The chat we had so far was very limited in what it offers. Let’s try something new! The new chat has several rooms, voice chat, a mobile app & a desktop client, notifications when your name gets mentioned, picture & link previews and so on and on…
The usual rules apply: Be nice to each other, don’t spam, use common sense and keep in mind that we’re not a dating site ;) NSFW pictures & videos are not allowed for now (because it makes moderation a lot harder) but we’ll look into that depending on how the chat evolves.
This is a test run so things might be a bit wonky at times. The old chat is still available if you prefer that.
I always loved posting music here every now and then and a surprising amount of people actually enjoyed that part of the blog. Of course it does things to your head when people keep complimenting your taste ;)
So I made a playlist! It’s a bit different than what I usually post here: mostly upbeat, mostly electronic, out-of-the-way music you can have on in the background while doing homework, playing video games, masturbating, these sorta things… hope you like it, I’ll keep updating it! (You’ll need Spotify, sorry about that, the player is free though).
In case you don’t like the Spotify web player you can alternatively just put spotify:user:milkkore:playlist:3xzCCiVB5ZjuHEjX16MeSR into the search bar of your Spotify client.
Bad news for people who have been arguing that the gender-neutral pronoun “they” doesn’t make any sense because it’s not grammatically correct: a crowd of over 200 linguists who met at the American Dialect Society’s annual meeting last Friday evening have chosen the singular “They” as the most significant term or word in the past year in a landslide vote.
Using a singular they is common habit in English & American speech, as in “That cat loves their owner,” but has risen to prominence again as a useful way to refer to people who don’t use the pronouns “he” or “she.”
A practise several languages introduced over the last few years. Swedish speakers for example can use “hen” when the gender of a person is unknown or the classic pronouns don’t apply.
Ben Zimmer, a language columnist for the Wall Street Journal who presided over the voting on Friday afternoon, said in a press release: “In the past year, new expressions of gender identity have generated a deal of discussion, and singular they has become a particularly significant element of that conversation,” Zimmer said. “While many novel gender-neutral pronouns have been proposed, they has the advantage of already being part of the language.
Other contenders for the 2015 title of Word of the Year were “on fleek,” “ammosexual,” “ghost,” and “thanks Obama.” For a full list of the nominees and winners in each category, read the American Dialect Society’s press release here.
While most Syrian refugees are fleeing the war, others are escaping the persecution they face because of their sexual identities – and the violent punishments often inflicted on those who violate the Islamic State’s ban on homosexuality
KALMAR, Sweden – Sara, a 22-year-old openly bisexual who was recently granted asylum in Germany, has seen her life change in remarkable ways since leaving Syria. She is also adamant: “I wouldn’t go back, not even for a visit.”
“Today, I am free on all levels. My new friends and even their families love me and support me. The whole society is on my side. People here are open-minded and accepting,” she said.
Nearly five years of war have forced millions of Syrians to flee their homes and their homeland, risking everything for the chance of a safer life in Europe. But there is a smaller group of refugees fleeing not only the day-to-day bloodshed and chaos, but a more targeted form of violence aimed at their sexual identity.
Discrimination against non-normative sexual and gender identities in Syria is nothing new. As in many parts of the Arab world, it is illegal to be homosexual in Syria and same-sex partners have long been the target of honor crimes, harassment and imprisonment.
But the arrival of Islamic fundamentalist factions such as the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) has radically intensified persecution across the country, pushing some Syrians to join the stream of refugees headed to Europe in search of sexual freedom and expression as well as safety.
“The Islamic State executes homosexuals by throwing them from the tops of high buildings,” said Logal Kako, a 21-year-old Syrian man who’s been openly gay since he was in high school.
Dima Sedgwick (click for more)