batyatoon: (bookhenge)
There are so many things I have been meaning to post and not gotten around to it, including a handful of links and an update on the acapella music collection project and a mention of the actual by-god double rainbow all the way across the sky I saw two weeks ago.

So of course I'm going to post a meme instead. From [livejournal.com profile] cflute via [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman: Write Like A Girl.

Italicize the authors you've heard of before reading this list of authors, bold the ones you've read at least one work by, underline the ones of whose work you own at least one example of.

Please feel free to repost with your own favorite female SF (or non-SF) authors included! (I've added my own in a different color.)

throw your hands up at me )
batyatoon: (each of us is one small light)
I heard Talis Kimberley sing this at DucKon this past summer. Today she posted a recording of it for Remembrance Day.

Go. Listen.

And somebody's wearing a poppy
That most symbolic of flowers
How the silence spreads when they’re bringing them home
At fourteen hundred hours
batyatoon: (each of us is one small light)
Because there are a lot of kids out there who need to hear this:
It Gets Better.
"...I wish I could have talked to this kid for five minutes. I wish I could have told Billy that it gets better. I wish I could have told him that, however bad things were, however isolated and alone he was, it gets better...."

And because there are some for whom it won't:
Spirit Day.
"...On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and at their schools...."

Because bullying doesn't get taken seriously enough, and doesn't get stopped often enough. Because there are a lot of ways to be a designated victim, and this is one of the ways in which I wasn't. Because it's bad out there. Because I cried when I heard. Because, as a wise man once said, you may know somebody in a similar situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if you're in a situation like that there's only one thing you can do.

we write it down 'cause it's something we have to do
and you can find your voice for the ones who come after you
and you can be the one to tell the kids: hang in there
there's a way to survive, you can believe me, i've been there
i'm not that strong, i can't fight this crime
i can't right this wrong, but i can write this rhyme
if i can write this song, well then it might just shine
and i swear to god i'm a get it right this time
batyatoon: (back off man)
Hello, folks. If you haven't seen the Old Spice ad the subject line is referencing, take a look at the ad. Now back to me.

...sorry. couldn't resist. ANYWAY.

As I was perusing my flist the other day, I saw [livejournal.com profile] autographedcat's link, under the subject heading "Old Spice and Gender Politics in Advertising," to [livejournal.com profile] xiphias's interesting rumination on the commercial here. (Some of the comments to the original post are kind of fascinating too.) I quote, in part:

In the Axe Body Wash commercials, women have no agency. If you (and "you" means "a male" -- the commercials ignore the possibility that half their audience might be female; females don't exist as PEOPLE in those commercials) use Axe, women will flock to you without any free will of their own....

[The Old Spice commercial is] addressed to women, with the impression that WOMEN are people who can make choices. It's not terribly feminist, yes, but there IS a difference between the commercials for men's deodorant which treat women as props and these, which at least make a nod to the idea that women are people.


Hmmm.

So tell me, friends and acquaintances: what do you think?
batyatoon: (yes we can)
Because, as I posted in someone else's LJ today:

I realized today, while looking over my icons, that I don't have a political pride one. Just a political angst one (here) and a political mischief/defiance one (here).

And what that means, I gradually realized, is that this is the first time I've needed one.



Yes we did. By god, yes we did.
batyatoon: (and creating a nuisance)
From [livejournal.com profile] smallship:

Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a non-same-sex marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

I wish I could find the icon I had made for me years ago, made from photos from my wedding, with the caption "My marriage doesn't need your protection."



Also: I will post about OVFF soon. Really I will. IT WAS FUN.
batyatoon: (of thee I sing)
Apparently today is Blog Against Torture day.

Here's the thing: Torture doesn't work. Not as a means of extracting reliable information. This is known.

Is it wrong that I think this practical question completely invalidates any ethical question on the subject? That I'm not interested in even addressing the moral issue of whether it is ever defensible to hurt people in order to achieve something good or necessary, because I'm convinced that hurting people is not in fact going to achieve it?

Listen: if I can't get you to stop because it's wrong, can I get you to stop because it's futile?
batyatoon: (festival of lights)
Pursuant to this post: Here's what I've been thinking about.

[Edited To Add: Friend of mine linked to this post, so I'm unlocking it for the benefit of thems as want to follow said link. Be aware that I wrote it with the intention of friendlocking it, so it may not be as tactfully phrased as something I intended to be public.]

Also, fair warning: it's long. )

I do have more to say, but this was getting too long. More later, maybe.
batyatoon: (might as well dance)
I know gloating is unattractive, but ...



Hee hee hee.
batyatoon: (anime)
Today is Impeach Bush Day.

Apparently (and thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cadhla for the tip), it's also International Moment Of Frustration Scream Day.



Is it just me, or are those two oddly harmonious?
batyatoon: (anime)
I support gay rights, and I intend to support gay rights until I no longer have to because they're taken for granted.

I should probably specify that I'm talking about rights under American law. It's been pointed out to me that my religion forbids homosexuality. So it does, and I'm not looking to reform my religion; I'm looking to make sure that religious and civil law stay as separate as they can possibly be.

Which is to say that if the right to open a seafood restaurant weren't taken for granted, I'd support that too.
batyatoon: (Default)
Can I just take a moment to froth in rage here?

"Why, Batya," you ask, "what has you so enraged?"

This.

I just. HOW IS THIS HAPPENING.



Edited to add: here's Raed Jarrar's own account of what happened. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] madfilkentist.
batyatoon: (Default)
-- and hey, how's that for a cheery title for my first LJ post in months?

I'd been planning to start posting more often again, and I was gonna make this a What's Been Up With Me Lately sort of thing -- stuff about the apartment we're attempting to buy and the ohmygod job offer I got yesterday and similar. But I decided to save that for a later post.

Because I read this. To which I am linking with permission of the author. (Selkie's a recent addition to my flist; I met her through [livejournal.com profile] milliways_bar, which is another thing I will tell you all about next time.)
[ETA: Link removed, as post has been locked -- see below.]

It's about a very personal, very ugly civil rights violation. All perfectly legal and perfectly horrifying.

This story we spread.
batyatoon: (protection)
Special custom icon for the week.

(Thanks again, FL!)


Edited to add: At a friend's suggestion, I'm extending an open invitation to anyone who fancies personalizing their own version of the "My Marriage [...] Doesn't Need [...] Your Protection" icon.

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