Straight from the ad pages of your favorite magazines, here’s your guide to being a girl in December. Take notes.
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1. Stay cozy. Wear a baby.
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2. Flaunt your complexity.
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3. Represent feminine softness in a hard masculine world.
All around you are skyscrapers made of bricks and iron and glass and ouchy things. They’re all pointy and hard. But not you. You’re a soft pink flower in a gentle haze of light. Everything around you is blooming, because you breathed springtime into winter. You’re a superfresh candypants sugarblossom.
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4. If you’re truly hot, you…
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Programmers dream of new code.
We spend a good deal of our time working on code we didn’t write for software we didn’t create, much of which we believe is horribly written (or, at least, could be done much better). We dream of a chance to start fresh, working from scratch on a brand new piece of software that will eventually become something someone else has to work on and believes is horribly written.
If we’re lucky our software will look pretty solid from the outside. It may do weird things from time to time or very occasionally crash, but on the whole end users will think it’s stable and well thought out. Those of us who can look at it from the inside are amazed by this because we see a house of cards just waiting to come tumbling down. I think one of the benefits of open source is…
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I’ve never understood the true meaning of love. There were times I felt it, but I’m sure that wasn’t the true meaning. I met a man one day, outside a business on the corner of two streets. I was young and neive. I immediately felt the connection between us. It was like I felt the tale of a previous lifetime. The story had to be told. I could feel a sense of danger but it only drew me more into the situation. The more I dug, the more I seen; it was a star-crossed story that only led to defeat.
We need a better way to talk about trans children.
Christmas is the hardest time of the year for me. Not for the reasons why it’s so hard for so many trans people – their reasons first, and then mine.
This time of year brings it home – in mundane, everyday little ways – that trans people are so often people without families. Or, rather, without families of origin – by necessity, we’ve become adept at building our families of choice. A facebook status asking for a donation to help homeless trans teenagers, or a recommendation for a trans-friendly shelter for victims of domestic violence – overwhelming numbers of empathetic responses rooted in experience. Invitations to alternative festive events, on days when most people are expected to find themselves with parents, grandparents, the in-laws. Survival guide blog posts for those trying to face their family of origin – knowing that…
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