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2017-Jul-08, Saturday 22:33
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Online storefront for disabled activist merch. Raising funds for ADAPT, which has been in US news recently doing sit-ins at senators' offices till either the senator in question opposes Orangecare or the cops haul the activists away.

I need ALL those shirts.

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2017-Jun-28, Wednesday 11:31
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I watched Disney's Robin Hood last night. Things I wanted to say during the movie but didn't because the point of the exercise was Not Typing:

* If Little John is so heavy the Sheriff and his men wouldn't be able to get his neck in the noose, how did Robin Hood—a MUCH smaller than either Little John or the Sheriff—swing Little John and himself into the tree where they're having this conversation?

* Romani stereotypes, enough said. Also are those clip-ons or did Robin legit pierce his ears at some point? I doubt clip-ons, somehow...

* Helium balloons. In the reign of Richard Lionheart.

* Why do I have the feeling this movie is a lot more intensely political in the current climate? ETA: omg A POX ON THE PHONY ORANGE POTUS

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2017-Jun-22, Thursday 14:30
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Police are literally dragging people away [from the protests at Sen. McConnell's office over Trumpcare], including those who are disabled or in wheelchairs, leaving the hall of the Senate offices streaked with blood.

*flails in fucking useless disabled who rapidly losing all words*
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Another one.

Another one in front of kids! (Philando Castile's girlfriend's kid was in the back seat, remember.)

For bonus points—and if her story is the one to make us care, this will most likely be why—she was pregnant!

Dear white people of the United States:

When will it end?

When will we stop?

When will we have taken enough respect from them?

When will we have taken enough wealth from them?

When will we have taken enough blood from them?

When will we have taken enough lives from them?

When will we have taken enough from them?

When will we be satisfied?

When will we stop?

When will we make it end?

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2017-Apr-09, Sunday 17:32
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Okay you all need to go read "Clearing" by Martha Postlethwaite, posted over [personal profile] musesfool way. It's particularly resonating with me as an activist and multimedia artist right now.
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Washington Post News Alert: House votes to wipe away Internet privacy protections in move to allow providers to sell customer data, sending measure to Trump


2017-Mar-18, Saturday 00:23
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Latest crisis: my health insurance provider (I'm on a plan through my employer) is not going to offer plans through my employer anymore. And the GOP badly wants to take away protection for people with preexisting conditions, like, y'know, me.

I've come off the panic attack. I've done a couple levels of spiritual cleansings. I have water (and orange juice and salt and gluten-and-sodium-free chicken bouillon—why is the only GF bouillon I could find also sodium-free?) heating for rice that I will eat with peas and cheese and either ranch or Catalina. A kind person has dropped money in my Paypal; perhaps more people wish to be so kind and I would certainly be exceedingly grateful if anyone with both ability and desire were to be so kind. And the crisis is not immediate regardless.


#survive #resist #survive #resist

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2017-Feb-17, Friday 18:51
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"Intersectionality is an analytic sensibility, a way of thinking about identity and its relationship to power. Originally articulated on behalf of black women, the term brought to light the invisibility of many constituents within groups that claim them as members, but often fail to represent them. Intersectional erasures are not exclusive to black women. People of color within LGBTQ movements; girls of color in the fight against the school-to-prison pipeline; women within immigration movements; trans women within feminist movements; and people with disabilities fighting police abuse — all face vulnerabilities that reflect the intersections of racism, sexism, class oppression, transphobia, able-ism and more. Intersectionality has given many advocates a way to frame their circumstances and to fight for their visibility and inclusion." --Kimberle Crenshaw

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2017-Feb-03, Friday 11:35
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Here's a thought.

I can't, apparently, call my congresscritters. But hey. It's Month of Letters. I can write them some damn postcards.

I'm gonna use the 65's issues list as inspiration. And now I need to shower and get to Staples (and hope) because I don't have postcards.

ETA: Postcards got. First four postcards printed (because they're four to a sheet, you see). Both my US senators, my US representative, and my state representative; the one side has Uncle Sam saying "I WANT YOU to Oppose Trump's Migrant Ban" (the blank postcards came with a URL for templates, you see, and they had holiday, including Fourth of July, with editable text). The other side on the federal congresscritters' cards has "The New Colossus" and a plea to try to save baby Fatemah—this is the four-month-old who needs surgery ASAP and was coming to the US for that surgery and will probably die in the next couple months if she isn't let into the US to get the surgery ASAP. My state rep's card instead thanks him for co-sponsoring a bill to reinforce—re-enforce?—the separation between commercial and investment banking put in place by Glass-Steagall.

Now, about an hour to Do Other Stuff and then off to the post office and then work!

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2017-Feb-02, Thursday 16:41
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I don't suppose Cheeto reads poetry. Having been reminded of John Donne, I wish Cheeto and all his ilk to internalize it.

John Donne
Meditation 17
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

"No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee...."
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“I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Athena shouts, Her lightning torch aflame
In tarnished-copper green on New York shore.
Escape-to-Refuge is always Her name.
It matters not to Her from where you come;
What God, if any, you might answer to;
What talents, wealth, or skills you bring with you.
She cares that you are safe here; don’t succumb
To tempest tossing you and yours around,
Or rich men saying you are less than they,
More fearsome, and they’d rather you had drowned
Than found this world-wide welcome, found your way.
Come, weary one, whose journey’s at its end.
Be welcome, stranger, who might yet be a friend.

(hat tip Emma Lazarus, "The New Colossus")

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2017-Jan-30, Monday 12:02
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things that are actually really difficult in my current brainstate: trying to read up on ethics, specifically ancient Greek ethics but also the entire history of ethical debate from then to now esp. feminist ethics, and assemble coherent thoughts on the lot of it, when nobody in power gives a shit about ethical behavior

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2017-Jan-30, Monday 11:34
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fuck phone anxiety. fuck it in the eye. got my manager telling me last week that if she, who is "much older and weaker" than I (her exact words), can spend five minutes a day calling our congresscritters, then I can do it too. thing is she hasn't got phone anxiety!

fuck a few other brainweasels, too. like the "do it right or don't do it" one. emailing my congresscritters isn't "doing it right" because calling is more effective, and therefore.

This is really scary. Also scary: did Cheeto seriously sign an executive order saying for every regulation added two must be revoked?

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2017-Jan-24, Tuesday 00:24
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I am going to do a Facebook/Twitter fast. I am hoping to avoid adding Dreamwidth (and #dreamwidth-bitch) to that list.

It's just, That Orange Man, and This Terrifying Nonsense I really should call my senators in the morning, and I don't want to be in an anxiety/depression spiral.

I'm trying to talk myself into self-carey tasks, like spiritual stuff and consuming media and sleep; I think my mind is convinced but my executive function needs persuading...

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2017-Jan-21, Saturday 14:29
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So I forgot to set my alarm last night, and therefore did not wake up until nearly noon. (Having gone to bed before midnight.) The localish Women's March I was planning to attend, about an hour's drive from here, events started at nine...oops. (I mean, I wasn't sure I was going anyway, because lotsa people lotsa driving lotsa aaaagh, and I knew I wasn't marching because exercise-and-winter–triggered asthma makes marches in January a foolish plan, but.)

I am queer. I am genderqueer. I am not a woman, but I am an ovarian-morph, and consequently I am a target of efforts to control women, especially via restriction of reproductive rights. I am a religious minority. I am neurodivergent. I am multiply disabled. I am one of the scary-high number of USians who haven't got a thousand dollars in savings but have got most of two years' pay in debt.

My existence is resistance.

T-shirt: Trans Lifeline, 877-565-8860. Sign: We were never meant to survive; Audre Lorde, A Litany for Survival.

Today I march by getting my laundry in the washer. (It's also the second day of the two-day Women's Strike, but if my laundry doesn't get clean, it bothers no one but me.)

Today I march by tending my shrines. (Hestia Poluolbos, bring us blessings. Athena Nikephoros, bring us victory. Zeus Eleutherios, bring us freedom.)

Today I march by setting up my new desktop computer. (The peace of mind that having a desktop that doesn't bluescreen at irregular but frequent intervals will bring is vital. Peace of mind is, I think, part of the difference between living and merely surviving.)

Today I march by creating art in which people like me have agency, creativity, power, freedom. Not to mention happy endings!

Today I march by taking a goddamn nap, if I can't scrape together the spoons and executive function to accomplish anything else.

My existence is resistance.

Today I march.

Also: important reading. tl;dr: Morénike Umoye, a black autistic activist, says of the Women's March in DC, "#WhiteFeminism and #ableism strikes again - and today, they win. I'm attending the rally and then skipping the march for my own mental health and #SelfCare." Further down, "In the span of one day I have been extremely disrespected, disregarded, and gaslighted by the very people who are in town supposedly fighting for the rights of people like me!" I am not here for that. I am not marching to free myself at the expense of people of color, and I am not marching to free abled people at my own expense. And let us not forget: If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression.Combahee River Collective Statement, 1977.

(hat tip [twitter.com profile] UntoNuggan)

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2015-May-30, Saturday 19:31
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So I just now, and at long last, read Terry Pratchett's Equal Rites.

I liked it, don't get me wrong. And I realize this book dates from the eighties, and if I'm correctly understanding my history of feminism, it's engaging with feminist issues of that decade in a progressive manner—and in much the same way that Tamora Pierce does with Alanna, whose adventures were published within a few years of Equal Rites. But I'm pissed off too. Esk has to prove women can be wizards at all by proving she can do a thing that the entire wizarding university is neither capable of nor looking down upon? Fuck that glass-ceiling noise. I mean, hurrah breaking of glass ceiling...but getting one extraordinary girl into the boys' club doesn't equal rights make.

well fuck

2015-Jan-24, Saturday 23:17
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So I'm boycotting Wikipedia. (trigger warning: cyberviolence against women)

And I just realized that this means I also have to boycott Wikimedia Commons.

Guess where I invariably go when I'm looking for copyright-restriction-free (or CC-licensed-with-workable-restrictions) images.

Also, Wiktionary. Losing Wiktionary pisses me the hell off.
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So this TRIGGERY LIKE A VERY TRIGGERY TRIGGERY THING happened. Short form: Melody Hensley was/is a feminist on the Internet, got the usual ration of shit for it, consequently has PTSD, announced this fact, and is getting even more shit for it. Apparently only soldiers get PTSD, and everyone else who goes through traumatic events (like, y'know, continuous abuse) is magically PTSD-proof. Either that or if she really had Internet-abuse-induced PTSD, the abusers would have been successful in keeping her off the Internet.

I suggest that everyone who is appalled by this treatment go tweet "I support @MelodyHensley" or the like. Short, sweet, supportive, and not shitty. Signal-boost this on non-Twitter platforms as well as on Twitter, too. Reblog on Tumblr, share on Facebook, retweet on Twitter, as well as independently tweeting "I support @MelodyHensley". I want to drown out the shit-spewers.
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But whether those words are hurtful to people is not up for discussion.

Context: Surly Amy of Skepchick made a post about the recent DDoS attack on Skepchick and a couple other sites. She included a pic of a piece of art she made in response to the attack that she's selling to help fund the site. Gist of the art is that the DDoSers didn't think this through: Skepchick et al won't be shut up, and the DDoSers' attempting to force them silent only proves them right.

I'm with Surly Amy so far. This really isn't the wisest decision antifeminists have ever made.


Key words on the art: "stupid", "idiot", "I'm literally impressed you remember to breathe every day".

Some people I know with cognitive and/or developmental disabilities, including one whose med side effects include not always remembering to breathe, complained about this in comments to the post and on Twitter. (I have not been following this, or really much of anything, on Twitter. I know stuff has been happening there but I'm not sure of any of the Twitter handles involved and I don't think anyone's Storifyed it yet—or equivalent; I recall Storify being one of the sites we're boycotting because of reasons—so it's hard to check.) And if Amy, and the person whose words Amy used on the art (I believe this was Elyse, but don't hold me to that), had stopped and thought and then said words to the effect of "that was ill-considered of me, I'm sorry, I'll fix it" and then redid the words on the art to not include the ableist terminology, that would have been the end of it.

They didn't.

In fact Amy tried using the fact that she was triggered by the responses to the post (which I understand and sympathize with) as a get-out-of-jail-free card for triggering the people who were triggered by her art.

Rebecca Watson joined in. Rebecca frigging Watson; if you're an atheist feminist you know and respect that name, you know? And she joined in on the side of "'stupid' is not an ableist term". Which, uh, it really is. As the post title says, it may or may not be an ableist slur, but it is sure as hell a weapon against people with cognitive and developmental disabilities. When it is used against willfully ignorant people—and I know how hard it is to excise the word in that sense from one's vocabulary; I'm not yet done with that task—its use is in suggesting that the willfully ignorant person is willfully ignorant because they have a cognitive or learning disability. Not unlike 'lame', where its use in the sense of 'pathetic' is in suggesting that the pathetic thing is pathetic because it lacks a certain capability in the same manner that a person with a mobility disability lacks a certain capability.

And then Watson started gaslighting. Direct quote: "It appears as though you’re seeing insults that just aren’t there." If that isn't an example of rejecting the first speaker's reality to substitute the second speaker's own, I don't know what is. I understand Amy has also been engaging in abusive tactics, but that part seems to have all gone down on Twitter, so I can't cite examples.

The best bit for my money is this quote from Watson's post: "And if I was friends with any of those people and I used one of those words in their presence and they took me aside and told me about their pain, I would absolutely avoid saying those words in their presence." Newsflash, Watson: there are a lot of people who read Skepchick telling you that these words cause pain. Please stop using those words in the presence of these people. There are ways to describe willful ignorance that do not cause splash damage to people with disabilities. Use those instead.

It's getting really hard to maintain respect for Rebecca Watson over here.

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2013-Aug-23, Friday 13:05
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The Mako Mori test as a cousin of the Bechdel test.

The Mako Mori test is passed if the movie has: a) at least one female character; b) who gets her own narrative arc; c) that is not about supporting a man’s story. I think this is about as indicative of “feminism” (that is, minimally indicative, a pretty low bar) as the Bechdel test. It is a pretty basic test for the representation of women, as is the Bechdel test. It does not make a movie automatically feminist.

Pacific Rim and The Avengers both pass Mori, though they fail Bechdel.
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(April 8: Future of #OnlineFeminism Day.)

I made myself stop at five hundred words; this topic is good for fifty thousand )

#onlinefeminism has taught me most everything I know about the kyriarchy in all its forms. The rest I learned on my own, but didn't understand without the tools online feminism gave me. I thought, for example, that all the times I suggested a thing and nobody listened and a guy suggested that thing and everybody listened, those resulted from some personal fault of my own. Turns out it's a sexist pattern, not my fault at all. Without online feminism, I would never have figured that out.

Online feminism has changed my life. At this point it would be entirely fair to say that online feminism (and fandom, but there's heavy overlap) IS my life.

My heart's still beating. Feminism must not be dead.

poem: "Katy Perry"

2011-Aug-13, Saturday 13:14
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A recent post at The Slacktiverse inspired poetry. For the first time in ten or fifteen years, I warn you. Also, trigger warning, rape culture.

Katy Perry )

coming out day

2011-Jul-31, Sunday 13:30
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Well, I'm not kicked out of the house.

Dad's (I think it was Dad's) reply to my email: "Are or are curious? Curious is normal. Until you have actual relationships person to person, I am not believing it." Also chastising me for sending my coming-out message, one, by email, and two, to the family account. But I could not face the social anxiety on top of the coming-out anxiety. I think now that the latter has been reduced to near nil I can handle the former, though.

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2011-Jul-30, Saturday 21:30
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I vividly recall reading a series of PDFs on the pro-gay Catholic perspective on family members' coming out and what to do about it. There were words to the effect of "God made your child gay". I did not bookmark it. Does anyone have any idea where I might find these, or similar documents?

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2011-Jul-30, Saturday 19:42
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And because the book sale wasn't freaking me out enough, I'm now giving very serious consideration to coming out to my family. Tonight. Tomorrow.

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2009-May-26, Tuesday 13:50
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California, what the fuck are you thinking? How long will it take you to realize that homosexual and bisexual people, and for that matter heterosexual transgender people in states that care more about the plumbing somebody was born with than with their preferred gender identification, have neither liberty nor justice until Lady Liberty is free to marry Lady Justice?

(Also, why can't breaking news email alerts from the NYT and the Washington Post link to the relevant article, not to the newspaper homepage?)

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2009-Apr-16, Thursday 12:58
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Congratulations on being the creator of a new
Evil Plan (tm)!

Your objective is simple: Soul Accumulation.

Your motive is a little bit more complex: Love (Yes, it works)

Stage One

To begin your plan, you must first clone a wealthy heiress. This will cause the world to give one another worried looks, baffled by your arrival. Who is this spammer? Where did they come from? And why do they look so good in classic black?

Stage Two

Next, you must seize control of united nations. This will all be done from a abandoned church, a mysterious place of unrivaled dark glory. Upon seeing this, the world will faint, as countless hordes of cultists hasten to do your every bidding.

Stage Three

Finally, you must release your great supernatural forces, bringing about the return of the antichrist. Your name shall become synonymous with fuzzy bunnies, and no man will ever again dare steal your woman. Everyone will bow before your mystical abilities, and the world will have no choice but to make you their new god.

Create your own!


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