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This is why it’s ANTI CHOICE and not really pro-life. And THIS is why the conversation about reproductive rights in SF/F needs to go beyond the discussion of abortion. God, that WisCon panel pissed me off.

More on the opposite of choice: a man held his girlfriend at gunpoint in an attempt to force her to have an abortion. This is not uncommon – homicide is one of the leading causes of pregnancy-related death. OH HEY LOOK, AN INTERSECTIONAL APPROACH TO REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE INCORPORATES A CONCERN FOR INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE. Assholes.

Here’s some Voyager love that totally makes me happy. Oh, Torres. My favorite Latina in the history of EVER. Here’s some more about the misogyny framing audience response to multi-faceted female characters.

Giz and DaveZero1 from MA3 get interviewed! (Links mildly NSFW)

Speaking of NSFW: SugarButch talks about writing erotica and representing or challenging conventional beauty norms.

WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAooooooooOHHHHHHHHHHHHoooooooo caught in a bad romance! Why Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign is classist, racist, undermines queer youth, and dangerous. At the same time, I really like the idea. I wonder how the “We Got Your Back” campaign is shaping up.

Are yoga mats necessary for yoga? I’d say so — I’m still a novice in my practice, but good lord I can do a good face-plant when not using a sticky mat.

“How Not To Write About Africa”… take 2! Privilege in action, people.

A good book is a good book is a good book. WORD.

Should we trade off our privacy?

Amy Hodgepodge: good life lessons in an adorably multiethnic package.

Hijabman unveils a feminist, spiritual love story. Check out part 1 here, where he meets the woman he’ll eventually marry. He also is hosting a guest poster, who talks about mixed families, and “caught between”ness of being the Christian grandparents of a Muslim child.

Here’s a list of Black/LGBT books. NOM NOM NOM read more.

An SF woman fended off a rape attempt.

From Spartakos:

Here’s an article by Christopher Bird (at the Torontoist), about the recent court decision in Canada striking down some laws on prostitution. Bird has some good insights about media response to this ruling. In particular, note the comments from Barbara Kay at the Post.

In discussing Kay’s comments, he also links to another of her pieces about the harassment of female sports reporters, in which she basically says “they were asking for it”.

Never, ever be a dick to your GM and then order them to fix it.

Here’s a quick infomercial on why y’all should be voting Republican.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExzINsaq4LI&feature=player_embedded#! (has been pulled from YouTube)

And here’s some info on not giving up your power. FULL STOP FULL STOP.

Are Christians against love?

What’s so great about the costume drama? Gotta say, never liked costumes because of the lack of POC. That, to me, is as anachronistic as the rebellious heiresses and the modern attitudes. I personally don’t find it relaxing to zone out shows where people like me are discursively absent…

More from Spartokos!

Teen gets 12-month sentence for minor offense – and thug gets probation for raping her.

WomanistMusing highlights “Niqabitches” who challenge French Islamaphobia. The ladies at MMW respond as well.

OMFG A VISUAL FOR SUPPLEMENT EFFECTIVENESS!!!!

Great review/interview of Who Fears Death at BeyondVictoriana.

HAHA Excellent parody of the No Wedding, No Womb movement by the CrunkFeministCollective.

Best decade ever? A look back at the turn of the century.

From Scarlett:

The following link is a news article about an Aus football star who basically claimed that women who go home drunk with sports stars at 3am forfeit the right to claim assault. There’s some great quotes but the gist is unless they have conclusive forensic evidence, they should stop and think before they ruin someone’s life. Oh, and then a media personality, Kerry-Anne Kennerly, got involved and compared women who go home with sports stars to stray anmals.

Similar article from the Herald Sun.

From Jay: The women of The Social Network: they suck.

From EvilWillow:

I saw an article on the My Princess Bible and thought someone at your site should see it. Here’s a review including the writer’s statement that she always tells her two year old to act more like a princess

And here is the item for sale from the publisher.

Thanks for the heads up! Not only is this sexist but it doesn’t even make sense — Ruth wasn’t a princess, Esther wasn’t born into royalty, etc etc. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any royal female in the Bible (besides Bathsheba and that chick who accused Joseph of raping her — Potipher’s wife, maybe?). I can think of several strong leaders, though — Debra, Jael, Mary Magdalene, Mary and Martha, Sarai/Sarah… none of them were “princess-y” in the way these books are talking about. Hell, Judith seduced a man for her city’s freedom. Then chopped off his head! :-/That’s got to be worse, socially, than picking your nose. Plus, sometimes? There’s stuff up there that needs to be freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed!

Back in MY day, when we used Biblical women as icons for femininity, we talked about their brains, loyalty, and humbleness. I remember this clearly because I had an Esther doll, and she specifically did NOT come with a crown.

Uhhhhhhhh you’re doing it wrong. “Dickwolves” as a t-shirt.

The furor over the Muslim community center in NYC mirrors anti-Catholic sentiment at the turn of the century.

Comments

  1. Mel says

    Well, there was Pharaoh’s daughter, the one who picked up Moses out of the bulrushes. I think that book is using “princess” as shorthand for “well-behaved and admirable,” given the “princess in God’s eyes” bit. “Princess” has come to have almost nothing to do with royalty, but instead it refers to some pink, sparkly, well-behaved ideal of little-girl-hood. I suspect this is an attempt to get little girls who only pay attention to Disney princesses to pay attention to Biblical women.

    • Maria says

      I’d forgotten about her! :) I don’t think disobedience to your parents’ implied desires is one of the ideas they want to teach the little girls. :D

  2. Anne says

    Thanks especially for the link to the review of Who Fears Death and the interview with Nnedi Okorafor. She’s such a spectacular writer and the book is among my favorites! And it made slogging through the crap more bearable -_-;;

  3. Firebird says

    Bathsheba was like Esther – not born to royalty. She was the Hebrew wife of a Hittite who King David got pregnant, killed her husband, and then married.

    There’s Rachael, daughter of King Saul, who devised a plan for David to escape one of Saul’s assasination attempts, but she’s rarely mentioned as a woman of the Bible because her story goes south from there.

    There’s Tamar, King David’s daughter, whose half brother Amnon rapes her and is later murdered by her full brother Absalom (who is coincidentally next in line behind Amnon for heir). I’ve always thought, given a supporting character in that story that Absalom may have had a hand in setting that one up.

    And there’s Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab. I forget why, but I have the impression she may have had royal blood of her own. She basically ruled through Ahab, and did so rather cruelly. She was naturally “evil” and was thrown to her death from a tower, trampled by horses, and eaten by dogs.

    King Solomon married many unnamed foreign princesses who are blamed for corrupting him. And around the time of King Josiah, when there was one of the regular housecleanings, a woman named Athaliah ruled, evilly naturally, for 7 years until she was murdered.

    Of course nobody said concordance with reality had anything to do with the project. ;)

    I read about this project on another blog and apparently someone reviewed it negatively saying there was too much focus on the women of the Bible and too little on Jesus.

    • Maria says

      :) It’s funny, there are several strong women in the Bible, whose primary virtue wasn’t that they were “nice” or demure or rule-following.

  4. M.C. says

    Thanks for the links about Voyager and Doctor Who females.

    You know, as much as I like Star Trek, Voyager is the only series I own on DVD because of my love for the female characters. Though Torres never seemed like an “Amazon type” to me, like the article suggests. I think of her as a perfect example of the “Capulet Counterpart” trope done right: the girl who starts out working for the wrong side but eventually teams up with the heroes. Like Aeryn Sun or Mara Jade.

    Love Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, but I carefully stay away from the fandom because it’s so full of misogyny and homophobia… I wonder though if this article explains why I’m a bit of a geek but none of my friends are. I find it kinda hard to connect with people who hate my gender.

  5. sbg says

    From the Social Network link.

    “What you see in the movie, the thing that’s bothering you,” Wurtzel, lawyer and author of Prozac Nation, among other books, told me, “is that our culture, in its most powerful places, has gotten more sexist, because women are not in powerful positions in these places. And it’s our fault. I don’t know why women do this to ourselves. Silicon Valley and Wall Street are controlled by men. I think the movie just reflects what’s starting to happen.”

    I’m afraid I find this quote within the article just as troubling as the treatment of women in the film itself. It’s our own fault. Of course it is.

    Blech.

    Also, I’ve never used a mat for yoga. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend money on something I thought unnecessary. Gross hotel carpet? Use a towel.

  6. says

    I can rape. I can drink myself to death. I can do any terrible thing at all — and no one would ever claim that intrinsic to the condition that gave rise to my doing that terrible thing is that I am, by nature, simply incapable of giving or receiving love.

    Er, he really should’ve left “rape” out of that list. Everything else on the list, he was right. But the vast majority of rapists are sociopaths, and by definition, they can’t love. So yes, the person who has studied the psychology behind rape WOULD argue that with very few exceptions, a rapist is incapable of giving love. Psychology needs to be taught in high school, seriously.

    You know what hurts my brain? In the link about the rapist who gets probation, some commenters bend over backwards to say “if it’s true…” and “alleged” and all that. HE PLED GUILTY. What’s confusing about this?

    • Maria says

      Women thinking they have the right to say no. You can’t “pled guilty” to something that shouldn’t be a crime. :-/

  7. Casey says

    That Geek Feminism link reminded me of the TV Trope “Real Women Never Wear Dresses!” in which misguided fans believe you can’t be a paragon of feminist virtue unless you basically act like a man, which defeats the purpose of feminism in the FIRST PLACE! *facepalm*

    It reminds me of the virulent hatred directed at Relena Darlian in Gundam Wing…I remember being surprised when I found out so many GW fans hated her for wearing dresses, riding in a pink limousine and being infatuated with Heero…I liked her a lot for all those reasons! (as a matter of fact, most of the GW fans I know of hated all the female love interests of the G-Boys because it interfered in their slash fantasies…I didn’t partake in such things because I was TEN YEARS OLD at the time the show aired so I wasn’t a fujoshi yet…*rambles incoherently*)

    I have a lot of friends who (still!) give me shit for liking the color pink, too. :(

    • Patrick McGraw says

      Oh yes, the hatred directed at every female love interest In GW drives me crazy, too. Anyone who gets in the way of the precious Heero/Duo imaginary ship is an evil (expletive) who must die. Hilde seems to get it much less than Relena, probably because she is a minor character and her relationship with Duo is less overt (even though they spend a good portion of the series shacked up with each other).

      • Casey says

        Duo/Hilde was my favorite pairing! :D
        (also I had a crush on Duo, but I never did a Mary Sue self-insert thing with him, I just drew fan-art of him and Hilde on dates and kissing or something, ‘cuz it was “cannon”)
        I also liked Treize/Noin…LOL :P
        I honestly didn’t have a problem with any of the boy/girl pairings in the show AT ALL! Yay for naive heteronormativity?

        (But I hated the episode where Hilde risks life and limb to help Duo and all he can say before she faints from blood loss is “YOU’RE A STUPID FOOL!” and then when she’s carted off to the infirmary he doesn’t seem to give a fuck…that always bothered me)

  8. says

    Something that really annoys me about the ‘No Wedding, No Womb’ BS is this attitude that black women are just out of luck because there are more black women than black men and definitely way more black women than successful black men.

    That was just a total WTF moment for me. Every time I think we might be moving past the color-coded couples attitude just a bit something spoils my faith in humanity again.

    In college I knew an interracial couple (she was white, he was black) and it appalled me that her family and friends (mostly white) were okay with it but his family and friends (mostly black) gave them (but especially her) six different flavors of hell. In spite of being very compatible and a in love with each other, they ultimately broke up because she realized there was no way she was willing to let his mother be a grandmother to their children and he wanted his mother to remain part of his life.

    Currently I know another interracial couple (she is black, he is white) going through very similar circumstances. Both have already had a come to Jesus talk with their parents over racial attitudes and made it clear they will do the cut direct on her family if it continues. They did the cut direct on his father already for comparing her to an ugly dog. They have each others backs pretty firmly, so maybe they’ll make it. I hope they do, the world needs more gamer couples.

    It sucks that even when people do look past skin to see the person with in, they still take crap even from those who should know better.

    • Maria says

      Your use of “those who should know better” bothers me because I can’t tell if you are sayin it’s on POC to be more accepting of IR couples because… what? They’ve had experiences of oppression?

      I mean, I think it’s important to remember that for POC it’s historically been dangerous to have sex/marry white people… when it wasn’t against the law (http://www.lovingday.org/courtroom-history).

      Also, the reason many black women get put upon to be with black men is because they’re the group least likely to be judged attractive across racial lines. And, historically, the virtuous of black women was employed as a rhetorical tactic in arguing that black PEOPLE as a whole were capable of being virtuous. I’m thinking of black club-women here especially in the post-Civil War South. I’m not saying that this is FAIR or something that shouldn’t be CHALLENGED but I am saying it’s more complicated than OMG LET’S ALL JUST BE MORE ACCEPTING. I mean, within the last century mixed race people in the US were considered viable candidates for forced sterilization, and black men were lynched for being suspected of wanting to have sex with a white woman.

      This is a touchy subject for me as a mixed race woman with a mixed race partner. Not that long ago, he and I wouldn’t be able to get married, and it would have been dangerous for us to be seen out together. Oh wait, depending on where we are it still is! (http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19910418&slug=1278187)

      • says

        It always annoys me more when people who have been victims turn around and victimize others, especially when they refuse to relinquish their own victim status. Like tea-party supporters who are on unemployment/disability/medicare and screaming invective about socialism, for a non-racial example.

        It’s a bit of a pet peeve at the moment. My sister looked white, and my niece had a white father. My nephew had a black father. The white kids that bully him for being part black are punished, but the black kid that constantly bullies him for having a white sister is ignored, even when he leaves bruises on my nephew.

        I am one race. My husband is another race. My son looks to be still another race (ah, genetics, you quirky little science you). Getting crap from the occasional white bigot seems like business as usual. Water off a duck’s back, for the most part. Getting bigoted crap from other minorities feels like betrayal. It gets under my skin. I’m not really sure how to explain it better.

        • Maria says

          … refuse to relinquish their own victim status? Ummm. Because people chose to be victims of racism…?

          I’m sorry that the actions of POC feels like a betrayal when it’s similar to the actions of white people. One of the reasons you saying this bothers me is that I feel like POC get held to a higher standard morally in discussions of prejudice, as though having experienced racism/institutional prejudice means that they’re somehow separate from the inoculations about race, gender, etc that permeates our society. They then get blamed for it as though somehow they’re the only group, or the only group that matters, that’s perpetuating racism, classism, etc., even though they’re not necessarily with the group to create/enforce those attitudes on a macro level.

          A lot of the times, this ends up shifting the conversation from overt acts of racial violence and systemic gendered violence to discussions of personal experience with racism. It’s a derailing tactic, because instead of it being about the perpetrators of one kind of violence, the conversation’s about the victims of another kind.

          • says

            I have totally felt how GG feels, but I agree with Maria: it does hold the marginalized group to a higher standard, and that’s exactly the kind of double standard our imbalanced society uses to keep people where it wants them.

            One additional note: I’ve never been able to see a difference between micro and macro abuse cycles. That is, say, a family abuse cycle versus one culture/ethnic group/whatever collective repressing another. In fact, I believe that when a group is repressed, its frustrations can turn inward: that cultural abuse cycles lead directly to familial abuse cycles. So the feeling that people who have been culturally abused should be culturally wiser is like saying someone who was beaten by his father should avoid beating women even more than someone who wasn’t abused in childhood. Except, someone who wasn’t abused in childhood who goes around beating people would be doing it out of sheer entitlement. At least the former victim has psychological damage to, well, not excuse or even mitigate his actions (because wrong is wrong, IMO), but at least indicate his abuse is not the incredibly uncaring moral choice that it was for the entitled person. Does that make sense?

            In other words, I find it difficult not to consistently apply a double standard in which the higher standard is applied to the privileged person in a given situation. That seems logical to me.

          • says

            —… refuse to relinquish their own victim status? Ummm. Because people chose to be victims of racism…?—

            If you call yourself a victim of racism, but then treat another in a racist manner and act like they aren’t a victim, that makes you a hypocrite. And I have nothing but contempt for hypocrisy.

            —hey then get blamed for it as though somehow they’re the only group, or the only group that matters, that’s perpetuating racism, classism, etc., even though they’re not necessarily with the group to create/enforce those attitudes on a macro level. —

            I’ve cited this on other occasions just because it’s part of a phenomenon that makes me angry. I referenced previously describing someone as a ‘tall black man’, and having someone get upset with me for using black as a descriptor, then shrugging and saying ‘well you are a minority too so I guess it’s okay’.

            If it’s bad, then it’s bad when everyone does it, not just when ‘Whitey’ does it. Racism doesn’t magically become okay when it’s Black vs Mexican, or Asian vs Middle Eastern, or any other variation.

            But as someone who has been the victim of racism, who should know the pain that casual and careless bigotry can cause, should be doubly on their guard.

            I understand why a privileged white person might not be able to see how walking up to an Asian-looking person and asking them to translate something written in Chinese is insulting. I get ticked off when they refuse to acknowledge it’s insulting after it’s explained to them, but that’s another issue. But before they are called on it, back when they’ve never experienced it for themselves or put themselves in the other person’s shoes, I’m sympathetic. It’s ignorance, not cruelty. And there are a lot of folks who, once it’s pointed out to them as privileged, take that to heart and alter their behavior.

            But if that Asian-looking person rants about how she hates having people do that to her later walks up to a Middle-Eastern looking guy and asks him to translate something in Turkish, then hand-waves it like it’s not the same thing, she doesn’t get the ‘well she didn’t know any better’ excuse. She knew better, she knew it was wrong, and thus, IMHO, what she did was worse. And if later she complains again about someone asking her to translate Chinese, well, I’m not really inclined to sympathize with her anymore.

            I am willing to point out that she isn’t doing much to help her cause, because bigots are going to point to her actions and say ‘well, obviously it’s okay, because you do it too’. And that leads to :::headdesk::: moments and a desire to strangle radio personalities.

            I acknowledge the double standard, but in this case, I apply the double standard to the person who should know better. If an eight year old ignores the ‘no-trespassing’ sign and goes in to pet the chickens, I’ll kindly lead the eight year old back out of the chicken coop and maybe bring one of the friendly chickens out to get acquainted. If the kid still won’t be nice, they don’t get to come back. When an eighteen year old ignores the no-trespassing sign and goes in to pet the chickens, I escort them off my property and inform them they aren’t welcome back.

          • Maria says

            I honestly have no idea what you are arguing, since the examples you are using have very little relationship to each other or to what we were talking about.

          • says

            I thought I was being very clear. These are the points I raised:

            1 – Hypocrisy sucks
            2 – Not all racists/bigots are white
            3 – It’s not helpful to attribute to malice what is actually stupidity/ignorance

        • Maria says

          That’s interesting because in my interpretation of your examples, 2 and 3 contradict each other, with 3 being especially unclear. Why are you assuming POC are the equivalents of 18 yr olds and know what the no trespassing sign means? To me, it’s more like you have two sets of kids, some of whom are very spoiled and accustomed to being able to manhandle and order others around, and another set who’ve been beaten regularly since they were born. Expecting either to naturally have empathy or know how to express empathy, particularly to chickens, seems less than useful, since you are putting the culpability on children to be more advanced emotionally than their ages are, and especially penalizing children who haven’t been shown empathy to be accountable for showing more of it. This is where the chicken example falls apart for me, since adults aren’t children, and racism isn’t the same as getting, or not getting, to pet chickens, and it’s not the same as being chased off a piece of property with a shot gun.

          • says

            I think this conversation is getting kind of slippery. Returning to one of the top comments, I have one more point to make:

            Getting bigoted crap from other minorities feels like betrayal.

            I get that, I do. Many women subject other women to lots of misogynistic bigotry, and as a kid, I resented them more than I resented male misogynists. After all, who could expect a MAN, by definition a stupid violent beast, to recognize my humanity? But a woman ought to know better!

            Here’s why this is wrong: the misogynistic woman has, typically, found a system that works for her, and we’re bucking it. She feels betrayed by us, too. Here she is, managing to live with her oppressor in some sort of semi-comfortable arrangement, and we’re promoting a world in which she can’t use the methods that have served her best.

            And I would wager that when POC resent interracial relationships, they feel the person who married another race is a betrayer of what little solidarity the POC’s race has. Somebody please correct me if I’m talking out my ass, here.

            Is either of those people right? Personally, I don’t think so, but it’s a subjective philosophical thing. And here’s the real point I’ve been leading up to: none of us would have to decide whether it’s better to cope with our oppression this way or that if we weren’t being oppressed in the first place. That’s why I choose to take my anger at misogynistic women and heap it right back onto the male-dominated rape culture.

          • says

            Ultimately, it’s just another form of this – http://thehathorlegacy.com/narcissist-feminism/

            I believe in the golden rule, treat others as you wish to be treated. I’ve also been prone to point out the correlation of how you treat others affects how you are treated in turn.

            We discuss a lot the relationship between blacks and whites. I’ll cop to some of my feelings being simply that as someone who is neither, we occasionally end up feeling marginalized by both sides.

            There is a woman who writes a blog on racism who once informed me that calling someone a ‘wetback’ isn’t as racist as calling someone a ‘nigger’. When did it become a contest, exactly? It’s not privilege, exactly, but sometimes, it feels the same. And I have to admit, that even though that particular blogger has a lot of good things to say on the subject of racism, that interaction affected my view of her and I find I just can’t respect her. Her words just don’t carry the weight they should anymore.

            When visiting family in Arizona, I listened to a black man go on and on about how stopping Mexicans to check ID simply because they are Mexican isn’t racism. And I remember my friend coming over and punching a wall because he’d been pulled over and hassled for DWB.

            It’s just…frustrating. And I can’t help but feel it’s part of the reason we keep having to retake the same territory over and over.

            ‘How can you call the Republican’s anti-woman, they had a female for vice president?’

            ‘Pft, hollaing isn’t bad, see, here are a couple women talking about how they find it flattering and this woman talking about how she misses it now that she’s older. Obviously, you are just looking to be offended.’

            :::headdesk:::

    • says

      The “No Wedding, No Womb” movement reflects solely on single, educated Black women and men because the movement itself reflects on issues within the Black community as a whole. Part of these issues, as the article points out, are the intersection of class and race within America, as well as systemic racism within American culture that affect men and women.

      I wasn’t part of the studies done in crunching the numbers represented, but I would suspect part of the disparity between “marriageable” Black women and Black men could be represented as a function of the number of Black men arrested or incarcerated annually, and the number of Black men dying, also per annum. This reflects, again, greater cultural baggage at work than just “seeing past” skin color– not to minimize the burdens of interracial relationships (like Maria, I’m mixed-race), but that’s one facet of dating/marriage/family issues within the Black community. For example, a middle-class White woman’s status as a single mother has a very different significance, meaning, and stigma/label within American culture for a Black woman in a similar financial position, as the author mentioned regarding her personal situation.

      Also, while there are people of ALL races and ethnicities against interracial relationships for various, often personal, reasons, that doesn’t reflect on a whole racial or ethnic group. Just as there is no “White anti-mixing subculture,” only White racists, there is no “Black anti-mixing subculture,” only Black bigots; and as a racial/ethnic group functioning within a colonialist culture still bearing the hallmarks of and fighting an uphill battle against systemic racism and its chronic effects, being a minority against mixing racially/ethnically with a group of people who were/are oppressors (and who, in either case, benefit from the systems set in place by said oppression) is a VERY different experience and perspective than being a member of a majority/ruling class racially or ethnically and looking down on racially/ethnically mixing with members of a subjugated group.

  9. says

    1.) The link about trading off our privacy is to the same website as the one about good books being good books. Could I get the second link, plsthnx? :)

    2.) that story about the GM dealing with the creeptastic RPer was awesome. My wife laughed (at the solution) and said “good times”.

      • says

        I was reading through that, and it struck me all the smaller ways we lose privacy without even thinking. I have my own website, and in spite of not using my real name on the site, if you use ‘whois’ you can find a lot of my information. Googling the email a person registers under can bring up a lot of other information, including information a person may have thought was locked behind a privacy filter on their blog.

        Even when we take care and don’t go around posting our phone numbers and addresses on twitter, we can still be tracked through the net. It almost makes me miss the days of dial-up and dynamic IP addresses.

  10. 12Sided says

    Oh spirits know I wanted to like Voyager, I -tried- to like it, really I did. But the only recent Trek show with worse writing was Enterprise. Reset button, Neelix, plots that made no sense were one thing. But it was around the time they had an entire episode of borg drones talking to each other…. you know, vocally, with words in order to comunicate, that I just threw my hands up and avoided the show whenever possible.
    Course my dad moaning ‘oh yeah’ whenever 7 was on screen probably didn’t help matters.
    I wish they’d do another show with a woman as captain, one with better writing….

  11. says

    Okay, on account of work I’m so far out of the loop I may as well be on Mars (and I suspect the landscape would be similar to my current location, only redder) but… what happened on Wiscon this time?

    • Maria says

      Meh, the panel on Reproductive Health in SF was extraordinarily FAIL. I haven’t posted on it, because I wrote a thing for the conference proceedings for it, and yeah. I was a bit surprised to not see the usual suspects in the black, feminist, and anti-racist blogospheres not commenting on it, though I suspect that it’s because there was a panel specifically on race in another room at the same time…. which I guess led the panelists in this session to assume that since this wasn’t a race panel, they didn’t need to talk about race.

  12. Patrick McGraw says

    The Friendly Atheist article on “Christians against love” was very well-done, but the title irks me by referring to Christians as whole being against love.

    I find it especially irksome because the body of the article itself does no such thing, but presents a fantastic argument that I (and many other pro-equality Christians) agree with fully. Anyone who tries to use Christianity to justify homophobia needs to seriously examine their theological framework.

  13. says

    Thank you for the signal boost! We’ve gotten the word out, have gotten a few submissions but we need folks stories! The site is up and running, but we need people to tell us their tales.

    The Call for submissions post is here

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