Re: “The Spear Fishing Huntress

Fantastic story. Thanks for the pleasure.

Posted by Tall Trees on 02/22/2019 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Why I Will Not be Using Your Preferred Pronouns

Do y'all in the comments know this is satire? Like, it's very clearly satire. I understand if you have concerns about the mixed messages of a satirical piece focusing on a marginalized group, and your feelings are valid if that's the case. But it's definitely not meant to be taken seriously, and if that's what offends you, you need to grow up and work on your critical thinking skills.

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Posted by Adam LeJeune on 02/19/2019 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Why I Will Not be Using Your Preferred Pronouns

I hope that this is some form of satire.

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Posted by Joel Mielke on 02/19/2019 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Why I Will Not be Using Your Preferred Pronouns

Heres an example for you. The author of this article? They are a prescriptive asshole who doesnt know anything about language or gender.

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Posted by Justin, an actual queer person on 02/19/2019 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Why I Will Not be Using Your Preferred Pronouns

non bianary code for *attention seeking*

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Posted by mymymy on 02/19/2019 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Why I Will Not be Using Your Preferred Pronouns

Pronouns are nbd, youre right, English is dynamic. Not everyone is going to get it right all the time but we can try our best with pronouns. What is not OK is obscuring the definition of sex v. Gender ID, and making fun of people who have concerns about the degradation of sex-based protection for the female sex class. Some women share these concerns with me because we are rape, trafficking, reproductive abuse, and DV victims. I have lived all those things and seen so many other women through it, with nearly all male perps. Male sexed people live it too, but so many less see the type of trauma that women do. If we allow self-ID into a protected sex class, then women will be at risk of being housed in prison with men. That is nothing to make light of. Its an understandable fear. Pregnancy risk doesnt care what your gender ID is, that is a sex-based reality.

>>>And sure, I get it that scientists have long drawn a distinction between gender and biological sex, and that neither necessarily divides into two neat categories for everyone. But now I have to stand up for facts and science when you're not even there to see me do ally shit?

Sex is an observable trait of human beings, a sexually dimorphic species. We have two sexes, if there was a third we would be different animals. We certainly do fit into those two boxes, no need to obscure this simple fact. Out of the already very small minority of intersex people, only a tiny minority of intersex people are not clearly atypical male or atypical female. The exceptions dont make the rule. And note that some intersex conditions are sex specific! (ie they can ONLY affect female sex fetuses.) Intersex people also shouldnt be used to justify non-binary gender ID, the two have nothing to do with each other. NB doesnt need justification because gender is made up and NB is a perfectly fine identity, masculinity and feminity are both restrictive expectations. Intersex is an observable physical medical condition, and it is an atypical version of either a male or female reproductive system.

If we didnt have the ability to judge what junk people had in public then people would exist. We have to be able to recognize sex to find mates. Does it matter all the time day to day? No, but sex recognition is something people have evolved to be able to do. Its not hate or forcing people in boxes. Its the reality of a sexually dimorphic species that reproduces sexually. Its also something traumatized women like myself do to recognize danger as male sexed people have proven to be threats in the past. Its science!

Now if you want to appeal to the authority its science! on gender then go ahead, but there is dubious science backing up that gender is biological rather than socially imposed oppression. I take offense to the idea that there is a female brain, despite scientists never being able to correctly pick out male and female brains just by looking at scans. I would hope I have a non-binary rather than a lady brain too, really, knowing how women are expected to think in this society.

Gender, as a social construct, naturally exists on a spectrum and people should be free to be whatever gender role they want. This doesnt mean they can self-ID into a sex class that doesnt match their reality. Be whatever you want, but dont destroy the hard fought sex-based protections of people who have been hurt for our sex. Ill stand to protect female NBs just as much as any other female sex person, we all at risk of getting snatched and used as a baby machine. They are female sex people and I dont want to see any woman hurt for their unchangeable sex.

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Posted by LiberateWomen on 02/18/2019 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Why I Will Not be Using Your Preferred Pronouns

Language changes and evolves. English itself is a weird mish-mash of a language Check out https://www.teenvogue.com/story/they-them-questions-answered
As quoted from the article:
"Major dictionaries have recognized singular they as grammatically correct for years, including the Oxford English Dictionary, Merriam-Websters Dictionary, and dictionary.com. The word they has been used as a singular pronoun since at least the 16th century, and some argue it goes back even earlier. Were not making up new words and grammar here. The AP Style Guide has even started to allow the usage of singular they in cases where a subject doesnt identify as male or female."

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Posted by KidM on 02/18/2019 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Why I Will Not be Using Your Preferred Pronouns

this is offensive and disappointing

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Posted by anon non on 02/17/2019 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Arcata Poised to OK Relocating McKinley. The Question is, Where?

Ebay...Highest bidder.

Use the $ for Arcata schools to teach kids about the costs of our imperial economy that are coming due in the next generation as the economy, environment and society collapse...like all the past empires...

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Posted by Anon. on 02/17/2019 at 7:23 PM

Re: “'Rid me of This Troublesome Priest'

Is it our culture's history of Protestant sexual repression that causes this crime to be reported unlike all others, without degrees?

Parent's level of outrage is commensurate with their failure to teach their children what is sexually appropriate and inappropriate for their age. Too often parents never talk about it, or they say "no" to everything.

Repression leads to a ribald character and victimization. Education is the solution, same for drugs...

Please watch the HBO special "The Tale" directed and acted by a brave woman who refused to accept society's label of "victim" for her love-affair with a famous athlete when she was 13.

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Posted by Anon. on 02/16/2019 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Saga of an Ape — The surprising true story of the late Bill the Chimp

Thank you so much for posting this, last year my Grand father Willy Lenz passed away and Ive been trying to do some research about his past in the circus, I was never very close to my grand parents as they lived in North Carolina and I was raised in Calgary, Alberta. I knew that my grandma and grandpa were in the circus and trained chimpanzees but I never knew to what extent so I am greatly appreciative for you sharing this article. Its helped me find out more out my heritage and family.
-Kelso J. Lenz

Posted by Kelso Lenz on 02/16/2019 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Why I Will Not be Using Your Preferred Pronouns

Schrodinger's Junk ftw

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Posted by Teddy Partridge on 02/16/2019 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Lost Marbles: Photos from Humboldt Marble Weekend

The cover photo is of Marbles by Brian Bethea.

Thanks for the great write up!

Posted by Seth Bickis on 02/16/2019 at 8:52 AM

Re: “'Sweet Victory' for SpongeBob Fans at the Super Bowl? Stay Tuned

My Wife was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) when she was 72 years old 4 years ago. The Rilutek (riluzole) did very little to help her. The medical team did even less. Her decline was rapid and devastating. Her arms weakened first, then her hands and legs. Last year, a family friend told us about Organic Herbal clinic and their successful ALS TREATMENT, we visited their website www. organicherbalclinic. com and ordered their ALS Formula, i am happy to report the treatment effectively treated and reversed her Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), most of the symptoms stopped, she is able to walk and eat well, sleep well and exercise regularly., she is pretty active now

Posted by Clements Price on 02/15/2019 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Local Beefcake: Photos from the Mr. Humboldt Pageant

rlbw: Good eye on the retro use of "beefcake" and thanks for using my preferred title of Ms. Though I'm not sure, if you root through vintage Playgirl magazines, that you'll find any sneering, nor in my approach the fellas in this slideshow, who clearly gave it their all.

It's interesting that it takes so little a handful of men actively and consensually sending up beauty pageants and stereotypes about masculinity for laughs and charity for you to abandon support, if ever you gave it, for nonprofits that feed the hungry, aid families in need and give shelter and comfort to victims of sexual assault.

Likewise the ease with which you dismiss the #MeToo movement and its support of victims of sexual assault and harassment based on, what, looking at men who've taken the stage to be looked at? Consent is the name of the game, rlbw. And as long as nobody engaged with the contestants without it, I don't see the harm in a little striptease from Mr. Queer.

There's a nuanced discussion to be had about male objectification in the context of the patriarchy but the idea that women and femmes must walk a tightrope of chaste, humorless perfection in order to qualify to ask for fair treatment and freedom from violence is just silly.

I suppose we'll all have to carry on without your support. We've done all right without it thus far.

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Posted by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill on 02/15/2019 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Huff to Trump: 'We'll See You in Court'

HuffnPuff has supported impeachment since the beginning. He is a traitorous poltroon and an anti-American enemy of the state.

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Posted by Johannes Wulf on 02/15/2019 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Why I Will Not be Using Your Preferred Pronouns

Ha!

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Posted by dienachthexe on 02/14/2019 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Local Beefcake: Photos from the Mr. Humboldt Pageant

"Beefcake"? Oh, how very 1970s Playgirl-esque sneering that is, Ms. Cahill.
Humboldt County people, females specifically, many of you are sick.

Why take the #MeToo movement seriously or women's issues in general seriously when so many women have no qualms about engaging in this festival of male body...
> Comparing
> Shaming
> Humiliation
> Stereotyping

Ladies, your protests about misogyny, paternalism and such ring completely hollow when you enthusiastically go for this local gutter depravity.

As for Food for People, I no longer support you. As for North Coast Rape Crisis, the Arcata Family Resource Center, and Planned Parenthood, thanks for reminding me to ignore you.

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Posted by rlbw on 02/14/2019 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Shared Space

Nicely done. Love the ending.

Posted by jakable on 02/14/2019 at 11:12 AM

Re: “On Priest Abuse

While Henry II is on record expressing the sentiment mentioned above (Will no one rid me of this troublesome/turbulent priest?) it is a modern coinage, first (I think) used in the 1964 movie Beckett as: Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?
Also, Chambers has laicize or laicise: (1) To make laical (2) To open to the laity

Posted by barryevans on 02/14/2019 at 7:44 AM

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