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Why the term is “transgender” and not “transgendered”

gaytransguys:

beckdrop:

Here is some yellow paper.

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We say it is yellow because that’s what color it is.

Simple enough, let’s move on.

Here is some white paper.

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We say it is white because that’s what color it is.

Now, imagine some stuff happens to the white paper - something spills on it, it’s left in the sun in a hot car, whatever. It is acted upon by some force, and now it looks like this:

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We can now describe the paper as yellowed. It was originally white, but something caused it to become yellow. Yellow has happened to it - it is yellowed.

Describing someone as “transgendered” does not make sense, because that person has not been transgendered by anything. Transgender did not happen to that person, they just are transgender.

Just like you wouldn’t describe a black person as “blackened” - they weren’t originally some other color until something came along and acted blackness upon them, they just are black - you shouldn’t describe a transgender person as “transgendered”.

I love how simple this is, since when you use grammar terms (adjective, adverb, etc) people don’t always get it.

Okay, here’s the thing. I’m trans. And if other trans people tell me that “transgender” is right and “transgendered” is wrong, I’m happy to go along with that. And when a cisgender person says “transgendered,” I’ll say, “You should leave off the -ed. People prefer to just be called transgender instead.”

But this argument that it’s a fundamental part of language doesn’t actually make sense to me. And here’s why:

My skin is pale. I’m pale-skinned.

My hair is dark. I’m dark-haired.

My eyes are brown. I’m brown-eyed.

My gender is trans. So…

Again, I don’t say “transgendered,” because “transgender” works just as well, and only one of them offends other trans people. And if you’re a cis person reading this, you better not use what I’m saying to argue that you were right to call a trans person “transgendered.” Just fucking call people what they ask to be called. It’s not hard.

But when people try to make a purely logical, language-based argument for “transgendered” being inherently offensive, it never makes sense to me. Because that “-ed” clearly serves more functions in the language than you’re giving it credit for.

absinthecocktail
voidbat:

erinkyan:

pungent-petrichor:

sailorpizza:

smallnightbird:

smallnightbird:

New species of bat found, Niumbaha superba, and it’s adorable.

Oh wow! I’m glad people are as excited about animals as I am. Here’s some additional photos. Fun fact: this bat is so different from others that a new genus was created!


gimme

Eeeeee

attn voidbat

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voidbat:

erinkyan:

pungent-petrichor:

sailorpizza:

smallnightbird:

smallnightbird:

New species of bat foundNiumbaha superba, and it’s adorable.

Oh wow! I’m glad people are as excited about animals as I am. Here’s some additional photos. Fun fact: this bat is so different from others that a new genus was created!

gimme

Eeeeee

attn voidbat

::wingflap::

Adorable Goth News of the Day

mooncalfe

Anonymous asked:

I feel so useless sitting here. What can I do to help Ferguson??

natnovna answered:

there’s a bail and legal fund that’s been set up for those who’ve been arrested 

this person is trying to organize a food drive for school kids in ferguson

national moment of silence 2014 (for victims of police brutality) 

share the following: 

videos of what has happened

links to articles

how to make a tear gas mask

livestream link to the peaceful protests

Ferguson Police Department
Email (taken off the site) 

222 S. Florissant Road
Ferguson, MO 63135

Ph: 314-522-3100
Fx: 314-524-5290

decodethefallenmoon:

Police department:
police@fergusoncity.com

Jackson, Thomas Police Chief - tjackson@fergusoncity.com (314) 524-5269 

Henke, Rick Captain - rhenke@fergusoncity.com (314) 524-5272 

McBride, Dennis Captain - dmcbride@fergusoncity.com (314) 522-3100 

DeCarli, Dan Captain - ddecarli@fergusoncity.com (314) 522-3811 

Nabzdyk, Ray Lieutenant - rnabzdyk@fergusoncity.com (314) 524-5277

Zoll, Timothy Business Liaison Officer/ Neighborhood Watch - tzoll@fergusoncity.com (314) 522-3100 (x.5533 or 5108)

kirstenthedestroyer

sunvapor asked:

What the fucks happening in Ferguson?

clehmentine answered:

Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)

There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.

feministbatwoman

arsvallis:

biologicallyfemale:

*reads foucault*

*nods while not understanding*

*rereads foucault*
*realizes that in nodding in agreement to a text upheld by the academy and your peers as an informative text you’ve internalized a power relation from a specific assemblage of knowledge and ideas, so while you didn’t understand foucault the first time you understood power and its effect on the body intuitively*

tinyorc

mvsfvts:

pastorbait:

dynastylnoire:

brownglucose:

Our 5 Policy Solutions Are As Follows:

1. The shooting and killing of an unarmed citizen who does not have an outstanding warrant for a violent crime should be a federal offense.

2. Choke holds and chest compressions by police (what the coroner lists as the official cause of death for Eric Garner) should be federally banned.

3. All police officers must wear forward-facing body cameras while on duty. They cost just $99 and are having a signficant, positive impact in several cities around the United States and the world.

4. Suspensions for violations of any of the above offenses should be UNPAID.

5. Convictions for the above offenses should have their own set of mandatory minimum penalties. The men who killed Diallo, Bell, Grant, Carter, Garner, and others all walk free while over 1,000,000 non violent offenders are currently incarcerated in American prisons.

whitehouse

signal boost this. 

This needs to happen.