Update from Autumn: For those of you who think this post is a comment from me that says “F*** it, it doesn’t matter if I identified the right first person” of “First actual perceived-by-me weaponizing of the term cis, cisgender, or cissexual” … that is literally not what I meant. I likely did get it wrong — it was the first weaponizing of the term that I remembered specifically as the weaponizing of the term, as opposed the probable first actual perceived-by-me weaponizing of the term cis, cisgender, or cissexual. I should have wrote it that way initially, but the way it was presented editorially left it open to wide interpretation. This was not a news story or reporting, but my personal commentary.
In addition, I’m saying that if you think I got the “first” aspect of this wrong, that’s probably correct as well. If the point of the continued commentary is to achieve resolution of this editorial or semantic lack of clarity, I’m presenting it here. To those who want me to specifically admit I got the timeline wrong — I didn’t scan the comments looking for the first instance of what I remembered the initial perceived-weaponized-as-weapon comment, it in all likelihood wasn’t the first one; that’s obviously a mistake. If the purpose of continuing this discussion is to ensure there are clear public winners and losers regarding this entire time-draining endeavor, then this is the “win” you’re looking for. The bottom line is that this is the correction, the statement of fact to answer the questions you’ve expressed. It’s not clear that many of you will accept it no matter how it’s phrased or presented, but I wanted it to be clear that this needed to editorially be put to bed.
There is a new meme of commentary out there now that I wrongly misstated the timeline of who threw the first snowball(s) in the current cisgender and cissexual discussion.
In the big picture, does it matter who threw the first snowball? Is the argument that no one threw any snowballs? Or, is argument that there were snowballs thrown and I misstated who threw the first snowball? Or, is the argument that I threw the first snowball, and no one else has thrown any snowballs?
Would we all agree that snowballs have been thrown? Does it really matter that much who threw the first snowball or snowballs? Do we need to know who threw the first snowball(s) in this ongoing snowball fight? Or, is the real question WHY is the snowball fight continuing unabated?
And while this fight has been going on and seems to have escalated to pitchforks and torches being passed out at the snowball forts, in the grand scheme of things…
• is the upcoming Latisha Green Hate Crime Murder Trial receiving our attention?
• is the hate expressed at the young, trans woman Angie Zapata Hate Crime Murder being forgotten?
• is our community focused on passing the Matthew Sheppard Act — the federal hate crime legislation?
• is our community making calls to ensure the passage of a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)?
• have we highlighted that the Department of Justice (DOJ) isn’t going to appeal the Diane Schroer trans federal government discrimination case decision?
• is our community taking notice that an apparent hate crime murder of an apparently gay sailor is being called “not a hate crime” by the United States Navy?
I don’t care to rehash how and why the snowball fight began at The Blend and the blogosphere in the first place, or who and when the first snowballs were thrown. But now, of course, the snowball fight has taken on a life of its own — I don’t think anything I do at this point will affect an end to the snowball fight. Nothing. What this snowball fight has done is leave me asking bigger picture questions. In the grand scheme of things: What is important to our community? — What is the bottom line for our community? — What are the priorities for our community?
Note from Pam: Just so people know, Kynn decided to engage in sock puppetry (as “Caoimhe”) and got herself banned again. If you’re banned, you’re certainly not welcome to come back and pretend to be someone else advocating for the banned person. Take a look.