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re: Saying "any pronouns are fine!" doesn't make you a good ally 

Anyway I'd love it if this post made it out of my trans circles and on to queer-adjacent leftist/tech Fediverse.

re: Saying "any pronouns are fine!" doesn't make you a good ally, clarifications: 

Saying "any pronouns are fine!" doesn't make you a good ally, clarifications: 

Saying "any pronouns are fine!" doesn't make you a good ally 

Indigenous people!

Please share this and reply and be my friend! Let's create a community on here where we know we have someone who gets it!

I'll start, I'm Ojibwe. Raised away from the tribe, but am a full member now as an adult.

(If not indigenous, please still share, I wanna reach others)

Purism posted a blogpost about "User empowerment is the best tool to curb online harassment"

It cites OcapPub (which I've been working on), and it's a bit awkward because I agree with the *title*, and *some* of the gist of the body, but I've been uncomfortable with how Purism has handled abuse stuff historically, and there are some important things in the article I don't agree with either. So here's a thread with some of my thoughts. (Sorry it's mostly bullet points.)

@turtlebirb Personally, I have never heard a definition of "a good question" that didn't include "sincerely wanting and needing the answer." This is upheld in Jewish texts. I don't think there's such a thing as a bad question or a stupid question . . . so long as you need the information you're asking for. An Idle question or a question designed simply to show off how erudite you are, are bad questions.


Toni Morrison got her first New York publishing job at 36, published her first book at 39. She was a single working mom who woke up every morning at 4am to write. She wrote all those breathtaking books on stolen time, at the pace her life dictated.


@Shrigglepuss A lesson I’ve learned (and especially now as I’m navigating this minefield for myself at work and elsewhere offline) is that any pressure we can take off people to even say “I don’t want to share my pronouns” is a good idea. Otherwise, it feels like pressure to self-out.

If someone asked me for advice, I’d say “if you’re sure of yourself and wanting to do so, post them. If you aren’t either, you don’t have to say anything. Anyone who is unclear should they/them and leave it be.”

Be a pronoun professional in three easy steps:
1) Add your pronouns to your profile. If you don't want to say or don't mind what pronouns people use for you, consider noting that instead so people know what's what.
2) Discover and use the pronouns people have in their bios before interacting with them.
3) If you don't know their pronouns default to they/them and don't presume anything.

this is still one of the most heartwarming pictures on the internet

look at the little dog they drew! look how happy it is!

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