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Great! Little update

Posted: February 8, 2011 in Science, Sexuality
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This abominable ‘Doctor’ is gone from the ACMD. And it’s because he failed to disclose his authorship of a blatantly homophobic paper. Some folks are saying that his homophobia shouldn’t have affected his appointment or dismissal (but that he was correctly dismissed for bad science.) Hmm. Bad science would have been a perfectly good reason to dismiss him, it’s true. But his homophobia has nothing to do with his religious values. You can’t say, ‘you can’t sack someone because of their religious values,’ as a defence for a homophobe. Because homophobia is not a part of Christianity. Homophobic views are not Christian views. They are downright hateful, which is the antithesis of the love advocated by Christianity. I am an atheist, but I went to a Church school for years, know about the Biblical views on sexuality and know many Christians – and homophobia is not a part of the Christian faith. And frankly? I don’t see why we shouldn’t sack someone for having discrimatory, bigoted views. In fact, that’s a damn good reason for a sacking.

Kyriarchy. Not just one oppression, but many, along many axes of oppression. There are many, many privileges, and many, many ways of being oppressed, of being marginalised. Areas interlink. People, humans, walk the intersections. History wove it, and the shuttle of today clacks across the continued warp yarn of the kyriarchy into the future.

It’s very easy to end things in a metaphor. Here, we just have to cut the warp and set new warp threads, weaving a society around justice, equality, diversity and universal human rights. But in reality, it’s not so easy.

People are very fond of kyriarchy. Often they can’t see it, or they can’t see what’s wrong with it. We’ve all been brought up to believe it – to believe that genitalia assigned male makes you a man, and genitalia assigned female makes you a woman, and nothing else exists. To believe that Whiteness and Western Culture is superior to all others. To believe that the conventionally able body is the standard of worth. To believe that a penis predetermines you towards toughness and strength, and that a vagina predetermines you towards caring and shallowless. To believe that capitalism is not only working, but right and good. To believe that who you love or don’t love dictates your character. To believe that there is a certain standard of ‘normal.’ To believe a whole host of messed-up stuff, and to defend that, even to the death.

We’ve all believed these things. That doesn’t excuse them. Living in the kyriarchy doesn’t excuse them. But we can all work to stop believing these things, work to help others stop, work to mitigate the harm that these beliefs do. Even on a tiny scale, on the personal scale – once you start examining it, kyriarchy loses its hold on your mind. It may not lose its hold on your life, but it has one less brain on its side.

Even so, we must examine as many warp threads of the kyriarchy as we can. It’s not helpful to take a stand against say, capitalism and the classism it creates, while furthering racism. In fact, it’s downright harmful due to intersectionality. Most oppressions overlap, and some among the people who suffer any one of them will suffer any of the rest. And then there are the areas so normalised that no-one even notices. Of course some cultures are civilised and some are primitive. Of course words aren’t harmful. Of course being fat is a bad thing. Of course non conventionally-able folks should be thankful for the peanuts we throw their way. Of course people with uteri are women. Of course this. Of course that. And it’s none of it true.

Kyriarchy. Keep a look out for it.

I… have been making this list for a while, although it’s still very incomplete. However, I decided to post it in response to a close family member’s total fail. It starts out fairly general, then gets specific to my own situation. It’s a list of things that will get someone blacklisted as a person not to be trusted if I hear or hear about them. Generally I just note them in my own head, but I’ve been trying to get them down on paper computer.

If you do one or more of the following;

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Great.

Posted: January 21, 2011 in Health, Politics, Science, Sexuality
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It’s cheering to see that, after deciding pah! We don’t need no scientists on the drugs advice council!, the decision has been taken to appoint an anti-drugs hardliner to the ACMD. Because after taking away the need for scientists, who should be able to weigh evidence in an unbiased way (if they’re worthy of the name), it’s obvious that what’s needed is an utterly biased board member.

Oh yes – this guy, Dr Hans-Christian Raabe, is not just an anti-drugs hardliner with connections to extreme Christian groups. He’s also a raging homophobe. The extreme Christian group he belongs to are interested in ‘healing homosexuality.’ Always a warning sign. Also, according to the Times, he was a co-author of a report on gay marriage in Canada that stated (I can’t remember the exact wording), ‘any attempt to legalise gay marriage should bear in mind the link between homosexuality and paedophilia.’ Bad science AND homophobia in one sentence!

And the Government has appointed him. Basically, it’s said, ‘we don’t care that you’re a raging homophobe and bloody-minded science wannabe. We’re going to put you in a responsible position and give you a platform because we think you’re great!’ (since all appointments are apparently made on merit. Damn that’s a scary thought, if he’s the best they can find…) They’re not getting paid, so that’s something – at least we’re not paying him.

Sometimes I hope that maybe, scientific/medical training teaches people to examine their prejudices and be flexible in the face of opposing evidence. Then something like this comes up.

Trigger warning for homophobia, transphobia, erasure and discussion of suicide.

Browsing through the BBC News site, the four main Welsh party leaders have made videos for the launch of Stonewall Cymru’s YouTube channel It Gets Better… Today. The aim of this campaign, inspired by America’s It Gets Better project, is to tell lesbian, gay and bisexual teenagers that they ‘don’t have to wait for their lives to improve – they can be great now,’ (from Stonewall Cymru) and that ‘they don’t have to wait for life to improve as bullying is being tackled’ (from the BBC).

If it really is a start of a concerted push against homophobia from politicians and media figures, then that’s obviously a good thing. As far as I can gather, one major failing of the It Gets Better campaign is that there’s little or no concrete action going on, and it’s based on the foundation of ‘hold on, then later on things will get better.’ This one seems to counteract that by saying, no, you shouldn’t have to wait. Which is good, although empty if there’s no action taken. And by the way, action doesn’t mean posters; my old school had the SOME PEOPLE ARE GAY : GET OVER IT posters up everywhere and I still experienced quite a bit of homophobia, despite not even being out to myself as any kind of queer, and I still wouldn’t have been comfortable speaking to teachers about it.

BUT. I addressed the positives first because that’s my normal essay style. (do you agree ‘yes because… NO NO FUCKING NO because THIS, GODDAMN IT, THIS!!!’)

BUT. What about transphobia? Stonewall has always ignored or denigrated the non-cis population. They have given awards to transphobes. Sometimes they have claimed to represent the T in LGBT, but they’ve generally done more harm than good. Again, non-cis people are being thrown under the bus, being ignored and erased utterly. In the UK, it was found in ‘the UK’s largest survey of trans people (N = 872)’ (http://www.nmhdu.org.uk/our-work/mhep/gender/transgender/) that 34% of adult trans people have attempted suicide. According to the LBGT Excellence Centre Wales, ‘the national suicide rate for Trans People is estimated at 3 in 100,000, 31% of this group. It is estimated that 1 in 7 of diagnosed Trans People attempt suicide at least once during their life. It is estimated that the main causes of “Trans Suicide” are harassment , denial of treatment, and absence of support. It is also estimated that 1 in 200 transsexuals commit suicide within 5 yrs of having Gender Reassignment surgery, as a result of depression brought on by harassment / bullying.’

So yeah, transphobia and transphobic bullying totally aren’t worth campaigning against, because, like, no-one gets affected by it…

Dear top politicians; you don’t just have a responsibility towards non-heterosexual people in your country. You have a responsibility towards non-cis people in your country as well. We’re hurting. We’re dying. We’re bleeding. Stonewall is not our friend, and by endorsing them you are signalling that you are not our friends either. And we need you. Damn but we need you. Don’t abandon yet another population. Begin to take a stand against the kyriarchy – all the kyriarchy – in our society. Then maybe faith in you will return. From someone who exists, despite everyone’s protestations to the contrary.

Transphobia is rampant. Possibly more than homophobia, although the two are so closely intertwined in most of the cis, straight bullies in schools that it’s very hard to tell which you’re dealing with. I’ve experienced both. As far as homophobia went, there was lip service towards its wrongness. There was lip service towards the wrongness of many other types of kyriarchy. Transphobia… anything to do with being trans… never mentioned. Ever. Except by the kids who saw someone different, and went on the homophobic and transphobic warpath.

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On a side note, I think I, as a non-binary person, got explicitly included in a lesson the other day. In history, the guy that takes it said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, and anyone who isn’t a lady or a gentleman is welcome to participate too.’ He probably didn’t mean it the way I took it; he was probably being sarcastic, or facetious. But it gave me a warm little thrill inside and I really want to send him an email thanking him, but I daren’t because I’m scared of coming out to my teachers. It feels pathetic that I’m thrilled by these tiny, tiny, tiny things…

Seriously, though, unless he’s saying it to every class, what were the chances of him saying it in the presence of a non-binary student?

Most of us who are reading this would agree that this world is deeply, deeply wrong. The entrenched, institutionalised inequality, the social conditioning that leads people to internalise their undeserved statuses, the deep prejudices that hamstring us… it all adds up to a portrait of a world with a big problem. Developed nations push off their mistakes to developing nations, exploiting and enslaving their people when they are forced to reduce their exploitation and enslavement of their own people. Meanwhile, everyone is fed lies to uphold the status quo, to avoid bringing it down, down.

And all of us are capable of breaking through the lies to see the wrongness – many have, many others cannot due to lack of resources, systematic subjugation and oppression. Many of those who have discovered the damage have some thought to changing it, even on such a small scale as within themselves or their very closest circle of acquaintance. Fighting the kyriarchy needn’t be grand gestures; every mind won from it is a victory.

But still, I and probably many others are still not free of the way of this world, this culture. I can fight it, I can stand against it, I can even help other minds come around; but I can’t quite imagine a world without kyriarchy. Along some lines of oppression, I can, but I can’t imagine a time when the kyriarchy doesn’t exist.

This, to me, is a serious imagination failure; I should be able to think beyond this kyriarchal culture. If I can create worlds in which two different species of sentient creatures coexist, if I can create worlds where magic is endemic, if I can create worlds with complex customs – why can I not imagine this one without the massive distortion lens of kyriarchy?

Since I doubt it will be ended in my lifetime, this failure probably doesn’t matter too much as long as I can stand against kyriarchy without it; but I wonder, how many people are able to imagine a world without kyriarchy? Not an idealised utopia, but a real, human world freed from the chains of kyriarchy?

I’ll keep fighting against it, all the while trying to break through the cultural barrier and be able to visualise this world without kyriarchy. Maybe one day I will get some kind of idea of the future without kyriarchy, and maybe one day I will be able to see real, concrete steps towards it. Maybe I won’t. Maybe it will never come to pass. But pessimism isn’t really an option; a realism, tempered with idealism, is probably one of the few ways of getting anything done. That’s why I would love to be able to imagine, to visualise, to write this world without kyriarchy; as a light in the black.

Trigger warning for self-harm and violent metaphor.

Anger is a hard emotion. It can lead to a person doing something they’d never normally do, can lead to inappropriate actions/words, can lead to succumbing to social norms in an effort to get the point across. It can be ugly, destructive, self-harming. It can hurt and hinder.

It is also valuable. Anger, properly managed, directed and used, is effective. It works. Anger is a motivation, a spur to actually tackle an issue rather than letting it slide. Anger is a wake-up call; if you see someone who is angry, you wonder why they’re angry and then maybe you open your eyes and you join them. Anger can even be beautiful.

And we have a right to our anger. When someone treads on us, we have a right to be angry at them. We do not have a right to physically retaliate, but we have a right to safely and constructively express our anger.

Not expressing anger can hurt even more than the original pain that spawned the anger. If it is suppressed, it can boil inside, searing away beneath the bones of our existence and eating into our deepest selves. I have done that. I bear the scars, the scars that resulted from a poisonous brew of hiding, of pretending, of denying and of suppressing negative emotions.

Some of us are trained not to express anger by the kyriarchy. We are told that our anger harms our cause. We are told that we become less sympathetic when we are angry. We are told that we have no right to be angry, because no travesty has occurred. We are told this from an early age, and many of us internalise those messages. Some of us manifest anger destructively, either because that is how we have been trained or because we are reacting against the messages we received earlier. Kyriarchy does not allow for constructive outrage. It runs on destructive rage expressed by those it elevates and suppressed rage from those it denigrates. For the elevated, destructive rage serves to intimidate those they stand on the shoulders of into compliance. For the marginalised, we are not supposed to express our anger because our anger is dangerous.

Our anger is dangerous. The kyriarchy fears our anger. It fears it so much that it tries to train us to deny it.

No more. Every time a person realises the machinations of kyriarchy and its effects, every time a person allows themself that anger at the sheer injustice of it, we become more powerful. It happens often, but not nearly often enough. Once that realisation has been gained, the kyriarchy tries to make the person suppress it again. The person battles through kyriarchal shit every day, every time they try to do something; thus the kyriarchy tries to intimidate us. But we will not be intimidated.

We will not be intimidated. We stand together, united in our strength. The kyriarchy tries to divide us. Sometimes it succeeds – but there are always enough of us standing there to prove that we will never go away. We will never go away, until the kyriarchy must blink and slinks away, to be shunned by all people for ever more.

We are powerful. Sometimes, the slings and arrows the kyriarchy sends us become too much – for some of us. The wounded retreat behind the battle lines to the meagre protection we can offer, but we are still there and still fighting. We, the whole, the many.

‘That’s gay’

Posted: December 22, 2010 in Relationships, Sexuality
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Posting is really erratic at the moment here and probably will be for a while – I’m suffering a mild form of writer’s block and it’s also nearly Christmas, with all the attendant expected sociability. So apologies.

Trigger warning for homophobia.

The ubiquitous ‘that’s gay,’ thing that people tend to say all the time. Should we count it as homophobia? I’m always more inclined towards a diagnosis of heterosexism, but homophobia is definitely there – if not in the person saying it, in the culture that teaches that it’s an acceptable insult.

I don’t understand the ubiquity of it. I know from coming out experiences that most people I trust enough to come out to are tolerant; they are often cissexist, transphobic and binarist, but never homophobic (at least, not explicitly; homophobia and transphobia are extremely closely related). But they still say, ‘that song’s just gay,’ or ‘that sounded really gay,’ meaning ‘crap.’ If they don’t say gay, they say lame, which is just as bad; ableism as well! Yay! (unfortunately, I have been guilty of using ‘lame’ in the past – I fully recognise that it was ableist and an all-round shitty thing to do, and apologise to everyone who heard me say it.)

Why? Why say it? Well, it gets the point across. By now, it’s become such a cultural touchstone that everyone knows what you mean. It’s generally not regarded as a swearword, so you don’t have to watch your mouth around authority. But – but you’re still taking the identity of a large sector of the population and using it as code for ‘truly terrible, weak and indefensible.’ Or you’re using a word with a history of abuse to describe a difference in ability as code for same.

And I don’t see how that’s defensible. How that’s acceptable. How that’s all right.

Methods I use to combat it vary. I’m wary of nuking, since I don’t think I’m very good at it – last time I did it, over ‘t****y’, this happened – but pointing out that inanimate objects are incapable of having a sexual orientation is always a favourite. And occasionally, I remind people that I’m queer; when someone said, ‘you have a really gay cough,’ I said, ‘there might be a reason for that’. It seems to nonpluss them.

I just wish people would see on their own that it’s really not okay.

It feels free to say things that it would never say otherwise. Things it wouldn’t say otherwise.

Trigger warning for excessive, unchecked privilege, heterosexism and cissexism, also discussion of racism and racist attitudes.

I have been in white-only spaces and heard racist attitudes espoused, and left unquestioned. Once, thinking he had a supportive, white audience, a male acquaintance defended slavery. He was right about the white part, wrong about the supportive. But not everyone who does not support those views will speak up, and not every time this happens is there anyone to speak up. And it’s not just racism. It’s all the -isms, all the kyriarchal bullshit; when the privileged get together away from the marginalised, there’s a good chance the kyriarchal attitudes will rise.

And being brought head-on into these situations is horrible. I am currently studying sociology. The person who teaches it is white, cis, heterosexual, male, relatively class privileged, able by the standards of our society – basically he’s got all the privilege except excessive wealth. He also doesn’t acknowledge it – sometimes actively denies it.

So we’re sitting there writing. He suddenly comes out with, ‘What I don’t understand is, in all these lesbian couples, there’s the one that dresses like a man and the one that dresses like a woman. I mean, they say they’re attracted to women, but…’ Cue the rest of the class – and him – airing their gay stereotypes.

Sample phrases; ‘If you’re attracted to someone who dresses like a man, you’re obviously not attracted to women, are you?’ ‘They’re dressing and behaving like a man, that’s not… you know.’ ‘Couple of gay men – took one look at them and said, ‘that one’s the giver, that’s the receiver.” ‘I always think, when you’ve got gay people having children, some day, that child is going to have to go to school, you know?’ And more of the same. I’m sitting there frozen in my seat, gripping my pen like I’m going to crush it and clenching my jaw. There have rarely been lessons I have wanted to escape from more.

Then the conversation shifts to Thomas Beatie. I manage to unfreeze my brain enough to start planning ways of getting out of the room to escape the inevitable transphobia and cissexism that’s coming. They make do with, ‘I don’t understand why anyone would do that,’ and ‘He used to be a woman,’ and a couple of other muttered comments, and then it stops. We start reading from the book again. I unclench my fist, slowly.

Thing is, none of them would see their behaviour as homophobic or transphobic. Because they didn’t say anything advocating negative outcomes for non-heterosexual or non-cis people, they’d say they were just talking. Well, when you’re privileged and the subject of discussion is marginalised, there’s no such thing as ‘just talking.’ Especially when you think only privileged people are present. Stereotypes harm. They generalise. They create an ‘us and them’ dichtonomy. That leads to the least and the worst prejudice, discrimination, oppression and brutality.

Again, I wish I’d spoken up. I seem to spend a lot of time in that class wishing I’d spoken up. But… I spoke up in support of feminism, the first time I had ever publicly done so, and I’ve been ‘token feminist’ since. I can’t say I fancy being ‘token queer’ in that environment. No – it’s not just that. It’s also just this numbing, barely-acknowledged fear that if I say something, the people who seem to be okay with me but who say these things will turn on me. Will turn those attitudes towards me. And that the guy who teaches the class will bring all his cis, male, heterosexual, age, position and education privilege to bear on me.

Well, reading the paper gave me a load of WHAAAAT moments this evening…

People are coming out of the woodwork in support of the tuition fees increase suddenly, as Thursday looms ahead of us. This time, it’s ‘increase fees or see places cut in half,’ because clearly the cuts to higher education/hugely inflated adminisitrative costs of universities and government are fair and not worth complaining about so it becomes a zero-sum game. We’ve got a false dichtonomy being dragged up between increasing fees and decreasing social mobility when in reality both increased fees or less places would decrease social mobility.

Also, apparently a ‘stray’ is now the term for a straight man who ‘acts gay,’ whatever that means. The article indulges in all the old gay man=feminine/straight man=masculine stereotypes, sigh. Newsflash – sure, some gay men act as you’ve characterised them. Others do not. Humans are diverse. Gay men are human. Besides that, so are straight men. Some straight men act ‘masculine’, others don’t. It’s all fine. It’s all part of the amazing spectrum of human experience. Quit the stereotypes.

And, in a final WHAT THE HELLLLL moment, the UK Government has decided it no longer needs scientific help when deciding what to do about drugs. The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill would abolish the requirement for at least six doctors and scientists to sit on the Government’s twenty-member Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. It will allow Home Secretary Theresa May to ban drugs for up to a year without even consulting the advisory panel, and allows the Government to appoint anyone to the panel anyway.

Drugs policy is hard to talk about, but there’s a lot of false scaremongering around. The press really do not help, and doing away with the requirement for scientific advice is not a good thing. What the Government needs is more scientists who can look at things with a skeptical, analytical, logical mind and advise accordingly, not less.

Welsh students are to be protected from the university fees increase. The Welsh Assembly Government is going to subsidise fees above the current level by ‘top-slicing the teaching grant for Welsh universities’. Now, this policy isn’t certain yet. However. On the surface, it’s a good thing, and I’m personally glad about it… but. One, what the hell is ‘top-slicing’? Does that mean cutting? And does that mean that Welsh universities’ teaching standards will go down? If so, that’s something to be considered. Two, while I like the Assembly Government’s viewpoint, I really wish that England would follow suit. Only with a lot of caution if it means cutting teaching budgets still further. It’s still not fair to make English students foot the entire cost of an education that will benefit the whole country, and it’s even less fair if students from other UK countries are protected from the fees increase, although it’s true that Wales is generally poorer than England and will probably be hit harder by UK-wide cuts. I still support the student protests nationwide.

We have hate crime figures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2009. 52,028 recorded crimes. What is wrong with the world? Most of the crimes reported were racially motivated. There were also significant figures for the rest of the classifications given; ‘religious belief, sexual orientation, disability or transgender issues.’ Of course, we know that there are always huge inaccuracies in these figures because so many hate crimes go unrecorded – and some hate crimes may not end up called such. Many people find that they can’t or won’t trust the police, sometimes because of the very thing they were targeted for, and so don’t report crimes.

So ‘Dolly‘ is alive and well – or her clones are. This will be interesting, to see how these four turn out, whether their lifespans are affected by being clones.

Bloody UN

Posted: November 27, 2010 in Bodies, Law, Sexuality, World in decline
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Trigger warning for homophobia.

I’m finally getting around to talking about the UN voting to remove sexual orientation from a resolution to condemn extrajudicial killing.

So let me get this clear. Heterosexual, probably cis politicians voted that non-heterosexuals do not deserve protection. They justify it with their ‘cultural sensitivities.’ Thus, it is no longer a crime under the UN to kill a gay, bi, pan or other non-heterosexual person on the grounds of their sexual orientation.

There are no words for how wrong this is. (whether having sexual orientation there made any difference remains to be seen, but even an utterly ineffectual document has a little weight.) None. People are being murdered, executed, ostracised, beaten, raped and all manner of other terrible things – on account of who they love.

Fuck cultural sensitivities. Seriously. Culture is all well and good, but when it threatens lives then it’s crossed the line. Non-heterosexuals have existed since the dawn of time. Everywhere. There is no such thing as un-[insert country/continent/religion/culture here] when it comes to non-heterosexuality.

When a human life is threatened, there is no excuse for bigotry in the name of culture. And if you believe that I or others like me shouldn’t exist, seriously, fuck you. And fuck anything that causes that belief. Because we exist. And we are human. And we have worth. And we have a right to live. So do you. You are human. You have worth (however deeply you’ve buried it in hatred of others). You have a right to live. But you don’t have a right to encroach on our rights, either. Live and let live. You’ll soon learn the error of your ways.

Forgive me for being underwhelmed about the Pope deciding, finally, that condoms do have a role to play in stopping the spread of HIV and are not evil incarnate or making the problem worse. I just can’t get worked up enough to get him a biscuit for it. Because this isn’t some huge, progressive step – okay, it is for the Catholic Church, who still equate women being ordained with paedophilia – rather, it is a tiny step from the Vatican towards getting in line with the real world and what is necessary there.

I am, however, glad he’s said it. Not because this is a great gesture, but because this will be a great gesture for the many, many Catholics out there. This small step should hopefully encourage those who were religiously opposed to using condoms to use them for the purpose of preventing the spread of HIV.

It is a great shame that the Catholic Church took the hardline stance for so many years; that stance will have cost many people their lives. This step can’t undo that damage. Nothing can. Hopefully though it will go some way towards preventing others suffering.

Umming

Posted: November 13, 2010 in Damned binaries, Gender, Personal, Sexuality
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A few days ago I was asked whether I planned to get married. In front of a whole class. I have two main reasons for not wanting to get married – one, my parents set the bar high and two, I’m perfectly (very?) likely to end up in a long term relationship with someone legally classified as the same sex as me, a relationship that could only result in a civil union rather than a marriage.

I only said the first one.

I dithered and ummed and erred – and then I left it. I didn’t say the second and more important one. And I can’t stop regretting it. I’ll tell total strangers my sexuality and lack of gender – but I won’t say it in the middle of a lesson in which I know everyone. But I was scared. These are mostly people who don’t know I don’t have a gender, who would see the idea of me in a relationship with someone of my assigned sex as a ‘gay’ relationship – and some of whom have not exactly made me, as a non-heterosexual, feel comfortable, shall we put it that way. But I could have said it, and they probably wouldn’t have thought any worse of me for it – and I know that for many homophobes and heterosexists, knowing someone who isn’t straight is often enough to alleviate their bigotry.

I’ve done mass coming-outs before. It’s not the number of people that intimidated me. Hell, I don’t know what intimidated me. I just know that I was, and that I’m now regretting it.

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In unrelated news, I just started signing up to something that would allow an old acquaintance and I to easily stay in touch and one of the required fields was ‘gender’ with only the two options. One, what the fuck about me and other non-binary folks? Two, why the hell does it need to know my fucking gender anyway? Needless to say, I soon stopped.

Survey

Posted: November 13, 2010 in Bodies, Gender, Internet, Sexuality
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I don’t know who exactly reads this blog and what kind of genders/non genders or sexualities you all have, and I really don’t mind. Anyway, I found a survey ‘designed to gather information from a variety of individuals for the purpose of research and finding correlations and differences between those who identify similarly gender-wise and / or orientation-wise.’ It’s focussed on the genderqueer/outside binary spectrum, but others are welcome to do it. There is no requirement to state assigned sex/genitalia and you can say as little or as much as you wish. Results should be out sometime in December maybe, and I’ll probably talk about them here – be warned. Just thought I’d flag it up.