xtina: In Case Of Men SMASH PATRIARCHY (feminism)
I now realise that sometimes, sometimes, Twitter has some awesome shit.

To be judged on my record of tyranny, oppression and turning innocent creatures to stone, not my gender. #FeministWishList
-- @The_WhiteWitch
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Via [personal profile] cereta:

Dogs and Smurfs; Why women writers and stories about women are taken less seriously, by Max Barry

The entire post is the awesome.  I've even caught myself referring to unknown-sex animals as "he"/"him".  It's incredibly frustrating.

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Via [personal profile] cereta:

Dogs and Smurfs; Why women writers and stories about women are taken less seriously, by Max Barry

The entire post is the awesome.  I've even caught myself referring to unknown-sex animals as "he"/"him".  It's incredibly frustrating.
xtina: "No... :( I wanted the opposite of this. :( " (things have gone awry)
New York City Cops Acquitted on Rape Charges

Okay!  I quit!  I don't know what I quit, or how to quit, but I quit!

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The meta: whenever someone friends me on LJ, or gives me access to their journal on DW, I go to a browser wherein I am not logged in to view my recent posts, to see what people see.

The post:

I still entirely love this post.

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The meta: whenever someone friends me on LJ, or gives me access to their journal on DW, I go to a browser wherein I am not logged in to view my recent posts, to see what people see.

The post:

I still entirely love this post.
xtina: Scene of Dr Who/Donna and the Ood, with Led Zeppelin text: "talk and song from tongues of lilting grace" (lace and grace)
Trigger warning: discussion of rape.

Tiger Beatdown: #MooreandMe: Four Days Outside the Tower. I’m Scared. I’m Tired. I’m Crying. And I Won’t Stop.

Anyone, anyone, who even hints at that tired old bullshit of "The poster would be really good for the progressive cause if she'd just calm down" gets quite thoroughly banned, fucking regardless of how I might know you.

I am tearing up right now from reading that post.  God damn, this world, what the fuck.

Originally posted on Dreamwidth.  Number of comments so far: comment count unavailable
xtina: Scene of Dr Who/Donna and the Ood, with Led Zeppelin text: "talk and song from tongues of lilting grace" (lace and grace)
Trigger warning: discussion of rape.

Tiger Beatdown: #MooreandMe: Four Days Outside the Tower. I’m Scared. I’m Tired. I’m Crying. And I Won’t Stop.

Anyone, anyone, who even hints at that tired old bullshit of "The poster would be really good for the progressive cause if she'd just calm down" gets quite thoroughly banned, fucking regardless of how I might know you.

I am tearing up right now from reading that post.  God damn, this world, what the fuck.
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A quote, from gaming last week:

"I think in the future, I'll go ahead and disregard rules that always refer to the player as 'he', as I am not a 'he'."
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Snippet from yesterday, related to the song "Meet Virginia":

X: I can't stand that song.
J: It's a pretty catchy song, though.  *hums*
X: Yeah, but... at some point, I dunno, I just get tired of listening to men singing about women's lives.  I'd much rather listen to women singing about their own lives.  "I hate you", "I love you", "I'm a lowly worm but with your love I'll shine again", "you fucked me up and now all women suck", blah blah freakin' blah.  It's all so objectifying, and on occasion, I'm done with it.
J: Now, I'm sure they have feelings for these women.
X: Oh, yeah, I'm sure they have feelings, I just don't think they're useful.
J: *cracks up*

And for the luvva rancid Kool-Aid, if I never hear lyrics that refer to the man's love interest as a child (hell, to either of them as a child), or that "let me take you by the hand/help you understand" rhyme, ever again, I will be a v. happy kitty indeed.  (Like there aren't other rhymes one could make against "hand"/"understand".  *eyeroll*)

He wondered whether there was any music with women singing about men in a similar fashion.  (a) Yes.  I can think of at least two off the top of my head.  (b) I don't particularly care.

Although women covering songs originally (or "originally") performed by men pleases me.


I still like rock music.  I will still listen to it.  I just get really tired of it at times.

Thankfully, I have such awesome folk around me that I don't have to worry about someone accusing me of dismissing the perspectives and contributions of men!  Isn't that wonderful?  I think so.

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I was describing to Josh a state of mind, today.  It's that state where someone is still rejecting reality because it's too harsh, but you suspect they may pull through.  Context is feminism; specifically, talking of it to those who... aren't there yet.

"Thing is, they're in denial because it's fucking shitty and they hate it... hi, thanks, that's where I live, like all the time."

/unrelated

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I was describing to Josh a state of mind, today.  It's that state where someone is still rejecting reality because it's too harsh, but you suspect they may pull through.  Context is feminism; specifically, talking of it to those who... aren't there yet.

"Thing is, they're in denial because it's fucking shitty and they hate it... hi, thanks, that's where I live, like all the time."

/unrelated
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...this is the most perfect thing I have read ever.

http://www.fugitivus.net/2010/07/07/great-now-i-hate-everybody/

I've been going through feminist burn-out recently, and wondering how to both be a feminist and not bring down the sun, and I've been blundering by, and then this jewel!  Right here!

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...this is the most perfect thing I have read ever.

http://www.fugitivus.net/2010/07/07/great-now-i-hate-everybody/

I've been going through feminist burn-out recently, and wondering how to both be a feminist and not bring down the sun, and I've been blundering by, and then this jewel!  Right here!
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I replied to the Kellogg's folk.  I asked why on earth, if moms were the default here, the "Parents" link even exists?  I advance the notion that dads are parents as well, and could they please either change the URL to say /parents/, a trivial change at best, or change the link, to be more clear that they assume that only moms are parents.

Yes, world, it's possible to be offended on behalf of others*.

* It is also on behalf* of women, given that I dislike the assumption that moms are the parents the end, but I imagine that some poor beleaguered customer service rep is wondering why a woman is caring about men's feelings, so.

* That word suddenly looks ridiculous to me.

--

Why am I bothering with this?

In the grand scheme of things, I'm betting that the ongoing horror that is rape matters a wee bit more than text on a Pop Tarts website, but everything matters, on some level.  I mean, where do you think the big stuff comes from?  The sky?  Magically, everyone woke up one day to say "What a lovely day! Think I'll go subjugate and belittle some [people other than those like me]"?  Little things build up.  And as I have few spoons to go to rallies and work at shelters and things, I do what I can.
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I replied to the Kellogg's folk.  I asked why on earth, if moms were the default here, the "Parents" link even exists?  I advance the notion that dads are parents as well, and could they please either change the URL to say /parents/, a trivial change at best, or change the link, to be more clear that they assume that only moms are parents.

Yes, world, it's possible to be offended on behalf of others*.

* It is also on behalf* of women, given that I dislike the assumption that moms are the parents the end, but I imagine that some poor beleaguered customer service rep is wondering why a woman is caring about men's feelings, so.

* That word suddenly looks ridiculous to me.

--

Why am I bothering with this?

In the grand scheme of things, I'm betting that the ongoing horror that is rape matters a wee bit more than text on a Pop Tarts website, but everything matters, on some level.  I mean, where do you think the big stuff comes from?  The sky?  Magically, everyone woke up one day to say "What a lovely day! Think I'll go subjugate and belittle some [people other than those like me]"?  Little things build up.  And as I have few spoons to go to rallies and work at shelters and things, I do what I can.
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Someone elsewhere mentioned this:

* Go to this Pop Tarts webpage.
* Mouse over the Parents option.
* Note that the URL is: http://www.poptarts.com/moms

So, I dashed off a quick note to their contact email, out of sheer curiosity as to how they would justify this.  I can't remember what I said -- probably something like above.

Response:

Christina,

Thank you for your feedback about the Kellogg's® Pop-Tarts® website.

Please know that the intent of this site is not to exclude all interested parties, but to identify the information for the type of audience that might be most interested. We sell our products to a diverse population and we welcome everyone to participate in our websites. The reason it has a link for "moms" is because this website is a club for "moms" and their children.


*blink*

Well, okay then.  "We're not trying to exclude anybody.  Everyone can participate.  Here's some gender-specific language, hidden under a gender-neutral button.  ...what?"
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Someone elsewhere mentioned this:

* Go to this Pop Tarts webpage.
* Mouse over the Parents option.
* Note that the URL is: http://www.poptarts.com/moms

So, I dashed off a quick note to their contact email, out of sheer curiosity as to how they would justify this.  I can't remember what I said -- probably something like above.

Response:

Christina,

Thank you for your feedback about the Kellogg's® Pop-Tarts® website.

Please know that the intent of this site is not to exclude all interested parties, but to identify the information for the type of audience that might be most interested. We sell our products to a diverse population and we welcome everyone to participate in our websites. The reason it has a link for "moms" is because this website is a club for "moms" and their children.


*blink*

Well, okay then.  "We're not trying to exclude anybody.  Everyone can participate.  Here's some gender-specific language, hidden under a gender-neutral button.  ...what?"
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Some days, pesky shit irritates me.

Today, it's calling superior officers "sir", regardless of gender.

"But it's a good gender-neutral term to indicate respect towards your superior!"
"It's a gender-inherent term, you ignorant fuck."
"..."

Note: not a real conversation.  Despite my rants here, I try not to get violent during feminism-topicked discussions.

So today, default words (like "sir", or "gentlemen" (I've been reading military fic, shut up), or the like) that claim to be gender-neutral but oddly always seem to be male irritate me beyond reason.

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