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What Salesforce and Gen-Con’s Reaction in Indiana Means


Originally from The Mary Sue

Corporations are people. It’s what is called ‘legal fiction,’ a conceit that somehow we’ve all been signed on to without having a say in the matter. Of course corporations are not real people, but are allowed to act as such under certain circumstances, warping law, capitalism, and democracy in the process. They have rights without responsibilities, free speech but far more political power than a citizen. It’s a bit like giving a four year old a chainsaw. I don’t recommend this, by the way, unless you like radical room redecoration and explaining why the hamster can’t be fixed.


Occupotty and the Privilege of Passing

Michael-Hughes-640x3201Originally posted on The Mary Sue

I’ve always been on the edge of acceptability. When I was young and pretending to be cisgender, I was bullied, and it pushed me into the world of computer and console gaming, where I could shut out a lot of the world. (Thank you ZX Spectrum 48k, your bouncy rubber keyboard helped me a lot.) Years later, me pretending to be cis went out the window. I was older when I started to transition; this is the standard pattern for transgender women – or at least it was.


Canada Fails on Equal Rights – Again

Senator Don Plett, you don’t know me but I suspect we have a few things in common. At the most basic level we are of course both humans, we are also Canadian citizens and happen to both be married. My wife was born in Manitoba, just outside Winnipeg, and in my travels around her homeland I have been lucky enough to meet many polite and wonderful Manitobans, no matter how chilly the weather.

State of the Trans Nation 2014


Originally posted to The Mary Sue

When I hear some positive trans news I have an instinctive mental flinch. It’s rare when news about trans issues is unabashedly positive, I wait for the insensitivity or outright attacks to start. Even when an online article is unabashedly positive—and this is rare—the comment section will be awash with attacks and abuse from cisgender people, straight and gay. Although it’s different here at TMS, generally Internet rule #2473 applies: never read a comment section! Yet I’d be willing to argue that overall, 2014 has been a positive year for trans people, but I’m not saying that without caveats. ROUS-sized caveats, in fact, as the year has had many tragedies, too. This is the TMS state of the trans nation address, highlighting a few of the biggest trans stories of 2014. I know I’ll be missing some of your important stories, so discuss them in the comments below.


Eddie Redmayne And Hollywood’s Cis Problem


Originally appeared on The Mary Sue

Who you cast is a representation of the story you want to tell. The body personifies how someone speaks, how they move, and the facial expressions they make – all of which becomes the vehicle for conveying the story. So the act of casting is very important, and only gets more important when the story to be told is not just for entertainment. If you are telling the story of an oppressed subset of society, the casting becomes absolutely vital.