So many cis people have not taken the time to grapple with and truly sympathize with what the trans experience really means. The concept that it is a choice shields cis people from the reality that it could have been them. I know this because you can watch, in real time, the horror on their faces when they truly, really realize that there was nothing you could do to stop it. When they realize that you are literally living, and have never known anything besides, the content of their nightmares. …
Happy #EarthDay! Most people know about many dangers of the #ClimateEmergency, particularly those related to temperature changes and sea level rise, but many people don’t realize the full risks involved with rainfall and #foodsecurity. This will be a quick primer.
A major overlooked facet when it comes to the #ClimateCrisis is that of changes in rainfall patterns. At first this seems obvious; after all, rainfall is largely dependent on temperature. But many of the ripple effects of even slight changes in rainfall are difficult to see.
Precipitation change is also difficult to discuss because it is so geospatially varied. Precipitation…
Or rather, the map as you know it.
The Mercator projection (the most common map projection for global maps) was developed for a very specific use: to navigate between Europe and North America by ship. Its usage beyond that is misleading and racist.
All map projections are inherently inaccurate, because they are the result of reducing a 3 dimensional surface (the earth) to a 2 dimensional surface. Choosing which aspect(s) of the map one allows to be inaccurate is dependent on its usage.
In the case of the Mercator projection, it was designed to be used to navigate between Europe…
Tw for discussion of medicine, genitals, reproduction/pregnancy, assault, medical abuse, abortion, and transphobia
Moral panic arguments are typically presented in the format of encouraging people to “think of the children!” but this is a misrepresentation.
It is the same misrepresentation utilized in “pro-life” arguments, which focus almost exclusively on perpetuating pregnancy rather than alleviating any conditions (social, financial, physical, mental) that would prevent someone from carrying a pregnancy or raising a child.
This strategy takes systemic issues surrounding medicine, feminism, and childcare, and instead presents them as a fully individual issue. …
The impacts of chronic severe depression are so consistently underestimated. I think this is because “depression” has become a blanket term and many people do not realize there are actually multiple forms of depression. Here’s a brief thread of types and their differences.
While DSM criteria are hotly contested, it’s important to know key differences in how depressive issues can manifest.
One of the first major distinctions is the distinction between bipolar depression and unipolar depression.
Bipolar depression is usually shortened to “bipolar”, and can be especially difficult to cope with. …
I’m so tired of the era where queer assimilation was validated and the norm… we’re learning that it won’t save us after all and being ourselves again. I truly believe the marriage equality decision and then corporations taking over pride and it becoming viable to market to queer people had a huge impact on many “more acceptable” (white, affluent, cis, abled) queer people believing they would be embraced if they just behaved. …
All the discourse around Lil Nas X “damaging children”, but almost no discourse on how his art is a direct result of the traumatic anti-queer tactics used against our generation, really shows how the majority of Christians in the United States still believe in conversion therapy.
Before Christians come at me about how these people aren’t “real Christians”, tell THEM that, not the victims of their abuse. If you’re more concerned with proving your own innocence than helping victims, you’re part of the problem.
Tw Christianity, abuse, suicide discussion
I guess here’s a bit of backstory about me: I grew…
The reason it seems like there are more trans people than there used to be is because the world has decided to be kinder to us. Fewer of us die young. Fewer of us are ostracized to the fringes of society where cis people would never have heard of us as anything but a curiosity. Fewer of us are forced to stay closeted forever for our own safety. I say “fewer”, because there are still so many trans people for who this is far from reality. I am one of the incredibly lucky few who is able to…
“TERF is a slur” is from such a place of privilege. TERF is a term that community chose for itself originally (unlike actual slurs, which can be reclaimed, but start as violent terms). It stands for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist”. This “slur” is beyond forgiving of the viewpoint it describes. To be clear; TERFs are not radical. They are not feminists. The term they claim is a “slur” is literally misleadingly positive about them and their views. Anyone who thinks TERF is a slur… has probably never actually been the recipient of a slur. TERF isn’t a slur in the same way “misogynist” isn’t a slur. It’s descriptive of a bigoted set of beliefs and actions. If the descriptive word of a philosophy is said with anger, that doesn’t mean it’s a slur, it means your philosophy is oppressive.
William Dorsey Swann is a name relatively unknown, forgotten entirely for nearly a century. However, his legacy was, and is, still preserved under his other name, “The Queen of Drag.”
TW racism, abuse, slavery, imprisonment
Little is known about the early life of William Dorsey Swann, as he was born into slavery in Maryland in 1860. There are no confirmed photographs of him. But what we do know is that he was the unbending, bold center of a black queer cultural hub in the 1880s. We also know that he was victim of state-led persecution and prosecution, and that his…
I am a disabled binary trans man who primarily writes about feminism, queer history, trans issues, science communication, healthy masculinity and public health.