For the most part, I enjoy April Fools Day online. I find the levity comforting, especially in the world we're currently living in. My favorite AFD bits are the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Request For Comments (RFC), like A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers or last year's The Internationalized Deliberately Unreadable Network NOtation (I-DUNNO). I decided to search this morning to see if a new AFD RFC had been added yet and came to the IETF Documents page, which includes the latest updates to an RFC and/or new drafts for potential RFCs. I clicked through all of the drafts for today, and came across two drafts(1) (2) that were only meant to be as blatantly offensive to transgender people and other marginalized groups as they possibly can.
A quick note, This is not the work of the IETF, nor do they as a group endorse these RFC drafts, this is just how the RFC process works.
I just don't get it.
I've been in a constant state of befuddlement since I stumbled on those drafts this morning. I don't understand why people still think this stuff is funny. Haven't we shined a bright enough light on societal injustice, especially since last May 25th? Is this getting more pervasive, or has it always been this bad and I've only been noticing it for the past half-decade? I know things used to be worse, but I could have sworn they were getting better, right?
:sigh: Sorry for the rant, I just needed to get this down somewhere.