A Rant Of Sorts

Hey. So, the other day I shared a video on Facebook (can’t find the link now, sorry). The video itself was about how you shouldn’t just assume someone wants to be called a “he” or a “she” and to call someone “them” instead until you discover their preference. I commented how I get that some people don’t identify as a male or female and just want to be known as, like, a person or a banana or something, and that if they want to designate a gender-neutral word, they can feel free, but they shouldn’t butcher the English language to do it, because “they” is a plural word, not a singular one.

Someone commented back — very snootily (is that a word?), I might add — about how:

  1. it’s obvious that I have no respect for people who struggle with gender identify because I dared to use the word banana,
  2. “they” actually isn’t a plural word, and besides, we create the English language so therefore that makes it the right usage,
  3. and basically how I’m an intolerant little shit who steals candy from babies and kills puppies and shit.
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First of all, let me say this: I get that some people don’t think of themselves as male or female. Just because I used a banana in my example doesn’t mean I’m a fucking moron. I used it to illustrate a point, which is how absurd it is that people are trying to identify as something other than a person (by that, I mean that they’re trying to come up with concepts like “non-binary” and shit instead of just saying they identify as a human being, which would be the simplest way).

I have autism. Yes, it may not seem like it because I’m what is considered “high-functioning”, but that doesn’t mean I’m normal. I’m not. Social cues don’t register in my brain. If there was a test on reading body language, I would probably score a 10, because odds are that I would at least get a couple questions right by chance. Sometimes I say things that people take to be insulting when I meant no harm by it, and sometimes I take things that others say as insults even though they aren’t. I just don’t know. Something is programmed wrong in my brain. I can’t control it. That doesn’t mean I’m a dumbass (I actually have a genius IQ, and people with autism tend to be smarter overall than those who don’t have autism).

Now on to the second point. “They” is a plural fucking word. It is used to describe two or more people, among other things. The official definition of the word in the Oxford English Dictionary is as follows:

[third person plural] Used to refer to two or more people or things previously mentioned or easily identified. ‘the two men could get life sentences if they are convicted’

And:

[singular third person plural] Used to refer to a person of unspecified gender. ‘ask a friend if they could help’

The Dictionary.com definition is:

nominative plural of he, she, and it

And:

(used with a singular indefinite pronoun or singular noun antecedent in place of the definite masculine he or the definite feminine she): Whoever is of voting age, whether they are interested in politics or not, should vote.

And by the way, the second definitions from both sources doesn’t mean that you can substitute the word “they” with “he” or “she” at will; it means that if you’re discussing a non-specified person, or a generalized person (in this case, a friend and a voter, respectively), then it is acceptable to use the word “they” to describe that person.

As for the third point, I don’t fucking care what you think of me.

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You don’t fucking matter. I can count on two hands the people / groups of people whose opinions matter to me, and you sure as hell aren’t even close to being one of them. However, because I am using this post to negate your entire argument, I will say that I don’t fucking care what the hell you choose to identify as. It’s not my problem. It’s not for me to judge, unless you actually want to identify as a banana, in which case shut the fuck up (with the exceptions being actual bananas; they can identify as bananas). Just because I made a joke about it doesn’t mean I disrespect the people who actually struggle with gender identity and all that crap. It just means I made a fucking joke. People joke about things they shouldn’t all the time. I couldn’t even tell you the number of autism-related jokes I’ve heard. There are four I can find videos of and one more that I can think of (The Aspy’s) off the top of my head in Family Guy alone (by the way, I laughed my ass off while watching them). And don’t you dare fucking tell me that autism can’t compare to gender identity as a problem, because while it might not be on the same page on the types of issues that arise, you’re an ignorant, naive SOB if you think living with autism isn’t a challenge every second of every day.

So yeah, I don’t think it’s acceptable to use “they” to describe a single, specific person. If you really want to eliminate gender roles, come up with a gender-neutral word, like we have “he” for a male and “she” for a female (traditionally). [EDIT (I meant to include this initially): Maybe the problem isn’t that people don’t identify as a “he” or a “she”; maybe the problem is that we all have pre-conceived notions about what it means to be a “he” or a “she”.] Also, because I know this will come up: this is not meant as an “attack” against the person who disrespectfully “disagreed” with my point of view, this is meant as a response to said person (and there’s another way to avoid using “him”, “her”, or “them”; who knew?!).

I think that’s about it. This was a really long post, and I know I didn’t try as hard to speak in a professional tone, as I do with politics, because I was just so pissed off, and for that, I do apologize. However, this needed to be said, and while I’m sure there are many nicer ways to say it, I think this best represents my feelings. If you have any questions about how to interpret something written here, don’t just assume I’m trying to insult someone; ask me what I mean, okay? Seriously, I’m not trying to be an asshole (if I were, there would be absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind, even in the mind of an autistic person, because when I’m being bitchy, I make it painfully obvious so my words aren’t misconstrued as sarcastic or anything).

Thank you to all who kept reading until the end.

-Sam

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Homework, Homework, And More Homework

Hey. Well, as the title may show, I have a lot of homework tonight. Which means, I won’t be able to get up AJ’s favorite memory post today. Sorry! But I have to write a Dos essay and finish an English essay, both due tomorrow. And I’m NOT going to just go “oh, there’s probably gonna be a snow day tomorrow” like most kids do. So, sorry for the short post, but I wanted to keep my posting streak, and I have homework to do. Bye!

-Sam

I’m Blamed For Everything!

Hey. Everything is my fucking fault. I’m so tired of this shit. Okay, for your sakes, I’ll back up a bit and explain why I’m so fucking pissed that I might possibly rip somebody’s fucking head off right now. Anyways, today we did our English presentations on Romanticism and Transcendentalism. We all made the powerpoint on Google Drive, but I put it together on Movie Maker (which apparently makes me liable for any fucking screw ups). So, the presentation started out good for the first two minutes, with me getting compliments on how nice it looked. Then M1 (I won’t use names) started stuttering (because apparently nobody looks over the outline I give them the night before the presentation is due!), and she gives me a dirty look when the slide changes before she’s done speaking, and is like “okay then.” My teacher tells me to slow down the slides, so I look like an idiot pausing and unpausing the presentation (and because of this none of the effects are visible!). Then, when M2 is presenting, she starts reading C’s part, so I quietly correct her, and my teacher notices this, and makes me look like an ass AND an idiot. Then C goes, and she presents horribly. After our  supposed-to-be-awesome-but-turned-out-disgusting presentation was over, C and M1 are like, “we’re mad at you,” and they say oh, the slides went too fast, you paraphrased too much, blah blah blah. First off, what the fuck C?! You didn’t even do the right work until the day before! Second, I’d like to see you make that awesome a presentation. Next, you aren’t supposed to put fucking long-ass sentences on a powerpoint, you’re supposed to fucking summarize! It’s not my fucking fault I was the only one prepared to say my part! Just shut the fuck up. Are you happy? You’ve royally pissed me off. Majorly.

Sorry for the rant, but I needed to get that out. I actually feel a lot better. Alright, bye!

-Sam

P.S. Sorry for all the swearing, but I’m fucking PISSED!

Lots Of Homework

Hey. Sorry, but this is going to be a short post, because I have a lot of homework to do. I have to memorize my English speech (which I still haven’t given yet), I have to do four source outlines for Dos (history), plus I have to put together two powerpoints for English! UGH! But I guess that’s all part of high school, right? Anyways, I just wanted to keep my posting streak. Bye!

-Sam

Chemistry And English Midterms

Hey. As the title says, I had my Chem and English midterms today. They were okay. I had a little trouble with chem, but overall it was pretty easy.  I have my Dos (history) midterm tomorrow, though, so I have to go study for that now. Plus I have to finish my quarter project, because I’ve been procrastinating 😦 Sorry for the short post, but I wanted to keep my posting streak. Bye!

-Sam

Waiting For My English Speech And Waiting For My Midterms

Hey. Well, I made it through the first week back. And I know you’re all wondering what my English speech is (well, I know if I was in your position, I would be wondering, so I assume you are, except no one’s mind works like mine, so maybe it’s wrong to assume…?), but I still haven’t presented yet, so in case I edit anything, I don’t want to post it. I want to post exactly what I say in class, so that’s why I won’t post it until I present. So it looks like you guys will have to wait until at least Monday. Maybe the week after, since if I don’t present Monday then I’ll have to present after midterms. Which leads me to my next topic- midterms. They’re Tuesday through Friday next week. Yikes. You know, the funny thing is though, the thing I’m most worried about is not being able to update Running because I’ll be studying 😦 when in reality I should be freaking out over the fact that I flunked almost all of my midterms last year, and what am I going to do differently this year? Alright, that’s it for now. I’m going to go try to write some more Running. Which, by the way, have you read any of? What do you think? If you haven’t read any, it can be found here. Sorry for the short post, but, again, I wanted to keep my posting streak. Which, by the way, is, like, more than half a month in a row! That’s AWESOME! Anyway, that’s it for now. Bye!

-Sam

Lots Of Views Yesterday

Hey! Yeah, so I have to study for a Dos (history) test tomorrow, and plus I have to try and memorize my speech, because after seeing someone today who did, it seems like a good idea. Anyway, this will be a short post. I just wanted to say, I got A LOT of views yesterday. The most I’ve ever gotten in one day. Cool. Alright, that’s it. Just wanted to keep my posting streak. Bye!

-Sam