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10:22 pm: More Pain

How the heck did I get a red squiggle under things the system thinks is wrong, and how do I make it stop?

There wasn't much on TV last night so I watched Life, Unexpected on CW and when it wasn't on, watched NBC. In my district, the incumbent (probably for a century) won again, but the new nominee got a third of the vote. That's really good for someone with no political background. The district next door currently has 820 votes separating the candidates. There's provisional ballots to count and no matter which side those go to, the guy with the lower number of votes can ask for a recount. This means there won't be a winner for at least a few days.

After I read the paper last night, I still hurt like crazy and took two of the narcotics. I'd planned to stop reading at 4am, and I did, but I still hurt so much I didn't get to sleep until 7am. I pushed the alarm forward to a few minutes before 1pm. I took the trash and recycling out and then went to get my right eye's visual fields. She asked me a few times if I was sure I couldn't do the left eye then, but I told her, I needed to get home and take more narcotics. Which I did. I got yesterday's mail in and then went back to the bedroom, undressed, took the med, and got into bed. Both Junie and Loki tucked up with me until my phone rang the late med alarm. I'd slept 90 minutes and felt better and more awake.

I came out here and scooped litterboxes and booted up the computer. I stopped to watch Modern Family because I only have two recorders for the other two sets of shows. Spirit got a lot of petting and I think she appreciated it.

In the margin of an article about the DC-area Metro, it said that Beck's rally had 510,020 rides and Stewart/Colbert had 825,437. I'm sure there were non-rally people in both, but it is a good clue.

Apparently some Republicans think that they'll get the big companies that gave money to the Democrats to grovel.

A member of the George Washington women's basketball team feels male and is using male pronouns and changed his name. But he's not having the hormones or surgery so he can stay on the women's team as long as he has eligibility. I don't have a problem with his transgender, but I think it's a bit hypocritical to stay physically a woman so he can have eligibility.

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From:kgbooklog
Date:November 4th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
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How the heck did I get a red squiggle under things the system thinks is wrong, and how do I make it stop?

Firefox has been doing this for several versions now. To turn it off, go to Tools->Options->Advanced->General and uncheck "Check my spelling as I type". I don't know how other browsers handle it.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 4th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
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Ah, thanks! It doesn't spell very well.
From:zeborahnz
Date:November 4th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
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A member of the George Washington women's basketball team feels male and is using male pronouns and changed his name. But he's not having the hormones or surgery so he can stay on the women's team as long as he has eligibility. I don't have a problem with his transgender, but I think it's a bit hypocritical to stay physically a woman so he can have eligibility.

It doesn't say that's his sole reason. It's quite possible it's not even among his major reasons - I think an interview along the lines of "Are you still in the women's team? (yes) Doesn't anyone have problems with that? (no, I'm not having hormones or surgery until I leave school)" could quite plausibly turn into the paragraph they wrote.

Even if it were the only reason, I don't see anything hypocritical about someone whose gender expression doesn't conform strictly to society's expectations playing in the team that society might expect. People shouldn't have to sacrifice their gender to do what they want, but nor should people have to sacrifice what they want to do for their gender.

After all, though I know little of the subject, transitioning takes time. It's notlike he can snap his fingers, change his body overnight, and if skilled enough just slot into the men's team next morning. No matter how skilled you are, the whole process and change of body type would throw you for a loop. And if it's not "women's vs men's" but "women's vs give up the game entirely", it'd be totally unfair to expect anyone to give up a game they love.
From:zeborahnz
Date:November 4th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
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After all, though I know little of the subject, transitioning takes time

Argh, I mean the physiological transitioning; obviously he's already transitioned in presentation.

(And reading the article again I think they're basing that sentence on the statement from the university that "Kye has informed the university that he will not begin any medical or drug protocols while a student-athlete". Which is very far removed from saying why he made that decision.)
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 4th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
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A later article said he has to be on the women's team to keep his scholarship. The organization that covers college basketball lets him stay on the women's team because they consider him female. I still think it's a bit hypocritical for him to make that choice.
From:zeborahnz
Date:November 4th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
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I just don't see why it's hypocritical for someone to not make such a tremendous sacrifice to their education just so they can present as their own gender in the way that us cis-gendered get to do without anyone even blinking.

If he was doing this while saying others shouldn't, that'd be hypocrisy. But he's not.

If what he was doing was disadvantaging anyone else in any way, then I could at least see the point. But it's not: his body has no inherent advantages over any of the other bodies in the team.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 4th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
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I think if he wants the scholarship for the women's team, he should stay a woman, even in pronouns.
From:zeborahnz
Date:November 4th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
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Again, it's not like he had a choice between getting a scholarship for the women's team and getting a scholarship for the men's team. Even if he hadn't had rather justifiable concerns about coming out of the closet, he wouldn't have been able to get the hormones and surgery and so forth completed early enough to be eligible for a scholarship for the men's team. So he'd have had to make a choice between eligibility and his true gender.

And cis-gendered people never ever have to make that choice. So what right do we have to demand that transgendered people should make it? ...Honestly, if anything is hypocrisy, then demanding that someone else make a sacrifice that we know we'll never have to make should surely be included in the definition.
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