Do you know where I first learned about this trick [trick being TERFs calling non-transphobe feminists Trans Rights Activists]? From people who opposed the gay rights movement. “Gay rights activist” was a phrase I saw bandied about a lot while I was growing up, as though wanting to be able to marry one’s partner instantly transformed a person into some sort of unreasonable lobbyist, while opposing it was just the normal and natural thing to do. Frequently they’d have one gay person who agreed with them to put on a pedestal, the proof that they didn’t actually hate gay people — at least not the ones who’d sit down and shut up and accept whatever scraps they were given.

“Much-banned”? You wrote one of the best-selling books of all time and the best-selling series of all time. You have sold at least one book for every fourteen humans alive and made almost a dozen movie deals. When you tweet, it trends for days and makes national headlines. Your freedom of speech is not at risk here — and if it were, you could probably afford to inscribe whatever you wanted to say on the face of the moon.

‘Parents online were describing a very unusual pattern of transgender-identification where multiple friends and even entire friend groups became transgender-identified at the same time. I would have been remiss had I not considered social contagion and peer influences as potential factors.’

There’s no mystery to be solved here, anyway. Talk to a single queer person (who isn’t isolated due to factors beyond their control) and I’ll bet you they have disproportionately many queer friends. People who are alike tend to clump together, especially if they sense that society at large is uncomfortable with them. All that’s been observed here is that trans teenagers form friend groups, and when one of them comes out, the others feel confident enough to come out as well. And their parents don’t like it, because of a culture that includes essays like this from household names with massive platforms.

lol "queer folk tend befriend queer folk and support each other", who would've thought!

How does someone whose dumb enough to look at this and think it's "contagion" or "peer influence" before entertaining the idea that it's "like people seek out each other's support" and "oppressed folk are also rejected and left alone by society" become a scientist? What is this, Fake Naivete Studies?

Queer kids disproportionately befriend queer kids because fuckwits like teenage-me avoid them or hate them.

IDK if I'll read all of this (it's long, the matter is clear by now, and there's a Sedat-drop to watch comments about) but the following is clear to me.

JK Rowling is rich af. She is a TERF. She is also a bootlicker to aristocrats and politicians. She is a "philantropist", i.e. a rich fuck that believes they are superior to poor wankers and throws money at problems that sound interesting to their superior existence with the expectation that those problems resolve in ways they favour, regardless of whether the outcomes benefit the lowlings they "help".

Philanthropy is a form of exploitation. It's a means to gain power and influence in a combination of ways. Some say it's a way to whitewash one's shitty past, e.g. in case of Gates etc., but no. Maybe a small part of it, but not all. Through philanthropy the rich establish power over the "beneficiaries". They buy direct and indirect influence. They launder money.

Rowling is a rich boot-licking TERF that sees every trans man as a woman lost to "the other side", and every trans woman as the soldier of an invasion force of men into womanhood. She sees the bodies of people, young people esp., as a battleground. Just like the kings and politicians think of their subjects as soldiers or workers that can be sorted into ranks, shaped into a picture, and spent as a resource. Her philanthropy is an investment in her perceived validity and relevance, and in her personal feelings maybe. Like the rest of philanthropy, it isn't about people.

Fuck the bones the rich throw at us. Fuck the rich, as well. Same with TERFs and those of their ilk.

Also fuck anybody with an aristocratic title in their name. Baroness? More like boring ass.

This is incomplete. Philanthropy is not only a means to gain power, but to retain it.

Guess what happens when you get people to depend on philanthropy for their survival or for the realisation of their dreams. You keep them essentially-poor and dependent on you, at least for a duration.

I received student loans. Now I'm controlled by the state, until my payments end. Where did the money I had received go? Huge percentage back to the state in the form of taxes. But I pay back with interest. One receives a scholarship. Where does the money go? Either back to the rich through capitalism, or to the state, through which again back to the rich through state capitalism, tax cuts, and what not. I'm also often bound to avertise them everywhere, and most often work this many years in that company or similar.

Philanthropy is an investment, done with a positive expected ROI whether monetary and/or in the form of physical/intellectual/emotional labour. The power and possibilites we're deprived of is consequently utilised to exploit us through various stock markets, one of whish is the "humanitarian exchange", which is what philanthropy is.


> Philanthropy is not only a means to gain power, but to retain it.

This needs to be sprayed across walls around the world.

@rysiek @cadadr Along with its converse "Charity isn't a substitute for a functioning government"

@sjb @cadadr absolutely!

Also, supporting people via @Liberapay or Flattr or Patreon or such is neither charity nor philanthropy. I feel it's important to make that point.

@rysiek @cadadr @Liberapay No, those things are actually... close to the ideal of a competitive market economy ;) (The megacorps are far from competitive)

@sjb @rysiek @Liberapay I am totally in love with the idea of people with the means enabling things for those without. I have a budget of max $3-5 for patreon and similar, there are people that have less or none, but when people who can afford more can help according to their ability, we get a situation where everyone can afford the same thing, regardless of their exact means.

@cadadr @rysiek @Liberapay I have LOTS of reasons why I like those systems:

1. Potentially, no influence from advertisers

2. ...and no influence from Google et al.

3. The funding stream matches the requirement of making creative content over an extended period of time, rather than getting into debt and then trying to get it back via an uncertain number of "sales"...

4. ...the "sales" which in turn require DRM and similar to make money, whereas getting the money upfront does not...

@weirdwriter @sjb @cadadr @rysiek @Liberapay love the idea. not sure how any of these funding channels are _alternatives_ though? Same with liberapay tbh: the shell is Beautiful, but they process the money with the same usual-suspect backend. Are they just prettier channels in a rotten system or what am i missing?
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@setto @weirdwriter @rysiek @Liberapay @sjb I mean what you're missing is there's a world out there and we need to interact with it. Dismissing the payment methods almost entire world uses puts the platform and it's users on both ends at a disadvantage. We wouldn't want to sacrifice the good we do to the sort of purism that will mean it'll inevitably end up stillborn, no?

@cadadr @setto @weirdwriter @rysiek @Liberapay @sjb

The creator of Liberapay actually opened this as an issue because they didn't want to just offer Stripe and Paypal. If people have better alternatives, Liberapay is literally asking you to tell them:

Apparently a big part of the problem is that almost no payment systems offer normal currencies globally, Paypal and Stripe are AFAIK the only two?

Most alternatives are only available in certain regions.

@setto @cadadr @FediFollows @rysiek @Liberapay @sjb I will make a comment on there soon. I also wanted to share this open source payment gateway. I’m not sure if any of you are developers, but maybe you know someone that can get some use out of an open source alternative

@weirdwriter @setto @cadadr @FediFollows @rysiek @Liberapay @sjb

Great. I added Comradery for inclusion to curated list.

I couldn't find source at UniPay, btw. If anyone has more funding-related resources, please add them to the issue. I am a bit behind in maintaining the list, but every entry I encounter, I record.

Delightful project is for FOSS, Open Data and Open Science related resources.

@humanetech @weirdwriter @setto @FediFollows @rysiek @Liberapay @sjb Great list. IMO it's important that projects / creators use multiple of these anyways, both to allow users options, and to diversify for their own income security in case of service closure / downtime / hacking.

@cadadr @weirdwriter @setto @FediFollows @rysiek @Liberapay @sjb

I agree. Maybe even more pressing is the need for open standards, like the payto: URI scheme @alcinnz tooted in this thread.

Network effects play a big role here. Most people looking for funding choose the unicorn services since they have highest 'yield'. Signing up as donator to a small platform is (too?) high friction.

@cadadr @weirdwriter @setto @FediFollows @rysiek @Liberapay @sjb @alcinnz

May be interesting to brainstorm how this would look like as native to the

We had a use case already on with PonyUPS, sort of community-based Micropayment:

Other use case may be a Federated OpenCollective-like service. Instances that provide own Collective or multiple instances sharing them. They might integrate with multiple non-federated donation platforms as aggregators.


@cadadr @weirdwriter @setto @FediFollows @rysiek @Liberapay @sjb @alcinnz

If any of you are interested I invite you to join community. We have the Fediverse Futures category to ideate on these things. Or brainstorm on at

We may get a forum section for Domain-specific interest groups:

Recently a bunch of Hospitality Exchange projects started to evaluate support to join the and standardize interop stuff.

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@cadadr @weirdwriter @setto @FediFollows @rysiek @Liberapay @sjb @alcinnz

I created a post at SocialHub with reference to this discussion in the thread about organizing Domain-specific Interest Groups.

Have called this one Open Funding, and described briefly some first ideas how it may look like.

Also added Micropayment as another different domain, where e.g. @cwebber with Hyptis has great plans.



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