This week’s diverse new releases:
Like No Other by Una LaMarche (Razorbill)
“Devorah is a Hasidic Jew, and her life is full of loving family, constant ritual, and avoiding outsiders. Jaxon is a smart, funny black teenager who has yet to see much success with girls. Both live in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, but it takes a stuck elevator during a hurricane for the two to share their first words. … LaMarche’s (Five Summers) characters are authentic and fully realized, and the dire consequences that threaten this clandestine romance make the novel read like a thriller.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
The Fire Wish by Amber Lough (Random House)
“In medieval times, during a war between the humans and jinni, sixteen-year-old Najwa lives below the world’s surface in the cavern of crystal, fire, and water, training to be a jinni who can spy on the humans living above them. But her first time above ground, she is enthralled by the beauty of the human world and intrigued by the human prince she sees in Baghdad’s palace. … Lough has created a lyrical story resounding with magic, love, and strife. … This first book in a series will hook young adult readers who grew up on tales of Aladdin and the Arabian Nights and is sure to entice others looking for a tale of romance and adventure.” — VOYA
"A submissive renews the choice to submit every time a demand is levied upon them. A slave makes a one-time choice to submit, up front, and thereafter it is incumbent upon them to obey."
that… is something to ponder.
Except as a Dominant, I cannot agree with this. A slave IS a submissive. And as a submissive must always retain the right to say No. Without the power to say No, to refuse an order? Their submission has no meaning. Submission/slavery is valuable explicitly because it is an Offering. Something Given to the Dominant of the sub’s own free will. That is what makes the submission valuable. The above statement? It is mind control. It is attempting to convince slaves to become mindless and to not use their Free Will. So I have to say… please don’t listen to it. Any Dom who believes something like this is either ignorant or abusive and neither of those are attractive traits in a Dom.
"Stop pretending the US is an uninvolved, helpless party in the Israeli assault on Gaza. The Obama administration’s unstinting financial, military and diplomatic support for Israel is a key enabling force in the conflict." .. (from this article)
Q:Ignore idislikecispeople. There is no reasoning with social justice bloggers, especially those who allow no room for questions about how they approach a problem.
I don’t want to ignore her. I want her to see that I care.
"Hello, my name is Adele, or Kat, the latter is more of a nickname. I’m a 21 year old trans girl…"
I have pictures for proof. No misgendering whatsoever, Kat.
not using someone’s clearly stated pronouns is misgendering you fucking asshole :’)
What even. Kit is not a gender? That is not misgendering? Misgendering would be calling you a man.
misgendering is when you refer to someone not using their gender identity or pronouns. it’s misgendering if you call a man by she/her pronouns, and it’s misgendering calling me by kitself pronouns. pronouns are not gender specific. i just love how, you, a cis girl, tried telling me, a trans girl, what misgendering is when you, a cis girl, don’t even fucking know the definition of it. fucking fantastic.
Gender- the state of being male or female
Misgender- wrongly state ones gender (of male or female)
I have failed to notice when “kit” became a gender.
Just because I am Cis, doesn’t mean I’m stupid. I am educated. Fucking neuroscientist. I know my pronouns and basic English language. Thanks.
he is not a gender
she is not a gender
kit is not a gender
all pronouns are not a gender
calling a man who uses he/him she/her instead is misgendering because it isn’t his pronouns
calling me she/her is misgendering because you aren’t using my pronouns
using pronouns that are not someone’s preference is devaluing their gender identity
there’s more than two genders, btw, and aside from most men and women, people who don’t identify as such don’t always use she/her or he/him pronouns
you’re still cis, you don’t properly know what misgendering is, and yet you are still trying to shove your cissexism down my throat like you know it all, like you’ve been misgendered before, like you know what it’s like to be oppressed for being trans. you’re talking over a trans person trying to fucking educate you about how you’re wrong on trans issues, you, as a cis person, have no right to refute or rebuttle with “yeah well KIT ISN’T A GENDER haha THERE’S ONLY THE TWO!” you’re cissexist and transphobic. it all comes out here, right now
congrats on being an oppressive bigot
block and report cats-sublime for constant misgendering, talking over a trans person, ignorance, transphobia, and cissexism
Okay. Congratulations on being ignorant.
haha, yeah, i’m the ignorant one here
Todd Starnes, Asshole of the Day for February 19, 2014
Last week Facebook announced new choices for gender to help those with nontraditional gender identifications to find something more appropriate and descriptive of how they see themselves and want the world to identify them.
Facebook isn’t forcing anyone to choose any of these new identifications, but of course that’s not good enough for some people. The fact that other people have choices somehow is the worst thing in the world. Fox News’ Todd Starnes posted on Facebook his disgust with this:
In the beginning God made man and woman — but Facebook decided to improve on the original models. They are now letting members choose their own gender identity. There are at least 10 from which to choose.
You can still be male and female - but you can also be gender neutral or inter-sex or transgender.
Facebook says it wants their one billion members to feel comfortable being their true authentic self.
But that’s not exactly true. What if you identify as a pine cone or a chicken or a weed whacker? Facebook doesn’t offer those options.
But they do allow users to be gender fluid.
I’m not sure what that is - but you might want to have a roll of paper towels handy — just in case.
Well, according to the Bible, God made man and only later made a woman from a man’s rib, so I’m not sure the Bible should be our guide on gender issues. Even so, if you believe in God, then God made every person, not just the straight ones who fit neatly into the two most common gender categories.
And it’s irritating that people like Mr. Starnes seem to think that transgender people are just refusing to fit in or accept the common gender definitions. It’s pretty clear they are not just being different for different’s sake. Why would someone identify with a different gender despite certain discrimination and ridicule? They wouldn’t. And why would someone go through hormone therapy and surgery to try to change this if it weren’t real to them? They wouldn’t.
Of course Mr. Starnes would drag God into this. It’s not the first time he’s tried to excuse his own bigotry by calling God a bigot. After the gay marriage ceremony on the Grammys, he said he was just being bigoted because of God.
Look, it’s time to stop pretending transgender issues aren’t real or that the people who feel this way aren’t legitimate people made by the same God as everyone else and deserving of the same dignity. It’s one thing not to understand, but it’s not OK to hate and not try to understand. And for being hateful and dismissive, Todd Starnes is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Todd Starnes' fourth time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for whining that the non-white Miss America didn’t reflect “American values”, his reaction to the Coke commercial, and blaming God for his own homophobia.