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  •  One thing I still have trouble with (4+ / 0-)

    is when someone who is differently gendered decides that they aren't really exactly male or female (which is perfectly fine), but want to come up with their own pronouns to describe themselves, then get offended when other people don't follow through with that...

    I guess it sort of strikes me as similar to someone who is trying to get a unique tattoo or piercing to prove that they're somehow different than everyone else...

    Republican threats amount to destroying the present if we don't allow them to destroy the future too. -MinistryOfTruth, 1/1/2013

    by sleipner on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 04:29:09 PM PDT

    •  Do you believe that bisexual people exist? (1+ / 0-)
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      rserven

      How about intersex?  (Ambiguous physical or chromosomal gender.)

      Assuming you do "believe in" both things, then why is ambiguous or dual gender identity such a stretch?  Hell, you can even fit such a thing neatly into the biological paradigm outlined by rserven above, if biological paradigms are your thing.  Why do you feel the need to jump straight to special-snowflake syndrome and assume that people who speak of such things are lying?

      You know, it wasn't too long ago (and still exists now) that people thought that bisexuals were faking, or lying, or roleplaying, or otherwise fucked up in a way that has nothing to do with the simple fact of their experiences they were claiming.  Those beliefs did and continue to do great harm.  Your own beliefs are harmful as well.

      •  The issue is not whether they exist (2+ / 0-)
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        JBL55, rserven

        but that they want everyone else to change their behaviors specifically for them, and then get offended when no one particularly wants to.  

        Note that this refers to an extremely small percentage of a group that's already a small percentage of the population, and that I'm basing my opinion on an article I heard on NPR discussing the issue, so it's not something I personally have experienced.

        FYI, I know many bisexual people, several transexual people, and at least one intersex person, and I personally am gay.

        Republican threats amount to destroying the present if we don't allow them to destroy the future too. -MinistryOfTruth, 1/1/2013

        by sleipner on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 10:32:26 AM PDT

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        •  I think I know what you mean. (1+ / 0-)
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          I was conversing in a blog once with a number of people, one of whom grew incensed when I referred to myself only as female, not cisfemale.  If memory serves, she believed it was exclusionary and evidence of my obliviousness to my "privilege," I think, something like that.  I hope she was just having a bad day.

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