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I've read these before, and have had cause to link to them but couldn't find them again, so I'm putting them here so I can (trigger warning: sexual assault, no graphic descriptions):

Mythcommunication: It’s Not That They Don’t Understand, They Just Don’t Like The Answer

Meet the Predators
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Whenever fail like the Readercon debacle occurs, there are always posts and links that speak well beyond that particular fail. Here are the ones I've seen from this round (updated as more are found):

On why women often (even usually) choose not to report harassment, from someone who almost didn't when Aaron Agassi (well-known creep in Boston fandom) did it to her: Why not come forward?

INCITE, an activist organization focused on domestic violence/abuse within activist communities, has this zine on how we can handle abuse and harassment when everyone involved is One Of Us: The Revolution Starts at Home

INCITE also has this pamphlet on street harassment that is short and to the point

This post is on the tactics used to reinforce willful ignorance whenever the subject of sexual harassment or other uncomfortable things come up: Minimise, Doubt, Excuse, Shift Blame

This mother of an autistic child kindly asks us to stop blaming Asperger's every time someone mentions sexual harassment and geeks in the same sentence: I find this offensive

A martial arts teacher (Krav Maga, I believe) explains the binds our social norms place on women such that we are at a severe physical disadvantage by the time we are allowed to act on harassing/assaulting behavior: Where the Boundaries Are Drawn

This YouTube video is a documentary about gender roles that I will watch probably tonight and then have more to say about it: The Codes of Gender

These are posts from friends of the harasser as they struggle to figure out how to incorporate the information that someone they like has sexual harassed women: When the person doing the harassment is a person you like; (placeholder for an even better post I've lost track of)

On people whose reaction to harsh consequences for sexual harassment is "That means no more flirting!" and "I can't talk to women anymore!": If you really think that "speaking to women" is indistinguishable from harassment, there's a problem and it’s not with the rules.
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
If I never see another poorly designed survey about non-mainstream sexuality posted by someone without research cred who claims to not understand how LJ works technically (let alone the social etiquette here), it will be too damn soon.
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
If I never see another poorly designed survey about non-mainstream sexuality posted by someone without research cred who claims to not understand how LJ works technically (let alone the social etiquette here), it will be too damn soon.
brynndragon: (hard being white)
Via [livejournal.com profile] bikergeek, Amanda Palmer (as in Dresden Dolls and Neil Gaiman's fiancee) has jumped the hipster shark (warning: photos of graphic real-life violence). (For those who are unfamiliar with the phenomenon being enacted here, see hipster racism)

Not convinced this isn't simply a Twit moment[1]? See an explanation of her response to people being distressed at what she said.

[1] When reducing your thoughts to 140 characters results in saying really stupid shit.

ETA: My companion's reaction: "What, you think I've never met an alt chik from Boston who's as dumb as a box of hammers? Please."
brynndragon: (hard being white)
Via [livejournal.com profile] bikergeek, Amanda Palmer (as in Dresden Dolls and Neil Gaiman's fiancee) has jumped the hipster shark (warning: photos of graphic real-life violence). (For those who are unfamiliar with the phenomenon being enacted here, see hipster racism)

Not convinced this isn't simply a Twit moment[1]? See an explanation of her response to people being distressed at what she said.

[1] When reducing your thoughts to 140 characters results in saying really stupid shit.

ETA: My companion's reaction: "What, you think I've never met an alt chik from Boston who's as dumb as a box of hammers? Please."
brynndragon: (Internet Arguement)
I must share this trainwreck because on the one hand it is the funniest damn thing I have seen all day and on the other hand when the writers of the Old Testament gave more personage to women than you do[1], you are officially made of fail.




[1] Not Stealing is a different commandment than Not Coveting Someone's Wife for a reason y'all.
brynndragon: (Internet Arguement)
I must share this trainwreck because on the one hand it is the funniest damn thing I have seen all day and on the other hand when the writers of the Old Testament gave more personage to women than you do[1], you are officially made of fail.




[1] Not Stealing is a different commandment than Not Coveting Someone's Wife for a reason y'all.

*headdesk*

Jan. 18th, 2010 03:04 pm
brynndragon: (Default)
It's MLK Day, which makes this particularly poignant. At Arisia, the Musical Guest of Honor sung a song about a raccoon under her porch. Apparently what you heard from the song and its intro patter differ widely: PoC fen perspective vs. guilty white fen perspective. I think I'll take [livejournal.com profile] karnythia and her friends' PoV on this over a white fen who can only see invisible PoC rather than the ones right in front of her.

*headdesk*

Jan. 18th, 2010 03:04 pm
brynndragon: (Default)
It's MLK Day, which makes this particularly poignant. At Arisia, the Musical Guest of Honor sung a song about a raccoon under her porch. Apparently what you heard from the song and its intro patter differ widely: PoC fen perspective vs. guilty white fen perspective. I think I'll take [livejournal.com profile] karnythia and her friends' PoV on this over a white fen who can only see invisible PoC rather than the ones right in front of her.

Man Fail

Oct. 14th, 2009 06:10 pm
brynndragon: (Bad Idea)
So there's some moron somewhere on the Internet who whined about how Science Fiction is a man's genre (as demonstrated by classic scifi books/shows where Men Do Things(tm) and there isn't any of that icky Relationship stuff) and the wimmins and gayzors need to Get Out. Which prompted me to create my first ever macro:

Octavia Butler is not amused by your shenanigans

Man Fail

Oct. 14th, 2009 06:10 pm
brynndragon: (Bad Idea)
So there's some moron somewhere on the Internet who whined about how Science Fiction is a man's genre (as demonstrated by classic scifi books/shows where Men Do Things(tm) and there isn't any of that icky Relationship stuff) and the wimmins and gayzors need to Get Out. Which prompted me to create my first ever macro:

Octavia Butler is not amused by your shenanigans
brynndragon: (utena)
If you're going to go through the effort of drawing 4-5 comics about the end of the Battle of the Sexes, the very least you can do is have your characters check their male privilege at the door after that point, particularly when they're referring to said event. At least with the characters who aren't foreign savages like the African lions or the Moon bunnies, both of whom are over-the-top sexist to the point of being self-destructive (unlike American lions who are all about equality). The bunnies are also severe otherphobes to the point of being incidentally homicidal - apparently the further from America you get the less people can comprehend equality, or something.

ETA: And now he's bashing psychology, not only in a geek-hierarchy "it's not physics so it sucks" sort of manner but also saying that psychologists themselves are all deplorable people. Yea, I'm officially done with 21st Century Fox (in my defense, the name is supposed to be a pun; and I'm not linking to it rather on purpose).
brynndragon: (utena)
If you're going to go through the effort of drawing 4-5 comics about the end of the Battle of the Sexes, the very least you can do is have your characters check their male privilege at the door after that point, particularly when they're referring to said event. At least with the characters who aren't foreign savages like the African lions or the Moon bunnies, both of whom are over-the-top sexist to the point of being self-destructive (unlike American lions who are all about equality). The bunnies are also severe otherphobes to the point of being incidentally homicidal - apparently the further from America you get the less people can comprehend equality, or something.

ETA: And now he's bashing psychology, not only in a geek-hierarchy "it's not physics so it sucks" sort of manner but also saying that psychologists themselves are all deplorable people. Yea, I'm officially done with 21st Century Fox (in my defense, the name is supposed to be a pun; and I'm not linking to it rather on purpose).
brynndragon: (scientist)
There have actually been some things to come out of Surveyfail that would be interesting to people who couldn't care less that some asshole "researchers" were poking fandom with a stick (again). At the very least, as someone whose BA is in Psych and Neuroscience, I find this examination of cognitive neuroscience (here's more of that examination with more foundational work) and this examination of psychology pretty fab.

EDIT: changed "surveyfail" link to point at a fandom-wiki entry rather than linkspam in case people are curious enough to read a summary

ETA: Even better, a non-fen explains this is why we have IRBs (institutional review boards, aka the people who tell you when you're Doin It Rong re:human subjects). I'm about at the point of thinking that anyone who engages in research of any flavor should be given the "IRBs and Why We Need Them Even Thought They're Annoying" talk.
brynndragon: (scientist)
There have actually been some things to come out of Surveyfail that would be interesting to people who couldn't care less that some asshole "researchers" were poking fandom with a stick (again). At the very least, as someone whose BA is in Psych and Neuroscience, I find this examination of cognitive neuroscience (here's more of that examination with more foundational work) and this examination of psychology pretty fab.

EDIT: changed "surveyfail" link to point at a fandom-wiki entry rather than linkspam in case people are curious enough to read a summary

ETA: Even better, a non-fen explains this is why we have IRBs (institutional review boards, aka the people who tell you when you're Doin It Rong re:human subjects). I'm about at the point of thinking that anyone who engages in research of any flavor should be given the "IRBs and Why We Need Them Even Thought They're Annoying" talk.
brynndragon: (Poly Geek)
I feel no need to add a link to John C. Wright's screed against Syfy's acknowledgment that maybe they should have some gay characters in their shows/movies who are, y'know, people; I'd far rather link to this line-by-line response that will prevent my friend's blood pressure from blowing the tops of their heads off (no guarantee for the sanctity of your keyboards from whatever you are drinking, however). However, I do feel the need to link to fine responses, which range from an Open letter from an Elder of Sodom, a highly erudite examination of ethics and morality, to a short but freakin' hilarious point-and-laugh-at-the-stupid post (don't miss the comments!), to this observation of the relevance of Leviticus to not only Southern Baptists and other Protestants but Catholics like JCW. If you've seen any other fine posts on the subject, feel free to add links in the comments.

ETA: His wife (L. Jagi Lamplighter) is now known for derailing a Worldcon panel on diversity. They're two of a kind. . .
brynndragon: (Poly Geek)
I feel no need to add a link to John C. Wright's screed against Syfy's acknowledgment that maybe they should have some gay characters in their shows/movies who are, y'know, people; I'd far rather link to this line-by-line response that will prevent my friend's blood pressure from blowing the tops of their heads off (no guarantee for the sanctity of your keyboards from whatever you are drinking, however). However, I do feel the need to link to fine responses, which range from an Open letter from an Elder of Sodom, a highly erudite examination of ethics and morality, to a short but freakin' hilarious point-and-laugh-at-the-stupid post (don't miss the comments!), to this observation of the relevance of Leviticus to not only Southern Baptists and other Protestants but Catholics like JCW. If you've seen any other fine posts on the subject, feel free to add links in the comments.

ETA: His wife (L. Jagi Lamplighter) is now known for derailing a Worldcon panel on diversity. They're two of a kind. . .

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