You know what’s awesome? A donkey lamb taxi. That sounds like a band name. Hey, when’s the next Donkey Lamb Taxi show?
When sheep herders in the hills of Lombardy, Italy need to move their flocks toward better grazing land, the wee lambs get a little help keeping up with their woolly family. Helpful donkeys are fitted with sets of special lamb-sized pouches. It’s ridiculously cute and cozy mass transit in the form of live taxis who are content to graze right along side the sheep.
- person: what does BMI stand for
- me: bullshit meaningless information
You don’t hear, ‘Is Will Ferrell too Steve Carell-y? Is Danny McBride too Aziz-like? There’s this mentality that there can only be one woman who is successful and funny and running their own show and if there’s more than that you must hate each other, and no.
Did you know? Prom is coming up! And you have a right to express your gender identity. Your school may be violating the law if it doesn’t allow a female student to wear a tuxedo or a male student to wear a dress.
reblogging for my followers who will be going to prom this year
Or trans people to wear clothes appropriate to their actual gender.
Recently, I was looking for a copy of the Jan-March 2014 issue of The Journal of Bisexuality. I couldn’t access it online through my local university because of a database embargo (basically, the publisher won’t release it electronically until 18 months after publication) , so I decided to get a copy of the article I wanted through interlibrary loan
Folks, interlibrary loan is your secret best friend! Basically, you ask your library for a book, and they don’t have it themselves, they go and ask other libraries to send the book to them. Interlibrary loan is a great way to find bisexual books if your library doesn’t own any. If you are in the United States, most libraries will do this for free. I love interlibrary loan! I read tons of books on interlibrary loan. One of the tools for interlibrary loan is WorldCat, a catalog of library holdings across the world, including both print and electronic holdings. And that’s when I discovered we have a problem:
There are exactly 60 libraries in the world that own the Journal of Bisexuality, and only 37 libraries in the United States.
This is a huge deal. The Journal of Bisexuality is the premiere journal for bisexuality studies, and only 60 libraries have it!
The Journal of Bisexuality has existed for over 10 years now. It’s the only peer reviewed journal that focuses on the study of bisexuality and bisexual people. It’s sponsored by the American Institute of Bisexuality and has an upstanding reputation, focusing on issues such as new research, therapy, media, politics, and bisexual differences from the heterosexual, gay, and lesbian communities. Mainstream, hegemonic studies of sexuality regularly ignore or exclude bisexuals. But the Journal of Bisexuality has been one of the forerunners in establishing the respectful study of bisexual people as an academic field. If so many libraries are missing it, this is a real issue for researchers.
We’ll let public libraries off the hook for a minute – lots of public libraries don’t carry academic journals, because they are expensive and there isn’t as much demand. But college and university libraries are a different matter. There are 4,495 Title IV-eligible degree-granting institutions of higher education in the United States alone (2,774 of them traditional four-year institutions). This means that if you are at a college or university and you want to read up on some bisexuality studies, there is only 0.8% chance that your university library has it.
Just to give you some context, approximately 683 libraries worldwide own the Journal of Homosexuality – which isn’t a great number, but it’s a darn sight better than 60.
I know not every library in the world can have every journal, and the Journal of Bisexuality is not appropriate for every collection development policy. It’s an expensive academic journal and wouldn’t be cost-effective for many small libraries. I myself work at a community college library, and we’ll never buy the Journal of Bisexuality because it doesn’t directly support our technical degree programs. And it’s also possible that some libraries simply don’t have listings for it. Community center libraries may have it, but not have the resources to catalog them. Certain archives don’t list their materials in World Cat at all.
But for major universities, most of which use WorldCat and most of which have a Genders Studies program, the Journal of Bisexuality should be a core part of the LGBT collection. Several of these universities also have LGBT/Queer Studies programs as well. To have the Journal of Bisexuality missing from so many gender studies collections is a big disappointment. Anyone who claims to be doing research in gender and sexuality should have access to this journal.
Is there anything else the fills the need for bisexual studies? At this time, unfortunately, the answer is no; no other journal consistently fills the need for the study of non-monosexual identities.
Do librarians believe bisexuality is not an essential part of gender and sexuality studies? Or do they assume that bisexuality is subsumed under the study of gay men and lesbians? Both answers are possibilities, both are incorrect, and both are equally damaging.
Strawmen! Also, you don’t change your sex to match your personality, you change your sex to match up with your gender.
This is what happens when people spread the idea that dysphoria isn’t needed to be trans. They think it’s about personality.
Uuuuh are you serious? Dysphoria isn’t needed to be trans. Medical transitioning isn’t need to be trans. All that’s “needed” for one to be trans is to not identify solely as the gender they were assigned at birth. Most transgender people do experience gender dysphoria in some manner, but this isn’t in any way entailed by the word’s actual definition.
Urgh thank you, there are too many people saying ~transtrenders~ on this post it’s nice to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
[MASSIVE TW: Rape, victim blaming, slut shaming, sexually explicit language, domestic abuse]
This week I have seen:
- a bi woman telling another bi woman that it didn’t matter that she was physically assaulted, abused by her boyfriend, that at least she still had “straight passing privilege” because then the outside world wouldn’t abuse her, essentially saying that it’s better to be abused by a straight partner than it is to be a lesbian
- slut shaming like this:
”The bi borg has gotten to my post. You can all eat shit with your whining about lesbians. That would be less disgusting than the blow jobs you’re giving on the regular anyway.”
- massive triggering of bi women who are rape survivors across the board because of victim blaming like this:
”Saying that ‘bi woman are raped more because they interact more and are sexually available to men’ is not victim blaming. It’s stating a fact.”
- bi women who are rape survivors being accused of tokenizing bi rape survivors
Reblog and add more links to the things that I have missed.
It gets better—the guy is deaf, and he taught his cat the sign for “food.” So the cat’s not just saying “put that in my mouth,” it’s actually signing
Best thing I have ever seen I love cats so much omg
Your cute cat of the day
Not only that, but if you notice at the beginning, the cat *gets the man’s attention* as any person who wanted to talk to a deaf/hoh individual would (well, and vice versa IME). I’ve done sign since I was 5, and generally, w/o eye contact initially, you wave a hand or lightly touch the arm (if that’s ok with the person you’re trying to converse with, of course).
Generally, adult cats meow mostly to humans, but this cat has figured out that’s not going to work and has adapted. Animal companions! They are INCREDIBLE.
What a smart, sweet kitty!