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  1. What are you doing for Pride this week? (7-13 June)

    Pride month has already started, so - as per the title - what are you doing for Pride this week? Are there any cool events where you live? Is the encroaching summer making it hard to choose...

    Pride month has already started, so - as per the title - what are you doing for Pride this week?

    Are there any cool events where you live? Is the encroaching summer making it hard to choose between hugging the AC and ironing your flags? Are you still in the closet, and would you like to vent about it?

    10 votes
  2. Comment on Caitlyn Jenner opposes trans girls competing in girls' sports: 'It just isn't fair' in ~lgbt

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    Considering that (1) a lot of trans women have undetectable levels of testosterone while (2) a lot of cis women in sports - typical averages != typical averages in the relevant subpopulation -...

    Male-to-female transgender athletes are required to reduce the testosterone in their blood to below 10 nanomoles per liter. Typical values for women are 0.5 to 3.0 nanomoles per liter.

    Ms. Abreu lowered her levels to 0.2 nanomoles. In 2017, the International Volleyball Federation and the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation authorized her to play on women’s teams, and in December she started playing for her team in Bauru, a conservative agricultural hub.

    Considering that (1) a lot of trans women have undetectable levels of testosterone while (2) a lot of cis women in sports - typical averages != typical averages in the relevant subpopulation - have elevated levels of testosterone and that (3) those disadvantages stem from much higher mass ÷ greatly reduced strength, it's probably the latter, and I'm starting to wonder if it's fair for cis athletes to compete.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on "Why is this subreddit private?" or why some large subreddits are protesting the censorship of discussions about a reddit admin's ties to pedophilia. in ~tech

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    Plenty. Arguments do not win or lose ground based on how good they are. To be precise, a person who was raised by said actual bonafide evil person, and bonafide evil people are not usually known...

    what is there to worry about? It's a terrible argument.

    Plenty. Arguments do not win or lose ground based on how good they are.

    we're talking about someone who lived with an actual bonafide evil person while they were committing terrible crimes

    To be precise, a person who was raised by said actual bonafide evil person, and bonafide evil people are not usually known for their self-control. I had already heard about this case, at least a year ago, likely from the gender"critical" subs. Even back then, the words "abuse" and "grooming" came to mind. The BEP being her father also only serves to complicate the issue further, because even people with more healthy upbringings - or that just came to realize that what happened in their family was not normal - do not find detaching themselves from their parents easy.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Urbit: A Personal Identity Server in ~tech

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    Wasn't Urbit that one project that tried to rebuild feudalism on crypto? Pass. No matter how interesting the underlying tech might be - in this case, I'm not even sure if it's particularly...

    Wasn't Urbit that one project that tried to rebuild feudalism on crypto? Pass. No matter how interesting the underlying tech might be - in this case, I'm not even sure if it's particularly exciting - I'd rather see it used in some other project that doesn't bake hierarchy right in their ecosystem.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Reddit announces online presence indicators in ~tech

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    Yes, Reddit dear. Let's give the trolls you keep on your platform an even more effective way to harass actual people. That sounds like a spiffy idea, nevermind the fact you already messed around...

    Yes, Reddit dear. Let's give the trolls you keep on your platform an even more effective way to harass actual people. That sounds like a spiffy idea, nevermind the fact you already messed around with the report modal so it's twice as slower and thrice as painful to use.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Tildes is pushing out the minority voice in ~talk

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    Initially, sure. For a while, even, but how many of them are hanging around after six months, or a year? People who join a Reddit alternative that doesn't strive to be a free speech clone are...
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    Those numbers might indicate that we're also quite inviting to minorities.

    Initially, sure. For a while, even, but how many of them are hanging around after six months, or a year?

    People who join a Reddit alternative that doesn't strive to be a free speech clone are probably going to expect more from it, and dealing with devils' advocates is exhausting when the local culture really likes long posts and frowns upon "uncivil" behaviour, such that "Fuckin' google it, you lazyass" to the nth rehash of the same argument is unacceptable.

    I'd say this looks like we're turning away the intolerant

    It's not the intolerant the problem. Blatantly bigoted people are dealt with even on Reddit - not on all subreddits, but you learn which to join and which to avoid, and the mod teams tend to be large - and they are not as much of a problem as well-meaning but ignorant people (or those who can disguise their bigotry well). Answering the same questions, even when asked earnestly, can start to grate pretty quickly; dealing with sealions and devils' advocates is far worse.

    I think we should get good at turning away those who learned the rules of engagement from the "rationalist" sphere: things like "ad hominems mean you lose", "long messages good, short messages bad", "source?" spam, and "if you don't want to answer, just go elsewhere". The latter is especially poisonous, coming from people with no skin in the game who can afford to just... ignore what others are saying.

    Things like ephemeral threads - standalone, discussing a single link or post, with mostly different users interacting each time - don't help with that. With a lot of topics, "closed as duplicate: see here" would serve the community far better, both minorities - who won't need to step in and groundhog day the argument - and those who want to learn more than they want to argue.

    Edit: s/(alternative) who/\1 that/

    14 votes
  7. Comment on Any fans of regular non-smart watches? in ~talk

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    Theoretically, yes. Practically, no. I have not worn a wristwatch in more than a decade, until I bought a Mi Band 5 near the end of November. Previously, I was looking at Casio watches - I figured...

    Theoretically, yes. Practically, no.

    I have not worn a wristwatch in more than a decade, until I bought a Mi Band 5 near the end of November. Previously, I was looking at Casio watches - I figured I'd get an humble F-91W, which I think was also the watch I was wearing in high school - but I don't think I could go back to "dumb" watches*.

    Don't get me wrong, I could definitely do without notifications on my wrist, and I hate, hate, hate the fact I need to use a proprietary app to connect with it, but I like having a small sensor platform on my wrist. I like knowing at a glance what the weather will be, and I like how much less obnoxious a vibrating alarm is.

    These days I'm seriously eyeing the PineTime and thinking about DIY: I could have all of this without being forced to be connected to a phone. I think I'd be happier with this than with "just" a Casio, even if I really really like some of the features on the more high-end models (looong battery life, solar panels built-in).


    * Thinking about it, I don't think I ever liked "dumb" watches that much. I got a small calculator watch as a gift a long time ago, and I was absolutely in love with it - granted, it was for all of two days, as it broke the first time I wore it, but still.
    † It might not have been the case for Mi Band <=4, but you need to install Mi Fit and launch it at least once to get the auth key for the 5. I figured I'd do that and just use Gadgetbridge afterwards, but no dice: I can't get it to pair on either of the phones I tried.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Graham Linehan says he won’t work with Channel 4 again unless transphobic IT Crowd episode is reinstated in ~tv

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    And yet the author is not unaware of the Jews, and he did not come from a time before the Jews existed. They existed, and he knew about them, if in a shallow manner. He might not have hated them,...

    And yet the author is not unaware of the Jews, and he did not come from a time before the Jews existed. They existed, and he knew about them, if in a shallow manner. He might not have hated them, not more than what was normal for the time he grew in, but he didn't hold them in high esteem, making them into a punchline.

    It doesn't really matter, simply "before the author became antisemitic".

    The author grew up in a society where anti-semitism - and misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia - was pervasive. It's much more likely that he learned that as a child, when surrounded by peers who enabled him, rather than after some criticism he received for the anti-semitism in his work he supposedly had yet to learn.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Graham Linehan says he won’t work with Channel 4 again unless transphobic IT Crowd episode is reinstated in ~tv

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    Written before the author became anti-semitic, or before the author - who grew up steeped in an anti-semitic society, one in the process of (slowly) leaving its anti-semitism behind - became...

    How about a text written before the author became antisemitic?

    Written before the author became anti-semitic, or before the author - who grew up steeped in an anti-semitic society, one in the process of (slowly) leaving its anti-semitism behind - became noticeably anti-semitic?

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Graham Linehan says he won’t work with Channel 4 again unless transphobic IT Crowd episode is reinstated in ~tv

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    I beg to differ. Chunking transphobes into a single group, not pandering to the people who would reduce years of dogwhistling and of more overt transphobia to "a mere difference of opinions", is...

    chucking everyone who holds views you disagree with

    I beg to differ. Chunking transphobes into a single group, not pandering to the people who would reduce years of dogwhistling and of more overt transphobia to "a mere difference of opinions", is hurting precisely nothing.

    The people who get upset because of this "political correctness run amok" did not bother to look into the issue, are having a knee-jerk reaction - possibly at the idea that they, also, could be attributed the same label - and I'm not sure why their vagueing on this should matter.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Graham Linehan says he won’t work with Channel 4 again unless transphobic IT Crowd episode is reinstated in ~tv

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    You are not obligated to date anyone. You can stop dating them for any reason. That doesn't mean that those reasons can't be shallow and discriminatory, and I'm not sure why "is this X-phobic?" is...

    You are not obligated to date anyone. You can stop dating them for any reason. That doesn't mean that those reasons can't be shallow and discriminatory, and I'm not sure why "is this X-phobic?" is always answered with the non-sequitur "they can't force you to do it!"

    The answer to that question would be "yes, it'd be transphobic if you are only ending/refusing that relationship solely because of someone's transgender status". Refusing it for reasons that are not solely their transgender status - "I really want to have real children with them" - might not be transphobic, iff they are applied equally to trans and cis people from the get-go, but they can still be some other kind of X-phobic.

    You being allowed to do that, though, was never called into question.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on The Results of the Actual Unofficial 2020 Tildes Census in ~tildes

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    Yeah, the average political compass results are very much not what I would associate with a "leftist echo chamber".

    Yeah, the average political compass results are very much not what I would associate with a "leftist echo chamber".

    6 votes
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  14. Comment on JK Rowling’s latest book is about a murderous cis man who dresses as a woman to kill his victims in ~lgbt

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    You can pretty much go down this Anti-LGBT rhetoric Wikipedia page and tick all the anti-gay rhetoric boxes off. "Causing disasters" might have fallen out of use, but pretty much every other...

    Beyond that I'm not sure,

    You can pretty much go down this Anti-LGBT rhetoric Wikipedia page and tick all the anti-gay rhetoric boxes off.

    "Causing disasters" might have fallen out of use, but pretty much every other anti-trans talking point is just recycled homophobia with the serial numbers filed off. "Transgenderism [sic] is unnatural, a mental disorder, a disease, a sinful lifestyle!" are very common statements, like also "it's a Western ill" (some Stalinist UK party was marching hard on that).

    It is definitely conflated with child abuse - see all those people decrying the harms of puberty blockers - and too many people seem to be under the impression that we are out to recruit children, that "force-transing" of GNC children/traumatized women - as opposed to people learning they can transition earlier - is a widespread problem and that mass detransitions will have happened twenty ten five years ago happen any day now.

    A common trope is "I'm so lucky I was born forty years ago, I was such a tomboy growing up, and had I been born today I'd certainly have been forced into transition!", to the point that it makes up a large fraction - if not a majority - of the content on /r/‍detrans.

    The recent articles on womb transplants, also, helped stoke the GC paranoia, with people claiming we'd be coming for their uterus, or deciding to stop being organ donors in case they'll ever be viable for trans women.

    Then, of course, there's the bathroom predator paranoia - generalized to any areas where an AFAB majority might congregate, like locker rooms, shelters and prisons, often coaxed as "you want to force traumatised women into seeing your penis!" - the people ranting about how "they are coming for our sports", always bringing up the same four-five trans or intersex athletes who had some measure of success, and the whole "you can have genital preferences!" debacle.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on JK Rowling’s latest book is about a murderous cis man who dresses as a woman to kill his victims in ~lgbt

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    As far as I am concerned, very little, because there is a large gulf between avoidance, irrational or not, and intolerance/bigotry, and while they might have a right to feel safe, so do the people...
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    how much intolerance (or bigotry) might one forgive due to traumatic personal experiences? This is something oft talked about in circles regarding a white person's wariness towards people of color; they had an experience that traumatized them towards people of a specific race. We are intended to infer that this wariness is justified, due to the visceral nature of this person's anecdotal experience.

    As far as I am concerned, very little, because there is a large gulf between avoidance, irrational or not, and intolerance/bigotry, and while they might have a right to feel safe, so do the people they target.

    On top of that, I'm not convinced their intolerance/bigotry was a result of their trauma, as much as manifested through it by focusing on some ${CHARACTERISTIC} they already consider to be "other".

    This is especially the case when it comes to jk Rowling, or really any cis woman using her trauma at the hands of cis men to defend her vicious attacks towards trans women: those two groups look very different, I doubt they were targeted by the strawmen in drag they depict - which is a deliberate choice, like that of refusing to distinguish between the two - and I doubt their anger is aimed equally at all AMAB people, instead of just those that can't defend themselves.

    In any case, it doesn't really matter. We can call their intolerance justified, caused by an external event and thus not "their fault", but that doesn't justify the harm they go on to cause to already highly-vulnerable populations, certainly not if they don't even try to get better.

    To be even blunter, rabid animals are innocent of the harm they cause, and, as we can't stop them from doing that, we still put them down.

    17 votes
  16. Comment on What we’ve learned by comparing cash to job training in ~finance

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    Cash is pretty sticky if you have enough of it. A part of it might evaporate each month on essentials like food, water, transportation, electricity and phone bills, but they are relatively cheap...

    Cash is pretty sticky if you have enough of it. A part of it might evaporate each month on essentials like food, water, transportation, electricity and phone bills, but they are relatively cheap if you can secure other resources like housing*, a vehicle, quality clothing and tools.


    * Not having to pay for rent/a mortgage will make it exceptionally sticky, as it can easily get up to 60% of your income in some places.
    † See: Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Academics are really, really worried about their freedom in ~humanities

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    Why, exactly, would that be "insane"? We do not exist. We are not one. We are eight billion people with distinct viewpoints, who have about sixteen hours a day each we can use to weight all of...

    The clock is ticking on those issues and we're spending time and energy getting worked up over a professor's pov about a school shooter? That's insane.

    Why, exactly, would that be "insane"?

    We do not exist. We are not one. We are eight billion people with distinct viewpoints, who have about sixteen hours a day each we can use to weight all of these issues, worry about them, and try to tackle them in often wildly different manners.

    We also have a limit to how much we can do, and how much time we can spend worrying about any given issue. Climate change and income inequality are, after all, Big Problems™, with the impact of any given individual being extremely limited, which can easily lead to burning out if that is all you are thinking about.

    There are other Big Problems™, too, ones which can be tackled on a smaller scale and which mostly interlink: discrimination - misogyny, racism, homotransphobia - definitely affects income, and the disinformation that people use to prop them up - the fact that it exists, the fact that it is given a voice - isn't helping convince people that climate change is a problem, at all.

    So yes, I am willing to spend time and energy getting worked up over a professor's POV about a school shooter, when that person is used to disingenuously push against social justice issues hiding behind "contrasting cancel culture" and "opposing identity politics", if only because helping people not deal with as much shit can only make them more effective at tackling the Big Problems™.

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  18. Comment on The actual 2020 Tildes Unofficial Census in ~tildes.official

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    It got stuck on the last question ("how much physical activity do you do?") for me, too, but it somehow got unstuck some time after I left the tab.

    It got stuck on the last question ("how much physical activity do you do?") for me, too, but it somehow got unstuck some time after I left the tab.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What are your thoughts on piracy? in ~talk

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    And most of the people I know pirate because they, being adolescents or penniless young adults, flat-out cannot afford it. There are also about eight billion people I do not know, of which four...

    And most of the people I know pirate because they, being adolescents or penniless young adults, flat-out cannot afford it.

    There are also about eight billion people I do not know, of which four point five billion use the Internet, of which less than 25% live in Europe, North America, or other countries with a relatively wealthy population - not that averages matter that much, as there are a lot of people in the Western world who struggle to get to the end of the month, and who can't afford to spend much on entertainment.

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  20. Comment on What are your thoughts on piracy? in ~talk

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    I know why I do: most of the e-books you can find cost barely any less than their hard copy version - sometimes not even 10% less - and they come bundled in DRM that I'd already have to break to...

    Books. I don't know why but I have a hard time paying for books.

    I know why I do: most of the e-books you can find cost barely any less than their hard copy version - sometimes not even 10% less - and they come bundled in DRM that I'd already have to break to be able to read them on the devices I use. Also, in minor part, because I can't check them out otherwise: as far as I know, Italian libraries don't carry a lot of English books (not that I actually had access to a library for most of my life).

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