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August 2nd, 2016
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Previously, on As Our Library Turns...
A bit of background on last summer’s project and how it led to this project:

I took a Research in the Social Work Profession class in last year’s Spring semester. As part of that class we did several projects, and I noticed in doing mine that there was a lack of GLBT-related material in the major social work journals, and that nonbinary identities might as well not exist as far as the literature was concerned. I found a study that was done in 2002, and repeated by a different group in 2014, that looked at lesbian and gay content in 4 significant social work journals, but there wasn’t anything similar for nonbinary content. So I wrote a proposal and got accepted for a URECA (Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity) grant that gave me $2000 to do a nifty study that ended up as "More missing: Expanding content analysis in social work journals to include non-binary orientations and gender identities".

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That’s probably enough babble for one post, so I’m going to stop there for now. If this is too babble-y or doesn't make any sense, let me know.

(Also, I have no clue why my cut tags are messing up. The first one should be "How it was done" and the second one should be "What I found".)

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May 31st, 2014
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I made it through program prerequisites! And I got a transfer scholarship! However, disability grants have been discontinued because of budget cuts, and scholarship funds are not available until after class starts... which is going to make moving to actually attend MTSU impossible without help. Please, if you can, pass this on so maybe I can crowd-fund enough to take advantage of the opportunity my hard work has earned.

Help Sana Get Her Scholarship!


(A "real" post to follow in the next day or two.)

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January 3rd, 2014
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RE: previous entry









Let me know your Paypal email so I can send it back next month.

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September 18th, 2012
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QOTD
What upsets me is the emphasis that even the critics are putting on who pays taxes. I've seen a lot of people making arguments about how the working poor pay payroll taxes and sales taxes but this is beside the point. The implication is that there is a point at which you are too poor to matter, at some point you are not able to contribute to the economy and it's all your own damn fault and "we" owe "you" nothing. Equally I see a lot of rhetoric regarding how willing to work people are, meaning that, what? If you aren't willing to work you should just go die in a hole? I don't care how lazy, selfish or even downright mean someone is, they still deserve food in their belly and a roof over their heads. There is no heirarchy of who deserves food and shelter. We all deserve it because we are alive and we are human and it is incumbent upon all of us care for one another.

~Kristin Craig Lai on Shakesville

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August 9th, 2012
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Much of this is from something on another journal. I'm kinda putting together some of my reactions in a really disjointed kind of way because this week is not conducive to brain, but I didn't want to stop poking. If something doesn't make sense, please ask. If you're just curious about something, please ask. And there will probably be more related later. Especially if I get nifty questions, or I go off on a tangent, or for just universal randomness.
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There's no such thing as universal "sub traits". There are no traits that are universally valued by a preponderance of d-types. There are no traits that are expressed by a preponderance of s-types.

Submission and/or slavery are personal and individual. How they are expressed is unique to each individual s-type - and to each relationship between an s-type and a d-type.
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Submission and dominance are not necessarily sexual things - particularly the 24/7 kind. Robin and I are not M and s because it makes our pink parts tingly. (There are some bits that do feed into that, but they are not the reason, or the mainstay, of What It Is That We Do.) She doesn't fetch my tea, or pick up my plates, or set up my wheels or whatever for a sexual thrill. She does it simply because it pleases me and that makes her happy.

There are many things I do for her because she is my beloved pet and spoiling her makes *me* happy. Very rarely do I order her around (and then I'm usually teasing). Robin and I have been together for a very long time, we talk about a lot of things regularly, and she pays very close attention to me. She knows what I like and what I need and she takes care of me. Simply and quietly and discretely.

What we have isn’t to satisfy some drive in either one of us. It's just the relationship style that works for us here-and-now. If I fell off the face of the earth, she'd not be going off searching for someone to serve. If I didn't have her, I wouldn't feel a lack of service or be searching for a slave. Some of my other relationships have had D/s elements. Some didn't.

Having someone submit to me isn't a "need". I don't need my will validated. I'm a Witch - I'm well aware of my will and what it can do; I have all the validation I need from my Craft and my Gods. I don't need to be told that my needs are important - my own self-worth tells me that. This isn't an ego game. I am a d-type. That's no different from "I have blue eyes". Not your kind of d-type? Fine. Then we don't need to play together then, do we? No skin off my nose.
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That's all I've got for tonight. See ya'll later.

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February 22nd, 2012
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Questions from elinor - #2
2. What's your take on what parts of gender (however you wish to define that) are inborn, and what parts are societal? Do you have any particular views on the role of chromosomes, in utero hormones, etc.? Or are all of those kinds of questions irrelevant?

According to current medical knowledge (as reported in various peer-reviewed journals, including The International Journal of Transgenderism, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, and a whole lot of others I'm not gonna dig up my notes to list off) there's a whole lot that goes into what we lump under "sex" and "gender".

Chromosomes are important, but they're more of a guideline than a rule. XX and XY are the most common, but there's a lot more variation than anyone covers in 8th grade biology. And XX doesn't always mean "female" nor does XY always mean "male" even in basic physical development. It's one of the reasons that "genetic female only" line cracks me up. Unless they're karyotyping at the door, you can't tell what chromosomes someone has from their anatomy, their endocrinology, or any method other than genetic karyotyping. In addition, assigned-female individuals cannot be assumed to all posses uteri, vaginas or differentiated vulvae, assumed to menstruate, or assumed to anything else commonly claimed to be universal to women. Gasp! Some women - including some "genetic women" - even have cliterophalluses! Teh shock!

There's a lot of statistically-common variation out there. I sometimes love to get in the middle of some of these debates and point out that my wife, who was assigned male at birth, has XX chromosomes (and XXY ones - she's a mosaic variation of Klinefelter syndrome). I'm the one who has given birth, and my karyotype is XoXY. I have conceived (multiple times, on birth control even), birthed healthy children, breastfed - and yet I had testes as well as ovaries well into adulthood. And the two of us are not all that rare.

According to the folks that study such things, there are three major contributors to sex during development - the influence of the chromosomes contributed by the two parents, the hormone balance in the fetus (and, to a lesser extent, in the mother) during brain development, and the hormone balance in the fetus (again, and to a lesser extent in the mother) during gonadal definition an development. The latter two are considered to be the largest influences, and usually they "line up" and the hormone balances at the two different points influence development in the same direction. But not always, and there are an infinite number of variations possible.

All of that was just about sex. Gender is a whole other fettle of kish, and probably has just as much complexity. Ditto to gender presentation.

How much is innate, and how much is societal? I think that's going to vary dramatically depending on the individual. Some folks are rather fluid in one or both, some folks have strong innate preferences that influence their gender identity and/or presentation, and others (probably the majority) have some areas that are "natural" to them and others they pick up and still others they don't even have a thought about.

For me, I'm mostly read as female, and mostly anatomically female. I generally ID as intersex, and either genderqueer or soft butch. I would like to be able to mod my body in some ways (and remove some feminine markers) that are not possible for me, yet there are some aspects of a female body I really like. There are some ways I wish I could be more masculine, but I do not want a male body. Queer I am.

#s 3-7 to follow.

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September 7th, 2011
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Still not dead...
... although this evening it kinda feels like it.

I'se not away from the social media because of medical foo this time. I'se going back to school.

Thanks to help from disability services, an almost-reasonable financial aid package and an assistive tech grant, I am now a full-time student with a dual major in Social Work and Community Health doing the universal transfer portion of the program at Pellissippi State.

I'm still figuring out scheduling everything in, and re-learning how to study... and am a bit overwhelmed a great deal of the time right now... but I think (most of the time) that it'll work out. But right now.... I'm going to go take a lot of drugs and collapse...

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July 9th, 2011
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QotD
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue ... do not now seek the answers which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them ... and the point is to live everything ... live the questions now ... perhaps you will then, without noticing it, live along into the answers.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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QotD
... JUST: (adv.) merely, simply.

I hate this word. It minimizes. It trivializes. "Just" do this, or that. It tells me the person speaking thinks the action should be easy. It ignores circumstances and individual capabilities in favor of a normative narrative of what "everyone" should be able to do. It also implies a moral judgment - the speaker obviously believes the course of action is not only easy, by their own arbitrary standards (usually heavily influenced by society's standards, of course), but the *right* thing to do. It erases conflicting emotions and tells you the choice should be easy, and therefore being conflicted about it is wrong. It invalidates peoples' feelings and experiences.

From a stranger or ideological opponent, it's sneering, condescending. From a loved one, it's even more damaging, a slap in the face. It is the worst word, a metric fuckton of condescension, patronization, minimization, trivialization, all wrapped up in four innocent letters.

So please. If you are ever tempted to 'splain someone's situation and the course of action you think they should take by saying "just do X", DON'T. No matter how obvious the solution seems to you. Just don't. Step back, think about why they might not have done that yet, and find a way to offer advice - IF they asked for it in the first place (which in my experience the object of this unfortunate phrase usually didn't) - that doesn't imply that the person is stupid for how they've handled themselves and their situation so far. Respect their decisionmaking process. Try giving them the benefit of the doubt - try assuming that they *do* know what they're doing, and that they *do* have reasons for handling things the way they have.

But for the love of all that was, is, and ever will be... "Just" stop.

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from Jadelyn at Witch.Words

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April 13th, 2011
03:21 pm
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For Rhomylly
Eris, look at the name of our dead.
Antinous, read the name of our dead.
Faro, remember the name of our dead.
Ymir, look at the name of our dead.
Indra, read the name of our dead.
Melek Ta'us, remember the name of our dead.
What is remembered, lives.
We shall always remember.


She made a difference. She will always be remembered.

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April 4th, 2011
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Has joined Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/people/Sanacrow

Not much there yet - the pretties I was gifted with this weekend, and the lapghan I just started. Bounced around a bit and got some nifty ideas for when I can brain a more complicated pattern.

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January 27th, 2011
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These are the best things I've seen yet about the Feri/Faery goings-on:

From Eldriwolf

And from Chemalfait

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January 1st, 2011
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Happy 2011!
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all the new year's seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

Huggles, toasts, and blessings of the Heart and Host to all of you.

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October 15th, 2010
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September 30th, 2010
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(I can't get to DreamWidth from work, but can get here... grrr.)

Sent to a list currently discussing the latest Feri Drama:

The way I look at it is that PEOPLE are bound by oaths, not material. Different lines have different boundaries. Different lines have different ways of interpreting oaths and obligations. To my way of thinking, it doesn't matter whether anyone else talks or writes about something that I consider either private or oathbound, I am still bound by _MY_ obligations and honor.

If at some point one becomes aware that particular aspects of material are considered private by some, then it is only polite to refrain from those discussions in public situations, or at least to tread VERY carefully in those areas - the boundaries of those we respect deserve respect, even if those are not our own boundaries.

I belong to a Trad/line related to Feri that has oathbound material that certainly won't fit on a postcard -- although the greatest amount of "stuff" isn't considered oathbound so much as... private. Family stuff. It's not shared because it's *secret*, but because, like a personal diary, it can't be shared without sharing a bit of your own heart and soul - parts that are deep and dear and not for general consumption.

The "oathbound" lore and material I inherited from my training coven is what is handed down as (the 'writable' part of) the core material of our Family. I consider some of the notes, associated material and reference bits that came with that core of material to be Very Important in its own way, and I treat it with the same respect.

I also have journals, diaries, reference notebooks, files of loose papers, photocopies of workshop notes, and tons of other material. Some of that is also Very Important to me - in particular my own journals and commentaries that are strongly influenced by material and lore that various folks have shared with me. (I'm a packrat, and I tend to go off on research 'projects' for months or years at a time. I've also been following this pattern for a couple of decades. Ergo, I have shelves and filing cabinets and boxes full of random, useful and odd Stuph.)

General stuff I don't have a problem with sharing. Material that others I respect consider private or oathbound, I won't knowingly share outside of the circumstances given by the person who shared it with me. Nothing beyond that small core of inherited material do I really consider "oathbound". However *I* am oathbound to honor what I have been given, to respect and honor the work and lore of my Kin, and to follow particular guidelines when dealing with not-Kin (or not-yet-Kin).

A related bit is material that can be / is shared as part of ritual, but isn't shared outside a ritual context. There is a big difference between first encountering a bit of lore or liturgy as part of an immersive ritual experience, and first seeing those same words as simply ink on a page or pixels on a screen. If something is first experienced as a living, breathing element of a Working Circle, every time those elements are seen - even as "mere" words on a page - a portion of that first encounter will always be a part of them, they will always have that direct connection to their full context, with juicy layers and depths open to be plumbed. This isn't often the case if those same elements are first experienced outside of their context. If I respect and value those I work with (and I shouldn't be working with anyone I don't!), I want them to have a full, juicy first experience of this lore. And an important part of creating that optimum experience is HOW things are shared as much as WHAT is shared and WHEN.

Another reason for being careful about how and with who particular things are shared is that we work with real critters that have a history of making chewtoys out of folks that catch their eye that they have no obligations for or to. If I bring someone to their attention (or give out information that enables someone to put the equivalent of a "lunch here" sign over their head) and that someone doesn't deal well with the results of having caught the curiosity of these critters, then I am at least partially responsible for any damage that comes to them.

To me, being cautious and careful with lore and other material isn't hiding "the Mysteries" (and there's a rant in those scare quotes somewhere...) or keeping secrets of the universe locked up tight. Universal Mysteries are out there for folks who go looking, no particular lore-set required.

I keep much lore and other material close because I value honor and trust. Because I honor and respect those who have walked this path before me, and because I honor and respect those who walk this path with me now. I am in awe of what has been shared with me, and cherish the trust that I have been gifted with, as I know the bits of my own heart and soul that have been shared are treasured. It's part of the bond we share, the intimacy of close, deep Work, and it's part of what makes us Family.

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July 21st, 2010
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Am I supposed to be a-scared now? ::giggle::
Just in:

taliesin23 sent you a message on LiveJournal: Dynion Mwyn.
The message was:
You will find this entry about HOME CIRCLE at
http://www.dynionmwyn.net/plagerize.html It will remain there until you
correct the entry you have for Dynion Mwyn:

There have been ugly rumors for years about Zanetta Wilson and others of
Home Circle (a Wiccan Church in Knoxville Tennessee) Their web site
carries slander and defamatory material making untrue statements about
Dynion Mwyn. We have no idea who these people are but suspect they are
minions of Betsy Ashby and/or Fari Gold who have been trying their best
(which is not much) to slander and destroy us. Go below to read about
Betsy who we suspect of being a sociopath/psychopath. An entry we have
found about Home Circle and Zanetta Wilson/Sana Karine involves
Dominant/submissive sexual sexual behavior and Marquis DeSade
Sadomasochism. Not exactly a family friendly group. Our suggestion is to
keep all young people under 21 away from this group. If they will lie
about one thing they will lie about another. So we cannot recommend Sana
Karine/Zanetta Wilson or Home Circle to any prospective pagan for training
or advice.
In Light and Love,
Gwen Boudicca, Elder and Web Mistress of Dynion Mwyn
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Am I supposed to be afeared that someone might think I'm kinky or something? Jeash. I think the only person who knows me that *doesn't* know I'm kinked is both socially clueless and can't operate Google.

I have half a mind to respond, letting them know that they left out most of the really interesting kinks and all my slash connections. And maybe offering them a discount on some nice FemDom files.

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April 24th, 2010
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QOTD
from Elf, in her post here:

"I can't honestly say to the nonPagan public, we are safe; we are not harmful to our members. Because we put our members through hells, dredge their psyches for pain and force them to swallow it and then tell them to ask for more. We dance with demons. Almost always, metaphorical ones. People who get into this stuff the wrong way, or without being balanced just right, or at a rough time in their lives--lose their partnerships of years, lose their jobs, lose their sanity, lose their connection with humanity. They go to jail or turn up homeless. Sometimes, they commit suicide.

While I'd love for us to have a statement we can agree on, decrying sexual abuse, decrying the abuse of minors, phrased in a way to be a useful resource to the media or to members of our community... a lot of the people involved in the discussion don't seem to want that. Or they don't seem to want *just* that. They want a statement that says "we are GOOD and you can TRUST US!"

And you can't. We hurt people. The ones we love and respect most, we demand the most of; they give up *everything* for their spiritual paths. Done right, religious witchcraft *shatters* the lives of its practitioners--and the really talented ones put together a beautiful mosaic out of the pieces. The rest... don't.

I want to look at all those nice curious teens who heard about Wicca on a blog somewhere, and tell them, "go away; there be dragons here." I don't want that message diluted with statements about our ethics, even accurate ones. I really don't want it diluted with feelgood platitudes that imply that all of Pagandom is gentle and supportive and people who get involved with it should never be disturbed at what's going on around them.

Thou Shalt Not Eat Poisoned Bait. If You Do, Don't Come Whining To Me About It."

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January 22nd, 2010
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From Elf - SCOTUS and corporations... and magic...
Some values of hope.

Several people on my f'lists, and many pundits, are wailing about the recent Supreme Court decision, which seems to boil down to "since corporations are people, and people have free speech, we can't forbid them from spending gazillions of dollars on political speech." (I'm not providing links. You can find DailyKos without my help.)

Many people are saying:
1) This is the end of true democracy because there's no limit to how many politicians can now be bought,
2) Every cyberpunk dystopia we've ever heard of is now not only possible, but plausible, save for the tech,
3) Corporations are going to stomp out unions, end social aid programs, and feed more money to the ultra-wealthy.

I think those are all reasonably true. (I dunno if #3 *will* happen, but I'm sure it'll be attempted.)

But I'm not overly-dismayed. It's not like this was a *surprise* decision; it stems logically from the concept of "corporate persons." It came from the growing allowance that corporations are both exempt from laws that govern people (if a corporation kills people, "the corporation" cannot go to prison for it), and permitted to rights granted only to people.

They have forgotten something. They, the SCOTUS, the corporations themselves, the media... lots of theys have forgotten something.

Corporations are not people.

They are not. Really. All we, THE PEOPLE, have to do to end this, is STOP PRETENDING that corporations are people.

Con't at: http://elf.dreamwidth.org/292198.html

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December 16th, 2009
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Heads up.
The individual referred to as "MissThang" in previous events is now on FetLife as "ElenaMcIvor".

File under 'Amusing':
She is "disturbed" someone has been 'lying about her' to "make up with their SO".

File under 'Not At All Amusing':
Pass the warning - she breaks her toys. And doesn't care.
Partial documentation in regards to responsibility/attitude available on my twitter feed from late April (in the @ stream). (If those bits go missing, I've copies.) Additional documentation available.

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November 24th, 2009
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Note...
Dear new counterperson at Arby's:

When I order my food without certain items on it, especially if I make a note of telling you that there is a health issue involved, it is not funny to hide those items mixed into the bottom of my food so that I don't see them when I check where such items usually are.

When I am so specific with my order it is because I do not wish to consume foods that will cause me physical pain and other less-pleasant side effects that end up with me missing work and hating life in general. I do not have the luxury of a job with benefits, so when your "jokes" make me sick, you are also taking money directly out of my pocket in addition to the expenses you create for medications I will need to counteract your fun.

I don't have a lot of wiggle-room financially, and I choose not to give my money to places that endanger my health and livelihood. In other words, I will be taking my business elsewhere. And I will be letting your manager know exactly why.

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November 10th, 2009
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Yes. THIS.

I may not always think Safe, Sane and Consensual are the best blanket buzzwords*... but keeping your brain with you at all times is a good guideline for newer folks no matter WHAT community you're sticking your toe into. (And when it comes time to let the brain dive into the game at hand... make sure you've already used that brain in considering who you're trusting your safety and your sanity to while you are otherwise occupied.)

Jet has some other great gems (thimky stuff as well as erotica and other bits) at her website at A Sliver of Moonlight. The exchanges in the Newsgroup Natterings section can be quite thought-provoking for newer folks as well as those that have been around for awhile.

*Or at least not without some significant conversation about what SSC means to the people involved here and now thinking about this particular game, since there's a whole world of difference between some folk's definitions and in the middle of an intense -whatever- is not the time to discover that your partner's definitions are drastically different from yours.

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October 19th, 2009
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QOTD +
Still banging head on desk repeatedly while trying to get a computer *reliably* working for consistent net access and various other projects... but for now...

On the Butch/Femme dance, but fitting other queerdoms as well:

It is quite a spectacle, really, once one sees it, these humans so devoted to dressing up and acting out... the theory that there are two sharply distinct sexes and never the twain shall overlap or be confused or conflated... marking a distinction between two sexes as though their lives depended on it. It is amazing that homosexuals and lesbians are mocked and judged for dressing in "butch-femme drag", for nobody goes about in full public view as though decked out in butch and femme drag as much as respectable heteronormatives when they are dressed up to go out in the evening, or to go to church, or to go to the office. Critics of queers' styles ought to look at themselves in the mirror on their way out for a night on the town to see who's really in drag. The answer is, everybody is. Perhaps the main difference between heteronormatives and queers is that when queers go forth, as butch, femme or anything in between, they know they are engaged in a gender theater. Heteronormatives usually are taking it all perfectly seriously, thinking they are in the real world, thinking they *are* the real world. (Marilyn Frye)

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September 15th, 2009
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That "30 Things" meme...
Really long whiny-bitchy rambling...Collapse )

Find out more about National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week and the 5-day free virtual conference with 20 speakers Sept 14-18, 2009 at www.invisibleillness.com

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September 4th, 2009
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Oh hai.
I have a new favorite paragraph:

Oh my fucking GOD, fandom, I love you SO HARD right now! Seriously! I want to make sweet, sweet, filthy dirty love to you. I want to buy you flowers. I want to take you to watch the original Star Wars trilogy back-to-back and flick popcorn off the balcony with you. I want to surprise you with a weekend in Paris, and kiss you breathless on top of the Eiffel Tower. I want to tickle you until you're reduced to a wriggling mass of helpless giggles, and end up kicking me in the head by accident. I want to show you my favourite vid of 3 adorable British twinks fucking on Youporn, and then write fanfic about them with you, because they are just so fucking adorable, and also hot, and they deserve a fandom. I want to bake you a cake using my mother's recipe, and pipe wobbly chocolate love hearts on the icing, and spangle it with wee silver balls, and let you lick out the bowl. (By which I do mean porn.) I want to buy you that lovely technological bauble from the Mac shop that you couldn't justify spending the money on, and get it inscribed with some stupid shared joke that will crack your shit up. I want to give you a back rub. I want to present you with your favourite comic along with your morning coffee. I want to sit quietly reading fanfic while you check your email across the room, and message you when you're close enough to throw a balled-up pair of socks at. I want to read you your favourite childhood story until you slide into sleep. I want to hold your fucking HAND.

It's from this post by pandarus.

If you don't have the context of survey!fail, there's been plenty of absolute awesome (and bits of wangst) posted all over fandom, with some of the best gathered at linkspam.

Short version: Fandom ROCKS.

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August 19th, 2009
05:44 pm
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Link foo?
What's in a name? Everything Intersex: Why naming matters
"What is at stake when it comes to intersex clearly goes deeper than language. Intersex is about culture, human rights, and quite literally, saving lives. No matter who you talk to, the intentions on all sides of the intersex/DSD controversy are good: to end unnecessary medical treatments or to disallow discrimination based on physical variation or to prevent “normalization” of people who, for whatever reason, don’t meet the narrow confines of acceptable male-female and boy-girl. Everyone is just trying to find the right word, the strongest way to say stop. The challenge is to make sure no one is hurt along the way."

Referenced in the above, and a damn good piece:
The Tyranny of the Esthetic: Surgery's Most Intimate Violation
Written in 1998, the numbers haven't changed -- still, every day in this country, five children have healthy sexual organs surgically altered or removed just to make their parents or their doctors more comfortable.

The Complete Alphabet: Moving beyond ABC towards healthy and safe sexuality for all

Epiphany and George Sodini
Finally grokking "You're polyamorous? That's so greedy!"

Racism, Right-Wing Rage and the Politics of White Nostalgia

CSI Myths: The Shaky Science Behind Forensics
(The linked sidebar "The Truth About 4 Common Forensics Methods" is well worth a gander, as well.)

Conan O'Brian attacks trans women

Believers invest in the Gospel of Getting Rich
More garbage from the Prosperity Gospel folks, who are telling their followers that if they're worried about money, they should just send more to worthy causes... like the Prosperity Gospel preachers. Shhh. It's not a MLM scheme - it's the Word of God!

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