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Jul. 8th, 2013 11:39 am
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1. Dustin Hoffman gets choked up over Tootsie. Interview from 2012, clip at the Mary Sue.

"I have been brainwashed."

2. I enjoyed this NY Times Magazine piece about a man who reinvented himself after getting fired from two famous rock bands:

A Rock and Roll Casualty Who Became a War Hero
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[personal profile] futuransky: Radical queer agenda panel notes/transcript

Me in access-fandom: Masked vs. Blind

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I have been watching "Call the Midwife", which is a really lovely show. S1 is on Netflix; Season 2 is streaming on pbs.org. However: episode 2x04 is a Very Special Disability episode, about a baby born with spina bifida. I did try to keep an open mind here, but this ep need content notices for: Discussion of euthanasia of disabled babies, forced institutionalization of disabled babies and children, and lots of processing of abled people concerned PWD, including how difficult their lives will be, etc. There is also a character with anxiety, although I liked and related to her arc. The episode does actually end OK.
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3 Links I found really interesting!

James Sheldon: Intelligence as a Compliment, Stupid as an Insult: Rethinking Normal, Rethinking Attraction, Rethinking Society.

The question, though, that I have for geeks is … can you give up your need to have been right, the self-righteousness that comes with putting down those who were putting you down all those years for being geeky? And what are the consequences that come with attempting to judge others’ intelligence. Many people process information differently or have different perceptions than you do. And there’s a long history in our society of those people being marginalized and oppressed for being that way.

Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Atlantic: Through the Lens of Disability

But here is what I think: so much social justice writing is about what society owes those who we perceive as getting the short of end of the stick. It's called social justice for a reason. But what I like about this post is that it isn't simply about what the world should do about physical disability, but how a physical disability shaped a person's life, regardless of societal responsibility.

Tim Chevalier at Geek Feminism: Being a Better Ally to Trans People

Sometimes claims that trans people are “unnatural” are really claims that trans people are some sort of modern creation of medical technology, as if we didn’t exist before medical interventions that sometimes make our lives easier existed.
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Some folks in NZ taught some rescued dogs how to drive, basically as a way to prove to people how intelligent dogs are.

http://www.3news.co.nz/SPCA-teaches-dogs-to-drive/tabid/367/articleID/279037/Default.aspx
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So the AP has decided not to use the word "homophobia" any more, but to go with words like "anti-gay" instead, apparently, which has prompted some discussions around these terms. Whatever your feelings, I would like to remind you of one of the best Onion articles of all time:

Revolutionary New Homophobia Immersion Therapy Involves Lowering Patient into Tank of Gays

neato

Aug. 29th, 2012 06:00 pm
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One of my stories (written for kink bingo) got nominated for an award at The Kinda Gay Awards, a Buffy femslash fic celebration. :D

Annaham writes about having fibromyalgia at xojane.
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A bad ass character is laying in a hospital bed and is badly injured, but they refuse pain meds or are reluctant to take them because they want to "keep their mind clear."

Guess what? Pain clouds your mind also. Sometimes all you can think about is pain and nothing else. The meds make it so you can actually function to interact with the world in somewhat normal way.

I am probably preaching to the choir here, but just once I would like to see a bad ass warrior character in hospital who is accepting of pain medication.

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I seem to have this internal conversation with the world a lot; it goes something like this: "I know that I'm an outlier in a lot of ways, but seriously? Seriously?

One of the great things about fandom and the internet is that I can find the other outliers.

Here is a really great post about body and fat acceptance that I think can apply to anybody despite the title: Ten Rules for Fat Girls by Dianne Sylvan.
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Perhaps there is something happening in the global (or at least regional) consciousness:

Dated October 11:
Social Justice League / Fauxgress Watch: "Born This Way"

Nov 3:
[personal profile] thingswithwings: Who would choose this?

A couple of excellent posts
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[personal profile] megwrites: Don't mind me and my big gay book spam!

Megwrites compiled this list of LGBTQQIAA books from the Twitter hashtag #buyaBigGayNovelforScottCardDay which was in response to Orson Scott Card's homophobia. She's also taking suggestions in comments. Check it out! :D It made me realize how many gay books I've read-- a lot!

Recs

Jun. 16th, 2011 09:30 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] haddayr: Walking, disability, walking some more part 1

Haddayr reflects on marked vs. unmarked states of disability. Being as I have facial pain, I often feel as if I am wearing my pain right there on my face. But this is not true at all: no one can see it.

[personal profile] thingswithwings: Mutifandom vid, The Price, and truly excellent meta about manpain. This, folks, is why I don't like Batman or Dr. Horrible and have problems with Pixar. Please read it.
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For my own references: 101 Disability Links... to be updated

with particular interest in intersectionality re queerness and disability

FWD: Do Disabled People Have Sex?

Questioning Transphobia disability tag

Dave Hingsburger: The Letter (coming out parallels)


links in comments VERY WELCOME.
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[livejournal.com profile] zia_narratora: Rhetorically Constructed, or, We all write like White Men, Part 2 On the "I Write Like" meme, which it turns out has a list of 40 writers, all white, and only 3 of whom are women. And the maker of the software doesn't see race! Oh joy.

[personal profile] littlebutfierce: It is OK to ask for what you need on love memes and how they are awesome. Thank you for all the comments people gave me in [personal profile] petra's love meme, by the way! When I am feeling low I just click over to them. It is very needed this week.

[personal profile] zelempa: Living the dream: reading fic on the bus About putting fanfic onto the Kindle with formatting preserved.
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I want to link to a couple of posts on the hurt/comfort fandom discussions and disability in fiction:

[personal profile] annaham: Angry post is angry

[personal profile] trouble: I Know Where the Black Stork Comes From

[personal profile] livrelibre: (no subject) Link roundup for several discussions

[personal profile] dirty_diana: for what it's worth
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TJ Maxx (a store I like) is taking money for Autism Speaks! At least in my town they are! Please don't give money to Austism Speaks.

[livejournal.com profile] haddayr: AUTISM SPEAKS DOES NOT SPEAK FOR ME

Aspitude: Austism Speaks does not speak for me

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Also recommended: Hulu is running scare tactic ads for the HPV vaccine. As you may know I fully support the vaccine, but the ads are horrible.

[personal profile] cabell: Are you fucking kidding me, pharmaceutical companies?
mirrored at LJ: Are you fucking kidding me, pharmaceutical companies?
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[personal profile] liv: Non-fannish friending meme on/for Dreamwidth

[personal profile] were_duck: WisCon Friending meme

Johanna Eeva talks about Vegans of Color blog at Bitch Magazine

[personal profile] erda: Dreamwidth Anniversary Fest: Three Weeks for Dreamwidth. If you are participating in this event, please tag your entries "three weeks for dreamwidth". Please signal boost!

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If you are maintaining two reading lists, you may as well read me at Dreamwidth. I am planning to add content here for the Anniversary Festival. Invite codes can be found at [site community profile] dw_codesharing. Large batches of invite codes (for communities or RP groups) can be had by contacting [staff profile] denise or [staff profile] mark.
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I am having a fannish Christmas, or Yuletide, or holiday whatsit, and it's the best Christmas in while. Someone asked me my primary fandom, and [personal profile] oliviacirce helped me figure out that META is my primary fandom at the moment.

Interesting Links:

In lieu of life (fandom is) by [livejournal.com profile] hesychasm

Mixed Feelings by [personal profile] jmtorres, a meditation on hair, beauty, and gender presentation, that really got me thinking about those things in my own life.

Yuletide Insta-rec:

Life, Stripped of All Luxuries

This story is based on The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold, is Cazaril/Palliar, set during the seige of Gotorget. It it is heart-rending, gorgeous, and you should read it immediately.

What Remains

Based on the novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. This is lyrical, moving story that makes me like the book better because of its particular insights into the characters. The voice is perfect and it fits the canon so well. Go read it!

I teared up while reading both of these stories! They are so well-written.

For a bit of cheer afterwards, watch One Night Fandoms, the Yuletide tribute vid by [personal profile] thingswithwings and [personal profile] eruthros!
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[livejournal.com profile] handyhunter at Dear Author: A Special Guest Post on Cultural Appropriation in Romance novels. You might not want to read comments.

[livejournal.com profile] tbonejenkins: It Happens in the Christian World Too On racism in Christian publishing and responses to it.
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"...when women speak truly they speak subversively--they can't help it: if you're underneath, if you're kept down, you break out, you subvert. We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains. That's what I want--to hear you erupting. You young Mount St. Helenses who don't know the power in you--I want to hear you."

--From the 1986 Bryn Mawr Commencement Address

"There wasn’t any aha! moment about feminism for me. I just kept reading stuff and thinking. My mind works slowly and obscurely, and I mostly find out what I’m doing by looking at what I’m doing or have done. Mostly I don’t even do that. But when what I do isn’t getting done very well, when it seems to be stuck or going wrong, that induces me to look at it. ‘What am I doing? Why isn’t it behaving?’ This happened in the middle of The Eye of the Heron, when Lev insisted on getting himself killed in the middle of the story, leaving my book without a hero, and me wondering what the hell? It took a good deal of backing up and pondering over what I had written to realize that Luz had been the hero all along, that Luz was the one who would lead her people into the wilderness. I can identify that as the moment when I consciously shifted from a male protagonist to a female protagonist, when the male was marginalized and the woman became the center."

--From the Interview with Guernica

There are a link roundups of birthday wishes going at altariel's journal, at Geek Feminism Blog, and The WisCon LJ Comm.

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