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the Submind Organization

submind deconstruction:
sub = below or beneath
mind = to be aware, to be conscious

Submind.org is a place to examine and contemplate states of being, what it means to live, and the very nature of consciousness. Its limits are only the confines of expression thru written language.

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Sound

Interview with Prof. Lal Zimman, Linguist

Interview with Prof. Lal Zimman, Linguist

Professor of Linguistics Lal Zimman is interviewed by Rev. Jessë Valentine Portz for KCSB FM, 91.9 on January 4, 2016.
In this interview we discuss the relationship of speech and gender, and how queer, genderqueer and transgender people express themselves vocally. We also discuss Prof. Zimman’s upcoming research in speech as it is used in communities.

Winter Solstice Mega Show 25

Winter Solstice Mega Show 25

Special Winter Solstice Five Hour Mega Show! December 24, 2015
This week we play Electronic, Dark Wave, Noise, avant garde and experimental sounds. In the last hour Jessë Valentine Portz interviews Rose De Los Santos, co-founder of the Santa Barbara Lesbian Meetup Group.

Ambient Techno Radio Show 27

Ambient Techno Radio Show 27

Radio Show 27 January 7, 2016, 0600-0800 love letters from the submind This week we play ambient techno; and Rev. Jessë Valentine Portz interviews Dr. Tania Israel, a Professor at University of California Santa Barbara, about bisexual experience and mental health. She...
Interview: Rachel Vestnys Gloger

Interview: Rachel Vestnys Gloger

Interview: Rachel Vestnys Gloger of the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network November 13, 2015 love letters from the submind Rev. Jessë Valentine Portz interviews Rachel Vestnys Gloger of the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network (SBTAN) for KCSB FM about...
Interview with Prof. Tania Israel

Interview with Prof. Tania Israel

Rev. Jessë Valentine Portz of KCSB FM 91.9 MHz interviews Dr. Tania Israel, a Professor at University of California Santa Barbara, http://education.ucsb.edu/research-faculty/bio?first=Tania&last=Israel about bisexual experience and mental health. She also discusses her research into how to improve the wellbeing of bisexual and pansexual people and creating a local bisexual+ community.

Interview: Michaela Mendelsohn

Interview: Michaela Mendelsohn

Dr. Angela Karmis and Rev. Jessë Valentine Portz interview Michaela Mendelsohn, a transgender woman and local business owner about her life, experiences and work to improve the lives of trans people in the workplace

Words

“Religion is like spackle. It fills in the gaps science, reason, and logic leave vacant and unexplained.”
– Jessë Valentine Portz

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“Being in a hurry is the best recipe for disaster.”
—Jessë Valentine Portz

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Submind.org is seeking contributors!

Submind.org is seeking contributors!

Broadcast Your Work with the Submind Organization We are actively seeking other creative souls to contribute to the body of work published at submind.org. We welcome contributions of your insights, dreams and memories. Submind only asks for you to provide us with the...

I’m wondering, is it too much to ask to be loved and accepted, to have a steady place to live, and a way to support oneself? Because I’m concerned I have an impossible dream to have these things.

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Slippery Identity

Slippery Identity

Knowing one’s self is not always easy or obvious. Identity is a very slippery thing. It can often feel like clothing that one can put on and take off like a hat, and yet in life there are parts of one’s identity that are deeply rooted in our spirits, as...

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English Gender Neutral Pronouns

The use of gender neutral pronouns in common English parlance is a practice which I strongly urge. There are many times when the imposition of gender on to second personal pronouns causes much harm. I certainly have been the subject of much psychological pain due to the existence in English of gendered pronouns. English is a special language among European tongues in that most of the language in not gendered.

My personal preference is to return to using e as a second person pronoun in English, which was common before the development of she and complementary he.

Gender neutral second person personal pronoun style guide:

  • He or She becomes E
  • His or Hers becomes Er
  • Him or Her becomes Em

As you may notice, these forms are derived by removing the ‘th’ from they, their, and them. This emphasizes English speakers preference for the e sound over alternates like ze/zie/sie/hir/hy, and is shorter and simpler than others’ alternates. Some have suggested ‘yo‘ as modern American English alternative. Typically used as a first person familiar address, use of ‘yo‘ as a second person pronoun can cause confusion. I do note that it can be difficult to insert new terms into a living language. One may wish to use they/them as an alternate solution.

Since it is difficult to add new usages of words to living languages, the singular they has become popular. This is also a traditional use, which fell out of fashion but has returned as an effective of using a first person singular pronoun without a determinate gender.

Please use gender neutral second person personal pronouns when speaking and writing in English. Many people will benefit from this development.

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