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1. There's a really interesting discussion in this thread on ffa about some Black Widow scenes in the Avengers (being circuitous so I don't have to cut this for spoilers). I'm linking to the whole thread but I found the top subthread most interesting, particularly this comment and this one. (I'm not in this thread at all so you don't need to strain yourself trying to figure out who is me, which I always do when I get linked to an anon meme thread).

2. That really annoying thing where I had something perfect to post about at work this morning, it was like, a witty observation even, and I didn't write it down and I've completely forgotten it. Rarr. It was either about hockey or Barack Obama. Or just possibly David Shearer.

3. Relatedly, there's something about straight people getting on Grant Robertson's case about marriage equality that really sets my teeth on edge. No one could agree more than I that it would have been nice to get marriage equality rather than civil unions during the recent Labour Government, but does anyone actually remember the climate around the civil union debate? (I seriously think a lot of the people I follow on Twitter don't.) It was fucking unpleasant and it wasn't exactly something the Labour Party expended 0 political capital on in an easy appeasing mood, which seems like a lot of the attitude. Oh, civil unions are the easy slimy separate but equal option - well, that's true, they are, but I don't think at the time there was room for the hard option.

4. Hey, can we not give, like, Bill English and John Key a hard time for their record on same-sex marriage? Hey, while Opposition parties are really important, why aren't we giving the fucking government a hard time about their lack of movement on reforming the Adoption Act and introducing same-sex marriage? This is supposed to be the new Tories, innit? Hip and socially liberal and down with the kids?

5. Also, eugenics. Don't let the beneficiaries breed, sez John.
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The NPR specfic meme:
etc etc )

47/100, a solid score on any reading list, IMO.

I actually got into a mild Twitter allocation lol, whoops, altercation with @neilhimself (very mild, he wisely chose not to keep fighting my bored-at-work-on-a-friday stream of tweets) and [livejournal.com profile] chattycheese about this list, which allowed me to sort out what really annoys me about it, which is primarily this: there are far fewer women than there are men on this list (and vanishingly few people of colour). This by itself is a problem, but what I think is characteristic of this problem is that the women who are on here are very much canonical. They're the women who write the books that always appear on these lists; The Mists of Avalon and Frankenstein and The Handmaid's Tale are as inevitable and, in their way, as uninteresting, demographically speaking, as Lord of the Rings, Foundation and, sigh, American Gods (It's not that I don't love Neil Gaiman, because I really do, it's just that can't we agree that maybe The War for the Oaks is as interesting and influential if not more so than Neverwhere, for pete's sake?) In all of these kinds of top 100s, these books will always be there. They are tremendously influential in the genre, and they're extremely widely read - although they're not necessarily good, I don't think genre fans would throw away Anne McCaffrey and Misty Lackey, or David Eddings and Piers Anthony.

But ... then there are the spots that are, hm, not so serious; not so solid; not so inevitable except of course they are, because they always get filled with the same stuff: Miscellaneous White Dude. It's always The Sword of Truth and never The Ruins of Ambrai. It's always Old Man's War and never China Mountain Zhang. Twelve zillion books by Robert Heinlein and none by Octavia Butler (a freaking crime). Michael Moorcock, not Elizabeth Moon. The Codex Alera, but not the Crown of Stars. Brandon Sanderson but not N K Jemisin.

I feel like I'm not articulating this very well, and at the end of the day I've long since decided that lists that don't adequately represent women and people of colour well are not worth my time in terms of trying to find books I actually want to read. But I'm pretty bored of having this represented to me as inevitable (because they're all canonical; well, so is lots of other stuff!) or an adequate representation of the demographics of either the good stuff or the industry generally (emphatically not true). Sigh, IDEK.
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1. When livejournal changes stuff around, I feel like someone's come into my house and started rearranging the furniture. It really bothers me that the symbol on the tab is a little head now instead of a pencil! Noooo!

2. My sister and I are currently flat-hunting, and we may possibly have found somewhere, but it's a little on the dear side for her/both of us (but less so for me, I could manage it) and also trying to connect power/phone/internet sounds terrifying and we'd have to furnish the place and and and ... I am very excited to move out, but less excited to move in, haha.

3. spoilers for this week's Bat comics )

4. In the car today I had this epically awful conversation with the parentals about the difference between "transvestite" and "transgendered" and included my dad saying the immortally offensive "Well we used to know lots of trannies and they didn't care if you called them transvestites" (SO MUCH WRONG WITH THAT SENTENCE) and my mum saying "What you're calling transvestite is what we used to call crossdressers!" (OH MY GOD, ETYMOLOGY, WHAT IS IT). This depresses me because by most standards my parents are fairly tolerant. I think I eventually managed to hammer in transvestites, transgender, Drag Queens, and "OH MY GOD DAD STOP SAYING TRANNY".

5. I think I had other stuff but the awfulness of that conversation sucked it out of me. Oh OK, you people can help me by telling me (if you're NZers)
- Who your ISP is, whether you like them, how much you pay for how much data
- Do we need a land line
- Ditto power companies? I've never lived with fewer than three other people in a standalone house, so I don't even know what a power bill for two people in a downstairs flat that's part of a larger house looks like.

blurgh

Dec. 16th, 2010 11:09 am
labellementeuse: a picture of Katara yelling at Sokka with the text 'Feminist Rage' (atla katara's feminist rage)
Spent the last hour alternately literally throwing up because I think I ate something gross, and metaphorically throwing up because of the left-wing response to the Julian Assange rape chargers. Here is some required reading for you all.

"We require — not ask, not prefer, absolutely require – progressive media and public figures to stand against rape in every case. Again, this is not negotiable. This is mandatory. This is a requirement: If you don’t stand against rape, and make that stand a crucial and central part of your platform, we do not accept you either as a real “progressive” or as someone who is in any way qualified for authority or a leadership position. We will not buy your merchandise; we will not support you; we will speak out against you. Because a progressive movement that doesn’t stand against rape isn’t a progressive movement. It’s just The Man, it’s just the oppressor, it’s just oppression, in a baseball hat, holding a camcorder."

Say you’re at a family barbecue and someone mentions that one of Assange’s accusers was a feminist who wrote about taking revenge on men, and you say yeah, rape is terrible but so is being wrongly accused. So many women just cry rape to get the attention, it’s disgusting and your mother-in-law leaves the room because she was raped many years ago by a trusted family friend and nobody believed her, but you don’t know that story, because you never asked. How does your mother-in-law feel, how does she feel about you being the parent of her grandchildren?"

"Dinah has been politically engaged since she was in junior high school, working on a host of left-wing causes. Articulate and brave, as soon as she turned eighteen she spent school breaks traveling around the country working on various campaigns. And on one such campaign, while traveling alone with this celebrated male activist through rural Wisconsin, she was raped by this man she looked up to and admired.">

*stunned*

Oct. 28th, 2005 06:50 pm
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So, in the post-Election National party shuffle-around and line up, #14 Wayne Mapp has been appointed:
Labour & Industrial Relations
Political Correctness Eradication
Chair of Caucus Policy Committee

I kid you not. Actual Eradication. In Radio NZ interviews, he's gone on to advocate the removal of the Human Rights Commission, along with- predictably- the Waitangi Tribunal (I haven't listened to the interviews but I would not be much surprised if he also had a tizzy about Women's Affairs. @!@#$) Keith Ng has an awfully good column about liberalism and the National- liberalism in the ACT/USA sense, which is not always the way we use it in NZ. David Haywood was very funny in a satire that, unfortunately, is not all that far from the truth. Holly Walker has s short piece about the usefulness of the phrase "political correctness", Adam Gifford writes about PC and mainstream.

Lyndon Hood kind of summarised my thoughts on the issue, though:
Wayne Mapp: Opposition spokesman for Political Correctness Eradication.

W - as they say - TF?

Had National been elected, we would presumably be forming a Department (surely not a Ministry) of Political Correctness Eradication.


fuckers. To think I thought I wouldn't have any more use for this icon after the election.

RANT

Apr. 14th, 2004 11:33 am
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You know what I need? A rage icon, 'cause I don't have anything. however, my pretty (new. GIP, and thanks [livejournal.com profile] quirky_.) Reg Shoe Crusading will do. Because this is sort of a Crusade.



Okay. Right. Ready, set, go.



I'm a crusader. I know this. I have Causes. And one of my all-time favourites (hah.) is for people to please speak before they think- or rather, before they use one particular word. And that word is "gay." *pauses for breath* Okay, now, there's this big thing in society, especially in the younger members (ex: my brother. but also just about everyone in my form, including, previously, my best friend. But she got talked around. not be my, unfrotunately, but still.) to use the word "gay" very casually in a very denigratory sense. Like: "oh, my god, that film is so GAY." Now, I'm going to leave aside here any opinions you may have of homosexuality. That's not really the issue. The issue is, most of the people who use the word actually aren't anti-homosexuality. I know my best friend isn't. I hope my brother isn't (though he's 13; I don't think he's thought about it much.) But when I tell them that, actually, their using that word in a denigratory sense really bothers me, I tend to get fobbed off by people saying "oh, no, I really meant gay like, you know, happy?"



As you can possibly imagine, this is a reaction that generally causes me to go psycho and quickly walk away before I hit something or one, because it's just NOT FUCKING TRUE. But the more reasoned (and there are a few) argue, with greater or lesser degrees of eloquence, that "gay' is just a word and word meanings are changing, it's okay and not bigoted or offensive for them to use the word gay in a denigratory sense, because the word has multiple meanings.


The offensive bit I can counter, generally by saying, "Well, excuse me (you ^%$%^&$^), I WAS OFFENDED. But the language changing excuse is a harder one. It's really hard to argue agaisnt, because I, for example, use "cool" all the time- certainly a word whose meaning has changed. The same goes, in fact, for "gay' meaning homosexual. Fine. But the difference, as I attempt to explain, between "cool" and "gay" is that "cool" is not, and has never been, a word identified with groups of people other than as a descriptor, if you know what I mean. (like, "the cool group.") But "gay" is: it's a word that means "a homosexual," or "homosexual." And its negative connotations have not evolved parallel to that, as "cool" may have. They spring directly from that and from negative associations with the word. So, when your'e using the word "gay' to mean "bad" or "uncool," you are- however unconsciously- linking "bad" or "uncool" with "homosexual." This really annoys me. Really, really annoys me. And offends and hurts me.



I know I haven't been really clear, so I'm going to give another example. I recently had this discussion with a friend who disagreed with me. later on in that same discussion I used the phrase "picking up chicks-" I can't remember in what context and "chicks" is not a word I generally use, just so you know. But anyway, this friend said "I wish you wouldn't use that word, "chicks," it really bothers me." I'd imagine that this is true of many girls- many of whom would also use the word "gay" to mean bad, but smack down any guy who used the word "chicks." BUT IT'S EXACTLY THE SAME THING. It's just mroe clear to girls because they are the group being denigrated by the associations we have today with "chicks."





Okay, that's got soemthing off my chest. But just to forestall those who may inevitably tell me that I'm succumbing to "political correctness," all I can do is quote an excellent letter that was recently written to the new Zealand Listener (http://www.listener.co.nz).



Politically correct

How interesting to meet the cartoonists (DNZ: Cartoonists Inc, TV1, March 29) and realise that a "good" cartoonist is one whose opinions we agree with. A couple of the cartoonists had intense passion for the rightness of their cause.

Garrick Tremain went so far as to declare that by ridiculing what he called "political correctness" he was somehow fighting evil. He was fizzing with suppressed anger that the New Zealanders he spoke for should be expected to tolerate those who have grievances or claim to be relatively deprived.

From the tranquillity of his Queens-town home, Tremain expressed his unwillingness to get to know any of those he regarded as fair game for his pen, determined to be told nothing he does not want to hear.

Tremain should be taken seriously for his skill. It is the skill of the schoolroom bully whose vitriolic wit can reduce the unfortunate to tears. By ridiculing their plainness or fatness or braininess, the classroom wit thinks he does us all a favour. He is spurred on by our laughter and mistakes it for acceptance. In fact, it is the most cowardly form of harassment, but it does have its skill, and even its purpose, in reminding us of the -dangers of disagreeing with the popularly held and therefore correct views of good and bad, ugly and beautiful, worthy and ridiculous.

This campaign against political correctness follows a tradition of denying collective responsibility for the consequences of some of the things we do as a society. Political correctness is simply behaviour that acknowledges that some people are disadvantaged by the way our society operates.

One response is to deny that the disadvantage exists and to claim that the disadvantaged are themselves responsible for their plight. Just as the schoolroom victims are responsible for their glasses, their ears, their race, their poverty, their quietness or whatever else makes the rest of us – the obviously correct and deserving children – uncomfortable.

Colin Knox

(Ngati Raukawa, Auckland)


All I can say is, Mr Knox, thank you- and I hope that more people listen to you than they do to me.

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