LiveJournal really doesn't want to have to deal with gender variance: not being simply 'female' or 'male' is apparently something too "personal" to want to share publicly. Gah. This just further supports my decision to move my journal to DreamWidth.

This follows on from an incident yesterday when someone claimed that they didn't know which pronouns to use for me, even though they have not only heard people using the correct pronouns, but have in fact been specifically told, just recently, the correct pronouns to use. i get the impression that this person doesn't want to use them on the basis that using female pronouns to refer to someone with a goatee is 'obviously' wrong. :-P If that's the case, it provides a good example of nonconsensual gendering.

People's desire to engage in nonconsensual gendering can be quite startling. The only other identity i've had which has provoked such a response was being vegan: people would ask me why i was vegan, i'd tell them, and would then get attacked in a way that suggested i'd just set fire to their home. So what motivates people to nonconsensually gender others? Please feel free to indulge in some wild speculation in the comments. :-)


2009-12-29 10:25
First DreamWidth post!

i won't be directly posting to my LiveJournal any more, although i will crosspost there from here.

i've written before about how i'm not particularly inclined towards jumping on the social networking service de année. So my move to DW was based on a number of factors.

Push reasons:
  • LiveJournal is feeling decreasingly community-oriented and increasingly commercially-oriented. This is reflected in things such as ads being displayed to people viewing my LJ entries.

  • LiveJournal seems to regularly have 'incidents' which reduce my confidence in the service. The latest such incident, involving potential changes to the gender one can list on one's profile, was close to my heart. Although LJ has claimed that there was an error and misunderstanding, the fact that i'm not sure i can take them at their word rings alarm bells.

Pull reasons:
  • DreamWidth is making 'the right noises', e.g. in their Guiding Principles and Diversity Statement.

  • Although it is true that, as they say in the Diversity Statement, [p]latitudes are cheap, the fact that i'm getting positive impressions about DW from the circles that i move in suggests that DW aren't merely engaging in platitudes.

  • i like the idea of supporting, and possibly developing for, a FOSS project in which the majority of developers are women.

If you're reading this on LiveJournal, i encourage you to consider blogging on DreamWidth. :-)


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