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 
4 days ago
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 
7 days ago
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 
8 days ago
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 
9 days ago
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 
12 days ago
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 
14 days ago
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 
15 days ago
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 
16 days ago
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 
16 days ago
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 
19 days ago
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 
19 days ago
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 
19 days ago
Executive Dysfunction
I’m not great at explaining what executive functioning problems ARE, but I tried to explain what they feel like.
add  adhd+its+hyperactive+cousin  anxiety  depression 
21 days ago
The Duke in His Domain
“Sensitive people are so vulnerable; they’re so easily brutalized and hurt just because they *are* sensitive. The more sensitive you are, the more certain you are to be brutalized, develop scabs. Never evolve. Never allow yourself to feel anything, because you always feel too much.”
trumancapote  marlonbrando  interview  reading 
23 days ago
Procrastination as a way of life
The core principle of productive procrastination is simple: have many tasks before you, never just one, and always choose an easier task when you feel like procrastinating.
productivity  self-improvement 
29 days ago
How Deep Is Your Love?
“It’s just like being a monk,” I said. “You fake it till you make it.”

“No,” she said, raising her eyebrow, a hairless slash of blue. “You fake it till you’re not faking it anymore. It’s called trying.”
reading  jackhaubner  buddhism  death  impermanence 
29 days ago
I don’t know what to do, you guys
What do I do, when I see so many good, impressionable young people run screaming from left-wing politics because they are excoriated the first second they step mildly out of line?
activism  pc 
4 weeks ago
Fudgy Chocolate Beet Cake with Chocolate Avocado Frosting (Vegan and GF)
A cake that does not taste like beets. With an avocado frosting that does not taste like avocados… but quite like dark chocolate frosting. And that is vegan and gluten-free, yet you would *never* guess it.
recipe  vegan 
4 weeks ago
BoJack Horseman’s Radically Funny Sadness
BoJack Horseman is a weird cartoon about a washed-up sitcom star (who's a horse), a snappy social criticism of the entertainment industry, and the kind of in-jokey cartoon designed to tickle the internet. It's also one of the most aggressive portraits of depression I think I've ever seen.
netflix  tv  bojackhorseman  depression 
4 weeks ago
Giant Baby Cop Can’t Use His Big Boy Words, Uses Handcuffs Instead
“I’ll arrest you for resisting arrest” is a phrase that belongs in a absurdist classic like Kafka’s The Trial or a satirical dystopia like Brazil, but here it is again, somehow existing in our wholly real physical and material plane. It’s magical.
4 weeks ago
If You Tweet This, Jonathan Chait Wins
To “argue” implies logic, cohesiveness and some attempt at persuasion. A piece which “argues” operates like a sales pitch for a new idea. Meanwhile, “Not Very P.C. Of You” operates like someone yelling “fire” in a crowded theater.
sadydoyle  pc  rhetoric 
4 weeks ago
The Queen of Code
You probably don’t know the name Grace Hopper, but you should. Hopper’s story is told in “The Queen of Code,” directed by Gillian Jacobs (of “Community” fame).
gracehopper  computers  history  video  computerhistory 
4 weeks ago
Coding Sucks: Why a Job in Programming Is Absolute Hell
For the sake of the argument, can we agree that stress and insanity are bad things? Awesome. Welcome to programming.
5 weeks ago
Solid Dudes
Evan kept talking, though. And I kept replying. Because there was nothing wrong with Evan. He was a solid dude.
dating  men  from:twitter 
5 weeks ago
Another random thought re: “don’t show the monster”
The Angels are unsettling and weird, and if you obscured that, it wouldn’t work.
monsters  horror  evangelion 
5 weeks ago
Monster fiction tropes I don’t have time for
It’s okay — you *can* show me the monster. I *want* to see your monster.
monsters  horror 
5 weeks ago
Mark Bernstein: Reckless
Wikipedia administrators are too busy to enforce obvious policy violations that do real harm to people who have done no wrong, but they find plenty of time for retribution against their critics.
wikipedia  gamergate 
5 weeks ago
Mark Bernstein: Careless
[ArbCom's] draft decision shows no care for the victims of GamerGate harassment and no concern for the use of Wikipedia as a weapons platform against them.
wikipedia  gamergate 
5 weeks ago
Mark Bernstein: Thoughtless
If we gave the matter some thought, we could see where help might be needed, where harm may have been done, and supply help and assistance.
wikipedia  gamergate 
5 weeks ago
Mark Bernstein: Infamous
The infamous draft decision of Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee (ArbCom) on Gamergate is worse than a crime. It’s a blunder that threatens to disgrace the internet.
wikipedia  gamergate 
5 weeks ago
The Gender Ternary: Understanding Transmisogyny
I suggest that mainstream society actually uses a threefold ‘ternary-gender’ model of gender, dividing people into ‘women’, ‘men’ and ‘freaks’. I use this model to discuss a common area of disagreement between gender activists: male privilege as experienced by transsexual women.
gender  genderqueer  transwomen  privilege  transmisogyny 
5 weeks ago
Sex Educations: Gendering and Regendering Women
While the way in which gender is produced is often described as “socialisation” or “conditioning”, this article suggests modelling it as a lifelong process of sex role education, covering more than just the sex role an individual is expected to play.
gender  radicalfeminism 
5 weeks ago
Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Mike Schur looks back on season 1
"I've said this before, but some of every Season 1 is trial and error, and in your first ten episodes you go too far in one direction or not far enough in another. In Brooklyn's case, I think we figured out the right balance fairly quickly."
brooklyn99  michaelschur  interview 
5 weeks ago
4 Ways to Push Back Against Your Privilege
1) Relinquish power. 2) Just don’t go. 3) Shut up. 4) Be careful what identities you claim.
privilege  ally  self-improvement 
5 weeks ago
Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!: 'This Is How I Felt When I Was 19'
"It became a question in the studio like, 'Would this make someone uncomfortable?' If the answer was yes, then I knew it was pretty good and I needed to keep pushing a little further in that way."
laurajanegrace  againstme!  interview  trans 
5 weeks ago
Why I Am Not a Maker
When tech culture only celebrates creation, it risks ignoring those who teach, criticize, and take care of others.
feminism  techcultureistoxic 
5 weeks ago
Canada's racism problem? It's even worse than America's.
How are we not choking on these numbers? For a country so self-satisfied with its image of progressive tolerance, how is this not a national crisis?
canada  aboriginal  winnipeg  racism  reading  heartbreaking 
5 weeks ago
Ice Balls
That Saturday morning I saw our CEO glowing with ego and it occurred to me that maybe testosterone wasn’t that cute of a look.
trans  afab  de-transitioning  feminism 
5 weeks ago
Don’t Call It a Comeback
Non-indigenous Canadians must recognize that any restoration of the relationship with indigenous nations will first require a “Canadian comeback,” a reorientation of the political economy away from the mythologies of liberal capitalism toward a more sustainable and just economic and social system.
canada  aboriginal  racism  capitalism 
5 weeks ago
in response to a thread about feminist rejection
To question whether one needs a clear gender identity before accessing a gendered space (or at least for CAMAB folks) is a political frontier in women's organizing.
amab  trans  feminism  transmisogyny 
5 weeks ago
A tale of two penises: Double Dick Dude and the invisibility of male bisexuality
I hope that, sometime in the future, it will become less rare to read about male bisexuality, than to read about a man with two dicks.
bisexuality  bisexualvisibility  reddit 
6 weeks ago
Bisexuality and Binaries Revisited
I embrace these labels in order to be visible in a world where trans and [bisexual] people are constantly erased by the male/female and hetero/homo binaries, respectively, and to build alliances with people who are similarly marginalized in order to challenge societal cissexism and monosexism, respectively.
bisexuality  bisexualerasure  gender  trans  queer 
6 weeks ago
The Mountain Goats to release Beat the Champ in April
The Mountain Goats, if you are not a longtime fan, is an itinerant, pseudomystical motorcycle cult that raises money through a regional chain of discount furniture outlets and the occasional musical release in order to fund their mysterious rituals and sacrifices enacted upon the highways and backroads of America.
mountaingoats  josephfink 
6 weeks ago
What Transmisogyny Looks Like
The short answer is that it is the intersection of transphobia and misogyny that specifically targets trans women. But that dry academic answer never communicates the visceral and intense experience that it is.
trans  transwomen  transmisogyny 
6 weeks ago
to being before, now, and growing forward
I don’t think it’s safe out here, for anyone who isn’t allowed to grow.
6 weeks ago
The Cult of Busy
What if, instead, everything became a choice – how we spend time, who we respond to and how much or little we write?
self-improvement  self-care 
6 weeks ago
How Two Young Feminists Are Using Radical Feminism To Pave A New Way Forward
Does radical feminist theory still have any relevance to women in politics today?
feminism  radicalfeminism 
6 weeks ago
Advice to young trans women.
Having been out as a trans woman for some time I would like to impart a degree of advice to you younger trans women finding your paths in the world today.
trans  transwomen 
6 weeks ago
The Problem with “Privilege”
The undoing of privilege occurs not by individuals confessing their privileges or trying to think themselves into a new subject position, but through the creation of collective structures that dismantle the systems that enable these privileges.
6 weeks ago
The “trans women have experienced/haven’t experienced male privilege” question
Outside of the framework of “privilege”, things can be said more clearly.
trans  transwomen  privilege 
6 weeks ago
Living Long and Not Prospering
I took a class in college a few years ago called “Star Trek and the 1960’s.”
startrek  race  culture 
6 weeks ago
"I Never Stand Too Close": A Trans Man's Feminism
The hardest lesson of my transition is that it's on me to keep others safe now. It's on me to demonstrate that I'm not a threat, to speak up, to interrupt, to educate and to lead by example.
trans  feminism  maleallies  alternativemasculinity 
6 weeks ago
When no gender fits: A quest to be seen as just a person
“I don’t want to be a girl wearing boy’s clothes, nor do I want to be a girl who presents as a boy,” Kelsey wrote. “I just want to be a person who is recognized as a person. That’s how I’m most comfortable.”
gender  agender  genderidentity 
6 weeks ago
Being Genderqueer
Don’t respect my ‘they/their’ pronouns because I told you to. Respect them because you understand that this world does not.
genderqueer  genderidentity  privilege 
6 weeks ago
ERASING WOMEN: The Importance of "Agent Carter" to Comic Culture
"Agent Carter" is a superhero show about the postwar erasure of women from American culture -- which is incredibly fitting, as after World War II the comics industry erased women on the page and behind the scenes.
marvel  agentcarter  comics  women  feminism  history 
6 weeks ago
The Magic School Bus and the Satanic Panic that ate Christianity
The hallmark of white evangelical discipleship in the 21st century is feigned outrage. They’ll know we are Christians by our indignant pretense.
christianists  hailsatan  slacktivist 
6 weeks ago
Five False Types of "Mutual Abuse"
I have seen first-hand a good number of relationships described as “mutually abusive” by victims, bystanders, and (most especially) perpetrators. But I have *never* seen first-hand a relationship that could actually, fairly be described as “mutually abusive.”
abuse  gaslighting 
7 weeks ago
Al-Qaida Kills Eight Times More Muslims Than Non-Muslims
Between 2004 and 2008, for example, al-Qaida claimed responsibility for 313 attacks, resulting in the deaths of 3,010 people. And even though these attacks include terrorist incidents in the West -- in Madrid in 2004 and in London in 2005 -- only 12 percent of those killed (371 deaths) were Westerners.
terrorism  islam 
7 weeks ago
The more subtle kind of gender dysphoria
Everyone who gets gender dysphoria learns to cope with it in some way. Sometimes our coping mechanisms are highly effective, and sometimes they aren’t.
genderidentity  dysphoria 
7 weeks ago
1 In 3 College Men In Survey Say They Would Rape A Woman If They Could Get Away With It
According to the survey, which analyzed responses from 73 men in college, 31.7 percent of participants said they would act on “intentions to force a woman to sexual intercourse” if they were confident they could get away with it.
rape  rapeculture 
7 weeks ago
August Never Ends
I want people to start talking about how and why these things work, instead of simply looking at the outcome and feeling bad.
gamergate  gamercultureistoxic 
7 weeks ago
olddoc - old-fashioned Ruby documentation generator
olddoc contains old-fashioned document generators for those who do not wish to impose bloated, new-fangled web cruft on their readers.
webdev  oldschool 
7 weeks ago
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward
The treatment of psychosis is about power. Who gets to decide what behavior is tolerated? Who chooses how and when to enforce the rules?
psychiatry  marriage  mentalillness 
7 weeks ago
Our Internet Resolutions
My personal relationship with me and my body and my reading list and my obsessive list-making doesn’t need to be intermediated by a million people who don’t know me. But our relationship with the internet? We’re all in that together.
internet  jessamynwest  resolutions 
7 weeks ago
Ode to the Last True Hermit
No matter how unsettling it was in 2014, the internet is still like any other intentional community. You get as much as you put into it, and putting in nothing is equivalent to theft.
7 weeks ago
In an Unequal World, Mocking All Serves the Powerful
In a field dominated by privileged voices, it's not enough to say "Mock everyone!" [...] And in the context of brutal inequality, it is worth at least asking what preexisting injuries we are adding our insults to.
saladinahmed  censorship  freespeech 
7 weeks ago
The plight of the bitter nerd: Why so many awkward, shy guys end up hating feminism
None of the pain Scott talks about came from things that happened to him. They came from things that happened inside his head.
misogyny  arthurchu 
7 weeks ago
Unmournable Bodies
The Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were not mere gadflies, not simple martyrs to the right to offend: they were ideologues. Just because one condemns their brutal murders doesn’t mean one must condone their ideology.
france  racism  freespeech  hatespeech 
7 weeks ago
Mike Rowe's must-read response to an Alabamian who asked why he shouldn't follow his passion
"I don’t see a shortage of people who are willing to dream big. I see people struggling because their reach has exceeded their grasp."
7 weeks ago
A Teenager’s View on Social Media
I read technology articles quite often and see plenty of authors attempt to dissect or describe the teenage audience, especially in regards to social media. However, I have yet to see a teenager contribute their voice to this discussion.
socialmedia  youthz 
7 weeks ago
The Right Man And The Fear Of Losing Face
"... 'the violent man' or the 'Right Man' [...] is a man driven by a manic need for self-esteem -- to feel he is a 'somebody'. He is obsessed by the question of 'losing face', so will never, under any circumstances, admit that he might be in the wrong."
abuse  narcissism 
8 weeks ago
Why nerd culture must die
I’d always hoped we were more virtuous than the mainstream, but it turns out we just didn’t have enough power to cause much harm. Our ingrained sense of victimization has become a perverse justification for bullying.
nerdsareawful  gamercultureistoxic  geek  culture 
8 weeks ago
I Read (half) a Blog Today
I think it is important that the blogger in questions understands that what they wrote has triggered something in me that is in no way forcing me to make this response, but I am definitely making it anyway.
internet  comments 
8 weeks ago
A mile wide, an inch deep
Most Internet companies would build better things and create more value if they paid more attention to depth than breadth.
internet  blogging 
8 weeks ago
Schneier on Security: Choosing Secure Passwords
Every year you have more and more passwords to deal with, and every year they get easier and easier to break. You need a strategy.
schneier  password  security 
8 weeks ago
Anatomy of a hack: even your 'complicated' password is easy to crack
We asked three cracking experts to attack a list of more than 16,000 cryptographically hashed passcodes and recount the results in all their colour and technical detail.
security  password 
8 weeks ago
Crest Long Sleeve Shirt | Lorde
Black, long sleeve crew neck tee with white cropped CREST graphic on front, left chest. Full CREST logo on back printed in white.
8 weeks ago
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