Poisson has blessed me with many links this month. I’ll start with a few plugs and followups.
The Ace Community Survey Team (which I co-lead) released our big report on the 2016 Ace Community Survey, alongside a shorter report on the 2015 survey. If you’re interested in data, or want to know about the kind of diversity we talk about in ace communities, please take a look!
I wrote a summary of a scholarly article on asexuality and race. Yep, I’m reading about critical race theory now.
After I wrote about the Tumblr ban, there were several other takes in my circle. Brute Reason talked about how awful this is for sex-positive communities. And Marcus Ranum put it in context, as an example of a cloud service exercising monopoly power.
I was saying over on Tumblr, that the widely mocked “female presenting nipples” is strangely appropriate. There’s no way to tell someone’s “real” gender, you don’t know how people identify, and you’d like the policy to depend on whether the person wants to appear female or not. On the other hand, “female presenting” is ambiguous whether it refers to intended appearance, or simply appearance (and the latter is likely more accurate to their real policy). Anyway, they clearly put some thought into it, and the problem is that it’s attached to a discriminatory policy.