It is not exactly new story and I am not sure if this made the rounds in fediverse but a few days ago #archiveofourown won the hugo award on best related work. We have a huge #FLOSS community here but we don't talk nearly enough about this project.
#ao3 is an unique opensourced project that is not male dominated and also not started by people who were fulltime engineers but fans who decided enough is enough and we need to own our servers.
Congrats to Ao3!
Happy first birthday Aus.Social!
I'll be launching a PixelFed (Instagramish) to Celebrate! 🎉
Lastly... if you feel the urge to support us and our community, Please feel free to throw me a dollar at https://www.patreon.com/shleeau
I learnt today that UK airports have a system for quietly alerting staff that you have a hidden disability which is being picked up by supermarkets and other public types of places.
It's wearing a lanyard with sunflowers on it, and its just so staff can immediately note that if you're in distress its actually likely an issue they should assist with.
Just over halfway through #knitting the Hey, Little Songbird stole
I really like the detail in this movie poster for a George Miller Double Feature https://www.instagram.com/p/B0OU79Il1Sn/
Finished #knitting the mitts
Just to bring back Indila, cause everyone needs to hear her https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5KAc5CoCuk
Saying "any pronouns are fine!" doesn't make you a good ally
Okay so I want to preface this by saying these are general trends, and there's a whole lot of exceptions.
A thing I notice really commonly though is that when spaces where people are asked to give their pronouns, quite often people I perceive as cis -- and it's usually people I perceive as guys -- will make a big point of saying "any pronouns for me are fine!"
This doesn't actually help. I know the thought process is to show that you're cool and hip to a world that doesn't have as much in the way of gender expectations, but. Really. I promise. Having preferred pronouns is fine. Saying "anything works!" smacks of performative allyship and, in practice, means we have to guess for what pronoun you're actually listening for -- which defeats the entire point of people giving pronouns.
If your assumed gender identity has always fit comfortably, it's easy to feel like gender isn't a big deal. It's easy to think "yeah whatever is fine, I'm cool with things." This is especially true if you know that assigned masculinity is a prison. I can say in confidence, though, that if you've lived a life where people continually made the wrong assumption, pronouns can become a very big deal.
So, really, I promise, it's fine to say "I use he/him pronouns".
This, from the Idea of North, is an excellent rendition of Tim Minchin's Not Perfect https://www.facebook.com/TheIdeaofNorth/videos/636235467121210