ninamazing: An open book on a blue checkered tablecloth, with late afternoon light pouring in from the window behind. (book and teatime)
[ profile] yuki_onna = one of my favorite writers and one of my favorite people, for a reason.

I would like to announce that the November issue of Apex will be an entirely Arab/Muslim issue. It will be beautiful. It will showcase writers of Arab descent and Muslim writers. (I am aware that many folk not of Arab descent are Muslim, that's why I'm structuring it this way, so that writers from either culture or both can be part of the issue.) It will show how Islam is as much a part of the human experience as any other faith or story system that writers of the fantastic draw from. It will be a small thing, in the grand scheme. It will not save the world. But it will exist, and perhaps in its own way can stand beside the recent ugliness in the SFF world as something bright and good.

I am looking for material, but most especially poetry, from Muslim authors and authors of Arab descent. Let's make it easy: if you think you might "count," then you do. Southeast Asian Muslims, yes. American Muslims, yes. Anybody with a connection to the cultures of Islam, yes. The subject of your works can be anything you like, but I am only looking for authors with connections to Islam and/or the Arabic world. Please do not send reprints, we have that covered.

ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (fuck you fuck you fuck you from deathpro)
Thank you, [ profile] noblealice. This made my day.
Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work!

1. Don't put drugs in people's drinks in order to control their behavior.

2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone!

3. If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!

4. NEVER open an unlocked door or window uninvited.

5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON'T ASSAULT THEM!

6. Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.

7. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.

8. Always be honest with people! Don't pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don't communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them.

9. Don’t forget: you can't have sex with someone unless they are awake!

10. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone "on accident" you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do.

And, ALWAYS REMEMBER: if you didn't ask permission and then respect the answer the first time, you are committing a crime — no matter how "into it" others appear to be.

"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 [ 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: Helo from BSG showing off those arms. Bright orange background, text "Steve Holt!" à la Arrested Development. (steve holt!)
Before we begin, I just discovered this November 2008 audio interview with Joss Whedon at Mother Jones, and it has me making GRABBY HANDS at my screen. I'm sorry, I am just not capable of not loving this man. (If you are more ninja than me and can figure out how to save/download this audio file, please tell me! I will be grateful! ♥!)

... That leads in, sort of, to the election. You know, people have been asking, whom do you think has suffered more, the black man or the white woman?

I'm gonna go with the black woman. Transgendered Asians! ... No, but you don't qualify that, because it's beside the point ...

Also: OMG JOSS CAN HOLD HIS TEQUILA. Props, Joss! I do not do tequila. (P.S. OMG he just made a Godfather reference. *falls over* He likes all this classical film student stuff, yet somehow what he took from it was "NEEDS MOAR WOMEN." That's what makes him able to straddle both worlds. Also I loff him and his adorable, thoughtful, imaginative self.)

Recap of and commentary on Dollhouse 1x03 'Stage Fright.' This is long, but according to my calculations, entertaining. Please help me double-check my calculations. )

"You do what you love, and fuck the rest."

  • Feb. 1st, 2008 at 9:08 PM
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (juno macguff)
[ profile] sastrugi made my day by pointing me to another fabulous Ellen Page interview in The Guardian:

It was precisely because Juno's screenwriter, former stripper Diablo Cody, had given Juno such sassy dialogue (think Buffy, think My So-Called Life, think Dawson's Creek before it got schmaltzy) that Page took the part. She doesn't accept the criticisms that Juno and her pals are too clever by half. "I don't speak the same way as Juno, but I definitely had my own language with my friends and in that sense I could relate to that," she says.

Page thinks everyone underestimates modern teens. "We are so used to seeing one idea of what a young man or woman is in the popular media," she says, adding that it is "suffocating" how homogeneously young people are represented on screen. She wants to know if we have Laguna Beach in the UK, the OC rip-off about beautiful young airheads in California. "If you like that, awesome. I don't want to sound like a judgmental piece of poop. But we need other options, you know?"

... Page is in no doubt that the pressure put on women in the media is unhealthy. "It's absolutely disgusting," she says. "It needs to stop because it's nothing but hurtful for everyone involved." She says she isn't too bothered at the prospect of being photographed buying a pint of milk without having brushed her hair - "Oh, that's just who I am, so they are always going to get that," she says, while admitting that "of course" she sometimes feels the pressure.

"People judge you left, right and centre, and you see people judging other people because they are a size four [an eight in the UK] and it is disgusting." She has no time for gossip magazines. "They just make you feel like crap and make you go out and buy things to fill that void. They propel the consuming machine," she says. "We all have our insecurities. I would like to say, 'Oh, I don't care what people say about me.' And to a certain extent, I don't, I reeeally don't. But as a young person it's like, come on. And it's not like guys don't get it at all, but women are sooooooo harshly judged."

Particularly, she believes, in the movie business. "I hate how box-office failures are blamed on an actress, yet I don't see a box-office failure blamed on men," she says. Such as? "Like when The Golden Compass came out. Daniel Craig was in it, and Nicole Kidman was in it, and people were just ragging on Nicole Kidman the whole time." She also bemoans the lack of meaty leading roles for women. "I think a lot of the time in films, men get roles where they create their own destiny and women are just tools, supporters for that," she says. "I guess it's because we live in a patriarchal society, where feminism is a dirty word."

Page, naturally, is happy to be described as a feminist, and is gobsmacked to have recently discovered that "40% of women in America or less" consider themselves feminists. "If it's about equality for the sexes, then who wouldn't be?" she asks. It is no surprise coming from the woman who, musing on how gender roles are imposed on children by society, says: "As a girl, you're supposed to love Sleeping Beauty. I mean who wants to love Sleeping Beauty when you can be Aladdin?"

ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (juno macguff)
Clearly this is going to be an Ellen Page day. I keep thinking about her, so now I'm reading interviews, and ... EVERYTHING I READ JUST MAKES ME MORE AND MORE ADORING OF HER. She is ... unbelievable. She is so ... so much like Juno. And so badass. I LOVE it when you read more about a celebrity and find out that THEY are as invested in their projects as YOU are. She chose the script for Juno, because she LOVED it. Just like all of the Firefly cast loved Firefly.

A survey of interviews I've read, i.e. Proof of Ellen Page's Utter Wonderfulness. )

She just makes me feel normal. She makes me feel okay. She's done for young women what it has always been my mission in life to do: Inspire them to be themselves.

And she's my age, too. Well, a few months older, but. OMG ELLEN MARRY ME. I'VE NEVER BEEN SKINNY-DIPPING YOU COULD TAKE ME. :DDD

And I have learned from [ profile] lily_268 that when you love something you should picspam it. So here it is: An Ellen Page Picspam.

I kept it manageable -- only five photos. Which means this might end up being a Part One, hee hee. )

ELLEN PAGE. If this didn't make you the tiniest bit happier about your day, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL.

"You're fired. S. Seaborn."

  • Jul. 11th, 2007 at 4:50 AM
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (romana ii kicks fucking ass)
Lo and behold! Another public post!

My hero of the day is Waris Dirie, who has led a life filled with the kind of trauma that I can't even imagine (see her Wikipedia article). I love it when fashion models turn out to be completely kickass. Also, did you know that the BBC is reporting that approximately 7,000 girls IN THE UK are at risk for female genital mutilation right now? That's just in the UK, mind, and if you'd asked me yesterday I'd have called that number ridiculous. Shows how naive I am.