The night is drawing in the days are getting powerful no one can open the door unless the power is on full... Open your eyes look up to the sky's it's coming and it's coming fast the time of awakening is just about on us.... Do not run do not hide it will find you, I will find you....
This is getting bloody stupid now, I just wish it would pissoff I have had enough now... We need the sun I need to get a skirt on... It's way to cold to wear one right now, I hate cold legs the first sign if summer the slut comes out me thinks lol xx
We are entering times of great transition. A new earth is emerging. Old structures are crumbling, new ones are not yet in place. It is time for those of us who feel called to step forward and help usher in this new age of human evolution on the planet..
It fooking cold outside tonight not sure the neighbours need to see nipples popping out my top lol or do they? I have just been making my little lad a postman pat chopping board, not for chopping just because I can :)
I am back after a long time away I have needed to think about stuff, and I have done now soooo here I am... The last months have been hard we have had sick babies one who is still sick I have been sleeping on the floor of my little boys room to make sure he is ok, I have not had much time to sort myself out so I look like crap... I just hope tonight I can get myself looking a little normal... I would also like to thank people who have sent me messages.. So don't worry I am not going anywhere sometimes life just gets in the way :( xxx
This is taken from
Gender and the census
Posted on March 4, 2013 by QoT
Question 25 of the 2013 New Zealand Census asks:
Spot the problem.
In response to queries on the topic, the very-helpful 2013 Census Twitter account @2013Census has said:
We just ask that people mark the response that shows how they are living their lives
Which is nice, but (a) sex and gender aren’t the same thing and (b) “male” and “female” and “are you” seem pretty inflexible.
A Facebook campaign has kicked off (well, was kicked off in 2011 when the Census was meant to be on) calling on people to tick both boxes for “gender” in order to confound the results. Unfortunately, it’s not going to work, per @2013Census:
If the question about sex isn’t answered, or there are multiple repsonses, a response is imputed based on other answers
I’ve now asked what happens if you currently “live your life” as a man, but have given birth to babies – and thus would tick male but not skip question 25? Which ticky-box does the “imputation” favour? The response is:
If they’re completing their forms online they won’t be able to. If on paper it will come up with an error when the form is processed
At which point I presume they start “imputing” things again.
Here’s the clincher: despite the good key message about “how you live your life”, the fact is that the 2011 Census Content Report, when outlining why the sex question (and yep, they say “sex”, not “gender”) was not changed from 2006, says:
Sex refers to the distinction between males and females based on the biological differences in sexual characteristics.
Which pretty much seems to boil down to “penis male, vagina female”. Hence the whole “only females can have given birth” assumption.
As 3News (but not Patrick Gower, alas) has recently covered, collecting data in this way is pretty limiting. It means we just don’t have an overall national picture of sex and gender diversity among New Zealanders as a whole. Think about this: all the trans women who tick “female” but have birthed “0″ children pull the fertility measurement down, while all the trans men who tick “male” but have had, say, triplets, aren’t included.
You instantly head to the comment box to say “but there aren’t that many trans men who’ve had triplets, QoT, so it doesn’t really hurt the data” but how the fuck would you KNOW?
While other government departments might collect this kind of information in their own ways, the issues are pretty obvious: when Health collects information it’s only collecting it from people who are ill or injured; when Corrections does it it’s only collecting it from people who get into the criminal justice system.
Census needs to do a better job of collecting meaningful data about New Zealanders. Unfortunately, double-ticking the sex box (yep, that sounds good and dirty) is only going to take up computer time.
Day 2 of my little man being sick, I hate to see him this way now being told the walk in center is fully booked all night... What the fuck is wrong with this country... Well I know but I will not rant about it online as I will get arrested....
I have been up all night watching my 2 year old son, he has been sick about every half hour since about 11 last night, if this continues I will be at the doctors with him today x
‘Trans' is used to capture experiences of being gender variant in behaviour and preference, as well as social and legal gender change or transformation. Trans is primarily a UK term, developed in a political context to refer to a diverse and inclusive community of people ranging from part-time cross-dressers to transsexual people who undergo gender reassignment surgeries. Trans is used in the context of personal rights: that is, to support the claim that all trans people are entitled to have their human rights upheld.
‘Transgender' is an alternative umbrella term used in many parts of Europe and North America. In the UK, transgender is used as a policy term to describe those people who live part or all of their lives in their preferred gender role - they may use hormonal treatments to change their body form, but they will generally not seek to undergo gender reassignment surgeries. Transgender is also used to refer to cross-dressers and transvestites (drag queens and drag kings).
‘Transsexual' describes those people who seek gender reassignment treatments, including genital reconstructive surgery where possible. Someone who is transitioning from female to male (FTM) is often known as a trans man, while male to female (MTF) transsexual people are known as trans women. After successfully transitioning to live permanently in their preferred gender role, many prefer to be considered simply as men or women (see www.gires.org.uk). In the past, these people would ‘disappear' into the community at large (known as living in 'stealth'). However, nowadays many use the internet to keep in touch with the trans community in order to continue to claim their legal rights and protections.
Trans people can be heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual. They may be people with a disability. They may present as trans when very young - trans behaviour can be noted as early as three or four years old - or when they are very old. They may also be members of Black and minority ethnic communities, though because of cultural and religious expectations within some of these communities, they may find it very difficult to ‘come out' and seek help or treatment.
Victims of Violence Because many (MTF) trans women are visibly trans for several years after starting living in their new gender role, (transphobic) violence is more often directed at them than (FTM) trans men.
HIV rates: One US study found (MTF) trans women to have the highest incidence of HIV infection of any risk group;8 however, HIV infections are not a major risk factor in the UK, mainly because sex work or recreational drug use is not usual in UK trans cultures.
Self-harm and suicide rates: The UK's largest survey of trans people (N = 872) found that 34% (more than one in three) of adult trans people have attempted suicide. Similar rates were reported in a US study.
Young people's concerns: Young trans people report insecure housing, economic hardship, legal problems and diffi culty in accessing appropriate healthcare. They have limited family support, high rates of substance abuse and high risk sexual behaviours.
Social attitudes towards trans people
Although social attitudes have become more accepting towards trans people, there is a persistent assumption that there are only two genders (female and male) and that one's gender is assigned from birth and cannot be changed.
Trans people still face prejudice. This continues to limit their employment opportunities (despite legislation prohibiting discrimination); their personal relationships; their access to goods, services and housing; their health status; their safety in both public and private spheres; and their access to health and social care.
Trans activists have lobbied for a shift in social and health perspectives from gender pathology (a disease or abnormality) to gender nonconformity (trans people do not conform to society's narrow view about gender).
Being Transgender or Gay is not a choice, being Transphobic or Homophobic is, so don't be a Twonk