Robin Of House Hill

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About Robin Of House Hill

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  • Birthday 03/19/1943

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  • Gender Female
  • Location Tucson, AZ, USA
  • Interests Reading, movies, and surviving another day..

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  1. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    While my view is undoubtedly colored by my own experiences, let's take a look at a couple of things. 1977:  I was able to get the name and gender marker changed on my drivers license, based on a letter from my doctor.  In most, but not all jurisdictions, that can be done today, so that's a draw, EXCEPT for the fact that in 2015, obtaining a state issued ID required either, required either an appropriate birth certificate, or a medical certification and an in person visit to the motor vehicles office. 1977:  I was able to get the name and gender marker changed on my Social Security records, based on a visit to the local Social Security office, advising them I'd be working under a new name, from then on, and filling out a form.  Today, that requires a court order..  That's a negative. 1980:  New York City refused to change my birth certificate.  2015, after jumping through unnecessary hoops, they did.  So that's a positive, even though it left a bad taste in my mouth. In the '70s, 80s, 90s and all the way till about 2010. no jurisdiction was even proposing legislation to bar trans people from the appropriate bathroom.  That's a negative. 2015:  A dangerous legal precedent was established, that rights could be denied by popular vote.  That's a negative. Violence against trans people is increasing.  That's a negative. 2016:  There are several presidential candidates who support anti-transgender policies.  That's a negative. Yes, there have been a few jurisdictions where trans rights have been codified in law, but those may fall if voter initiatives to rescind them prevail.  The most lasting progress has been in the courts, but even those won't stand if the public continues in its conservative drift.  It is a complex world and the negative things don't invalidate the positive, but the ratio of positive to negative doesn't seem that great, to me.  And before TP points out that there is always some push back when progress is made, I can only say that those behind the push back outnumber us, have far more resources than we do and seem to have better organization and strategy.  Maybe that sounds pessimistic, but when shit happens, it doesn't take me by surprise.   ETA:  The fact that the X Files pulled that shit, is an example, I think, that society hasn't really changed.  I've seen people saying that they thought it was the funniest X Files episode they ever saw.  They just don't care that we were the butt of the joke.
  2. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    So, the latest X Files episode has a drag queen portray a trans person as a stereotypical sex worker, so they can get in a joke about underwear, and then have Fox Mulder give a horrendous explanation about transgender, so they can joke about surgery. Is this the progress I keep hearing about?
  3. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    Actually, knowing I'm not the only one who doesn't like it, is worth quite a lot, to me.  What I can't understand is that all those folks who are offended if transgender is used as a noun, haven't said a word about transwoman.
  4. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    TP, Sorry it has taken me so long to respond, but having just moved, I've been a bit distracted by getting things back to normal. That didn't sail.  It was intentionally sunk.  But, I have to admit that there may be no way to repair that damage. If one says trans woman, it is similar to saying tall woman, white woman, old woman, married woman.  They all reference woman.  When someone says transwoman, they have created a separate category, altogether.  I can't say it intentionally alienates, but it does intentionally separate. I don't think that is a good thing.
  5. LGBTQI - We're here, we're...you know the rest of it

    What blows my mind is that the same people who have a fit when transgender is used as a noun, will use transwoman, which is a noun. My objection goes way beyond grammar. Trans woman is simply a description, like young woman. Transwoman does nothing but further separate, segregate, alienate and other.
  6. LGBTQI - We're here, we're...you know the rest of it

    I'm seeing the word "transwoman" (as opposed to trans woman) being used more and more frequently. Am I the only one who finds this objectionable?
  7. LGBTQI - We're here, we're...you know the rest of it

    "I want to use the right word", precious.  It reminds me of when I attempted to transition at work, in 1976.  I walked into the company president's office and indicated I wanted to discuss a personal matter, because there was going to be a major change in my life.  After 20 minutes of my attempting to spit out the words, he said this.  "Are we going to have order new business cards for you?"
  8. Jury Duty

    I've done jury duty several times.  It was everything from arriving there, not be selected for a jury and being told thanks, you are all done, to a one day criminal trial that resulted in a very contentious hung jury, to the last one, where I was the foreperson in a criminal trial that lasted a week, where there were three defendants charged with 151 counts, boxes and boxes of evidence.  Deliberations took another week. Here, in a nutshell, are my impressions.  Prosecutors assigned to low profile cases are pretty boring.  Some judges are pretty cool.  The longer the trial and deliberations go on, the more likely you are to want to see the attorneys and most of the jurors convicted.
  9. LGBTQI - We're here, we're...you know the rest of it

    @Kojiro, I agree with TerraPrime and karaddin, that your well being comes first.  I have to ask a question.  Do you have the resources to find a place of your own (or with a roommate)?  Because, if you do, getting away from a toxic environment, may be the best choice. I did, however note one thing.  Do you think her statement that the doctor will refuse you service, was solely to beat you over the head, or is there a chance that she really fears that could happen?
  10. Outrage Over Transgender Character in Zoolander 2

    I think it is time for me to leave this conversation.  When people are posting links where comedians are upset about the erosion of their "right" to gobsmack whoever they damn well please, for the sole purpose of making a buck, nothing I can say will make a difference.  And for the record, using Jerry Seinfeld as an example is offensive, because he has an a number of occasions, used transphobic "humor."
  11. Outrage Over Transgender Character in Zoolander 2

    Ah, people bemoaning the fact that the world is becoming resistant to humor that is offensive to others.  When humor is directed at a specific group, which finds it offensive, there are usually two reasons.  The first is that you're as ignorant as fuck as to why they'd have reason to be offended.  The second is that you believe you have the power to offend them, without their being able to do anything about it.  Okay, maybe there is a third reason...that you're a sociopath. People are offended by humor that they perceive as harmful to them, so what justification is there for such humor, except to say we don't care what it does to them.
  12. Outrage Over Transgender Character in Zoolander 2

    While some of those films  are negative portrayals, such as the hyperfeminization of Bree in Transamerica, the absurd series of situations, the "psychologist" who should have lost her license , there are others that while not negative portrayals, per se, are nonetheless, problematic.  While I have personal issues with Boys Don't Cry, that make me view it less positively than others, what it portrayed must certainly have had an impact on those transgender people considering whether to transition.  I honestly don't know how movies such as that can avoid unintended collateral damage. I only know that I have to come down on the side of helping people get on with their lives, than with concern about a movie studio's bottom line.
  13. Outrage Over Transgender Character in Zoolander 2

    I said no such thing.  I believe if you look for it, you will find that I said that a boycott like this could prevent similar portrayals from being included in future films.  I said nothing about it preventing films with transgender characters from being made.
  14. Outrage Over Transgender Character in Zoolander 2

    And if, people choose to ridicule others because of the inherent message that people are an object of ridicule or disdain, because of who they are, then the call to boycott is an act of self-defense.  You may have noticed that movies have stopped, for the most part, targeting Blacks, Jew, Poles, Asians, etc., but still think if they find a group that is small enough, it's okay to go after them.  That's what boycotts are designed to prevent.
  15. Outrage Over Transgender Character in Zoolander 2

    Freedom of speech does not mean that speech is free of consequence.  I'm just waiting for a movie that mocks the hell out of straight white men.  I'd love to see a thread here, on that.  And before anyone can react to that, any movie that holds people up to ridicule for what they are, rather than what they do, ought to be boycotted.