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  2. Aebt-Ætheling

    Understanding Gender and Gender Identity

    I've never heard anyone who completely dismissed the cultural construct argument, I have heard some who pair it with biological arguments though. Also, how do you explain Hijra and Burrnesha and other genders? Cultures can be wrong, I am not saying they are always correct, but the definition used in my Webster's dictionary (and you seem very much to like dictionary definitions) says in excerpt, "gender ... refer to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones." The idea that it is at least semi-dependent on cultural differences is right in the definition. I know you said you do not want to debate, but I am not trying to debate (although if you wanted to debate I do enjoy debating). Rather it seems odd that you want us to defend ourselves, then you simply shoot down our ideas without any further explanation or defense of your own position. Sure, we might be wrong but even if you can prove us wrong does not prove you right.
  3. Autumn McJavabean

    Understanding Gender and Gender Identity

    Because, logic is better when it comes to viewing the world than people's feelings. If feelings trump logic, who knows how that slippery slope might take us.
  4. Nick2

    Religious Exemptions

    Religion has been the shackles on humanity forever. They have a right to be ignorant but not to get it on the rest of us. If they kept it in their churches/religious schools I would be fine with it. But more and more they have taken over politicians and laws are being passed forcing all of us to bend to their will. We are devolving as a nation and that will be our end.
  5. Pancakes 😛 Curious Rex memes It's the attraction to inelegance, it is a valid orientation and preference, it's interpretation is always different to those that is experiencing it. There is and can also not be, for some it can be non-binary, for others, Agender, the lack of any direction I know feels like there's a 'blank-slate' feeling without the possibility of putting words to it from my own experience. The classic Cobra is the best 😛 I'm not often active in those and the combination of these two forums perked my interest because I'm directly dealing with those pieces of identity for a good few years and it's time to help others, help all of us together even if it's like a collective shrug of indifference shared with others.
  6. Iridium

    BioSex and Gender in the late 21 st Century

    I think the episode might have been based off the book.
  7. Autumn McJavabean

    Understanding Gender and Gender Identity

    I get what you're implying, I'm not blaming you, what I'm trying to convey is that if I explain why that's wrong to me, people will focus on that, not the OP. That's my fear.
  8. Iridium

    Religious Exemptions

    I agree- exemptions from things like military service on the basis of religion should also include non-religious personal beliefs.
  9. Iridium

    Understanding Gender and Gender Identity

    I wasn't trying to start a debate, just pointing out that, if gender *is* a social construct, then it can change radically.
  10. Aebt-Ætheling

    Religious Exemptions

    I dislike religious exemptions. While I could theoretically find some religious exemptions I agree with, the fact that they 1) usually only apply to a specific religion (for example Amish get out of being drafted, but I would have to prove I am always a pacifist to get the same result) or the 2) allow for incorrect information to cause harm. Particularly more so when children are at stake. I always love how the same people who make these religious-exemption laws would be the first ones to jump on the 'think of the children' bandwagon for music censorship, anti-LGBT+, or movie ratings, yet see nothing wrong with intellectually-limiting a child.
  11. Iridium

    Yokai? More like "Nokia"

    It's thought that the legend of the Cyclops arose from people finding mammoth bones and, not knowing what they were, coming to the conclusion that they were from giants.
  12. Autumn McJavabean

    Understanding Gender and Gender Identity

    The purpose of this thread is not to incite debate. Rather, for me to find some material to better understand what you guys consider gender to be.
  13. Autumn McJavabean

    Understanding Gender and Gender Identity

    Gender being a social/cultural construct is entirely up fro debate. That's not the purpose of the thread. I don't find the cultural arguments really convincing, personally. I think that since cultures can be wrong, it having been done is not a valid basis to go off of. But thank you for the post.
  14. Iridium

    Understanding Gender and Gender Identity

    As for the idea of "making up a new gender", people create new nations, new religions, and new political ideologies, so why shouldn't making up a new gender be possible?
  15. Autumn McJavabean

    Understanding Gender and Gender Identity

    It means I'm using the definition for gender as a basis of my stance.
  16. Iridium

    Religious Exemptions

    I'm religious, but I don't support the idea of allowing people to fail to vaccinate their children for any reason except a genuine medical condition. And sheltering children from learning about different ideas is just going to make it more difficult for them to function in society later on, when they have to deal with people whose beliefs are different from their own. As for the evolution question, I can't believe that people still refuse to accept it as a scientific reality. Just about every major religious group has reconciled with it and accepted the idea of the book of Genesis being a metaphor.
  17. I liked being able to help members and answer their questions. But this is just for me, not everyone, but as time went on, I got tired of seeing some members' rude comments about identities and of debating with mods about what action should be done. And this stress made it hard for me to focus on my schoolwork too. I think I covered it in my answer to Janus.
  18. Pan Ficto. (on hiatus?)

    Why AVEN is not educating staff members on Asexuality?

    So what makes someone a sexual person, to you? Genuine question here (as a sexual person who does not seek out sex for pleasure).
  19. I had a friend who grew these funny, skinny mushrooms with blue and gold undertones in his closet. He dried them and sold them. Eating those funny mushrooms makes you laugh for about five hours and you see the world in a different light. One time, I developed a relationship with the rock community along a river bank.
  20. Aebt-Ætheling

    Understanding Gender and Gender Identity

    What do you mean 'make up a new gender' and 'scientific evidence supporting the gender'? If I may be allowed to put on my Cultural Anthropology hat... gender is a cultural construct. Therefore there need not be any scientific evidence to support a gender, rather if a culture sees certain people as belonging to a gender outside of the standard male-female, then they are that gender. The famed Hijra are a prime example (they are not transgender as is sometimes claimed, if you look at how their are viewed in culture they are seen as another gender). Same thing with the Burrnesha of Albania. Both of these are people that society sees to be not male nor female so they take on the roles of not male nor female. Other examples abound in Papua New Guinea and the Amazon basin to this day of genders that are outside of the male-female binary, and they are not based on scientific evidence. EDIT: One second too late, Iridium already mentioned the Hijra and Burrnesha
  21. Pan Ficto. (on hiatus?)

    Why AVEN is not educating staff members on Asexuality?

    Also I have to agree with @Philip027. I think if you think you're straight but willingly have sex men for pleasure then you were probably innately bi already. My ex was hypersexual, he could literally just have sex all day. But he never had sex with men in prison because he knew (and was very vocal) about the fact that he could never enjoy sex with a man and would literally immediately lose his erection if he tried. He was happy to have threesums with him, a guy, and a girl, but only if the other guy solely touched the girl and never touched him (and he wouldn't touch the guy either). There are many straight men who go to prison and never have willing sex with another man (despite endless options) so I think anyone happy to do so was just bi and didn't know it until they had the chance to try.
  22. Oh, I forgot an important question. Why this election? Why not Welcome Lounge (Other ongoing election) and why not Just For Fun (Last election no one ran for)?
  23. Iridium

    Understanding Gender and Gender Identity

    One important aspect of gender that hasn't been mentioned yet on this thread is that the expected roles and behaviors for men and women vary wildly from culture to culture. For example, sex and romance between men was seen as perfectly masculine in ancient Greece, but is stereotyped as unmanly in the modern West. Some societies even have traditions of a third gender, like hijras in India, or sworn virgins in traditional Albanian culture. So all of this adds another layer of complexity to the question.
  24. Please insert 1 cat picture, 1 dog picture, and 1 other cute animal picture of your choice to start this list of questions. Waffles, Pancakes, or French Toast? Favorite Meme? What do you think about the identities Sapiosexual and/or Sapioromantic? Is there a term for someone that doesn't identify as any gender? Best type of snake?
  25. Pan Ficto. (on hiatus?)

    Why AVEN is not educating staff members on Asexuality?

    Sexual people experience that too. There are plenty of sexual people who don't care at all about appearance and seek sex out because 1) they have a libido and 2) they enjoy the intimacy/closeness/feelings of partnered sex. It's actually offensive to suggest that what makes someone sexual is solely their potential to find others 'hot' which is why so many people here take issue with that specific definition of sex favourability. It comes from a misunderstanding of how sexual people think and feel. And of course there are many aces who can find people hot, which proves that the ability to experience that form of attraction and actually desiring sex with other people are in certain cases two very separate things.
  26. On days that aren't Tuesdays or Thursdays I can dedicate as much time as is necessary to solve problems that may arise. I am on my own schedule (writing thesis and all). On Tuesdays and Thursdays I will be able to dedicate about an hour to the position. As a moderator I would enforce the rules AVEN has already established surrounding debates; no personal attacks; no invalidation; no bigotry; no labeling others etc. In my personal opinion, I think civil debate should be allowed, as long the AVEN ToS does not get breached. Debates about the most sensitive topics should stay in hotbox however. There is a difference between a debate about whether non-binary identities are valid, and a debate about which brand of binders is best or a debate about the usefulness of micro-labels (!not their validity!). If one side has to defend their existence, that is not a fair debate, and I don't think that is a useful thing to read along with for any questioning people who stumble across AVEN. I often post in hotbox, and I personally find debates to be one of the most interesting things to participate in on AVEN, so I definitely don't want them stifled, but they are not worth hurting people over. What is the most difficult thing about being a mod to you?
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