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just to be clear - a woman who created a hashtag meant to convey the message “no, not all may be sexual aggressors but yes, all women have experienced sexism to some degree” shut down her account after repeated harassment. she wasn’t generalizing men. she wasn’t making broad, sweeping statements that people claim are the problem with women’s movements. she was only opening a conversation centered around personal stories. what is anyone supposed to take from this except that many people are simply not interested in hearing these stories at all, as sugarcoated as they may be, as tactfully they may be put? not without redirecting the conversation to focus away from women, at any rate.

Are you fucking kidding me? I hate everyone.

This one goes out to all those people who say that if feminists were just nicer to men, catered to their feelings and didn’t pinpoint them as aggressors, we’d be taken seriously and our voices would be heard. BULLSHIT

Since I follow her, I want to put out there that this isn’t accurate, though she did temporarily (3 weeks?) make her account private and take some time off tweeting (a couple days, maybe a week?) to regroup.

She’s never deleted it or even changed her name. I think she’s remarkably brave for that.

That said, she did make her account private for that time and the fact that she had to do so and step away and didn’t feel comfortable telling her mother about it until things had quieted down (she’s still in college)…these all point to how very messed up it was.

Everything I’m sharing is something she’s publicly tweeted after unlocking her account again.

[…] If Snowpiercer had merely told the tale of an oppressed working class rising up to seize power from an evil overlord, it would already have been an improvement over most of the political messages in mainstream cinema. There are all sorts of nice touches in its portrayal of a declining capitalism that can maintain its ideological legitimacy even when it literally has no more bullets in its guns.

But the story Bong tells goes beyond that. It’s about the limitations of a revolution which merely takes over the existing social machinery rather than attempting to transcend it. And it’s all the more effective because the heart of that critique comes as a late surprise, from a character we might not expect.

[…] All too often, explicitly political art fails as both art and politics. Socialists shouldn’t put up with half-assed imitations of popular genres, nor with political messages denuded of anything but the lowest common denominator.

What makes Snowpiercer satisfying is that it commits neither error. It’s an engrossing and stylish movie, and its underlying themes go beyond merely pointing out class exploitation to challenge the logic of capital. It’s a movie that should be seen as widely as possible, if only so that Bong Joon-ho gets more chances to make movies for English-speaking audiences that badly need them.

Smash the Engine by Peter Frase | Jacobin Magazine (via filmantidote)

wolvensnothere minim-calibre ittybittymanatee this is brilliant.

Satanists want to use Hobby Lobby decision to exempt women from anti-abortion laws



In a statement, the Satanic Temple said that it will use the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision to exempt its believers from state-mandated informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material.

Informed consent or “right to know” laws state that women seeking elective abortions be provided with information about alternatives to the procedure, often couched in language that attempts to personify the fetus. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 35 states currently have informed consent laws, and of those, 33 require that the woman be told the gestational age of the fetus.

In some states, that information consists of pro-life propaganda that links abortion to a higher incidence of breast and ovarian cancers, or discusses “post-abortion syndrome,” a mental condition not recognized by any major medical or psychiatric organization.

Because the Satanic Temple bases its belief “regarding personal health…on the best scientific understanding of the world, regardless of the religious or political beliefs of others,” it claims that state-mandated information with no basis in scientific fact violates its “religious” beliefs.

Read more at RawStory


I…approve of this level of hoisting fuckery on its own petard.


leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

I highly recommend reading the entire article.

from the infographic:

Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:

• only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
• of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
• 0% of protagonists are women of color
• 0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
• 1% of protagonists are people with a disability







I want to go to this exact point and run around it saying “I’m in Sweden!” I’m in Finland!” “I’m in Norway!” until I get tired

i aspire to great things in life

According to Google Maps, that point is in the middle of a small lake.

So we’ll do it in January when it’s frozen.

actually that’s why they’ve helpfully dropped a big-ass cement block with a bridge surrounding it in the middle of the lake: for the express purpose of doing what OP aspires to do

it’s called Treriksröset/Treriksrøysa -  the three nation cairn. for some reason there’s no snappy name for it in Finnish. usually Finnish has all the snappy names for shit. Kolmen valtakunnan rajapyykki just doesn’t roll off the tongue at all.

Includes in all possible future European travel plans.

SDCC, Street Harassment, and Assault: Why are we surprised?

It’s been going on for decades, but since the origin of the, "Fake Geek Girl," or, "Idiot Nerd Girl,"  around 2009/10, and particularly with the exponential speed of women’s vocal presence in geek subculture, the walls between what we think of as the Geek Community and culture at large are breaking down rapidly. Add in the presence of black nerds, LGBTQIA nerds, PoC nerds, Nerds with disabilities, you know: PEOPLE, much like we have in society at large, who aren’t white, cishet dudes and who don’t DEFER to white cishet dudes, and we’re reaching the point where being a geek isn’t automatic entry to the sacred man-cave of douchebro-ness. TW: links for rape culture, misogyny, racism.

Yet, we’re still surprised when bad things happen. Why? SDCC has refused to institute a comprehensive and explicit code of conduct and anti-harassment policy, and we’re now shocked by the brutal assault of a young woman because… ? 

The fact is, that rapists and men who commit violence against women are everywhere that people are. The geek community is not exempt from this, regardless of whether we cast ourselves as the outcasts from society or better than society at large. That is a subcultural narrative that the mainstream buys into and perpetuates, as though we as geeks are still the bullied underdogs. While many of us may have grown up being bullied as nerds, (male and female) we are the driving force of popular culture and need to stop buying into a narrative where we are not capable of behavior that is violent or antisocial as much as the mainstream needs to stop painting us as deviants from the norm. The Isla Vista shooting was barely two months ago and yet we have already forgotten that the profound attitude of entitlement wherein Elliot Rodger expected to have love and sex dumped on him by women he never spoke to, as well as racist rage at other men who were receiving what he deemed his due, were the root of the massacre. 

The, “Cat-calling,” groping, upskirting, etc., that cosplayers experience is not special, women experience street harassment every day regardless of how we’re dressed. It’s easier to victim-blame because of course men are going to be gross about women in, “Slutty,” costumes. We’re “Self-objectifying,” and therefore are responsible for abuses we receive, when we wear revealing clothing, whether as cosplayers or in life. The rape culture narrative being perpetuated by media, law-enforcement, wherein everyone BUT the attacker/abuser is responsible for preventing assault is reinforced daily, even by organizations like RAINN

Personally, I can look at this situation and feel horror and empathy for this young woman while hoping that law enforcement in San Diego does the job of investigating and pursuing justice for her while she recovers. I also know that the victim-blaming began the moment people saw a photo of her in costume and it has continued. (Do me a solid and go read the #WhatIwaswearing tag before you even think of attributing this assault to a costume.) 

But I keep coming back to the basic question: Why are we shocked by this? Assaults and harassment have been an omnipresent problem at cons as they have been in mundane life and this assault is likely not the only one that happened at SDCC ‘14. 

Maybe it’s time we deal with rape culture, harassment, and the fact that being a geek doesn’t make any of us as special as we think it does if it means we exempt ourselves from responsibility in dealing with social problems we carry with us as members of society at large. 

We can talk about violent “Trolls” and not feeding them all we want, we can talk about prominent members of the geek community receiving rape threats all we want, we can talk about it until the scruffy nerfherders come home but until we DO something about it, nothing changes. 

That something has to include vigilance and policy, and policing ourselves in order to make sure people who think that being bigots and misogynists is acceptable behavior have actual consequences to their actions instead of having it swept under the rug. Being a geek may be a hobby or a lifestyle, or an occupation, but however much we’d like to think we don’t have to address the actual social problems we dive into geekdom to escape, we do and it has to be more than lip-service. 

It’s not enough to create inclusive spaces, we have to make safe spaces. It’s not enough to speak from a nominal point of view, we have to pursue an agenda. 

We can either embrace the ideals of the Federation (TOS/TNG/DS9, plz. Reboot is sketch,) or we can prop up the Sith lords and the Empire.

What we can’t do, is bury our heads in the sand and pretend that we are separate from the yucky world. We never have been. 

I did a lot of research and it’s a subject that’s really important to me,” Tatiana said, tears forming in her eyes. “Yeah, it just means a lot to me that we could tell that story. And you know, I’m not a trans actor so there is a political sort of situation there and it’s not the most ideal, but what our show does is it explores identity. And what better way to explore it than through a trans male? We don’t see trans men on screen very often at all. And, you know, the best thing for me was when we heard the response to Tony, which was very polarized. But the best thing about it is it opens up a debate, and it opens up a discussion, and it makes the subject relevant and important and present in people’s thoughts, regardless of how they felt about Tony, whether they felt represented, whether they didn’t understand—whatever it is, these stories need to be told and we need to talk about trans stories and we need to have them represented to the point where it’s just, it’s just a given and it’s not exceptional anymore and trans actors get to step up and play these parts as well in the same way cisgender people have been doing it for a while. I felt a responsibility but I felt a large amount of gratitude and—”

“Joy?” co-star Maria Doyle Kennedy offered.

“Fuck yeah, joy!” Tatiana said. “Totally.

- afterellen article  (via sarahcosima)

(via i-effed-it-all-up)

Hooooooly cow. Tatiana, ILU.

(Source: random-french-girl)

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