I promise I will update with actual things from my life! Some time later today (as it is now technically Monday).
But for now, the links:
But for now, the links:
- Disabled Feminists: What Does it Mean to Get Better?
Today, my idea of getting better has evolved significantly. It has nothing to do with taking pills or not taking pills, it does not insist on or exclude any methods of treatment. It is focused instead on me – can I do the things I want to do? Do I feel safe? And it relies on some things I’ve observed about myself and my friends with disabilities and the qualities that make me feel confident about our abilities to weather crisis events, to come through the other side and keep moving through that cycle of event, recovery, plateau, and event. There are three qualities I think are essential: 1) the ability to know myself and my illness well enough that I know when things are starting to go wrong, when crisis is approaching, 2) knowing what things can help ameliorate or prevent crisis for me personally, and 3) being able to ask for help and having meaningful help available. With those things, I know I can move through the cycle of crisis. It does not mean I can avoid crisis – I no longer think avoiding crisis is an essential component of “getting better.” I now think my ability to survivie crisis and move through it and beyond it is what it means to get better.
- Transactivist: Trans/queer rock music (Part 1)
I like rock music rather a lot. When I was coming to terms with myself in my teens, I sought to find stories I identified with in the music I listened to. Unfortunately I didn’t come across a whole lot at the time other than the odd somewhat mention in dire cock-rock songs such as “Dude Looks Like a Lady”. Over the years though I’ve managed to turn up a few gems. In this entry I’m writing about songs which are (as far as I’m aware) written by cis artists who have chosen to explore trans issues. A second entry dealing with actual trans artists will hopefully follow soon, and I’m giving stuff with a throwaway mention of trans issues or characters (e.g. Get Back or Seven Days in the Sun) a miss, for now at least. A nice, simple list of the (good!) songs under discussion can be found at the end of this entry.
- Wyrding Studios: Art Retreats At Wyrding Studios
Ever wanted to spend a day in an artist's studio? Join artist and teacher Kythryne Aisling for a day of hands-on learning, experimentation, and creativity! You'll learn to make wire jewelry, spin yarn, and fuse glass in a relaxed environment, and get a glimpse into the life of the working artist.
- reflectedeve: you try to move your feet
On a vaguely related subject, I've been thinking a lot about race, inclusiveness, and clarity of visual representation in art/comics. I would welcome thoughts from other artists - or anyone else, for that matter (so long as you don't dismiss the importance of the subject, which I take seriously).
- bibliophibian: (no subject)
Here's my deal: I love fashion, except that there are parts of it I hate (the parts, specifically, that involve either exploiting women or stigmatizing them)--but even the parts I hate, I'm fascinated by. There are Rules that I agree with, and Rules that I disagree with--but whether I agree or disagree, the more I get involved with fashion the more I find myself thinking that, in the words of Captain Barbossa, they should be more like guidelines than actual rules (yes, I am going to quote ridiculous Disney pirate movies while talking about fashion, and you can't stop me). And that's how I try to use them. If I'm not sure about something, I'll refer to what the guidelines have to say about it, but if I have strong feelings about something that run counter to them, I try to trust and obey my own feelings over arbitrary rules handed down by the fashion world. But using the Rules as guidelines isn't always easy when the world is full of people insisting that they should, in fact, be Rules.
- odditycollector: Softer spaces
It's a pretty common trope to drop a fictional country into a world which is *otherwise* meant to be identical to our own, and I can think offhand of fictional Eastern European or African countries, or Asian or Central American ones... but no North American ones, and *maybe* a couple meant to be Western European (Princess Bride, I think?). Yeah, there's Gilead and Oceania and such, but the point of them is that they *don't* exist in a world identical to ours.
- oursin: We have so been here before
Why does one always feel that people doing this WOEZ NOEZ have not really looked at what happens on the Internet and the amount of stuff that is people reading and talking about BOOKZ and sharing the experience?
- beginningcocks: Neosporin
Antibiotic-resistant cockgerms would be bad. So Neosporin is Not Lube.
- havocthecat: Open letter to (some of) the het portions of fandom.
That thing where (some) het fen protest vociferously and angrily that one character or another isn't gay? And get hostile about it happening in canon. Or even potentially happening in canon? That's the problem I'm talking about. That's a big problem. It's the worst kind of straight privilege, where straight is presumed to be the default, and it's pretty hostile to queer folk out there.
- mecurtin: Don't Use I Write Like; UPDATE
This “I Write Like” site isn’t remotely legitimate. No, they aren’t trying; or, anyway, they aren’t trying to analyze writing samples: They’re trying to lure newbie authors to the rocks and shoals of vanity publication.