everytime someone posts about the super adventure box i always get confused
The shit hit the fan in the trans blogosphere last night, when it came to light that there is a disturbing new section in the Identity Screening Regulations used in airports throughout Canada. Simp…
This actually exists. In 2014. I have a Canadian partner, I am mid transition…I knew I had to be careful but holy shit. This actually terrifies me. How does this make any sense? Why do gender markers even exist on photo ID’s?
NOPE FUCK THIS
But y’all wanna move to Canada… Such a utopia right
This isn’t as bad as it sounds. The changes that were made are that the one in charge of comparing the passport has to study every detail INTENSELY, and if there’s any concern that the person doesn’t match age wise, gender wise or race wise, then they have the right to refuse them on the plane.
They have also added a footnote saying that if a passenger’s appearance has changed for medical reasons after the photo on the ID was taken and they haven’t gotten their passport fully updated, they will be able to board if they have a document signed by a health-care professional.
Basically Transport Canada has been really lax in comparing photo ID to the owners of the passport, and the government wants them to crack down on it. They should definitely have an option other than M or F for the gender, I agree entirely, but they’re not refusing to allow someone on purely because they haven’t gone through with their gender reassignment operation.
Monday night. Part 6.
Here’s a little PSA for you con goers.
Do not criticize someones cosplay because of their age
Do not shame someone in cosplay because of their weight
Do not point out a cosplayers flaw, scars, birthmark, makeup smudge
Do not blame a cosplayer for their insecurities
Do not slap a cosplayers ass without consent
Do not cat call any cosplayers
Do not be racist to cosplayers
Do not judge cosplayers because of gender
DO NOT BE AN ASSHOLE TO COSPLAYERS ANY AGE, SIZE, GENDER, OR SKIN TONE
A few months ago I was playing World of Warcraft — as is my wont — and was mindlessly listing gemstones in the auction house. Though I usually try to ignore the in-game chat channels, I couldn’t help but notice one shaman asking for help with his gear. Now, if you’ve ever been on the internet before, you may know that asking even reasonable questions to a group of anonymous people will likely result in some or all of the following: insults, incorrect answers, deliberately false answers, and more insults. The shaman was asking what sort of gear he needed to play his character with a particular specialization (shaman can be either healers or they can deal damage via melee attacks or spellcasting). His questions weren’t being answered and people were mocking his spelling. The shaman apologized, saying he was a 79 year old man and didn’t type very well. The people in the chat channel then mocked him for this.
I looked up the shaman’s gear and found he was wearing a hodgepodge of items that weren’t itemized very well for his intended role (a melee damage-dealer). I bought him several pieces of gear off the auction house and mailed it to his character along with a note with a few tips. I also told him if he ever had any questions, he could ask me at any time.
I got an in-game mail back from him later that day. He said that it’s hard for him to play this game since the younger players don’t have patience for him. He never learned to type in school and his reflexes were slower. “I went through Korea and Vietnam and they were good enough then to keep me alive,” he wrote. He thanked me for helping him and for changing his mind about his fellow players.
Now, whenever I get frustrated with a player who isn’t playing well, I just imagine that the character is being played by my own Korean war veteran grandfather, who will be 83 this summer. I keep checking back on my little shaman friend. He only has two more levels before he hits the level-cap. I think I’ll buy him a present for when he does.
Chaos in Ferguson. Sunday night, part 4
- no, this isn’t over;
- no, these aren’t from earlier in the week;
- no, everything isn’t alright now;
- no, the police haven’t stopped brutalizing peaceful protesters;
- no, police haven’t intervened to stop the looting;
- no, police haven’t responded to emergency 911 calls for people injured by rubber bullets or children hit by cars;
- no, michael brown’s shooter still has not faced any consequences for murdering an unarmed teenager 9 days ago