elisi: (Girl with a sword by sandy_s)
I've been meaning to write *something* about the whole Harvey Weinstein thing. There are a hundred things I could link you to. However, the thing that I can't get out of my head is this bit of dialogue from 'The Initiative' (slightly edited):

Parker : [Laughs] oh, yeah. The word is stamina. I mean, definitely a bunny in the sack, but later on, well. You know the difference between a freshman girl and a toilet seat? A toilet seat doesn't follow you around after you use it.

Riely decks Parker who hits the floor.

Riley : (Walking between Forrest and Graham.) I can't believe that I did that.

Forrest : What the hell for?

Riley : He--he was just being so crude.

Forrest : Please. You've heard me say much grosser things than that.

Riley : I just didn't like hearing him (he pauses thoughtfully) talk about buffy that way. I think I... Well, I guess I like her.

I have said before that I think Riley Finn was a metaphor for male privilege (straight, white male privilege specifically) and this is the perfect example.

Riley is a nice guy. Decent. Works hard. Goes to church. Serves his country. And it's possible we're meant to cheer him on for decking Parker. But. The line that stands out is Forrest's:

You've heard me say much grosser things than that.

The only thing different is that Riley happens to like Buffy. The whole of the cold open is a lengthy frat-boy-ish objectification of women. And Riley never speaks up.

I wish they'd done more with him. I can't even tell if the metaphor was deliberate, or if they just took the most basic template possible to create him, and the metaphor was built in.

However, it's useful. (Also see Xander of course.) Because in creating him, they essentially made Buffy date the Patriarchy. And the Patriarchy couldn't hack it and ran away.

But... they never really made the Patriarchy face its issues. Maybe they couldn't. Maybe that would have been a step too far for Joss... (*SO* not surprised at his ex-wife's allegations.)

And so it goes. From the Weinsteins and the Trumps at the top, through the Whedons and the Gibsons right down to the guy on the bus who puts his hand on your knee.

Because all the Riley Finns in the world just laugh when their friends are crude.

Not because she's your sister, your mother, your daughter, your girlfriend. Because he is your brother, your father, your son, your friend.

(ETA: Much like white people need to tackle racism, and straight/cis people need to tackle LGBT+ bigotry.)
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MNSBC: Lawrence: 'Stunned' by John Kelly's attack on Rep. Wilson
While defending President Donald Trump's "brave" condolence call to a Gold Star family, Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly attacked Rep. Frederica Wilson, calling her an "empty barrel." Lawrence O'Donnell explains why Kelly was noble and cruel all at once.

This is 19 minutes long, but it's worth it. And it's what we need more of - straight white guys calling out their own.


3 October 2017 01:52 pm
elisi: (Clara (FACE))
I wish there was something profound I could say about the terrorist shooting in Vegas. But we are just drowning in disasters at the moment.

(Although I wish someone [in government] would be brave enough to say 'Yes, we are coming for your guns, you don't need them'. ETA: Actually, they can all have a gun just like the ones they had in 1791!)
elisi: (The Master)
How we would cover Trump's handling of Puerto Rico if it were happening in another country
It says it's satire, but honestly, from over here it reads pretty straight...
elisi: (Bill)
Ta-Nehisi Coates: The First White President
The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.

Long, but very worthwhile.
elisi: (Vote Saxon by diapadme)

Funny because it is true.

Meanwhile Corbyn was at Glastonbury, as full of hope for a better world as if it was 1968 and with thousands chanting his name. What even is this year?


20 June 2017 10:08 pm
elisi: (Democracy)

(I still can't believe that this is real. WHAT IS *WRONG* WITH THE TORIES???? Who the hell takes food from children?)
elisi: (Choose Love)
If you haven't heard of The Great Get Together, have a look! There might be something happening near you!!

It's in memory of Jo Cox, celebrating her message, and very much what we need right now. And just look - a media first! The Sun & Daily Mirror print a shared editorial backing The #GreatGetTogether inspired by Jo Cox, and The Telegraph and The Guardian have written a joint opinion piece celebrating #MoreInCommon. (Follow link above to see them.)

And here are four former Prime Ministers:

"We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us."
Jo Cox, firs speech to Parliament.

(And also, you should all go watch The Last Leg. <3)
elisi: (Democracy)

Also, you should all watch Election Spy (VERY SHORT, HYSTERICALLY FUNNY!)

Also, from the BBC: General election 2017: 'Why I switched from Tories to Labour'

And from NME: Protest against Theresa May’s ‘coalition of chaos’ takes place in London

I think Darcy described the whole situation best:

We were in a car going in the wrong direction. Now someone has thrown a spanner in the works and the car is broken. But at least it's stopped.
elisi: (Angel)
Finished it by watching The Last Leg (& HIGNFY) and am too tired to say much except that you should watch the whole two hours (of The Last Leg) because it was great, and Baroness Warsi is a dear. <3
elisi: (Democracy)
In case you haven't seen it yet, here is Jonathan Pie's reaction.

For anyone who wants a proper primer, Vox wrote a handy article just before the election. Covers most issues, I think.

Except of course the DUP, whom Ms May now wants to make an alliance with... BBC article here which covers a lot of it. They're basically hardcore right wing fundamentalists, with everything that entails - hey, it's like getting a taste of the GOP!! Except endorsed by the three biggest loyalist paramilitary organisations. ETA: Better link The Democratic Unionist Party

Such charming friends she keeps. Especially after going on and on about Corbyn 'palling around' with terrorists... With thanks to [personal profile] enevarim there is a perfect tweet:

And a more serious ETA:

And half an hour to The Last Leg!! (Two hour Election Special. This should be goooooooood!!)
elisi: (Grrl power)
General election ends in a hung Parliament

The Tories had a 17 point lead at the start of April! They expected a landslide...


ETA: Context for those haven't been following (and why would you?). The PM decided to call a snap election (even though she'd said she wouldn't) in order to increase her mandate before the Brexit talks.

Result: She lost the mandate.

The Tories are still the largest party, but they don't have a majority and might form a coalition with the DUP (The Democratic Unionist Party - Northern Ireland). Giving them a majority of... two?

ETA: Things you may have missed... . F.ex. Theresa May stood (amongst others) against a bloke called Lord Buckethead. Sometimes I love British politics. :)
elisi: (Women's March)
Why Mummy Drinks has a truly excellent rant about the importance of voting.
elisi: (Democracy)
Go out and vote today, but know this – our grotesque system needs reform

Anyway, here's to democracy, in whatever imperfect form we get to experience it! :)


7 June 2017 03:57 pm
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Looking up the transcript for 'Rose', came across this:

ROSE: Do you think I should try the hospital? Suki said they had jobs going in the canteen. Is that it then, dishing out chips. I could do A Levels. I don't know. It's all Jimmy Stone's fault. I only left school because of him. Look where he ended up. What do you think?

AHAHAHAHAHA. (sob) 'Do A-Levels'. Ah, those were the days. Rose - you're 19, you could do an Access* course if you really wanted to continue your studies, but A-Levels are forever closed to you. As is any free education.

*It stands for 'Access to Higher Education' and is a one year course which will let you apply for university at the end of it. It is not free. However, if you take out a loan and go on to complete a degree, the Access loan is written off. You will of course then have accrued a much greater debt thanks to the university fees...
elisi: (Democracy)
... and I don't like her.

*this is not hyperbole. The Tories (and UKIP) are the only parties who have not signed a document to protect EU citizens' rights.

But then, she's not keen on human rights of any for her citizens. (Theresa May: Human rights laws could change for terror fight)

I'm not feeling very optimistic about politics (or anything really), but figured I should probably post something before the election. If she wins - as she probably will, although it'll hopefully be a much smaller victory than she was counting on - Ms May also wants to clamp down on the internet, so it'll be interesting to see if we'll still be here in a year's time. Of course, she is also the woman who cut police numbers by 20,000 and sells weapons to the Saudis, so her definition of 'safety' and 'fighting terrorism' differs somewhat from mine.

ETA: Here is what her internet 'clamp down' would mean:

Theresa May wants to ban crypto: here's what that would cost, and here's why it won't work anyway (Aaron Swartz once said, "It's no longer OK not to understand how the Internet works.") But hey - this is what I said! I'm not that bothered about the Russians, our PM is hot on their heels!


Vox: Londoners aren’t freaking out about the terrorist attacks. Some politicians are.

I also collected some election links, am putting them under a cut so I don't take up your whole flist:

Read more... )

Basically, if you don't know who to vote for, Vote For Policies

(Jonathan Pie video here)

Finally, then from one vicar's daughter to another (OK, my father is a deacon, but same diff, I grew up in presbyteries), then I don't understand how she squares her faith with attacking those who are 'hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison', just to get Biblical for a moment (x).

So - REMEMBER TO VOTE TOMORROW!! Here is to hoping all the young people turn out, as well as the old.

(Miss M will be voting for the first time! Having studied politics as one of her A-Levels for two years now, she is very very aware of all the issues...)

ETA: Meant to say, that the encouraging thing is that it IS going to be close, hopefully. Who could have foreseen that six weeks ago? I don't know if I like Corbyn, but I respect him. He has principles and he does his best to stick to them. Labour actually stands for something again, who'd have thunk.

ETA2: It's also important to remember that we can't dismiss everyone who disagrees with us. They aren't evil. And saying that they are will get us nowhere...
elisi: (The Master)
I've had this open in a tab for a few days now:

BBC: Election Lexicon: Robin Hood tax, cockroaches and Heineken politician
(Mostly linked because it said we should have listened to Doctor Who. No, not the recent episode (we can only wish), but about cybermen. Although what with the 'Robin Hood tax' there could be a bit of a nod...)

Of course, our news is nothing compared to America:

WaPo: Sinkhole forms in front of Mar-a-Lago; metaphors pour in

Still, I wish our news would pay more attention to the environment. And how ~Strong and Stable Leadership~ also seems to equal screwing over said environment.

Please vote. It could help save the planet.
elisi: (Democracy)
General election 2017: Labour's draft manifesto at-a-glance

I get that some people don't like Corbyn. However this is very much like the US election - please vote strategically to STOP the right wing privatising the NHS, punishing the poor etc. People 'voting their conscience' helped Trump win...

(And yes, I am genuinely frightened at what Ms May will do to this country if she get the mandate she wants. The only positive is that Britain might become a cautionary tale helping to make the rest of the EU stronger, but I don't particularly *want* to live in a cautionary tale.)

ETA: In case you have not come across it, here is a widget to help you vote tactically:



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