I uploaded a handful of my drawings to my art gallery.
Okay, my site https://frameacloud.com is looking better than it has in some time. I still have a lot I'd like to improve, but I'm comfortable with it, it's presentable.
actionable request re: sesame street anti-autism
I saw @LexYeen mention the idea in replies and figured I'd float the request publicly: does anyone feel like they could write a phone or email script for people to use to contact PBS and/or HBO and/or the Sesame Street crew directly to speak out against this change? I think a lot of us are really angry and saddened at Sesame Street throwing their weight behind Autism Speaks, and scripts we can read and adapt and use would make it easier for us to contact them about how damaging this is.
I can boost replies to this message and fediverse posts people link in replies, and my instance has a high character limit if people want to DM me for my email and have me post their scripts.
sesame street, autism advocacy, anti-autism, medicalization (---)
Sesame Street has given up working with ASAN to work with Autism Speaks instead. https://autisticadvocacy.org/2019/08/asan-has-ended-partnership-with-sesame-street/
Excerpt from the linked open letter:
For several years, ASAN consulted with Sesame Street on their See Amazing project and the development of their autistic character, Julia. Until this summer, the content Sesame Street produced showed parents that their autistic children could live great lives, and taught autistic and neurotypical children ways to become friends. Through this approach, See Amazing successfully encouraged the inclusion of autistic children in their communities, and had a widespread positive impact.
Sesame Street has now decided to undo that progress. Its latest PSAs featuring Julia promote Autism Speaks’ “Screen for Autism” initiative and their resource for parents of newly-diagnosed autistic children, the 100 Day Kit. Like much of Autism Speaks’ recent advertising, these PSAs use the language of acceptance and understanding to push resources that further stigma and treat autistic people as burdens on our families. The 100 Day Kit encourages parents to blame family difficulties on their autistic child (“When you find yourself arguing with your spouse… be careful not to get mad at each other when it really is the autism that has you so upset and angry”) and to view autism as a terrible disease from which their child can “get better.” It recommends compliance-based “therapies” and pseudoscientific “autism diets,” but fails to educate families about communication supports. It even instructs parents to go through the five stages of grief after learning that their child is autistic, as they would if the child had died.
PSA about gender euphoria and dysphoria; educational mention of several kinds of genitals
One reason why the concept of gender euphoria matters just as much as gender dysphoria is that to figure out your transition path, it helps to know not only what you're running from, but also to know what you're running toward, too.
Gender dysphoria means recognizing that you have a feeling such as "I don't like having a penis, it really upsets me." Feelings like that are an important starting point for many trans people.
Gender euphoria can include recognizing your feelings about, for example, "what I would really *like* to have *instead* of a penis, given that there are a few different options available for me to get." (Those options can include a vagina, or a vulva without a vagina, or a null-patch, or some other combination of characteristics. Those are all surgical options that exist in real life today.)
Not wanting a penis does not necessarily imply wanting a vagina. The same idea goes for all other characteristics that we associate with the binaries of sex and gender. Not wanting something that's popularly associated with one sex/gender doesn't necessarily imply wanting an equivalent that's popularly associated with another sex/gender. Moving away from one side of a binary doesn't mean you have to automatically conform to every aspect of the other side of the binary.
Transition is about figuring out what works best for you as an individual. That means recognizing what makes you feel bad as well as what makes you feel good. That's going to be as unique to you as your other likes and dislikes.
Some trans people feel way more aware of their gender dysphoria than their gender euphoria, or vice versa, maybe even to the point that they don't think they feel one of the two. That's okay, that's just individual variation, too. Everybody has a few of their own challenges about figuring out their transition paths that makes them feel like they're trying to read a map in the dark, or with no compass.
Best wishes to you for being able to find your way along your transition path, even if it's hard for you to figure out what you want or what you can do. I'd like to think that gender euphoria is something that all trans people can eventually find their way toward.
PSA about driving safely; an injury that hurts to think about (I'm OK)
Drivers who grew up before airbags were common: you need to unlearn the bad habit of gripping the top edge of the steering wheel. If you're in that position when the air bag comes out, your injuries can include getting your thumb ripped off.
Not to mention that if your hands are above the wheel, the airbag makes you punch yourself in the face at the high speed of 1/25th of a second, breaking bones.
Unlearn this particular bad driving habit. All up-to-date driver's ed tells you to put your hands at 9 and 3, or 8 and 4 o'clock, so you won't hurt yourself. That's compatible with airbags and the latest knowledge about collisions.
(I'm cramming for the written driving exam, and I wanted to share something from class that not enough people know about.)
* (PDF) https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/steeringtechniques.pdf
Recommending a comic I liked: The Immortal Nerd
I just finished reading all the way from the beginning to the conclusion of this queer futurist comedy webcomic. I loved it so much, and I'll miss it now that it's over.
The Immortal Nerd
by H-P Lehkonen
cw: violence (much slapstick, some blood, not gory), nudity (PG-rated, not graphic, but some underwear scenes would be too much for at some workplaces), body horror (sci fi robot stuff).
Things I loved about it: many memorable laugh-out-loud moments; a society where gender isn't thought of as having firm boundaries, it's taken for granted most people are queer, no big deal; an unpredictable sci-fi world; fun colors; basically a happy and uplifting story, with dramatic moments.
I've been dealing with some hard stuff this month. It was nice to escape into this story whenever I was taking a break. 💝
an Amazon alternative: WorldCat
During the #AmazonStrike running on the 15th and 16th today, here's another alternative to know about:
WorldCat is a catalog of books and media that helps you find out if the book you want is available at *any* library systems near you.
Tips for using WorldCat: Don't forget that (in the US, at least), university and college libraries are open to the public, since your tax dollars pay for them. Remember about interlibrary loans, too: if a book's not available near you, you can ask for it to ne lent temporarily to your local library.
For #NonbinaryDay, I found these lists of web-comics with nonbinary main characters, courtesy of the Webcomic Library. I hadn't heard of most of these!
scary puppet faces
I'd always heard about how bunraku puppets are very advanced and complicated. I just realized I'd never seen a traditional one in motion, so I went looking. This video shows how they work!
A helpful strip to point people to if they express frustration at having to use "they/them" pronouns in conversation:
what are the advantages of X-gender identity documents?
My impression is that getting X-gender identity documents is only a vulnerability. It amounts to a governmental registration of minority status, which could be used against you. However, there must be something valuable to offset that risk enough that people are working to get X-gender IDs.
What are the advantages of X-gender identity documents?
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