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A university in India has issued its first-ever gender-neutral diploma. NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, issued a certificate to Anindita Mukherjee using the nonbinary honorific “Mx.” instead of “Mr.” or “Ms.” 

Mukherjee uses they/them/their pronouns, and says it was fairly easy to get the NALSAR administration to make the change on their certificate. 

“I made one request to the university administration, and the change was made. For me, this speaks to the immense power administrations have in making lives easier or more difficult for students. The fact that it is presumed I had to struggle points to how rarely we see them making life easier, and how common it is for meaningless hurdles to be created. This is the moment at which I doff my hat at NALSAR’s present administration,” they said.

“The battle on the Mr. and Mrs. front has more to do with marital status and how honorifics are used to place women within roles. To use a gender-neutral honorific serves a somewhat different function, I think,” Mukherjee further said in their email.

“Unfortunately, the way in which we name persons is also gendered, so there are other methods by which determinations can be made of the gender of a person.

“Using a gender-neutral title in that context is more of a statement in that you’re either saying that you do not identify as either a man or a woman, or you’re saying that you think your gender is irrelevant in that context. Whether that assertion alone can undo the structures that constrain women professionally, I doubt, but it does open up spaces for conversations,” they said.

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New Hell Girl Anime Set for July 14 Debut

Hell Girl is making a comeback thanks to a new anime series, and we now have a premiere date along with the latest promo. The anime will air in Japan on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, and BS 11, and its official premiere is set for July 14.

In addition to the new series, Hell Girl appropriately has a haunted house collaboration in the works with Daiba Kaiki Gakkō. Fans in Japan will be able to enjoy that starting on June 16 at the DECKS Tokyo Beach shopping complex.

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First Look: The New Mazda MX-5 Arctic

Mazda is hoping for things to turn a little Arctic this winter with the launch of the latest special edition version of the award-winning MX-5 convertible. On sale next February, the new Mazda MX-5 Arctic aims to brighten winter days with its Blue Reflex Metallic paint and contrasting bright silver design cues.

Based on the 1.5-litre 131ps SE-L Nav, the MX-5 Arcticโ€™s striking silver details contrast attractively against the icy blue paint. With 16-inch alloy wheels, a silver windscreen surround, silver wing mirrors and silver headrest hoops the Arctic has the distinctive look youโ€™d expect of an MX-5 and continues the trend of offering sports car customers a striking car at an affordable price.

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Mazda Reveals Retractable Hardtop MX-5 RF

Mazda revealed the Mazda MX-5 RF (โ€œretractable fastbackโ€) today on the eve of the New York International Auto Show. The latest version of the legendary sports car offers a new dimension of open-top driving fun while at the same time staying true to the purpose of Mazdaโ€™s previous retractable hardtop MX-5: Making the roadster experience accessible to a broader range of drivers.

In doing so, Mazda has broken with conventional thinking to create something entirely new. Featuring fastback styling with a smooth roofline that slopes down to the rear, the MX-5 RFโ€™s unique rear roof and retractable back window deliver a distinctive new convertible feeling.

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British bank becomes the first to welcome nonbinary genders
Exclusive: Metro Bank has introduced a third gender option for its customers, after a teenager could not open a bank account because they didn't identify as male or female.
By Patrick Strudwick

Metro Bank, a bank in the U.K., has started offering customers the option of selecting “nonbinary” as their gender and “Mx.” as their honorific. 

The bank’s decision came after a nonbinary Scottish teenager, Kaelin Farnish, gave an interview expressing frustration that they couldn’t open a bank account because they didn’t want to have to check “male” or “female.”

Danny Harmer, the chief people officer of Metro Bank, told BuzzFeed News how the development came about: “One of the people in my team said to me, ‘Have you seen this article? This teenager struggling to set up an account?’ They sent it to me and said, ‘Can we do something about this?’ And I said, ‘We must be able to.’ So I spoke to the IT guys and said, ‘Can we do anything about enabling people who are nonbinary to open an account with us and not force them to specify or identify with a particular gender?’ And they said, ‘Well yes, I’m sure we can.’” […]

These new options for customers, however, could be just the beginning. “If customers come in and say, ‘I’m trans and actually I want something else, then we’ll take the feedback and sort it out,” said Harmer. “We thought we’d start somewhere. I think a lot of organisations get tied up in finding reasons not to do things and worrying about how it might be misinterpreted. If people get a bit annoyed with me for getting it 80% right I’ll take that, because I’d rather have it 80% right than not try at all.”

Harmer also sought to highlight the wider experience of people who don’t identify as male or female. “Once you realise this is an issue [you notice that] every single thing you pick up says, ‘Title: Mr or Mrs.’ And then the next question is ‘Gender: male or female.’ And one of the things at Metro is that we try to listen. Sometimes there are issues that are too difficult to do something about, but this one was definitely not one of them.”

The change also extends to bank employees, who can now be listed as nonbinary and/or use Mx. at work. Well done. 

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day 13: drift compatibilityyyyyyyyyy (aka bad crossovers strike again)

almost two years after john’s original co-pilot - his girlfriend anna - was kia, marshall maldonado coerces convinces him to pilot again with rookie dorian. also starring rudy as resident kaijuologist, valerie as chief loccent officer, and richard and max as that one asshole pair of pilots.

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All-New Mazda MX-5 - UK Pricing and Specs Announced

  • Nine models range priced from £18,495 to £23,295 on-the-road (OTR).
  • Five level grade structure – SE, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav.
  • Two SKYACTIV-G petrol engines – 1.5-litre 131ps and 2.0-litre 160ps.
  • LED headlights, alloy wheels & a 6 speed manual gearbox.
  • RWD with a perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
  • 7 color choices including Crystal White pearlescent & Soul Red metallic.
  • Pre-orders will open on April 27th, 2015. 
  • The MX-5 will make its UK debut at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed where pre-order customers can win the chance to test it on the Goodwood Racing Circuit.