- "Are you binary or nonbinary? Because nonbinary isn’t really trans and you can stay with us if you’re nonbinary."
- "Do you have body dysphoria? If you don’t, you’re not trans and you can stay with us."
- "Is your body dysphoria limited to secondary sex characteristics, or is it primary ones as well? If it’s just secondary sex characteristics, it’s not real body dysphoria, and you’re not trans, so you can stay with us."
- "Are you genderless? Genderlessness isn’t being trans, it’s not even a real thing, so you can stay with us."
- "Are you genderfluid? That’s not even a real thing, so you’re not trans and you can stay with us."
And yet these are questions that are used to shut people out of some parts of the trans community. The trans community that needs to be there for those kids who get thrown out on the street for being trans, who can’t get jobs because they’re trans, who face every aspect of transphobia (and in many cases also transmisogyny) but in some people’s eyes haven’t earned the right to call themselves trans…
Beautifully patterned insect
Sphinx Moth! Pollinates a *ton* of the night blooming flowers around here!
the mesoamerican pyramids are a marvel of engineering and architecture treat them with respect
"these were simple instruments of observation"
uh no do you even know the kind of engineering skills it took for people to build something like Stonehenge with neolithic technology
"The first immigrants to Europe arrived thousands of years ago from central Asia. Most pre-contact Europeans lived together in small villages. Because the continent was very crowded, their lives were ruled by strict hierarchies within the family and outside it to control resources. Europe was highly multi-ethnic, and most tribes were ruled by hereditary leaders who commanded the majority “commoners.” These groups were engaged in near constant warfare.
"Pre-contact Europeans wore clothing made of natural materials such as animal skin and plant and animal-based textiles. Women wore long dresses and covered their hair, and men wore tunics and leggings. Both men and women liked to wear jewelry made from precious stones and metals as a sign of status. Before contact, Europeans had very poor diets. Most people were farmers and grew wheat and vegetables and raised cows and sheep to eat. They rarely washed themselves, and had many diseases because they often let their animals live with them.
"Religion infused every part of Europeans’ lives. Europeans believed in one supreme deity, a father figure, who they believed was made of three parts, and they particularly worshiped the deity’s son. They claimed that their god had given humans domination over the earth. They built elaborate temples to him and performed ceremonies in which they ate crackers and drank wine and believed it was the body and blood of their god, who would provide them with entrance into a wondrous afterlife called heaven when they died. Many wars were fought over disagreements about the details of this religion, each group believing their interpretation was the right one that should be spread across the land."
Now imagine that is part of a textbook that has entire chapters on the Mississippian polities of the 1200s and a detailed account of the diplomatic situation of the southeastern provinces in the 1400s and 1500s, an enormous section that goes through the history of the rise of the Triple Alliance in Mexico and goes through the rule of each tlatoani and their policies, the heritage of Teotihuacan and its legacy in later Mesoamerican politics, elaborate descriptions of the trade routes that connected and drove various nations in North America. Long explanations of the rise of various religious movements such as the calumet ceremony and Midewiwin, and how they affected political agendas and artistic trends. Pages and pages and pages going through the past thousand years of American history century by century.
And these three paragraphs are the only mention of European history before the year 1500.
If your textbook of North American history goes into the details of the Middle Ages, the Reformation and Renaissance, the Silk Road, and European monarchies, and you don’t include equal description of the Mississippian coalescence and dispersal, Haudenosaunee-Algonquian relations, the Woodlands, trans-plains, and southwestern trade systems, the Mexica conquests and the Fifth Sun ideology with explicit naming of various places and leaders, then your textbook is inadequate.
Why do you include those “pre-contact” European things? Because they explain the motivations and reasons for what Europeans did. But people largely imagine North America as this timeless place and don’t recognize that pre-contact American history had just as much of an effect on post-contact history because it provides explanations of the motivations and reasonings behind indigenous peoples’ actions.
But of course, that would require people to recognize that indigenous people had their own histories and agendas and agency that affected the course of history rather than making them a passive recipient of European historical force.
Cheetah mom has paws full with these 6 cuddly cubs
The Burgers Zoo’s sextuplets, born on May 24, are quite rare. Typically, a cheetah only gives birth to two to four cubs per litter. A litter of six energetic cubs may sound like a lot, but some cheetah mothers have been known to give birth to nine cubs in a single gestation period.
Oh, gosh! ^_^!!! How precious. I do adore me some Cheetahs ^_^
The photo above showing a desert monsoon thunderstorm pushing off to the east of Catalina, Arizona was taken on the evening of August 5, 2012. A jagged cloud-to-ground lightning bolt dominates the scene while the gentle arc of a rainbow adds colorful accents. It’s not the shield of rain and dust that paint this rainbow bow in shades of red, orange and yellow but rather the fact that the bow formed close to sunset. Longer path lengths of sunlight when the Sun lies near or below the horizon are responsible for reddening sunsets and rainbows alike. Note that rainbows only occur opposite the Sun (antisolar point) — directly behind the camera.”
More at Earth Science Photo of the Day
Petition from United Farm Worker’s:
About the Petition
Did you know? Pesticide exposure causes farmworkers to suffer more chemical-related injuries and illnesses than any other workforce in the nation.
On Feb. 20, the Environmental Protection Agency announced proposed changes to the Worker Protection Standard, which protects workers who are exposed to pesticides. Some of the proposed changes will be beneficial to workers, and some will not. The public comment period, which ends on Aug. 18, gives you the opportunity to tell the EPA that farmworkers deserve these protections. Support farmworkers by leaving your comment now.
People look down on McDonald’s employees but fail to realize that if all these folks left McDonald’s and pursued “better careers” your ass wouldn’t be able to get a McDouble with an Oreo McFlurry at 3am.
You can’t demand a service while simultaneously degrading those who provide it for you.
This includes people in food service, cooks, farmers - all the people who make sure food gets to others. And janitors and houskeeping staff. And wastewater.
Right now, all these jobs are necessary for our society to function. These people are the solid ground that the rest of our society stands on. We should treat them right.
And if you say to one particular person who can’t handle the low wages and disrespect that comes from being the foundation in this messed up society “You should go to college and get a better job”. That doesn’t fix the problem. Because someone needs to make the food and clean the place and fix things. And that someone is a *Person*.
We need to treat *everyone* right.
Make sure every person can live well.
No such thing as a person who doesn’t need and deserve the basics of life.