“A scientific colleague tells me about a recent trip to the New Guinea highlands where she visited a stone age culture hardly contacted by Western civilization. They were ignorant of wristwatches, soft drinks, and frozen food. But they knew about Apollo 11. They knew that humans had walked on the Moon. They knew the names of Armstrong and Aldrin and Collins. They wanted to know who was visiting the Moon these days.”—Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (1994)
i find it interesting that when it comes to liking girls I’m just like GIRLS ALL GIRLS YES PERFECT GIRLS but with boys i’m like you must fit criteria 1-9 but 9 is optional only if you completely fill criteria 10-13 with a non-optional essay on 21st century sexism due by 5am
Listen here kid *takes a long drag from a cigarrette* ain’t nobody heard from that there Homestuck fandom in years. They say most of em went crazy afta some freak accident or some shit with clowns *smashes cigarrette under foot* I hear they all skipped town, found new fandoms…. But there’s a few mad ones left in there I tell ya, and they’ll eat your face boy if you take a one damn step near em
If cisgender people REALLY thought “biological sex” was important and weren’t just using it to police trans people who complain about health forms, they would
ask why there’s no intersex option on health forms
ask why there isn’t a different column where you denote if you’re trans and whether you plan on getting surgery (you know, since that affects your HEALTH)
use their cis privilege to point out the flaws in running health on a male/female system
stop saying “biological sex” while ignoring the existence of intersex people, as well as people with hormonal imbalances that put them at risk for disorders that typically don’t apply to their “biological sex”
basically it’s really obvious that cis people only say “they NEED to ask male or female on health forms its for your HEALTH” to get trans people to shut up, because cis people are scared of change
artists know the risk they are taking when they post their art online. people are inevitably going to take it apart, color edit it, flip it around or otherwise post it uncredited.
saying that an artist shouldn’t post their work if they don’t want it bastardized is probably the stupidest stance on this subject you could take. if all artists followed this line of reasoning, there would be no art on the internet.
when an artist posts their work, they are trusting you to enjoy it respectfully. and when you betray that trust either knowingly or unknowingly, it’s like saying the artist’s time, skills and thoughts aren’t worth anything.
you are NOT entitled to an artists work just because they decided to trust you enough to share it with you.
an artist is within their right to feel upset that someone has used their work in a way they never intended it to be used. they are within their right to ask for it to stop and not happen again.
just because it’s “bound to happen” doesn’t mean it’s any less deplorable.
I’d like add something that’s rarely ever discussed, but happens frequently enough to cause concern…
There are several online subcultures that support people creating original characters or personas. Artists and commissioners use these characters as visual representations and extensions of themselves, or even mascots for their brand. As a result, people will recognize and identify community members based on what their characters look like rather than what the people behind them look like IRL. This sometimes poses a danger to people’s reputations and livelihood whenever a stranger decides to use someone else’s character/identity or intellectual property without consent. I use to think nothing of it when someone stole my art and claimed it as theirs. I use to find it flattering whenever someone would think one of my characters was pretty enough to use for RP. That all came to a screeching halt when several things happened over the years I’ve posted my art online.
Case 1: People had threatened to harm me if they ever ran into me in person. This was due to an unsavory, highly homophobic individual who was causing a lot of issues on a role playing forum. They weren’t using my name, but they were using a small 100x100 pixel image of my personal character as their forum avatar. That was enough for people to assume it was me all along.
Case 2: I’ve had people nearly post my name on a well-known artist defamation blog because someone had stolen my artwork, pretended to be me, and had cheated several people out of a considerable amount of money. My reputation as an artist was nearly ruined by someone who tricked innocent people into thinking they were doing business with the real me.
Case 3: There was a girl who quickly became infamous for taking part in numerous hotel orgies at conventions. She was using multiple con badges that had art of my character/persona on them. If it weren’t for my roommates vouching for me and proving this girl was not me, my relationship with my friends and family would’ve been obliterated. All because a very promiscuous girl decided to use my character.
Case 4: The worst incident happened several years ago at the very first convention I’d ever attended. I was gleefully approached by a young man I didn’t recognize, but he definitely recognized me from my character on my badges. After a moment of confusion and discussion, we both realized he’d been duped into believing he and I had been forming a year-long intimate relationship online through an adult role playing site. Not only did an impersonator tell this guy they wanted to meet at the convention, but during their time getting to know one another, they also told him they were very much into realistic rape role play. Had this poor guy been taller, stronger, or more aggressive in nature, I could have been dragged off to a hotel room and raped under the impression that I liked it. The more that unfolded, the more terrified I became. That moment was when I completely stopped thinking character and art theft was a purely innocent thing. It can easily escalate into something insidious if the wrong person decides to take advantage of it.
Despite all the experiences I’ve had, there are still numerous people who believe I’m overreacting, unprofessional, or being immature when I speak out against art and character theft. These things really can matter in the long run, and I’m not the only artist who’s had issues with identity theft linked directly with art theft.
Thank you for being awesome, OP. <3
Re-blogging for the most excellent reply. This stuff isn’t harmless.
I’ve mostly (to my knowledge) dodged the larger bullets but have had my share of being impersonated and dragged through enough RP site drama by people using my characters & creatures to know how miserable this shit is.
its 20 fucking 14 can we stop pretending that online activism and general awareness campaigns “dont do anything” before i got on tumblr i was a racist sexist anti-feminist piece of garbage whos greatest understanding of any social issue was discrimination against white gay men and that trans people were “men trapped in womens bodies”
obviously something fucking right is going on so why dont you stop being pessimistic little shits.
You're post regarding the existence of biological sex... perturbed me, to say the least, given the fact that you only cited intersex people as proof of this. I did some quick research on the subject and I learned that those fitting under the label intersex (not xx or xy, klinefelters, ambiguous genitalia, etc) and I found that such individuals make up around 1%-2% of the human population. As a result I must ask, and please understand this is an honest question, have you ever heard of an outliar?
Yes, I have heard of an outlier. I was fortunate enough to receive a high school education in mathematics, which got me fairly well-acquainted with the concept of outliers, multiplication, basic fractions, and Pythagoras’ bloody Theorem, among other things.
Now, please allow me to ask you a question:
Do you realise what you have just said?
It’s not a trick question, by the way. I am legitimately, apprehensively curious as to whether or not you realise exactly what it is you are suggesting to me.
Did you know there are approximately seven billion people alive in this world right now? Approximately 7,255,000,000, and counting, in fact.
And since you’re interested in maths, do you know what 1% of that number is?
But that was an easy one. Do you know what 2% of that number is?
Of course you do. It’s 145,100,000.
And do you realise what you have just said?
Would you like to know some other interesting statistics? I’m sure you would have answered yes, because you are a curious mind. Let’s talk about countries.
Did you know that Japan, Vietnam, Seychelles, Greenland, Germany, Australia, Palestine, Mexico, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Afghanistan, South Korea, and France each have populations under 145,100,000 as of the most recent records.
Entire countries with fewer than 145,100,000 inhabitants.
Did you know that, in fact, only nine countries have over 145,100,000 inhabitants? In order, those countries are China, India, the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Russia.
And so I will ask one more time, for emphasis:
Do you realise what you have just said to me?
I’m sure you know - being so well-versed in mathematics as you are - what happens to outliers. If nothing else, our dear friend Spiders Georg should have shown you what usually happens to outliers.
They do not get counted. They get ignored. They get deleted.
What you have just said to me is this:
Approximately 145,100,000 people do not count to you. You do not respect them. You do not acknowledge them. You do not care about them. You see them as numbers. You see them as things, not people. You see them as less than yourself.
I find that suggestion disturbing and repulsive in ways I can scarcely put into words, and frankly, I feel that same repulsion about you by association. What you have said to me is nothing short of disgusting and inhuman. I am so disappointed in you.
However, you are quite right about me only citing a specifically intersex-oriented website. To be honest, that was because it was an easily accessible, informative read for people on the topic of physiological variation, to prove my point on there variation in the first place, and my thinking was that if people were curious and wanted to learn more about the fantastic spectrum of human existence, they were clever enough to, say, research it for themselves. To use the Google, as the kids these days call it. Perhaps that was a mistake on my part. Perhaps I shouldn’t have assumed that level of independent learning ability.
Seeing that you mentioned it, I assume you have looked into Klinefelter syndrome and ‘ambiguous genitalia’, and I therefore have absolutely no idea why you’re “perturbed” about this.
The purpose of that post I made was to show that sexual morphology is not as simple as ‘male’ or ‘female’, and neither is it as simple as ‘penis’ or ‘vagina’. Gender is a spectrum, and so is sexual morphology.
This may or may not come as a surprise to you, depending on whether or not you’ve actually seen other people’s junk, but almost no-one has the same junk as someone else. There is no factory where the Perfect Standard Junk gets made; there is no perfect standard junk. Even for people who are not considered ‘ambiguous’ or intersex, there is a lot of physical variation in every way you can think of, pretty much.
And it’s all okay. That’s the point of this.
People should never be shamed for their bodies. They should not be excluded or discriminated against or harmed or in any way made to feel lesser because their body is a bit different from yours. Like, for goodness’ sake. You shouldn’t need for someone to tell you that.
And yet, here you are, telling me that 145,100,000 people are outliers.
Well, you know what? As far as I’m concerned, that’s 145,100,000 reasons to care about this.
So it’s time to change your tune or go far, far, far away, you unbelievable wally. It’s your choice now.