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From lo these many weeks past:

  • The Star Trek: Into Darkness Spoiler FAQ: Explains the plot holes you can drive a semi through in a very amusing way. Warning: sweary language (the FAQ answerer is clearly of strong opinions). Spoilerage abounds, so I'm declaring comments to this post to be a SPOILER FRIENDLY ZONE for ST:ID.

  • First clip from "Only Lovers Left Alive" features Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton hot un-kissing/making out [YouTube]. VampireLoki + VampireTildaSwinton = how do I get an invite to this party?? 'Cos I need one. For... research.

  • Why do men keep putting me in the girlfriend zone? (Hat tip [ profile] glitter_femme). I've only been in this situation once and the guy got verbally abusive when I told him I wasn't interested. Full disclosure: when I was a stupid teenager I "boyfriend-zoned" a good bit. Then I grew up and learned that the 'verse doesn't owe me boy/girlfriends.

  • Club veteran Princess Julia's piece on the attractions of club life and the role of the DJ. This quote especially resonated with me:

    Mark Moore dj, music producer and frontman of seminal band S-Express began his career as a dj and continues to involve himself in the spirit of it, 'My experience of djing is similar to when friends come round your house and you play music to them. Every record that brings joy to them and blows their mind also brings joy to you so it's really a way of bonding and sharing - communion! The DJ experience is just a bigger version of this with more people and more energy.

    I was the kid ever making mixtapes for my friends to evangelize my taste in music, and that urge to share is part of what got me into radio in college. Even when I was trying to learn to mix, I don't think I ever really wanted to be a club dj - I always wanted to be John Peel, introducing people to sounds they've never heard before.

  • And 'cos the quote is from Mark Moore: Enjoy this trip. And it is a trip. Countdown is progressing... [YouTube]. Oldie but goodie.

  • Remittance Girl's blog post on feeling like an exile stuck in my head: "There have been times in my life, I’ve masqueraded inclusion. I’ve pretended to join, I’ve faked communion, I’ve partaken of the flesh, without swallowing. There is almost always a thin membrane, a wrap of impenetrable film that keeps me in exile." For good or ill, I kinda get that. Even when I've tried I've always felt a bit "off-center", and with age I'm (slowly, oh so very slowly) starting to accept that. (FYI this entry is worksafe but the rest of Remittance Girl's site emphatically is not; having said this if you're looking for quality erotica of all sorts go here).

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Starting off with the crunchiest and most worth reading: [ profile] hrj's Sex Between Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, a worthy followup to her Essay on Cross Dressing in the SCA, which I also highly recommend. It is thorough, somber research but given the subject matter it might be NSFW. Writers and RPGers might find these very useful.

A thoughtful article on privilege and losing it, via @Mactavish.

Will rap music change the face of enterprise IT? "RapGenius is a site that lets users upload lyrics. Then it lets other users annotate and explain the meaning of the words for each song.”

Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, and Billy Connolly sit down for a podcast - no really! Recommended with one caveat - I had never heard of Sophie Winkleman before, and lamentably didn’t learn much about her from this podcast, as it’s illustrative of the unfortunate fact that women speak drastically less when they’re surrounded by dudes.

An old article on the winning mindset via “Being an effective competitor in martial arts (or doing any challenging task for that matter) requires that you develop faith in yourself and in your ability” - no kidding! I think this is one of my main stumbling blocks - no matter how much awesome I can pull out, I still don’t quite believe I can do it again.

"Held", Jane Fradgley, Guy’s Hospital, London, Through March 2013 - exhibit of “strong clothing” (19th century strait jackets). Sobering but fascinating, I’ve never even heard of such things being exhibited before.

How to start a hackerspace - parts 1 and 2 of a total of 7 are already up. [ profile] dustdaughter, might hackerspaces be the “salons” of the 21st century?

Edited 11/15/2012: Fixed links - I won't be using that editor again!
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  • The most insidious earworm EVER [YouTube]; I share in an effort to exorcise. Lyrics NSFW unless sweary sing-alongs are in your job description. The video is deceptively clean. Courtesy D., who I thank (?) for demonstrating that there's something sticker than old Bon Jovi tunes.

  • Joan of Arc on Stil P1, Swedish radio - probably only [ profile] tommdroid and [ profile] sealwhiskers can appreciate it, but I must include the link because the English site where I found it says the show is about juicy, seemingly disparate subjects like "'short hair and men’s clothes' on women throughout fashion history, the power and danger of dressing against the norm, historical re-creations of clothing from the Middle Ages in Sweden, jewelry as armor, and super hero costumes." Someone let me know if it's as good as advertised.

  • Anarchists of Style: Ann Nzinga, Queen of N’Dongo (1582-1663) - she kicked the Portuguese out of her country with women warriors, and looked GOOD doing it, in men's baroque clothing. Historical kickass woman, but I can't find much else about her on the web!

  • Eartha Kitt: A Catwoman....or THE Catwoman? FWIW I thought Anne Hathaway was a good choice for Nolan's more realistic, understated Bat-verse, but Kitt made the role her own in the campy 1960s version. This article is actually less about Kitt's acting and more about her anti-war, anti-apartheid sentiments. Another kickass woman, in another way.

  • Secrets of Geek Mating Rituals - sweet memories of how D. and I got together :)
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Any of you who have been reading me for awhile knows that I'm a firm believer in better living through science and therefore the whole current (and recurrent) debate in the U.S. political scene about birth control is on the face of it a non-starter for me. I've been saying for years that it's the 20th (21st!) century, get with the program already!

Turns out I've been naively optimistic. Sara Robinson's article Why Patriarchal Men Are Utterly Petrified of Birth Control -- And Why We'll Still Be Fighting About it 100 Years From Now is a sobering reminder of how slowly the wheels of progress turn.

Given that it's been available my entire life, it's easy for me to forget that the existence of safe, effective birth control has created huge changes in the roles of women, of family, of sex, and in the power dynamic between men and women. We're only 50 years into this huge change so while I think resistance is ridiculous, I shouldn't be surprised that conservatives are still trying desperately to put this genie back in the bottle and will be for [sigh] hundreds of years to come.

I like to marvel at how far people have come in just my lifetime, and it's dispiriting to be reminded how much further there is to go.
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I am reposting this as many have, though this evening the "Let Women Die" bill passed Congress makes me feel like this is a futile gesture :(

Originally posted by [ profile] james_nicoll at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [ profile] soldiergrrrl at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [ profile] twbasketcaseat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [ profile] gabrielleabelleat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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Paging Captain Subtext - you are needed on the white courtesy phone.


Aug. 13th, 2011 05:49 pm
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I often wish I got downtown more often, but it's been a hassle of late.

Today's plan was to join the local SlutWalk (not as racy as it sounds - it's protesting against sexual violence) and hear the speakers until we got tired/hot. Due to delays on Metro, poor directions at the website, and thwarted attempts to top off fare cards on machines that were undergoing maintenance, we almost missed it. By sheer good luck we emerged from underground just in time to meet the march heading towards us.

It was a short walk and once we found a place to sit by the stage I was able to connect with M. and [ profile] ladyaelfwynn, who I had tried to meet beforehand but it just kinda didn't happen. I'm glad this didn't turn into another of my poor organizational/herding cats fiascos!

Lamentably I didn't get to see much speaking - it started pouring with the first speaker so D. and I made a mad dash for the nearest Metro stop. Even with umbrellas, we were soaked. On the plus side, we were not overheated :P

So the transit was a pain in the ass, but it was good to stand and be counted (because WHY ARE WE STILL HAVING THIS CONVERSATION??) and see my friends. On the up side, the last time I went to a protest I got a cold that turned into a several-month sinus infection, so a fallout of wet socks just isn't as bad.
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I was disappointed to learn about Target's donation to an anti-LGBTQ candidate. I'm glad they apologized and their past record has been fairly good but I'm waiting to see if their money is where their mouth is before I decide to shop there again.

But what breaks my fashion-loving little heart even more is my belated discovery that Urban Outfitter Co's CEO supports Rick Santorum and his ilk. I lurve me some Anthropologie sale rack and at this point most of my work pants are from there - well made, natural fibers, interesting detailing and very sadly going to support causes I DON'T believe in :(

I'm not going to burn my existing Anthro pieces but I will no longer be shopping there (sigh). And yes, I know my own personal boycott of them won't amount to a hill of beans but dammit, I don't want my cash going to 'phobes! Happily there are alternatives and the next town over from mine has a few hip/designer consignment shops.

It's also further incentive to do as I always threaten, and make more "mundane" clothing (as opposed to costumes).

But crap :(
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I'm almost finished with "Alternative Femininities" (started here) and while I enjoyed the book and found it interesting, it wasn't the "rah rah for growing old while staying weird!" that I had (sorta) hoped it would be.

Most of the women interviewed, while disdaining mainstream "fluffy" feminine trappings still spent a lot of time on their appearance. My own experiences as a teenage goth/punk/indie kid bear this out - extreme makeup and hair take a lot of time, and finding/making unique clothing possibly more so. "Performing female" seems to take inordinate amounts of time no matter what kind of woman you want to be.

Also many felt the need to "tone it down" past around age 35, even if that only meant dyeing their hair one bright color at a time instead of three. At least none wanted to take out piercings or have laser tattoo removal, but I wish they'd been more vocal about wanting to be the old lady in purple :P

As it is, I've been "toning it down" in some ways since hitting my thirties, and part of it is the fear that I'm just too old for some looks, but some of it is hard-won self-assurance. Being past the age of conventional feminine beauty ideals, I don't feel the pressure to try and be pretty-pretty unless I feel like it. That, and I know I'm a geek/freak on the inside so much as I love to play with clothes I don't feel a terror of being caught without Cleopatra eyeliner the way I did as a kid, when my extreme appearance served as a kind of armor against the world.
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Short due to time but wanted to post before I forgot about it completely:

"[Fashion] advice is almost always aimed at getting women’s bodies, whatever shape they might be, to conform with one ideal body type: the (skinny) hourglass figure.

"I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where the fashion industry encouraged us to “emphasize” our differences from one another, instead of trying to make us all look the same."

Trying to remember this because if I actually succeed with the 100 pushups deal, there's no way my already broad shoulders AREN'T going to be further accentuated.

So rather than be scared of looking like John Cleese dressed as Little Red Riding Hood (or like a hockey player dressed in a tutu) I need to just own it.

Could post more about how the ideal mainstream female body is hungry and weak, but I've stayed up too late already. Next on the self-improvement jag: time management.
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The U.S. healthcare system is finally getting an overhaul - yay!

There has been a last-minute anti-choice amendment added that will make it almost impossible for American women to get coverage for an abortion - boo :( Big boo.

Full disclosure - I don't have a personal dog in this fight because 1) I've got good insurance already, and 2) with my tubes tied I'm very unlikely to ever need an abortion. But I'm tired of the slaps in the face - a woman is sovereign over her own body, period. And if you're going to expand access to health care, you expand access to ALL of it, and don't use women's lives as a political football.

I could say more but others have likely written it up far more cogently than I ever could (like this). More healthcare for more people is a GOOD thing, don't get me wrong, but I'm extraordinarily disappointed and angry by the addition of Stupak-Pitts.
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I really wish I were surprised, but I'm not. There's something very wrong when pro-lifers loudly demonize abortion providers and then feign surprise when someone actually acts on their vitriol - freedom of speech comes with responsibilty.

Me, I'm donating to Medical Students for Choice.
anotheranon: (nankitty)
Is there anything more smokin' hot than Tilda Swinton in a suit?

Maybe more women in suits?

Or maybe just more Tilda Swinton.
anotheranon: (women)
Quote icons from Joss Whedon's Equality Now speech. You'll want 'em if you're a feministy geek like me.
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Joss Whedon's speech to Equality Now: part of why he's Da Man. (YouTube embedded at Shakespeare's Sister).

See some of y'all tonight at Serenity :)

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