Today got a late start because...well...Dane and I made ourselves rather merry yesterday. Today is the very last day of the holiday for me. (And Dane's last day of vacation too.) So, I don't officially get busy until tomorrow. I need that one more day because of a discussion going FUBAR on my FB wall yesterday. It occurred in two waves. The first was when an individual had a bad response and misinturpreted a friend's reply. The second was when the same person came back to explain to everyone about how the word "cunt" as he used it wasn't really as misogynist as everyone was telling him. (What utter bullshit. I was too tired to dredge through the mess and merely deleted the whole thing.) However...today is Feminist Monday. I'm not giving up. So, here I am. :) I hope your holidays were warm and wonderful and filled with joy. We'll all need that energy that was recouped because...yeah. 2017's theme seems to be this. But my intent for 2017 is summed up by what Chuck Wendig said. Write Despite. And keep involved despite too. So...here goes.
For the record, YouTube is looking increasingly scary for women. It's almost impossible to do a search for Feminist topics and find a positive result. It's wall to wall negative sexist rants. Fun! Today's video:
I haven't seen Rogue One yet. (The holidays hit us pretty hard financically this year.) I do plan on seeing it soon. Still, I find it disturbing that based upon everything I've seen and heard that Rogue One seems to suffer from Smurfette Syndrome pretty badly. But hey, at least the men being portrayed aren't all white.
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Literary/Entertainment: For fun, definitely read this new story by Tessa Gratton: Nine Duels: a Tremontaine Story. For Every ‘Yes’ Man at Work, There’s a ‘No’ Woman uses media references to demonstrate a particular problem for women in the workforce. Have another article about gender bias in the literary world. And high on my list of movies to avoid at all costs: Passengers. Why? ‘Passengers’s Plot Twist Has a Major Issue with Consent. FYI: if you have a problem with the word "consent" you have a privilege issue, and you need to check into it. We Wish There Were a Happier Update to That Story of Trump and the Rockettes. (Arggggh.) Democracy Won't Die (Not if Malka Older Has Her Way.) Mikki Kendall Twitter thread about A&E and the KKK. I lost total respect for A&E when they started showing reality TV--particularly Duck Dynasty. A show about white supremists just goes right along with the bullshit fantasy that is Duck Dynasty. [sigh] Lastly an important article on disability in media: The ‘Miraculous Cure’ Trope Is Not The Disability Representation We Need.
General: Son of Baldwin on Everything You Even Think About Is Gonna Fail. Comic: The weirdness of being black in white spaces after the election. And because we need good news: NYPD Introduces New Dress Code Policies For Sikh Officers. This next article is an old one (2009) but it remains relevent. It's written by former president Jimmy Carter. Losing my religion for equality. And in case you weren't aware that Texas is becoming a scary place: Sen. Cruz pushing for bill to allow refusal of service to LGBTQs and Texas lawmaker hopes to keep couples together, ending ‘no-fault’ divorces. A professor called Trump’s election an ‘act of terrorism.’ Then she became the victim of terror. And The Future Of Medicaid May Be Found In Indiana, Where The Poor Pay looks pretty grim--particularly since women are statistically more likely to be the poor in question and even more so, women with children. You know what? I have more and more respect for Teen Vogue for exactly the same reason I am a huge fan of Jon Stewart. The magazine is taking up the banner for real reporting during a time when so many news outlets have become lax. Case in point: Teen Vogue Writer Battles Tucker Carlson: ‘You’re Actually Being a Partisan Hack’. On miscarriage: This is what happens to the bodies of the women you know.
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