There's the Christian notion of "born into sin."
I think this has been reworked into the secular humanist notion of "born into ignorance." The universe - and humanities interactions with it and itself - are too complex to be innately comprehensible.
The issue is that one can leave the sin one's born into through action, and so it is presumed one can leave the ignorance through action to.
However I think we are born into ignorance and can never leave it in a meaningful way. 1/n
an extended metaphor, applied to a discussion of trans terminology (450 words)
We really like explaining gender by making a metaphor to musical genre.
Like, if you /want/, you can classify all music as either "classical" or "rock". Bach? Classical. The Beatles? Rock. Beethoven? Classical. The Clash? Rock. Arnold Schoenberg writing twelve tone rows? Classical. Joni Mitchell playing jazz-informed folk music? Rock. The Mahavishnu Orchestra playing jazz fusion prog rock with electronic synthesizers? Classical. Or rock. Or both. Like, this is fun, I (🐲) am sincerely having a good time with it, and hit me up if you want to have strictly fake-serious pointless arguements about this nonsense ... but it /is/ nonsense. Not all music is classical or rock, and classical and rock themselves aren't singular genres.
Genre isn't two boxes everything must fit in, or twenty shelves in a record store that everything gets sorted into to sell it more efficiently, or a list of keywords in the info box on a Wikipedia page to catalogue related musical acts. Like 12tone said in their video "What We Get Wrong About Genre" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXOowACoUjE (cw: video sponsor pitch at end) - we often talk about musical genre like it is a description of what specific pieces of music fundamentally /are/, a set of shared compositional techniques and artistic features that create a similarity with a recognizable group of other musical pieces, but a genre is also a culture and a community, a group of people whose stories are intertwined. Moreover, while genre can be a tool or a goal or an inspiration to a musician, it doesn't have to be any of those things - musicians don't have to care what genre is. They don't have to make their music comprehensible to the language of genre we have and they don't have to opt into telling the story of their music that way.
People don't have to make their identities comprehensible to the language of trans vs. cis that we have and they don't have to opt into telling the story of who they are that way. We can be as inclusive as we want, or as philosophically diligent, or both, and we probably should be both - we need that language to do sociology studies and make data-based public health recommendations that include the experiences of more people than just the ones the power brokers like - but the philosophy we do to try to understand the world is always going to be incomplete. The world isn't built to fit our philosophies; our philosophies are playing catch-up. And the people who fall in the gaps of our concepts deserve our support the more for it.
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8 Stages of Settler-Colonial Denial
1) We didn't exist
2) If we did, we weren't here
3) if we were, we didn't use the land
4) If we did, we didn't deserve it
5) If we did, we lost it
6) If we didn't, it doesn't matter any more
7) If it does, we need to move on
8) If we can't, we are you
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I don't actually live in a post-capitalist wonderland all our public services are financed by corporations and the local university, but for the people living inside it, it's easy to see it that way!
like: free buses, but they're free because the university pays for them, and the university pays for them because they let researchers access the campus more easily.
Presidential Plans to Address the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Crises
This thread is gonna contain links to statements of Democratic presidential candidates related to the ongoing Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit (#MMIWG2S) crises occurring across Turtle Island.
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