Today is Baturday! That means I get to post some pictures and videos of adorable and/or totally awesome bats! Plus my usual round-up of this week’s posts, to help out with anyone who missed anything!
I try to draw people’s attention to a horribly offensive, transphobic joke about Thailand’s transgender flight crews made by ITV chat-show host Jonathan Ross.
I point out my brand new, shiny blogroll, ask for any suggestions anyone might have, let everyone know that TN state legislator Robert Floyd stands behind his vicious threats to transgender women, and post a video of an adorable baby fruit bat.
I try my hand at debunking some of the alt-med “natural transition” products being marketed towards the trans community and offer some tips on learning how to spot quackery when you see it.
I explain a logical fallacy that tends to distort the perceptions that cis people (and even many trans people, especially those in the process of questioning) have about the way trans people tend to look, and also offer a few thoughts on the implications, consequences and politics of passability and stealth.
I tell an autobiographical story of the process through which I became an atheist, including a very close friend of mine’s development of schizophrenia and concurrent conversion to born again Christianity, the metaphysical implications of being transsexual, and my adoration of Don Quixote.
I call attention to a Canadian law that insists that airline employees not permit a person to fly if their appearance does not, in the opinion of that employee, match the gender indicated on their identification.
I investigate the question of whether the existence of kind, compassionate, decent and reasonable religious believers means that religion is not an inherently dangerous or problematic thing. I say it just means we occasionally get lucky, that it’s only natural that a dangerous thing doesn’t always result in harm, just like how sometimes a bullet doesn’t hit anyone.
I take a look at the tendency for people to proclaim themselves allies as an excuse for discriminatory behaviour and a defense against criticism, and wonder if this is perhaps an act of screwing up at the most important part of being an ally: being willing to accept your mistakes, and learn.
I answer a whole bunch of questions sent in from readers, about transsexuality, gender, my blog and me. Lots of important stuff is covered, like who’s the coolest My Little Pony, who’d make the best female Doctor, and the fact that De Profundis, Tender Buttons and chocolate-covered marzipan are wonderful, wonderful things.
I explain the basic policy and principles by which I’ll be moderating comments here.
A guideline to exactly what the title suggests… how to respect the line between inquiry and invasiveness and treat trans people with respect while asking (and learning) whatever you wish to better understand.
A handful of interesting links from around the webs these past few days that I thought could help kick off your weekends on the right note.
I hope you all have a nice weekend!