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  1. Comment on Why the left is so afraid of Jordan Peterson in ~humanities

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    Ah yes, people flock to Jordan Peterson for his sustained argument against identity politics and departure from radicalism in exchange for moderation and sanity. That is why we can witness...

    Ah yes, people flock to Jordan Peterson for his sustained argument against identity politics and departure from radicalism in exchange for moderation and sanity. That is why we can witness Peterson persistently alluding to an unspecific cloud of intellectual thought as nefarious authoritarians who will bring about the Gulags and destroy Western Civilization as we know it and describing entire academic spheres as "infected" with ideas he personally has assessed as being toxic that should be "rooted out".

    Peterson's fans don't reject identity politics, they merely adopt another form of it. There are the rational skeptics and then there are the postmodern neomarxists ( an almost oxymoronic string of words ). One side works to make the world a good and rational place the other wishes to make it a dark and authoritarian one. "Post-modern" becomes a signal word which denotes evil despite Peterson regularly and blatantly applying postmodern thought. Opposition to Peterson can only be explained as irrational malice and fear rather than disagreement or, even more unthinkable, that Peterson might be wrong.

    Why would people who are tired of identity politics flock to Peterson? A more likely explanation would be that Peterson has stances that affirm many preconceptions and maintain the status quo such that little to no effort is required of followers. Peterson wouldn't be so popular if he was truly the underdog he is advertised as.

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  2. Comment on Why Transgender People In Japan Prefer To Be Told They Have A "Disorder" in ~lgbt

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    If I could plug that CPU into a different motherboard and it'd work, I'd say the CPU was just incompatible with the prior board. Neither the board nor the CPU are broken, they just don't fit together.

    If you bought a computer and the CPU didn't run the computer properly, you'd call it broken.

    If I could plug that CPU into a different motherboard and it'd work, I'd say the CPU was just incompatible with the prior board. Neither the board nor the CPU are broken, they just don't fit together.

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  3. Comment on Why Transgender People In Japan Prefer To Be Told They Have A "Disorder" in ~lgbt

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    Due to my experiences with gatekeeping when seeking treatment, I can't will myself to support reinforcing the idea that people must justify their dysphoria to often completely ignorant people so...

    Due to my experiences with gatekeeping when seeking treatment, I can't will myself to support reinforcing the idea that people must justify their dysphoria to often completely ignorant people so that they can obtain the medication they need to survive.

    If I had assurance that diagnostic criteria as well as the conduct of medical professionals involved properly accounted for and accommodated the vast range of different experiences of different trans people, maybe I would be more willing to support this strategy.

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  4. Comment on Why Transgender People In Japan Prefer To Be Told They Have A "Disorder" in ~lgbt

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    I'm not sure it's fair to call it a defect in brain chemistry. The brain of a trans person isn't defective or broken, it's just incompatible with aspects of the rest of the body. When in the right...

    I'm not sure it's fair to call it a defect in brain chemistry. The brain of a trans person isn't defective or broken, it's just incompatible with aspects of the rest of the body. When in the right bodily conditions, the brain works just fine. The incompatibility isn't from the brain being broken somehow, but merely from the two components do not work together.

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  5. Comment on I think I have a fundamental misunderstanding of how the concept of being transgendered works. Clarifications would be helpful. in ~lgbt

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    It's just that if they guess that I'm male based on my appearance that tells me I appear male, which I do not desire to be. I don't care if because of them assuming I'm a guy they place male...

    It's just that if they guess that I'm male based on my appearance that tells me I appear male, which I do not desire to be. I don't care if because of them assuming I'm a guy they place male expectations on me, what I care about is the fact they thought I was a guy.

  6. Comment on I think I have a fundamental misunderstanding of how the concept of being transgendered works. Clarifications would be helpful. in ~lgbt

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    How dysphoria might manifest will vary between people. For some it might come explicitly from perception of one's body, others may be less direct. I'm mostly of the bodily sort, so I can't really...

    How dysphoria might manifest will vary between people. For some it might come explicitly from perception of one's body, others may be less direct. I'm mostly of the bodily sort, so I can't really speak for others.

    The two really aren't all that distinct, various social factors can cause me distress because they remind me or call attention to aspects of my body that I'm not comfortable with. When someone refers to me the wrong way, it reminds me my bodily appearance is male.

  7. Comment on I think I have a fundamental misunderstanding of how the concept of being transgendered works. Clarifications would be helpful. in ~lgbt

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    I mean for one you should realize those things don't encapsulate all trans people's experiences. I had boyish interests and behavior growing up but once puberty started, things went downhill fast....

    I mean for one you should realize those things don't encapsulate all trans people's experiences. I had boyish interests and behavior growing up but once puberty started, things went downhill fast. My body became increasingly unsettling and I became increasingly detached from it. I fell into depression and dissociation.

    When I transitioned, my hobbies, clothes, etc weren't what changed. I still enjoy the same media, where baggy and schlubby clothes, and am overall pretty much a slob. I'm basically the same person just a woman now. Gender roles actively work against my transition and the way I live now.

    I don't really know what "feeling like a woman" or "feeling like a man" means, I just feel like me. What I do know though is when I had male hormone levels, a male appearance, and considersed myself a man, I suffered horrendously. Now that I have female hormone levels, appear female, and consider myself a woman, I live happily and healthily.

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  8. Comment on Are any of your political or social views exhausting to defend? in ~talk

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    Talking about discrimination and just general attitudes towards minorities generally leaves me feeling upset. I know that if I fail to convince them, they will just continue contributing to...

    Talking about discrimination and just general attitudes towards minorities generally leaves me feeling upset. I know that if I fail to convince them, they will just continue contributing to discrimination and keeping society hostile to certain groups. Ultimately being convinced requires their willing participation too, and it's very often they aren't putting that forward in a conversation, so I ultimately have to realize that a large number of folks are going to keep society hostile without their being much way of stopping them, which doesn't leave me feel being very satisfied with conversation.

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  9. Comment on How many trans people are here? in ~lgbt

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    It's true no one is wholely feminine or masculine, however, one's masculinity/femininity is not relevant to whether they consider themselves a man or woman or something else.

    It's true no one is wholely feminine or masculine, however, one's masculinity/femininity is not relevant to whether they consider themselves a man or woman or something else.

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  10. Comment on How many trans people are here? in ~lgbt

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    Trans woman here.

    Trans woman here.

  11. Comment on KFC Is right, people are gobbling up meat replacements in ~news

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    Well you have to grow plants for livestock to eat, and they eat a lot more plant matter than you or I.

    Does eating only vegetables really help the environment? I was never so sure. If you calculate the amount of water and land required in order to get the same caloric energy density as meat, are veggies that much better?

    Well you have to grow plants for livestock to eat, and they eat a lot more plant matter than you or I.

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  12. Comment on Homosexual marriage legal or illegal? in ~talk

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    This argument will never hold weight until heterosexual couples who can't reproduce are treated equally as homosexual couples that can't reproduce. And when heterosexual couples who show no sign...

    I can see some arguments as to why in some ways, generally, heterosexual couples are more valuable to society and so warrant some benefits more,

    This argument will never hold weight until heterosexual couples who can't reproduce are treated equally as homosexual couples that can't reproduce. And when heterosexual couples who show no sign of willingness to produce babies for society have their marriage licenses provoked.

    Also homosexual couples can be very valuable to raising new generations, they can adopt.

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  13. Comment on "Guy" should be a neutered term. Change my mind. in ~talk

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    I was starting to wonder if I felt that way because I'm trans but it's reassuring to know others feel the same way.

    *I actually have a weird aversion to referring to myself as a woman, but that's kind of a tangent. Is it an age thing? A formality thing? Internalized sexism? Who knows~

    I was starting to wonder if I felt that way because I'm trans but it's reassuring to know others feel the same way.

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  14. Comment on Just wondering. Should ~games be a branch under ~hobbies? in ~tildes

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    Overrepresentation of gaming as a hobby might lead to choking out discussion of all other hobbies.

    Overrepresentation of gaming as a hobby might lead to choking out discussion of all other hobbies.

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  15. Comment on "Guy" should be a neutered term. Change my mind. in ~talk

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    Necessary? Probably not. A cis woman and a trans woman don't need to specify if they don't want to because they're ultimately both women. Can they though if they want to further clarify how it...

    Necessary? Probably not. A cis woman and a trans woman don't need to specify if they don't want to because they're ultimately both women. Can they though if they want to further clarify how it might shape their experiences? Of course.

    Should the term "cis" exist and be used at all? Absolutely. Words are useful. We don't question whether the word "heterosexual" should exist, whether the word "right-handed" should exist.

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  16. Comment on "Guy" should be a neutered term. Change my mind. in ~talk

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    I'll believe it's neutered when straight guys start saying they fucked a guy.

    I'll believe it's neutered when straight guys start saying they fucked a guy.

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  17. Comment on Any dota players here? in ~games

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    I actually just got done playing Dota with my boyfriend an hour or so ago. Probably my second favorite game of all time. I'm just some shitter Legend 3 player(3400) (NA). I mostly spam Necro and...

    I actually just got done playing Dota with my boyfriend an hour or so ago. Probably my second favorite game of all time.

    I'm just some shitter Legend 3 player(3400) (NA). I mostly spam Necro and Veno, I guess I have a thing for green cancer heroes.

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  18. Comment on How do you find new LGBT groups? in ~lgbt

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    I don't have any queer friends IRL to hang out with, so it's all online for me. The usual vectors are meeting folks in whatever discords we happen to share, sometimes they introduce me to groups...

    I don't have any queer friends IRL to hang out with, so it's all online for me.

    The usual vectors are meeting folks in whatever discords we happen to share, sometimes they introduce me to groups with large presence of queer folks and sometimes I introduce them. Some are gaming discords, some are furry discords, some are just hobbled together friend groups, etc.

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  19. Comment on The case for quarantining extremist ideas in ~misc

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    I find the world view that we simply need to let bad ideas spew forth so we can defeat them in the open to be naive and reliant upon premises that aren't sound or realistic. The problem with the...

    I find the world view that we simply need to let bad ideas spew forth so we can defeat them in the open to be naive and reliant upon premises that aren't sound or realistic.

    The problem with the free marketplace of ideas will always be that, just as with any marketplace, it relies upon what is in demand. Unfortunately, often what is in demand are easy answers, answers that affirm preexisting biases, answers that appeal to someone's feelings. Well-reasoned and informed answers don't always win out in the marketplace. In each individual's head there is a marketplace, and from that we can see that there are a lot of people who value personal emotions over rational positions. In the gladitorial, Darwinistic area of the mind, it's not the most rational idea that is selected, it's the most viral idea that is selected.

    Not all arguments enter into public discourse with intent to actually engage with opposition. Some merely treat it as a performance in which they have no regard for genuine discussion, but rather for appearance. To expose their ideas to as many people as possible, so that they may net the vulnerable ones in the audience who are primed to buy into it.

    This notion that the only reason we haven't defeated things is because we haven't talked about it enough is just silly. There's only so many ways in which theists can fail in debates, yet they still hold massive followings despite constantly repeating already defeated arguments. Is the reason that flat-earthers exist because people just didn't make a strong-enough case for a round-earth? No, it's because there are people who do not care about reason, who cannot be reasoned out of the holes they dig for themselves.

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  20. Comment on So far this site has been mostly politics-averse, but I am curious if I am alone as an MAGA/Trump voter/supporter in a sea of reddit mods in ~talk

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    Name a person who explicitly states that they are bigoted and does not claim that they support discriminatory policies for other reasons. People will claim they aren't racist, they are just "race...

    Name a person who explicitly states that they are bigoted and does not claim that they support discriminatory policies for other reasons. People will claim they aren't racist, they are just "race realists" who think the facts show that some races are inferior and that guides their policy choices. When you just treat everyone's personal interpretation (or denial of) facts, you just wind up enabling shit ideas to thrive. Explicitly having to state that one is bigoted is a ridiculously high standard for assessing who is probably bigoted.

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