You know what? Every Monday when I start off this post I make two searches using the word 'Feminism.' Did you know that I can't make that search without getting an overwhelming amount of negative bullshit in the return? It's worse on YouTube. That surprises me since YouTube supposedly has a majority younger audience. And there's a small proof that sexism isn't going to die out with the Trump generation of old white men. It's with us. And we need to pay attention. If we don't, it'll be with us for another century and another. Anyway, today's video makes me want to cry, I'm so happy someone finally did it. They made a big movie about Katherine Johnson! I cannot wait to see it!
Sorry for the late start, y'all. Today is going to be a busy day. I'm packing for Kansas City WorldCon. :) Hopefully, I'll see some of y'all there. Anyway, there's likely to be less commentary than usual. I've got a lot of running around to do.
Entertainment/Literary: Stephen Universe artist quits Twitter over fan harassment. Dear fans, it's great that you care about your particular fandom. That's a good thing. Do you know what's a bad thing? Harassing the shit out of creators. Give us a damned break. It's tough enough, living as a full time creative due to the emotional and financial pressures, but when creatives have to deal with this crap on top of it? That just makes me cringe. It's important to remember these things called 'boundaries.' No, you don't own a creative work if you didn't create it. Having opinions is nice. Caring is nice. Bullying and entitlement is NOT COOL. How difficult is that? Come on. I know y'all are smarter than this. Rule Number One: Don't be a dick. And in case you think this is a single incident not worthy of thought: Prominent feminist writer drops off of Social Media after rape threats against her 5 year old daughter and The war on female speech continues. Music's big fat lie. Home de Plume: what I learned sending my novel out under a male name. I find that shit deeply depressing. Particularly since simply using a pen name to get around bias is increasingly more difficult these days. Angered trolls start #FeministAMovie hashtag to protest all female Ocean's 11 cast. In truth, I saw some positive tweets take over that hashtag, but I had to be careful which tweets I RTed. (See above statement about googling 'feminism.') First, I love heist movies. I'm pleased as punch. My only reservation is that I worry they'll keep the same racial representation. That isn't going to be a good thing. Hopefully, they'll have learned something from the Ghostbusters reboot. Oh, and for the record? I feel the new Ghostbusters is more Feminist than Mad Max: Fury Road was. The fact that it was less well received says something, IMHO. Win like a woman: How the media is still failing female Olympians. Eisner Nominee Renae De Liz shares short guide for artists on how to de-objectify female characters.
General: Is God Transgender? (Psst. I always thought so. As a woman and a Catholic--although I'm not Catholic any more--it was the only way I could feel included in my religion. Yes, there's Mary. But there's a deep understanding that when you talk about Mary in the same way you do Christ you're wandering into Pagan territory. Ask any Christian.) What do we deserve? Abortion providers could recoup millions from Wisconsin after fighting unconstitutional anti-choice law. Next, an interesting essay titled Monstrous Births. Blackbirding: the story of forced labor in Australia. Beware these 10 types of Feminist Men. You know what? I'll bet you can say the same about white allies. Just change out 'men' with 'white allies' and 'gender' with 'race.' Oppression is a system, after all. Goodbye to 'Honeys' in court, by Vote of American Bar Association. Daily Beast potentially outs LGBT athletes in controversial Olympic Grindr hook-up article. Nico Hines committed a vile act of hate by endangering the lives of LGBT athletes. He should have repercussions for it. (I suspect he has, knowing the internet.) Daily Beast should never have run such an article and should be fined at the very least. What would actually happen to the 2nd amendment if Hillary Clinton wins? Period pain can be "almost as bad as a heart attack." Next, I'll take Sexism in Medical Science for $200, Alex. Why aren't we researching it? Simone Sanders and life after Bernie. Judge says we should ignore voter suppression. The real problem is political correctness. ROFL. Right. Because the world is totally made worse through common courtesy. I'm so glad this shit is getting challenged in a big way. Federal Appeals Court rules new NC voting laws intended to discriminate. Bill Clinton pulls off a historical first: First Lady speech given by a man. You know what? The more the gender roles are switched in this case, the more clear I am that the biggest reason for the anti-HRC crowd's extremism is misogyny. When HRC becomes president, the public perspective of the power dynamic in Heterosexual marriage will be permanently affected. Everyone will be forced to see it as a partnership between equals. Since this, I feel, is one of the biggest reasons behind the anti-gay marriage stance...well...it explains so much. Why more vehemence against HRC than against Elizabeth Warren? Because Bill Clinton was once the president of the United States. Warren is a widow. There is no risk to the current view of marriage. She has no marital partner who will be seen in the sexist First Lady role. Hillary Clinton does. Think about it. Women in elective office 2015 (in the U.S.A.) The numbers are depressingly low. STILL.
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