sqbr: Are you coming to bed? I can't, this is important. Why? Someone is wrong on the internet. (duty calls)
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 07:23 am
I got into an argument on tumblr with someone about aromanticism and I don't feel like engaging with them any more but they are SO INFURIATING I feel the need to rant.

Note: I am not aromantic myself, I apologise if I misstep. You guys have enough crap to deal with.
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sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Friday, November 30th, 2012 06:39 am
Be warned, it is the most sexist job ad I have ever seen, though the sexism is just the tip of the iceburg. When I found out it had been removed I decided to preserve my cached copy of the text for posterity. It's possible it's a satire, in which case I applaud the author's ability to create such a compellingly awful character.
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sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Friday, October 28th, 2011 09:11 am
Barred CHOGM protestor 'not a threat' The Queen is visiting, better lock up the environmentalists! On the plus side even commercial FM radio news was talking about it.

Rio Tinto accused over Bougainville 'genocide'

Housos: a tv show making fun of disabled people living in public housing. As a disabled person who grew up in public housing around a lot of disabled people my response was nostalgia coated in a heavy layer of "Fuck you"(*). Here's the first episode of Housos, I only got three minutes in, maybe it suddenly becomes SUPER AMAZING after that but somehow I doubt it.

(*)Given that my childhood involved a lot of people swearing and resentment towards middle class(**) wankers who thought they were better than us I guess it's appropriate.
(**)I tried to look up about the guy who made this, but once I hit "He won the Tropfest award…although he had submitted the film under the pseudonym Laura Feinstein in order to appeal to the sensitivities of the judges" I decided I'd hit my loathing limit for the day.
sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 10:26 am
1. Invade country. Murder/enslave/displace etc. local inhabitants.
2. Wring hands about how sad it is that this proud savage race is doomed to die out in the face of civilisation. Bar locals from actually joining "civilisation"/earning money etc.
3. Wring hands about lack of education/food etc for the children. Steal them and attempt to raise them to be a submissive underclass.
4. Wring hands about how social problems and disconnection from their Authentic Culture makes them a Doomed People. Refuse to give basic government support to those who continue in the traditional lifestyle.
5. Wring hands about poor outcomes in remote communities and lack of approved engagement with government programs. Send in army, dismantle local solutions, cut/restrict welfare.
6. Wring hands about widespread starvation and unsustainability of remote communities. Cut welfare altogether, force people to live in the cities.
7. Profit!

nb I don't mean to do that thing of acting like any Indigenous person who lives in the city is Totally Inauthentic and doesn't count. But they shouldn't be forced to live there, and I think some of the power of this form of cultural genocide is the combination of not counting anyone who's too "inauthentic" and refusing to support remote communities. Also I know this is just some guy with no real power, but it was such a perfect example of this historical pattern I felt like highlighting it.
sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
Friday, October 22nd, 2010 02:22 pm
Does anyone have a link to a nice clear straightforward post which goes through point-by-point why what she said was bad? I'm having a discussion on twitter and most of what I can find is either more broad or just people bolding the relevant sections (which was enough for me, but hey) EDIT: An open Letter to Elizabeth Moon is pretty good, as are the comments in the various screncaps of the original post. EDIT: Elf has also very nobly written exactly the sort of post I was looking for.

For more see elf's linkspam.

And of course since she got disinvited from being GOH (which does not mean she's been banned from the con) people are trotting out all sorts of racist and Islamophobic crap. There's this huge assumption that "muslim" is somehow a distinct category from American and feminist and nerd. That because in their minds Islam is a sexist/violent religion overall (and I don't think it is anyway(*)) any muslim who might be interested in going to a feminist science fiction con is going to be sexist and violent too. Bah.

And now people who would never go to Wiscon and don't care about feminism are getting involved and causing more drama. If you think all feminism is overly sensitive and PC then obviously the standards expected at a feminist con are going to seem overly sensitive and PC to you. If the basic premise of the con has no value in your eyes, what is she losing by being no longer honoured by it? Bah!

(*)I suppose it's possible that if you took all the members of all the religious belief systems in the world and took a measure of their average violence/sexism then Islam would win. Or maybe atheists would win, or Chistians or Buddhists or Jains (ok, probably not Jains) Who knows! Who cares! There's nothing in Islam that forces any individual muslim to be sexist or violent, as should be obvious to anyone who's actually met any muslims.
sqbr: Torchwood spoilers for various episode numbers: Jack dies (torchwood spoilers)
Monday, July 19th, 2010 08:42 pm
I vaguely recall someone saying this was crap.

*get bored, stop watching, am thus stalled on Farscape for about a month*

*read blurb to remind myself*

Oh god that sounds like Avatar minus the moral and every other "white man is taken in by simple native people, local girl falls for him, thuggish native boyfriend objects" plot.

*start rewatching*

It is Avatar minus the moral.
Cut for spoilers and aaaargh )
sqbr: me cosplaying the bearded dwarf cheery longbottom, titled Expressing my femininity with an axe (femininity)
Monday, May 31st, 2010 05:30 pm
Disadvantaged kids dream big but fail

CHILDREN living in disadvantage are unaware of the harsh realities awaiting them, with a new poll indicating all students share the same ambitions and dreams.

Those silly children! Wanting to be doctors when they should realistically be aiming no higher than McDonald's manager! Clearly this is terrible, we should educate them on how they are doomed to lives of drudgery and despair, that way they'll be saved the disappointment later.


I grew up in a working class area. It's arguable that I was never entirely disadvantaged since my parents may have been poor but I got a lot more educational opportunities and general middle class...stuff than most kids in my class. But I was still ensconced in the culture. And let me tell you: those children's souls were already plenty crushed, their dreams sufficiently small, their hopes and aspirations sufficiently modest. We all "knew" we were going nowhere. God how we knew. Just sometimes we had hopes and dreams. How horribly ignorant of us.
sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Saturday, April 24th, 2010 10:35 pm
So Cam was watching Supernatural and I had my headphones on listening to music instead. But he knocked on my shoulder "This is actually pretty good." he said. Yeah..guess how long that lasted.
Cut for spoilers for 5.19 )
sqbr: And yet all I can think is, this will make for a great Dreamwidth entry... (dw)
Monday, March 15th, 2010 09:06 pm
Annoying: Induced Mutation Psychosis: Born a freak—a freak whose freakishness only made him a more desirable foodstuff—he never had anything to look forward to except his own death. Now that his destruction is imminent, he can finally experience a modicum of pleasure. In his place, would any of us behave differently?

(I have a similar reaction to a lot of the "Lol, they look like they have some sort of congenital defect" stuff at Photoshop disasters)

Not annoying: I just watched the Kim Possible episode "Mind Games", where Kim swaps bodies with her sidekick/friend Ron, and the fact that he's a boy and she's a girl was not considered the primary point of of difference, at most Ron talked about the pros and cons of wearing skirts. Instead it was all about the specific difference between them, eg popularity, number of commitments etc.

Plus all the comments about "a guy in Draken's body" amused me because deep down I am a twelve year old boy :)
sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Sunday, February 21st, 2010 09:26 am
So, the universe (via it's earthly representative [community profile] linkspam) has kindly decided to give me a real world example of the hypothetical derailing conversation I came up with.

(And yes, I know, it doesn't fit the pattern EXACTLY. It's still pretty close to have happened within less than two weeks)

First: I just read this Bones fic "Someone loses an eye" description of Amanda Palmer's new album and it's really ableist.
And then inevitably All these posts about disability are making me feel silenced. Don't they realise how that hurts my feelings as a woman female artist? Our voices NEVER get to be heard, and now these oversensitive disabled people are telling ME what I can and cannot write! Helen Keller would be ashamed.(*)
which of course leads to
I think it's really important that we focus on the way women's voices artists are silenced.

Something I did not have an equivalent of in my post but which is an important part of the dynamic: a slightly separate but equally valid discussion of the issues to do with the project involving sexual abuse. EDIT: In my opinion a perfect example of how sometimes two different discussions around a topic can exist simultaneously without either of them being a derail.

*waits for someone to accuse me of being pro censorship*

(*)That's just in one section, the overall post goes in multiple contrary directions at once.
sqbr: Are you coming to bed? I can't, this is important. Why? Someone is wrong on the internet. (duty calls)
Sunday, January 31st, 2010 08:00 am
I think in future I will follow my instincts and ignore any further posts about the movie (I read it this morning at 4am and decided to leave any comment until I was more awake, and now it's all frozen)

I was thinking about it last night and Avatar:The Last Airbender and Pride and Prejudice are probably the two canons for which I am closest to the general fanfic fandom concept of "being in the fandom" eg on canon specific communities, making multiple fanworks out of love not fixits(*). And alas, both fandoms have a hefty dose of fail (though I guess pretty much all fandoms do) I guess I should be glad that at least the canon is pretty good and I didn't fall in love with Supernatural or whatever.

(*)Leading to my constant irritation with the assumption that everyone's fannishness is primarily expressed by being "in" one or more specific fandoms, and that any multifannishness comes as you learn to look beyond your One Fandom. My attention span is way too short to stick to one thing that much!
sqbr: exploding train. This is fremantle station, this train terminates here. (train)
Thursday, January 14th, 2010 07:40 pm
I went into Avatar expecting the movie to have a creepy appropriative racist subtext. I was not expecting it from the ads. (Warning, it's pretty obnoxious)

Wicked Energy drink ad

Rough description of relevant parts:
A white man drinks some Wicked energy drink, and a drop falls on a geisha tattoo.
She rips off her kimono to reveal leopard print underwear. Her dragon tattoo turns into a real dragon which she rides. She rides a surfboard with a samurai who is eaten by a koi. She dances exuberantly in contrast to some less scantily dressed 50's style sailor girls. A japanese demon kills a lotus flower with a fart. She pole dances and then makes out with a western style skull. The drink bottle comes up and an asian style dragon comes out before the slogan "bring out your wicked side".

This is all in one minute. How..efficient.
sqbr: pretty purple pi (Default)
Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 04:07 pm
SPOILERS, obviously. WARNING: brief references to creepy sexual stuff.

In short: Racism, angst, homophobia, angst, racism, angst, sex, ANGST, they lived happily ever after, the end.

But other than that it was pretty good.

sqbr: A happy dragon on a pile of books (bookdragon)
Friday, October 2nd, 2009 11:58 am
I think the main reason I feel like posting is that lj is down so I can't post there :)

Anyway: once it became clear that I wasn't getting anything productive done today (eg when I fell suddenly alseep after Cam went to work and didn't wake until 11) I was planning on spending the rest of today reading the book I bought yesterday. It's "The Hidden Heart" by Laura Kinsale, author of "Midsummer Moon" (a regency romance I read and enjoyed lately) But on the FIRST PAGE is "She..generously informed the Indians that the jungle monsters with holes for faces were no longer in pursuit..They had escorted the white woman out of Barrio do Rio in order to save themselves from the supernatural beasts that she had said would surely descend upon them if they hadn't."


It was written in 1986 so there's quite possibly a magical anti-racist learning experience later in the book but I'm not sure I can bothered waiting to see (especially since even if there is I'm still going to have trouble liking her as a protagonist), and googling about to check is more effort than I really feel like. Dammit. I was just thinking yesterday about the difficulty of writing historical/fantasy etc settings without buying into all the classism /racism/sexism etc. But there's dodgy subtext and then there's "LOL RACISM".

EDIT: And googling "racism Kinsale "The Hidden Heart"" got me lots of reviews of the book which happened to have unrelated references to racism elsewhere on the page, including one by oyceter, one of the creators of "International Blog Against Racism Week", though it is from several years ago and I remember her saying she used to be much less aware of this sort of thing. HMM.
sqbr: exploding train. This is fremantle station, this train terminates here. (train)
Saturday, September 26th, 2009 04:05 pm
I keep hearing about these terrifying irrational anti-government American conspiracy theorists, yet all the Americans I meet online seem pretty in touch with reality (even the Republicans are VERY ASHAMED of the tactics being used) But then today I encountered this post on claymaker, a community for discussing making stuff out of clay. Text below since I imagine it will be deleted (it's ever so slightly off topic).

I think the thing that offends me most is the anti-vaccination rhetoric. That sort of attitude kills babies >:/ EDIT: Wait, no, it all offends me
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sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Monday, August 17th, 2009 01:22 pm
Dear god. If Kyle and Jackie O were villains in a children's film I'd think they were over the top.

Not only did they harass a 14 year old rape victim on air.
Not only did they reunite long lost sisters relatives only to make them beg not to be sent home without seeing each other.

They ran a charity drive for a sick child, then refused to hand over any money.

(via Hoyden about Town, with links to their previous nastiness)
sqbr: And yet all I can think is this will make for a great livejournal entry. (livejournal)
Thursday, March 5th, 2009 04:03 pm
12th PoC Carnival has some great stuff as usual

Fish-wives, Mr Premier? Colin Barnett is a sexist prat (I feel like I never talk about local stuff, so here you go :))

Doodling 'may help memory recall'

Mermaid dream comes true thanks to Weta

Also, reading through my twitter reminded me I forgot to go Eee eee a famous author responded to my review of her book! Plus there's another Steampunk suffragette. Which in turn makes me think of artists and art: I need better walls.

And now finish watching "Psych" (more mysteries!)