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  1. But simply snuffing out life isn't murder. You might have someone with very severe brain damage and will never come out of coma. It isn't murder to pull the plug on life support.
  2. Have I got this right? The pier opening day is just to allow people to walk a couple or few metres into the area immediately before the actual Pier begins?
  3. So they put her in gaol because they didn't know what else to do with her? Great justice that. I don't have a problem with what she was doing and fully endorse it if she is genuinely struggling to make ends meet.
  4. It's an attempt to try and impart a little more knowledge on the subject in the absence of knowledge (in most respects) on your part. A bit of a lesson, if you like. If you don't like that, spend some time reading through websites and stop wasting your time pondering things on here. You described what makes a man or woman based on their anatomy. It doesn't take much of a brain to work out that this must mean you think transgender people wanting an operation must not really be the gender they claim to be until the operation. I'm just following your logic! You say this is not the case, so what makes a man or a woman? I ask this because this is all connected with the issue of gender (not sex) being discussed or repudiated here. You're getting confused about this again. The use of 'they' is an alternative to the third-person singular so it is an alternative to the use of 'he' or 'she', so it wouldn't make sense using 'you' instead, as that's second person singular. Though, I would grant, it does bring some confusion, and I do wonder if an alternative term could be used to 'he' or 'she'. But the problem is that any word would have be coined and for its meaning to be widely used. Bi-gender could be added. Why not?
  5. Being non-binary is not the absence of gender. A person cannot be non-gendered. Rather it is a lack of a gender identity that is wholly man or woman. Again, you're argument from ignorance, as you are trying to reduce everything to the anatomical, which addressing the issue of sex rather than gender.
  6. A woman is not someone who has tits and a fanny and a man is not someone who has no tits and a dick. Do you not think trans people who consider themselves to be men but have tits and a fanny are not men UNTIL they have surgery (and vice versa)? What about people who are genetically male or female but have anatomy that almost always indicates a different sex? What about intersex people who are born with genitalia that makes it difficult to tell whether what sex someone is? You seem to confusing what makes a man or a woman from such things that makes people genetically male or female, anatomically male or female, etc. There is no defining characteristic. You really only know whether someone is a man or a woman when they tell you what they are. Everything else is assumption. Might be a good assumption in most cases, but you can't be certain without being told.
  7. But what is the reality we are talking about here?
  8. Well I have stacks of similar stuff I can find for you and you're welcome to die all the way. There is nothing strange to many, many people about this and nothing new about there being non-binary people.. It's just...you haven't heard of the term and the idea that people do not consider themselves as male or female. 1. How the fuck would you know whether she is female or male? 2. Yes, transgender is still in use and some do consider themselves to be transgender. Queer is in use and means something completely different. By all means, explain the truth of the world by what makes people male and female and why people have to be one of the other (i.e. the binary, the dichotomy).
  9. Strange question. Why are you asking 'who' instead of asking why I have said what I have?
  10. I have to agree with that. There are so many contraceptives available (free too), that there should never be a need apart from serious health risk or after rape etc. The fact that in one year 90 women from here went across for abortions is just mental. It's not murder. Foetuses are not people or persons. It may be life, but the value of that life is not such to consider what they are as people..
  11. It doesn't say much on why they wanted to speak to him. Maybe he definitely did something wrong. If so, why not say so? But yes, if you have done nothing wrong then there is no good reason to talk to the police or answers their questions unless they give you a good reason for doing so, such as information on a crime being committed. Just because people stupidly assume that the police have authority to do things, doesn't mean they really do have the authority and just because they do something which could be legal doesn't make it right either.
  12. Hahaha. It has gone downhill the last few years!
  13. talking bollocks.jpg Gaffe, the concept of a forum is one where people exchange ideas and thoughts, but (and this is important) in a manner whereby people can understand the reasoning behind your thoughts. Now, you may have no reasoning, because your ideas on the world may have been scraped up from whatever bits and pieces you've tried to understand in a tabloid news article, but at least try and make an argument. We could at least give you credit for that.
  14. I get the strong impression that you really have very little idea of what you're talking about. I say this first with respect to your agreement with NotWell, as equating bullying of LGBT people with bullying based on being fat, or a swot, etc. completely misses extent to which such bullying has divisive consequences in society and damaging consequences for the target. Homophobic and racial bullying has more severe consequences for its victims and for society, as the focus of the bullying is something fundamental to the identity or developing identity of the person. It is also a product of the racism and homophobia in greater society i.e. the sort of prejudice that you think has disappeared. You recognise identity politics are involved with respect to LGBT matters, but this is a banal observation, as LGBT issues are undoubtedly about this. They have to be. Somehow you think everything is just fine, but say there are problems in society for gay or trans people - how else can such people effect change if not collectively as LGBT people? But identity politics aren't just limited to LGBT issues, what about racial issues, disability prejudices or sexism? You also mention identity politics as opposed to genuine discrimination. But identity politics is simply politics carried out by people of a shared identity, which may result from discrimination or other reasons. But identity politics and discrimination are completely different subjects and terms. You seem to misunderstand this by making a comparison. It also seems strange how you take issue with identity politics though do seem to recognise that bullying in schools occurs. And who is asking for positive discrimination? Can you give specific examples where it is being sought? You also seem to be completely ignorant of why people identify as gay or trans. It isn't owing to some worsening breakdown of community, but because of homophobia and transphobia in society. These phenomena separate people from others and such people naturally identify with others who receive the poor treatment owing to their sexuality or gender. And, of course, making changes in society is easier when people work collectively as opposed to individually. But yes, many of the worst consequences of prejudice are long behind us. But there is still much wrong in society. I suggest you spend just a little more time trying to understand why this is thought to be the case rather than operating on complete ignorance from what is presume is an ignorance and priviliged experience that you have had in never having to deal with these issues.
  15. Though this parochial attitude changes as values move across. That's a good thing. I've seen great improvements on the Island in the past ten or fifteen years. Essentially, the issue is a simple one. Is it a good or bad thing to live in a society where people treat others with greater respect and by that I mean in recognising that not everyone is just like them and by treating others as they wish to be treated, rather than operating on ignorance or prejudice? And the way things work is that is that people explain to others why there is a problem and what changes could be made to people's thinking and behaviour to deal with it.
  16. Yet...if you're thinking that because there isn't violence that things aren't so bad then, with respect, you don't understand the issues. Violence is just the most extreme form of homophobia and racism. When I lived across, I met people who had been beaten up and had their home vandalised simply because they were gay or Jewish or black. That doesn't happen on the Island. However, what I do notice is the parochial thinking on the Island where people think they can get away with racist or homophobic in public and get away with it. It's this mentality of thinking that everyone is on the page as they are. Not saying it's Manx, but just what I notice on the Isle of Man.
  17. Though gay marriage isn't much of a controversial thing for straight people. I mean, why would most straight people have a problem with gay people giving the thumbs up to marriage and asking for it? It doesn't threaten heterosexual values, it endorses them. There was never going to be much of a problem in getting it passed, other than to hear from a religious minority who didn't like it and have religiously-minded politicians vote against it. That's down the conservative nature of what gay people are going after, but not so much about how much homophobia there is in society. But yes, that is a good question. Who is there who can comment, as you don't know what it is about, which is why you are talking about Manx culture and minorities, and I although I understand the issues of diversity, I wasn't there either?
  18. The Island is doing ok at diversity? I am not sure what you mean. Are you saying that Manx companies and charities are very good at implementing equality and diversity policies and, as an example, schools are doing right with respect to LGBT issues? And what does awareness of Manx culture have to do that? I don't see what difference it makes whether these people went to Scotland, Ireland, or China. Your last sentence baffles me. What makes you say that? It's a sweeping statement that would seem ignorant of all sorts of values that have made the Island what it is today.
  19. There's no hissy fit. I just think you are coming at this whole thing from a bizarre angle. The Conference is about diversity and inclusion for whatever purpose, so I don't understand why the population of Manx people compared with other people should even be a consideration were it to be a wholly Manx set up? Again, I am not arguing or agreeing that there is some sort of issue with respect to the population of Manx people. What I am trying to understand here is why you think the matter of being a minority would ever come up.
  20. To treat the O.P.'s post seriously, what can be done to raise awareness that there are Manx people in our society and raise awareness of Manxness in such places as our schools? How much bullying and Manxphobia or Manxism is there here?
  21. I think it's more like 1% or 2% according to recent research. Those may be the numbers for self-identifying, 'out of the closet' gay people. But, obviously, the world is not one where there is only gay and straight There are plenty of straight people who have sex with people of the same sex (and they don't consider themselves gay), bisexual people, panssexual, people who explore their sexuality, etc. The issue here in respect of the LGBT issues would no doubt be awareness of homosexuality in society, which is very common, and trans issues.
  22. What I am saying is that it appears as if you are framing this whole topic on the basis of minority status, by some idea that the Conference hinges on something to do with people who are in a minority or claims to be minorities. This isn't my understanding of the Conference. It's about recognising diversity in society. Where that isn't being recognised there are serious problems that do affect those who are categorised in a group, known as minorities. But the Conference is about the issues, not necessarily about the minorities. Do you get where I am coming from? If its aim was to look at who is in a minority and do something then you'd have a point. Though I genuinely thought you were sarcastic or facetious (that word means funny, Dilligaffe) in making your point about the Manx.
  23. First of all, why are referring to minorities? What's the relevance here? Did you come across the term on the Conference website? I am asking because I don't know why you are bringing it up in relation to this topic. It isn't simply that schools are largely heterosexual orientated, the environment is completely heterosexual to the exclusion of anything else. Expressions of anything other usually result in bullying.
  24. What are they saying? That lgbt students don't get a fair education on the Isle of Man? That there is a lot of homophobic bullying in schools and that the school environment is very heterosexist.
  25. I don't use the term 'minorities', as I think it tends to create and reinforce negative ideas of people. I can't comment on this Conference, as I don't fully understand its purpose or what benefits it has to offer. However, If you genuinely think that you have a raw deal because of being Manx and in the minority by way of nationality then maybe there is good cause to see something done about that. But equating very real problems in society for people other races and other sexualities with being a minority on the Island comes across as purely asinine.
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