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Deeds, not words

 So, Twitter posted a trans supportive message the other day and it is getting dragged pretty heavily. It should be, they should be embarrassed to post that.

Twitter terms of service or, more specifically, their hateful conduct policy calls out actions that are not permitted on the site and the consequences that may arise as a result. Now, do they do anything?

In my experience, rarely. Take a simple one: misgendering or deadnaming trans people. This is explicitly called out in the policy and yet it constantly happens all the time by the transphobic bigot crew on the site with no repercussions. There are several very prominent trans people on the site and one need only spend a few moments in their posts and responses to quickly see many repeat, and constant, offenders of this simple policy.

Worse, Twitter's response to many trans people's defence of themselves from hate and bigotry is to suspend the trans person! That happens a lot and it should be shameful to Twitter when it does, but they don't care.

Twitter is much like Facebook for me, I have a love/hate relationship (though love has become more of tepid "like" instead). On the one hand, it makes it possible to connect with so many in our community and learn from their experiences in a positive and supportive way. On the other hand, both sites are rife with intense amounts of bigotry and violence for which neither organization seems to much care about solving for. I spend a lot of time blocking and muting to build the positive energy from it, but it's a whack-a-mole task if there ever was one.

I guess one plus side to Twitter is that has opened my eyes to a number of more notable people, that I had previously had higher regard for, who are truly awful human beings. A fair reminder that fame and success does not necessarily translate into them being decent or admirable.


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I dropped my links page

Nothing worse than seeing casual transphobia on supposedly trans blogs and sites.

Emotional crashing

I experienced an incredibly strong emotional response today and I am left trying to really understand the origin of it... sharing it helps me think about it.

Yes, I'm envious...

This is the Alice Cos Group , a dance group from China that features only males in their cast. They are all, to put it mildly, simply gorgeous and dammit, I'm just a little jealous! Admittedly, at my current age (let's just say that I go back a few decades and leave it at that) there is zero chance that I would ever be able to pull off the look even remotely as well as they can, but hey, a gal can dream! I'm also really jealous that they actually live a life practically straight out of a Fictionmania story; I would have leapt at such a chance at that age. Ah well, such is the dice of life. Anyways, a sample of their work: