"I must be on another planet."

  • Dec. 29th, 2009 at 12:28 AM
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (funky like stephen colbert is funky)
Sometimes I can't resist memes. Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] a_white_rain.

If you had me alone, locked up in your house for twenty-four hours and I had to do whatever you wanted me to*, what would you have me do?

All comments will be permanently screened because it's a secret. Then repost this in your LJ. You might be surprised with the responses you get. Feel free to answer anonymously if you'd prefer.


*As long as you weren't causing me any permanent damage. I think this is an important point.

P.S. Oooh, and I just found a pretty excellent blog post from Bitch Magazine on disability!fail in speculative fiction:
These aren't condemnations of the characters (my love for many of them is strong), but observations of a common trope: "Let's have a disabled character, but with a magic device that means we don't actually have to deal with disability! Ooh, and let's be edgy and give them magic powers!"

Which is oddly enough giving me anti-disability!fail story ideas. *_* MAYBE THERE SHOULD BE A FICATHON. MAYBE THERE ALREADY IS(??)!
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (willow/tara forever and ever and ever)
It's not fun to get home from WisCon and find out that your friends are under attack. Apparently there are people in the world who are determined to be vicious, hateful, and harmful without any provocation at all. I am really upset that my friends have been hurt by this -- and are in fact still hurting.

Luckily Bitch Magazine did a feature on internet harassment last issue, which means I can direct you all to Take Back the Tech, which has a specific focus on blogging and violence against women but which does, I think, have resources that are applicable in other situations as well. The internet should be a productive, safe place. There are varied and confusing opinions on fanfiction, pornography, and web journalism, but I think we can all agree that posting people's personal information and threatening violence is never ever okay. Especially when it involves people's children, for fuck's sake -- how low can a person possibly stoop, and why do people have to keep stooping there and making me lose my faith in humanity?

I am using my Willow/Tara icon of acceptance and Awesome, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] hjea, to remind myself that the world is full of lesbians and gays and bisexuals and transsexuals and people of every possible skin color and hair color and healthy people of every weight who are free to define their own beauty, and still more people with colors and sexualities and opinions I've missed or haven't even met yet, whether mean bigots have a say in it or not. There have been many, many, many attempts throughout history to shut down all kinds of specific groups of people, but as far as I know in the long run none of them have succeeded. Acceptance, understanding, civility, and progress will always win out over closed-minded bigotry and violence.

WisCon attendees? You are not anything any of those people have been saying about you, and I know you know it -- we all know it -- but when things seem overly negative it never hurts to add in a positive comment or two. You are gorgeous; you are intelligent; you are changing the world into a happier and more interesting place; and it was an honor to spend the weekend with you.

DON'T PANIC

We celebrate peace. Yet we pay no attention to the ways of curing aggression in human beings. And when one sees in psychoanalysis hostility disappearing as people conquer their fears, one wonders if the cure is not there.
The Diary of Anaïs Nin; August, 1945

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