Signal Boost: Friends of Pine Ridge needs supplies for a school nurse.
Signal Boost: Strange Horizons is looking for editors.
Here’s a Spotify playlist of Whitney’s best.
A love letter to atheists.
Occupy Valentine’s Day!
An article by US Rep Jackie Speier (CA), discussing her bill that deals with what the Secretary of Defense’s call the “epidemic” of rape and sexual assault in the military. “Victims deserve an impartial investigation and the opportunity to have perpetrators tried in a military court of law. My bill, the STOP Act (H.R. 3435), takes complete authority and discretion out of the hands of commanders and gives that authority to objective experts.” It’s already been done in other countries, so it should work in the US. And maybe then it will serve as a model for civilian law enforcement in dealing with sexual assault, where objective expertise is also lacking.
The link will take you to the application page for Mccammon
Competition at Fort Worth Opera. Women are eligible from age 21-32.
Men are eligible age 21-35. This is an organization that receives arts
funding and they are using it to stack the deck in favor of male
This is my own post trying to explain why I feel strongly that age
limits in competitions should not discriminate by gender.
On Spirited Away.
From SF_Drama, apparently the ARKH Project game is rife with iffy
shit (like how they’ve got nothing to show for 2+ years of work
besides some concept art of the two main characters, (drawn by a white
cis hetero ally) yet they’ve acquired over $5000 in donations).
Recent photo spreads celebrated the beauty of plus-sized models. Good for them, but there’s still one problem: The models they featured aren’t plus-sized either!!! Most of them wear between a 10 and a 14 — all sizes you can find in a traditional store. And no one is waltzing into a plus-size store to shop unless she really can’t squeeze into that size 14.
Whitney Houston and homophobia
Is The Help totally soul-sucking or just regular?
Patricia Stephens Due died.
Chris Brown’s been invited back to the Grammys. Sasha Pasulka breaks down why this is gross (and the organisers somehow manage to do even worse than victim-blame Rihanna).
An in-depth look at the history of Lego toys and its systematic
eradication of it’s original gender-neutral play and advertising,
resulting in that awful “LEGO FRIENDS~~” girly-girl line of toys (it’s
The effects of language on decision-making. Posting this one for the language nerds — interesting things about tenses there!
The science behind Adele’s “Someone Like You.”
Editing the Bible to exclude women.
“This is what God’s love feels like.”
A bus driver had a seizure, and the bus was running while he was more or less unconscious. A mother waiting with her kids ran alongside the moving bus, got a third grader to open the door, got onto the bus and stopped it, and then stayed with the driver until he came to. (Side note: some people are making ableist assumptions that the driver knew he was likely to have a seizure and took a driving job anyway. Truth is, seizure disorders, strokes and other incapacitating ailments usually make their first appearance without recognizable warning signs.)
The View talks feminist histories.
From Shakesville, “Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a Florida judge
ruled on Tuesday that a man involved in a scuffle with his wife treat
her to an evening at a local bowling alley and a romantic meal at Red
(massive trigger warning for DV and rape)
More from SunlessNick:
Ms. Magazine tells you 10 things you need to know about Native
Also from SunlessNick: An article on the prison industrial complex.
From Womanist Musings, a Black man (who may or may not be gay) is
assaulted outside a convenience store by the Pittsburgh Jack City
Gang. Even though they shouted “NO FAGGOTS IN JACK CITY!” as they beat
him, it doesn’t count as a hate crime for some reason.
Time thinks Americans are flaky flakes.
Bus driver leads kids off school bus before it bursts into flames (there’s video). While some want to argue she was just doing her job, others point to the Concordia: most of the time, that captain’s job was pretty safe, but the one time it got dangerous, he abandoned the passengers who needed him.
A DA Journal from Danish feminist Humon, wondering if men make a
spectacle of themselves and women are passive because they’re
encouraged to do it or if it’s an innate biological urge to impress
potential mates. (personally, I think the whole post is garbage, plus
the logic used reeks of Psychology Today-style evo-psych…it’s also
annoying that people are praising her for being a feminist that
“doesn’t jump on victimizing women” so much. Ugh, she’s a garbage
feminist as far as I’m concerned.[/tangent]
Okay, in case you don’t know, Mass Effect is Bioware’s big space epic
trilogy. One of the things about it is that there’s no official
version of the player character Shepard. They have a default male
Shepard for advertising material, but he’s more of a placeholder than
And, they don’t just have him anymore. There’s now an awesome FemShep
in the trailers! *squee!*
Buffy talks abortion.
From Womanist Musings, a YT video of a guy named Triple J
illustrating how to be a good ally (although the irony/hypocrisy of
him wearing a Derpy Hooves t-shirt burns).
Besides the Derpy Hooves shirt, it’s also pretty problematic that
there’s a cut-away gag where a (female) slash writer gets attacked by
a tiger (a plush tiger, but still). Because of that, I’m not surprised
this video was recommended by Neo_Prodigy, who’s gone on record saying
he wants to track down slash writers and strangle them with piano
Patient C describes a day without.
From Tumblr, Congressman John Fleming (R-Louisiana) falls for an
Onion article stating Planned Parenthood opened an $8 billion
“Abortionplex” and posts about it on Facebook. People have to tell him
it was satire.
From Tumblr, Dan Savage tells a lesbian stuck in a private Catholic
school to “just tough it out because it gets better” even though her
parents are probably going to send her to debilitating reparative
therapy for her gayness (also, women TOTES have more fluid sexualities
than men ‘cuz he knows some lesbians who married men).
(there’s also a link at the end to a Rolling Stones article about a
Minnesota school who institutionalized a “Just Tough It Out” policy
for queer youth who are bullied)
From Shakesville, another instance of Republicans cutting off the
nose to spite the face (what else is new?).