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! :)
Trauma and "drama," racism Show more
If we're aware of and account for this, we can try to defuse this mechanism. Stop. Breathe. Give ourselves a hug or some other soothing action.
This is especially important for white folks like myself. We share an axis of oppression in our queerness, but benefit from our whiteness; when we punch, it's down, not sideways. We've *got* to keep that in mind if we're going to create equity and solidarity. 2/2
Trauma and "drama" Show more
I saw this article about trauma on Daily Xtra & thought it was a good read: why are Queer people so mean to each other?
In short: we are hardwired by our oppression to experience "fight or flight" reactions to uncomfortable situations. We're conditioned to think in black and white. It's a survival mechanism ill adapted to modern society. 1/
Liebe Menschen mit #Begleitperson im #Behindertenausweis: Ich weiß, dass wäre letztlich nur ein Symbol, aber was haltet Ihr davon, wenn wir ab jetzt auf jeder unserer Fahrten mit der #Bahn z.B. einer Pflege- oder Feuerwehrkraft eine kostenlose Mitfahrt mit der #Bahn ermöglichen würden? #Bundeswehr #Soldaten
Non-binary HRT Show more
Any non-binary people out there who use a more customised HRT regimen?
I'd be genuinely interested to learn what different systems people have in place in regards to achieving / preventing bodily change and also the different issues this poses from a transmasc and transfem nonbinary perspectives after respective puberties.
“Hi, don’t mind the cat,” I say on my porch to the technician here to fix my AC as we step over a cat sunning itself near the steps. “Hang on, let me catch this other cat,” I say stepping inside the house. “Don’t pet him! He looks nice but that’s a lie.” I shut him in the bedroom. “Oh wait, don’t go in the kitchen yet, I have to catch another cat so he doesn’t get out in the yard,” I say, picking up one cat and hustling it into the guest bedroom, an additional cat following us
This analysis of vocal ranges of male leads in pop songs is everything: https://pudding.cool/2019/08/register/
all masculinity is not bad! masculinity is not inherently bad! masculinity is valid!!
there are people -- cis, trans, and otherwise -- who are doing masculinity SO RIGHT. and i love them.
they will be the ones that heal it. encourage them. you don't have to be masculine to help. and never discourage someone from being who they are.
if masculinity is not for you, don't shit on it. there are masculine people trying to live their lives.
🌽hello again, my little 🐠 mimichtin its time again for another thread on the Aztec Empire.
according to a little poll floating about, y'all were most keen on leaning about Food and Waste Management of the empire, which I can talk about for days. #StarTalk
A couple things to remember:
*This largely applies to the capital city of Tenochtitlan
*Because of Spanish/Catholic genocide, much information is missing/inaccurate/false
*I'm doing my best
*You can tip me for my work!
Can help with: femme stuff, mention of: body hair, bras, make-up, boosts ok! Show more
Hi femme friends, esp. femme enbys & trans folk!!
I have all this knowledge on make up and (fat) femme stuff that is just basically gathering dust in my brain shelves. So if you have any questions about femme stuff like ... make up, or bras, or idk getting rid of body hair, you can throw them my way!
I will do my best to help you out (ofc I can't promise anything but I will try)!
Also, feel free to boost this!
@gentlerdarknesses The male and female symbols are astrological symbols for planets--the comet represents being non-binarism as "not a planet", not being on the same continuum. :)
some surprising sustainability Show more
* Growing almonds for almond milk damages ecosystems and uses a *lot* of water. 80% of the world's almonds come from California, where severe droughts can be a problem
* Soy farming drives deforestation in South America. Tofu can have twice the carbon footprint of chicken
* Fish populations are dynamic. Sustainable fishing leaves land open for reforestation
* Bioplastics are not necessarily better than recyclable plastics like PET
* Industrial cooking is more efficient than home cooking. Tinned tomatoes, chick peas, etc can be a good option
* Cling film is plastic, and plastic is not good. But if you use it carefully, you can prevent food waste, which is worse. Beeswax wrapping is ideal
* Leather can last over a decade, and is biodegradable. Fake leather is made from short lived plastic
* Cotton production is energy intensive. A cotton bag needs to be used 149 times to be more carbon efficient than plastic. Get a good one. Use it often
Gender should be opt-in, not opt-out.
(and opting out is extremely difficult and almost impossible in our current society)
I don't think it's right to force people into a system like that from birth. If someone wants to identify as a certain gender later, they can do that. Until they tell you their gender, I think it's best to assume that a person is just a person and not put any gender labels on them based on how they look or act. Even the pressure to choose a label can be stressful, sometimes you're just you and no matter how many labels there are, none of them feel right.
I think there need to be more options for people who don't feel comfortable existing in a gender system.
It turns out, mapping the galaxy is a much more difficult job than anticipated, but using the light from Cepheid variable stars, which are stars that brighten and dim according to their size, we can pretty accurately tell distance. By using these stars, we can build a map of the distribution of stars in our galaxy...
So here's a 3D map of Cepheid variable stars, in our very own Milky Way galaxy, released in a survey done back in February. It reveals that the Milky Way isn't as flat as we thought, but rather a little bit warped or twisted. Although rare, it's far from unheard of to see a spiral galaxy with a wobble to it, and quite apparently our galaxy is among them.
Our galaxy is not flat, which means that a whole lot of art is out of date.
We don't know yet what caused the warping effect, could be a recent interaction or collision with another galaxy or even dark matter. At this point, it's still to early to tell.
At the Dyke March last week I found the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. And I've been obsessed with them ever since.
They got this big project to reinvent the post office to provide fair financial services and internet access. To connect remote communities. To check in on disabled and elderly folks. To work on food delivery. To move to electric vehicles. To work with indigenous communities to acknowledge the colonial past and present of the postal service and reinvent themselves to provide the services and support those communities want.
Essentially, the postal workers union wants to build the #solarpunk future.
knitting, squirrel, enby.
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