Probably time to abandon this blog since all I want to do is self document but don’t want to be the token tranny freak for random cis people to gawk at or chime in on very personal shit. Moving on and creating a new identity. Hooplah.
Do you prefer to be referred to with gender-neutral terms then? I'm sorry people around you seem to disregard your feelings on this subject seeing as it is 2013 and all.
I identify with literally no masculine gendered words like “boy” or “man” but do with “girl” sometimes. I recently decided on she/her pronouns. Other than that, yes, but it’s really only when I’m referred to or compared to anything masculine that I get upset. Yeah… progress is very slow. Too slow.
It’s not just the fact that I’m being misgendered, it’s that I AM LITERALLY BEING TOLD WHO THE FUCK I AM. By someone who has tried to hammer “you are a boy” into me my whole life and only become quieter about it as I’ve grown up and got angry. Cis people are fucking disgusting.
I am totally on board with freedom of gender identity, but do you not think that by keeping the name sean as trans* woman you are confusing other (not just cis, but all other) people? as much as i disagree with the notion of gender specific names, i think it will make others be unsure on how to address you, or accidentally insult you. What are your feelings about this?
Fuck off. Part of my intention is to confuse people’s misconceived notions around the gender binary, and I’m not a trans* woman. I’m non-binary for the most part. Yes, I understand that people may be unsure, but they can ask or I can tell them myself. When it’s my own mother misgendering me after years and years of being forced to justify being myself and trying to tell both my parents that I’m not a boy, there is no fucking excuse. You sound like a piece of shit cis person; in which case, get off my blog.
To say, “This is my uncle,” in Chinese, you have no choice but to encode more information about said uncle. The language requires that you denote the side the uncle is on, whether he’s related by marriage or birth and, if it’s your father’s brother, whether he’s older or younger.
“All of this information is obligatory. Chinese doesn’t let me ignore it,” says Chen. “In fact, if I want to speak correctly, Chinese forces me to constantly think about it.”
This got Chen wondering: Is there a connection between language and how we think and behave? In particular, Chen wanted to know: does our language affect our economic decisions?
Chen designed a study — which he describes in detail in this blog post — to look at how language might affect individual’s ability to save for the future. According to his results, it does — big time.
While “futured languages,” like English, distinguish between the past, present and future, “futureless languages,” like Chinese, use the same phrasing to describe the events of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Using vast inventories of data and meticulous analysis, Chen found that huge economic differences accompany this linguistic discrepancy. Futureless language speakers are 30 percent more likely to report having saved in any given year than futured language speakers. (This amounts to 25 percent more savings by retirement, if income is held constant.) Chen’s explanation: When we speak about the future as more distinct from the present, it feels more distant — and we’re less motivated to save money now in favor of monetary comfort years down the line.
But that’s only the beginning. There’s a wide field of research on the link between language and both psychology and behavior. Here, a few fascinating examples:
Navigation and Pormpuraawans In Pormpuraaw, an Australian Aboriginal community, you wouldn’t refer to an object as on your “left” or “right,” but rather as “northeast” or “southwest,” writes Stanford psychology professor Lera Boroditsky (and an expert in linguistic-cultural connections) in the Wall Street Journal. About a third of the world’s languages discuss space in these kinds of absolute terms rather than the relative ones we use in English, according to Boroditsky. “As a result of this constant linguistic training,” she writes, “speakers of such languages are remarkably good at staying oriented and keeping track of where they are, even in unfamiliar landscapes.” On a research trip to Australia, Boroditsky and her colleague found that Pormpuraawans, who speak Kuuk Thaayorre, not only knew instinctively in which direction they were facing, but also always arranged pictures in a temporal progression from east to west.
Blame and English Speakers In the same article, Boroditsky notes that in English, we’ll often say that someone broke a vase even if it was an accident, but Spanish and Japanese speakers tend to say that the vase broke itself. Boroditsky describes a study by her student Caitlin Fausey in which English speakers were much more likely to remember who accidentally popped balloons, broke eggs, or spilled drinks in a video than Spanish or Japanese speakers. (Guilt alert!) Not only that, but there’s a correlation between a focus on agents in English and our criminal-justice bent toward punishing transgressors rather than restituting victims, Boroditsky argues.
Color among Zuñi and Russian Speakers Our ability to distinguish between colors follows the terms in which we describe them, as Chen notes in the academic paper in which he presents his research (forthcoming in the American Economic Review; PDF here). A 1954 study found that Zuñi speakers, who don’t differentiate between orange and yellow, have trouble telling them apart. Russian speakers, on the other hand, have separate words for light blue (goluboy) and dark blue (siniy). According to a 2007 study, they’re better than English speakers at picking out blues close to the goluboy/siniy threshold.
Gender in Finnish and Hebrew In Hebrew, gender markers are all over the place, whereas Finnish doesn’t mark gender at all, Boroditsky writes in Scientific American (PDF). A study done in the 1980s found that, yup, thought follows suit: kids who spoke Hebrew knew their own genders a year earlier than those who grew up speaking Finnish. (Speakers of English, in which gender referents fall in the middle, were in between on that timeline, too.)
dude this is so fascinating
I love language and thinking about language and stuff, its so fascinating
VERY cool stuff.
This kind if follows for cultures who had no words for ‘money’ or ‘currency’ but its still fascinating.
The march rally call says; “Let’s remember gay hero Harvey Milk!”
We say; “Harvey Milk was no hero. He was a straight-pandering Republican, responsible for the gentrification of the Castro and the criminalization of trans sex workers in San Francisco.
If you’re going to celebrate the so-called “revolutionaries” of electoral politics, rather than actual revolutionaries like Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, and Jim Fouratt; it is questionable why you’d pick a white, straight-acting Republican like Harvey Milk.
Why pick someone someone who embodies the “Just Like You!” attitude of the straight establishment; when there are candidates like Jose Sarria, an openly gay gender variant person of color who actively campaigned against police brutality and gentrification, who even ran for the very same office (S.F. Board of Supervisors) a decade before Milk in 1961?
If this rally is for a revolution of social liberation, why did people simply pick-and-choose to celebrate queer history that best fits in with Hollywood’s film screening schedules? (Did anyone even know who Harvey Milk was before the movie came out in 2008?)
How do I tell a girl cisgender to wear floral print dresses and heels every day? The cisgender currently wears jeans and flat (????) shoes and it makes me uncomfortable. I have a lot of cisgenders who I know who are my very close friends who are cisgendered (they are cis) so please don’t get offended.
For readers interested in learning more about how not to be labeled as registered sex offenders, a good first step is not to rape unconscious women, no matter how good your grades are. Regardless of the strength of your GPA (weighted or unweighted), if you commit rape, there is a possibility you may someday be convicted of a sex crime. This is because of your decision to commit a sex crime instead of going for a walk, or reading a book by Cormac McCarthy. Your ability to perform calculus or play football is generally not taken into consideration in a court of law. Should you prefer to be known as ‘Good student and excellent football player Trent Mays’ rather than ‘Convicted sex offender Trent Mays,’ try stressing the studying and tackling and giving the sex crimes a miss altogether…
Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richardson are not the “stars” of the Steubenville rape trial. They aren’t the only characters in a drama playing out in eastern Ohio. And yet a CNN viewer learning about the Steubenville rape verdict is presented with dynamic, sympathetic, complicated male figures, and a nonentity of an anonymous victim, the ‘lasting effects’ of whose graphic, public sexual assault are ignored. Small wonder, then, that anyone would find themselves on the side of these men—these poor young men, who were very good at taking tests and playing sports when they were not raping their classmates.
Mallory Ortberg of Gawker, critiquing CNN’s disgusting response to the Stuebenville rape trial verdicts.
I’ve been awake for 38 hours and I feel both alive and dead in different ways I’m too tired to elaborate on right now. Maybe my emotional state has been so fucked with that the success of my render did me up and evened me out a bit. Hah, me, even.
I stayed up all night for my animation to finish rendering. It took 12 hours and the quality is fucking terrible. Like, actually awful. Ecstatic.
Also sad and angry about men being full of shit, and living in a cis het world where the cis hets tell you you’re nothing and your struggles aren’t shit. My flat is a safe space for us queers but it doesn’t go much further than that. I’m fucking SICK of cis het people’s oppressive presence everywhere I fuckin go. And they do NOT give ANY fucks. Disgusting.