More biphobia by Tumblr (quelle surprise!)
[Image: Screen shot of Tumblr search box (top right hand side of screen) taken 3 March 2014 showing the tracked search term #Bisexual (unlocked) with Tumblr’s 'suggestions' beneath it: #gay #lgbt + #sociopathic. The word "sociopathic" is circled with an arrow pointing to it and the words "Really Tumblr?" written next to it, all in a bright red.]I’m not sure what algorithm Tumblr currently uses to decide what is an appropriate "related tag", but I suggest they fix this. Immediately!
Also since this is not the first time Tumblr’s Algorithm’s have "suggested" insulting terms might be related to bisexuals please be aware that a careful examination of bisexual + bisexuality related posts has been made. At this time none were found with the word "sociopathic" tagged OR in the body of the text.
But even if 1 or 2 did … given the number of Stupid Things people Write + Tag on Tumblr (think sex + drugs + rock and roll plus racial slurs) we are VERY VERY sure that Tumblr not wishing to have Reverend Al and the National Action Network on their Doorstep demanding recompense has ways to override egregiously idiotic correlations.
Sad that the same technical safeguards were not applied to the Bisexual Community.
[Hartford CT USA]: Please join us at the 2014 Transcending Boundaries Conference on the weekend of April 4th thru 6th 2014 this year being held at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport conveniently located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut and very easily accessible by Air, Bus, Train or Car from all around the New England + Mid Atlantic regions.
Our theme this year is “Inclusion in Action”. And as always, our 2014 Conference is an open forum for people of ALL Genders, Sexual Orientations and Relationship Statuses.
We are thrilled and proud to welcome Educator and Activist Wintersong Tashlin as this year’s Keynote Speaker for this immersive weekend of Networking, Education, Entertainment and Social Time, where we will strive to understand Ourselves, our Individual Communities, and the Public World in which we live.
The Conference itself attracts a variety of participants including students, academics, researchers, professionals, community leaders and just plain folks drawn from the North-East Region of the USA, the Nation and well as Internationally who all come to attend educational workshops, network, and enjoy building better more welcoming LGBTQ + GSM Communities.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you for what promises to be an Inclusive, Fun and Educational experience.
anarchist queers against the institution of marriage
I’m torn between being glad there is some recognition and visibility to non-binary gender identities, and being pissed off that all of them fall under “other” than Male and Female (ostensibly sex, right?). Oh, sorry “custom”, which just somehow cannot be customized…
This othering is not cool, nor is the fact that it’s pretty obvious that the reason free text is not allowed is so that advertisers can select which identities to target. My identity, for example, is STILL not on the goddam “hidden” list…
And yeah, the conflation of sex and gender without any apparent understanding of either… Sigh. Just sigh.
"I don’t doubt that Facebook’s head honchos believe they’re doing the right thing by giving you the ability to customize the term you use to describe the XX or XY chromosomal combinations that define the biological differences between men and women. But let’s not pretend the decision was free of the desire to increase Facebook’s revenues and profitability. Sometimes business is just business, even if Facebook doesn’t see the benefit in being transparent about it," writes Sean Davis of Facebook’s decision to "give users the option of selecting roughly 50 different terms to describe their genders."