Good morning, y'all. Sorry about yesterday, but the neck-stabbings (to kill the head bees) wiped me out quite a bit more than they did the last time. I suspect it was because the length of time between treatments. My neck muscles get very stiff--so much so that jabbing in a needle becomes something akin to stabbing a block of marble with a pen knife. (I've the bruises to prove it.) Any way...the head bees have fucked off for a few more weeks. And then we go in for the burnination of the head bee village Trogdor style. Wherein the head bees are evicted for a whole year, and Stina can think clearly for longer than a few weeks at a time. Did I mention migraines suck?
And now, for those links you've been ever so patiently awaiting. :)
Literary/Entertainment: Star Trek: Discovery Star Sonequa Martin-Green Addresses Racist Fans. <3 <3 <3! As stated elsewhere, if you have an issue with women of color being centered in a Star Trek story YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND WHAT STAR TREK IS. Next up: Colonialism in Epic Fantasy via the dinner table. On Feasting. Also on the podcast front: check out Misty Knight's Uninformed Afro. Great stuff. THIS GEEKY DRESSMAKER IS RAISING MONEY FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD. 61 Black Women Give Testimonies for ‘A Seat at the Table’ with Solange.
General: The Color of Science: The Everyday Narratives of People of Color in STEM. From the article: "There is an unsavory stereotype that PoC is afraid of the natural environment (unless we are in a common setting on the banks of Disney’s Jungle Cruise-angry face) and do not understand the sciences. I’ve heard and seen this perpetuated in the media from childhood up until adulthood, and it sucks because it’s so untrue." Grrr. A Facebook Post About White Privilege Has Gone Viral. Fact: my husband and I own a lot of swords. When hearing strange noises outside at night either or both of us are known to grab a sword and investigate. (We even have a long running joke to not take the nice blades because we don't want them ending up in an evidence locker.) We've even done this for neighbors who are women alone. Absolutely no one has called the cops on us. Not once. We've even told cops we do this. They don't discourage us at all. That's white privilege at work. WOMEN ON BIRTH CONTROL COULD BE BARRED FROM WORKING IF MISSOURI LAWMAKERS GET THEIR WAY. I can't even. Do I really need to say that what you do with your body is none of an employer's damned business? Fuck that. DON’T CRY FOR TRAVIS KALANICK: Uber’s co-founder and C.E.O., who resigned Tuesday night under pressure from investors, bears responsibility for the culture that was his downfall. Good news: Girl Scouts Can Soon Earn Cybersecurity Badges Because Girls Want to Hack Stuff, Not Get Bullied Online. I love this so much. I wish my troop had had that badge when I was in scouts. Cecile Richards on Planned Parenthood, the Resistance, and Galvanizing the Next Generation of Activists. I gotta say it's nice seeing Vogue step up to the plate with these articles. (Thank the gods for Teen Vogue being so amazing.) How to handle being called out: (I'm saving this link forever.) 9 Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive. Girls Will Be is a new clothing line for girls. White Nationalist Who Shoved a Black Protester Blames Trump.
Trigger Warning Section: She Told a Guy She Worked at an Abortion Clinic. On Their Next Date, He Raped Her. That is beyond vile. You absolutely cannot claim to be pro-life and do this crap to women. The fact that "pro-life" protestor scream slurs that focus on the woman's sexuality ("filthy whore") says exactly what the issue truly is and I'll give you a hint: it has absolutely nothing to do with the life of the unborn. They're using it as a fucking excuse to abuse and attempt to control women. 11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida. [shudder]