Different Stories Resonate with Different People
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My opal basil is sprouting 🌱❤ https://www.instagram.com/p/CN0FPcVjl0m/?igshid=cjkp19s8jsnr
Some pics of the fam in the morning light. https://www.instagram.com/p/CNzobfdDLLH/?igshid=vp1ckjy3zzrg
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Another shot to better show the effect of Black 3.0. No filter used here. #stuartsempleblack https://www.instagram.com/p/CNyhKfqjUvM/?igshid=1f1mxclxncscv
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Today I woke up with the urge to paint eyes on rocks. Then I remembered that I hadn't played with Black 3.0 in a while. #stuartsempleblack https://www.instagram.com/p/CNyhAG7j-QF/?igshid=sao739uzcred
Really can't wait until the 90s nostalgia trend brings back remixed Gregorian chants
A couple years ago, I realized that even as a female* writer, I was rarely reading books written by women. I’m not really into YA, which seems to be the only genre dominated by women, and outside of that, women are writing great books but not getting the same attention or promotion as their male peers. It’s harder to passively stumble into books written by women, you have to actively seek them out. So I actively sought them out, by asking people what books they enjoyed by female writers, and I bought a big stack of them. Here are my top 3 standout favorites.
You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman. An absurd, surreal story that is hard to summarize. Ummm so a woman’s roommate is slowly becoming her, and there is a cult revolving around snack cakes. Like, imagine if Chuck Palahniuk was less of an edgelord but still with the bizarre scenarios, projected through a feminine lens. I cannot stop thinking of this book even though I read it two years ago. I am going to have to reread it soon.
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi. A modern gothic horror story in which the house itself is one of the narrating characters. A teenage girl has a breakdown after the death of her mother, and her pica gets worse. This book was so poetic that sometimes I admit I got a little confused, but I could read Oyeyemi describe an apple for ten volumes, her writing is so beautiful. Also, I didn’t know it was going to be queer when I picked it up and I’m always so happy to find genre fiction with queers in it.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Morena-Garcia. Another gothic horror, this one set in 1960s Mexico, in which a woman is sent to check in on her ailing cousin who just married an English man living in a mansion far out in the mountains. Trying to summarize it makes it seem kind of generic gothic fiction, but the joy is in the details and the enjoyable prose, as well as the refreshing take of the genre outside of the perspective of white heroines.
I still have a few books in my reading pile, but I would love more suggestions for genre fiction written by writers who aren’t cis men. Let’s create a thread of awesome books that I can add to my ever growing bookshelves!
*I’m a nonbinary person of female experience, actually. My internal sense of gender is blank, but the external world treats me as female and that colors my experiences.
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Just fantasizing an entire world into existence in bits and pieces, nbd
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April 5th, 2021
A Confederate monument valued at $500,000 was stolen in March from a Selma cemetery, officials confirmed today.
This morning, a group that claims to have taken the monument, the Jefferson Davis Memorial Chair, sent emails to AL.com saying they will give the chair to the United Daughters of the Confederacy if that organization agrees to hang a banner outside its Richmond, Va. headquarters.
In those emails, a group calling itself White Lies Matter say they stole the chair from the Old Live Oak Cemetery and are demanding that the UDC hang a large banner at 1 p.m. on Friday – the anniversary of the Confederacy’s surrender in the Civil War – and leave it there for 24 hours.
The banner bears a quote from Assata Shakur, a Black Liberation Army activist: “The rulers of this country have always considered their property more important than our lives.”
White Lies Matter said it had already delivered the banner to the UCD.
“Failure to do so will result in the monument, an ornate stone chair, immediately being turned into a toilet,” the email states. “If they do display the banner, not only will we return the chair intact, but we will clean it to boot.”
“Like most Confederate monuments, (the chair) mostly exists to remind those who’s freedom had to be purchased in blood, that there still exists a portion of our country that is more than willing to continue to spill blood to avoid paying that debt down,” the White Lies Matter email states.
“We took their toy, and we don’t feel guilty about it. They never play with it anyway. They just want it there to remind us what they’ve done, what they are still willing to do. But the south won’t rise again. Not as the Confederacy. Because that coalition left out a large portion of its population. All that’s left of that nightmare is an obscenely heavy chair that’s a throne for a ghost whose greatest accomplishment was treason.”
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Amandla Stenberg: non-binary actress and singer (The Hate U Give, The Hunger Games) [she/her; they/them]
Ezra Miller: genderqueer actor (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Justice League) [prefers he/him but is comfortable with all pronouns]
Chella Man: genderqueer YouTuber, actor & model (Titans) [he/him]
Brigette Lundy-Paine: non-binary actor (Atypical, The Glass Castle) [they/them]
Angel Haze: agender rapper & singer (Battle Cry, Cleaning out my Closet) [she/her; he/him]
Indya Moore: non-binary actor & model (Pose, Queen & Slim) [they/them]
Ruby Rose: genderfluid actress, model, talk show host, DJane (Batwoman, OitnB) [she/her]
Asia Kate Dillon: non-binary actor (Billions, OitnB) [they/them]
Quintessa Swindell: non-binary actor (Trinkets, Euphoria) [they, them]
Jonathan Van Ness: non-binary television personality, podcaster & hairdresser (Queer Eye) [prefers he/him but is also okay with they/them & she/her]
Feel free to add other celebrities or to correct me if I’ve got something wrong!
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Even amidst the brain-meltingly stupid media onslaught, it's important to understand that Philip's death represents a major blow to the monarchy. The British State and its media are in overdrive because this brings into sharp relief the Queen's own mortality and the fragility of the entire institution. They have to engage in a complete psychological and cultural blitz, complete with the most pathetic displays of forelock-tugging and imperial pomp, just to distract from the fact that Philip's death likely represents the beginning of the end for the monarchy.
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I'm feeding birds in our yard for the 2nd year in a row and we have a mating pair of cardinals that came back. They are very fun to watch.
We've also attracted some house finches this year, they are cute.
And then there's the obnoxious grackle that sits outside my window when I'm working and just. Screams.
Mostly I hung bird feeding spheres as entertainment for my cat, but it's really cool being able to see these little guys from like half a metre away. Also look at that pose.
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So I’ve mentioned how for intersex people our assignment as boys or girls can change throughout our lives, how we can be altered or given hormones in relation to that at any age, but there’s even more possibilities than that.
You see, people aren’t only assigned a gender at birth, but are also assigned a sex at birth. For dyadic people, your gender assignment and sex assignment always match without anything special being done (unless you were raised neutrally). While this can occur for intersex people too (especially those of us whose intersexuality goes unnoticed or presents later in life), it isn’t always the case.
For intersex people whose intersexuality is evident at birth, assignment at birth can get tricky.
Some people are also assigned into a one sex category but “”raised as”” the gender opposite to that. For example, someone can be assigned male at birth sex-wise but still “”rasied as”” female gender wise, oftentimes because they’re deemed “not male enough.” The reverse applies.
Some are also assigned no sex (unknown/ambiguous) and they may be “”raised as”” neutral, male, or female. Even those who are assigned a sex may be raised neutrally.
This is why cisness and transness can be complicated for intersex people. Some of us aren’t cis but aren’t trans, some of us can be considered cis but can also be considered trans. Some of us can technically be trans but due to how we feel about our assignments identify as cis, and vice versa. Some of us have no idea where we fit, because with the definitions that exist, we don’t. And it gets even more complicated when it comes to more specific terms like transmasc and transfem.
This is simply reality for us. This is our lived experience, and it isnt our fault that the way perisex people talk about these things doesn’t take into mind our experiences. We aren’t trying to blur lines. You’re the ones who drew the lines too sharp.
[Free to reblog, but perisex people keep your negative opinions to yourself.]
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