Debunking the Fairy Tale of WisCon, Feminism and Safe Spaces | Geek Melange. This isn’t the blog entry about WisCon that I wanted to write.
WisCon 38 was the first WisCon I’d ever attended. I’d heard about the self-styled “World’s Leading Feminist Science Fiction Convention” for years, but for whatever reason, I’d somehow gotten it into my head that this was a convention for Published Names and Academics With Experience, neither of which I remotely qualified for as a Mere Mortal If Enthusiastic (and Mouthy) Fan. I was thankfully disabused of this notion and I think it’s fair to say that going to WisCon this year was a life-changing experience. Etched with Soma's Pen - Let's talk about category structure and oppression! This has been a v long-brewing post; I've been meaning to make it, or something like it, since 2009.
Many thanks to rose_lemberg, Arachne Jericho, Poorly Defined Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Used to Blame, Criminalize Mothers. Beginning in December, female customers in bars across Alaska will have access to an unexpected resource: pregnancy tests.
The Alaska legislature recently approved a project that will place free tests in the bathrooms of 20 bars in the state. The study is part of a larger campaign to raise awareness about fetal alcohol syndrome, a spectrum of physical, mental, and behavioral disabilities long assumed to be caused by drinking to excess during pregnancy. Alaska state Sen. A lesson for men's rights activists on real oppression - The Drum. Updated 4 hours 58 minutes ago Any time a disparate system of power is equalised, one side must surrender some privileges - that may upset men's rights activists, but it certainly doesn't mean feminism is subjugating men, writes Clementine Ford.
In a couple of weeks, an 'International Conference on Men's Issues' will be held in Detroit, Michigan. 5 Things to Never Say to a Woman Who Doesn't Want Kids. May 27, 2014 | Like this article?
Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. This originally appeared on Everyday Feminism. Republished here with permission. Tim | Impostor Syndrome: Part 1 of 4. This is the first post in a 4-part series about impostor syndrome.
I'll be posting one installment per day. "Compare the best of their days With the worst of your days You won't win... " -- Morrissey I can't remember exactly when I first encountered the term "impostor syndrome", but I know I was less than ten years old at the time, and I know where I read about it: a book called The Gifted Kid's Survival Guide. Female Friendships: Hitting All the Right Notes. In a society in which female friendships are devalued, it is nice to see a movie that turns that on its head.
We all need to realize that, contrary to the messages we hear, female friendships are important. Photo by lululemon athletica - Models of Sex. When I was sixteen, my boyfriend Kevin brought me a vibrator.
(His mom had bought it, which... awwwwkward, but it was her well-intentioned effort to keep me from getting pregnant by her son. It didn't stop us having intercourse, but I didn't get pregnant so it all worked out in the end.) The first time he used it, it was mind-blowing. "What's a girl doing here?" About consent, or, the legalization of women’s humanity « I Blame The Patriarchy. The Problem with consent Although this condition does not obtain with regard to any other crime you can think of, when it comes to rape, women are currently considered to exist in a state of perpetual “yes!”.
This is because “yes!” Is consistent with global accords governing fair use of women. The MRA Mirror. [Trigger warning.] by Shaker Sunless Nick When MRA-types can be bothered to acknowledge rape as a problem at all, they inevitably claim false accusations of rape as a comparable problem, one that happens at least as often, and one that is—unlike rape, they claim—ignored and belittled.
For the record, that is not true. But I thought I'd look through that MRA mirror and see what would happen if false rape accusations were really "taken as seriously" as rape. What empowerment is. I'm Not A "Person With a Disability": I'm a Disabled Person. I am not a “person with a disability.” I do not “have a disability.” Given that I look like this: You probably think I’m either delusional or in denial.
I’m not, I just have a real problem with the phrase “person with a disability” and the notion of “having a disability.” I am disabled. On having a black name. My blog name is my grandmother's name, Daisy. My real name is one that would identify me very easily, so I don't use it. But I recently realized that something is missing in my online identity. While reading about The Carnival of Allies (proposed by The Angry Black Woman), I noted that I have never had to pointedly present myself as an ally to black people (not every minority; I specifically refer to black people) because they have usually assumed that I am. Racism And Meritocracy. Editor’s note: Guest contributor Eric Ries is the author of The Lean Startup.
Follow him @ericries. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t have missed the recent dust-up over race and Silicon Valley. Like almost every discussion of diversity and meritocracy in this town, it turned ugly fast. One side says: “All I see is white men. Therefore, people like Michael Arrington must be racist.” A Chemical Imbalance. Sacrificing Privilege. By far one of the most challenging obstacles to building a meaningful dialogue about privilege is the extreme ease with which we’re able to take it for granted. Quick: when was the last time you thought about proprioception? Unless you’re a neurologist, or read a lot of Oliver Sacks, the answer could very well be “never, I guess”. We don’t think about it because we’ve never gone without it. Proprioception, the sense of ownership of one’s body and the ability to know the location of different parts of it, the ability to sense its position in physical space without relying on other sensory cues, is something completely, totally innate; something we can have difficulty even imagining living without.
Nerds and Male Privilege. Gawker's Violentacrez Expose And How 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Predicted Geek Misogyny. By Alyssa Rosenberg on October 15, 2012 at 10:33 am "Gawker’s Violentacrez Expose And How ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Predicted Geek Misogyny" On Friday afternoon, Gawker published a long profile of a Reddit moderator who went by Violentacrez. A Texas programmer in real life, Violentacrez has helped shape Reddit’s norms, mentoring and writing documentation for moderators, scrubbing the site for patently illegal content, but also helping establish some of its most distasteful subsections, some openly racist, and others devoted to posting and discussion of sexualized images of very young women taken or republished without their consent.
'Back Home': Female veterans often find unwelcoming system, insensitive treatment. Feminism 101. Some Thoughts on “Crazy Women” Rape Culture 101. Roma women in Europe: the silenced, underreported gender oppression. Human Rights Issues in Serbia and Hungary. Sanguinity, raptorific: Okay, so imagine there’s a doctor.... How White LGBTQ People Can Be More Inclusive of People of Color. Trans Women Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox Respond Flawlessly To Katie Couric's Bigoted Questions | Socialism Art Nature. Is love universal? : Popular Romance Project. True Blood: The Vampire as A Multiracial Critique on Multicultural Pluralism (Nicole Rabin)
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