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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: 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

Interview: Max Rorty

Interview: Max Rorty

Interview: Max Rorty of SBTAN October 27, 2015 love letters from the submind Jessë Valentine Portz and Dr. Angela Karmis interview Max Rorty, LCSW of the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network for KCSB FM about http://www.sbtan.org's services and education for the...

Break Beats From Classic Funk, Soul Tracks

Break Beats From Classic Funk, Soul Tracks

Original Songs Containing Classic Break Beats From Funk, Soul, and Jazz Tracks from the Late 1960s and the 1970s DJ Valentine on Radio Show Groovy Tuesday, 91.9 KCSB FM in Santa Barbara December 22, 2015 This show explores classic funk, soul and jazz master cuts such...

Avant Noise Radio Show 24

Avant Noise Radio Show 24

Radio Show 24 December 17, 2015, 0600-0800 love letters from the submind This week we play Noise, avant garde and experimental sounds. We also discuss the problems with given and legal names and the Facebook "real names" policy. "love letters from the submind" — 24 —...

We’re, Uh, Live with DJ Valentine

We’re, Uh, Live with DJ Valentine

DJ Valentine is on "We're, Uh, Live" Jacking My Hard Drive Into Your Ear Hole December 14, 2014 from 3-5 am PST Radio show substitute DJ on college radio station KCSB FM, Santa Barbara 91.9 MHz. Dedicated to Geoff, in memoriam Playlist Jacking My Hard Drive Into Your...

Words

Justice for All?

Justice for All?

I thought justice was for everyone. Today's Supreme Court ruling legalized marriage for everyone in all 50 states. But you can still be fired or dismissed from military service for being transgender. The next steps for equal rights must be for those that are not...

Living life is like driving a Land Cruiser through the world with no forward facing windows. We can only see to the side or to the rear. What is in front of us is completely unclear.

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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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