Dusting off some cobwebs


So I supposed it’s been a considerably long time since I posted anything original in 2012 after “That Laugh” and the 2012 TDOR entry.

I got up to Elementary level six on My Japanese, but after we didn’t make the numbers for an intermediate class, I sort of, fell into a slump and haven’t been back since.

Maybe, one day I’ll get back into it.

However I don’t know if I should continue onwards or start over from Elementary one again.

Early in the year I got a new 3TB external hard disk to partially take over from my my old 1TB drive after I accidentally knocked it off my desk. So all my old photo’s dating back to 2008 are now forever stuck until I can work out how I may get them transferred to the new disk.

Yes I realise, in hindsight, I would’ve had another to backup from that, maybe watched for any cables connected to my laptop that I was walking through and maybe at the time of incident go easy on the drink..

But hey! I guess what’s past, is past.

Lastly, I’ve finally been able to add Sailor Moon to my Anime DVD collection since I last saw the earlier English dub version the Seven Network used to broadcast early in the morning back in 1999.

Another 90’s anime I never watched but am also getting into is Cardcaptor Sakura, which I’ve also added Book 1 of the Manga as well.

So that is what’s been happening.


Nuclear Unicorn

My approach to Cathy Brennan has long mirrored my approach to Ann Coulter; I generally refuse to dignify their deliberate attempts to cruelly incite. Rising to meet their hate, which is deliberately designed to provoke outrage, feels like a vindication of their strategy; what they desire most is attention, and giving it to them hardly feels like a victory for those on the side of the angels. However, after seeing a relatively sympathetic article about Brennan in the online magazine Bustle— which apparently misgenders a trans woman and which some of my friends have fairly derided as a “puff piece”– I felt there are some matters which merit clarification.

During the interview she clearly set aside the instruments of her usual rhetoric and put on her most reasonable mien. Unsurprisingly, nothing she says justifies her behaviour, and much of what she does say is premised on assumptions that have…

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Call for help: please speak out about this joint harassment of a young trans girl by TERFs and the religious right, in unholy alliance


Please see this post by Cristan Williams at transadvocate.com about the horrible situation involving the coordinated attacks by the so-called Pacific Justice Institute and a certain particularly loathsome and shameless anti-trans “feminist” activist — the latest example of their unholy alliance — upon a young trans girl in Colorado whom they’ve accused of “harassment” in a girls’ room — which, as it turns out, consists entirely of her having the temerity to exist in a bathroom while trans, and  while using the bathroom which she should use and is entitled to use.   At least this one TERF is so single-minded about doing whatever she can to attack trans people, that she’s willing to ally herself (and host the words of) an institution that also devotes itself to homophobia and fighting against (among other things) same sex marriage, gay and lesbian adoption and parenting, etc.

Some media outlets have retracted the…

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Why #ibelieveher, and don’t believe rape suspects need anonymity.

That Pesky Feminist

We have this slogan in feminist Twitter circles: #ibelieveher. It means that, when a woman comes forward with allegations about rape or sexual assault, we believe her until given reason not to. The culture we live in is so adamant that women only experience rape in very specific circumstances, or are somehow responsible; the reality is very different. There are an estimated 78,000 rapes a year in the UK, and the main reason we can only estimate is because so many survivors choose not to come forward, because of the aforementioned culture. Only 16,041 of these rapes are reported. Women live in fear of rape, and of pursuing justice when it eventually does occur. #ibelieveher is the antidote to that. We, as people, stand up and say – “It’s okay. You have our full support”. When you’ve been raped, whether you decide to try and press charges or not, it…

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A Statement of Trans-Inclusive Feminism and Womanism


We are proud to present a collective statement that is, to our knowledge (and we would love to be wrong about this) the first of its kind.  In this post you’ll find a statement of feminist solidarity with trans* rights, signed by feminists/womanists from all over the world.  It is currently signed by 790 individuals and 60 organizations from 41 countries.

The statement can be found here in English. It is also available in French, Hungarian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian and Serbo-Croatian.

The complete list of individual signatories is available here, or alphabetically or by country. The signatory list of organisations and groups is available here. We would love it if you signed it too. You can either use this form, or email us, or post a comment on this post or on the statement.

Our continued thanks to everyone for your support.

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Criticisms and Misconceptions From People Who Just Don’t Know What They’re Talking About

Trans*forming Family

I’ve had this blog for about fourteen months, and during that time have considered myself fortunate to have received very few negative comments or emails regarding my decisions about my transgender child. I also rarely check my blog stats, and at any given time could not even tell you how many followers i have (although my son occasionally updates me). I find it easier to imagine that i’m just writing to those of you who regularly comment and to those few whom i’ve shared this blog with who know me personally than the overwhelming and intimidating thought that any and every human connected to the internet can read what i write here.

However, i recently discovered that some very kind folks were sharing the link to my blog with others on various websites, so i’ve started looking at my stats more often to see where folks are coming from, so…

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