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Instagram to Include Pronouns on Users' Profiles

The new feature is rolling out in several counties starting today.

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Instagram is taking a major step towards normalizing putting pronouns on your social media profiles.

The photo-sharing app announced this week that users in some countries are now able to add their pronouns to their profile. The pronouns will appear in a smaller grey font next to the user's name on their profile. It appears this feature is slowly but surely making its way to Instagram users across the United States.


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Film Features

"Space Sweepers" and the Strangeness of Korean Gender Politics

The Korean sci-fi blockbuster offers a window into cultural norms on gender.

On Friday Netflix premiered a new Korean sci-fi adventure movie called Space Sweepers.

The film's most notable achievement is its stunning visual effects, reminiscent of Blade Runner 2049 and Guardians of the Galaxy — despite working with around 1/10th the budget. These effects serve a story that is largely just a fun space adventure. But if we look deeper, Space Sweeper has some cultural insights to offer.

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"Juno" Star Elliot Page Thanks His Fans for Their Support

"I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot."

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Academy Award-nominated actor Elliot Page wants to thank his fans for supporting him after he came out as transgender.

"From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Your love and support has been the greatest gift," Page wrote in a recent post after a slew of fans and fellow celebrity actors expressed their support. "Stay safe. Be there for each other. If you are able, support @transanta and @translifeline. See you in 2021. Xoxo Elliot."

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TV Reviews

“Big Mouth’s” New Trans Character Is Fine, and That’s a Huge Deal

Warning / Spoilers ahead for Big Mouth Season 4.

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The new season of Big Mouth had been out only a few hours when I first received a clip through the trans IG DM whisper network.

I tensed up, as I usually do when a trans character appears in a show created by cis people. It's an involuntary response conditioned during a lifetime of Dallas Buyers Clubs and South Parks and Law and Orders. So you can imagine my surprise at finding the clip to be, well, fine.

In it, a new character, Natalie, recounts her backstory to one of the main characters of the show, Jessi. The show neither shies away from the uniquely painful way puberty often affects transgender people nor falls into tropes such as the "wrong body" narrative. The backstory even includes the concomitant struggle with one's own sexuality that often muddies struggles with gender.

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The Particular Strangeness of J.K. Rowling's Anti-Trans Agenda

Has the world's most powerful TERF finally murdered her career?

J.K. Rowling's anti-trans agenda has been well-documented.

Her bigoted statements have provoked waves of #IStandWithJKRowling hashtags—as well a backlash of #RIPJKRowling satirizing the death of her career. Then there's the recent announcement of Rowling's latest book:


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It's Harry Potter's 40th Birthday and J.K. Rowling Still Sucks

We can celebrate the Boy Who Lived while still advocating for transgender rights.

Today, July 31, 2020, is Harry Potter's 40th birthday.

Harry Potter might be one of the most successful franchises of all time, but Harry's birthday this year comes coded with some recent statements made by J.K. Rowling. The author's xenophobic tweets have made her, arguably, one of the most powerful TERFsor trans-exclusionary radical feminists—in pop culture today.

Rowling has been known to make some unusual remarks before—remember that time she said Dumbledore was gay, despite having never depicted his sexuality in the books?—but her TERF shenanigans are by far her most infuriating. Last December, Rowling received a wave of backlash after tweeting in support of Maya Forstater, an English woman who lost her job after posting a series of tweets questioning government plans to let people declare their own gender.

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