Bad Day

I’m having a bad day. Part of that is getting triggered by reading blatantly transphobic crap. Another part of that is getting triggered by reading stuff that might or might not be transphobic but I can’t really tell, so I spend a lot of mental effort trying to figure it out without really arriving at any conclusions (and feeling crappy the entire time, because even if this stuff isn’t transphobic, it’s reminding me of other stuff that is). So I figure, I’m already triggered by this crap, I might as well get something out of it by blogging about it, right?

Blogging has been really hard for me lately. And by lately, I mean basically all the times I’ve tried to do it for like the past year and half. The political climate for this time has been really, really awful for me. I’ve been basically avoiding the news for that amount of time, because

I get too close to some things, and my mind shies away from it. It makes it really hard to write about some things. I can’t always tell ahead of time if something will be hard to write. And some things I just don’t know how to express.

…and that’s about all I’m going to get out of this post, isn’t it? I didn’t even write about a fraction of the things I thought I would when I sat down. Like writing about the transphobic things that set me off earlier. That’s okay, though. It’s still some sort of progress on the whole blogging thing.

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I’m Going to Try Blogging Again

I haven’t been in the blogosphere much in the past year. This isn’t even the first time I’ve tried to start up blogging again. Last time, I managed a whole week of blogging before I stopped again.

I don’t even really know why I am trying again. All of the reasons I stopped before still apply.

But I do know why I am writing this post. I’m just trying to write something, anything. I don’t even care if it’s any good. I just need to build up some momentum.

Or something.

Nope, I lied. I do care if it’s good or not. And this post isn’t.

And here is the part where I try to convince myself that a bad start is better than no start at all.

*sigh*

*hits “Publish” button*

Status Update

I haven’t been posting much lately because I have been very busy with classes. I am on campus studying for most of the day during the week, and when I get home I am usually too tired to think about blogging much. I think I will try to make a habit of working on posts during the weekends, so that I will have something to post every week or two. I have got several posts in mind that I want to write, including an update on my experiences taking a human sexuality course, a post describing why I am not an agnostic and would Christians kindly stop trying to tell me that I am, a post about religious proselytizing on my campus and what happened when I talked to one of the proselytizers, a guest post on someone else’s blog talking about my experiences with navigating gender segregated spaces as a trans person, an educational post about what cis people can do to be respectful of trans people, and a post about why I no longer consider myself part of the New Atheist movement.

Why has no one heard of Lupus?

This is the first time I’ve ever reblogged anything, but this is important, because lupus doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Lupus is a chronic auto-immune disease that can be life-threatening, and it has a higher estimated incidence than either cervical cancer or multiple sclerosis.

It appears as though what I have is Lupus, which explains not only my current issues, but all the digestive issues and the blood disorder I have as well.  My current doctors think they’re all related.  There’s no specific test for Lupus; it’s diagnosed through a series of different tests, combined with medical history and symptoms.  Ultimately, a Rheumatologist will make the call, but my Allergist is pretty certain it’s Lupus.

The more I read about Lupus, the more I was surprised that a lot of people haven’t heard of it, or have but don’t know what it is, or are vaguely aware that it has something to do with Selena Gomez.  The Lupus Foundation estimates that between 1.5 million and 2 million Americans have Lupus.

Wow, I thought, that’s weird. So why doesn’t it get the attention that other major chronic illnesses get?

Then I read that Lupus predominately affects women, particularly women of color…

Read more at original post.

Basic information about lupus here.

Satanic Bathroom Graffiti

I saw this the other day on the inside of a bathroom stall door and just had to take a picture.

graffitti
A drawing of a red coffee cup with an inverted pentagram on it. Next to this, in blue pen, the words “IF YOU LOVE GOD [illegible] CHek it YES OR NO”, followed by checkboxes labeled “YES OR NO” and the words “i LOVE GOD HOW [illegible] YOU”. Beneath this, also in blue pen, a stick figure saying “i LOVE GOD”.
That’s an inverted pentagram on the red coffee cup. My best guess is, somebody got annoyed with the god graffiti and decided it would look better accompanied by a Satanic Starbucks cup.

Beliefs and Choice

Belief is a slippery word. You can believe in something the way you believe in everyday things: the sky, trees, air, gravity, electricity–beliefs that we see evidence for all the time, that we take for granted, that we usually call “knowledge” rather than “belief”. Or you can believe in things like ghosts, gods, magic, and homeopathy–things many people believe in without solid evidence, or even with evidence which contradicts those ideas.Read More »

“Gotcha” Questions and Evidence for God

Earlier today, I stumbled upon an article entitled How to Defeat Modern Day Atheism With Three Easy Questions.

The author starts off by quoting Steve Greene’s How to validate atheism in one easy step. Then he concludes, “Once again, we see how atheism is built on the Demand For Evidence.” Well, yes. Yes, it is. What other method do you propose we use to determine which religious claims are bogus, and which are not? Certainly, you don’t accept that every religion is true? I would sincerely love to know what method you used to determine that your religion is true, and all the others are not. I hope it’s better than the method I used as a child (that is, “Mom and Dad said so.”).Read More »