Mary Beard · Diary: on rape · LRB 24 August 2000
For rape is always a (contested) story, as well as an event; and it is in the telling of rape-as-story, in its different versions, its shifting nuances, that cultures have always debated most intensely some of the unfathomable conflicts of sexual relations and sexual identity. The tale of the Rape of Lucretia, for example, is hardly tellable – as many Roman writers themselves discovered – without raising the question of where ‘seduction’ ends and ‘rape’ begins; the Rape of the Sabines puts a similar question-mark over the distinction between ‘rape’ and ‘marriage’.
1 hour ago
NY Art Book Fair presented by Printed Matter » Events
cke discuss The Piracy Collection as well as some of the cases that inspired the series of essays compiled in the Piracy Project’s new book – fl
1 hour ago
We Must Risk Delight After a Summer Full of Monsters | VICE United States
Journalism often feels like vampirism. Before Ferguson or Gaza, I'd been reporting from Abu Dhabi, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria. Before that, Guantanamo. Sources told me about repression and violence. A journalist on the disaster beat told me to be a funnel for this pain. “Let it go through you. Get it down truthfully. Move on.”

I could not.

Writing about others' trauma bears no relation to living it. Yet I was a ruin more and more. The word “burnout” is dead from overuse. Constant exposure to pain burns in.
16 hours ago
Comic Andy Andrist Confronts His Alleged Sexual Abuser on Video, Leading to West Palm Court Battle | New Times Broward-Palm Beach
"I feel about him differently than I would have if I just left it alone," he says. "At the hearing, he looked like a stressed-out man dealing with something embarrassing. I saw a lot in that face that reminded me why I did this, because he put all that shit on me as a kid, and I didn't have a choice in it."
19 hours ago
In Praise of Polly, Sugar, and the Advice Column As Personal Essay | Brooklyn Magazine
Part of it was taking in the vast spectrum of other people’s problems, that process of acknowledging your own human messiness and hoping that there is, in the world, a corresponding messiness that someone has worked through. Because even though situations that these advice columnists responded to varied wildly, at the center there was always the same question: How can I make it OK?
2 days ago
British mom of 3 young kids will leave family for U.S. prisoner she met online - NY Daily News
not sure why this is any different than having an online boyfriend. especially w/ oversentencing in US.
3 days ago
Challenging the Second 'A' in A.A. - NYTimes.com
Some people have posted pictures taken at A.A. meetings on their Facebook pages, said a spokeswoman for A.A. who asked not to be identified. In some cases, they may have involuntarily outed other attendees. “We don’t have the wherewithal to deal with the complaints,” she added. “It’s literally in the thousands now.”
anonymity  sobriety 
3 days ago
Zugzwang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Zugzwang (German for "compulsion to move", pronounced [ˈtsuːktsvaŋ]) is a situation found in chess and other games, where one player is put at a disadvantage because he must make a move when he would prefer to pass and not to move. The fact that the player is compelled to move means that his position will become significantly weaker. A player is said to be "in zugzwang" when any possible move will worsen his position.[1]
4 days ago
How do we take away the stick? » Evidence in Motion
ce.  In this book the author talks of a Zen master who gives a cup of tea to a student and then tells the student “if you drink the tea I will beat you with this stick and if you don’t drink the tea I will beat you with this stick.”...If the student believes that those are the only two choices then he loses his power and the pain is inevitable.  However, if the student looks at other less obvious options then maybe he can stop the infliction of the pain.  How can the student instead take the stick away thereby taking away or diminishing the masters power?  In our profession and businesses how can we take away the stick?  What does taking away the stick look like?
health  mental-health 
5 days ago
Imitation of Life (1959 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"You see I'm a mighty proud gal and I can't for the life of me, find any valid reason why anyone should lie about their origin or anything else for that matter. Frankly, I do not ascribe to the stupid theory of white supremacy and to try to hide the fact that I am a Negro for economic or any other reasons, if I do I would be agreeing to be a Negro makes me inferior and that I have swallowed whole hog all of the propaganda dished out by our fascist-minded white citizens."[4]
5 days ago
While Twitter is removing the James Foley execution video, China is broadcasting it in public – Quartz
That’s Beijing Magazine. In an email to Quartz, George says the video—along with clips of tumult in Ferguson and Ukraine—is part of a four-minute continuous propaganda loop that’s played alongside clips of “happy families skipping in front of various Beijing landmarks” and “photographs of local school children holding handicrafts and helping old people.”
The video was still playing on Aug. 22 at 11:10am Beijing time (11:10pm EST Aug. 21).
“This type of juxtaposition is fairly common in China,” says George, adding that images of peace and prosperity in China are typically contrasted with clips of violence around the world, promoting  the narrative that “chaos looms beyond our pleasant and safe borders.”
china  twitter  images 
6 days ago
Do Telepresence Robots Need Arms? - IEEE Spectrum
he current wave of commercial telepresence robots such as Beam, Ava, Vgo, Double, and Anybots are helping people who live far apart connect socially with friends and colleagues. Conspicuously, though, they do not have arms or hands, sometimes being called “Skype on wheels.” The ultra-realistic Geminoid androids, designed to be teleoperated, do have arms and hands, but they don't move.
7 days ago
Hackers Unmask Anonymous Posters On Secret, Including App's Founder
Security researchers Benjamin Caudill and Bryan Seely were able to identify the names of their friends behind the first two posts. They also learned that the third post about “Lucy” came from the founder of Secret, ex-Googler David Byttow.
secret  thebook  anonymity 
7 days ago
Under threat of an ordinary life — Medium
directors cut. Every night. You’re entering a world that fears you and often assumes the worst about you. Be mindful of the clothes you wear because the misconceptions they infuse with your skin can have consequences. Take care in the places you and your friends find yourselves and be mindful of the time of day.

The comic book nerd in me sees sad parallels to Uncle Ben’s famous speech to Peter Parker, rather it’s great fear, not power, that brings great responsibility.
race  ferguson 
7 days ago
Sarah Jaffe | Post-Occupied
olidarity or Charity? Occupy Sandy and Strike Debt
The first iteration of Occupy dealt with the issues of community and democracy, building collective spaces that reflected activists' values. The second iteration's two most public faces were Occupy Sandy and Strike Debt, both of which tried to organize through mutual aid.
After Superstorm Sandy hit New York and New Jersey, it is now well known that the Occupy Wall Street network jumped back into action, building community hubs in Brooklyn and Queens that distributed food, clothing and other supplies to survivors in the immediate wake of the storm, and raised money to help with rebuilding efforts. Skills first honed in the park - feeding hundreds and distributing supplies and divvying up donations - translated easily to filling the gaps left by the failures of state and federal agencies and the major NGOs.
structural-politics  occupy  strike-debt 
7 days ago
I will not be returning to Ferguson | Ryan L. Schuessler
Cameramen yelling at residents in public meetings for standing in way of their cameras
-Cameramen yelling at community leaders for stepping away from podium microphones to better talk to residents
-TV crews making small talk and laughing at the spot where Mike Brown was killed, as residents prayed, mourned
media  ferguson 
8 days ago
Ferguson and the Modern Debtor’s Prison
You don’t get $321 in fines and fees and 3 warrants per household from an about-average crime rate. You get numbers like this from bullshit arrests for jaywalking and constant “low level harassment involving traffic stops, court appearances, high fines, and the threat of jail for failure to pay.”
8 days ago
The Double Identity of an "Anti-Semitic" Commenter | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
The deception was many-layered. At one point he had one of his characters charge that the anti-Semitic comments and the criticism of the anti-Semitic comments must be written by "internet trolls who have been known to impersonate anti-Semites in order to then double-back and accuse others of supporting anti-Semitism"--exactly what he was doing. (Trolls are posters who foment discord.)
trolls  anonymity  sociopathy 
8 days ago
The Primary Way to Report Harassment Online Is Broken - The Atlantic
And in some places only the abused can flag content, not bystanders or friends. In the hours before she quit Twitter, Williams asked her followers to report some of the worst abuse. But Twitter’s corporate policies permit only the targets of abuse themselves to flag content as objectionable. Other users’ flags did nothing, and the abuse continued.
trolls  abuse  harassment  twitter 
8 days ago
'Halt and Catch Fire' recap, '1984' - Page 2 - Baltimore Sun
"That sounds nice. Build something together, a partnership, make our own future. Yeah, except you're not the future. You're a footnote. For a while you had me fooled. I mean, I thought I heard a heartbeat," Cameron says. "There wasn't a heartbeat. It was an echo. I loved you because you recited my own ideas back to me and pretended they were your own. You want to know the truth? You're still exactly what you were the day your mom let you fall off that roof. Yeah. Just a sad little boy with a lot of wasted potential,"
8 days ago
Volunteer Support For Ferguson
This form is for people 1) currently heading to Ferguson 2) planning on heading down 3) want to help from your local community.
The information in this form will help local organizers plug you and your contributions in the most helpful way.
8 days ago
Twitter / TalibKweli: RT @rosaclemente: ...
disgusting photo of police abuse of power
police  ferguson  race 
8 days ago
Strange Fruit in Ferguson | The Nation
But for me, the detail that sticks is that Brown’s body was left in the street for at least four hours. Not only did people in the community witness the shooting, they were forced to look at the aftermath. For hours, they had to see Michael Brown’s bullet-ridden, bloody body lie rotting in the street.

It’s not unlike Henry Simmons’s bullet-filled body being hung from in tree in Palm Beach, Florida, in June of 1923. Or that of William Turner, whose body was hung, then cut down, then hung again before being burned in a bonfire in Helena, Arkansas, in November 1921. There was also Jim Roland, shot and killed by a mob in Camillia, Georgia, after having refused to dance for a white man who was pointing a gun at him in February 1921. And also Frank Dodd, shot and hung from a tree “in a negro settlement on the outskirts of DeWitt, Arkansas, in October 1916.” And so many more.*

They were lynched. They were killed and displayed publicly for the amusement of the lynch mobs and other white folks, and for the further terrorization of black people.
race  ferguson 
8 days ago
Valley of Dolls - a short film about Japan's ageing population - Aeon
Tsukimi, who returned to Nagoro from Osaka 11 years ago, pays homage to her old friends and neighbours in a unique way: by repopulating the town with life-size dolls. The button-eyed figures fill the empty streets, frozen mid-conversation on benches outside shuttered shops; at the abandoned school, child-dolls occupy the vacant seats, while at the front of the class, their teacher leans forward, about to start her lesson. Drawing upon childhood memories,
japan  travel  objects 
9 days ago
An open letter to the Italian Parliament, against the criminalization of “pro-ana” websites — Medium
The preamble of the new bill starts from the right angle – reminding of the severity of eating disorders and the dangers especially for adolescents and young people. But then oddly, you give up any effort to tackle the problem seriously or to understand the root causes that lead to the spread of eating disorders in Italy and elsewhere. Without looking for a real solution, you resort to the easiest option: sheer repression of the websites and criminalization of their authors. Repression is easy: you put yourselves on the “right” moral side and punish the “wrong” side. This posture may appease your consciences and generate media exposure for you, but alas, it is unlikely to do any good in dealing with a complex issue as eating disorders and their online manifestations.
9 days ago
Zoe Quinn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Zoe Quinn created Depression Quest, a game which details what it feels like to live with depression.[1] In attempting to publish the game through Steam's Greenlight service, Quinn was the target of harassment both online and through sexually explicit phone calls.[2][3] In August 2014, Depression Quest became available on Steam.[4]
games  empathy  mental-illness 
9 days ago
I will not negotiate with terrorists. - Pastebin.com
I am not going to link to, or address anything having to do with the validity of the specific claims made by an angry ex-boyfriend with an axe to grind and a desire to use 4chan as his own personal army. This is not a “she-said” to his “he-said”. The idea that I am required to debunk a manifesto of my sexual past written by an openly malicious ex-boyfriend in order to continue participating in this industry is horrifying. It’s a personal matter that never should have been made public, and I don’t want to delve into personal shit while saying that people’s love and sex lives are no one’s business. I’m not going to talk about it.
abuse  revenge-porn 
9 days ago
Eyeline match - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An eyeline match is a film editing technique associated with the continuity editing system. It is based on the premise that the audience will want to see what the character on-screen is seeing. The eyeline match begins with a character looking at something off-screen, followed by a cut to the object or person at which he is looking. For example, a man is looking off-screen to his left, and then the film cuts to a television that he is watching.[1][2]
pov  film 
10 days ago
Mike Maizels : Forthcoming Book: The Aesthetic Aftermath
In the late 1960s, the artist Barry Le Va (b. 1941) began to use non-traditional materials—such as shattered glass, spent bullets, sound recordings, scattered flour and even sharpened meat cleavers—to execute a striking body of environmental sculptures. Taking inspiration from popular crime novels as well as contemporary art theory, Le Va conceived of these works as a kind of aesthetic aftermath. He intended to his activate viewers as detectives who would attempt to decipher an order underlying the apparent chaos. The Sculptural Aftermath, forthcoming from the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2015, will be the first book length study dedicated to Le Va.
art  crime  sculpture 
10 days ago
whittl(e)ings: Sonia (‘David’) Burgess (1947-2010) : An obituary
In the end, financially the firm was on its last legs, 'David's' bad back was giving her a terrible time, and ‘David’ wanted to live as Sonia. My daughter has asked why she didn’t transition and work full time as Sonia? I transitioned in 1975, a period when ‘David’ was desperate to do the same. But Sonia was first and foremost a human rights lawyer. She already knew what I was about to find out. As a trans person, she would be tormented by peers, have no credibility at all in any court or tribunal and, most likely, she would lose her job - as I did many times between 1975 and 1990. 

It was many year into our friendship, before I was told of Sonia’s existence. Sonia’s wife had known of Sonia from before their marriage, but the children had been protected. However, they told me of the time when Sonia had been out for dinner with a friend, a fellow trans woman, when she realised she had been recognized by a fellow diner, a parent of one of his son’s school chums. ‘David’ decided that now was the time, she had had a difficult few years with her teenage son. When she finally got the courage and blurted it out, her son said “I thought you were really the most boring person I had ever know, thank god there is something interesting at last”. 
trans  activism  heros  lgbt 
10 days ago
Twitter / ChristineBohan: For people saying that the ...
For people saying that the baby won't even have Irish citizenship - it will if the rapist was Irish. #thiscountry
rape  citizenship 
12 days ago
If you like 'banter', you are an idiot – Telegraph Blogs
Banter is not humour; banter is what people have when they lack a sense of humour. Banter is a catch-all word for idiocy that warns the rest of us that Here Be Lads. Banter is Soccer AM. It is Andy Gray.
uk  british  lol 
12 days ago
An Ideal Husband - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"A man's life is of more value than a woman's." Often criticized by contemporary theatre analyzers as overt sexism, the idea being expressed in the monologue is that women, despite serving as the source of morality in Victorian era marriages, should be less judgemental of their husband's mistakes because of complexities surrounding the balance that husbands of that era had to keep between their domestic and their worldly obligations.
emotional-labor  lgbt  public-private 
13 days ago
Wireless Signals Are Intentionally Repelled From This Vancouver Coffee Shop : Spaces : Design & Trend
Now a coffee shop in Vancouver has gone a step further. Faraday Cafe actually blocks wireless signals so those inside can't make or take a phone call even if they wanted to.
14 days ago
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