I can’t believe in the year 2020 i’m seeing ‘genderbending is transphobic’ posts on my dash.
As a trans nb person– no. Look. There’s nuance. Saying ‘all genderbending is transphobic’ is just incorrect.
Are there genderbends done in a way that’s transphobic or harmful? Absolutely, yes. There are people who erase a character being trans or change character’s sex just to make a ship more palatable to them, or just in general are in poor taste or fetishy. There are ones where they change the character and personality completely as if they’d be a different person based on what reproductive organs they have. That absolutely happens.
But a lot of genderbends aren’t that. Plenty of times when I’ve seen genderbends, it’s by trans and nb or questioning people who are using them as a tool to explore gender and sex. Genderbends are a safe way to explore things without outing yourself and while you’re figuring yourself out. They’re good for playing with gender in a harmless way, because the characters aren’t real or hurt by it.
There are nb genderbends and there are trans genderbends that keep the aspect of their transness because that is important to the character. Artists worth their salt can create genderbends to test themselves and see how well they manage to capture the essence of the character and their personality and important aspects of them, like being trans, while also shifting their gender expression. It’s a tool to further your ability to convey something even with changes, and that can be helpful too in seeing that how you present doesn’t necessarily have to change who you are (esp for people who are genderfluid and the like).
So. unfollow, block or blacklists artists who use genderbending in a harmful way, but try not to throw out blanket statements vilifying everyone who uses them. If they make someone as a trans person uncomfortable, that’s valid way to feel, but that isn’t reflective of all trans people and doesn’t mean genderbends are inherently phobic. Blacklist the tag and the word and ones like rule 63 to avoid seeing it. But try not condemn it just because some people use in a disrespectful way.
Genderbends are not the issue. it’s the people who use them in a harmful or fetishized way that cause issues. Demonizing the tool isn’t the answer, because it makes people afraid to utilize it when in fact it can be very beneficial as a method to explore gender expression, especially for those who don’t realize they’re not cis yet.
Honestly at this point “Genderbending is transphobic” reads as a transphobic dogwhistle. After all, what better way to put trans people down then to limit their ability to safely explore gender. Its calculated and hidden under the guise of being “woke”
When I first saw a post about that years ago, I reblogged it, thinking ‘oh i dont want to be transphobic, i better spread the word about this being bad’
And I got responses from trans people about how badly this was hurting them because they could no longer explore gender expression in their art. This was especially bad for those in the closet or were questioning.
It’s so easy to make it sound like it’s actually a harmful thing, but that line of thinking does feel like it’s underhandedly trying to remove a tool that a lot of people find helpful that belong to that group. Most trans people i know, including myself, don’t have any problems with genderbends. It can be as harmful or beneficial as any other tool, depending on who uses it.
Genderbender stories helped me figure out a lot about myself, and without them I’d probably still feel like I was defective and broken. I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s true for.
One of the things that struck me about the first post was saying the point should never be debated or argued. Not even by trans people. Think about that for a moment. Someone saying only my voice matters is someone that doesn’t care about anyone else’s well being.
By all means, if it makes you uncomfortable you don’t have to read them. You don’t have to like anything you don’t like. But if you tell everyone they’re bad for doing or liking something that has given comfort to gender non-conforming people says more about you than them.
Throwback to 2016 when I told my sister “they’re making another planet earth” and she just like. raised an eyebrow and said in this absolutely deadpan condescending tone “and where are they getting the dirt for it?” and I had to specify I meant planet earth the nature documentary not the celestial body
Emily needs to admit she stole it though ♥️💜♥️💜
No, she didn’t. Link right here with proof on that situation, this person is stealing multiple different lesbian flag designs & claimig them as their own.
Emily needs to admit she stole it though ♥️💜♥️💜
This post doesn’t belong on here but because she’s someone I look up to and care about I’m gonna put it on the blog where the most people will see it.
Emily Gwen, who created the sunset/orange lesbian flag, is receiving threats and is having rumors spread about her. To be clear, this is not the pink flag or the flag with the lipstick mark, which was made by a biphobic and transphobic racist. It’s this flag:
Emily is trans inclusive and ace inclusive, as is her flag, and it always has been.
Her flag, the lesbian flag, was almost featured in the google pride doodle, up until the final draft. All because people told the heads of the project that she was transphobic and acephobic, and that her flag didn’t “deserve” to be featured, so they told the artist to get rid of that flag and put in a new one. Those things aren’t true. Emily believes in including everyone and has not participated in discourse for years now. The artist wishes he had known this, but in the end he didn’t have a choice and had to do what the heads told him.
Please stop spreading rumors and lies about her. She is a struggling human being. She has already had to quit so much social media and use a fake name because she is worried about being known due to how people treat her, and how they choose to believe lies over her.
Stop spreading rumors about the lesbian flag too. You have no right to judge what flag lesbians use, especially now that it’s literally bled into the mainstream that “lesbians don’t have any good flags because the creators are all horrible people so let’s just not use any for them!” Let lesbians have visibility. The rainbow flag doesn’t count. Keep in mind it’s the community flag, and that while most places don’t use the actual MLM flag the rainbow flag has always had the strongest association with gay men. Most people don’t even known Gilbert Baker made it for all of us.
And let Emily Gwen have some peace for once in her life, she is going through really terrifying and hard times right now with her family.
Stop harassing someone based on lies, and when she gives you truth, stop ignoring it and tell other people they’re misinformed.
I cant stop reciting this and then laughing so hard I cry
I firmly believe all the best stories happen at WalMart self checkout, I was there at 3 in the morning one time buying Froot Loops, and there was a tall, tall country dad there and his little 5 year old daughter.
And when buying my Froot Loops, I dropped them. And I said “fuck. my loops.” And I remember, like, in the back hearing, [gruffer, southern accented voice] “Yeah! Dont be afraid to speak!”
[normal voice] And I was like, “What?”
And he was like, [accented voice] “Youre angry, about your cereal. Say it. Say Fuck with your chest!”
[normal voice] And I was like, “…Fuck!” and his little daughter was like [less gruff accented voice] “Yeah my daddy lets me say Bitch!”
I cant stop reciting this and then laughing so hard I cry
Disclaimer: The content of this post is for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to be factual information about the Mario series.
“Luigi… thunder.” -Original description
As part of an effort to preserve deleted posts by the original owner of Supper Mario Broth, here is the Luigi Thunder song. According to the author, the song was intended to be a quick practice for applying pitch shifting in the FL Studio digital audio workstation. The author is very pleased with the response the song has received over the years.
As long as I’m posting things I did not originally think were worth posting, here’s this.
Image source: battleblock-theater
Reason for rejection: It’s not funny without the picture (if context of the image is too important, it probably won’t be funny voiced), and even with the picture it’s still kinda meh.
Don’t download Tiktok.
From the linked Reddit thread:
So I can personally weigh in on this. I reverse-engineered the app, and feel confident in stating that I have a very strong understanding for how the app operates (or at least operated as of a few months ago).
TikTok is a data collection service that is thinly-veiled as a social network. If there is an API to get information on you, your contacts, or your device… well, they’re using it.
- Phone hardware (cpu type, number of course, hardware ids, screen dimensions, dpi, memory usage, disk space, etc)
- Other apps you have installed (I’ve even seen some I’ve deleted show up in their analytics payload - maybe using as cached value?)
- Everything network-related (ip, local ip, router mac, your mac, wifi access point name)
- Whether or not you’re rooted/jailbroken
- Some variants of the app had GPS pinging enabled at the time, roughly once every 30 seconds - this is enabled by default if you ever location-tag a post IIRC
- They set up a local proxy server on your device for “transcoding media”, but that can be abused very easily as it has zero authentication
The scariest part of all of this is that much of the logging they’re doing is remotely configurable, and unless you reverse every single one of their native libraries (have fun reading all of that assembly, assuming you can get past their customized fork of OLLVM!!!) and manually inspect every single obfuscated function. They have several different protections in place to prevent you from reversing or debugging the app as well. App behavior changes slightly if they know you’re trying to figure out what they’re doing. There’s also a few snippets of code on the Android version that allows for the downloading of a remote zip file, unzipping it, and executing said binary. There is zero reason a mobile app would need this functionality legitimately.
On top of all of the above, they weren’t even using HTTPS for the longest time. They leaked users’ email addresses in their HTTP REST API, as well as their secondary emails used for password resets. Don’t forget about users’ real names and birthdays, too. It was allllll publicly viewable a few months ago if you MITM’d the application.
They provide users with a taste of “virality” to entice them to stay on the platform. Your first TikTok post will likely garner quite a bit of likes, regardless of how good it is.. assuming you get past the initial moderation queue if thats still a thing. Most users end up chasing the dragon. Oh, there’s also a ton of creepy old men who have direct access to children on the app, and I’ve personally seen (and reported) some really suspect stuff. 40-50 year old men getting 8-10 year old girls to do “duets” with them with sexually suggestive songs. Those videos are posted publicly. TikTok has direct messaging functionality.
Here’s the thing though.. they don’t want you to know how much information they’re collecting on you, and the security implications of all of that data in one place, en masse, are fucking huge. They encrypt all of the analytics requests with an algorithm that changes with every update (at the very least the keys change) just so you can’t see what they’re doing. They also made it so you cannot use the app at all if you block communication to their analytics host off at the DNS-level.
For what it’s worth I’ve reversed the Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter apps. They don’t collect anywhere near the same amount of data that TikTok does, and they sure as hell aren’t outright trying to hide exactly whats being sent like TikTok is. It’s like comparing a cup of water to the ocean - they just don’t compare.
tl;dr; I’m a nerd who figures out how apps work for a job. Calling it an advertising platform is an understatement. TikTok is essentially malware that is targeting children. Don’t use TikTok. Don’t let your friends and family use it.
I’d heard a bit about this, but that’s worse than I imagined it could be.
Viewing TikTok-hosted videos in a browser or another app (such as Tumblr or Twitter’s mobile apps) will probably do nothing to your computer, it’ll just make some numbers go up at TikTok HQ, but installing the TikTok app is a Bad Idea.
this post blew up in the few hours since i made it wow so one thing i wanted to address is that some of the replies on this post and others that i’ve seen have argued that hamilton plays largely off of criticizing the founding fathers. and you’re right, it does. but the issue is a lot more fundamental than just the characters within the show calling each other out. when i say that the narrative glorifies the founding fathers, i don’t mean that it shows them as perfect—because to an extent it does bring up some of the bad things they did—i mean that the way that the story is written makes them the protagonists, and therefore as an audience we’re driven to root for them. a lot of that is also contributed to by the way we’ve learned american history in schools and stuff, but what i’m trying to stress is that after falling so in love with this musical, i now have to constantly make a conscious effort to separate lin manuel miranda’s version of the founding fathers from the actual people in history. because they’re not the same people. the plainest example: thomas jefferson was not a black man, he was a slaveowner and a disgusting human being! every single “character” in this show was historically at the very least a white supremacist; almost all of them owned slaves or engaged in the trade. they created a system that solely benefitted rich white men. and yet, every single time i listen to this musical it convinces me that i love them and i want them to succeed. that’s what media does. no matter how much it openly criticizes its characters, the moment you’re emotionally invested in them, it becomes extremely difficult to view them as bad people. i’m not immune to it, and neither are you. that’s why hamilton is inherently problematic, despite the groundbreaking things it did for the industry. that’s why it’s necessary to separate yourself from the text for long enough to say “this piece of media is incorrectly influencing my viewpoint and i need to make a conscious effort to undo that”. i am absolutely not saying you can’t enjoy it; i definitely do. and i believe, despite all of this, that it was well-intentioned. but unfortunately that’s not enough. double check the way you consume media and please, by god, allow yourself to acknowledge when the things you love are flawed.
friendly reminder that u can be like “lin manuel miranda created a work of art that was meant to highlight performers of color and made broadway mainstream again and was full of amazing themes and motifs” and still be like “but hamilton is inherently problematic because it glorifies the founding fathers when they should not be treated as people to look up to” like u can and should do that
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Filtering is definitely a must!
Here are some links to it, but also research excel, sharepoint, and PowerPoint on youtube!!!
Citizen: *goes to college, accumulates at least tens of thousands of dollars in debt, almost burns out*
HR interviewer: You’ve got the education, but we’re not sure you have the knowledge and experience necessary for this line of work.
Citizen: I also…. Know how, to…. use Excel(?)
Interviewer: *trying to hide massive work-boner while noticeably sweating* Go on….
Lmaoooooo true. Reblogging for those looking to add marketable skills to their applications
“It did not growl. It did not make any sounds. It just tried to get in. Apparently it was scared and tried to shelter itself,” said Ray Zavalas, Quiznos employee.
Imagine being at Quiznos and seeing a whole-ass coyote blocking the drinks
me: can you pass me the gatorade?
coyote: which color?