Justice is a verb!: LESSONS FROM CHOOSING MATTHIAS
None of this—not any of that wonderful, liberating, radical, and subversive power—of God is apparent from the choice of Matthias. 
feminism  christianity  bible 
3 days ago
Masculinity in the Star Trek Reboot: Are you noticing a trend here?
I appreciate it when creators try to put their own spin on something instead of being slavishly loyal to the source material. However, I also think it’s important to note that many (if not most) of the ways that the Star Trek reboot departed from the original series are about glorifying traditional masculinity at the expense of the feminine.
startrek  masculinity  feminism 
11 days ago
Tools don’t solve the web’s problems, they ARE the problem
The web’s answer to the native challenge should be radical simplification, not even more tools.
webdev 
11 days ago
Lana Wachowski's HRC Visibility Award Acceptance Speech (Transcript)
Every one of us, every person here, every human life presents a negotiation between public and private identity.
lanawachowski  trans 
13 days ago
Hot Allostatic Load
Punishment is not something that happens to bad people. It happens to those who cannot stop it from happening. It is laundered pain, not a balancing of scales.
trans  abuse  activism 
16 days ago
The insults of age
I wouldn’t say I was on a hair-trigger. I was just primed for action.
feminism  aging 
16 days ago
When Real Things Happen to Imaginary Tigers
My aim is to use Bill Watterson's classic newspaper comic Calvin and Hobbes as a ground to illustrate what a temporal view of comics would entail, both in terms of comics narrative and in terms of the structure of the page.
calvinandhobbes  philipsandifer 
18 days ago
Toasted
Toast is: Custom made (for you); with care (so it doesn't burn); ephemeral (cold toast is worthless).
sethgodin  toast 
21 days ago
Age of Robots: How Marvel Is Killing the Popcorn Movie
Some time in the middle of Avengers: Age of Ultron, I came to terms with the fact that there will never be any more decent Marvel movies. In fact, there can’t be.
marvel  mcu  sadydoyle 
22 days ago
Sick systems: How to keep someone with you forever
So you want to keep your lover or your employee close. How do you pin her to your side, irrevocably, permanently, and perfectly legally?
abuse 
26 days ago
Last Exit to Loyalty (On Holding On Past The)
Nobody sets out on purpose to make any workplace a pit of despair.
techcultureistoxic 
26 days ago
A Mild Curiosity in a Junkyard
It’s June 7th, 2008. On television, the Doctor is in a library, shouting at shadows. Seething, he tells them to look him up. They do so, and begin to read.
doctorwho  philipsandifer  tv  history  reading 
28 days ago
The Day Fandom Ended
A community that can be this effectively controlled by someone who thinks black people are subhuman and who has called for acid attacks on feminists is not one whose awards have any sort of cultural validity.
gamergate  hugoawards  sf  fandom  philipsandifer 
28 days ago
The lack of female genitals in art seems thoughtless until you see it repeated
As ancient Greek society – Athenian society – developed, feminine power and, by extension, the vulva was denigrated.
art  sexism 
29 days ago
Composing the New Canon: Music, Harmony, Proportion
There are some obvious and notable similarities between music and visual design.
design  webdev  typography 
29 days ago
The Media Industry Prefers Penis (SFW!)
I had a stray idea and decided to chart how often web pages that contain the word “penis” appear on media websites like The Verge, BuzzFeed, and the New York Times, in comparison to the number of web pages on those sites that contain the word “vagina.”
paulford 
4 weeks ago
Steven Moffat: A Case For The Prosecution
Fetishizing ‘power’ in women characters – having them kicking ass and always being ready with a putdown - isn’t the same as writing them as human beings.
doctorwho  stevenmoffat  feminism  marxism 
5 weeks ago
“That was dysphoria?” 8 signs and symptoms of indirect gender dysphoria
This is an initial attempt to feel out a phenomenon that isn’t yet widely known, named, or defined.
trans  dysphoria 
5 weeks ago
Dorothy Parker: The Softer Side of the Sharpest Wit
The famously acerbic wit, who could shatter an opponent in a single barb, had a soft heart when it came to injustice.
dorothyparker  racism 
5 weeks ago
Empathy, In Excess
“Hardening my heart” against my abuser was not only OK, but necessary.
abuse  survivors 
6 weeks ago
What if, when Petunia Dursley found a little boy on her front doorstep, she took him in? [Harry Potter AU]
This world did not want her, her shrill voice, her craning neck, her magicless hands that had held Harry’s and Dudley’s for years, looking both ways before they crossed busy streets. This had never been about the world.
fic  harrypotter  au 
7 weeks ago
Why every programmer should play NetHack
I’d be proud if my program was so robust, so tested, and so mature that it could be said that I thought of everything
nethack  programming 
7 weeks ago
John Darnielle’s 8 Favorite Wrestling Videos
"In wrestling — and this is how wrestling fans, as readers, are sort of considerably more sophisticated than other readers — they’re able to sustain both knowing that it’s not real and saying, 'But, well, there’s a different version of real.'"
johndarnielle  mountaingoats  interview  beatthechamp 
7 weeks ago
Frances Bean Cobain on Life After Kurt's Death: An Exclusive Q&A
"In reality, if he had lived, I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience."
kurtcobain  nirvana  francesbeancobain 
7 weeks ago
Wrestling as a Way to Survive: A Conversation with John Darnielle
For all the reasons people watch professional wrestling, emotional connection is the purest.
mountaingoats  johndarnielle  interview  beatthechamp 
7 weeks ago
Mountain Goats' John Darnielle: Rock's Best Storyteller
"People think of me as a nice person because I think I have grown into a nice person."
mountaingoats  johndarnielle  interview  beatthechamp 
7 weeks ago
Whose in/visibility? Feelings of a TWOC on #TDOV
If we are to speak of a Trans Day of Visibility, I would like to know: whose visibility are we talking about? and to whom do we need to become more visible?
trans  tdov 
7 weeks ago
Friday the 13th: A Ghost Story
Something is happening. Something, it seems, happens every Friday the 13th, just before midnight.
slacktivist  fridaythe13th  frederickdouglass  racism 
7 weeks ago
Holy Saturday
This day, the Saturday that can't know if there will ever be a Sunday, is the day we live in, you and I, today and every day for the whole of our lives. This is all we are given to know.
christianity  easter  slacktivist 
7 weeks ago
BYT Interviews: The Mountain Goats
That’s the thing that I’ve come to understand and really appreciate about it: It’s this great intersection of sports and theater. It doesn’t matter whether it’s real or scripted; that’s so besides the point.
mountaingoats  peterhughes  interview  beatthechamp 
7 weeks ago
Douglas Martin’s Dirty Shoes: The Mountain Goats Go for the Title
That’s why he can write an album about wrestling and make it a compelling piece of art, because regardless of what you think as far as wrestling being a compelling piece of art, Darnielle has harnessed an amazing level of empathy for his characters, regardless of what they do.
mountaingoats  beatthechamp 
7 weeks ago
Jesus’ radical politics
The memory of Jesus is disruptive to all kingdoms, to all earthly powers, without respect to any specific political affiliation or agenda.
jesus  christianity  politics 
8 weeks ago
George Orwell: Charles Dickens (1940)
Dickens seems to have succeeded in attacking everybody and antagonizing nobody. Naturally this makes one wonder whether after all there was something unreal in his attack upon society. Where exactly does he stand, socially, morally, and politically?
georgeorwell  charlesdickens  reading 
8 weeks ago
Update: The Mountain Goats
These are wrestling stories, for sure, but they’re also human stories.
mountaingoats  johndarnielle  interview  beatthechamp  pitchfork 
8 weeks ago
We Took The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle To His First Pro Wrestling Show In 35 Years
He isn’t breaking the code of silence around wrestling. He’s taking wrestling’s imaginary reality at face value.
mountaingoats  johndarnielle  interview  beatthechamp 
8 weeks ago
In Celebration of Old-School LiveJournal
I can’t shake the memory that writing was *easy* in the LiveJournal days.
the-toast  livejournal 
8 weeks ago
"I Love Women Who Are Being Women Wrong": Interview With ZEAL Editor And Games Writer Aevee Bee
"I think a lot of closeted trans women seek out the cold embrace of academia to allow them to process identity theoretically without ever being forced to think about it as reality, but that could just be me and more than a few of my friends."
interview  trans  transwomen  videogames  aeveebee 
9 weeks ago
Aging while female is not your worst nightmare
Whatever you think of Madonna at 56, or Jamie Lee Curtis at 56, let’s acknowledge that most of us will one day *be* 56, if we aren’t already, and we’ll want to define for ourselves what that means.
feminism  aging 
9 weeks ago
The Billionaire's Typewriter
As a writer, the biggest potential waste of your time is not typography chores, but Medium itself. Because in return for that snazzy design, Medium needs you to relinquish control of how your work gets to readers.
medium  internet  design  typography 
10 weeks ago
How to Setup a L2TP VPN Server on OS X
This is a fast guide on configuring OS X to act as an L2TP VPN Server.
reference  osx  vpn 
10 weeks ago
Weird perl errors on OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
Can’t locate strict.pm: Permission denied at …
reference  osx  perl 
10 weeks ago
I’m A Trans Woman And I’m Not Interested In Being One of the “Good Ones”
It’s a great double bind. If you present in a traditionally feminine way, you’re just being a misogynistic parody of a woman, and if you fail to present in a traditionally feminine way, well ha! There’s the proof that you’re not really a woman right there.
trans  transwomen  transmisogyny 
10 weeks ago
Lighten Up
I'm a cartoonist. Some people would say I'm black. But under this light I'm #5c4653.
race  racism  comics 
10 weeks ago
Choose Your Character: I’m Peach, Not Mario
I gave every selectable character a chance, but my favorite was always Princess Peach.
videogames  trans  transwomen  supermario 
10 weeks ago
Punk Games
Everyone who has felt alienated by the games industry, both would-be players and creators, needs to rally together and support one another as we create a space for those of us who don't fit in traditional spaces.
videogames  notgames 
10 weeks ago
The Problem of Sparklemourne
Even given the currently nebulous state of fanfic-related case-law in the US, would it be possible to draft some sort of license applying to this situation? The problem of writers who might want to be able to read fanfic of their stuff but are worried about the legalities, I mean.
fanfic  copyright 
11 weeks ago
The Bechdel test is fine just the way it is
The Bechdel test is far from the end-all, be-all of feminist critique, but to say that because it is not useful for everything it’s therefore not useful for *anything* is the wrong conclusion.
feminism  bechdeltest  representation  avclub 
11 weeks ago
How Often Does Doctor Who Pass the Bechdel Test?
After a good few months’ worth of watching Doctor Who, reading Doctor Who scripts, talking to other people about their thoughts on Doctor Who, getting briefly sick of Doctor Who, watching more Doctor Who, and doing a tremendous amount of copypasting things into other things, here’s what happened.
doctorwho  feminism  geekfeminism  bechdeltest  representation 
11 weeks ago
Marvel’s Agent Carter: Looking Back On The Ballsy, Brassy, Revolutionary First Season
Peggy Carter’s femininity isn’t a trick or a trap, nor is a mask she wears for the benefit of the men around her.
tv  marvel  agentcarter 
11 weeks ago
Living Apart Together
“People say it’s not real if you don’t live together, but I can’t imagine it being any realer than this.”
relationships  cohabitation  nyc 
11 weeks ago
A Linguist Explains the Syntax of the F-Word
I swear, I curse for entirely academic reasons.
the-toast  linguistics  fuck 
12 weeks ago
That Way We’re All Writing Now
One joy of our age is watching wordplay evolve at the pace of E.coli.
internet  language 
12 weeks ago
Sundance Review: KURT COBAIN - MONTAGE OF HECK
Brett Morgen's film is as much a tour of Kurt's mind as it is a retelling of his life.
nirvana  kurtcobain 
12 weeks ago
King of the Outcast Teens: Kurt Cobain and the Politics of Nirvana
Nirvana was a champion for misfits, and Kurt Cobain was the king of the outcasts.
nirvana  kurtcobain  queer 
12 weeks ago
Your Internet Friends Are Real: A Defense of Online Intimacy
Contemporary identities and relationships are no more or less authentic in either space.
internet  friendship 
12 weeks ago
Utopia: The Final Frontier
Spock was an icon of perfectible human nature existing in a perfected world.
leonardnimoy  startrek  spock 
12 weeks ago
8 Things Some Asshole Says in Every Debate About Sexism
As a guy writing on the Internet, I'm not the right demographic to tell you about feminism, but I'm *absolutely* the right demographic to tell you about the assholes reacting against it.
feminism  misogyny  sexism  cracked 
12 weeks ago
Why Grammar Snobbery Has No Place in the Movement
There’s a difference between appreciating language and being a snob.
grammar  language  activism 
march 2015
A Note on Call-Out Culture
What makes call-out culture so toxic is not necessarily its frequency so much as the nature and performance of the call-out itself.
calloutculture  activism  abuse 
march 2015
Cleveland Police Union Blames 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice For Being Some Kind Of Monster
In America, I am beginning to realize, there are no black children, but black bodies of different sizes and threat levels, latent or active, primal and overgrown. Tamir lived in an indicted, criminal body, and it is for this reason that he deserved to die.
policebrutality  yesallcops  tamirrice  racism 
march 2015
We must bulldoze what’s left of the nerdy white men’s Internet
Over the last year especially, it’s become clear that in a world where Internet and real life are inseparable, the narrative of “Internet nerds fighting back at the society that scorned them” is not only wrong, it’s dangerous.
gamergate  internet  misogyny  nerdsareawful 
february 2015
The Trade: 25 Years Since Gretzky Left the Edmonton Oilers
“I’d trade him again today. The right thing was done for the Oilers, and that’s all I cared about in those days. We got a lot for him; we managed to suck it up and win another Cup.”
hockey  oilers  gretzky  peterpocklington 
february 2015
Don Draper is a Rape Survivor
We need to talk about the rape of Don Draper.
tv  madmen  rape  malevictimsofrape 
february 2015
The framework of fundamentalist propaganda distorts how we view every religion
We’ve been tricked into seeing inquisitors and crusaders as a more genuine expression of any religion than that religion’s saints or mystics.
slacktivist  religion  fundamentalists 
february 2015
Going beyond God
Religion is a search for transcendence. But transcendence isn’t necessarily sited in an external god, which can be a very unspiritual, unreligious concept.
religion  christianity  islam  buddhism  karenarmstrong  interview 
february 2015
Boob Sliders, Or How Role-Playing Games Helped Me Transition
This form of fantasy—this role-playing that, for me, would eventually become more than just play—helped to sustain me while I waited to figure out my gender on my own terms.
trans  videogames 
february 2015
Against Sex Positivity
Something is wrong, and it is not that the discourses of sex positivity are not refined enough, not popular enough, or in some way an aberrant expression of an otherwise good idea.
feminism  radicalfeminism  sex  sexnegative 
february 2015
Jonathan Ive and the Future of Apple
Ive’s career sometimes suggests the movements of a man who, engrossed in a furrowed, deferential conversation, somehow backs onto a throne.
apple  design  jonyive 
february 2015
The Ghost in the MP3
"moDernisT" was created by salvaging the sounds lost to mp3 compression from the song "Tom's Diner", famously used as one of the main controls in the listening tests to develop the MP3 encoding algorithm. Here we find the form of the song intact, but the details are just remnants of the original.
music  mp3  tomsdiner 
february 2015
The Buddha's Footprint
In contrast to virtually every other religion, Buddhism does not have a mythological vision of a pre-urban idyllic past.
buddhism  environment  climatechange  urbanization  history 
february 2015
The Queer Identity and Glitch
The experience of gender itself is truncated similarly to the compression of audio media (as in the MP3) in digital technology. Few people, except perhaps those under the right conditions with adequate experience, ever notice the loss
gender  queer  glitch  art 
february 2015
Elsewhere, After the Flood: Glitch Feminism and the Genesis of Glitch Body Politic
Is the glitch body a [feminist] fantasy? Or is it the future of body politic, a signaling of a next chapter, an opportunity to amend the violence and divisive conservatism of normativity?
art  feminism  glitch 
february 2015
The creepy beauty of VCR errors
This uneasy space between states (the known and the unknown, the functional and the broken) is where the glitch belongs.
art  glitch 
february 2015
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