So after much delay & stress & ultimately deciding that the only way I’d be able to like how it looks is by using the sketch lines & coloring it in grayscale, I finally finished this companion piece or w/e for that one fic I wrote nearly half a year ago lmao.
After a couple weeks of secret “chapstick sharing,” your friends might start to get suspicious if your lips are uncharacteristically sparkly & you start to constantly smell like vanilla cake batter~ ;3c Tsk-tsk, boys, what kind of situation are y’all gonna have to deal with now~?
-flinch- You mean,... you don't even know!?
Well... I THINK I know... but I don't ... KNOW know... you know?
What? Me? know anything about that complex relationship status hinted through the eras or the millions of subtle hints littered throughout so many different universes or the magazine articles printed back in the day where they basically advertised you two as a couple or the interview sessions with loads of excuses as to why you two haven't hooked up yet or the fact that this very show tries to conceal the matter by actually having it in plain sight that all may feast upon it's diversity now that things have changed, pfft, what- I almost feel offended you would think that I would have looked into some... nonsense, silly love stuff that totally has no emotional effect on me as your best friend or anything!!! -sweating buckets galore-
....Okay. I just thought you would know, since you're a genius and all, but whatever.
-fuming with silent, inward, disgruntled noises-
//sorry all— things are busy once more.i got a wedding, a costume, a test or two– two writing assignments, and my senior project on top of some other personal issues [ car and finances] I am going to work on threads when possible but for the moment– just so you understand I am a bit sporadic. So sorry <3
I've come across the term "aligned" very frequently, but I am still unsure of its meaning. Would you help me understand it and its variants please?
Pfft, well. This is where things get interesting.
To the best of our ability to discern, ‘aligned’ does not have a consistent meaning across varying discussions. It has been used to indicate that an NB’s gender incorporates an element of a binary gender into it. It has also been used to describe commonalities in experience between NBs and binary folks in terms of how we’re treated by society. (That can be a dicey way to talk about it because by that logic, a person can be ‘aligned’ with a certain gender merely by being closeted, and when alignment is treated as an identity that is… uncomfortable.)
On a similar note to that second one, it also gets used to talk about presentation, which also has aspects to it that can be uncomfortable. There are a fair few NBs for whom presenting the way they’d wish is impossible, there are those for whom the way they want to present happens to look binary to cis folks despite not being intended as binary, and again, closeting is a thing.
Essentially, the definition of ‘aligned’ varies depending on who’s using it and what for.
The ability to discuss the ways in which NBs are treated similarly to people of binary genders was, to the best of my knowledge, a pretty key aspect of its original usage. Now it gets used for a bunch of other things - to take a couple of examples, declaring who is included in binary-centered monosexual orientations and deciding who has similar enough experiences to be allowed in a space.
It’s frequently assumed that any given alignment category can be taken to be comprised of NBs with broadly similar experiences, presentations, identities, what have you.
A lot of these broad generalisations don’t hold true on a large scale, and it makes the use of alignment terminology in many situations suspect.
On balance, I’d say that you’re most likely to encounter alignment as meaning ‘identifies partly with or as’ a binary gender, or ‘has experiences broadly comparable to that of a binary gender’. (I don’t personally care for that second usage, at least not outside of intracommunity discussion, since it’s easy for cis folks to forget about things like closeting and passing stress.) What that means in any given context will vary.