The language we use matters, science communicators spend their time trying to determine the best ways to explain science to the general public. And the framing is not ‘how do we best communicate science so all may understand’, but rather ‘how do we convince the public to accept what we say without question’. In medicine … More The trouble with consent
I heard an unwell woman say “I’m grateful to [my male spouse] He does all my chores; He cooks and cleans the house!” Have a golden sticker, you are an awesome chap Doing all her chores for her; Lets us stand to clap. What a modern guy you are, if in sickness only To take … More Who’s chores?
There once was a lesbian dared, By an entitled man who declared “My penis is female and so Sexually give it a go” To which she replied “I’ll be spared” The entitled man swore and called her a TERF She shrugged, and said she’d been called worse And no means no So off you … More A limerick in 3 parts
Social interactions can be so very hard By a seemingly simple nuance, a relationship is marred I understood your words and friendly you seemed But I missed an important clue and error was deemed This has now upset you as you think I let you down And this response saw my brow in a confused frown … More I’ll take that as a comment
Naming a new human takes much thought and angst Making lists of ‘for’, ‘maybe’, ‘against’ Sometimes the namee will declare you were wrong And a nickname or a name change helps them to belong Our name is our virtue, or so I’ve been told We carry one with us from birth til we’re old Our … More What’s in a name?
Humans are hierarchical by nature. We like to have leaders (alphas) and we like to ‘know our place’. There is an innate need to ‘belong’ and be accepted. This hierarchical nature means there are those with privileged positions, who use this privilege to oppress others. The ‘others’ are considered sub groups, and the unique needs … More Heirarchy malarkey
Originally posted on Not The News in Briefs:
A controversy around the subject of trans-inclusion is currently rumbling in the Labour Party: the question of whether trans-identified males, with or without a Gender Recognition Certificate, should be able to access women-only shortlists or become Women’s Officers, or take advantage of initiatives such as the Jo…