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So I got called out on something today and I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about something here.

For starts, I want to make it clear that I am borderline militant in my support of transgender rights, and if you follow my Tumblr you probably already know this.  I am also pansexual and although I am for all intents and purposes cis, I am very gender "meh" - I'm very comfortable with being female, but I have absolutely no problem with and enjoy passing for, being thought of, or being referred to as non-female.  Basically all that matters to me is that I look hot when I leave the house.  So I do have a BIT of a purely personal interest in gender identity rights as well as being supportive of others.

Which brings me to my point, which is that someone called me out for the use of the t-word in the description of some artwork I posted in 2010.  This was NEVER intended to be malicious - at the time, I thought it was a cute short form of a word to describe a man who likes to wear dresses, makeup, high heels etc but is perhaps flexible on what gender he passes for (at least I think that's what I thought??  That's what I recall thinking but the use was wonky for that, which shows how little I knew about gender identity back then).  I don't know what in the world made me think that, although recently I was shocked to see the word chucked about in a similar context in a dubbed episode of Ouran High School Club, so perhaps it was something like that.  Clearly I've since learned better, but I had entirely forgotten that I had actually used it there until it was pointed out to me.

Unfortunately, I think misconceptions like this happen SUPER often.  I know it's happened to me on more occasions than this - most recently with the term genderb**d, which I had thought was a word that had sort of come into being and was used exclusively as a synonym for "rule 63" - and the point I want you guys to take away is this:

If you are referring to any group that has been and/or continues to be marginalized, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do your homework on the terms you use to refer to them, because the problem that occurs is that when a group is so maligned for so long, pretty much every term, even on the off chance that it started out innocuous, develops a pretty nasty history, and you'd be amazed at how often people just obliviously toss around slurs.  There are also terms that are sort of under debate within communities, and it may be better to try to avoid them to stay out of internal politics that doesn't really involve you.

To conclude, I know a lot of people say things like, "I'm always learning, so don't hold me accountable for things I thought years ago!" but you know what?  If you feel angry with me about this, that is TOTALLY valid, and you are absolutely allowed to hold me accountable for past ignorance.  Not that you actually need my permission.

BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER!
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:iconfairyofthunder22:
FairyofThunder22 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
I saw that you're thinking of adding a male to your 'Neptune's Daughter'. I was wondering if for the male you could put a tail, fins, or markings of a Lion Fish?
Just an idea.
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driany Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
wahhhh!!! whyyy, why i didn't watched ou befoooreeee xDDDD

watched!!!!!!!!!!

greettings from a changeling fan from shile ;)
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Iam4ever Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student General Artist
I hope you would consider joining us over at :iconbsoct: a new Sailor Moon OCT. I miss a lot of the just wonderfulness of the SMOCT and would like to try to recapture that magic! So please do consider it, thank you~
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Aidan-Uninvited Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work, and your mermaid maker is WONDERFUL! <3
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:iconmabthefairyqueen:
MABthefairyqueen Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
 :excited: You make awesome artwork! Love it! 
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WAFFLES134 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Your art work is fantastic. If it weren't for the fact that I'm broke, I'd definitely request a commission :)
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Pinkponyfan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Very beautiful work! :heart:
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:iconmistresslegato:
MistressLegato Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful gallery!
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xxalishax3 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
gosh, i always love coming by and looking at your work, and its amazing i love your style! and the dress up games are so pretty as well and im seriously jealous of your sailors too. are you making any more dress ups? if you are i cant wait =] keep up the good work
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LouLouLovette Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Hi! I was just wondering if you were ever going to release the Flutter Bug Pony maker? ^_^
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kazumi-san07 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
cant wait for ur new neptunes daughter update :) im dying to make a merman
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VanillaDicey Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are amazing
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Utaleasha Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student General Artist
When is your new and fab neptunes daughter coming up? :D
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Camara-san Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Happy bday :la:
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SparklyCrystal Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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tea-bug Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Happy birthday!  Hope you had a great day!
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Re-Pyper Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday Inky~! I hope it's a great one! ^0^

Mostly now to make sure I don't miss with time-zones. xD (As I haven't finished your giftie yet. >//<)
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MizzNeon Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday dear~ uvu
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raven1shilo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Artist
Happy Birthday!
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Airumel Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!
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Carnivalist Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday, dear! ; v ;
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FainedFreckledFreak Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! :tighthug:
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SCInsainty Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
happy bday
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sofalart Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
happy b-day =D
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Darkdarling98 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist

Happy birthday! :cake: :party: :iconrenarikaspinplz: Hope you have an really awesome day! :iconlovelyhugplz:

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