LIKE I’VE BEEN SAYIN THIS SINCE FOREVER
STOP! Before you ask that SJ blogger what they do in the “real world” to be an activist or how they are an activist “outside of just blogging on tumblr/the internet”, consider the following:
- You sound awfully presumptuous. It may not be your intention, but it sounds like you’re assuming that no SJ blogger on tumblr promotes their views anywhere else, when many bloggers are actually devoted to educating people in their personal lives. Some even make a career out of it, or dedicate their education to it.
- The “real world” and the internet are not separate entities. The internet exists within the real world. People on the internet exist within the real world, and people in the real world exist on the internet. If it exists on the internet, it exists in the real world too.
- It suggests that blogging is not just as valid a form of activism as anything else. Activism comes in many different forms, which is a great thing, because some forms of activism are less accessible to some people, whether it be for financial reasons, safety reasons, because of a disability, or whatever else.
- It also suggests that you think that something is not valid unless it is also stated in what you consider the “real world” which is faulty logic for two reasons: for reason number one, refer to point #2; reason number two, these ideas were not created on tumblr. These ideas have existed for a very long time. They are not new just because you’ve never seen them before.
- Not everyone who makes posts or reblogs content that may fall under the category of “social justice” consider themselves activists or social justice bloggers. Many of us are just blogging about oppression that we see or personally experience. We may choose to make political statements about our lives, but our lives are not political statements.
- We do not owe it to you or to anyone to be an activist. We should not even have to fight for justice in the first place. We should not have to actively fight for something that is freely given to others.
- Tumblr provides anonymity, which is a blessing when most other places in the world are very hostile to us. Many people feel safe to talk about their oppression on tumblr, but speaking about their oppression outside of the internet can be very daunting and very dangerous. Many people prioritize their safety over public activism.
- Our views are no less valid if we choose not to talk about them in public. Our oppression is no less valid if we choose not to talk about it in public. Our lives are no less valid if we choose not to talk about them in public.
What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
When I was 12, revealed to my mommy that I don’t believe in God. She looked at me wild-eyed and screamed, “So when you’re laying there dying on the hospital bed, who is going to save you?? SCIENTISTS?!”
And I said, “Yes, mommy, they’re called Doctors.”
reminded me of
Physical and Chemical Evaluation of Ambient Temperatures in Heaven and Hell
do you ever just start mentally plotting out a story and you suddenly come up with that one scene or that one line and you just think
this will be the scene that makes everyone cry
Every Person With Political Power
Anonymous asked: do you know anything about biology? the words 'male' and 'female' literally mean you have either a penis or a vagina respectively. this has nothing to do with the words woman or man. anyone with a vagina is female, regardless of gender. same with males.
Ok, so… this isn’t what this blog is about but since you brought it here we’ll go ahead and go there but for anyone who decides they need to respond this will be my only word on the subject, any future asks on the subject will be ignored.
In short you are wrong. The two sex binary is a flawed social construct that literally has no basis in reality whatsoever. Some form if intersex characteristics happen in approximately 2% of all live births in humans. That’s 2 out of every 100 which in a world with billions of people is a lot of people that don’t fit into either “male” or “female” and that obviously doesn’t include trans* people which makes the statistics higher. And that also doesn’t include the people who aren’t technically intersex but also don’t fully fit the biological construct of what a male or female “should” be which is far far more people that you realize or most medical doctors willing to admit.
In our society sexing is based on 5 criteria:
- genes - XX or XY chromosomes with variations happening for XO, XXY, and XXX
- gonads - ovaries or testes except that people with vaginas can have testes, people with penises can have ovaries, and people can be born with both ovaries and testes
- genitalia - a penis or a vagina except that people can be born with both and men can have vaginas and women can have penises
- secondary sex characteristics - in theory men are supposed to have large amounts of thick, coarse body hair, a low waist/hip ratio, broad shoulders, undeveloped breasts, and deep voices while women are supposed to have small amounts of fine, light colored, soft body hair, a high waist/hip ratio, petite shoulders, developed breasts, and high voices except that in real life it’s entirely possible for people to have combination of those characteristics or for men to have “feminine” secondary sex characteristics and women to have “masculine” secondary sex characteristics
- hormone patterns - in theory men are supposed to be high testosterone and low estrogen and women are supposed to have high estrogen and low testosterone but in reality there is far far more variation within “each” sex than between “each” sex including women having “masculine” hormone patterns and men having “feminine” hormone patterns all without those people having any sort of “disease” or “disorder” or anything being wrong with them at all.
Once we take into account all 5 of those criteria an actual majority of people don’t line up with either male or female in all 5 areas which means it’s not possible to classify most people along the strict binary the way people like you would like to. So, sure, there are things in this world that qualify as technically male or technically female but the idea that there’s some sort of scientific basis for a strict binary where there are only ever two options and people are only ever male or female is laughable. It’s utter bullshit and trying to force people into those boxes when they don’t fit does a hell of a lot more harm than good. Nothing positive comes from that kind of bigotry while actually being willing to accept people as they are or as they choose to identify has legitimately positive outcomes in the world.
The main source material for all of this comes from Anne Fausto-Sterling’s book Sexing the Body. She’s got a Ph.D. in biology so I’m pretty sure she knows what she’s talking about and I’m willing to bet she knows a hell of a lot more about this stuff than you do, dear anon. Try educating yourself instead of pretending that you’re an expert because you spent a few weeks learning the bare minimum of this material in high school at some point in your life.
this is the best post i’ve seen in a millennium
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