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  1. SigmatheZeta

    Animals That Speak

    Cats already say that. Some of us like that. Give a cat a box to get away from you in, and you have made a good friend.
  2. SigmatheZeta

    They/Them She/Her He/Him - as you will

    I honestly have trouble finding your positions to be particularly problematic. No two people are quite a mirror for each other, but I have read, scanned, and picked through this post that I am replying to. I have difficulty conceiving of an argument that your positions are particularly alarming...
  3. SigmatheZeta

    The rise of Incels

    I just need comfortable chemistry.
  4. SigmatheZeta

    Re: Kim Potter - What happens when good people no longer go into law enforcement?

    Have you not noticed how much transphobic hate there is ON THIS BOARD, WHICH REPRESENTS THE TRADITONALLY LIBERAL/LIBERTARIAN SECULAR COMMUNITY?
  5. SigmatheZeta

    Colorado prosecutor showed off brake-shoe gift after helping convict 26-year-old trucker sentenced to 110 years for deadly crash

    This is a part of the governor's legitimate powers, but it must ultimately be the governor's decision whether or not they think that doing so will insure better behavior from prosecutors in the future. I do not envy governors their positions. These are not easy decisions. Truckers do not have...
  6. SigmatheZeta

    The rise of Incels

    ...some of them look kind of cute, actually. So...I will never understand people that are looking for casual sex at all. It is minimal, uncertain gratification and a lot of drama and judgment and shaming. While I think that religious zealots were wrong to try to outlaw fornication, I have a...
  7. SigmatheZeta

    Religious Joy: A Question for Atheists

    I tend to see religion as extremely interesting, actually. I am not sure that I consider it a defect, but I do ask that religious people observe a sense of boundaries. Most of them, in my experience, do. Just because I complain about the rotten apples doesn't mean I hate apples. Apples are...
  8. SigmatheZeta

    They/Them She/Her He/Him - as you will

    @Emily Lake, I am going to give you what I hope is a helpful parallel, here, but I don't want to be misunderstood. I would not be very happy if you pretended to fully understand what it's like to be transgender, since you really can't. Likewise, I will not pretend to understand fully the issues...
  9. SigmatheZeta

    Possible connection between skepticism and ancient meditation

    Religion itself is really rooted in ancient attempts to learn a good way of life, and even though time has distorted them into a complex system of folklore interwoven with sundry philosophical ideas, some good and some terrible, I think that all philosophical and religious ideas really come, at...
  10. SigmatheZeta

    They/Them She/Her He/Him - as you will

    On the point of me being a dragon, it kind of started in the late 1990's. There were not as many options for young transgender women, and the only outlet for my gender identity was roleplay. Before starting hormone replacement therapy, I identified as essentially gender non-binary. For some...
  11. SigmatheZeta

    They/Them She/Her He/Him - as you will

    The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend the "watchful waiting" model. Instead, they recommend embracing a non-binary model of gender precisely due to the criticisms that you have brought to this discussion. They believe that embracing a non-binary concept of gender tends to limit...
  12. SigmatheZeta

    They/Them She/Her He/Him - as you will

    If I'm no longer obligated to behave with courtesy toward society just because it's arguably not natural, then I am going to stop wearing clothing altogether, and I might make like Diogenes and start masturbating in public. If only I could fill my belly by rubbing it, too.
  13. SigmatheZeta

    They/Them She/Her He/Him - as you will

    You know the sexual behavior of non-humans can, in some species, be kind of brutal, right? The only thing that really tempers the rape culture, in nature, is that most animals are born with knives on their hands and feet and daggers in their mouths. Therefore, most of them observe at least a...
  14. SigmatheZeta

    They/Them She/Her He/Him - as you will

    I actually dress in practical attire for my job, plus a little bit of silly costumery not related to my gender. Come to think of it, my place of work is relaxed enough that I wear a pair of dragon wings to work, and reactions are positive. I am really too lighthearted, most of the time, to...
  15. SigmatheZeta

    They/Them She/Her He/Him - as you will

    Trans-boys being forced through female puberty tend to have worse issues, to be honest. They can become seriously injured by using inappropriate methods of chest-binding. Their rate of attempted suicide is considerably higher.
  16. SigmatheZeta

    They/Them She/Her He/Him - as you will

    I think you might have misinterpreted me, or I was not entirely clear. For one thing, I was not discussing genetics or semantics, but I was discussing the practical clinical care given to transgender children by actual pediatricians. The AAP is actually an appropriate authority for advice on...
  17. SigmatheZeta

    They/Them She/Her He/Him - as you will

    I was not aware that you were anti-science. The official statements of the American Academy of Pediatrics constitite the united opinion of one of the most respected pediatric organizations in the world, and their statements are based on peer reviewed research that must be vetted by the editors...
  18. SigmatheZeta

    They/Them She/Her He/Him - as you will

    I say, let's follow the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics!
  19. SigmatheZeta

    They/Them She/Her He/Him - as you will

    I am again going to repeat my final statement of the matter: The preponderance of scientific evidence currently supports the case that transgender people are born as such and that transgender people have a clinically legitimate interest in seeking gender-affirmation. Semantic pedantry...
  20. SigmatheZeta

    They/Them She/Her He/Him - as you will

    According to the guy that first suggested the idea of autogynephilia, many of them are effectively asexual due to their sexual feelings being completely satisfied by actually being a woman, and as weird as it sounds, he seems to think his research supports the idea. In my experience, actually...
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