Whatever the hell they are, they're up right now and pointed at you, buddy.

necropticon:

if your privilege/oppression framework is defined solely according to “these people get a kind of flak these people don’t get” and not “these people are actually materially exploited by these people” then you get all kinds of bullshit like vanilla privilege or, idk, non-goth privilege. tall privilege. you can apply it to literally anything

(Source: gutcolour)

Pssssst, allies. Psssst, HEY!

liltranslady:

I have some general ally-related principles for you.

  1. Run interference to keep oppressors off our backs. This means calling folks in your group out on their problematic shit, processing their guilt with them so they don’t demand and/or pressure us to perform emotional labor for them, etc.
  2. Support marginalized people with your financial, social, and cultural capital. Redistribute your capital, do not hoard it. Donate to grassroots movements, community organizers, artists, and people generally within communities you are not a part of. Are you invited to speak on issues that aren’t your own? Instead of taking that opportunity, refer this person to people who are directly affected by said issues.
  3. Take the time to educate yourself. There are a number of resources available to you through the internet. If you’re reading this, you can, in all likeliness, start googling. There are numerous tumblr pages to look through, and most likely even a few master lists of bloggers already writing about these issues.
  4. If you are making capital off of our oppression by educating oppressors, make sure to seriously interrogate your motivations and how you’re approaching your work, because it very well could be exploitative, if it isn’t already. I personally don’t care if you’re getting paid for this kind of work, but I’ll be angry as hell with you if you’re not doing #2.
  5. Listen when marginalized people (especially of groups you’re not a part of) are telling you that you’re being oppressive. Do not get defensive. Do not dismiss these claims by invoking your degree in a social-justicey field, as if academia isn’t racist, ableist, transmisogynistic, and more. Your field is not exempt just because it’s social justicey. Tokenizing your friends as a way to shield your own bigotry is 100% not okay. And seriously, be grateful that we even took the time to call you out, because these movements can happily go on without you.

(That’s all I got for you right now. Maybe I’ll type up something more substantial later, but for now, this is a freebie.)

fecklesheckleshacklesschmeckles asked:

Heh! This pleases me. :) Uhm, I don't really have an email address that I use for fandom things, though... could we chat over fan mail? It's not the prettiest (and it doesn't keep your sent messages) but it does support much longer messages than the askbox. Trans!Lister would really fuck with the Parallel Universe concept, though - I mean, obviously Deb is trans too - maybe we're in a lovely utopian future where medical transition techniques can now preserve fertility? Oh, my brain...

notalwaysweak:

fecklesheckleshacklesschmeckles:

notalwaysweak:

feline-ranger:

Of course it would put a very different spin on a later scene in Bodyswap, wouldn’t it? :-)

*cough

I suspect the scene you’re talking about is the one I am currently ficcing in the other tab. IT’S HAPPENING I PROMISE but I have class in 20 minutes so it might be a little longer til it is done done.

YAY :D

Also this was meant to be a private reply but oops. OTOH I love the discussions this has sparked so maybe it’s not such a bad oops.

Ehh, nvm. Multithread Tumblr formatting clusterfucks ftw! (Also, Tumblr doesn’t save you copies of askbox messages that you’ve privately replied to anyway. :P)

onceuponacupoftea said: The packer is definitely an option there. The physical changes wrought by hormones are noticeable, though. As is the change to one’s sense of one’s own sexuality.

Oh, I’m doing my utmost to take all that into consideration. Right now I’m googling to double check how far apart T injections are usually spaced. I’m (I think) more knowledgable about MTF stuff than FTM, but I aim to educate the shit out of myself wherever possible. (Between this and the stuff about bomb shockwaves I was googling yesterday, the government probably thinks I plan to blow something up and then go into hiding as a man. IT’S ALL FOR THE STORIES, I SWEAR.

HAHA. Ugh, stupid Brown, ruining everything. Does she actually feel herself? I can’t remember. onceuponacupoftea is right, you can end up with quite an impressive micropenis from hormones (YMMV). T injections: somewhere within the weekly-monthly ballpark, depending on the exact kind, I think? If that doesn’t suit the fic, declare that they’ve managed to synthesise a new futurey-kind with a different injection pattern. ;) (Assuming you haven’t already got that far with your research. Or been arrested by the government. ;) )

Are you going for what I think you’re going for? “Enjoy the body. Don’t forget to treat me athlete’s foot. Oh, yeah, and you’ll have to stab yourself in the thigh once a week, or your moods will go totally off-kilter.” }:-)

She doesn’t actually feel herself, because her hands are strapped down, so I’m hoping that just the unfamiliar bits between her legs will be sufficient considering that she’s flailing like mad anyway.

Agreed, that works. Why let a canonical cheap-laugh reference to sexual organs get in the way of a prime ficcing angle? ;)

I’ve been doing some reading about micropenises, so I think it wouldn’t be unreasonable for Lister to have somewhere in the 2-3 inch range, taking into consideration what we know about his, um, cis dimensions. Some men do still wear a packer as well. I’m having trouble finding a compelling reason for Lister to give a smeg about appearances when everybody is dead. Basically my most compelling reason is either a) habit, b) fluctuating dysphoria, or c) I need him to be packing for the fic because otherwise I can’t make jokes about his penis falling off, so he just is, okay?

This is where my input gets less reliable, because I’m lucky enough not to suffer physical dysphoria in and of itself, but for lots of people, it’s not just a case of appearances - the “wrongness” of their body shape is so overwhelming that they’re compelled to bind, pack, etc even when they’re alone. (And the “wrong” hormones can greatly affect mood/sense of self, so Lister wouldn’t necessarily stop bothering with T shots just because no-one else was around to care.)

Granted, though, that angle is hard to reconcile with him being content with his penis as-is. Maybe he’s still stealthing because he just couldn’t face having to try and explain it to Rimmer(!). (I wonder what on earth Kryten would make of it, come to that? As for Cat… OH GOD, he wouldn’t give a toss, but I can just see him excitedly finding a new fun toy to play with…)

(See, this is how that whole bullshit Archie plotline should have gone! ;) )

And… attempting not to tie myself in knots of subtleties here… OK, Lister doesn’t give a smeg about appearances, but he does still use his clothes etc to express himself. Even if all he’s expressing is “I’m the kinda laid-back guy who cares more about curry than about stains”. He might be content with his body, and with his personal/private relationship to it, but still enjoy being able to express his sense of proud studliness(?) by packing?

PROBABLY GOING INTO WAY TOO MUCH DETAIL ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE IRRELEVANT OR YOU’VE ALREADY RESEARCHED THEM but NEVER MIND. :)

notalwaysweak:

Maybe if we stick to the askbox for now to keep tabs on sent messages; I hate forgetting what I’ve said. So, aside from the fertility question, I’ve also run into a problem with Body Swap - when Brown gets put into Lister’s body she specifically comments on the male sexual organs. AUGH. OTOH, in the heat of the moment maybe she didn’t realise - just noticed the packer weight in her underwear and because it wasn’t quite right flipped out?

That is pretty much what I’m going for, although I won’t say too much more otherwise I’ll spoil it. I’m 1700 words in, aiming for between 2500-3000, and I’ll post a beta call when it’s done, unless someone wants to preemptively volunteer.

I’d certainly like to beta for realism, at least, but happy to share duties if anyone else particularly wants to do the general-beta. (Like I’ve said before, haven’t beta-ed much, so not quite sure how helpful my input is likely to be.)

YAY :D

misskittystryker:

naamahdarling:

plumbat:

antique-erotic:

A truly spectacular set of Victorian pornography, ten pictures I’ve collected from the same extraordinary, beautiful and intensely erotic session, well over a hundred years ago. I believe their connection is clear, in the soft smiles, the eye contact, the tenderness in the way hands lay on bodies, everything tells that this pair were lovers before and after this day on which we see them act out all their passion before the camera.
(Each picture from this adored collection can be picked out singly here should you want to take particular images not the full set as I have arranged it)

These incredible, brave, beautiful sweeties with their flower crowns and ruffles and corsets and shy, tender expressions and hard cocks and agh I love them. ;_; I hope they managed to be happy.

T_T

I didn’t know porn could be so sweet.

queer porn for the ages <3

fromonesurvivortoanother:

The whole “earth is round not flat” epiphany as a major scientific discovery is a very Western-centric thing

Arab and Asian empires had mathematically proven the earth was round way before white people

fecklesheckleshacklesschmeckles asked:

Heh! This pleases me. :) Uhm, I don't really have an email address that I use for fandom things, though... could we chat over fan mail? It's not the prettiest (and it doesn't keep your sent messages) but it does support much longer messages than the askbox. Trans!Lister would really fuck with the Parallel Universe concept, though - I mean, obviously Deb is trans too - maybe we're in a lovely utopian future where medical transition techniques can now preserve fertility? Oh, my brain...

notalwaysweak:

feline-ranger:

Of course it would put a very different spin on a later scene in Bodyswap, wouldn’t it? :-)

*cough

I suspect the scene you’re talking about is the one I am currently ficcing in the other tab. IT’S HAPPENING I PROMISE but I have class in 20 minutes so it might be a little longer til it is done done.

YAY :D

Also this was meant to be a private reply but oops. OTOH I love the discussions this has sparked so maybe it’s not such a bad oops.

Ehh, nvm. Multithread Tumblr formatting clusterfucks ftw! (Also, Tumblr doesn’t save you copies of askbox messages that you’ve privately replied to anyway. :P)

notalwaysweak:

Maybe if we stick to the askbox for now to keep tabs on sent messages; I hate forgetting what I’ve said. So, aside from the fertility question, I’ve also run into a problem with Body Swap - when Brown gets put into Lister’s body she specifically comments on the male sexual organs. AUGH. OTOH, in the heat of the moment maybe she didn’t realise - just noticed the packer weight in her underwear and because it wasn’t quite right flipped out?

onceuponacupoftea said: The packer is definitely an option there. The physical changes wrought by hormones are noticeable, though. As is the change to one’s sense of one’s own sexuality.

Oh, I’m doing my utmost to take all that into consideration. Right now I’m googling to double check how far apart T injections are usually spaced. I’m (I think) more knowledgable about MTF stuff than FTM, but I aim to educate the shit out of myself wherever possible. (Between this and the stuff about bomb shockwaves I was googling yesterday, the government probably thinks I plan to blow something up and then go into hiding as a man. IT’S ALL FOR THE STORIES, I SWEAR.

HAHA. Ugh, stupid Brown, ruining everything. Does she actually feel herself? I can’t remember. onceuponacupoftea is right, you can end up with quite an impressive micropenis from hormones (YMMV). T injections: somewhere within the weekly-monthly ballpark, depending on the exact kind, I think? If that doesn’t suit the fic, declare that they’ve managed to synthesise a new futurey-kind with a different injection pattern. ;) (Assuming you haven’t already got that far with your research. Or been arrested by the government. ;) )

Are you going for what I think you’re going for? “Enjoy the body. Don’t forget to treat me athlete’s foot. Oh, yeah, and you’ll have to stab yourself in the thigh once a week, or your moods will go totally off-kilter.” }:-)

soulpxnk:

"are you a boy or a girl?"

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Psst. Hey. Hey, notalwaysweak. I did the thing.

Hey, everyone else…

…I actually wrote a fic that doesn’t have Rimmer in it. o.O

Oh, come on, Dave Lister/Deb Lister is canon. How can there not be any works for it on AO3 yet?

Sex is the Same Thing as Gender, and it is Socially Constructed. Not Science

baeddeltrender:

So I’m not sure if this will make it easier for people to understand the idea of sex as a social construct as well as being the same thing as gender as soon as it enters the social sphere but I’m going to try.

A penis is just a penis. That’s biology right there. It tells us that this is a bodily organ which does things for the purposes of reproduction and is a sight of pleasure stimulation.

A penis is male. That’s sex/gender.

As soon as you assign a social value to body parts you aren’t talking biology anymore you’re talking sex/gender. Among humans the term female is no more real or absolute than woman. Sex is not an immutable scientific fact among humans because it can not be separated from the social values we ascribe to sex. Social values are not science. They are not fact. They have real consequences and material effects but they are not indisputable truths. They are not science.

This is why the idea of sex is between your legs, gender is between your ears is a fallacious statement which really only benefits half of trans people. The reason it only benefits half of us is because only half of us are not harmed by this notion.

Even without getting into my life as an intersex person I can tell you right now that calling my body male anything is useless. It does not help me with medicine. It does not accurately describe how my body is shaped. It does not accurately depict my upbringing nor my life. It does not accurately depict anything about me and that includes my genitals. My body does not function as male. It is not male. This is because male is inherently tied to social ideas that are fallacious. The only thing calling me male does is hurt me.