Life in Progress

Oct 19

Happiness is a fresh delivery from JetPens!

Oct 19

quote If you do not want disability used against your group, start thinking about what you’re doing to reinforce ableism in your own speech. If you do not want people of color to be called feeble-minded, or women to be called weak, or LGBT people to be called freaks, or fat people to be called diseased or working-class people to be called stupid — all of which are commonly used disability slurs — then the solution isn’t to try to distance yourself from us and say, No! We are not disabled like you! The solution is to make common cause with us and say, There is nothing wrong with being disabled, and we are proud to stand with you.

Doing Social Justice: 10 Reasons to Give Up Ableist Language (via disabilityhistory)

Purity of language is not how you make a group accessible. Why the fuck is this your first concern?

What about the importance of wheelchair accessibility? What about making sure events don’t have strobe lights and presentations do not have flashing images? What about teaching people to be patient when communicating with AAC users? What about making sure there are captions on all videos and transcripts and/or sign language interpreters available for live talks? What about making sure your online materials can be used with screen readers? (PDFs and flash must be adapted; images should have descriptions.)

What about the actual things you campaign for? What about making sure campaigns to end gun violence don’t include legislation banning mentally ill people from owning weapons because they’re “violent?” What about including disabled people, paid .22 cents/white abled man’s dollar because it’s legal to pay us subminimum wage, in your equal pay campaigns?

What about language that directly harms disabled people, instead of implicational shit that many members of the communities in question say are not slurs and not offensive? What about teaching feminists to stop calling MRAs autistic and everyone to stop using the r-slur (retarded)?

If you don’t want to be called ableist, there are about a million things you need to do before you start worrying about this, which is only supported by some disabled people anyway. Maybe concern yourself with not shutting disabled people out of your meetings and not reinforcing ableism directly with your campaigns first. If you don’t shut us out, we will come and help you with the rest by being members of your groups.

(via slashmarks)

Yes this.

I once went to an ableism teach-in where the organizers were very concerned about ~ableist language~ and not at all concerned that allowing people to smoke in the middle of the teach-in might make it inaccessible.

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Seriously, feminists actually call MRAs that?

I find the all-purpose “asshole” much more suitable.  Autistic people - and people with Down’s Syndrome and other mental handicaps - are usually rather nice.

Oct 19
medievalpoc:

kaitlinsaysrawr:

medievalpoc:

leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

 I highly recommend reading the entire article. 
from the infographic:
Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:
only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
0% of protagonists are women of color
0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
1% of protagonists are people with a disability

Wait a mother fucking second. Don’t start this argument with a science fiction fan. In the genre of science fiction you have to spread it much boarder than just science fiction. Because scifi can be anywhere from It’s Alive to Star Wars to Guardians of the Galaxy.
Science fiction deals with race in a way any film in today’s standards can’t even touch. Star Trek had the first biracial kiss.Star Wars has employed actors that would have never been able to receive jobs because of height. Lando owned the millennium falcon before Han! Firefly the first mate is an African American female!
You can not speak of science fiction without speaking of how ground breaking it can be in the space genre. So don’t think a chart means you truly know the facts when it seems you believe you can lump over a thousand different movies into one genre of just science fiction.
Boo ya.


I could say a lot of things here. I could try to explain to you what a “percentage” is, and how listing 5 casting decisions you consider ‘enough’ diversity don’t make much, if any, impact on the overall numbers. Especially ones from forty plus years ago.
I could point out that you’re talking about TV shows as well, which aren’t a part of what this chart ^^ is measuring, which is the Top 100 Domestic Grossing Sci Fi and Fantasy Films, which is clearly states at the top.
I could try and interpret the, uh, sentence: “In the genre of science fiction you have to spread it much boarder than just science fiction.” as meaning analyzing genres beyond Science Fiction, like Fantasy, which is included in the chart. Once again, big block letters “& FANTASY” at the top of the chart. Not only that, if you want to “spread it boarder”, the article already has that covered:

This is not an isolated incident, but a wide reaching societal problem.
Read more Diversity Gap studies on:
The Academy Awards
The Tony Awards
The Emmy Awards
The children’s book industry
The New York Times Top 10 Bestseller List
US politics

But the real gist of what you are saying is that I or anyone who criticizes the SFF genre for lacking racial diversity isn’t a real fan, and that we should be satisfied with whatever bit parts (Lando and Ewoks?? Are you kidding??) and token representation actors of color are cast in.
If you ask me, “real fans” of the genre believe that it is capable of better, and can survive and thrive on our critical consumption of it. If the sciences exist because of inquiry, research, and analysis, why wouldn’t science fiction do the same? After all, if something is to become a reality, it must first be imagined.


Note to self: make switch from white heteroflexible male tritagonist/introductory character to the POC lesbian protags more obvious in dystopian future NaNoWriMo story for this year.  Be more overt about the ongoing miscegenation that leads to a world where white people are increasingly seen as closed-minded conservatives, backward and foolish even, especially if they actively pursue relationships only with other whites.
Make sure that one character, the real shit-heel, is white or mostly white.  But intermix most of Admin with plenty of POC and lady scientists, some with better intentions than others.  Asking a panel of scientists to agree on a moral absolute is basically asking for hours of chaos and no definitive answer, which is fabulous for my purposes.  Bureaucracy and marketing need not get involved to make for deplorable situations.  Honestly everyone is capable of great evil, if you give them a purpose, enough power, and little or no supervision.

medievalpoc:

kaitlinsaysrawr:

medievalpoc:

leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

I highly recommend reading the entire article.

from the infographic:

Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:

  • only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
  • of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
  • 0% of protagonists are women of color
  • 0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
  • 1% of protagonists are people with a disability

Wait a mother fucking second. Don’t start this argument with a science fiction fan. In the genre of science fiction you have to spread it much boarder than just science fiction. Because scifi can be anywhere from It’s Alive to Star Wars to Guardians of the Galaxy.

Science fiction deals with race in a way any film in today’s standards can’t even touch.
Star Trek had the first biracial kiss.
Star Wars has employed actors that would have never been able to receive jobs because of height. Lando owned the millennium falcon before Han!
Firefly the first mate is an African American female!

You can not speak of science fiction without speaking of how ground breaking it can be in the space genre. So don’t think a chart means you truly know the facts when it seems you believe you can lump over a thousand different movies into one genre of just science fiction.

Boo ya.

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I could say a lot of things here. I could try to explain to you what a “percentage” is, and how listing 5 casting decisions you consider ‘enough’ diversity don’t make much, if any, impact on the overall numbers. Especially ones from forty plus years ago.

I could point out that you’re talking about TV shows as well, which aren’t a part of what this chart ^^ is measuring, which is the Top 100 Domestic Grossing Sci Fi and Fantasy Films, which is clearly states at the top.

I could try and interpret the, uh, sentence: “In the genre of science fiction you have to spread it much boarder than just science fiction.” as meaning analyzing genres beyond Science Fiction, like Fantasy, which is included in the chart. Once again, big block letters “& FANTASY” at the top of the chart. Not only that, if you want to “spread it boarder”, the article already has that covered:

This is not an isolated incident, but a wide reaching societal problem.

Read more Diversity Gap studies on:

The Academy Awards

The Tony Awards

The Emmy Awards

The children’s book industry

The New York Times Top 10 Bestseller List

US politics

But the real gist of what you are saying is that I or anyone who criticizes the SFF genre for lacking racial diversity isn’t a real fan, and that we should be satisfied with whatever bit parts (Lando and Ewoks?? Are you kidding??) and token representation actors of color are cast in.

If you ask me, “real fans” of the genre believe that it is capable of better, and can survive and thrive on our critical consumption of it. If the sciences exist because of inquiry, research, and analysis, why wouldn’t science fiction do the same? After all, if something is to become a reality, it must first be imagined.

image

Note to self: make switch from white heteroflexible male tritagonist/introductory character to the POC lesbian protags more obvious in dystopian future NaNoWriMo story for this year.  Be more overt about the ongoing miscegenation that leads to a world where white people are increasingly seen as closed-minded conservatives, backward and foolish even, especially if they actively pursue relationships only with other whites.

Make sure that one character, the real shit-heel, is white or mostly white.  But intermix most of Admin with plenty of POC and lady scientists, some with better intentions than others.  Asking a panel of scientists to agree on a moral absolute is basically asking for hours of chaos and no definitive answer, which is fabulous for my purposes.  Bureaucracy and marketing need not get involved to make for deplorable situations.  Honestly everyone is capable of great evil, if you give them a purpose, enough power, and little or no supervision.

Oct 18
ladynorthstar:

mainecoon76 and gigiwayward prompted me to draw h/c and everybody lives!AU relief to be still both alive and in one piece after the BOFA… here they are! because we love to be in denial…

I’ve been sitting on this fic for a while now, hoping it might get longer I guess.  I think I started it before I saw this picture?  But it definitely hits the same plot points.  Anything for more Dwalin/Thorin battle husbands, because they will probably always be my favorite Hobbit pairing.

ladynorthstar:

mainecoon76 and gigiwayward prompted me to draw h/c and everybody lives!AU relief to be still both alive and in one piece after the BOFA… here they are! because we love to be in denial…

I’ve been sitting on this fic for a while now, hoping it might get longer I guess.  I think I started it before I saw this picture?  But it definitely hits the same plot points.  Anything for more Dwalin/Thorin battle husbands, because they will probably always be my favorite Hobbit pairing.

Oct 18

I never could stay committed

…to one fandom, that is.  Those of you who like reading my stuff may be interested to know I’ve started writing Guardians of the Galaxy fanfic.  I’ve bookmarked a big ol’ pile of Yondu/Peter prompts because The Hobbit fandom has shown me the many joys of crossgen/age-difference and daddykink.

This is the first in what may be a substantial series of kink meme prompts.

Oct 18

thetruebarryallen:

couchnap:

reyesrobbies:

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I can’t get over how much I love that there’s just a universally agreed upon strategy among the X-men that is just “throw wolverine at the thing”

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The continued use of X-Men’s all-purpose solution: “throw Wolverine at it” is beautiful.

Oct 18
johanirae:

I reckon if more people understood this there would be a lot less victim blaming when it comes to rape.

Similarly, and perhaps more on point, if you shoot someone with a hunting rifle it’s still a murder, not “hunting.”  I used to say “except in self defense,” in which case the killing would be self-defense, not murder…but lately “self defense” has morphed into “a black male looked at me and I didn’t bother to learn more about the situation.”

johanirae:

I reckon if more people understood this there would be a lot less victim blaming when it comes to rape.

Similarly, and perhaps more on point, if you shoot someone with a hunting rifle it’s still a murder, not “hunting.”  I used to say “except in self defense,” in which case the killing would be self-defense, not murder…but lately “self defense” has morphed into “a black male looked at me and I didn’t bother to learn more about the situation.”

Oct 18

laughingsquid:

‘The Imperial March’ Theme Song From ‘Star Wars’ Played on Eight Floppy Drives

Pretty sure the only improvement that could possibly be made here requires replacing the LEDs with red ones.
Oct 17

leaper182:

queerashellandstuff:

queerashellandstuff:

pros about being in lesbians with a girl

  • can makeout in the girls bathroom
  • girls are cute af
  • wear each others’ clothes
  • fantastic sex

cons about being in lesbians with a girl

  • ?????
  • there aren’t any??

it has come to my attention that there are, in fact, cons about being in lesbians with another girl

  • she won’t kill the spider either
  • two periods

But what if you’re in lesbians with a girl who *will* kill the spider?

I’ll handle the spiders if someone else does the roaches.  I can kill a roach in a pinch but it really freaks me out.

Oct 17

misandry-mermaid:

This is how you feminist ally.

Transcript below:

Hey guy friends, read this (yeah it’s long):

So you’ve heard about the misogynist shooter at UCSB, and his public statements that he killed women (and guys he saw as having ‘unfair access’ to women’s bodies) because he felt like he deserved sex and attention from women, and felt entitled to revenge when the women around him understandably stayed the fuck away from his creepy self.

What he did was way more extreme than anything 99.99% of men will ever do, but our culture endorses his basic premise, and we’re the ones who should really be challenging that. This guy was steeped in a culture that told him it’s OK to get mad at women who turn you down, that girlfriends and sex partners are a reward you get for being a man the right way, and even when he started talking about murder, he didn’t really stand out until after people were dead.

You probably don’t know any future spree killers, but it’s statistically almost certain you know someone who has already or will commit rape and/or intimate partner abuse. And the thing about those guys, that we know from research is, they think they’re normal. That every other guy does the same stuff behind closed doors. Enough do that they’re not exactly wrong. And we strengthen that feeling whenever we stay quiet when someone says some sketchy shit. 

When you hear a co-worker talk about getting back with or back at an ex, remind him breakups are unilateral. Tell him it’s fine to be sad on his own time, but she’s made up her mind and he’s gotta move on. Ask him why he wants to be in a relationship with someone who doesn’t want to be around him anymore rather than try to find someone who does. 

When your cousin complains bitterly about women rejecting him even though he thinks he was nice, say ‘Dude, don’t try to make them owe you. Go find someone who LIKES you’ Maybe no one will like this guy, but that doesn’t change the rules, and he’s more likely to be likable if he gets that shit out of his head.

When you hear guys joke about forcing a woman to have sex, remember they might not be joking. Or they might be, but someone else in earshot might be relieved to hear other guys do it too. Don’t laugh. Say ‘dude, people are gonna think you’re a rapist’ and see what happens. Make it awkward. I’m not the best at this either but we all gotta try. 

When your female friends or girlfriend tell you some guy in your social circle creeps them out, stop inviting him to stuff. Offer to talk to the guy with or without mentioning them specifically. Things are already awkward, you’re just handing this dude back the awkward mess he’s already made. It’s ok for you to have ‘doesn’t creep out my other friends’ as a thing you require in a friend. 

Don’t make women do this shit alone. It may be hard for you, but women take WAY more heat from guys when they do these same things. We gotta get our asses off the sidelines.”