Youth Gender Networks

This is a narrative built from Twitter screenshots. Most comprise several tweets, either a conversation thread, or linked thread, or a capture of someone’s wall feed. The wall of an individual account will display both their own and any retweeted posts from others, in reverse chronological order, the same as most social media sites.

A retweet is a direct share, to one’s own feed, or wall, of someone else’s tweet posting. It isn’t a conversation, exactly. Anyone can retweet any other public tweet, unless they’ve been blocked from following the account in question. A conversation, or a direct reply, will appear as a linked thread of postings, which you can find by clicking on an individual post that others have replied to.

Starting at the beginning of how I found most of this, this was Zinnia Jones, August 26, 2018, mocking Hands Across The Aisle Coalition commentary about anthropomorphized animal pornography, which depicted women as cows enslaved for forced breeding.

His friends then discuss the topic in reply to his first posting, they think it’s funny that anyone would be offended.

One response is particularly enthusiastic. The account is handled @itsmsavery, an account which alternately used the titles, “Kinkery Dinkery,” and “Digidestined,” over the time when these screenshots were taken. The account has since been deleted.

@itsmsavery says, “HAHA ZINNIA FUCK HELP I’M THEIR WORST NIGHTMARE WHAT DO I DO.” Three other people support this statement, two of them directly encouraging the mommy fetish angle of the original post.

@itsmsavery retweeted, or shared directly onto their own feed, the original post by Jones. Interesting. What else have they been tweeting about?

Earlier that same day, @itsmsavery went into detail about the things he dislikes about himself. It’s a long list.

@itsmsavery shared a comment by another adult trans activist, Kat Blaque, that day, talking about the Alex Jones trans porn story, right after previous tweets of a cute cartoon, and expressing disgust with their body hair.

The day before, @itsmsavery expresses a pregnancy fixation, and talks about wanting to ‘become a woman.’

The theme of wanting to be a woman was expressed in a number of ways in the time reviewed, both directly and through retweets. For instance, he further expresses the desire to be a “buff” woman, and shares a cartoon that portrays hormone replacement therapy, HRT, as being capable of turning a fully developed, muscular man, into an exaggeratedly curvy, but muscular woman.

Also on August 25th, @itsmsavery had retweeted a different comment from a thread by Jones, which he seemed to do semi-regularly.

Here’s the full thread that tweet was shared from. Jones is complaining that “TERFs” point to his pornography as a reason why he shouldn’t be taken seriously on questions about adolescent health. He closes the thread with a comment about the time he went on Jazz Jennings’ reality TV show to talk about trans-identified youth. Jones accuses the women of impropriety for ‘tweeting at a 17-year-old about porn,’ in order to point out his unsuitability as a guest on the popular youth and family show, I Am Jazz. Jones suggests that this should be equated with child abuse.

The @itsmsavery account is run by a young man who says that he still lives with his parents and is likely about 17 years of age. The day after this tweet thread, Jones’s friends would be seen talking with him about the “mommy fetish” porn that Jones was implicitly praising.

Note @itsmsavery’s comment on this conversation thread, along with another anonymous, self-declared minor teen, whose handle is @Traeaaaa.

Did Jones and his friends know that they were engaging with someone who’s probably a minor to encourage the consumption of violent pornography? Possibly not. But it isn’t clear that they would have cared. Jones knows that he has teenagers in his audience, he welcomes it. Earlier this month, he also retweeted this statement, “suggested ROGD treatment: disown your parents and move away.”

Also note that Jones refers to criticisms of his pornographic social media content as “slut-shaming,” a stigma attached to women, usually for their private sexuality, and usually by men. What’s actually happening in this situation is that women are criticizing a man whose audience includes a lot of young people, and who’s a regular media source on the topic of adolescent gender identity, for waving his penis and anus around on the internet and talking graphically, publicly, about his sexual interests.

Back to our original theme, here’s @itsmsavery talking about things he’s not allowed to do or have at home, in a social media feed that generally screams teen rebellion and a difficult relationship with his parents.

Next, he’s asking male adults for advice about underwear, sharing cartoon cheesecake of ISIS fighters, and talking about his support for the sex trade. What are the kids up to online these days? This.

Next here, he’s talking about BDSM (Bondage, Domination, & Sado-Masochism) sub etiquette, and his identification with this BDSM, or kink, lifestyle. A sub, short for submissive, also called a bottom, is someone who’s the recipient of sexualized sadism, coercion, and humiliation, in a formalized, sado-masochistic relationship. The sadistic partner may be referred to as a top, a Dom or Domme, or, as in this second tweet down, a daddy.

For other context, Blaire White, also mentioned, is a right-leaning, transgender YouTube personality.

More “sub advice” from @itsmsavery follows. Also, a “deadname” is a trans-identified person’s legal birth name, which they tend to give up. So in the bottom tweet in this next series, he’s saying that he hopes he won’t be greeted by his own name.

In these next tweets, he shares a selfie (not pictured) wearing a studded dog collar and calling himself an “emo bitch,” then shares another BDSM reference to asking a father figure for a beating, then retweets a post by a “camgirl” talking about someone letting her mother know that she was doing. A camgirl performs in custom, video chat pornography, where she engages in sexual acts as directed by the caller. The images share screenshots of purported text messages where the mother tells the other person that it’s none of her business.

Like nothing else, this exchange sums up the sexual ethos that governs online kink and transgender social networks: the key moral or ethical transgression in this world is to express disapproval of someone else’s community-approved behavior to another person. The disapproval is treated as if it were a violent threat, or a type of predatory perversion.

Consider the logic. If you’re pleased that someone is making porn and advertising it on a public Twitter feed, and not concerned by it, it would be just as well if this individual had been a customer. Why not? The problem is that instead of smiling favorably on it, this person was concerned. All of a sudden, a public activity, virtually performed in front of the entire world, becomes “none of your business.”

That’s what will be said about this archive. That this, which all happened on a public website, accessible to any English literate person, of any age, with an internet connection, is none of my business, because I disapprove. That it’s wrong to draw attention to the behavior of a young person, which happened right in front of me and everyone, when not one of the adults that he followed were concerned about sharing graphic sexual content where he could see it, or discussing it with him.

Here, @itsmsavery responds to a Riley J. Dennis tweet. Dennis is a popular trans-identified, sexuality YouTube commentator. He’s a straight man who calls himself a lesbian, and tells people that having a sexual orientation, what Riley calls a “genital preference,” is transphobic and discriminatory. This is Riley talking about violent, BDSM sexual fantasies, and @itsmsavery describing this scenario as “chaotic bottom energy.”

Previously, he’d expressed his admiration for Dennis, and retweeted Lily Madigan. Madigan is a straight, teen boy, who describes himself as a lesbian, and serves as a Constituent Labour Party women’s officer in the UK. Madigan first gained notoriety by winning a campaign to have his high school let him wear skirts, which, in a nation familiar with the kilt, he could not for some reason ask to wear simply as a boy.

In the next tweets, @itsmsavery retweets a comment describing estrogen pills as candy, “titty skittles.”

The candy comparison follows a picture that a trans-identified female has shared of herself, showing off her mastectomy scars from “top surgery.” Trans-identified social media content is awash in such images, of girls showing off the massive scars left from cosmetic removal of their healthy breasts. Every person who wants to can find dozens, if not hundreds, of such images within a very brief span of time, shared on public sites. Once again, it’s only commenting on this with disapproval, or sharing it for the purpose of criticism, that’s considered prurient or untoward.

To share these images and say that this is a type of self-portrait that glorifies and encourages medical self-harm is to guarantee that a large social media mob will call you a pervert and a predator. To show people that this content exists, on public social media pages, can get a person accused of “doxxing,” or sharing private information. That’s for simply seeing that this content exists, is public, and is popular among young people, then having the same concern about it that most people would have if they saw teens sharing pictures of cutting up their own arms.

No such mob criticism will attach to the people who share these images of themselves in full knowledge that this is extremely popular content among teens who’ve come to question whether they need body modification to overcome anxiety, depression, loneliness, or self-loathing.

Gender identity means that you are not allowed to be as worried about a young girl or woman who had a doctor cut off her healthy breasts as you would be about a young girl or woman showing off self-inflicted cuts all over her forearms. It means you’re not allowed to be as concerned about a young person comparing powerful, cross-sex hormone treatments to candy as you could be about a similar description of Ritalin, Xanax, or Prozac.