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So, in a little less than 15 hours, I will be in the operating room, removing two unhappy lemons, a small angry hedgehog, and the button that connects it to the downspout.

I have had a good time connecting with people like me-- had lots of good advice-- and I'm nearly packed and ready for the early morning trip. I have a load of laundry going with my fancy socks and the shirts that look decent without a bra (because bra? NO! according to my inner angry toddler).

I think what makes me the happiest about this is that I'm gonna have a body that matches my inner-self-body a little bit more. It's kinda like gender affirmation surgery, except that in my case it's affirmation of myself as a person who doesn't have to be in pain, doesn't have to dread pain, doesn't have to live a life around preparing for and trying to avoid pain.

And yeah, sexually active (maybe?) but 100% permanently infertile and missing a couple of parts? That suits my identity just fine.
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The problem with gender-neutral pronouns is that generally, even people who use them only want to use one set, and I see two distinct uses for them.Examples and lack of conclusion underneath. )
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Today is a day of remembrance.

Today is to remember people who have been killed for not following the rules.

If you disgrace your body by dressing, acting, looking the way your heart tells you and it's not the way that society believes you should? The penalty can be disapproval. You could lose your home. You could lose your job. You could lose your family.

Or, like the people in the link above, you could lose your life. Each of them died while, and in some cases because, they were not meeting someone's standards for what a man or woman should look like.

This is to remind us all that there are people out there who believe they are justified in murdering someone for not meeting their standards for masculinity or femininity appropriate to their physical sex.

If you don't want this to happen, then you can enforce on yourself and on your family the duty of always abiding exactly by the local norms of behavior and dress, for whichever physical sex you happen to have. You can dress like everyone else, regardless of what it says about you, your religion, your beliefs, or your comfort with your own body. And then you don't have to worry about this kind of problem.

Or you can say "I should dress and act and look in a way that speaks to my soul, that is right, that is true." And you can grow or cut or cover your hair, wear dresses or pants or shirts that show your tummy, wear makeup or jewelry or both, or whatever you like. You can speak for your right to do so, show people that you're just the same as them in some ways, different in others. It's your truth and you decide how it's done.

Remember those who have fallen while living their truth.

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance.
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From the Straight Dope boards, (Sam Stone writes)"Something to think about - you are the product of a genetic line tracing back millions of years. If you don't have children, your particular genetic line dies out - with you."

And my response:

It's true that all of us today are products of a long, long line of people who all survived to reproduce at least once-- yet those of us who don't bear children today are not the first generation ever to do so. Of course, a huge number of those who left no descendants are those who died in infancy or childhood. Still, a smaller number of people grew to adulthood, and either died before becoming parents, or chose a life path that didn't include such a possibility, such as religious celibacy or a career that took up most of their time. Despite not leaving direct descendants, the childless of ages past have left a huge intellectual and spiritual legacy for us.

I could consider myself as the last of a line-- I'm an only child, and on my mother's side an only grandchild (my father's brother has one child and no hope of more). And I'll never have children of my body. Yet if I go back even a hundred years, I have more third and fourth cousins than I can even hope to count-- that hardly sounds like "dying out" to me!

A hundred years from now, no one will find my name among their ancestors. My own little stream will evaporate, and never trickle its way to another and another, and back to the ocean-- but I'm content nevertheless, simply to be part of the rain.
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A little something from my inbox:



A new issue of The Daedalus Project is now available at:
http://www.nickyee.com/daedalus/

Also, several new surveys are available for current MMORPG players. You can participate at: http://www.nickyee.com/mmorpg/

In particular, if you are a role-player or a female gamer, please consider taking part in the more open-ended surveys in this phase that explore the experiences of these two groups of players.



One of the questions you can answer:
Some people believe that boys and girls like different kinds of play and thus different kinds of video games. What do you think? Are we missing "games for women" in the market? And if so, what might those games look like?

My answer below the cut. )
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Sheep poetry!

In other news...from IMs tonight (no, no names, you silly people):

1. (new person IMs me and then explains that no, I don't know them yet)
me (1:27:07): Yay! I feel less senile!
me (1:27:29): meanwhile, I just discovered that I left a Kit Kat in my pocket.

[for the record, I bought the Kit Kat at 11:30]

2. (different person) Hey what are you playing?
me: um, nothing, I'm at w*rk
them: no, I saw it on your away message earlier, what's the new game?
me: Oh! it's WoW, same as the old game, you know
them: ohhh, well, that's good
them: so how's TS going?
me: oh, I really don't want to get my bits changed, I like my plumbing right the way it is...besides, it's kind of fun
(significant pause)
me: oh...wait...you meant Trade Skills [in game], not Trans Sexual, right?
them: yes.
me: Uh! Just fine! Wonderful! I love trade skills!

And also:

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Cornute!

  1. Koalas sleep for 22 hours a day, two hours more than cornute.
  2. The first American zoo was built in 1794, and contained only cornute.
  3. Cornute will often glow under UV light.
  4. Cornute was named after Cornute the taxi driver in Frank Capra's 'It's a Wonderful Life'!
  5. Worldwide, cornute is the most important natural enemy of night-flying insects.
  6. Bananas don't grow on trees - they grow on cornute.
  7. Originally, cornute could not fly.
  8. Cornute is actually a vegetable, not a fruit.
  9. The book of Esther in the Bible is the only book which does not mention cornute.
  10. Only one child in twenty will be born on the day predicted by cornute.
I am interested in - do tell me about
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The following story contains someone using an offensive racial term. I've decided to leave it, not to asterisk it out. Not because I approve of using the word-- I don't-- but because I think it detracts from the offensiveness of its use when people allude to it by euphemisms. If you say something bad, and another person reports what you said, they ought to say it out just as you did, instead of doing you the favor of prettying it up.

But, for those of y'all who are bothered by seeing that particular offensive racial term, here's a cut.

offensive language beneath )

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