( Apr. 14th, 2009 08:51 pm)
After a hiatus, of sorts, at the "real blog" , I'm back at it :D and I'm mostly angry :D

I have also made a somewhat executive decision to stop posting my rambly, issue-oriented posts here and to keep that to the blogger account and just link the posts here.

Nothing annoys me like blatant, willful ignorance.

My own takedown of the Amazon debacle and the subsequent reactions, excuses and why this event matters.

I am not a fan of Seth Rogan or his "same shit, different generation" style of film-making.

Why do people flip the fuck out when I talk about rape?

Who is held responsible for the actions of the privileged? I'll give you a hint, its not the ones who actually acted.

I lit my candle for Angie, in the hope that I can be better at ending the attitudes that lead to death and discrimination of transpeople.
( Apr. 3rd, 2009 12:13 pm)
Note: this is cross-posted from a few places, most notably my "real" blog and one of the communities I moderate. If you have seen it already, my apologies.

I have been stewing about this for weeks. Its more conceptual than specific event-based, so its harder to articulate.

Have you ever thought about how we talk about people?

There are a lot of discussions in various social settings where certain words and phrases are dismissed as being "just a word" or "meaningless" when their problematic nature is discussed. This is a fight that I have had with even the most progressive of folk, many of whom will not acknowledge that words have power. Words define the world around us. What words we use, and what they mean to different people is vitally important, because even if a word means nothing to you, this doesn't mean it has no meaning ever. How we talk about people and things shapes our conceptions of those people and things. How we talk about them also shapes our discourse in regards to these things, and allows us to define people, often without their input.

Which brings me to what I want to talk about here: immigration, immigrants, the words we use when we discuss them and how that perpetuates racist stereotypes and myths about immigrants, and specifically immigrants who are also POC. As Liss pointed out the immigration dialog in this country is usually based in racism and she quotes Professor Ojito of Columbia University:
"The debate, as it is framed now, has become a strictly anti-Hispanic immigration battle cry. And nothing rallies this nation quicker and more efficiently than the presence of an alien. Particularly one who is also considered ``illegal.''"
The rest is under here )

Another Note: If you are planning on commenting on this piece, please read all of the links in it first. Thank you.
I complain about "Legend of the Seeker" and how it just destroyed perfectly good and fairly feminist source material to turn a wonderful story into the same old shit with added sexist and racist tropes.

An explanation why I get so upset when I'm told to "pick my battles."

Lastly, StumbleUpon is wonderful, unexpected casual misogyny is not.
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