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What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech
'Free speech' as the ability to say anything you want vs. 'free speech' as the ability for all to participate equally in public discourse. (Summary via @leftoblique on Twitter)
rights  freespeech  firstamendment  source:nyt  debate  freedomofexpression 
yesterday
NorWesCon
Norwescon's page on Fancyclopedia 3. We are the third entry (without camel case).
con  conventions  norwescon 
4 days ago
Fancyclopedia 3
Fancyclopedia 3 is a collective enterprise of all of fandom. Based on the previous works by Jack Speer (Fancyclopedia 1), Dick Eney (Fancyclopedia 2), and Rich Brown, it is written by fans who want to contribute.
fandom  sf  sciencefiction  cons  conventions  history  lore  jargon  fanspeak  glossary 
4 days ago
5 Things That Don't Seem Like Mansplaining But Are, Because Playing Devil's Advocate Doesn't Enlighten Anyone
By now, you may have heard the term mansplaining — explaining things as a man to a woman with the incorrect assumption that she doesn't understand — and heard of it in its most common forms. But some things that don't seem like mansplaining, but are, may have escaped your attention. Mansplaining, after all, is part of a set of cultural assumptions that place men's opinions above women's, and these assumptions are everywhere.
mansplaining  sexism  socialjustice  devilsadvocate  advice  debate 
5 days ago
The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black
Dolezal is simply a white woman who cannot help but center herself in all that she does—including her fight for racial justice. And if racial justice doesn't center her, she will redefine race itself in order to make that happen.
source:thestranger  ijeomaoluo  racheldolezal  race  privilege  whitesupremacy 
6 days ago
Volunteers, Professionals, and Who Gets to Have Fun at Cons
If your fun is dependent using your status as a volunteer as an excuse to not act responsibly, if it requires victims to stay quiet about mistreatment: then it’s not really a fun time for “everyone” is it? It’s not the expectation of professionalism that’s killing the fun at cons, it’s the lack of it.
cons  conventions  conrunning  harassment  socialjustice 
7 days ago
Time to Fix the Missing Stair
It’s time to stop pretending the missing stair doesn’t need to be fixed. Relying on word-of-mouth means that the people who are new, who are just entering, are the ones most at risk of trying to step on it.
cons  conventions  socialjustice  missingstair  abuse  harassment  norwescon  nwc40  conrunning 
7 days ago
seriously, the guy has a point
A global investment firm has used a global advertising firm to create a faux work of guerrilla art to subvert and change the meaning of his actual work of guerrilla art. That would piss off any artist.
advertising  fearlessgirl  culture  chargingbull  art  newyork  wallstreet  sexism 
7 days ago
Westboro Wannabes Picket Norwescon
Thank you for proving, by your actions, the value that Norwescon (and all such fan-run conventions) have in this world. Thank you for proving that we can’t be bullied. You gave us all a teachable moment, and we learned something about ourselves.
westboro  sciencefiction  nwc40  convention  norwescon  culture  con  fantasy  scifi  religion 
8 days ago
Weeping Angels and everything that sucks about Steven Moffat
Spoiler warning for…all of Doctor Who basically. At least the new stuff. And some of Sherlock.
source:tumbr  sf  doctorwho  stevenmoffat  weepingangels  sherlock 
14 days ago
Stylistic Differences in Traditional [Vulcan] Calligraphy
Kol-ut-shan (IDIC) in Vulcan calligraphy. This may well end up inked on me at some point in the future.
tattoo  source:tumblr  startrek  vulcan  sciencefiction  wishlist  sf  calligraphy 
15 days ago
Hubble Contacts
Low-cost subscription model service for daily wear contacts. I usually wear monthly, but it may be worth comparing prices.
health  contacts  wishlist  eyesight 
15 days ago
IPA Phonetic Transcription of English Text
This online converter of English text to IPA phonetic transcription will translate your English text into its phonetic transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet.
linguistics  phonetics  translator  ipa  language  english 
15 days ago
Y’all, You’uns, Yinz, Youse: How Regional Dialects Are Fixing Standard English
So what’s the history of y’all? How did such an amateur linguistic fix become a pillar of everyday speech?
culture  english  yall  linguistics  language 
16 days ago
Custom Men's High Tops
Custom printed pseudo-Chucks for $89 CAD (roughly $66 USD). Out of my budget now, but in the future….
wishlist  shoes  converse  chucks 
17 days ago
Joss Whedon's Greatest…hits?
My new album, Joss Whedon Kind Of Really Sucks and Even Though I Have and May Continue to Enjoy Some of His Shows or Aspects of His Shows That Doesn’t Mean That I Don’t Need To Recognize How They Have A Lot of Problematic Elements, is coming out next week!
source:tumblr  media  josswhedon  whedonverse  buffy  btvs  angel  dollhouse  firefly 
20 days ago
How to Make the Electoral College Work for Everyone
The Constitution asks us to elect a president of the United States, but what we get is a president of Ohio and Florida. There’s an easy way to fix that.
politics  popularvote  electoralvote  source:washingtonmonthly 
22 days ago
UW professor: The information war is real, and we’re losing it
The information networks we’ve built are almost perfectly designed to exploit psychological vulnerabilities to rumor. “Your brain tells you ‘Hey, I got this from three different sources,’ ” she says. “But you don’t realize it all traces back to the same place, and might have even reached you via bots posing as real people. If we think of this as a virus, I wouldn’t know how to vaccinate for it.”
source:seattletimes  news  media  psychology  politics 
22 days ago
Rosie’s Phenomenal Precision Insult Machine!
Don't reach for those old, tired gendered, ableist, or otherwise lazy and harmful insults. Trust the machine to help you find the perfect, targeted insult for your specific needs! (Does not contain gendered- genital-based insults, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, dis-ableism, body-shaming, slut-shaming. May contain peanuts.)
humor  language  insult  sjw 
23 days ago
Joss Whedon's obsession is not feminism
The problem is that at some point in his career, Joss became so intent on the masochistic fantasy of being hated by strong women for being a nerd that he spent a decade writing stories about violating those women to ensure they would hate him.
josswhedon  dollhouse  avengers  sexism  buffy  buffythevampireslayer  btvs  feminism  media  fantasy  source:tumblr 
24 days ago
Of dwarves and gender
So one day a dwarf is talking to a human and finally realizes that when humans say woman, they generally mean “person who is theoretically capable of childbirth” because for whatever reason, humans assign social expectations based genital differences.
headcanon  fantasy  dwarf  dwarves  gender  tolkien  source:tumblr 
25 days ago
On Wm. Golding's Lord of the Flies
Basically all the good Golding scholars agree that Lord of the Flies is intended as a condemnation specifically of western positivism and superiority, not a condemnation of human nature.  Golding believed that good societies were possible, but that he was not living in one.
history  culture  britain  england  literature  lordoftheflies  williamgolding  source:tumblr 
25 days ago
What's Wrong With Using The Word "Gypsy?"
TL;DR: It's racist. Here is a list of myths and realities about the Romani/Roma people.
racism  culture  history  gypsy  roma  romani  sjw 
25 days ago
The Male Power Fantasy (and why Mad Max and Captain Kirk don't fit)
This relates to a theory I have, which is that the archetypal Western Male Hero is James Bond, to the degree that people (Mainly straight white men) start to see every Western Male Hero as James Bond. Which is to say an aggressively masculine, quip-spitting, hyper violent womanizer. The ultimate Male Power Fantasy. A new supermodel love interest (or two) every film, a gun in his hand, and no consequences for his actions.
media  toxicmasculinity  sciencefiction  sf  madmax  madmaxfuryroad  mmfr  startrek  kirk  source:tumblr 
25 days ago
So many biological genders
If anyone tells you that there are 2-3 sexes in the world I want you to just go ahead and slap them.
sexuality  gender  biology  science  source:tumblr 
25 days ago
Fight Club and toxic masculinity (with a side of Mad Max: Fury Road)
Hold up - you mean there are people who watch Fight Club and don’t realise that Tyler Durden is meant to be full of shit?
media  toxicmasculinity  fightclub  tylerdurden  madmaxfuryroad  mmfr  source:tumblr 
25 days ago
Geisha FAQ
Please do not spread misconceptions about these hard-working women artists. They deserve respect and have persevered for centuries with women at the forefront of these professions.
geisha  japan  history  culture  debunking  sexuality  source:tumblr 
25 days ago
Earth is dangerous
I really want a science fiction story where aliens come to invade earth and effortlessly wipe out humanity, only to be fought off by the wildlife.
humor  humans  sciencefiction  sf  aliens  source:tumblr 
25 days ago
Of privilege and nostalgia
The reality is, there was never a time when everyone could just enjoy things. To be able to say you had that time is to admit the privilege you had at not having to think about problematic behavior because it didn’t negatively affect your life.
privilege  socialjustice  sjw  empathy  compassion  source:tumblr 
25 days ago
To everyone else in the galaxy, all humans are basically Doc Brown.
Random Headcanon: That Federation vessels in Star Trek seem to experience bizarre malfunctions with such overwhelming frequency isn’t just an artefact of the television serial format. Rather, it’s because the Federation as a culture are a bunch of deranged hyper-neophiles, tooling around in ships packed full of beyond-cutting-edge tech they don’t really understand.
humor  startrek  sciencefiction  sf  humans  headcanon  source:tumblr 
25 days ago
Snarky but amusing and thorough Romeo and Juliet analysis
SUMMARY: Romeo and Juliet is a stunningly rich play that is mostly about how feuds fuck people over badly and how if you have to wait until YOUR KIDS OFF THEMSELVES to figure that out you deserve to lose your children. Romeo and Juliet are victims of the feud and its mindless death-lust, not perpetrators of death on others. They’re not supposed to be figures of ridicule OR representatives of True Love: they’re supposed to make the audience go “oh BABIES, no, you’re going to end so badly” and then be sad when they do.
shakespeare  romeoandjuliet  history  analysis  literature  source:tumblr 
25 days ago
The singular "they"
Next time someone complains about singular “they” I’ll point them to this 17th century rant against singular “you”.
english  language  linguistics  they  gender  pronouns  source:tumblr 
25 days ago
A Tasting Menu of Female Representation
Several simple guidelines for gauging how well women are presented in media. Bechdel, Mako Mori, Sexy Lamp, Anti-Freeze, Strength is Relative, and Furiosa, and Pizza Night tests.
sexism  media  film  representation  bechdel  bechdeltest  makomori  pacificrim  sexylamp  antifreeze  strengthisrelative  furiosa  madmaxfuryroad  mmfr  pizzanight 
25 days ago
Everything is Chemicals
“If you can’t pronounce it, it’s bad for you” is literally the worst pseudo-scientific scaremongering bullshit tactic. I hate it so much.
health  science  food  chemicals  source:tumblr 
25 days ago
Humans Are Weird
To paraphrase one of my favorite bits of a ‘humans are awesome’ fiction megapost: “you don’t know you’re from a Death World until you leave it.” For a ton of reasons, I really like the idea of Earth being Space Australia.
sciencefiction  sf  earth  aliens  australia  humor  source:tumblr 
25 days ago
Old Fandom-New Fandom Dictionary
Definitions for several terms common to fandom; some old, some new. Not remotely comprehensive.
fandom  language  glossary  source:tumblr 
25 days ago
Dear Fellow Guys....stop hitting on women at work....
If you’re interacting with a human it’s because you want to interact with a human and you want that human to be nice to you. You are paying for their kindness, for their smiles when their feet hurt and their questions about your day when they haven’t had lunch yet. Flirting with customer service workers at work, asking them out when they’re on the clock and paid to make you happy, telling them you think they’re attractive and expecting a gushing response - that’s breaking the rules. That’s a lose-lose situation that you’ve set them up for.
sexism  toxicmasculinity  behavior  flirting  safety  source:tumblr 
26 days ago
Seattle City Clerk's Neighborhood Map Atlas
Easy click-through map to determine various neighborhoods within Seattle. Useful for geotagging.
seattle  map  neighborhoods  geotagging 
july 2009
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