To What End Existence?
Yeah, so I’ve spent most of the day thinking about this. You may have seen my earlier post: Is it possible to determine whether or not there is any Purpose to Existence? After thinking about it for the rest of the day, and extensive research, the best answer I can come up with is: To what end Existence? That Existence Is is self-evident. Purpose requires Agency, but to ascribe Purpose...
50%: The percentage of movie tickets bought by men last year. And thus also the...– Melissa McEwan of Shakesville in a post about the fallacy of male-driven box office sales. Um. Excuse me. Hi! I’m here. Also other people who are neither men nor women! There might not be a lot of us, but we do, you know, exist. Wouldn’t it be nice if folks stopped pretending otherwise? …yeah, I...
Is it possible to determine whether or not there is any Purpose to Existence?– Gemma Seymour, 28 February 2011
Women who are out after dark in skirts or dresses deserve to be raped.– Comment made by a male colleague when we were discussing safety precautions at university campuses. Made me feel like an object, horrified and like a second class citizen. (via microaggressions) Jesus fucking Christ. What? Nothing anyone wears or does justifies raping them. I can’t believe people...
A Boy's Life →
tetw: By Hanna Rosin Since he could speak, Brandon, now 8, has insisted that he was meant to be a girl. This summer, his parents decided to let him grow up as one. His case, and a rising number of others like it, illuminates a heated scientific debate about the nature of gender—and raises troubling questions about whether the limits of child indulgence have stretched too far. I didn’t...
I believe in trans people. I believe in us because we have been honest, at...– Excerpted from “holding on” by “little light”, posted at Questioning Transphobia, 23 February 2011
Every Day Carry, Part I
26 February 2011 One of the ways in which you can increase you chances of survival in any given situation is to make sure that you always carry with you some tools to help you accomplish all those little tasks. A lot of people who are into survival are always thinking about the perfect tool for any given slot in their survival kits, given their personality and the sorts of emergencies they are...
Excellent Survivalist Resource - CD3WD Archives... →
Dave Drager - The world economy has collapsed. There is no internet or Wikipedia. How do you rebuild society? CD3WD is a site built by programmer Alex Weir that’s meant to help spur the improvement of the infrastructure of third world nations by giving them first-world technology and knowledge for free. Everything from agriculture to technology is addressed in its roughly 4 DVDs worth...
The essence of why we seek equality has never, ever, been blurred. We seek it...– Gemma Seymour, 24 February 2011, (by way of Thomas Jefferson, Gouverneur Morris, and Abraham Lincoln)
Survival: The Rule of Threes
23 February 2011 I don’t talk about this much these days, because as you can probably tell, half my brain at least is taken up these days just with being a trans woman, but I’ve always been something of a survivalist. Not, mind you, the crazy, paranoid type that thinks the world is about to come to an end, so I’d better join a militia and live in the woods, but the kind that...
How To Be Gay When All Your Friends Are Probably... →
Very funny. My favorite bits: As a general rule, if its one-on-one friend night or ‘girls’ night, leave the GF at home. Your friends are probably as sick of hearing her talk about veganism as you are of hearing their boyfriends ramble about how their fraternity, like, totally parties the hardest. … Now that I’ve written four healthy suggestions, I feel the urge to acknowledge that...
There are many things in medicine that you can argue aren’t natural conditions,...– Our America with Lisa Ling: Transgender Lives (I can’t remember the name of the doctor) Best line of the whole show. Although, it would have been better if she’d talked about the incontrovertible fact that being trans is just a natural variation of humanity, rather than alluding to agreeing...
Trans Etiquette 101: No Offense, But That’s... →
chickensandchiffon: A very helpful and well written article. I’ve been looking into it and thinking about this lately, I’m really happy that this article and I met. A friend of mine spoke to the inner circle of friends about her considering transitioning. I was excited! For the odd reasons of someone special going into a new stage of life. Know this folks: I get excited easily. Then I started...
The Associated Press: More US companies covering... →
fictile: “With little fanfare, more and more large corporations, including Coca-Cola, Campbell Soup and Walt Disney, have expanded their insurance coverage to meet the needs of transgender workers. The trend follows a concerted push by transgender rights advocates to get employers and insurers to see sex reassignment the way the American Medical Association does — as a medically indicated...
23 February 2011 Allie’s post about thalassophobia reminded me that one of the things I’ve always wanted is a wooden sailing yacht. My dream boat is a 34’ Channel Cutter, of the type designed so well by the late Lyle C. Hess. Here is a picture of what is probably the most famous example of his designs, Lin and Larry Pardey’s Taliesin: Taliesin is the Pardeys’...
The New UDA Dietary Guidelines: Total Hogwash, and... →
An excellent article that I picked up from Michael Pollan’s Twitter feed this afternoon. Must read if you are at all interested in what you put in your body.
La Mer de Lune
“If there is anything that night ever produced,” Gemma thought, “it is that she will always have the snow that falls softly under imagined moonlight. It must be imagined, for who ever saw snow falling from a clear sky? Yet, so do I remember it! La Mer De Lune…The Luna Sea…” Gemma was silent a moment, then replied, looking into the middle distance as was her...
Twelve States. Only Twelve States.
20 February 2011 Tonight, I shared a Facebook post from Barb Siperstein with my friends about the bill currently being debated in Maryland, HB 235, the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act (GIADA). It’s a sad fact but there are very many of my cis friends, by and large extremely well-educated people, who are completely unaware of the facts about the discrimination against people that...
Origins of Diversity of Sexual Orientation &... →
Dr. Kate O’Hanlan, MD, “Origins of Diversity of Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity and How Discrimination Impacts Health”, presenting at the 2010 Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates to the American Medical Association last November. Dr. O’Hanlan is the founder of the Laparoscopic Institute for Gynecological Oncology, in Portola Valley, CA.
More on The Umbrella Wars
20 February 2011 From the continuing discussion at Monica Roberts’ Facebook Page: I think it would be a better idea if we just stopped trying to emphasize the differences in our identities, at least for the time being, and paid more attention to the fact that no matter whether you consider yourself a “woman born with chr…omosomical [sic] and anatomy diversity (which...
"You want a side of internalized transphobia with...
19 February 2011 Posted recently by me to the comments section of one of Monica Roberts’ Facebook posts: (Responding to Ashley Love): Ashley, the medical facts of transsexualism have little to do with the fight for the equal protection of the rights of all people, regardless of any actual or perceived association with any gendered characteristic whatsoever. (To...
Un Nom Juste: Urban SQL Injection →
gemmaseymour: unnomjuste: jacobjoaquin: r03: Urban Sql injection. WIN! This just made my morning. Brilliant. Does anyone get the second picture? I’m not sure I follow… Best guess is that it’s gibberish remaining after the DROP DATABASE query… Not that I’m a SQL expert,… Oh. My guess was that it was there to demonstrate the OCR capabilities of the surveillance system. The...
There’s little in this world as continuously amusing as people who get...– Gemma Seymour, 19 February 2011
You're sooo attractive...
19 February 2011 I was going to reblog someone’s post and add some commentary, but I think I’m just going to post this as a original post, because that person shouldn’t have to deal with my bullshit. I’m leaving out the original post entirely, because you don’t need to read the whole thing to get the point of this: This doesn’t often happen, but reading the...