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Lots of things are social constructs, like race, gender, art and Tuesday.

I mean seriously, what's our countdown clock on years until extremely angry actual fascists succeed in getting 100% control of the Amazon and Microsoft corporate networks, either via the boardroom or via the US Presidency?


And then what, they're just going to sit there and not weaponise the information equivalent of a nuclear weapon? They're going to just go "man we could really get our Dark MAGA pogrom on, but, gentlemen don't read each other's hypervisors"

We really think that?

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IIt's important to note that Masto (and the fediverse) is not an 'alternative Twitter'. It's an entirely different platform that has its own unique culture. We don't chase likes or follows or popularity, we don't present as brands or 'personalities'. We care about each others' personal lives and wholesome engagement on a more individual level.

If you're going to use a Masto to Twitter crossposter, please keep this in mind, and ideally, cross post from here to there, and not there to here.

I would like to (dis)prove something my transphobic father said.
#transgender people, did you choose a name that’s a diminutive of or sounds like your deadname?
Preferably boost for a larger sample size.

3. They claim to have science on their side. This is a fundamental error.

The question of what "man" or "woman" means is a question of terms. There is no position on these terms which is falsifiable, so no there is no position on these terms which is scientific.

What *is* scientific is questions about the observable medical and social effects of believing people about their own gender. And on these questions, the TERFs are on the wrong side.


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2. They believe they know what "man" and "woman" mean, even though they can't define it to you consistently.

So what do they believe trans people mean by "man" or "woman"?

They assume it has to do with gender stereotypes (yes, really).

This is why they talk about trans women as men in lipstick or dresses or wigs. They think that we think that that's what a woman is.

It's also why they assume trans kids get told they're trans because of their behaviour.

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1. They are sincere. But they think people who disagree are insincere.

They cannot conceive of anyone truly believing that trans people are the gender they say they are.

So, they'll think people are arguing in bad faith, or acting out of fear of being shouted down by liars.

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A few thoughts about arguing with TERFs.

Not particularly about strangers on social media. Strangers on social media generally have their minds made up and want to shout at you. But you might have friends or relatives this is useful for.


I would not recommend using Intel CPUs for compiling Rust. The binary that comes out technically correct, but lacks the warmth and POPCNT that the AMD CPUs can generate. The binary code layering that you can achieve on a 32-core AMD 6969 Ryzen has a completely different level of opcode detail resolution, especially the branching is noticeably smooth (your average amateur might not notice subtle differences when a processor executes 4 billion instructions per second anyway, but true codeophiles will).

Important: make sure you use high-quality shielded gold-plated USB cables to connect your keyboard when typing the code -- no matter how sophisticated the CPU you use to compile, the result will be bad if the input was distorted.

Mavis, the winner of our discount tent, made Gloria Sumner buy this ton of pork.

I'm seeing a lot of proclamations that there should be no exceptions to describing your images or that there's no reason to interact with any that aren't described.

I know these mean well, but they are themselves ableist.

Disabled people know that access needs can clash. I benefit from described images, but I know some people struggle to write them because of their own disabilities.

And that's okay! The culture of image descriptions is great here but it should never be absolutist.

A joke I heard the other day 

I like big butts and I cannot lie.

My friend likes small butts and cannot tell the truth.

I do have one controversial opinion on trans issues, which is that ‘oestrogen’ begins with an O.

You see the same ideas in US education as well as the UK political education system.

There's literally hundreds of years of cultural brainwashing at all levels to undo.

Although I don't think even countries like France are clear either. Look at Le Pen.

Fascism is immortal. Like the Hydra, you can cut some of the heads back, Bury the immortal head, but you know at some point it will come back.

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