( happy rave about Jessica's work )
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yaoxiaoart created this fabulous comic, and it was the #3 post on Austraddle for all 2015. For those of us with vision issues, slow net, or feature phones, I describe it here. The visual art is linked at the end.
( #BAOPU15 Yao Xia from Autostraddle )
( If you want to say thank you )
More great art at
Here's an outstanding example of organizing through community service:
Tell me about more effective service projects, which also increase community awareness of political issues.
( juicy quotes )
She's already taught me so much about accepting my eating style, and letting go of the disordered eating I developed when I deleted gluten from my diet. I want folks everywhere to be able to communicate with a fat-positive, HAES-aware dietician, so I've dropped some coins in her bucket.
Check out her blog, and maybe you'll feel like donating as well.
The U.S. Senate has so far refused to sign the global U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Senator Tom Harkin, a steady advocate for disability rights, has recorded this video to reassert his commitment to U.S. ratification of the CRPD and calls on the community to support the effort by sending in our stories.
( Watch captioned video here )
Do you have a disability and have had difficulty studying or traveling abroad? Did you go abroad for work or school and find challenges when you arrived? Were you unable to go because of your disability?
Your story could help our work towards ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities -- by putting a FACE to why it is important! The CRPD is an international human rights treaty, modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and has been ratified by 145 countries. With your help, we hope to make the U.S. #146! If you have a story, please share it at
You can also share your support of CRPD on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtags #selfie #CRPD!
How the Obama Administration Talks to Black America
"Convenient race-talk" from a president who ought to know better at The Atlantic
begin quote But I also think that some day historians will pore over his many speeches to black audiences. They will see a president who sought to hold black people accountable for their communities, but was disdainful of those who looked at him and sought the same. And then they will match that rhetoric of individual responsibility with the aggression the administration showed to bail out the banks, and the timidity they showed in addressing a foreclosure crisis which devastated black America (again.) And they will match the rhetoric with an administration whose efforts against housing segregation have been run of the mill. And they will match the talk of the importance of black fathers with the paradox of a president who smoked marijuana in his youth but continued a drug-war which daily wrecks the lives of black men. I think those historians will see a discomfiting pattern of convenient race-talk. quote ends
Today, he's talking about sharing with his niece. As per usual, several lessons learned, many laughs guffawed:
begin quote [... snip ...] When I finished the story, I told her how proud I was of her that day, she was so kind and so generous to her sister. That's the way sisters should treat sisters.
Once I was done she said, "I know what you are doing."
I was caught. CAUGHT!! quote ends
Very weird things + snark. For when your day job is getting you down and the room is sound-proofed.
begin quote [photo eliminated by JK to ensure WSity] It’s a plastic gun, shaped like a naked woman, but instead of a head she has an enormous erect penis, and it’s full of butane and you use it to light a cigarette.
I was hoping the customer reviews would say that if you flip it over, it vomits diarrhea and yells “TOUCH MY BUTT” through a little speaker, but no, it’s just two different guys who bought it and were surprised that it didn’t work. quote ends
The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things blog
Centuries of art exploring the monstrous human, respectful discussion, utter WTFery, and as kestrel says, fodder for a thousand SF stories.
begin quote In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the preserved skins of exotic animals from faraway lands were brought back to Europe by explorers. The hides would be handed over to taxidermists whose job it was to prepare them for display by stuffing the skins and giving them a life-like appearance. However, the taxidermists often just had to guess at the shape and appearance of these unfamiliar animals based on crude sketches and descriptions, resulting in grotesque physical distortions which would appear unsettling to the modern eye. (See this article on bad taxidermy on the fantastic Ravishing Beasts blog).
James Lomax’s Untitled [Me and My Friend] (2011) disturbs and captivates me in the same way that this kind of grotesque taxidermy does. Created as a haunting tribute to a close friend who passed away in tragic circumstances, the work is comprised of two latex casts of the artist’s body. The perpetually distorted figures inflate and deflate at random intervals, giving them an unpredictable life and death cycle accompanied by the menacing mechanical scream of the inflation device. Like the distorted animal skins, James’ deflated bodies are re-animated into bizarre caricatures of their former selves, reshaped into an uncomfortable state between living and dead. quote ends
I was about to research a third great link, but sasha_feather told me I don't need three so I'm posting now. (Also told me I didn't need a cut so I'm not editing to add one.) We have tons of fun on my couch when we're writing Serious Essays.
ETA: Here's that third great link because it's so good:
Frustrations of an Asian-American Whedonite by Michael Le at Racialicious. He got up at SDCC and asked Joss Whedon the question so many of us have wondered about:
begin quote One of the things I loved about Firefly was the exploration of the fusion of Asian and American cultures. Many Asian Americans go through a similar journey. I was wondering, if you were to explore that again in the future, if you would be willing to include Asian or Asian American performers? quote ends
Read it and dance. Go forth and spread the joy!
ETA because to get the name of the blog right.
I know I've a remarkably large number of medievalistson my Droll, who might be interested in this exploration of "Diversity in Medievalism."
The very best possible eclipse plus Golden Gate bridge photo
While backstroking with moxie in the pool this AM I bonked my head on the concrete wall. All I know from concussion I learned from fanfic. I did check Dr Google and know to expect headache, visual problems, and sleepiness.
If my pupils dilate asymmetrically or I start babbling more than usual, do let me know
I'm molto excited about WisCon, and this one in particular.
Yesterday's post shone particularly brightly, addressing the damage that lay diagnosis of mental illness causes for those of us with mental illness as well as those without it:
Armchair Diagnosis: Just Don't
begin quote People sometimes seem to think they are doing someone a favour with armchair diagnosis. They’re explaining that a behaviour isn’t someone’s ‘fault’ by attributing it to mental illness. In fact, they do neither the person they’re diagnosing, nor the mentally ill community in general, a favour. By insisting that behaviours that are weird, or out of alignment with how someone usually acts, or distasteful are the result of mental illness, people are engaging in distancing. They’re saying that no ‘normal’ person could do that sort of thing. It’s impossible, for example, for someone who has been having a bad day of work to snap at someone and collapse in tears. Obviously she’s paranoid and has schizophrenia. quote ends
Here, I promise that adding this feed to your D-roll will improve your life:
Ortho Novum 777. It's the other trayf meat.
Then s.e.smith bats the ball over the fence again in this essay about make-work "job training" which teaches poor people nothing, while draining off energy needed to find a job.
begin quote It adds you to a list of successful statistics because the bottom line isn’t about whether your situation was improved, but whether you got a job, any job at all, so the government could strike you off the rolls. quote ends
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The initial orange square icon signals a "feed" account. Dreamwidth talks to the servers where the bloggers are hosted. (This conversation is called "syndication," with dialects of RSS or Atom. Just in case you needed some more random facts in your head.)
When I read my droll* Dreamwidth grabs the info from the other blogs and shows 'em in my subscription list. This means I have one place to look for interesting stuff. If I'm moved to comment, there's just one click from DW to the blog's own page.
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Racilicious is a group blog devoted to the intersections of race and pop culture. Fashion is usually something I glance at then ignore, but this piece, lavishly illustrated, taught me to think about "who has the right to play with signifiers" in a productive way:
What is Walter Van Beirendonck Trying to Say? by Joseph Lamour
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The little club? easy-peasy: ♣ = ♣
p.s. This post took me two-and-one-half hours to prepare. It seems awful slow to me; I wonder how I could speed things up.