GaldraChevaliere

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

I feel like it's not fair to lump Judaism in with the other two, or really any of them with eachother because they're such broad spectrums of belief that it's hard to find consistency. Like, I'm opposed to the implementations that enact oppression, especially through conversion, so I have a higher opinion of Judaism because none of the branches that I'm familiar with are evangelical. They all want to do their own thing, and actively discourage others from doing it unless they're serious and willing to put years into converting by their own effort. I also really agree with their interpretation of the relationship with God, that one argues with and bargains with God and that going against God's will is sometimes necessary, but that a deal is a deal and the covenant must still be upheld. That's something I can wrap my mind around as a heathen, that their relationship to God isn't that dissimilar to my relationship with the Aesir. One founded on loyalty, but also not something that demands constant praise and self-deprecation to maintain, and where the relationship is rooted in an exchange. I feel that when people say fuck all abrahamics in the left, they're generalizing too much and giving into a strain of antisemetic thought, since if the other two arose from a Jewish base and split off on their own, it becomes an easy but incorrect path of logic to blame Judaism for their existence. And besides, it's not like nu atheists or whatever they're calling themselves are good at telling any faiths apart or respecting their differences in the first place.

Back on the opposition to oppression thing, I feel like I'm only really qualified to talk about Christianity because I just don't know enough about Islam except that Salafism and Ba'athism are shitty, but also not a majority view worldwide (though gaining ground). Between the catholics and the prots, I like the catholics a little more because we have more commonalities in our worldview and I appreciate the examples a lot of the saints set about honor and determination, or for charity at one's own cost and mercy for weaker folk. My biggest beef with the prots is Sola Fide, which is such a wanktastic fucking idea and I feel like it's a transparent attempt to have your cake and eat it too. At least when Augustine was done sinning he took up a life of asceticism, his justification was getting it out of his system, and all he really did was booze and whore his way across Rome. Sola Fide is carte blanche to treat non-christians (defined as anyone but your bullshit denomination) like shit, do whatever you want, and beg forgiveness at the end of it. A God that forgives murderers and rapists but punishes some fucking islanders somewhere that never heard the word of Christ isn't just an evil God, it's a weak and cringing one. And their 'solution' to that theological problem, while something catholics are far far far from innocent from, is responsible for such a solid fucking chunk of not just historic but contemporary and continuing colonialism, that I don't see how like, a lutheran or a baptist could hold themselves to be radical in any way save opposing the Church. I have a lot more respect and patience for the pacifist offshoots, even if I'm not really digging the pacifism itself. Mennonites and quakers to my knowledge are a lot more horizontally organized and have little to no interest in pulling people in who don't want to be, and that's my main condition for being friends with a christian at all. Are they going to try to force me to live by their ways?

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

Been ill a lot lately. I'm not motivated to go outside because the air quality sucks and there's nowhere to go. She lives somewhere more rural so visiting's a good change of pace.

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That last part especially. My hair is incredibly unruly. It's curly, thick, and traps moisture for hours if it gets wet. I usually at least pick it apart with my hands and try to keep it in loose coils, but a lot of the time i don't take care of it or myself in general, and the knots that form even in just a couple days are incredibly painful to get rid off and get very dirty even if I'm staying inside. This isn't the kind of hair dreads are made for.

Also, norsefolk/celts/whichever pre-white north european culture people always bring up didn't have dreadlocks. They had braids. Braids that were maintained obsessively because, again, north european hair mats and tangles without care. Other west european cultures actually wrote screeds about how salty they were about the heathens practicing basic hygiene, fearing their wives would leave them for barbarians who didn't smell like shit or have cowlicks that you could balance a bowl on.

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I'm with him on feeling like there's no space for androgynous presentation that's not a very like, specific and masculinized (or fetishized feminized) mode. At the same time I'm holding resentment because he's pushing the 'pressured to get [X gender confirmation process]' line which is literally a butch flight argument and should go back to the 70s where it belongs, and I really resent that trans men and afab enbies especially push that line in ways that end up hurting trans women and amab enbies. Using 'boi' kind of puts me off too, in the same way that an afab using trap would put me off.

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I think she tries to like, describe her experiences more than anything else in a lot of her videos, like that one where she had two personas arguing liberalism vs anarchism felt a lot like trying to reconcile her desire for safety and acceptance with her desire for revolution and feelings that she and other trans women aren't doing enough for that to happen. But the fact that she consistently gives in to the comfort side of that argument with herself makes it hard for me to really take her seriously. I've made choices that prioritized my comfort over action before, everyone does. But I wouldn't be where I am or the person I am for better or worse if I didn't pick action at least as often as I do. In some ways I appreciate that she has the empathy to like, put herself in her political enemy's shoes and try to really understand them and how they tick, but she overextends that a lot and I feel like doing so puts other trans women in danger.

I feel like she's not wrong that society defines what a woman is though, because womanhood as a category is just another means of oppression when viewed through a feminist lens. I've made Men vs Not-Men arguments a lot to that rough point, that what society views me as is whatever's more convenient to my oppression, but even being called a 'man' never actually means a man. Just a category of not-man without the praiseworthy (read, reproductive and reinforcing) aspects of cis womanhood. Society defines womanhood because womanhood isn't real, it's just a construct used to repress people who perform reproductive, domestic or sexual labor for men. I don't feel like that's an assimilationist argument, even if I do otherwise feel she'll consistently put comfort and acceptance as priorities for herself over the collective wellbeing of trans femmes.

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What's holy is holy. Not all that interested in what a gothi or a priest has to say about that. I think atheists who ascribe a moral position to their faithlessness are full of shit too. They'd still be and are the same oppressive bastards with or without a god telling them what to do. Same with prots, sola fide is some bullshit.

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I'm fine with it existing, I want it to actually follow the TOS. The board itself is usually fine, if spoilt as fuck given how many dumb petit-bourgie kids post on it, and I've learned useful things from it. I'm just sick of shit like this happening, and I feel like half the reason it does is because of how many people have this superiority complex about actually stealing, so they don't participate or even really lurk. I feel like the problem would drop off if we actually enforced the anti-oppression policy and if folks bothered to step in. Plenty of people upvoted Amongstclouds but she was still left alone to deal with it herself.

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Accept that any parliamentary system is an insult that doesn't represent your interests and represent those interests for your neighbors, I guess. The dems or labor aren't ever gonna actually do anything about people being hungry and homeless, so organize food drives or start a FNB chapter. Gun control will always target minorities before it targets rich white men, so help out at antifascist gyms or teach people to use the guns they've held onto.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

Believe me, I'm plenty selfish. I'm trying to keep us as safe as I can, but there's not a whole lot I can do about anything.

I know I get really angry and use some vicious language, especially about the rest of the LGBT because I feel like they didn't just fail us but actively threw us to the wolves. But like, I don't blame individuals for it, or I try not to, unless they're particularly embodying what I'm angry about. It's not enough because the problem's just bigger than us, but I still appreciate the emotional support you give to others.

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Yeah, I mean hets and more broadly cis people in this context. I'm specifically talking about how it's become fashionable in a sense of performative wokeness to flirt with crossing gender boundaries (normally a good thing that I encourage), but in such a way that implies no permanence and actively takes its cues from trans women and enby femmes while simultaneously disrespecting us.

Like, I normally abhor 'kink-critical' rhetoric because it's literally just puritanism, but take sissy fetishes for example. Crossdressing men, sometimes willing but usually 'forced' into it, as an expression of manhood being stripped from them, the implication being that they're less of a man, and if they're less of a man, they're not a man at all. And with that comes the gross part, because it becomes things like "you're only good for being fucked by alpha males you worthless sissy slut ;)", so the implication there is that if you're not a man you're a sex slave. And they take that dynamic and force it on trans women who have no interest in it. Cis women mirror the same thing in their interactions, so in their minds transness = submission to 'real' women.

It's the same thing with cis crossdressers using words like 'trap' or 'femboi' as self-descriptors, or gods forbid trans men doing that. They originated as insults and euphemisms for trans women and our analogues in other cultures, ie thai 'ladyboys'. They have a history of direct harm and fetishization the same as shemale and tranny do, but dumbass cissies that 7/10 times turn out to be eggs in denial anyway use them as identities because they learned those terms from porn and lacking the full context they reinforce, sometimes maliciously tbh, the perception of trans women as insatiable neotenous sex toys. T-bros doing it is even more insulting because A) they're not targeted by any of those words or their implications to begin with and B) the line between our community is basically a demilitarized zone at this point with the way they constantly fuck us over for cis approval. Not to mention that feminine performance from them is generally lauded but butch trans women are always held in suspicion.

I guess I'm so angry because like, everyone's happy to look like us, to act like us, but it only serves to reaffirm their identities as safely cis/transmasc but 'open-minded' or whatever. They can take whatever they want from us, whether it's drag or the aesthetics of our bodies and the way we dress, or the labels they've used to harm us which are suddenly backhanded compliments (when we call them out on it anyway, the cop who called me a trap after feeling my ass and dick up sure as hell wasn't being friendly). Labels we're still not all comfortable reclaiming for ourselves, if nearly any of us. Like I don't want to be that goidel who's suddenly all "Oh NOW I understand racism", but dealing with this shit so often lately I feel at least gave me some perspective. Having your culture stolen when it's the same cudgel used to brutalize you all the time fucking sucks.

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Strong urge to beat the next 'sissy' I see to death with a ball-peen hammer. I know the current Aesthetic is faggots and dykes and breeders all united in appropriating trans womens' culture, aesthetics and even our modes of oppression as long as they don't actually have to like, suffer under them, but like could you at least wait until we're not an immediate danger of extermination please? Like, do black and native comrades feel like this all the time dealing with white people?