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ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhmygooood lmfao this is the funniest fucking message ive ever fucking received
"Appreciate and coddle me or I will drag you and everyone else in this country straight into the gutter out of spite."
It doesn’t get much more basic than that. Also, LOL to liberals who think embracing party politics makes a single bit of difference in how thoroughly we get fucked over.
Cis people: Incompetent cartoon villains
To expand on what nerdpwner said;
Even if we ignore the transgender policies for a sec, voting republican is a pretty quick way to take away your own rights as a cisgender person…
So don’t come back complaining to us when your district outlaws your favourite recreational activities, starts shutting down local services and government programs, or allows that new factory in town to dump toxic chemicals into your backyard and then fire your family members because of the diseases it gave them. And good luck voting them out once they start obstructing your ability to vote.
“You want to know what’s really tragic? We allow this to happen. We make excuses, and offer up empty condolences, and don’t hold negligent drivers accountable, all because we’re afraid that we, too, might be held accountable for not paying attention. For not watching where we are going. For fiddling with the stereo, or shaving, or texting, or just daydreaming while driving, and not seeing what we should have seen, had we only been paying attention.”
“Under Dutch law, the driver is automatically at fault, unless it can be proved that the cyclist was at fault. The greater responsibility for safety is placed upon the driver because the driver is operating the more dangerous vehicle.”
And when an death happened in Denmark? What did the city do the the street?
“A mirror was installed beneath the traffic light to help drivers see approaching cyclists. A bike box was also installed, so that cyclists would be able to cross the intersection before a driver could right-hook them. And the bike lane was doubled in width by removing an automobile lane, and painted bright red.”
As a university tutor in my hometown, a city which is roughly 40% black and 37% white, I still had students asking me, “Do they just never learn how to talk right?” I pull up a chair when this happens, “Listen up, gang.” So what do I tell them? Well, the goal is to convey that, scientifically speaking, non-standard varieties of English such as the English spoken by Rachel Jeantel and the ‘proper English’ they’ve been taught are equally communicative. I go over the differences and point out that both have a rule system that must be followed to speak convincingly.
But then, I don’t see why there should need to be that justification. So I end up trying to teach respect. If they have a student that speaks a non-standard variety of English, they need to understand that that student is therefore competent in understanding at least two versions of English: the version they speak at home and other safe environments, and the one forced upon them when listening to you. Respect that.
The alarmingly pervasive idea that standard English equates to ‘good grammar’ and non-standard English equates to ‘bad grammar’ is false and exclusionary. When it’s used in conjunction with intelligence and credibility of a young black woman, it’s reminiscent of the faulty scientific racism of “The Bell Curve.” But language shaming is currently acceptable behavior in the status quo. It is one of the last bastions of unabashed racism and classism."
But also just because “standard” English is most common doesn’t mean it is best or right and I feel like its reference as “standard” here rather than “common” reinforces that idea.
Can you be more specific about what you mean by “co-opting womanhood”? As in: What is it that you understand womanhood to be? What does the act of trans women co-opting womanhood look like - what constitutes this? And what makes it a negative, harmful, or undesirable thing?
Being a trans woman is no more “conformist” than being a cis woman. What is it that you believe is so conformist on our part? When cis women are coerced into presenting and acting a certain way by the demands of patriarchy, we rightfully recognize that this is something forced on them and not a desirable situation to be in. Trans women face similar circumstances: either we adhere to certain standards of behavior and presentation in order to be accepted as women (and even that is an iffy proposition when it comes to being trans), or we’re punished by that same patriarchy for our unwillingness to conform to feminine standards. I don’t like those expectations any more than you do.
Also, I’ve seen no reason to believe that cis women “becoming” trans men is a thing that happens. Cis women are cis, and women - if they’re trans men, they weren’t cis women to begin with. I’d instead propose that as awareness of transition as a viable option has increased in recent years, there’s a rising number of closeted trans people who had previously consigned themselves to living as feminine cis men or masculine cis women, but are now making what they feel is a better choice for themselves.
So the government shutdown is like legitimately preventing children with cancer from getting into potentially lifesaving clinical trials. This is one of those moments when all the jokes kinda fade away and you’re reminded that the Republican party can reach almost comic book levels of evil.
NO. SHUT UP. STOP. THE DEMOCRATS ARE POINTING FINGERS AT REPUBLICANS, THE REPUBLICANS ARE POINTING FINGERS AT THE DEMOCRATS. DON’T YOU FUCKING DO IT, TOO, YOU FUCKING FUCK. SHUT THE FUCK UP!
I hate this stupid notion that we’re supposed to blame both parties for the shutdown. Fuck that. The Republicans said “TAKE AWAY THE POOR PEOPLE’S HEALTHCARE OR WE’LL SHUTDOWN THE GOVERNMENT.” And the Democrats said no. And the Republicans shut the government down.
That’s what happened.
The Republicans shutdown the government.
The Republicans shutdown the government.
The fucking Republicans shutdown the government.
It’s bad enough that random people have uninformed opinions about this, but the cable news programs are doing a DEPLORABLE job of presenting what is actually going on. I was shocked by how even MSNBC is caving to this notion of treating both sides as somehow equal in all this mess that the GOP alone caused. Democrats have their own bad agendas and can certainly not go about policies the right way - but never once has a Democrat proposed destroying the United States as an institution in exchange for anything let alone such a horribly selfish act of denying people what is a basic right in every other 1st world nation.
And to be perfectly clear in all this, we aren’t even fighting over single-payer healthcare, we are fighting over the use of an online tool that helps match people up with PRIVATE insurance. This horrible “Obamacare” is just a tool for people to locate insurance, and a guarantee that those private insurance agencies cant deny them for being sick (which is the entire job of health insurance anyway.)
Why are “naturally thin” and “born with a fast metabolism” totally acceptable explanations for weight, but “naturally fat” and “born with a slow metabolism” seen as “excuses” for “laziness/irresponsibility/greediness”?
Answer: ignorance, fat stigma and discrimination.