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Study: Only 3% of Straight People Are Willing to Date a Transgender Person

Author says results highlight problem of “transprejudice”.

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A new study which found that only 3 per cent of heterosexuals were willing to date a transgender person proves society has a problem with “transprejudice” and must be re-educated, according to its author.

In the study, which was published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, participants were asked to check which of the following they would “consider as a potential dating partner”.

– a cisgender woman

– a cisgender man

– a transgender woman

– a transgender man

– a person with a non-binary gender identification

The study found that only 3.1 per cent of heterosexuals were willing to date a trans person compared to 55 per cent of people “with queer or bisexual sexual orientations”.

According to its author Karen L. Blair Ph.D., the results showed that many heterosexuals rejected dating trans people because they thought they had “make believe” identities and that this is a form of “transprejudice”.

“These types of responses questioned the legitimacy of transgender and non-binary identities and took a very dehumanizing tone in referring to trans people,” writes Blair, noting that even people who rejected trans partners because they “mentioned a desire to only date people with whom they could have biologically related children” did so “using dehumanizing language, such as saying that a trans man “was not a natural man” or a “real man”.

Blair said that such “dehumanization” and “transprejudice” could be combated with more “education about the diversity of gender identities” and by increasing “accurate media representations of trans and non-binary people”.

The author notes that the same type of “prejudice” doesn’t exist when it comes to dating people of a different race.

There definitely appears to be some kind of innate stigma that straight people have towards transgenders when it comes to having romantic and possibly sexual relationships with them.

Some transgender commentators have previously asserted that it is bigoted for heterosexuals to choose not to date transgenders.

Is this really something that can be changed with enough re-education and social engineering, or is it a completely normal preference to hold?

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South Korean TV Show Reunites Mother With Dead Daughter Via Virtual Reality

Creepy interaction similar to plot of Black Mirror episode.

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A TV show in South Korea reunited a mother with her deceased 7-year-old daughter via a virtual reality recreation in what some observers thought was a dystopian and exploitative move.

A clip from the show Meeting You features the mother, wearing a VR headset and touch-sensitive gloves, walking around a green screen set and interacting with a 3D representation of her daughter.

The two are able to engage in a limited form of conversation as the mother caresses the representation of her daughter while crying.

The situation is similar in some ways to a plot from the popular dystopian TV series Black Mirror.

In an episode entitled Be Right Back, a young woman’s boyfriend is killed in a car accident and she decides to replace him with an android clone by having her boyfriend’s AI personality downloaded into the robot’s body.

While this woman’s VR interaction with a graphical representation of her dead daughter is a long way off that, it’s almost as creepy.

As Kotaku’s Luke Plunkett points out, no one would have an issue with it if the interaction helped the mother get over her grief, but the fact that the whole thing is being broadcast for the consumption of TV viewers makes it somewhat suspect.

“Having some code pretend to be a living thing that she loved might only add to the trauma. Only time, and research, will tell,” comments Plunkett, adding, “Whatever the long-term moral and ethical questions are that we’re going to have to face, this is extremely fucked up.”

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Videos Show Chinese People Eating Bats As Experts Link Animal to Coronavirus Outbreak

Some cultures are better than others.

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Two videos have emerged showing Chinese people eating bats as experts say the coronavirus currently sweeping the country may have spread to humans from snakes or bats.

One clip shows a young woman at a restaurant holding a bat with chopsticks as she bites into its wing.

“Eat the meat! [Don’t] eat the skin,” shouts a man in the background. “[You] should eat the meat on its back.”

The bat had been dunked in a large bowl of soup in the middle of the table. Lovely.

Another video shows a cooked bat with what appears to be a grin on its face dumped in a bowl of broth.

“[After] experiencing this matter, can Chinese people give up eating wildlife?” asked the blogger who posted the video.

Another video shows a Chinese person eating baby rats that are still alive. He even dunks them in a sauce. Gross.

Chinese people consume bats, and even bat poop, because they believe it has medicinal properties that can treat malaria, gonorrhea and eye diseases.

However, bat soup is known to be a popular dish in Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak originated, and scientists say that the virus shares a strain of virus found in bats.

According to China Science Bulletin, the new virus could have been passed from bats to humans.

This serves as a reminder that despite the current push by the media to normalize the consumption of all kinds of weird things, from worms to crickets, sometimes it can be incredibly dangerous.

As I highlight in the video below, one of the dominant arguments is based in cultural relativism; The notion that because people from other cultures think it’s normal that we should embrace it too.

Some Chinese people think eating dogs is normal too. They also eat chicken’s heads and, even at the risk of infection, bats and bat poop.

Some cultures are better than others.

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Does This Video Show Chuck Schumer Talking to an Invisible Person?

Mental health check?

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A video appears to show Senator Chuck Schumer interacting with an invisible person, leading some to claim he has mental health issues, while others disputed this explanation.

The clip shows Schumer at the Senate impeachment trial yesterday talking to another Senator before approaching his empty chair.

Schumer then gestures at the empty chair as if he is telling someone to move out of the way.

A blonde woman sitting behind Schumer appears to notice the interaction with the invisible person and looks a bit confused.

Another zoomed out version of the same clip appears to show Senator Dianne Feinstein (dressed in red) also reacting with confusion.

However, some respondents on Twitter challenged that explanation, claiming that Schumer was talking to the woman sat behind him.

“Chuck Schumer always look ppl from up his glass(es). So his head always goes down when he talks to ppl. The pics below provide with you this exact perspective,” remarked one.

“Why did he make the scooch out of the way gesture then?” asked another user.

“Chuck has mental issues if he’s talking to invisible people?” asked another.

Most people agreed that whatever the explanation for the clip, it was a little bizarre.

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