This week is going to be super busy. We're approaching the holiday season, and I'm actually looking forward to it for a change. It's that time of year when I (hopefully) renew my positive inclination toward humanity and my (battered) optimism for the future. That is what defines a successful holiday season for me--I've only recently come to realize this. It's good to know. Anyway, you didn't come here for me blithering about the holidays. Here are your links:Literary/Entertainment
: Check out comic artist Becky Cloonen's work
. I had no idea that Killjoys was a comic book first. OMG, I've so much reading to do. :) The Clique: Race and ageism in Hollywood
. I love the concept that when we're talking about diversity it should be discussed in terms of normalization of reality not diversity. Because the implication is that diversity takes effort and that homogeneity doesn't somehow. The truth is that homogeneity (all white, all male) does indeed take effort, and it has centuries of bias (that required a great deal of energy to stay in place) behind it. Anna Paquin Wrecks Trolls Who Insulted Her About Her Weight
. WE ARE NOT FICTIONAL: ON DEFAULT ASSUMPTIONS AND WORLDBUILDING
. Next, a great article on the new World Fantasy Award statue. THE NEW WORLD FANTASY AWARD: WHAT’S NEXT?
I, too, am very glad that this is changing. It's about damned time. This link is a great argument regarding accessibility issues: Van Halen, M&Ms, and Accessibility Policies
. Dear WFC and other conventions, we're long past the time that this should've changed. Stop stalling. Just do it already.General
: WATCH THESE TRANSGENDER TEENS SHARE MESSAGES TO THEIR FUTURE SELVES
. And this is why seperation of church and state is important-->As Houston Islamic Center Burns, Firefighter Posts, "Let it burn...block the fire hydrant."
If you work for the government, you should not ever be in the position of denying a citizen services due to their race, religion, gender, age, ableness, or sexual orientation. Your opinion is not a factor in whether or not you do your job. If it is, quit. Period. This shit is becoming far too common in the US, and people need to understand that it's unAmerican. Stop saying that 70% of Syrian Refugees are “fighting age” males
. "If you are looking for a reason to justify turning our backs on Syrian refugees, then look elsewhere for a rationale. 76.6% of Syrian refugees are women and children."
Yes. That. Also? This: Syrian family rejected by Indiana welcomed in Connecticut
. I'm not going to say much about this next one since you've probably already seen it, but just in case: the original article is this one, I think. My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment. Nineteen cops showed up
. But there's also, Her white neighbor thought she was breaking into her own home. Nineteen cops showed up
. And this bullshit disgusts me: Philip Davies: 'politically correct males pander to militant feminists.'
Your rebuttal to the reasoned arguments you're facing is something a twelve year old misogynist says in gaming chat rooms? Seriously? That's the best you can do, Mr. Politician whose job it is to debate? That's pathetic. And now, a headline that should surprise no one: Home Abortions Rise After Texas Law Closes Clinics
. Well, no shit. We know this. We've seen it before. Can we stop repeating history already? Don't like abortion? Don't fucking have one.
The end. Stop trying to control women's behavior. It's bullshit. Speaking of bullshit...Gamergate Supporters Are Responsible for the Terrorist Photoshopping of Journalist Veerender Jubbal
. I think GG lost all credibility a long fucking time ago, but hey, if you still think it wasn't about hate and bigotry, you're going to have a tough time believing it now. Gwynne Dyer explains why terrorism is overblown and why Islamists want western countries to attack the Islamic State.
Again, the holidays are on the way. Time to maybe rethink a few things. For example, Dear Teachers: An Open Letter about Images of Indians
. And American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving
.Trigger Warning Section
: Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Abuse Among LGBT People: a review of existing research
 Or in this case, volunteer for it. Thankfully, the dangerous bigot isn't serving as a fireman any longer.