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Happy Thanksgiving, to everyone who celebrates it! And a very merry Thursday to everyone who doesn’t.

Because I haven’t provided a health update in a while (outside of the comments) I just wanted to reassure everyone that I am still here, and still trying to sort through a bunch of medical issues with the help of assorted doctors, some very competent and others not so much.

The issues I’m facing aren’t lifethreatening, but they are still debilitating enough to keep me from regular posting here. Sorry to be so vague; I’ll offer more details once some of these issues are sorted out a bit more. I’ll return to posting as soon as I am able but I cannot predict when that will be.

I appreciate everyone’s patience and continued support. Thanks!

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Katamount (formerly Gussie Jives)
Katamount (formerly Gussie Jives)
3 years ago

@Brony

I concur with your assessment. I was mulling things over last night and posted some tweets on the matter to get my thoughts in order, and one thing that not a lot of the new reports or think pieces (and I read and retweeted an excellent one about mental health in the adult entertainment industry) were mentioning is that if you think about it, August Ames was pretty much the face of the multi-billion dollar porn industry. She was the #9 most-searched name on PornHub according to one article. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a 23-year-old woman with depression. Another actress tweeted out a montage of some of the body-shaming that Ames received throughout her career; about her acne scars, about her lips, about her weight. You should have seen the chain of other female performers all chiming in to say they get it too, all the time.

I gotta wonder if anyone that young is capable of coming to grips with that level of influence and responsibility, particularly under the most intense personal scrutiny. What she probably thought was a passing explanation of a personal decision reached thousands of fans and colleagues in an instant. Her colleagues who called her out probably didn’t realize their influence either and an angry-hot take or two has a whole fanbase ready to dog-pile.

We all know the porn world has problems. Huge problems. I have to imagine that her attitude towards performers that have done gay porn have to have been influenced by the attitudes of others around the industry. I’d be very surprised if it was an opinion Ames had based on outdated misconceptions about HIV. I’m actually curious to read what industry insiders have to say in the days and months ahead, but… the tragedy of this whole situation is just so overwhelming. I struggle just to find lessons in it.

My hope is that this will spur some change in the industry. Unlike in the 90s when Savannah committed suicide after she received facial injuries in a car crash, social media has brought performers and their fans so close that one of the industry giants passing in this manner won’t be forgotten easily. Other performers demanding better mental health protection and the dismantling of stigma can go a long way.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

@weirdwoodtreehugger:

To be fair to MSNBC, sarcasm – like Sender’s tweet that he “hopes” his dsughter be raped by “and old man with great mise en scene (sp?)” – often doesn’t work on the internet, for two reasons.

First, sarcasm relies a lot on tone of voice and context, which is often missing, especially on twitter.

Second, no matter how obviously sarcastic or satirical you think you made your point, someone out there really believes just what you wrote.

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
3 years ago

@ Kat;

Reading the tweestorm that followed Ames’ tweet, one of the replies said something (memory failure, here) about “waiting to hear that she (Ames) had taken a cyanide pill”….

Katamount (formerly Gussie Jives)
Katamount (formerly Gussie Jives)
3 years ago

@Weird Eddie

That was the one that stuck out to me the most (of the ones highlighted in the news stories). I think that was one of the gay porn actors that tweeted that hideous tweet at her. He’s being roundly criticized for that abusive comment, although IIRC, he’s not accepting any moral culpability for fans that might have taken their cues from him.

Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Agent of the FemiNest Collective; Keeper of a Hell Toupee, and all-around Intergalactic Meanie
Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Agent of the FemiNest Collective; Keeper of a Hell Toupee, and all-around Intergalactic Meanie
3 years ago

@Valetin,

Thanks for the info. I’ve bookmarked it on my phone for later translating on a computer. Though I have to wonder why they couldn’t remove that one body and give it a proper burial. Identify it and give the family closure and all.

Katamount (formerly Gussie Jives)
Katamount (formerly Gussie Jives)
3 years ago

Going back to hockey a second, I was floored that I didn’t know this!

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/winter/hockey/former-canada-us-womens-hockey-captains-welcome-baby-1.4400077

I had no idea that Caroline Ouellette and Julie Chu were married! That is just so wild… I’ve watched them compete against each other in so many Olympic medal games and seeing their first child together was just the most adorable thing!

I wish them both all the best!

(Side note: You know there’s a toxic masculinity problem when all but two of the names under LGBT ice hockey players on Wikipedia are women.)

opposablethumbs
opposablethumbs
3 years ago

@Shadowplay and Valentin – thank you! (I didn’t realise that David’s twitter activity shows up in the sidebar …? I don’t seem to see it anywhere, but don’t know if that’s down to my wonky eyes or my wonky browser or what)

tim gueguen
3 years ago

Following up Hu’s On First’s post about The Family International, it’s the group that used to be known as the Children of God. Some of you may recognise that name if you’re fans of the early Fleetwood Mac, as that was the group Jeremy Spencer joined when he abruptly left the band in February of 1971. He’s still a member of the group.

Mooncustafer
Mooncustafer
3 years ago

families were united. Even though we had slavery

How united were the families torn apart by being sold to separate plantations?!

Nequam
Nequam
3 years ago

You think he gave two shits about nonwhite families? How adorable.

opposablethumbs
opposablethumbs
3 years ago

Uh, Nequam … did you really mean to put Mooncustafer down? When that was exactly the point they were making.
(my apologies if I’m mis-reading the idiom there; it sounds like a put-down, but maybe it’s not?)

Shadowplay
Shadowplay
3 years ago

There’s a reason I dislike the New Yorker, other than their frequent naval gaving from the inside:

Al Franken’s Resignation and the Selective Force of #MeToo

Me want to smack something hard. Preferably Al Franken.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
3 years ago

@Arctic Ape,

Finnish history lesson (abridged) is much appreciated, thank you! I know a bit about Russian history but I’m embarrassed to admit I forget that Finland was tied up with Russia back then. And they never mention it on Horrible Histories 😛

Enjoy your light dusting of snow you horribly lucky snow-having-person. It looks like summer has finally decided to settle in here, so I’ll just be melting for the next few months (and not in a fun way).

Valentin - Emigrantski Ragamuffin
Valentin - Emigrantski Ragamuffin
3 years ago

@redsilkpheonix

I think they can’t take out the body because it is too far inside. but they say the body is 19 and female. I don’t know how they identified this without her name or documents or without professionals. it is all too much rumours – but true there is bodies and missing people.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
3 years ago

@Shadowplay,

Going by the headline, I initially thought that this NYT article was doing the same thing as the New Yorker article you mentioned, but it’s focused on why Harvey W. and not Woody Allen – from Dylan Farrow.

Re August Ames – I saw a discussion on Twitter about this just after Katamount posted on it. 23 years old, bloody hell. What a waste 🙁

Shadowplay
Shadowplay
3 years ago

@Mish

Never understood Woody Allen getting a pass for being a total abusive tosser (and irrespective of Dylan, there’s plenty of evidence) – then again, I do think his movies are complete self indulgent crap made for the bubblewrap set. 😛

Wrong is wrong. There’s no justification, no “whataboutism,” no “It was a different time” even, that makes a wrong right. It’s what pissed me off so much about the Franken article. Total whataboutism, zero contrition.

Though I have to admit one thing (from your article link) – I’d get into bed with the kids all the time (rather, I’d usually get into my bed and be swarmed with a pile of kids). Used to be the only way to get the little sods to sleep some nights, especially when I’d just got home from a spell abroad and they were wall bouncing at Dad being home. 🙂

Shadowplay
Shadowplay
3 years ago

Sorry for DP, missed edit window but saw this and thought it was worth sharing:

Congress reeling from sexual harassment deluge

One thing stood out for me:

With no clear roadmap for how to deal with such topics, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other leaders are responding to the allegations on a case-by-case basis — and on the fly.

Say what? They don’t have a “roadmap?” Sure, they’re pols and need satnav, a focus group and a full support team to find their arses with one hand, never mind both, but come on.
Hows about, maybe, USING THE SAME DAMNED PROCEDURES YOU’VE DESIGNED FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR YOU!!!

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

Hi all

Some of you know a bugbear of mine is when guys do the thing about how men are naturally superior fighters than women. They’re never willing though to put their money where their mouth is. However it’s finally happened (assuming he turns up). If anyone wants to help…

https://www.gofundme.com/anna-dempster-vs-internet-troll

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago

@Alan
Hmm, Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs comes to mind…

Shadowplay
Shadowplay
3 years ago

@Alan

He’ll bail. They always bail – all mouth and trousers.

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago

@Alan
I can’t resist mentioning the Dahomey Amazons…the troll probably never heard of them.

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago

@Shadowplay
Sorry in advance, can’t resist wordplay either – all mouth and no trousers with his a**e on display for all to see.

Shadowplay
Shadowplay
3 years ago

@Kevin 😛

I have a fondness for the ladies of the YPJ and YJE. Good people, solid fighters and know how to have fun.

Moggie
Moggie
3 years ago

That troll has put an unhealthy amount of thought into beating up women.

Shadowplay
Shadowplay
3 years ago

Another dip into the archives: Remember Christopher Cantwell, AKA the Crying Nazi?

He was released on $25,000 bond on Thursday, with an ankle tag requirement.

Law is slooooooow. Not that I’m terribly upset at him having to spend a couple months inside, pre-trial, on general principles.

@Moggie – an unhealthy amount of fantasising. Not seeing any evidence of thought. 😛

Arctic Ape
Arctic Ape
3 years ago

Mish:

Enjoy your light dusting of snow you horribly lucky snow-having-person. It looks like summer has finally decided to settle in here, so I’ll just be melting for the next few months (and not in a fun way).

BTW, the snow had already melted in rain by the time this comment was written 🙂

It’s currently murky and cold and wet and windy, but I do appreciate not having to melt in super hot weather, even in summer.

Crazy dog lady
Crazy dog lady
3 years ago

Thanks for the advice (about 3 pages back)

Its been a busy few days

Brony, Social Justice Cenobite
Brony, Social Justice Cenobite
3 years ago

Other general thoughts about an extended social presence on /pol/.

The rules to the site and the rules to the boards are to be respected and included in any planned post. What we would be about would be politics, and that has rules. There are best ways of doing this. My attempt would be overt, honest, and upfront about everything. I am considering if the local equivalent of the “site issues discussion” board first.
“Yes we’re here as a group for political purposes. No we’re not here to fight and we will try to act that way. I know our presence will be reacted to strongly, we’ve prepared for that.”
The potential reactions could be fun and interesting as well as useful.

The moderators. The moderators are there for a few reasons, to break up fights, assign consequences to actions, and remove off-topic material. I know what that’s like. I watched friends become mentally I’ll doing that. I became mentally I’ll while doing that (a job as a substitute teacher and helping in an online community schism contributed). At some point they may just want the fighting to stop. That’s how the furrys and bronies got kicked off. Eventually they gave up on /b/ with the furries and quarantined the bronies on their own board (/co/ and /b/ had tantrums). Since this is /b/ there were pony thread at a low level, sometimes left alone. The community often eventually tolerates.
That deserves to be planned for in detail. For effectiveness if not kindness and sympathy.

Shadowplay
Shadowplay
3 years ago

Yeah, modding is tough. Done it a few times, hated it every time. Tempting though it is to think “well, the mods of a cesspool can’t be all that great” they still don’t need extra crap.

I’m still working on the alternative personalities thing you asked about – it’s a touch tangled with both personal stuff and other people’s privacy concerns. Not that they’d know about it but I will, if you get my meaning.

Brony, Social Justice Cenobite
Brony, Social Justice Cenobite
3 years ago

I’m thinking in terms of a “dragging through the community over time” approach with a. I wouldn’t want to limit anyone’s use of aggression, that would be unwise. It’s more like “here are some other approaches to specific kinds of aggressive and irrational poster doing a dominance display”.

I’m definitely overthinking something. This seems rational and doable but there is a burn out problem I have not wanted to admit. Posting here helps me think about it though.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
3 years ago

@Shadowplay,

Re kids in bed – oh my, yes! I only have the one, whereas it sounds like you have around 50, but when my boy was baby/toddler age, sleep was his natural enemy and he fought it with everything. We did all the controlled crying stuff (which has scarred us to this day, mutter angry mutter) until finally I just put a mattress on the floor and that’s where we slept. Didn’t fix everything but it sure made life easier.

Re that troll & Anna Dempster – agreed, this is someone who seems to spend far too much time fantasising about beating up women. Reminds me of a video someone shared back when I did Tae Kwon Do, of a woman sparring, and beating all comers. She was amazing – the comments not so much; so many men absolutely seething with fury and the desire to put her in her place. It was chilling.

Brony, Social Justice Cenobite
Brony, Social Justice Cenobite
3 years ago

@Shadowplay
No problem. It’s not a simple thing at many levels 🙂

Shadowplay
Shadowplay
3 years ago

@ Mish – only 6 of them, but there were nights it seemed like there were 600 🙂 Easier is good and screw the scolds – if it works it works 🙂

Course with 6 there were a bit more finessing to give them all the attention they needed (not all they wanted, of course!) – family dinners were the main thing, and everyone’s day was equally important to hear about (we went youngest to eldest, usually, unless it was a birthday or a nameday).
Still, was worth it. All out and with families of their own now – so now when I get back from abroad – I got grandkids to attend on! 😛

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 years ago

Hey, can’t a judge make an offhand comment once in a while? Lighten up!

Prominent appeals court Judge Alex Kozinski accused of sexual misconduct

A former clerk for Judge Alex Kozinski said the powerful and well-known jurist, who for many years served as chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, called her into his office several times and pulled up pornography on his computer, asking if she thought it was photoshopped or if it aroused her sexually.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/prominent-appeals-court-judge-alex-kozinski-accused-of-sexual-misconduct/2017/12/08/1763e2b8-d913-11e7-a841-2066faf731ef_story.html?utm_term=.9307b3cf11b8

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 years ago

Heavens to Katie, if the publishing powers-that-be are going to lie about onions, what won’t they lie about! (In the opinion of this freelance editor, publishers have been lying to me for decades about how long it will take to edit a manuscript.)

Layers of Deceit
Why do recipe writers lie and lie and lie about how long it takes to caramelize onions?
By Tom Scocca

This article is news you can use, served two ways: For one thing, it teaches you how to actually brown onions. And for another, it teaches you that you have been gaslit and that you are probably not as bad of a cook as you might think. That’s service journalism at its finest. —Susan Matthews

http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/articles/life/scocca/2012/05/how_to_cook_onions_why_recipe_writers_lie_and_lie_about_how_long_they_take_to_caramelize_/120502_SCOCCA_CaramelizingOnions.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2.jpg

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/scocca/2012/05/how_to_cook_onions_why_recipe_writers_lie_and_lie_about_how_long_they_take_to_caramelize_.html

CleverForAGirl - microprostitute
CleverForAGirl - microprostitute
3 years ago

Dutch oven, low stove, simmer mat, keep those bad boys on low and slow all day. Seriously, grab a snack, watch some netflix ’cause it’s going to be all day.

I usually fill up the dutch oven with onions, a stick of butter, a spoon of brown sugar and maybe some balsamic. Some of the onions end up in soup, some end up in the freezer for pasta sauce, or anything that can use that flavor and body.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 years ago

There’s proof: electing women radically improves life for mothers and families

When Iceland elected a female president in 1980, it set off a domino effect that turned it into one of the most egalitarian countries. What can the US learn?

When Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, a divorced single mother, ran for president of Iceland in 1980, women made up only 5% of parliamentarians in the Nordic country.

“I never thought I would win,” she says, sitting in the modernist architectural splendor of the University of Iceland multicultural institute that bears her name in Reykjavik. “I just wanted to prove a woman could run.”

But in August of that year, she became the first female elected head of state anywhere in the world. Reflecting on the impact of her 16-year tenure, she has no time for false modesty.

“If I may say so, because I hear it all the time, it changed everything,” says the 87-year-old. “Women thought, if she can, I can. In my advanced age, women still thank me for being a role model.”

In this small nation, there is a near-unquestioned conviction based on decades of evidence that electing women to positions of power benefits women and families. And at a time when American women, galvanized by the election of Donald Trump, are showing unprecedented interest in entering the political arena themselves, Iceland can provide both a roadmap and a promise for what’s possible.

Iceland’s lesson for America is clear: when women win elections, everyone wins.

“There is absolutely no doubt that there is an equivalency between more gender-balanced political representation and better policies for women,” says Brynhildur Heiðar, executive manager of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association. “Parental leave, daycare, the gender pay gap – none of these were seen as major issues before women ran for parliament.” . . .

It’s no coincidence that last year Iceland was ranked the most gender equal country in the world by the World Economic Forum – for the ninth time – and the Economist recently named it the world’s best place for working women. . . .

A paper by Georgetown University political scientist Michele Swers found that liberal female legislators co-sponsored an average of 10.6 bills related to women’s health – an average of 5.3 more than their liberal male colleagues. (Incidentally, a Stanford University study also showed that female Congress members simply get more stuff done – passing, on average, twice as many bills as male legislators in one analyzed session of Congress.)*

The link between legislators and female-friendly and family-friendly policies is long accepted in Iceland, says Heiðar. “From our perspective there is no doubt that women in parliament drive policy for women.”

A historical look at key policies in the nation appears to back this up. In the 1990s, full-time, highly subsidised daycare became available for all children aged two and older after the election of several parliamentarians from the Women’s Alliance, a women-centred political party, and the election of Finnbogadóttir the decade before.

In 2000, by which time a third of MPs were women, a new law introduced a nine-month parental leave, which gave both mothers and fathers three months of paid leave each, plus an additional three months to split between them. At the time it was the longest amount of paid leave given to fathers anywhere in the world. “It changed society overnight,” says Ólafur Stephensen, secretary general of the Icelandic Federation of Trade and a father of two.

The next big push came after the 2008 financial crisis, which saw Iceland’s banking system collapse, creating a severe economic depression. In the election that followed in 2009, women took 43% of the seats, and Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir became the country’s first female prime minister – and the world’s first openly lesbian head of government.

“Because things were such a mess in 2009, the increase in women went almost unnoticed,” says Heiðar. “But we went from being a ‘normal’ democracy to a gender-equal parliament overnight – it was a fantastic victory.” The country briefly achieved gender parity in 2016, 101 years after Icelandic women first got the vote.

In the years that followed, new laws introduced quotas for women on company boards, a ban on strip clubs and the purchase of sex, the removal of perpetrators of domestic violence from the family, and a recent push to make employers prove equal pay.

Female political representation empowers other women at the top of other fields too, says Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, Reykjavik’s first female chief of police. Since ascending to the post in 2014, she has made violence against women and girls a priority. . . .

If the tiny nation has anything to teach the States, it is this: don’t give up. “Just keep going,” says [Auður] Styrkársdóttir. “Icelandic women aren’t here because it was handed to us – we had to fight all the way, and we are still fighting.”

*Misandry.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 years ago
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 years ago

@CleverForAGirl

Finally Mammotheers discuss onions!

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

Oooh, tips on cooking onions. Just when I am contemplating what I will be making for Christmas dinner:

https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/onion-braised-beef-brisket.html

Shadowplay
Shadowplay
3 years ago

@Victorious Parasol

I do almost that exact recipe – try stirring a teeny bit of powdered mustard into the onions when you’re coating them in the oil/meat juice. I usually eyeball it at about a teaspoon for 6 onions. (I also put the brisket on top of a few sprigs of thyme).

Kicks it up about 20 levels. 😛

Robert Walker-Smith
Robert Walker-Smith
3 years ago

My husband has explained to me that the onions aren’t caramelized until they’re roughly the same color as him. What I usually make only counts as sauteed onions.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 years ago

@Robert Walker-Smith

IMO, the onions in the photo are only partly caramelized. Some of the edges are truly caramelized, but the rest is just a half step beyond sauteed.

PHOTOSHOPPED ONIONS!!! FAKE NEWZ!!!!!!!!!!

Dormousing_it
Dormousing_it
3 years ago

Yum, onions. I’ll have to remember the bit about adding powdered mustard to them, @Shadowplay.

I couldn’t be married to someone who didn’t love onions as much as I do. I’ve worked with people who found the smell of onions to be so objectionable that they couldn’t stand to be in the same room with them. We’re talking about a little bit of sliced onion on a sub sandwich, that’s all.

@Kat: Iceland is a strange place. I remember reading in an article – I don’t know how true it is – that most of the men belonged to one political party, and most of the women, to another. Although, this was at least 8 years ago, so things may have changed. Apparently, this was attributed to a rigid divide in occupation between the sexes – many of the men were gone for most of the day, fishing.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 years ago

Woo-hoo!

Trump accusers to unite for first time, demand congressional investigation into allegations

Women that have publicly accused President Trump of sexual misconduct will call for Congress to investigate the allegations at a press conference on Monday.

The women will unite for the first time to demand the probe and share details of their allegations against Trump, according to a press release.

The conference is being hosted by Brave New Films, a documentary group that released a film about the allegations against Trump in November.

More than a dozen women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump during his presidential campaign.

Trump has denied the reports and the White House has said its official position is that the women are lying.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/364217-trump-accusers-to-unite-for-first-time-demand-congressional

@Dormousing_it

Interesting factoid about Iceland. And welcome to the Onion Fan Club! Our meetings are aromatic.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
3 years ago

Disney exec!

Disney Music Executive Has Been Arrested on Child Sexual Abuse Charges

This weekend spewed plenty more slime for the chumbucket (the Running List of Alleged Predators Facing Accusations and Consequences Post-Weinstein) (refresh later for updates), but particularly horrendous was Variety’s report that Disney music executive Jon Heely has been charged with three counts of child sexual abuse. On Friday, Heely was suspended from his position as director of music publishing without pay.

Variety reports that Heely has been accused of abusing one girl when she was 15 and another starting when she was 11 til the age of 15, which allegedly took place about a decade ago. According to inmate records, Heely was arrested on felony charges on November 16th, but a Disney spokesperson claims that the company did not learn of the charges until Friday evening.

https://jezebel.com/disney-music-executive-has-been-arrested-on-child-sexua-1821166787

Shadowplay
Shadowplay
3 years ago

Disney exec!

You surprised? An almost infinite supply of youngsters with the usual percentage of stage Moms and/or meal ticket Dads who won’t squeak?

It’s a predators paradise.

Nothing is Permanent But Woe
Nothing is Permanent But Woe
3 years ago

@Valentin

Sorry, I was away for the weekend – playing in the snow! Please don’t think I took any offence, I understood entirely what you meant and you are exactly right to be cautious. I got into urbex after 25 years of cave and mine exploration, but even so I still have lots to learn.

epitome of incomprehensibility

I have a new computer, so this comment might not show up right away, but I wanted to let people know that a writing magazine I read called Room* is doing a queer-themed issue! They’re accepting submissions until the end of January – link to website page here.

*Room is a feminist art and literary journal (stories, poems, etc) that’s based in Canada, but it accepts submissions from everywhere. It publishes work by women and non-binary people.

@Nothing is Permanent – sounds pretty cool. I like climbing things, but there aren’t too many outside things to climb in the city. Sadly, it’s also socially odd for an adult human (a woman especially, it seems) to climb rocks and trees. Next time I’m in the country, though! Might as while climb trees while I still can. If somewhat cautiously.

Brony, Social Justice Cenobite
Brony, Social Justice Cenobite
3 years ago

Some random thoughts about privilege that I’ve been trying to figure out how to express.
*It’s a concept. It shows you things about the world the way a biology course would.

*Knowing about it has benefits. It’s challenging to think about but it’s worth it because your social perspective becomes more accurate. You see how you relate to the problem. Criticism and introspection are simple parts of human behavior we can learn and benefit from.

*Privilege gives you advantages and benefits that you can leverage against people in the same in-group as you. You get to push on that social channel. The concept can hurt to think about but you learn to see the things that those with less privilege are talking about. Think about it as cultural objectification of harmful social behavior. The previous sentence can be thought of as a tool that you load into your perception and apply on a general level in thought.

*I have privileges in human communication because of the Tourette’s Syndrome. I’m tentatively calling it “impulsive social urge channel”. Think about a person obsessively thinking about social rules as a tool for mental hygiene because of what they are. I’m one in a hundred and fifty and biology is telling me very useful things about myself. It can do that for others with things we call syndromes and disorders that are actually part of our basic ape individual diversity with your useful differences in how we relate to the rest of the group.

*Privilege let’s you find ways of interacting with the swarm on the internet. I see some of the shapes for the problem. This seems implicit because of how a homo sapiens meat computer seems to work.

All of that to try to explain why l to enjoy it when other people try to insult me. I get to enjoy a good social conflict that I can justify. Tourette’s Syndrome + white, male and a bunch of other social tools. I feel good about being human right now.