[Image: Cute drawings of three couples, each with a label indicating what kind of couple they are: a gay cis man and bisexual trans man, a lesbian trans woman and a pansexual cis woman, and two polysexual nonbinary individuals. Underneath each is the caption: “We are a queer couple able to reproduce.”]


can we stop referring to all sex that could possibly result in pregnancy as “heterosexual reproduction” now


(Also, “pregnant person” does not necessarily mean “woman” for the seventy-millionth time)







I’m just gonna start preaching this shit.

By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today

Published: April 30, 2012
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A mysterious and troubling phenomenon called “visual snow” is a distinct syndrome that does not appear to stem from illicit drug use, a researcher said here. People with visual snow report seeing a mix of swimming dots, flying objects, and trailing shadow images that fill the visual field all the time.

"…It is probably nothing more than an exaggerated type of normal visual function."

Those with the disturbance “tend to be people who are very observant … people who are really hyperobservant of their world. There’s a real controversy as to how much of this is a heightened awareness of normal phenomena,” Friedman said.

He said the visual-snow phenomenon centers on a disturbance described as similar to watching a grainy TV picture. Patients can still see real objects but with tiny black and white dots throughout the visual field.

Another common aspect of the syndrome is that, when patients look at a clear blue sky, they see small white objects zooming around randomly.

A third feature is that moving objects appear to leave trails behind them.

Most but not all respondents saw the zooming white objects in the sky and the trails behind moving objects. More than half, but not necessarily the same half, reported a variety of other effects. These included halos and starbursts surrounding objects, floaters, poor night vision, photosensitivity, and colored swirls and waves when their eyes were closed.

Those with the disturbance “tend to be people who are very observant … people who are really hyperobservant of their world. There’s a real controversy as to how much of this is a heightened awareness of normal phenomena,” Friedman said.

She noted the prevalence of so-called entopic phenomena in Schankin’s sample — the floaters, zooming white objects, and images seen even with closed eyes. Such perceptions usually stem from retinal activation.

"When we have entopic firing from our retina … if you look at the white wall and really focus on it with the right lighting, you can see it," she said. "It’s the same thing with afterimages. It’s normal to see afterimages."

"Most of us pay no attention to it," Friedman continued. "But if you’re a really observant person, you start noticing it, and then you notice it all the time.”

Schankin said that many of the patients were indeed “extremely high functioning.”

I’m so glad this was finally validated.

The doctors said visual snow was only when you saw snow/dots falling. That isn’t what I see. I have this. My weird-eye thing has a name now. I have no words.

Oh. I totally thought this was just a normal eye thing. Apparently I have visual snow.

I’ve spent a significant portion of my life trying to explain this phenomenon to my optometrists in an attempt to get rid of it.



anyway like??? the body posi community on tumblr needs to talk about the devaluation of disabled bodies. it needs to talk about how we’re only ever beautiful when we exist for abled peoples’ benefit. it needs to talk about how if the problem with being fat lies in…





more trans women in sci-fi. more black women in sci-fi. more disabled women in sci-fi.

And as actual characters, not as props

This is so important, especially in sci-fi because without them you are saying that your ideal future does not include us and the implications of that are terrifying


weeb-admiral asked:

How does it feel to know most of the anime you've posted was made by cis hetero males eh?

idislikecispeople answered:

How does it feel that literally every piece of technology you’ve touched was made in part by trans women? :3




Lynn Conway, a trans woman, helped improve processor performance, making it possible to make them smaller while outputting the same amount of power as a larger one, and Sophie Wilson, a trans woman, designed the Acorn micro computer while also helped pioneer the ARM processor.

Without the help of these two trans women, we wouldn’t have the iPhones and laptops we have today.



Hey, can folks in the neuroatypical blogosphere make “vertigo warning” a more popular tag?

I have a fairly common condition called BPPV. Looking at certain images can trigger it, and it’s incredibly painful and nauseating.

If you’re wondering what images to tag, just look…



Hi everyone

The clocks are changing soon

This means my dash is about to be full of posts saying “To people with dissociation: don’t worry, you didn’t lose track of time! The clocks changed!”

Which is lovely to see, because it means people care


you must




parenting tip: talk to your kids about mental illness. tell them they might have a hard time. tell them they can ask for therapy and medication. tell them they aren’t alone. tell them if your family has a history of mental illnesses and which ones. just fucking talk to your kids and be there for them.

This would push through so many barriers