If we developed the technology to make you grow a tail, & you were one of the very first to get one, one hassle would be that your tail would keep you from fitting any trousers sold anywhere. Fashion's not sold en masse to your demographic, just regular humans. It'd only be an infinitesimal expense on top of getting a tail, but you'd have to get all your trousers Show more
I'm switching which Masto instance I use the most. For now, this will be my alt instance, & @frameacloud will be my main instance. Please follow me there, because I don't duplicate toots between these accounts. If you've made a follow request before, & you didn't see it get accepted, please send a new follow request.
PSA about using social media safely, domestic abuse, stalking (-) Show more
Unless if you're personally familiar with AND trust someone who is posting a "missing person" flier to social media, or it's being posted by an organization that you trust, DO NOT REBLOG IT. Stalkers can use fake "missing person" fliers to dupe strangers into feeding the stalker constant updates on the victim's whereabouts.
Someone recommend me some sapphic sci-fi/fantasy literature that's high on the fluff and comedy, and low on angst. I don't mind a bit of drama, but I want it to be a mostly feelgood thing.
i wrote a small post about why people in otherkin and therian circles don't talk about shifting any more. i'm sharing it here specifically because i'm aware that my perspective is limited to tumblr and adjacent communities and i want to hear people's thoughts on whether that holds true in other spaces and why not if not!
take a look? https://vagabondsun.dreamwidth.org/2061.html
question about your instance's Terms; long Show more
@KT Hi, I was reading your instance's terms at https://plural.cafe/terms and I was impressed at the acceptance about folks' diversity. However, I was perplexed at the part in "Respect Other Users," section 3, where it says in bold, "species is not a gender." I was surprised by this exception, because as far as I can imagine, that is harmless. If someone describes their gender as a species, they're just using an archetype unrelated to the gender binary in an effort to make their gender intelligible to others.
Can you give an example of why you believe this to be so harmful that it needed to be banned on your instance?
queer discourse Show more
today i learned that the person who designed the one "lesbian pride" flag you see everywhere with the big kiss mark on it is actually racist, biphobic and a TERF. source here along with a nifty idea for a replacement flag: https://medium.com/@lydiandragon/a-lesbian-flag-for-everyone-cef397b89459
which is good to know, although it kind of fucked up my design idea for one of the stickers i was gonna make for ECCC
Some highlights from the efforts of the closed captioner for the 1955 Robin Hood series, which is a good show with bad fidelity:
"Robin of Noxon"
Today's Robot Hugs offers sage observations.
why are cats thus Show more
Did people *intentionally* breed bombay cats to melodramatically yell all the time, even if nothing's happening? If so, why did they especially want that feature? Was it just for the aesthetic, or what?
This stands out to me in such stark contrast because I currently have a maine coon, who opens his mouth once a fortnight to emit a creak from lack of use. The difference is remarkable.
Pronouny Show more
That was a super long post, & it didn't even include the second half in my draft about real, historical Old English words for gender variance, like bæddel & wæpen-wifestre. I'll turn it into a longer article on my Dreamwidth at some later time.
I made up these LGBT identity words show what it would be like if the words were built only from native Germanic English roots, instead of from Latin or Greek loan-words: (1717 characters, very long) Show more
Some words for sexual orientations:
* sexual orientation = drawing or faining (fain is an archaic English word for desire; see https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fain )
* #asexual = undrawn or unfaining
* bisexual = twain-drawn or twain-fain
* gay (in the sense of homosexual) = same-drawn or same-fain
* gay (strictly in the sense of men loving men) = wer-drawn or wer-fain (wer or were is an archaic English word for a specifically male human, whereas "man" was a gender-neutral word for a human; see https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/wer#English )
* heterosexual = other-fain, else-fain, or else-drawn
* lesbian = lass-fain, lass-drawn, lady-fain, lady-drawn, or wif-fain (wif is a Middle English word for woman; see https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/wif#Middle_English )
Some words about gender:
* gender = kind
* assigned gender = allotted kind
* gender dysphoria = kind-woe
* #transgender = cross-kind
* transition = crossing
* cisgender = same-side-kind or stay-kind
Some words about nonbinary gender:
* gender binary = kind twofoldness
* binary genders = twain kinds
* #nonbinary = untwain
* genderfluid = kind-flow
* genderqueer = kind-queer
agender or genderless = kindless
* bigender = twi-kind
* neutral gender = fair-kind
* neutrois = fair-three
Building words from Germanic English roots is a fun linguistic experiment that is helpful when you find yourself overwhelmed with what we think of as "long words," which are of Greek or Latin origin. Wikipedia gives several examples of writings that attempted to do that:
The #Anglish wiki has a lot of resources for if you want to try it too: