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  1. I haven’t and won’t watch the video so I can’t speak to the current topic, but I can’t continue to ignore the transphobia that is so pervasive on this board. Transgender individuals are 4 times as likely to be victims of violence as cisgender individuals. Transwomen are 1.8 times as likely to experience sexual violence as ciswomen. No matter how scared you are, trans individuals have more to fear. Reading this and other current threads has made me physically ill. As the mother of a trans daughter I am saddened by the disregard most of the posters have for transgender individuals. Transwomen are not men!
  2. I couldn’t decide whether to choose racist or white supremacist, but felt like the ones I see around here are displayed by people who lean toward supremacy so chose that option. Fortunately I don’t see too many of them here in NY.
  3. Right?! I’d probably end up chewing on the rag and using my toothbrush on the sink! 😄
  4. It’s not a healthy young person, it’s a healthy young man. As a man, he’ll never breastfeed, so breasts are unnecessary. Gently, if you’re holding out hope that his transition is a mistake he’ll regret, please don’t. You are a woman, and many women are very attached to their breasts. I know I am! For your nephew, his breasts may not be cancerous but they are essentially growths that he may feel don’t belong on his body. If you had some sort of growth on your body that wasn’t dangerous but made you feel really bad about yourself every time you saw it, and let’s say it was in your line of sight nearly all the time as breasts are, would you have surgery to have it removed or live with it because it was healthy tissue? I do understand the grief you’re feeling. As the mother of a trans daughter I’ve dealt with feeling as if the child I gave birth to is gone. I don’t pretend to assume that it’s as painful as if my child had died, but it is a grief that has taken a lot to work through. I’ll be thinking of you and your nephew and family today. (And I’ll be out of the house for most of the day, so I’m not ignoring any responses.)
  5. Basic seasonal allergy symptoms for many. Ugh.
  6. I was coming to recommend Bombas, but I can see that was a mistake. 😂 I only buy them on sale around Christmas, though.
  7. Off the top of my head, my high school best friend and one of my high school math teachers. ETA ~ Born in ‘79, I identify as a Xennial, so this would have been around 1995-1997ish.
  8. My 15yo got dose 2 of Pfizer yesterday morning. No side effects.
  9. You’re right, and I apologize. She didn’t use that phrase.
  10. Since Pen first mentioned leaky vaccines I’ve read a bit about them and I don’t see how this is any cause for concern with the coronavirus vaccines available. “Leaky vaccines work by enhancing host immunity to a particular pathogen, without necessarily blocking or slowing viral replication. The result is that infected but vaccinated individuals have extended survival, allowing highly virulent pathogen that would normally reach an evolutionary dead-end in a dead host, can transmit. The evolutionary consequences of high virulence are thus reduced and these pathogens can be selectively favored as a result of leaky vaccination.” Source “Data from multiple studies in different countries suggest that people vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine who develop COVID-19 have a lower viral load than unvaccinated people.(50-54) This observation may indicate reduced transmissibility, as viral load has been identified as a key driver of transmission(55).” Source Current vaccines (particularly the mRNA vaccines that Pen seems to think are potentially problematic) are limiting transmissibility. People who are vaccinated but get infected are less likely to pass the virus on. Unvaccinated people are much more likely to become infected and much more likely to infect someone else, keeping the chain going with many more opportunities for mutations that are more dangerous. Leaky vaccine worries really don’t make sense here. The masses of unvaccinated are putting us at risk of potential mutations, not the very tiny few who are vaccinated and still able to infect others. And if somehow, hypothetically, all of the scientific community manages to be wrong about this and Pen is right, permanent mask requirements would likely be far less of a big deal to those of us willing to protect our communities by vaccinating than it would to those who keep screaming about their rights and refusing to vaccinate or mask. Stop trying to make the vaccinated look like the selfish fools here; it’s quite clear to the vast majority of the world who are the selfish ones. (Not speaking of those who cannot be vaccinated, of course.)
  11. College! Met in September, started dating in October, engaged in November, moved together in January, then waited 2 1/2 years to get married. That was 20 years ago. 🥰
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