Speaker for the Diodes

Nov. 19th, 2018

05:24 am - QotD

"Those who go through the court process are by no means guaranteed the desired outcome. Judges have broad discretion to deny name and gender marker changes, and it's not uncommon for them to do so. The Utah Supreme Court heard arguments this year from attorneys representing two transgender people who were not allowed to change their gender on official documents.

"'It's a very frustrating, disjointed legal system right now for gender marker changes,' said Arli Christian, the state policy director for the National Center for Transgender Equality, or NCTE.

[...]

"According to Christian, judges more frequently deny requests to change genders on IDs than names.

"'This is not a process that should be in the courts,' Christian said. 'Judges are not experts in gender identity.'"

-- from "Deadnamed", by Lucas Waldron and Ken Schwencke, 2018-08-10

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Nov. 18th, 2018

05:24 am - QotD

"Ever wonder why the LGB and the T are smashed together? Because before those identities existed [read: called into being though discourse], we were basically all just 'inverts". Science labeled us All as having an 'inverted' gender. Being attracted to the same sex was long considered a fault of [gender]. It was a long time before sexuality was pulled away from gender and what we now think of as cisgender/cissexual gays, lesbians, and bisexuals were allowed to *just* be gay.

"So, just fuck off with your ahistorical 'before we let the T join us' nonsense. There was never a time when LGB was separate. We were always here."

-- Mari Brighe, 2017-12-09

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Nov. 17th, 2018

05:24 am - QotD

"It's amazing how transphobes really think trans women need to give up our aesthetics, our interests, our fetishes, in the name of some nebulous Greater Gender Good. Folks, you get one life. You don't need to box yourself in for someone else's ideology. Enjoy yourself." -- Zinnia Jones, 2017-11-28

"I've presented in just about every variation of femme, butch, high, low, and so on over the years, and at absolutely every point, transphobes were calling me a 'caricature' and 'stereotype'. Face it: transphobes just hate women" -- Zinnia Jones, 2017-12-06

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Nov. 16th, 2018

05:24 am - QotD

"If the trans community, allies and LGBTQ organizations reserve one day a year to light candles for the dead, it's vital to spend the other days fighting for the living. Otherwise, Transgender Day of Remembrance functions not as a true memorial for the fallen, but merely a way to comfort those who want to end transgender violence but are not inclined to take the difficult steps to eradicate it." -- Meredith Talusan, "On Trans Day of Remembrance, we must do much more than remember", 2015-11-19

[Transgender Day of Remembrance is this coming Tuesday.]

[Huge thanks to all my friends -- and everyone else -- in MA who pushed hard on Question 3 to keep the state's protections for rights of trans people in effect! And to everyone who stands up and raises their voice to counter poisonous anti-trans speech when they hear it, and to every cis person willing to accompany a trans person to a public restroom to help keep them safe!]

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Nov. 15th, 2018

05:24 am - QotD

"it's amazing how they refuse to say 'cis' for the sake of lang economy but use 'identify as' instead of the much shorter 'is'" -- Frida, 2017-03-20

[20 November is the annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance. The week's quotes will sortakinda have a theme.]

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Nov. 14th, 2018

05:26 am - QotD

"Lynn began to think that her story might help somehow. Societal views are partly a media problem. Images of transsexualism routinely come from stories of 'transition'. That's a time when media can focus on prurient, somewhat shocking and often embarrassing aspects of someone's gender change. The stories seem superficially sympathetic, but often convey a sad, dreary image. Readers are left feeling sorry for the 'poor things', and 'certainly wouldn't want it to happen in their family'!

"What doesn't come through is the miracle of release from entrapment in a male body that the transsexual girl experiences, and the happiness she finds as a woman later on. Folks never learn about the tens of thousands of post-operative women living among us who are very successful and fully accepted as regular gals. The public simply never sees these successes."

-- Lynn Conway, 2000/2004 (written in third-person, but bears Conway's copyright)

[Notice how much things have improved since 2000, and also how much better they could yet be.]

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Nov. 13th, 2018

05:24 am - QotD

"If order is prioritized over justice, or if order is mistaken for justice, you will eventually begin to hear all sorts of propositions that might otherwise seem shocking, that end, either implicitly or explicitly, with, 'and that's why a lot of people will have to die.'

"You wouldn't hear people express these propositions out loud in blunt terms -- not at first, anyway. You'd have to watch the society for actions taken and statements made, to see what the logical assumptions behind such actions and statements must be."

-- Julius Goat (@JuliusGoat), 2018-11-02

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Nov. 12th, 2018

05:24 am - QotD

"One very important but dismal lesson 2017-18 have taught us is that when white supremacists, neo-Nazis, or other far right types decide to get violent, you absolutely cannot rely on the police to protect you. The police will stand by and watch. If you haven't noticed this pattern, pay more attention to who ends up getting arrested when skinheads decide they want to attack someone." -- Ed, "It Can Happen Here," Gin and Tacos [thanks to [info] realinterrobang, for quoting this earlier]

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Nov. 11th, 2018

05:24 am - QotD

"Now the sun shines down on the green fields of France
 a warm summer wind makes the red poppys dance
 The trenches have vanished under the plows,
 there's no gas no barbed wire, there's no guns firing now
 but here in this graveyard it's still No Man's land,
 the countless white crosses stand mute in the sand
 for man's blind indifference to his fellow man,
 to a whole generation that was butchered and damned"

  -- from "No Man's Land" (aka "The Green Fields of France", aka "Willie McBride"), by Eric Bogle

Today is:
Gregorian: 2018 November 11 -- Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, and Veterans Day
Julian: 2018 October 29
Hebrew: 5779 Kislev 03
Islamic: 1440 Rabi`al-awwal 02
Persian: 1397 Aban 20
Mayan: 0.0.0.13.0.5.17.11
Indian: 1940 Kartika 20
Coptic: 1735 Hathor 02

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Nov. 10th, 2018

05:24 am - QotD

"Lol someone asked me why I still had my Beto sticker on my laptop even though he lost 2 days ago

"IDK why do people have the confederate flag still. They lost 150 years ago."

-- Eric Rodriguez (@thefakecarmona), 2018-11-08

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Nov. 9th, 2018

08:51 pm - QotD

Test post after a minor config change. Nothin' ta see here, move along...

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05:24 am - QotD

"There are a lot of white people who think the solution to 'racial tensions' is black people knowing their place. Black people having power makes them tense, and they call that 'racial tension.'" -- -- Steven (@StevenMartens23), 2018-11-08

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Nov. 8th, 2018

05:26 am - QotD

"Commenting your code is like cleaning your bathroom -- you never want to do it, but it really does create a more pleasant experience for you and your guests." -- Ryan Campbell

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Nov. 7th, 2018

05:24 am - QotD

"There's a certain kind of person who can't bear there not being symmetry in the world, and if it isn't obviously there, they move their own little Overton-window or imagine up fantasies in order to equivocate. If there were no antifa, they'd just assume the peaceful anti-Nazi protesters we just as bad as the Nazis, or that the Nazis weren't so bad, because otherwise the necessary symmetry they assume is there would be untenable. Basically, these idiots, and they are legion, would either assume the worst about the good guys are the best about the bad guys just to keep from having to realize the world isn't a perfectly balanced place." -- Roving Youth Pastor, Alicublog, comments [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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Nov. 6th, 2018

05:24 am - QotD

"A scale of privilege dictates which emotions we are obligated to take seriously. I'm reminded of the many admonitions to try to understand why white working class men might be angry -- from people who remained at best indifferent to the anger of marginalized groups, mocking Black Lives Matter, demonizing angry women as 'feminazis.' Some Anger Matters. Some Anger Doesn't. Bourgeois respectability privileges the anger of those who are already in power, while that of those who are disenfranchised is viewed as disruptive, distasteful. It makes people uncomfortable, so it should go away. Happily, there will always be a cute puppy meme we can hide behind, so we won't have to see it.

"This is why authoritarian institutions are so frightened of 'difficult' art that uncovers injustice and abuse. [...]"

-- Rebecca Bratten Weiss, "Cruelty, Sentimentality, and Authoritarian Regimes", Patheos, 2018-11-04

[Grandis vetus factio delenda est.]

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Nov. 5th, 2018

05:24 am - QotD

"According to a recent report in the New York Times, the Department of Health and Human Services is 'considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.' While the department's memo purports to be 'grounded in science,' the arguments and conclusions are not. Specifically, the memo argues that sex should be determined by--at different points in the purported memo--birth certificates, genitals and genetics. The problem with this argument is that none of these markers of sex is 'definitive proof of a person's sex' and in fact, nothing is. In reality, the course of becoming a 'male' or 'female' involves several steps, regulated by many genes and hormones.

"Much of the time these processes all go in the same direction. But some of the time, they don't. Seeing how that happens makes clear that the proposal, to define all people as male or female at birth, is scientifically dubious."

-- Kristina R. Olson and Sheri Berenbaum, Scientific American's "Voices" blog, 2018-10-29

[If you vote for Republicans, you are not voting for people who don't care about me; you are voting for people who want to harm me. I really hope that your sense of "people you personally know and like" matters more than your sense of "political tribe".]

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Nov. 4th, 2018

05:24 am - QotD

"I'd love to know how Dad saw me when I was 6. I'd love to know a hundred things. When a parent dies, a filing cabinet full of all the fascinating stuff also ceases to exist. I never imagined how hungry I'd be one day to look inside it." -- David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks

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Nov. 3rd, 2018

05:24 am - QotD

"Information systems experts do not invoke 'Ragnarok' upon the virtual worlds which are keeping them alive." -- Petey, in Schlock Mercenary by Howard Tayler, 2018-11-02

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Nov. 2nd, 2018

05:26 am - QotD

Rabbi Alana Suskin posted on Facebook (on 2018-10-27) some very important things to keep in mind, a large chunk of which I am quoting here even though I suspect much of this is already obvious to many of my friends.

[...]

There are those who hate the immigrants coming into the country and use the language of invasion and overrun.

Those people who were murdered today, they were the descendants - like everyone not Native American in this country, except for African Americans who came against their will in chains - of immigrants who fled from poverty or oppression. They - and thus all of us - were "invaders" in exactly the same way.

If you claim you are not an anti-Semite, but you use this kind of language, stop, immediately, because the language of traitors and invaders, this is what it leads to.

If you claim you're not racist, stop using this language. It is not about "doing it right" or laws or jobs. It is about decency.

[...]

Today our Torah reading included the portion about Sodom's destruction.

The sin of Sodom was actually made very clear by the prophets and the sages: it wasn't sexual in nature, but rather a moral failure to share in the resources of the land.

It was treating the stranger as an invader, hoarding the riches of the land to only those who were "natives."

It was hatred for the outsider and the refusal to welcome them.

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Nov. 1st, 2018

05:26 am - QotD

"I feel the nights stretching away
 thousands long behind the days
 till they reach the darkness where
 all of me is ancestor."

  -- Annie Finch

[To all who celebrate a holiday or holidays today: a blessed Samhain (started last night), All Saints Day, and/or Dia de Muerto.]

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