sonofthesuburbs:

thisiseverydayracism:

If today’s news has taught me anything, it’s that an old white woman can be as racist, transphobic, fatphobic, female-degrading, and offensive as possible….because she will still be remembered as “a good person” and “an icon for all woman” once she’s dead.

(Yes, I’m referring to Joan Rivers)

without Joan Rivers, many women wouldn’t even have the chances they had in comedy. Roseanne Barr, Rosie O’Donnell, and Ellen Degenerous have all cited her as direct influences. she was a pioneer for women in the late night circuit, paving the way for female comedians in the 70’s, an era of show business that hated and despised women, and also the first woman to have her own talk show on a major network in the 80’s. So yeah, she IS an icon for all women.

I honestly do think it’s hilarious that anyone would call her a good person, because that was entirely contradictory of her nature. She was an offensive comedian, her whole act was meant to offend, and she did it with pride and bravado. so when I see posts like this on Tumblr, all I hear is the liberal version of an angry Fox News commentator who missed the joke screaming about how we’re crying over the death of a morally corrupted individual and destroying modern society by holding her on a pedestal.

I didn’t even like her comedy that much, but I do still find it funny imagining her calling you all pussies. because she probably would.

Who missed the joke? You yourself said that the her jokes were meant to offend. We heard it, and realized that having fun at the expense of oppressed groups is a shitty thing to do.

Like, I’m sure calling Michelle Obama a [slur-for-tran*-individual] is extremely humorous in some circles, no one is denying that - but the “joke” is in poor taste. It reflects poorly on the comedian who made the joke, and those who laugh at it. It’s not clever humor, there’s no deeper layer to the joke - it’s only a joke in the basest sense that some people might laugh at it, but all it does is reinforce the idea that it’s okay to say things like this to tran* people - a group where 41% of individuals have attempted suicide, 35% of which experience physical assault at school, and who it is okay to fire for being trans* in 34 states.

Maybe you’re right, and we’re being as thin-skinned as a Fox News commentator. Maybe just using slurs for humor will make the world a better, safer place for people the slurs are about. Somehow, I doubt that.

That Joan Rivers was an influential trailblazer no one can deny, but that doesn’t mean that she should be an “icon.”

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lesbianmooncolony:

rambleonamazon:

jessicalprice:

wesschneider:

Now that the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Class Guide has been out for a few days, and people are loving Shardra and all the other new iconic characters, I thought I’d draw a bit of attention to the one thing I wrote for the book. It’s just one wondrous item that appears without illustration on page 229. I wrote a version of this on the Paizo message boards months ago and managed to finagle a revision into this book with the blessing of the entire creative staff and great edits by amazonchique, jessicalprice, Logan Bonner, Judy Bauer, and others.
As far as game rules go, it doesn’t do much—you can certainly find more min-maxy items—but I wanted to make sure players and GMs had concrete rules backup for including such backgrounds and stories in their games. It’s not meant to suggest that this is the only way characters can change their sex in the Pathfinder RPG or that any character needs to take this, but it’s an option for folks who might want it and a rules departure point for any  related effects you might want to create.
Beyond that, though, we always say the Pathfinder RPG rules let us tell the stories we want to tell, so I wanted to make it clear that stories about amazing individuals overcoming challenges and being exactly the people they want to be are absolutely among the stories we want to tell.
This text currently appears in the Advanced Class Guide but will also soon be included along with all the rest of the Pathfinder RPG rules, for free, on the Pathfinder RPG Reference Document.
I hope folks dig this little potion and find it helpful for creating exactly the sorts of characters they want to play and for telling even more awesome stories!
~W

As Wes notes, this is about providing options. If you want a character to have struggled and overcome in an unsympathetic world, you can do that in Pathfinder, and in the Golarion campaign setting. There’s plenty of room in the world for it — there are plenty of not very nice people and places in Golarion. But there are also items like this, and people and religions and organizations that will see being trans* or nonbinary or genderfluid as neutral or even positive. Tell your story, the way you want to tell it.
And if you feel like Golarion doesn’t have room for people like you, let us know. 

Pathfinder staff saying that not only are there magical versions of sex reassignment in their game, but also aknowledging that you don’t HAVE to use them and that this one potion isn’t the only way to be trans in their world. These are people who get it. And when they don’t, they ask.

okay but can i coat all my crossbow bolts in this, shoot my enemies in the leg, thus turning them into girls and making them no longer my enemies
honestly this makes me a teeny bit uncomfortable but i cannot put my finger on why

Regular arrows couldn’t do it, but a syringe spear could.

lesbianmooncolony:

rambleonamazon:

jessicalprice:

wesschneider:

Now that the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Class Guide has been out for a few days, and people are loving Shardra and all the other new iconic characters, I thought I’d draw a bit of attention to the one thing I wrote for the book. It’s just one wondrous item that appears without illustration on page 229. I wrote a version of this on the Paizo message boards months ago and managed to finagle a revision into this book with the blessing of the entire creative staff and great edits by amazonchique, jessicalprice, Logan Bonner, Judy Bauer, and others.

As far as game rules go, it doesn’t do much—you can certainly find more min-maxy items—but I wanted to make sure players and GMs had concrete rules backup for including such backgrounds and stories in their games. It’s not meant to suggest that this is the only way characters can change their sex in the Pathfinder RPG or that any character needs to take this, but it’s an option for folks who might want it and a rules departure point for any  related effects you might want to create.

Beyond that, though, we always say the Pathfinder RPG rules let us tell the stories we want to tell, so I wanted to make it clear that stories about amazing individuals overcoming challenges and being exactly the people they want to be are absolutely among the stories we want to tell.

This text currently appears in the Advanced Class Guide but will also soon be included along with all the rest of the Pathfinder RPG rules, for free, on the Pathfinder RPG Reference Document.

I hope folks dig this little potion and find it helpful for creating exactly the sorts of characters they want to play and for telling even more awesome stories!

~W

As Wes notes, this is about providing options. If you want a character to have struggled and overcome in an unsympathetic world, you can do that in Pathfinder, and in the Golarion campaign setting. There’s plenty of room in the world for it — there are plenty of not very nice people and places in Golarion. But there are also items like this, and people and religions and organizations that will see being trans* or nonbinary or genderfluid as neutral or even positive. Tell your story, the way you want to tell it.

And if you feel like Golarion doesn’t have room for people like you, let us know. 

Pathfinder staff saying that not only are there magical versions of sex reassignment in their game, but also aknowledging that you don’t HAVE to use them and that this one potion isn’t the only way to be trans in their world. These are people who get it. And when they don’t, they ask.

okay but can i coat all my crossbow bolts in this, shoot my enemies in the leg, thus turning them into girls and making them no longer my enemies

honestly this makes me a teeny bit uncomfortable but i cannot put my finger on why

Regular arrows couldn’t do it, but a syringe spear could.

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dirtybrian:

cis people need to stop saying you can call them by any pronouns

or i swear to god i’ll start calling them by any/anys/anyself pronouns until they stop

If they don’t have a preference for pronouns, isn’t that their right? Anyself pronouns shouldn’t bother them if it’s true.

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transhamlet:

truscum are gross and also Wrong so badly, all the time. what even was that one did they just look on my page and find out that i used spivak pronouns and decide that meant i was a transtrender like hon. do u know how long spivak pronouns have been around

Just because something has been around a long time doesn’t mean that it’s widely accepted. Plus, English already has a widely accepted neuter third-person singular pronoun: they. Sure, it’s not acceptable in formal writing, and it doesn’t work in every sentence, but it’s got a centuries old pedigree and many English speakers find themselves naturally using it.

I’m of the opinion that until a new pronoun is widely adopted it’s acceptable to use singular “they” or just use a person’s name, instead of these Spivak pronouns (ey, em, eir), or “ze/hir” or whatever. (I don’t think there’s any legitimate objection to singular “they” even with a person with unusual pronouns. If you’re “they” in the plural, no matter the gender of those involved, you can be “they” in the singular no matter your gender.)

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rudetruscum:

fist-me-with-mayo:

rudetruscum:

agender isn’t real theres no such thing as no gender sry

Yes there is it’s called wanting a body that’s sexless.

and how the fuck is that supposed to work thats not how biology is, you have to have a sex to be healthy, there is no way that your neurology can pattern itself to think you don’t have a sex. sounds just like someone who has normal dysphoria and doesn’t have an idea of the future

Haven’t you heard that eunuchs live longer than non-eunuch men? (Mostly due to testosterone they think.) That’s a pretty clear indication that primary sex characteristics aren’t always healthy to have. Even if that wasn’t true, intersex individuals exist, who don’t really have a well-defined, traditional “sex” as it were.

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pluhhtonic:

I’m taking my first French class and have yet to come across any “gender neutral” pronouns. Would on work?

Unfortunately, “on” doesn’t really work. You’ll need to decide whether to represent yourself as grammatically feminine or masculine in French, because every adjective that you use to describe yourself is going to have to be conjugated properly based on your grammatical gender. (Don’t get too bummed about this though, chairs and cars get grammatical gender. It’s an intrinsic feature of the language like tenses in in English.)

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princessofdrone:

bwansen:

princessofdrone:

kallistis:

Anyone who gets into discordianism and stays cisgender is highly suspicious.

anyone who gets into discordianism and stays hung up on labels and categories needs to get more into discordianism

Oh, Discordians aren’t forbidden or even unable to use labels…

to the extent that words are labels for concepts, obviously discordians are hardly forbidden from using them. but if i could please direct your attention to appendix teth of the illuminatus! trilogy, pages 791-792, hagbard celine has some wise words for us pertaining to the topic at hand.

every ideology is a mental murder, a reduction of dynamic living processes to static classifications, and every classification is a damnation, just as every inclusion is an exclusion. in a busy, buzzing universe where no two snowflakes are identical, and no two trees are identical, no two people are identical, every card-index system is a self-delusion.

each damnation has its values and uses, but is nonetheless a damnation unless its partial and arbitrary nature is recognized.

discordians are encouraged to keep their damnations whimsical, productive, fun, and preferably self-referential. not divisive and self-serving, and certainly never absolute.

if you’ve got a “cisgender” box inside your “discordian” box and you’ve got the “highly suspicious” label slapped on that box, then i’m inclined to think your card-index system is playing tricks on you in a decidedly aneristic fashion.

I don’t think you’re being charitable in how you interpret kallistis. I don’t presume so speak for them, but I interpreted their statement as calling to attention an invisible damnation: gender. Even a self-professed Discordian who makes a point of recognizing the partial and arbitrary nature of their models and classifications of reality might not be spiritually mature enough to realize that this idea applies to models of self-conception like gender and identity, as much as it applies to formal ideologies and propaganda.

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sluttiest-virgin:

the-elderscrolls:

Polish doctor that refused to perform abortion named a “hero”
Dr Bogdan Chazan was visited by an expecting mother (32 weeks into pregnancy), who already had 5 miscarriages before and was worried about her health. It turned out that the fetus had hydrocephalus, undeveloped brain and was missing many bones from its skull. The Doctor refused to perform an abortion and didn’t send the woman to another hospital which could do so (according to polish law, if a doctor doesn’t want to perform an abortion, he has to choose another hospital which will agree to do so). Chazan was named a “local hero” and “true warrior of Jesus in the name of life of the unborn” by many polish politicians and catholic activists. He used conscience clause as an excuse for his actions.
The woman gave birth to the child through a C-section. She and her husband spent 10 painful days watching their deformed child die a horrible death. When she finally decided to speak out, she said:
“During these 10 days, no priest, no pro life activist or even dr Chazan came to see the child, to ask if they can help. It was really hard to look at our child. We knew what was coming, but it was still very hard to cope with”
Congratulations, pro-lifers - another “life” saved, another “happy” child and “happy” family. 

FUCK

sluttiest-virgin:

the-elderscrolls:

Polish doctor that refused to perform abortion named a “hero”

Dr Bogdan Chazan was visited by an expecting mother (32 weeks into pregnancy), who already had 5 miscarriages before and was worried about her health. It turned out that the fetus had hydrocephalus, undeveloped brain and was missing many bones from its skull. The Doctor refused to perform an abortion and didn’t send the woman to another hospital which could do so (according to polish law, if a doctor doesn’t want to perform an abortion, he has to choose another hospital which will agree to do so). Chazan was named a “local hero” and “true warrior of Jesus in the name of life of the unborn” by many polish politicians and catholic activists. He used conscience clause as an excuse for his actions.

The woman gave birth to the child through a C-section. She and her husband spent 10 painful days watching their deformed child die a horrible death. When she finally decided to speak out, she said:

During these 10 days, no priest, no pro life activist or even dr Chazan came to see the child, to ask if they can help. It was really hard to look at our child. We knew what was coming, but it was still very hard to cope with

Congratulations, pro-lifers - another “life” saved, another “happy” child and “happy” family. 

FUCK

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meanplastic:

modern-day mother teresa

I didn’t know Paris Hilton supported dictators who suspended civil liberties, opposed abortion even in case of rape, accepted stolen money for charitable donations, baptized dying people without regards to their religion, sought modern medical treatment for herself while people suffered in her Home of the Dying Destitutes without pain relievers or proper medical care (and often attended only by nuns without medical training), and said “I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people.

(Video source for some of the claims above.)

(Source: beverlyhilton)

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fauxcyborg:

fauxcyborg:

people still use the phrase ‘slutshaming’ in 2k14 wow

better terms to use instead of slutshaming, which, like it or not, implicitly says that a woman can BE a slut - as if there’s such a thing - would be misogyny, sexism btw.

Slutshaming is shorthand for “shaming a girl by calling her a slut for supposed sexual transgressions.” It’s not in any way implying that it’s possible to be a slut, any more than the phrase “Madonna-whore complex” implies that it’s actually possible to be a whore or a perfect Madonna/Virgin Mary-type. These phrases exist to call out a specific form of misogyny and sexism, and are useful in the societal dialogue on the subject. I mean, without the word “slutshaming” we’d have to use a longer phrase like “calling women sluts” to refer to the same behavior, and (surprise!) the word “slut” is still in there, and isn’t implying that they are actually sluts, or that is possible to be a slut.

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