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And this is why I refrained from commenting. I had enough faith in humans and enough skepticism towards the media to assume something like this was afoot.The international media coverage of this whole kerfuffle annoys me because nobody outside of Iceland actually understands the context properly. You just see "They have rules about names! WHAT HAPPENED TO INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM?!"
Even if it's not a case of grammar, wow this is skeevy. It came off a lot skeevier before Butterfree's post, but still wow why couldn't you just use her surname...Until now, Blaer Bjarkardottir had been identified simply as "Girl" in communications with officials.
Icelanders always refer to people by first or full names; there is no such thing as using the surname to identify a person, under any circumstances, ever (well, unless you're really making a point about who the person's parents are, and then you're not really using their name to identify them, just using the same X's son/daughter construct). If somebody referred to you as "[your parent's name]'s child" in a context that had nothing to do with your parents, you would probably find that really weird and pretty dehumanizing - it would be exactly equally weird and dehumanizing to us. Well, except for the part where we're pretty used to foreigners making that mistake all the time. But one Icelander doing it to another would be bizarre and pretty gross, and it would never happen in a formal context.Uh, I know! But I don't see why they'd go straight to 'Girl' instead of using Bjarkardottir, even if it's traditionally kinda weird or whatever. I mean like this is official law, presumably they don't usually use someone's first name alone!
I didn't make that post!! Wtf, server. ?__? I wouldn't quote my post passive-aggressively like that and I agreed with your post when I read it don't worry!!I guess I meant to reinforce your viewpoint but also raise another question. Maybe there's really nothing malicious behind it. Maybe it was supposed to be as innocuous as referring to someone as "the client" or "the customer" as opposed to someone's full name. There could be some cultural or legal veil that we're seeing through and causing a misunderstanding. It's not as if Blaer were, for example, FTM trans but was repeatedly referred to as a girl by officials.
Obviously I have a bad feeling about it but I want to maintain a somewhat healthy level of skepticism, that's all. Don't mean nothing by it. (Also not trying to be apologistic! Gross)