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Hey now, isn't it cool when things are set right?

Whether or not you agree that it was a big deal or not. Doesn't matter. It was a wrong. It's been fixed. I hope it made some people think, made them consider things they've never considered before. That's my hope anyway. If not, whatever. Makes me sad, but what can you do?

Although, I worry that it was maybe a bit more revealing about myself than I am currently comfortable with. But... I don't know... in moments like that... even though it is a small fight on a website that is unimportant in the grand scheme of things... it still felt like the right thing to do. Never give an inch.

Although I do think I got a little more irritable than I usually am. Sorry about that. I do try and maintain a calm demeanor on the internet, but there are some things I have a hard time remaining calm about. That's not an excuse for behavior, just an explanation. There's never a good excuse for being a jerk to someone (a fact I try and remind myself of constantly).

I'm afraid I still haven't gotten much done on this week's page at all. It is difficult to make yourself work when you are experiencing some kind of depressive malaise. But I've popped some pills, and I think tonight, after dinner, I'm going to stream a bit.

I'll work on inking this page, and I'll work on those awesome sketch ideas you guys gave me in a previous journal. That would be so fun! Maybe people can suggest more things, or help craft what I'm drawing as I go along. Although, I think there is a bit of a lag in the feed, isn't there? I'm not sure how much of one, or if that would effect an endeavor such as that. Ah, well, let's try anyway, dudes!

(not sure when I am going to dinner, but the stream probably won't happen until sometime around 10 pm central?)
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akala Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
I seem to have missed something here (other than that the DA admins are pretty much all assholes, which I already knew from several previous occasions.)
This is definitely one of those issues that you have a right to be absolutely incensed. As, other than the tone of your last journal, you seem to be a reasonable person, I chalk it up to something that is actually offensive as opposed to "you're a crazy loon." There is absolutely no reason for you to be calm about everything.

What really flew over my head (as a biomedical science major) is why the term "hermaphrodite" is now considered offensive. To me, "intersexed" is just the same thing in more of a layman's term.
Also can someone help me find definitions for all these new gender/sex related terms cause I feel way behind? Is there a set of pronouns that is preferable?

Can someone also explain why every website needs to know your sex anyway? Seems to me it's none of their business and I should be able to choose not to answer at all, even if I am "binary." (Seriously, how am I supposed to remember a jillion new terms? Augh!) Also, can I be vaguely offended by the term "binary?" I mean, binary is strictly a two-state system, which means that anyone who isn't strictly m/f IS NOT IN THE SAME SYSTEM as me. This seems dangerously close to saying, "okay, all binaries are in their own biological system with no intermixing, and everyone else is outside the system (i.e. inferior, a separate species, etc.)"
Does this not seem like a bad thing to y'all? It's a little bit scary to me...
evilengine9 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
It's offensive because it gets used as an offhand put down a lot of the time towards transsexuals or genderqueers or whatever.

Most offensive terms are real words, it's all in how you use them.
krishva Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
In the gender-identity context, "binary" refers to fitting into the widespread societal perception of gender: the idea that there are two opposites, and you're either one or the other. People who don't fit into this model of gender are "non-binary"--we're a case against that system being valid at all. We're already considered an Other by many people because we don't fit nicely into the system, the word has nothing to do with it besides being invented as a description for that system after the fact.
plaidfluff Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They fixed the technological part of it but that's the easy part. I never got the impression that they understand how they fucked up, or that they won't continue to fuck up. The fact that there were such amazingly RUDE, intolerant, and bigoted responses from their support staff, and those staff haven't been suspended/fired/made to apologize tells me that they have only thrown a bone and are going to continue to be disingenuous and opportunistic, and will only care about the minor needs of their advertisers over the feelings of the people who provide the very content that make that advertising so lucrative to begin with.
krishva Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly, this is how I feel about it.
evilengine9 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I pretty much agree with that. It's depressingly not surprising how the support staff acted, and that none of them seem to have been reprimanded in any way... or even apologized.
stokerbramwell Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Revealing of yourself? Mmm, I wouldn't say so. Not any more so than anything else, really.

But honestly, the kind of people to whom any such "personal revelation" would matter aren't the sort of people worth associating with anyway.
thecosmicfool Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Seems like it was worth getting irritable about. I mean, take the fact that a lot of people didn't even seem to understand what the problem *was*...
starry-seas Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Student General Artist
It did make me think, and I'm glad it did. Thank you. I'm sorry I didn't even notice this myself when signing up for websites like dA or Facebook and it scares me that I could be so narrow minded when I try my best not to.
mordormaster277 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
I'm so glad the DA community rallied behind this to get the admins' attention. It really is something that needed fixing. :3
And as for you being irritable about it? I understand that it happens, and I think it SHOULD happen on occasion. Since it's something relevant to DA, it only makes sense that people ON DA post journals about it. Artists should be able to post what they want in journals on other topics as well. Using your watcher-base to draw attention to an issue is a noble thing to do. Maybe you're no hot-shot blogger with a huge fan-base, like Perez for instance, but every little bit helps.
I look forward to your streaming. It'll help make my homework a lot less boring.
Meirnon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Howard Zinn reverse skydiving into outerspace, away from idiotland (America), complete with cheek-flapping.

I imagine that this is what actually happened to him. He didn't die, he's just doing awesome shit on another planet or something... freeing Zorks and Ooblahs from the oppression of the Yonoms using social commentary.
sijaw Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
^__________^ I'm so proud of dA.

And it's totally understandable for you to be pissed. I would've been too.
portheiusJ Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Artist
An inch is all we have. We must never loose it, never forsake it.
KoniraThax Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
We've all got moments, it just happens.
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