its physiological function is unclear, but outside of copulation it actively feels the environment. If only we could grasp the world with a penis.
—  Vilém Flusser and Louis Bec
Translated by Valentine A. Pakis
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His name is Edward Oxford, Your Royal Highness. 19 years of age, working until recently at the Hog in the Pound tavern near Oxford Street. A search of his lodgings has revealed that he is a member of the Young England Society. Young England? Are they Chartists? Our informant says not. The Society appears to have connections to the continent. We found a letter telling Oxford to await instructions from Hanover. (requested by anonymous)

I just realised the reason that steven just rebubbled bismuth is because without bismuth there they can rehash the “i am my mom, i have to fix what she did” over and over again. And if bismuth was present steven would have a new adoptive mother that could resolve this in one episode unlike the other crystal gems.
Also, if they had kept bismuth, the writers would have to hide her somewhere boring to preserve the status quoe because god forbid bismuth makes peace with lapis or bismuth and peridot actually give us hard information on homeworld society.
Im scared for her eventual return, i feel kike theyre gonna just pull her back into play for the eventual final battle where she only has a few lines and outfits all the crystal gems and off colors so beat the shit out of homeworld.

You know what the funny thing is about the new Wolfenstein games? That despite being set in some crazy alternate universe with giant robot dogs, Nazi moon bases, laser guns, and cartoon villains like Deathshead and Frau Engel, it’s actually one of the most accurate and disturbing portrayals of Nazism I’ve seen in a video game. 

I mean, think about it. There’s been a lot of WW2 shooters/games with Nazis in them. The original Wolfenstein was like the first FPS ever, so Nazis have basically been video game baddies since day one. But have you ever seen a “realistic” video game with Nazis in them tackle things like the Holocaust? Racial extermination and eugenics? How downright insane, sadistic and horrifying the Nazi ideology is? Cause that’s exactly what the new Wolfenstein games are doing. 

Wolfenstein had the balls to show the human experimentation, the extermination camps, the daily terror of being hunted by the Nazis simply for being Jewish or a person of color, the warped doctrine of racial purity that the Nazis aspired to, the Orwellian control of information and society that they practiced, their imperialism and colonialism that demanded the lands of essentially all non-”Aryan” races be pillaged and looted for them. It actually shows people of color and Jews fighting in a resistance movement specifically because the Nazis wanted them to literally not exist. It even touches upon, however briefly, the persecution of LGBT people under the Nazi regime and their demand that women submit to strict gender roles. 

Oh and all of the “cool stuff” that the Nazis have in The New Order? Yeah they stole that from a group of Jewish super-scientists. Even the “cool” things about the Nazis in Wolfenstein don’t belong to them, because they’re pathetic, evil fascists. 

I doubt that at Sony’s press conference tonight when the new Call of Duty gets shown off you’ll see any hint of the terrifying true nature of Nazism. You’ll see a bunch of good ol’ boys fighting the good fight, and the Nazis will conveniently provide bodies to shoot at as they do in every video game where they’re the bad guys, but I can honestly say I have never seen a video game that has as damning and accurate a portrayal of what Nazism was and is really about as the new Wolfenstein games, where the Nazis have robot dogs and jetpacks.

System forces you into their definition of society.
Society forces you to swimm in a one meter swimmingpool.
But you want to dive in a deep ocean.

System can’t allow this.
Society can’t accept this.

Ends up being an outsider.
Maybe we are outsiders with a greater mind.

But we are not losers.

You know, I’ve got a problem with emphasising the period of research with autistic self diagnosis. Like self-dx’ing is only appropriate if you’ve spent weeks/months/years doing it. If you can point to all the questionnaires and the research - if you have something with which to back you up and a lot of time with which to consider and evaluate. Like then, and only then, it’s valid.

I’ve got a problem, because that degree of research just isn’t applied to all professional diagnoses - and most of the time those people providing said diagnoses aren’t autistic themselves and, therefore, are already less informed than society thinks they are. Half the time we’re teaching them, not the other way around!

I’m autistic, pretty much, based on a single questionnaire by a professional followed by a discussion and every professional thereafter going you know, you actually are pretty autistic. I’m sure other autistic folk have also less formal professional diagnoses, but that doesn’t make me less autistic save in the eyes of allistic ableists. In fact, talking to other autistic folk and reading the autistic-written diagnostic criteria has only confirmed my agreement with this: the words of other autistics have made me identify with this label, not the words of the professional who gave it to me.

If someone spends a week looking through autie Tumblr and going hey, fuck, that’s me? They have that profound moment of relating to so many of our experiences? They have that moment of realising there is a word that encapsulates their differences and a community ready and willing to accept them? That’s more informed than my professional diagnosis (and in fact, my professional diagnoses for any neurodiversity-related label full stop). We shouldn’t ask months or years of research and self-evaluation to validate something that should be valid on its own, not when we recognise the best authority in recognising autism is autistic people.

You shouldn’t have to claim six months of research time to belong when plenty of professional diagnoses aren’t held up to that same criteria. And if you’re wrong in that self-dx? Well, let’s point to all the medical professionals who’ve made a wrong diagnosis…

It strikes me as kind of ableist to support self diagnosis but hold it up to higher standards than professional diagnosis when the standards for professional diagnosis vary from six months of evaluations to a questionnaire and an hour of talking. Because if self-dx’ers who diagnose after a week of reading autie Tumblr don’t belong in the community … I, with my professional assessment/diagnosis, also don’t belong here.

I love that self-diagnosed people are welcome here, but I’m increasingly super uncomfortable with putting any kind of stipulation on how people self diagnose or to after which point of time a self-diagnosis is acceptable.

If you say you’re autistic, you’re autistic.

I’m not interested in the story of how you came to own the label.

Rito/Revali Rant

I’m gonna rant about Revali and the treatment of him and the Rito in Breath of the Wild because I love this asshole and I hate how little information we got about him from the game because I noticed many things that piss me off-
There will not be any spoilers of the main plot below, just general things I’ve noticed throughout the game. 
Please note: This isn’t supposed to be an official thing, just something I’ve wanted to talk about for a while because it just makes me sad. I’m not trying to start any sort of argument or anything, just releasing some thoughts here. 
Also, I have yet to actually get to the Goron part of the game-! So this isn’t an entirely fair “Critique”, but it’s something I’ve noticed so far and blah blah blah here we go-

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#TBT to 1987, when the ALA Council passed the “Resolution on Misinformation to Citizens.“

In response to the recent dialogue on fake news and news literacy, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee crafted the “Resolution on Access to Accurate Information,” adopted by Council on January 24.

Librarians have always helped people sort reliable sources from unreliable ones. Here are a few resources to explore:

  • IFLA’s post on “Alternative Facts and Fake News – Verifiability in the Information Society”
  • Indiana University East Campus Library’s LibGuide, “Fake News: Resources”
  • Drexel University Libraries’ LibGuide, “Fake News: Source Evaluation”
  • Harvard Library’s LibGuide, “Fake News, Misinformation, and Propaganda”
  • ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s “Intellectual Freedom News,” a free biweekly compilation of news related to (among other things!) privacy, internet filtering and censorship.
  • This Texas Standard article on the “CRAAP” (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy & Purpose) test.

What notable “fake news” LibGuides or resources have you worked on or encountered recently?

To me, at least in retrospect, the really interesting question is why dullness proves to be such a powerful impediment to attention. Why we recoil from the dull. Maybe it’s because dullness is intrinsically painful; maybe that’s where the phrases like ‘deadly dull’ or ‘excruciatingly dull’ come from. But there might be more to it. Maybe dullness is associated with psychic pain because something that’s dull or opaque fails to provide enough stimulation to distract people from some other, deeper type of pain that is always there, if only in some ambient low-level way, and which most of us spend nearly all our time and energy trying to distract ourselves from feeling, or at least from feeling directly or with our full attention. Admittedly, the whole thing’s pretty confusing, and hard to talk about abstractly…but surely something must lie behind not just Muzak in dull or tedious places anymore but now also actual TV in waiting rooms, supermarkets’ checkouts, airports’ gates, SUVs’ backseats. Walkmen, iPods, BlackBerries, cell phones that attach to your head. This terror of silence with nothing diverting to do. I can’t think anyone really believes that today’s so-called ‘information society’ is just about information. Everyone knows it’s about something else, way down.
—  David Foster Wallace, The Pale King
To me, at least in retrospect, the really interesting question is why dullness proves to be such a powerful impediment to attention. Why we recoil from the dull. Maybe it’s because dullness is intrinsically painful; maybe that’s where phrases like ‘deadly dull’ or ‘excruciatingly dull’ come from. But there might be more to it. Maybe dullness is associated with psychic pain because something that’s dull or opaque fails to provide enough stimulation to distract people from some other, deeper type of pain that is always there, if only in an ambient, low-level way, and which most of us spend nearly all our time and energy trying to distract ourselves from feeling, or at least from feeling directly or with our full attention. Admittedly, the whole thing’s pretty confusing, and hard to talk about abstractly…but surely something must lie behind not just Muzak in dull or tedious places anymore but now also actual TV in waiting rooms, supermarkets’ checkouts, airport gates, SUVs’ backseats. Walkman, iPods, BlackBerries, cell phones that attach to your head. This terror of silence with nothing diverting to do. I can’t think anyone really believes that today’s so-called ‘information society’ is just about information. Everyone knows it’s about something else, way down.
—  David Foster Wallace, The Pale King