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  • Originally posted by Kepler View Post
    Fishman, gender is different from sex. Gender is socially defined; sex is physically defined. Gender does not necessarily follow from sex. We take our cues from sex in estimating gender, but the person themselves gets the final word.

    We have now had close to twenty years of public discussion about this difference, and of these cases, so it is pardonable if the person making your grand assumptions and statements contra medical and psychological consensus runs the risk of being dismissed as a troll. On the chance you are not, I can state that as an Old, even finding the distinction easy to grasp, I still had difficulty putting myself into the mind and body of people whose gender has been misassigned.

    But one thing I have no trouble understanding is they go through hell, and the cynical political manipulation of their pain for the electoral advantage of Republicans is yet one more reason the Right is held in the esteem it currently is.
    I disagree; "sex" (the noun) and "gender" are biological facts. Having been in many delivery rooms back before this sort of thing was even an issue, never heard anyone say: "It's a they!"

    I'm old, too. I remember when gay people were compelled to hide their sexual preference. And, I was lucky enough to live through the transition. The whole deal is so much better now. I absolutely love that. Nobody has to hide any more.

    But, there are many bumps in the road ahead if we recognize gender on demand. That seems obvious to me.

    Is having the transitional surgery the fork in the road between the real and the merely declared? I guess I'd have to go for that idea at this point. Put up, shut up, or just ask to be referred to by your preferred pronoun.

    (And we all despise MAGATS around here, JSYK.)

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    • Originally posted by Fishman'81 View Post
      gender on demand.
      Here’s your problem right here. You’re fulminating and foaming at the mouth over something that doesn’t statistically occur. I’m sure there’s an anecdote out there where someone lives part of the time as one gender and part of the time as another, switching fluidly back and forth. But in the vast, vast majority of transgender cases, the person transitions once and lives the rest of their days as the gender that they feel they should have always been.

      And don’t go down the “after surgery” route. Why should the right to live as the person you are be predicted on ability to pay for an extensive course of medical interventions? You’re just going to have to get used to the idea that some women happened to be born with dicks and that some men happened to be born with ovaries. The sooner you come to peace with that fact, the sooner you will let go of your hate and fear, and the happier you will be.
      If you don't change the world today, how can it be any better tomorrow?

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      • All I'm thinking this morning:

        https://youtu.be/moSFlvxnbgk
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        • Originally posted by MissThundercat View Post
          All I'm thinking this morning:

          https://youtu.be/moSFlvxnbgk
          OMG. We have kept our 3.5 yo daughter away, but she must have learned of it at nursery school, because she started belting that out in her car seat after school on Thursday. She then requested it “on the radio.” Since then, she has requested it an additional 843 times….
          If you don't change the world today, how can it be any better tomorrow?

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          • Scotland had an event

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            • Originally posted by Fishman'81 View Post


              I'm old, too.
              This much is evident.
              I gotta little bit of smoke and a whole lotta wine...

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              • Fish, without rancor, the lived reality of your fellow human beings has passed you by. You seem to believe there are certain unchanging social facts, and take comfort in that. But the truth is: there are no unchanging social facts. We made them all up, and if enough of us want to we can change them.

                There used to be broad social consensus that blacks were inferior to whites. Conservatives argued passionately and sincerely that making blacks legal equals was perilous and also unfair to blacks themselves. And not just malevolent madmen: Lincoln, a thoughtful humanitarian visionary, was one such.

                There used to be broad social consensus that women were inferior to men. Conservatives argued passionately and sincerely that making women legal equals was perilous and also unfair to women themselves. And not just malevolent madmen: here is an example of humane misogyny.

                Likewise with gays, who it has been argued by well-being people that they must be rescued from their debasement and disease. Here is a history of attempts to "cure" LGBTs for their own good.

                And now the same with trans identity.

                Your mistake is attributing social custom to natural fact. It is true it would be unfactual to say biological sex does not exist. But gender is entirely made up, like language, law, ethics, religion, and art. It reflects the human heart, which means it is infinitely changeable. You are standing athwart the tracks and hollering STOP! just as those other conservatives did, and you do not realize the train has already rolled on past. Humanity has moved on from the lessons you imbibed. It happens, quite literally, to all of us, if we live long enough. Etienne Gilson, whose intellectual feet I am unfit to wash, hollered long and hard after the authoritarian spell of monotheism was broken. He missed its loving embrace, and mistook his deep psychological need for an essential fact. You are not alone, and you are not hateful for making that error that we all do.

                Let it go and stop tormenting people.





                Last edited by Kepler; 01-22-2023, 12:33 PM.
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                • Originally posted by Kepler View Post
                  Fish, without rancor, the lived reality of your fellow human beings has passed you by. You seem to believe there are certain unchanging social facts, and take comfort in that. But the truth is: there are no unchanging social facts. We made them all up, and if enough of us want to we can change them.

                  There used to be broad social consensus that blacks were inferior to whites. Conservatives argued passionately and sincerely that making blacks legal equals was perilous and also unfair to blacks themselves. And not just malevolent madmen: Lincoln, a thoughtful humanitarian visionary, was one such.

                  There used to be broad social consensus that women were inferior to men. Conservatives argued passionately and sincerely that making women legal equals was perilous and also unfair to women themselves. And not just malevolent madmen: here is an example of humane misogyny.

                  Likewise with gays, who it has been argued by well-being people that they must be rescued from their debasement and disease. Here is a history of attempts to "cure" LGBTs for their own good.

                  And now the same with trans identity.

                  Your mistake is attributing social custom to natural fact. It is true it would be unfactual to say biological sex does not exist. But gender is entirely made up, like language, law, ethics, religion, and art. It reflects the human heart, which means it is infinitely changeable. You are standing athwart the tracks and hollering STOP! just as those other conservatives did, and you do not realize the train has already rolled on past. Humanity has moved on from the lessons you imbibed. It happens, quite literally, to all of us, if we live long enough. Etienne Gilson, whose intellectual feet I am unfit to wash, hollered long and hard after the authoritarian spell of monotheism was broken. He missed its loving embrace, and mistook his deep psychological need for an essential fact. You are not alone, and you are not hateful for making that error that we all do.

                  Let it go and stop tormenting people.




                  Honestly, for people who scream "don't shove your transness in our face," they're the ones who shove being trans in our face, making us live on the defensive, and making us justify our existence.

                  All I wanted to do was drink coffee, go to work, come home, watch Netflix, and go to bed. Not answer the same tired *** questions 47 times a day.
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                  • Originally posted by LynahFan View Post
                    Here’s your problem right here. You’re fulminating and foaming at the mouth over something that doesn’t statistically occur. I’m sure there’s an anecdote out there where someone lives part of the time as one gender and part of the time as another, switching fluidly back and forth. But in the vast, vast majority of transgender cases, the person transitions once and lives the rest of their days as the gender that they feel they should have always been.

                    And don’t go down the “after surgery” route. Why should the right to live as the person you are be predicted on ability to pay for an extensive course of medical interventions? You’re just going to have to get used to the idea that some women happened to be born with dicks and that some men happened to be born with ovaries. The sooner you come to peace with that fact, the sooner you will let go of your hate and fear, and the happier you will be.
                    A: Work on your syntax.

                    B: No one is "fulminating", aside from yourself. It is indeed possible to discuss this topic without wetting oneself.

                    C: A little biology primer for you: women aren't born with dicks, and men aren't born with ovaries... Making a social choice via gender-identification doesn't change this immutable fact. That much is utterly obvious to the entire glob of humanity.

                    You (and others on here) seek to paint me as a hateful individual, but I'm not that "they", or whatever. I neither fear nor hate TS peeps, but you hate me, for curious reasons. I'm just pointing out the very obvious inconsistencies in your (il)logic.

                    To reiterate, I'm fine with anyone assuming any gender-identity. Never had any sort of issue with that, on an ordinary social basis. But what happens when there are actual legal issues related to gender? How's that going to work?

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                    • Originally posted by Fishman'81 View Post

                      A: Work on your syntax.

                      B: No one is "fulminating", aside from yourself. It is indeed possible to discuss this topic without wetting oneself.

                      C: A little biology primer for you: women aren't born with dicks, and men aren't born with ovaries... Making a social choice via gender-identification doesn't change this immutable fact. That much is utterly obvious to the entire glob of humanity.

                      You (and others on here) seek to paint me as a hateful individual, but I'm not that "they", or whatever. I neither fear nor hate TS peeps, but you hate me, for curious reasons. I'm just pointing out the very obvious inconsistencies in your (il)logic.

                      To reiterate, I'm fine with anyone assuming any gender-identity. Never had any sort of issue with that, on an ordinary social basis. But what happens when there are actual legal issues related to gender? How's that going to work?
                      What possible legal issues are there for gender that don't involve a locker room or bathroom?

                      And I'm excluding those two scenarios because they're somehow safe harbor for conservatives.
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                      • Be gentle. Do not mistake the worms in your head for reality.
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                        • Originally posted by MissThundercat View Post

                          Honestly, for people who scream "don't shove your transness in our face," they're the ones who shove being trans in our face, making us live on the defensive, and making us justify our existence.

                          All I wanted to do was drink coffee, go to work, come home, watch Netflix, and go to bed. Not answer the same tired *** questions 47 times a day.
                          I am trying to say something different.

                          There are, at most, 69 people who mattered in human history. None of us knows who they were.

                          Nobody anybody has heard of matters.

                          The rest of us just try not to f-ck it up.



                          But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.
                          Don't you get it, you pathetic morons?

                          Get out of your head.


                          Last edited by Kepler; 01-23-2023, 12:38 AM.
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                          • Originally posted by Fishman'81 View Post

                            women aren't born with dicks, and men aren't born with ovaries.

                            I'm fine with anyone assuming any gender-identity.
                            These two statements are contradictory. If you were actually okay with people adopting “new” gender identities, then you would be able to look us in the keyboard and say, “A trans woman IS a woman, and that woman happened to be born with a dick.”

                            But you won’t, because deep down in your brain, you don’t believe that trans women ARE women. You see it as “taking on a role” or “play acting,” not as being an expression of who they truly are. Putting on the clothes, adopting new patterns of speech, even surgery, are all just the outward, physical signs of the person inside.

                            Denying that someone is who they know themselves to be IS hate, no matter how much you think that the many other non-hateful things you do in other areas of your life somehow prove that you can’t be hateful in this way.

                            Given how marginalized and vulnerable the trans community is, yes, seeing expressions of hate toward them makes my blood boil - I would have more understanding towards people who pulled the wing off of flies or kicked puppies.
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                            • Now we're stuck with more Maya Rudolph. Thanks a ****ing bunch conservatives. https://twitter.com/mmschocolate/sta...18785686274052

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                              Rover Frenchy, Classic! Great post.
                              iwh30 I wish I could be as smart as you. I really do you are the man
                              gregg729 I just saw your sig, you do love having people revel in your "intelligence."
                              Ritt18 you are the perfect representation of your alma mater.
                              Miss Thundercat That's it, you win.
                              TBA#2 I want to kill you and dance in your blood.
                              DisplacedCornellian Hahaha. Thread over. Frenchy wins.

                              Test to see if I can add this.

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                              • She’s half black tho

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