I’ve just spent a couple of hours going through my main storage unit, the one where the bulk of my library has been stored for the past two years since selling my house in the wake of my divorce, in a deperate attempt to find my high school yearbooks, from the Stuyvesant High School Classes of 1985 and 1986, which I have been unable to locate. The good news is that I have found them. Given that information, I will give you exactly three chances to answer the following three questions:
1. Out of the 50 or so boxes of books, how many did I have to open before I found my yearbooks?
2. Out of all the boxes contsining my library, which box was the only box that was damaged by moisture?
3. Out of all the books in that box, which are the only two books damaged by moisture and mold?
If you’ve been following anything I’ve written about my life lately, you will be aware of the fact that the Universe seems to regard my existence as some sort of grand cosmic joke, the punchline to which must inevitably make perfect sense only to a capricious Goddess.
The answers, which I feel certain you have already surmised, as foreshadowing is such a blunt literary instrument:
1. All of them. The one that left the house first, so it was on the absolute bottom in the back row, was, of course, the very box I needed.
2. The box containing the books I have been saving for my daughter and my yearbooks. The most important box of them all, which is why it left first.
3. My yearbooks.
I bet you got every answer correct on the first try, didn’t you?
I carry a mini can of Lysol in my handbag at all times, which has been a very useful thing indeed, especially when the usage of a public restroom is necessary. I killed the can dousing the yearbooks, and wiped them down thoroughly. Fortunately, the interiors seem in good shape.
Much as I love the fact that Tumblr seems well-stocked with younger trans people, it would be nice to have more people to follow who were closer to my own age, so if you happen to know of any other trans women who are 35 and up, please drop me a line so I can find their Tumblrs…
I am really sick of hearing cis femmes saying “Invisibility is always the big femme issue.”
Little do they stop to think how staggeringly cissexist that is.
As I have said a few times in the past few days, I am a fem boy. Walking down the street looking as I do, being mistaken for a straight girl is not exactly my biggest worry. I’m worrying about other men mocking, harassing, or possibly attacking me. And if I do get mistaken for a straight girl, which happens occasionally, I have to worry about the reaction of whomever when he realizes his mistake.
I am visible as hell, like a moving target.
I’m gonna take this a step further, though, because even with all this in mind, I still have male privilege. Unlike, for example, trans women who are femme.
A person assigned male at birth who presents femininely has to worry about almost all of what I just mentioned above, and more. Trans femmes are not invisible. They are recipients of scrutiny, scorn, and violence on a constant basis. When they do “pass” as cis, that passing has potentially lethal consequences should it stop suddenly for any reason. Invisibility is not their femme issue.
Their femme issue, on top of all that, is being accused of parodying femininity, of being stereotypical caricatures of women, of being fetishests, perverts, pathetic, ridiculous, deceptive. No cis femme is ever likely to receive a face full of broken glass after hearing the words “Did you think you were gonna rape someone in those girl clothes?” and then end up in jail, and not only that, be held in solitary confinement for a whole month, without your wounds receiving proper medical attention. But that is exactly what happened to CeCe MacDonald. Invisibility was not her problem.
So when I hear a bunch of cis femmes griping about invisibility, a.k.a. passing privilege, I get a little ragey, especially when erasing statements like “invisibility is always an issue for femmes” get made. Especially when they get made by trans man chasing femmes who avoid trans women and generally manage to not even think about them.
So fuck your invisibility issues. Yes, I said it. Being seen can be dangerous. Sometimes it makes me sad when I feel invisible as a trans man (a.k.a. I pass 99 percent of the time), but it’s still a goddamn privilege and I recognize it. It keeps me safer in my day to day existence. There’s a psychological cost, of course, which must not be minimized, but as I have said before, better to have mitigated privilege than unmitigated oppression. My invisibility in certain senses has benefits. Not so my visibility as fem. And certainly not so the visibility of CAMAB trans femmes.
Well said, but I think it’s worth pointing out that the so-called invisibility is also metaphoric, in that the value of femme trans women in discourse, both in public and in the LGBT community, tends to be overlooked. This tends to especially be a problem for lesbian femme trans women, like myself, in queer spaces.
It has been pointed out many times before by people other than myself that there is a certain privilege accorded to CAFAB trans, genderqueer, and queer people, as compared to CAMAB people, and on top of this, there can sometimes be a certain amount of conflict between heterosexual- and homosexual-identified trans women. For instance, there has been much hand-wringing lately over recent articles relating to the radfem v. trans women wars, especially as it relates to the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. Many heterosexually-identified trans women find it easy to dismiss the concerns of those of us who are lesbian as it concerns our ability to function comfortably in lesbian spaces when confronted by radical lesbian separatist feminism.
Femme trans women are often looked at in the LGBT community as somehow reinforcing or reifying binary-normative rules of gendered behavior, as complicit in patriarchy, as not “radical”, “queer” or “deconstructive” enough, and this is true regardless of how well we “pass”.
i ordered mine with 2 juices on the side so i can dip it myself and it won’t get soggy while it gets delivered.
I guess I can understand getting the juice on the side. My dad used to bring it home and it wouldn’t really be a sandwich anymore by the time it got there, just italian beef with some moist goo around the sides. Which is not my style. Which is why I order mine dry.
Bellissima post is bellissima.
Although, I’m more of a fan of roast pork than roast beef. With sharp provolone and hot peppers, please. Preferably from a place like in South Philly where they really know how to make that shit right.
The sad moment when you realise how alone you actually are. That no one ever messages you on facebook first or texts you first or anything. So it gets to the point where you don't want to put in the effort with people who don't put in any effort for you so you end up spending your life at home, never going anywhere
I sent this to HRC a few minutes ago. If you agree with my stance or have something to add, send your own feedback at http://www.hrc.org/6260.htm. The form is at the bottom of the page.
To Whom It May Concern:
Today I signed HRC’s petition asking Oklahoma politicians to denounce Sen. Kern’s comments. I was disappointed - angered, really - to find that leaving the “title” field blank was not an option, a discrepancy that would have caused me to leave the page altogether at a time in my life when I didn’t know how to choose my battles.
Fortunately, for HRC’s campaign and for my own sanity, I’ve passed the point where I will retract my support from one worthy cause because it ignores/sets back another in semantics. I have found that such reactionary behavior only creates further divisions where we should be finding common ground. I now utilize available channels of communication that are intended to address such issues. I’ll do my best to be concise in this one.
The glaring error on HRC’s online form should be fairly apparent to any trans/genderqueer person or ally: To force visitors to choose a gendered title in order to participate in an activist campaign that supposedly includes those of non-binary gender identities is both exclusive and insulting - not to mention counterproductive to unity among groups with deep and long-standing wounds. Especially in light of the fact that HRC is still mending its relationship with trans communities (following its alienating actions regarding the ENDA legislation in 2008-09), this seems a rather careless oversight.
This may seem a minuscule issue, but for those of us who have experienced life on the fringes of society due to our uncommon gender identities/presentations, it feels like a slap in the face to be overlooked by the very organizations that purport to protect us, even in such minor details. If HRC is to be truly inclusive and practice what it supposedly preaches - equality and acceptance for all people, regardless of sexual orientation of gender identity - then it would do well to ensure that it dots all its I’s and crosses all its T’s in regards to the more marginalized of its constituents. As the saying goes, the Devil is in the details.
Thank you for your time, attention, and action on this matter. I hope that HRC will continue to grow in its efforts to truly include and represent all who experience gender-based oppression and hatred.
"As ungracious as these attitudes may seem, they are grounded in a sad reality: while American feminism has long, and productively, concentrated on getting men to give women some of the power they used to give only to their sons, it hasn’t figured out how to pass power down from woman to woman, to bequeath authority to its progeny. Its inability to conceive of a succession has crippled women’s progress not just within the women’s movement but in every venue of American public life."
-Susan Faludi, “American Electra”, Harper’s, October 2010
Thank you, ma'am, for the very eloquent answer in regards to the origin of transgender-ism. I have been quite curious about the subject matter myself and your answer has been the best answer I have seen by far. Keep on keeping on.
My pleasure. It never hurts to answer people when they ask an honest question. I do sympathize with those who were hurt by the phrasing of the question, but sadly, the task falls to those of us who are trans to explain it to others, even though it should not.
How exciting! Fantasy is so fun! You can do anything you want to your universe, because it’s fantasy - which is really great, because you’ve always wanted cats to talk and everyone else to share your distaste of squash. Plus you could have…
In their announcement, the NCAA stated the policy “will allow a transgender student athlete to participate in sex-separated sports activities so long as the athlete’s use of hormone therapy is consistent with the NCAA policies and current medical standards.”
NCLR’s Sports Project Director Helen Carroll applauded the historic policy.
“I commend the NCAA’s commitment to creating and supporting an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student athletes,” Carroll said. “This new policy that will not only allow, but encourage transgender student athletes to participate on athletic teams. This is truly historic, and it will give transgender student athletes equal access and opportunities to play college-level sports without any obstacles.”
How did I miss the announcement?! I’ve been waiting all year for this! :D
If nothing in our brain chemically makes a male or female what we associate being male or female with…(girls like pink…boys like sports…girls like make-up…boys like videogames…not speaking hormones)
Then why do people become transgender?
This is NOT an offensive question. I am involved with the…
Then why do people become transgender?
Transgender is not an occupation.
Let’s have a serious answer, shall we?
While the above poster is correct in that being trans is not an occupation, if you will, the issues involved are quite a bit more complex.
Homo sapiens sapiens is a sexually reproducing species. During our development, various factors, genetic and environmental, conspire to differentiate our physiological selves along two major paradigms, which we identify as “male” and “female”.
As far as science is able to determine, there are several stages of pregnancy during which sex hormones exert influence on fetal development. It seems that in one stage, the hormones affect gross physiology, and during another stage they affect neurophysiology. It is possible that our neurological development may happen in two different stages of hormone influence, which may lead to the wide variation in sexual orientations as well as gender identities of individuals.
Given what we know through a wide range of studies on fetal development, it would seem that is it possible for the brain to develop along tendencies which are normally associated with the gross physiology of another sex. We do know that there are significant differences in the brain structures of “male” and “female” people. What is less certain is the exact cause of this difference. That is to say, it is possible that one’s gross anatomy can be of one particular sex, and one’s brain to be of a different sex.
What we also know is that there is no single factor, such as chromosomes alone, involved in determining sex, and that while sociological influences may play a large part in determining one’s gender identity, it seems clear that an individual’s propensity toward comfort with any particular gender identity is in large part influenced by the biological environment in which they developed.
Today, the family watched as Alrashim Chambers was arraigned in Superior Court on charges he fatally shot White, 28, inside a Maplewood apartment last year during a nighttime encounter.
Chambers, 24, pleaded not guilty to murder, weapons offenses and bias intimidation, for allegedly shooting White multiple times after discovering she was a transgender female, Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Eileen O’Connor said.
White met Chambers and another man, Marquise Foster, 26, at an Irvington nightclub on the evening of Sept. 12, 2010, then all three drove to the Maplewood apartment, where the shooting occurred, O’Connor said.
Foster has since pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension and faces 5 years in prison.
Chambers, of Newark, appeared in court clad in a green Essex County jail uniform, with dreadlocks and a beard. He stood quietly for the hearing, where a dozen of his supporters turned out. They would not comment, nor would his court-appointed attorney. Chambers, who was indicted last month, faces up to life in prison if convicted of murder.
This blog post outs several transwomen with both pseudonyms AND legal names, their photos, where they can be found at the festival, and in some cases their profession and employment. Being on this “hitlist” of transwomen was not consented to by any of them, and it associates them with accusations of volatile behavior that the author has absolutely no proof any of them participated in. The blogger refuses to use female pronouns and asserts that these women, who live in one of the most marginalized segments of our society, are “chest pounding” and trying to assert male privilege in invading a womens’ space – as if people who’ve survived gender dysphoria and live outside of our binary ideas of gender have any male privilege to speak of.
Here’s the original post in question (tw for transphobic and cis-sexist bullshit). This is absolutely ridiculous on so many levels. Regardless of how you feel about transpeople, you should absolutely be concerned that Wordpress is allowing defamatory, person-targeting practices like this to happen, despite a clear violation of their Terms of Service.
You can report GenderTrender to Wordpress for violating terms of service HERE.
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Last night, I was watching The Two Towers (again), and I was thinking about the whole concept of “reasonable armor”. I think it’s a little ridiculous that fantasy movies always have people walking around in full armor all the time. That stuff is really heavy and frightfully uncomfortable. Armor was never something that people wore for everyday tasks. It was something that was only worn when there was a reasonable chance that you were actually going to go to war that day. People didn’t just go about their business wearing armor all the time.
1) When did you first realize that the term ‘transgender’ applied to you? I don’t identify with the word “transgender”. I prefer to think of myself as “transsexual”. Only recently have I begun to rationalize about also being “transgender”.
2) How did you choose your name, and what names were you thinking about using and why? See here for a too long post on my names.
3) Have you ever been outed? See here for outing stories.
4) How did your family take it when you came out? Some are OK, some aren’t.
8) How did you deal with being read mis-gendered in the beginning of your transition? Fuck ‘em.
9) What is something positive about being trans? Having experiences of being perceived as both male and female at different points in my life.
10) What are some of your fears in regards to being trans? Always being considered a freak, not being able to travel safely to certain places in the world, not ever feeling truly comfortable with my body.
11) How do you manage dysphoria? Manage dysphoria? In Trans World, dysphoria manages YOU. :P
12) What are you doing to stay healthy for transitioning mentally and physically? Nothing. OK, not actually true. Because I’m on spironolactone, I try to eat extra salt to keep my sodium levels up.
13) Bathrooms? Useful things, they are, aren’t they? I prefer them clean, thank you for asking.
14) What are some of your passing tips or things you do to pass? Fuck passing, it’s overrated.
15) How have you embraced your trans identity? By understanding that I really am a woman, and that I really was a girl.
16) What’s your anthem and why? A song I wrote ages ago called “If I Were”. The only recorded version is flawed, so no linky-link. Liz Phair’s “Extraordinary”. Jessica Harp’s “A Woman Needs”. Jill Sobule’s “Somewhere in New Mexico”. Lots more, I’m a musician and songwriter, so I can’t pick just one.
17) How do you feel about the trans laws where you live? I live in New Jersey, so FUCK YEAH TRANS RIGHTS. New Jersey has the best trans protections in the country (NJ Law Against Discrimination N.J.S.A 10:5-1, et seq.). Now, all I need is to have New York City let me change my Certificate of Birth without proof of forced sterilization. Oh, and same-sex marriage, maybe. Don’t know if I’ll ever get married again, but if I do, I’ll be one of the ones in a dress. We don’t have same-sex marriage in NJ, yet. I might move to VT, though, which also has excellent trans protections, same-sex marriage, and no interference with the Second Amendment.
18) If you’re religious, how do your views affect being trans? If you’re not religious, what about your family’s religious views? I am atheist. My family is somewhat Lutheran. Here’s how many fucks I give about people’s religious views…
19) Do you want to have children? Yes, but it’s probably not going to happen. Good thing I have a beautiful daughter, already!
20) Do you feel being trans holds you back from your career choice? I don’t know that I *have* a career choice. Yes, and no. Being trans these days can be a drawback, because stupid people.
21) What stereotypes are put on trans people? All of them.
22) Doctor visits? Once a year to the Mazzoni Center, at this point, for blood work.
23) Do you feel comfortable answering questions about being trans? Yes, I do, as long as the questions are being asked in earnest.
24) What is something you have to do every day or else you feel like your whole day is off if you don’t do it? Touch another person. As you might guess, I have a lot of off days.
25) What goals do you have? Securing the guarantee of equal protection under the law for the rights of all people. Finding a girlfriend. Building a home. Being a friend. Creating things. Being remembered.
Peace be upon you this day, and upon all the face of the Earth
And there are some people who say: We believe in Allah and the last day; and they are not at all believers. They desire to deceive Allah and those who believe, and they deceive only themselves and they do not perceive. There is a disease in their hearts, so Allah added to their disease and they shall have a painful chastisement because they lied. And when it is said to them, Do not make mischief in the land, they say: We are but peace-makers. Now surely they themselves are the mischief makers, but they do not perceive.
This is a Signal Boost for a letter to Wordpress, asking them to uphold their own Terms of Service. Apparently the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival has decided that the Festival should be “womyn born womyn” only, and is out to get transwomen who would love to be included.
This is outrageous.
Honestly, it’s more pathetic than anything else. :D Come at me, sis…
BTW, my name is not a pseudonym. It’s my name.
It’s nice to know there’s people who have my back.
Also, to be clear, this isn’t being done by MWMF. It’s a TERF blogger operating on her own. MWMF does not hesitate to sell tickets to trans women.
It doesn’t just bother me that the only trans woman on stage was an afterthought, disempowered and invited at the last minute because the organizers wanted to look inclusive. It doesn’t just bother me that at least one or two rad trans women probably showed up to the first planning meeting but were totally pushed out prior to the group having to find a token trans woman to appear on stage at the last minute. It doesn’t just bother me that the performers were white trans men in college, making no place in the organization for trans women of color sex workers, all while claiming trans women of color sex workers’ experiences as their own. It doesn’t just bother me that Aydyn & Jaydyn & Caydyn & Gaydyn have actually deluded themselves and really believe their sensationalized fantasy that they will be murdered for trying to go to the bathroom, in spite of the fact that, as a trans man who probably looks a lot like Aydyn & friends, I can say pretty confidently that that’s not something I’ve ever worried about in real life. It doesn’t just bother me that these guys have these smug looks of martyrdom spread across their faces and that they actually believe themselves to be some sort of heroes or “voices” of the “trans community”.
What really bothers me—what really just makes my skin crawl—is that everyone in the audience fucking loves them for it. That everyone in the audience is apparently blind to the fact that transmisogyny is going on in their own, “safe,” queer community, and that bullshit like this is its very birthplace. Or, worse, maybe they’re not blind to it, but they don’t do anything to stop it, they don’t think it’s important and they still treat the purveyors of transmisogyny in the queer community like gods or something. It pretty much makes me want to vomit.
Edited to add: The bit where he calls them “delusional” is pretty fucked, because 1) trans men have been assaulted in restrooms. Not in nearly the numbers trans women have*, and 2) even if (1) weren’t true, “delusional” plays off a whole bunch of stereotypes of mental illness that “lying to yourself” doesn’t. But even then they are, at worst, exaggerating a real danger (not making one up, which is what the writer is claiming), and erasing people who don’t have room to exaggerate the danger.
The problem isn’t trans men thinking that they face problems that are primarily faced by trans women and people perceived to be trans women (especially trans women of color). The problem is trans men (especially white trans men) erasing the trans people of other genders who face those risks, and talking over everyone else.
*Most of these stats were collected in a really binarist way, so we can’t really say anything about non-binary people.
(edited again to add mentions of non-binary people)
Why do people keep reblogging this holy fuck it’s ridiculously cissexist did you see the part where he implied bathroom harassment was delusion? Or the part where he made fun of trans guys names for being too similar?
Or wrote a giant post about saying stuff about transmisogyny while talking only about men and, you know, being a man talking about transmisogyny? You know, presenting himself as the voice of the trans community?
I mean it’s not like I don’t want men to talk about transmisogyny but seriously you still have to make sure you’re centering women or you’re doing it all wrong.
Listen up, dudes. I don’t know about you, but I happen to have spent some time recently in the company of Jack Radish. At Camp Trans, where I didn’t see any of you. The audience for this piece really isn’t trans women, and this isn’t mansplaining, so to say that he ought to center trans women is a little misguided, to say the least. As a trans woman, let me just say this…if you have a problem with what Jack is saying here, maybe you need to take a step back and figure out whether or not he’s talking about you.
Oh sorry that we couldn’t all be at one fucking camp… what sort of argument is that? I live in the UK…. maybe I’m missing something here.
I know what point he’s trying to make, it’s just that it’s wrong to call people delusional for fearing being assaulted in bathrooms. That’s it. That’s fucked up, no matter what you say. Surely he could have made the point another way and come across as maybe less of a total nobhead. Also hi non-binary erasure, because the trans community is totally split up into trans men at one end of some spectrum and trans women at the other.
Also your font means no one can read anything on your page.
I wasn’t aware that Jack was speaking universally, especially since he makes specific reference to happenings in the US, but whatevs.
I don’t really like to have to trot this bit out very often, but it’s time for the trans masculine community to recognize that the dangers they face are orders of magnitude below what trans women face. It’s nothing to feel bad about, it’s just the way it is. Do some trans men face danger? Yes, of course, and no one is denying this, but it is a simple fact that trans men generally very quickly reach the point of passability, even if they begin transition at a later age, whereas the vast majority of trans women can be clocked on a dime, especially if you know what you’re looking for, unless they happen to have been fortunate enough to start hormone replacement therapy at a very young age. Again, this is the natural result of testosterone exposure.
Add to this the fact that being on T helps you get a lot stronger, whereas the reverse is true for those of us on E. Personally, I was never very strong or muscular in the first place, and the results of over a year of HRT have made so that when I tried to pick up my 65 lb. niece last night and carry her to bed, I almost couldn’t do it without dropping her. So, if you want to get into a pissing match about who feels less safe, you’re doing it wrong.
Thanks for letting me know about the font thing. I’ve been wondering about that, and haven’t had the time to dig into the CSS to fix it. It was even worse before I changed the color of the font. Also want to add captions to the pix.
No, the first part was in reference to your condescending tone: ‘…At Camp Trans, where I didn’t see any of you.’. Yeah, fuck you.
And also- don’t call it transmasculine. It’s erase femme or feminine trans men, and other non masculine genderqueer people on the FtM spectrum, who may not decide to ‘pass’ as male. Those who decide not to take T, those trans men who decide to take T and still dress and look female.
Also wtf your last part about not being able to carry your niece? Who cares, I can’t carry shit either; I’m as weak as fuck and due to my skinny build that hasn’t changed at all with therapy.
Also I’ve heard you and seen you intentionally misgender people, so therefore excuse me if I can’t take anything you say seriously.
I’m not going to get into the relative merits of using public restrooms simply based on one’s gender identity. As a trans woman who is not the most passable in the world, I have a very deep and visceral understanding of the issues involved. I do, however, apologize for the usage of trans masculine. It was unclear, to say the least.
You have heard me and seen me intentionally misgender people? I’m curious to know where this has happened, unless it happens to be related to the recent intentional misgendering of me by certain TERFs. If it is related to that, here’s how many fucks I give…
I cannot think of a reasonable context in which parents would be “waiting” to “teach” their children about homosexuality except to do it in a negative way, if it involves blocking the child from positive discussions about non-hetero sexualities, positive stories about non-hetero sexualities and relationships, and/or the fact that non-hetero sexualities even. Exist.
If you’re out with your family and you see two people of the same sex kissing, you don’t actually have to explain anal sex or fisting or the workings of a strap-on or the precise anatomical location of the prostate or what a bear is or how to put on assless chaps or what gay-for-pay means or how edible flavored lube really is or why that well at the tip of a condom has to be there or what kind of batteries go into a dildo or how many sexual positions two six-foot-tall guys can get into in the cab of a pick-up truck or why Heath Ledger was robbed of that Best Actor Oscar or what Melissa Etheridge needed David Crosby for or what poppers are or why those really flamboyant guys in the Pride parade only wear a sparkly thong or Leonid the Magnificent.
If you’re having such a hard fucking problem understanding what to say to your kids about gay people, ask them. Ten bucks says they will look at two guys or two girls kissing, shrug, and say, “They must like each other a lot.”
“The terms masculine and feminine are used symmetrically only as a matter of form, as on legal papers. In actuality the relation of the two sexes is not quite like that of two electrical poles, for man represents both the positive and the neutral, as in indicated by the common use of man to designate human beings in general; whereas woman represents only the negative, defined by limiting criteria, without reciprocity.”—
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (1949)
For some reason, this makes me think of this:
"Forget about moving electrons because they teach you incorrectly to make it easier in the beginning. Electrons don’t move. Well, they do, but they move like 1 meter every 20 seconds in copper so its obviously not the electrons delivering the energy. You’re looking to deep into this, its very basic.
BY CONVENTION, you assume current flows from + to - for all calculations. You also assume that current goes in the direction of the voltage drop. I.e. if point A is 3v and point B is 4v, since A is lower that B, the current would flow from B to A, the direction of the voltage drop. This also works with negative voltages. A is -4 B is -5. It would flow from A to B since B is lower than A.
Diodes (+) —[>|—- (-)
The polarity on diodes is used to tell you which way current will only typically flow in the diode in normal operation. It flows from the + to the - if you apply enough voltage to the + side such that the difference between the + and the - is atleast the diodes forward on voltage. Typically the ones u use in school n what not are 0.7 volts.
Remember, voltage is just a difference. It is that difference which forces current to flow and the current flows from the higher voltage to the lower voltage.”