"Ironically, I am reliably informed that Michael McIntyre doesn’t actually have a “man drawer”, and invented the concept in order to ridicule ordinary people, for whom he has nothing but haughty contempt."

— Stewart Lee (via monkeymac-official)

biologyweeps:

grapegranate:

transwomanism:

Gender, Sex, Biology & Trans Women

Many of us understand sex and gender as categorically separate when envisioning trans women. How do we enforce transmisogyny through biological essentialist views of what we define as “sex” when imagining trans women? This storify examines how we enforce physical & ontological gender violence through non-consensual cisnormative separations of sex and gender. Sex is very much a gendered concept with its own colonial and violent baggage.

Note: This is a partial storify. Read the full version here

https://storify.com/TGirlInterruptd/gender-sex-biology-and-transwomen 

biologyweeps

This discussion, take:500.

Gender and sex are not the same thing. 

Sex is the thing biology defines as the ability to make gametes of a certain type. Large immobile ones: female. Small mobile ones: male. Everything is is extra. This is why we can define male/female for seahorses, hyenas, hermaphroditic plants, birds, everything. The additional bits with gamete producing organs and secondary sex characteristics are on top of that. The base, the absolute minimum requirement to assign sex to a new species never seen before, are the gametes. 

Dysphoria, which is, you know, the thing trans people have to deal with and that leads to transitioning, ONLY makes sense if you separate sex and gender. Because gender happens in your brain. There’s a building body of evidence that the body maps of trans people work slightly different than for cis people. Basically, a trans person’s brain expects to find a body with sexual characteristics it doesn’t have. Result: dysphoria. If you go around claiming that sex and gender are the same thing, congratulations you just removed the entire scientific framework. Not just that, you also make it hard for people to explain why they need to transition because hey if you can just call your dick a woman’s dick and be doen with it, why undergo the long, expensive, and not risk free process of surgical and hormonal transition. That’s right because dysphoria happens WHEN SEX AND GENDER DO NOT MATCH UP. 

On top of that, sex has implications on medical treatment (ovarian cysts vs prostate cancer for example) so at least for medical forms, separating the two on the form is a necessity. 

STOP PRETENDING THAT SCIENCE IS TRANSPHOBIC JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN’T BE ARSED TO READ/FIND THE PROPER RESEARCH AND SO HELP ME STOP PRETENDING THAT SCIENCE DOESN’T MATTER JUST BECAUSE YOU SAY SO.

FURTHERMORE YOU CAN STILL BE A WOMAN EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT FEMALE BECAUSE SURPRISE FEMALE IS A BIOLOGICAL TERM RELATED TO REPRODUCTION WHILE WOMAN IS A SOCIAL ONE. You can’t go with the biological term but there is absolutely nothing wrong with you taking the social one. 

SO THE FUCKING DOORBELL RANG THIS MORNING AND MY DAD ANSWERED IT AND THEN HE TOLD ME THERE WAS A LETTER FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS THAT ARRIVED FOR ME

timrous-beastie:

I was slightly nonplussed.. maybe it was regarding the York alumni thing I’m meant to be going to…

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HAPPY FUCKING BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEEE

"Dennis Hutch had stepped up into the top seat when its founder had died of a lethal overdose of brick wall, taken while under the influence of a Ferrari and a bottle of tequila."

— The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, Douglas Adams (p 227)

(Source: interstellarclaire)

from The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

  • "I'm a private detective."
  • "Oh?" said Kate in surprise, and then looked puzzled.
  • "Does that bother you?"
  • "It's just that I have a friend who plays the double bass."
  • "I see," said Dirk.
  • "Whenever people meet him and he's struggling around with it, they all say the same thing, and it drives him crazy. They all say, 'I bet you wished you played the piccolo.' Nobody ever works out that that's what everybody else says. I was just trying to work out if there was something that everybody would always say to a private detective so that I could avoid saying it."
  • "No. What happens is that everybody looks very shifty for a moment, and you got that very well."

Tags: dirk gently

"

He gets so close to the mark. He says, “Like a lot of people, I feel that these days, there are a lot of problems with really unhealthy lifestyles that people have.”

And you think, this is really great, the future king of England is really on the money here, he’s going to say that social inequality across the world correlates really, really significantly with how much ill health there is in a country, or how many mental health problems there are in a country; he’s recognising that social inequality is pretty much the primary determinant of ill health, he recognises the value of exercise and eating lots of fresh fruit and veg throughout a whole lifestyle.

But no. The answer, from the future king of England, to your health problems, is a fucking magic potion.

"

Ben Goldacre on Prince Charles’s Duchy Original line of alternative medicine (via cuddly-morrigan)

(Source: whitepajamas)

(Source: whitepajamas)

pother:

I control your entire country, kids

pother:

I control your entire country, kids

(Source: marvobow, via itsprobablyalice)