@Clumsey_Wordsmith Basically: I lolled. Your joke was a good one :P
@Clumsey_Wordsmith Oh heh. Body chemistry: one of our biggest ways to change body pH is breathing. CO2 out, pH goes up. Wanna be more basic? Hyperventilate.
@Clumsey_Wordsmith Oh I thought there was a bad takes left too
pH, offensive language
@ygris *holds breath, waits 30 seconds*
There is that better?
@SaboTabby right!? It is so unique in the genre. Deescalation!? Wow.
@SaboTabby Yeah it's kinda epidemic.
There's like 2 good ones. :/ Flashpoint and Brooklyn 99.
@substack The categories we use to group other people to describe and connect for purposes of relationships-and-sex-and-reproduction which are of course distinct things but also super related :D
@ak yeah :(
@substack agreed, and we can (and often do) do better. I don't think it's ever as binary as that even
@substack Actually I think a more succinct way to say my views are that there are genders is emergent from human psychology and having visible differences.
But the scheme is flexible past that (and in fact already is, and is not the same everywhere — where WASP authoritarian families have one schema, and kids growing up policed for their race end up with others.)
@substack That said, I think it's a fallacy both to think that categories can be created completely arbitrarily, and it's not a particularly individual phenomenon— alone, we just are.
@substack Gender connects to sex real closely. There's material differences there, and while now and then we've got people who cross things up solidly, that kind of pattern matching is super natural to humans.
And then given that there's a real solid kernel for other stuff to coalesce around. Policing is one end of a spectrum of behaviors—following norms is another part, and I think actually the bulk of it.
@substack Sure does.
But that said, I largely fail to imagine a world where that's not true. we carry our bodies with us, regardless of our society. It's always there, ready to exist. Specifics may vary, and certainly will, but I strongly doubt non-gender can exist.
@Alonealastalovedalongthe Yup. We have to change the whole suburban density mindset first. Clustering. Then land trusts.
@Alonealastalovedalongthe It's interesting to watch what happens after industry tears through land. Colorado, my home, was ravaged by the mining boom. The "old" forests are still super young, the regrowth after stripping for timber for mines.
Now that our industrial use patterns have changed, we have the opportunity to pull the suburbs back, build a new natural environment. Though it will still be built, and it'll be a slow incremental process since just razing the burbs isn't gonna happen.
@Alonealastalovedalongthe Absolutely. It's part of the whole northeastern conurbation!
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