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Innula Zenovka

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I usually find Jim Sterling to be entertaining. But it seems he's joined the strange crowd of people who think J. K. Rowling is somehow transphobic. Therefore the eyeroll. In this instance I'm with Rowling. But I'm not going to call people names.
I haven't really been following it, but as I recall the fuss started over her taking exception to the phrase "people who menstruate" rather than "women who menstruate" in some medical advice, which seemed to me simply wrongheaded on her part, unless she thought the advice wasn't applicable equally to girls who have reached puberty and whose periods have started and to trans men who still menstruate, but then it seemed to go off the deep end rather.

If she's not transphobic, why are so many trans people saying she is, or don't they understand transphobia properly? She might not have intended any offence, but generally that's not the point, in my experience -- men explaining to women what's sexist and what isn't, or white people explaining racism to black people, or supporters of Jeremy Corbyn explaining antisemitism to Jews, doesn't normally end well, and I'd have thought a similar principle should apply to Cis people and transphobia.

As I keep on saying, I've always taken the view that, if I've said something that hurts or offends someone, and I didn't intend any harm or offence, then the appropriate course of action is to apologise and hope that the offended party will accept my assurances that no insult or injury was intended, and it won't happen again.

Anything else seems bound to lead to a fight, which is something I generally try to avoid unless I have good reason to do otherwise.
 

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The problem that I have with Rowling is that in discussing use of public facilities, she conflates trans women and "men in dresses." When trans women have to use a restroom that does not match their gender, it puts them in danger. The only other option is to limit the participation of trans women in society to the extent that they can hold their bladders. The effect is to erase trans women's identity by treating them as men in a way that is exclusionary.

She does not seem to understand that sex is not gender, which makes discussions around gender rather difficult to have.
 

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That level of argument infuriates me when it's deployed in the UK because our human rights law is generally written to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of various protected characteristics but to allow exceptions to the general rule, under particular circumstances, and to leave the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the courts to sort out when the exceptions apply.

All these scenarios of "what happens if [whatever more or less set of circumstances]?" can easily be dealt with by sitting down to draft rules to cover them, at least they can be, to my mind, if we're primarily interested in ensuring that trans men and women can go about their lawful business in peace on the same basis as everyone else.
 
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As I keep on saying, I've always taken the view that, if I've said something that hurts or offends someone, and I didn't intend any harm or offence, then the appropriate course of action is to apologise and hope that the offended party will accept my assurances that no insult or injury was intended, and it won't happen again.
In JKR's case she didn't apologise and explicitly doubled down.
 

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I usually find Jim Sterling to be entertaining. But it seems he's joined the strange crowd of people who think J. K. Rowling is somehow transphobic. Therefore the eyeroll. In this instance I'm with Rowling. But I'm not going to call people names.
It's odd the simping for some transphobes around here.

Or mabye simping is right, the GIANT NEVER ENDING BENIFIT OF THE DOUBT given to some here.
 
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Ron Jeremy has been hit with 20 charges of sexual assault/rape/pedophilia, etc...

It's surprising to see a porn star in this situation. I always figured they would have the most strict views on boundaries, because without boundaries, they can't work. I know things were different back in the 70s, though, when Jeremy broke into the industry.

This is totally besides the point, but does anybody else think the mask kinda makes him give off a low rent Hannibal Lecter vibe in this photo?
 
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''Se serrer les coudes'', literally to squeeze elbows or we squeeze or press against each other's elbows, but the equivalent expression in English would probably be standing shoulder to shoulder, or we stand together, or have each other's back...

Anyway, here the young priest(?) mistakenly says ''couilles'' we squeeze testicles. Sorry, long explanation but it made me laugh.

 

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''Se serrer les coudes'', literally to squeeze elbows or we squeeze or press against each other's elbows, but the equivalent expression in English would probably be standing shoulder to shoulder, or we stand together, or have each other's back...

Anyway, here the young priest(?) mistakenly says ''couilles'' we squeeze testicles. Sorry, long explanation but it made me laugh.

Once in a church as a teen I was up front giving a bible reading and mispronounced 'gentiles' to hilarious effect. Sounded a lot like genitals.
 

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For the folks who know who Joe Arpaio is. Cameo is a site where you can pay people to say stuff for money. I read somewhere this cost $30/

 
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Perhaps if this backwards moron had touched herself a few times, she wouldn't be posting such ignorant trash.

/me wonders how many demons she has summoned into this world throughout her life... :devilish:
 

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"The devil's doorbell" I have never heard that one before. I can't wait to use that in 'polite' conversation. :devilish:
RING! RING!