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In other news, I have enticed my two youngest to watch Buffy. We have watched 4 episodes so far and they like it very much. :)
ETA: Buffy's immortal line 'If the apocalypse comes, beep me!' is from Never Kill a Boy on the First Date. I pointed out how famous this line was.
Impish Girl: Beep me? What does that mean?
Me: She has a pager.
Impish Girl: What's a pager?
Lesson 1 in HOW TO FEEL OLD.
This time. Well.
But surely you can see the pattern?
ETA: Sad that it’s not coming home and that a lying, misogynist, racist President is coming instead? Here’s a list of the sort of organisations he hates that you can donate to as another form of protest:
And you can also help the NHS by buying their song and helping them to #1 (multiple links if you go to Twitter):
On a more serious note, you may have seen this statistic:
BBC: Domestic Abuse Rates increase by 38% when England lose
Information and Support: Domestic abuse
Many links, I am sure most would appreciate a donation.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen quotes and references are constantly showing up in court
(Radio) Britain's first transgender headteacher
Claire Birkenshaw recounts what happened the first day she came to the boys' secondary school she worked at in Hull, northern England, as Miss instead of Sir.
(Video) Millicent Fawcett: First woman statue on Parliament Square
Less than 3% of statues in the UK are of women. Rachael Thorn explains why Millicent Fawcett is getting one.
And finally (for now) this is my favourite new artist - Annie Swynnerton. Just LOOK AT HOW AMAZING SHE WAS:
(Video) 'Forgotten' feminist artist's work on show
Annie Swynnerton was a leading 19th Century painter and a well-known women's equality campaigner.
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With one week left in our campaign, every pledge helps. We need to raise the whole $20,000 or everything we did raise is lost. Will you get out your credit card? Let's end #domesticviolence homicide → https://t.co/G40WPsMyNl pic.twitter.com/LlFI21JbZb— Jeanne Geiger Ctr (@JeanneGeigerCtr) March 2, 2018
The Guardian: 'Women are better writers than men': novelist John Boyne sets the record straight
Male authors are always pronouncing their own brilliance – or boasting about not reading books by women. So, after a lifetime of writing and attending literary festivals, John Boyne would like to get something off his chest …
Newsbeat: Colin Kaepernick accepts Muhammad Ali sports award from Beyonce
Pledge: Urgent Legal Action for Our NHS - Round 2
Petition: Richard Branson and Virgin Care: return the NHS’s money, and never sue the NHS again
(Sidebar: Is Taylor Swift a “Silence Breaker”? The case for and against her place on Time’s cover.)
Hillary Clinton meets Mary Beard: ‘I would love to have told Trump: “Back off, you creep”’ (DELIGHTFUL!)
MoJ scraps legal aid restrictions for victims of domestic violence
Why Men Aren’t Funny
John Oliver confronted Dustin Hoffman on sexual harassment allegations against him. Good.
House of Cards promotes Robin Wright to sole lead for its 6th and final season
The Rock Test: A Hack for Men Who Don’t Want To Be Accused of Sexual Harassment
Are you a man confused on how to treat the women you work with? Do you feel like if you can’t say or do *anything* you don’t know what to say or do at all? Well stress no more! This life hack will have you treating women like people in no time.
“I am sorry for all the times I stabbed men, just a little, in my previous workplace. After years of counseling, I stopped stabbing men.”— Kate Harding (@KateHarding) October 28, 2017
And from Vox:
The double life of the “respectable” men who harass women
Harassers don’t just have power over women. They have the social power to get away with it.
That, right there — I’d argue — is the impulse behind sexual harassment. It’s about getting away with something. It’s about seeming to be one sort of person, a “pillar of the community” — responsible, dignified, respectable, a family man, a liberal, a progressive, Presidential, whatever — while really being A Very Bad Boy. That’s exciting for some men. Not the being bad part. The getting-away-with-it part. It isn’t just about power over individuals, the women you victimize. It’s about power over society and the court of public opinion, the thrill of risking everything on one roll of the dice, knowing that it isn’t really all that much of a risk — because nobody will believe her.
It struck me as particularly relevant re. Joss...
My friend is a history teacher. She's compiling a list of great historical figures and she needs a male to add to the list. Suggestions?— manwhohasitall (@manwhohasitall) September 1, 2017
The threads are just amazing. And I have learned the term 'suffragent'! :D
I just rewatched Mad Max: Fury Road for the first time in about a year and now I'm all in my feels about female characters, so: a thread.— Foz Meadows (@fozmeadows) September 1, 2017
Read the whole thread. Very much worth your while. Money quote:
That's how implausible female strength is to these people: they literally think it's an element of fantasy worldbuilding, like dragons.
Party opens clear divide with Tories, with support for free movement and paying into EU budgets for up to four years
Unearthing the legacy of Harvard's female 'computers'
US schools to get new world map after 500 years of 'colonial' distortion
Donald Trump's cyber-security advisers resign warning of 'insufficient attention to the growing threats'
Help Brian White remain in the UK to take his place at Oxford University
Houston floods, but what about all the other disasters?
This whole Joss mess has come along exactly as I decided to finally delve back into the AtS 'verse and finish a WIP I abandoned years ago. (As it happens, it's the only fic I've ever properly planned out, so I found my extensive notes and actually know where the story is going!)
Now, before beginning to write I figured I should probably watch a few episodes, just to make sure I had their voices right in my head; so I watched A Hole in the World and Shells. And it's a fascinating exercise in doublethink (doubleview?).
Like, I love the 'verse. I love the characters. I love the story. I will always be grateful to Joss & co for creating this world.
But there is also the fact that (the very very special) Fred has SIX men standing around her bedside. All of them going to go out and try to SAVE her. (See subject line...)
As you know, the only other women (still standing) in the extended cast are Harmony (who is delightful, but mostly comic relief) and Eve, who is very powerful yet lost all agency the second she lost her boyfriend. ETA: Oh and there's Nina too. I like Nina. It's sad her role never extends beyond Being The Girlfriend.
The interesting thing is that the same week my girls decided to watch [the new movie version of] Les Mis.
And it was exactly the same thing:
- Men make things happen.
- Women have things happen to them.
This is why Buffy (and Wonder Woman, Rey, et al) are so special. They make things happen.
(Possibly more musings later, but this is a pretty well-trodden path, and I'm preaching to the choir...)
Also I'm realising this is probably a pretty awful way to try to get people to read my 'Spike & Angel & Illyria go on an epic quest to undo the power of W&H' story, as it's rather male-centric. AH WELL. It's not like LJ is teeming with people reading AtS fic anymore. Although I should probably point out that there's a good deal of Buffy & her Slayer army in it too...
For those who want to try (and the lovely handful which read the first few chapters back in 2013 when I started posting and might want to have another look), you can find the fic here (well, the first 7 chapters):
More chapters coming soon! :D (*crickets*)
Random quote (it's all good):
Women’s rights have come so far in just the last 100 years, but despite that, predictions suggest that the gender gap won’t fully close until 2186 (World Economic Forum). So, true equality may possibly not exist until our granddaughters’ granddaughters’ granddaughters’ time. That’s why the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Be Bold For Change’, because there is still so much more to change, and 169 years is too long to wait!
Ohio Bookstore Flips Male-Authored Books, Displaying Them Backwards
High heels row: MPs 'shocked' by women's dress code stories
Historical women’s writing is sharp, witty, and largely forgotten. Here are 4 places to rediscover it.
Emma Watson’s Boobs Prove Why We Still Need Feminism
24 Actions You NEED to Take to Help Trans Women of Color Survive
A $2.5 trillion asset manager just put a statue of a defiant girl in front of the Wall Street bull
The Women of NASA LEGO Project is a Go!
Washington Post: Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos resigns following outrage over his past comments about pedophilia
The New Yorker: How Alt-Right “Fellow-Traveller” Milo Yiannopoulos Cracked Up the Right
BBC: Donald Trump: MPs clash over UK state visit
Mr Flynn, a member of the petitions committee, said [...] there was "no question of any disrespect" towards the United States in opposing Mr Trump's visit, but said the president had caused problems in "every political area in which he has become involved in" and had been "behaving like a petulant child".
BBC: Transgender dolls: Breaking the mould or just a fad?
Everyday Feminism: 9 Things Not to Say to a Non-Binary Person
CNL: Adorable 4 year old holds her own Women's March with her dolls
BBC: Hidden Figures: How Nasa hired its first black women 'computers'
via Tumblr (and EXCELLENT): A brilliant explanation of actual feminism, rather than what most people think it is! :)
Michael Moore: Do These 10 Things, And Trump Will Be Toast
I miss Hillary Clinton.— Sarah Lerner (@SarahLerner) February 18, 2017
Penelope Trunk: Grit is overrated; the hardest worker never wins
Especially this part:
I have thought for a long time that all the time management gurus are men because men have huge chunks of time uninterrupted by children. And the workplace is organized for time productivity, whereas the home is organized in a non-linear way that segments time into lots of small chunks interrupted by emergencies/breakdowns/crying etc. The workplace is about using time to get money. The home is about using time to get a nap.
Brigid Schulte talks about women’s time as being like confetti; little chunks float by in an unorganized way and you take them as you can. There’s no grit here; it’s just trying to stay ahead of the next problem. There is no flow because dinner would burn. There is no engagement because cumulative sleep deprivation of raising kids shifts focus to just keeping them alive.
MTV: Nerd Alert: The Rise Of The Female Nerd
Teen Vogue: 22 Times Your Period Saved Your Life
ETA: Another Penelope Trunk, since I'm here:
Feminism fails because women lie to each other about work. Oh, and go Cubs!
But what is a surprise is that she has her own business, Two Penny Blue. I clicked the About section.
And I am SO INCREDIBLY BLOWN AWAY BY THE CRAP SHE DISHES OUT ON HER SITE THAT I’M PRINTING IT ALL HERE. RIGHT NOW.
NO. WAIT. I’M GOING TO ANNOTATE IT.