on racism and human nature
While ethnic conflict is a common theme of history, it isn't human nature. This is one of those correlation and causation things. Ethnic conflict, "tribalism", "us vs. them", war itself, that sort of stuff, that isn't built into human nature. That's what happens when things have gone wrong. The natural state, the default, human nature is far more amicable.
And paleontology is shedding light on this as well. The Neanderthals were a species of humans who lived lives remarkably like our own, they built tools and boats and were as intelligent as us.
The initial consensus among paleontologists was to assume we wiped them all out, violently, with spears and dogs, because they vanished from the fossil record within 10,000 years of when we came out of Africa. This assumption, that racial differences would have caused fighting and that we killed them all... well, it turns out that's probably not what happened...
rowling, transphobic bullshit, eugenics
@FuchsiaShock I'm 100% certain that she doesn't care about trans access to reproductive options, or about pregnant transmasc people who want to not be misgendered when they go to pre-natal appointments
if she really cared about those things she'd support making gamete banking free of charge for any trans person, and the abolition of mandatory anti-trans sterilization laws in every country that has them
rowling, transphobic bullshit, eugenics
@FuchsiaShock how dare she bring up fertility while it remains law in many countries (including in Europe) to be sterilised as a condition of changing your gender marker.
also the solution to fertility loss is gamete banking.
fertility counseling was offered to me when i started T. i know multiple trans women who banked gametes before going on hrt, and one just celebrated the birth of a second child (both kids born from her banked sperm + partner's eggs).
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Don't just decry America, help support and bring about its future
on racism and human nature
Ethnic conflict is not human nature. Human nature is coexistence. War is unnatural. "Us vs. them" is the justifications taught to us by greedy men who wanted to write history in their image. Racism and empire are new and unnatural concepts, concepts which we can choose to abandon, because killing each other is a good recipe to just leave us all dead. Compassion is written into our DNA. Spread the news.
In case you need any more reading recommendations about Race you should be reading
hamilton (5/5) last one i promise
the music draws me in, and so do the costumes. i have wanted to watch it because i want to see the choreography and the set design and the lighting and the staging.
i want to be socially responsible about my enjoyment of hamilton while extending a hand to people who want to learn more about how the musical has done harm. i know that there are people who will not trust me because of this, and I'm okay with that.
so when i share criticism of hamilton and other media with very serious flaws (or of media that can't be salvaged), i want people to be curious. i want hamilton fans to not see criticism of hamilton as attacks on their own character, so i only share the criticisms that don't directly say or imply "all hamilton fans are horrible people"
i have complicated feelings about hamilton—it is very seriously flawed (possibly unsalvageable) but i enjoy the non-narrative aspects of it.
i will always validate not trusting someone who is a fan of media that has harmed you. tumblr conversations lose the nuance that starts in "i don't trust people who like this media that hurts me, especially because the fandom has done a lot of harm" and it ends up as "people who like this problematic media are incorrigibly bad"... and then a person who likes the media is going to feel immediately defensive instead of curious.
i feel toward Hamilton the way I do towards 1776: the aspects i enjoy aren't the narrative. 1776 is sassy and campy. hamilton is extremely musically innovative.
i find the hero worship in the hamilton fandom disturbing. i don't like the American Dream theme. but i won't boost criticism of any media that is essentially "liking this makes you a bad person" (which I've seen a lot on tumblr) because that can stop someone from being willing to critically examine things they enjoy.
hamilton musical (1/2)
i appreciate all the discourse around ways that the musical reinforces colonialism and aspects of american civil religion in ways palatable to liberals, and how it removes ideologies of slavery from the context of white supremacy.
i also appreciate learning about things Lin-Manuel Miranda has done that have caused harm to communities of color. it's completely understandable that someone would not want to see Hamilton or be utterly disgusted by it because of those things.
helping marginalized students in university
I do not have any solutions, this is me spewing out my thoughts, hopefully that can help someone, or someone will have solutions
I am white, poor, openly disabled, openly autistic (in the sense that if someone asked in good faith, I answered affirmatively, but closeted enby.
As such, I do count myself as a marginalized student, though one with many more privileges than others.
To be clear, it took me nearly 10 years to get through undergrad, and I have been kicked out of my graduate program (more on that later). I want to talk about what went right and what went wrong.
Disability services: Because of where I live, they're... not the best. The people there clearly wanted to help, but usually lacked resources to do so. I got to record my classes (doing it myself with my phone) because they did not have the resources to get me a note taker. I will say in my experience, if the resources are available, if you tell people you want help, they want to help. It's usually bureaucracy that prevents them.
1b. Disability Services in Canada:
Remember if you EVER go to school out of the country, different countries have different standards. For example, Canada doesn't like RNs or LCSW and won't take their records as anything but really nice trivia. I had my autism diagnosis done by a PhD, but I couldn't get proof of it due to what a mess the hospital where I had it done was bureaucratically. So it was WORSE here because while I had records back home that proved my problems, a lot of disability services was more "well I believe you but I can't help you"
Discrimination: I was an anthropology major. I was pretty jaded by anthropology starting around 2016, when I realized my teachers will teach a lot of theory (if you are not being taught ANY marxist theory in your classes, and there is marxist theory in your field, you have a problem!) I wanted to have a focus in archaeology, but me (and my friend) faced discrimination during this. We both got told separately they were unwilling to accommodate us during digs. In my case, it just meant allowing me to go back to town every 3-4 weeks for an ECT. I wasn't even asking for it on their dime. Denied. My friend was also denied, but I don't know what tgey asked for, and I don't want to assume.
Understanding. Obviously, you usually get asked if you're autistic by:
Other autistic people (in good faith)
Neurotypicals (usually in an ableist matter)
But If I had to guess, most if not all my profs figured out I was autistic, because I had reached a point in my life where I was open about my special interests and would blather about them.
I think in part because I'm considered very cute, the profs loved me, and were willing to "put up" with me. I got a mentorship (more on that later) and in general, lots of good relationships. Of course, there was a bit of not taking what I say seriously when I did say something, because I'm pitifully autistic and woe is me I can't communicate clearly (which is why someone stole my idea and some preliminary research in a group project)
But one key thing about me: I'm not a "Shit-stirrer". If there is a problem, I keep quiet about it except to close people, because I'm worried about pushback. This is the first time I've gone public about the discrimination, and I'm honestly terrified.
My friend is probably considered a shit-stirrer. They stands up for themself, and when there is a problem they aren't afraid to let people know. They are also (I don't know the extent) less in the closet than me about being nonbinary (I've never asked about pronouns, but am using they/them out of not-wanting to assume.
No one got it. Even the queer profs were like "What's non-binary????" I mean, afaik (this may just mean they haven't told me) the profs were never dicks about it. But they were dicks to my friend, because they stood up for stuff.
Though going back to discrimination for a bit. They are leaving anthropology after graduating for similar reasons to me, but also because some of the profs they "angered" with accommodation requests (like the one I mentioned) are big. They were told if they wanted to continue in anthropology it would most certainly need to be outside of the US.
Mentorship. I got a great opportunity to be a research assistant (that I only worried about because it would be under my legal name) and I still think of it fondly. I knew several professors I could go to for realistic advice (especially once they understood I didn't want to continue in Anthropology, they had great advice.)
I've heard mentorships are one of the most valuable things you can do for a marginalized person, but I can't find any sources I like on it, sorry!
Scholarships. They're helpful of course but at least in the disabled community there is a LOT of gatekeeping, and I generally have a lot of student debt because I didn't have the spoons to fill out 20 page applications for scholarships.
I hope someone finds this helpful instead of it being me ranting into the void.
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