Hi, I'm the knitting squirrel! #enby!
also learning about people different from myself and how to stop or change oppressive structures (I'm white, German, afab, not disabled).
so, Hi! :)
You MUST play AI Dungeon 2, a text adventure game run by a neural net.
@nickwalton00 built it using @OpenAI's huge GPT-2-1.5B model, and it will respond reasonably to just about anything you try. Such as eating the moon.
The Ethical Slut
“Your authors believe that great flirting should be an end in itself rather than a means to an end. Practice flirting for fun and maybe put aside, for the moment, any specific goals about getting laid. Focus on getting good connection. Watch the way many gay men flirt with straight women—friendly flattery, lighthearted innuendo, nonthreatening intimacy, all made possible by the realization that the interaction is intended simply for mutual pleasure, not in the hopes of a quick dash to the nearest bedroom.”
This is entirely how I flirt. For me, flirtation is a fun way to lift other people up.
Community and Joy
Whenever I look at my photos of myself, I see a lot of joy—especially in my eyes. I see it in the photos of a lot of other trans women too.
It’s powerful, that joy, because it is kind of defiant when you think about it. We are bombarded with a lot of narratives from a world that says our lives are tragic. We live in a world that often only pities us.
But we know better. We know the immense joy that comes from shrugging off the expectations of those who couldn’t see us for who we were. We know the joy of realization. The joy of transformation. The joy of fulfillment.
One of the best things about this community for me is engaging with other trans folx as we navigate our complicated lives through this challenging but rewarding process we call transition. The value of this really cannot be overstated. We support each other. We applaud each other. We love each other
If you have a .org domain name: go renew it now. For the full 10 years.
Registration rights for .org were just bought by a private equity firm. And as part of that contract, the price caps were removed.
Anything in .org will get much more expensive, soon.
A ten year renewal will cost you a bit over a hundred bucks. Which is probably less than one year will cost you in the very near future.
Struggling with crafting the first sentence of your novel?
Be comforted by the fact that AI is struggling even more.
Whipping Girl-a thread
“I honestly was not 100 percent sure that transitioning would ease my gender dissonance until after my first few weeks of being on female hormones. The way they made me feel, and the subsequent changes they brought about in my body, just felt ... right. There is really no other word to describe it.”
That feeling of rightness. That was how I felt the first time I injected estrogen. I didn’t get it from pills...but that first week of high estradiol...holy shit.
Whipping Girl-an ongoing thread
“After twenty years of exploration and experimentation, I eventually reached the conclusion that my female subconscious sex had nothing to do with gender roles, femininity, or sexual expression-it was about the personal relationship I had with my own body.”
This is what body dysphoria and the realization of a need to medically transition looks like.
Every garden should have a log or two, it says. And landscape fabric is, to paraphrase liberally, the ecological spawn of the Devil.
“You’re Garden Still Works in the Winter”
sexism in science
"What good does it do to push women into STEM fields without accounting for and remediating the structural factors such as sexism, racism, and overall hostile work environments that drive women students away from traditional professorial careers in STEM in order to maintain their sanity and self-respect?"
--- Teen Vogue
There isn't enough media celebrating people doing things just because they like to, whether they're objectively "good" at it or not.
You always hear about the ones with a talent in something, which is all well and good! But why should people feel discouraged from doing something just because they can't devote the time/energy to become "good" at it?
Why can't anyone doodle, draw, make comics, play music, write, etc. and enjoy it without feeling like they have to live up to a standard?
It took me three years to get a real shot at a surgery I've needed since 1991.
You wanna talk about cis womens' locker room anxiety with trans women?
Pal, I can tell you all ABOUT locker room anxiety. Try being forced into the wrong locker room for years, and bullied to the point of trauma over breasts you never wanted. Then spending 20 years trying to use feminism to "love yourself better".
No sympathy for the cis in this one. Change your clothes and MYOB.
knitting, squirrel, enby.
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