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Hi everyone, today I'd like to write a short (lol) thread about a topic that comes up again and again in both leftist circles and discourse at large surrounding media. I don't have a definitive argument to put forward, but I hope to encourage discussion and to invite all of you to think critically and make steps towards a clearer understanding of what is often a rather hazy concept. I'll use CWs but be advised I'll be discussing upsetting things throughout.

So, without further ado: irony.

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If you've had the patience to read through the thread I wrote a few months ago about Eleanor Rykener, you'll be familiar with the fact that trans people existed in Medieval Europe, and that they were spoken about in terms that were quite different from the ones we use today.

For this sequel, I would like to offer a complement to Eleanor's story, by following up that account of a real trans woman with the discussion of a fictional transmac person.

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IT'S HERE!

Four months ago I reached one thousand followers on this account. I wanted to give the wonderful people of the Fediverse something in return, and I offered to write an essay on a topic of my followers' choice. They voted, overwhelmingly, for @citrustwee 's birthday bit.

And now, after months of waiting, on her birthday, it is finally here. Happy birthday Evelien. And thank you, to all of you, for making logging on worth it.

write.as/garfield/in-her-book-

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On the 2nd of September 2004, just as France's children were preparing to go back to school, the "Law 2004-228 of 15 March 2004" came into effect.

Nominally, this law banned anyone from wearing "conspicuous religious symbols" in schools. In practice, however, it was widely understood to specifically target Muslim students and parents, in particular those who wore the hijab.

Girls and their mothers were now forbidden from "conspicuously" belonging to their faith.

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In an earlier thread, I wrote briefly about trans people in medieval Europe, and discussed some of the main issues when studying the medieval history of trans people.

Today, if you'll indulge me, I want to spend some time discussing a single person in detail. I want to talk about the way she's been written about, and about her and what she can teach us about life as a trans person 600 years ago.

This is the story of Eleanor Rykener.

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mac donald: "look we made a frog burger just for you... please retweet......"
me: "are the fries also frog themed?"
mac donald: "no that's impossible, please..... potatos can't take that kind of shape......"
me: "you are nothing to me."

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brand: "em please, we added another frog... please we need the clicks......"
me: "more frogs."

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imagine when i'm super famous and companies try to include frogs in all their marketing so i'll retweet it

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@garfiald this but unironically but with little to no knowledge of the subject

western philosophy is just two thousand years worth of white men saying the same things over and over again in increasingly bewildering ways

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Any reviews on Semra Haksever's Everyday Magic?

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The past few weeks have been Supa Supa demanding but I did it!

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When Mick Jagger sang “wild horses couldn’t drag me away” he was severely underestimating the pure dragging power of the average horse.

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1% of Mastodon users hoard 90% of the clout

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fun literature fact: David Foster Wallace was famously EXTREMELY sweaty

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making david foster wallace the posthumous prof of poetry

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gross food and ketchup application 

i mean the only acceptable winner in my eyes is also the favourite by miles BUT theres one guy in the running who sucks big donkey nuts and theres still a chance he'll win so im not losing hope that ill have something to bitch about

actually now that i remember oxford prof of poetry is getting announced this week so thats something im excited to get pissed off about

like yes this year does give us the double whammy of poet laureate and oxford prof of poetry but those are so booooooooooring compared to the nobel. you cant even be that mad at simon armitage, he's too normal. you cant do it

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the english eat something called brown sauce.

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