“The mannerisms that help define gender—the way in which people walk, swing their hips, gesture with their hands, move their mouths and eyes when they talk, take up space—are all based upon how non disabled people move…The construct of gender depends not only upon the male body and female body, but also on the non disabled body.”
— Eli Clare, On Ableism within Queer Spaces, or, Queering the “Normal” (via crustified)
saw eli clare do a poetry reading at school, so powerful and inspiring oh my goodness. when I was younger I never thought poetry would be able to make me cry.
Lucy Liu at the 2012 NYWIFT Muse Awards (x)
(Proper) Representation matters.
(Source: judygrimes, via ceeainthereforthat)
"Finally, the results of the Look Ahead study were published in 2012 with no fanfare because after all the years of treatment and support, the average weight loss was around 7 pounds. “Why? Why?” I ask myself, “Why does the scientific community refuse to admit this approach has failed?” There are a lot of reasons. The so-called obesity experts are still with us. Many of them are in their 80s and 90s, but they don’t dare retire and give up the influence they have on the public and the government. After all, if weight loss is not possible, then they have wasted their entire careers trying to achieve it. Then there is the aspect of “following the money.” What would happen to all of these obesity experts, diet programs, diet products, diet books, and diet gurus if we gave up trying to get people to lose weight?"
http://healthateverysizeblog.org/2013/05/14/the-haes-files-a-dietitians-road-to-haes/?utm_source=feedly (via hillbillyplease)
Nobody hates the annoying Llewellyn pagans more than other pagans.
I’m of two minds about this.
I agree in part, but part of the reason for this is because we all WERE the annoying Llewellyn pagans at one point. We were ALL the new converts who were getting everything wrong and looking at paganism as something new and pretty that we didn’t really understand yet and TOTALLY believing in “harm none” and generally annoying the hell out of the people who knew more than we did at one point. And we all grew out of that phase. So I think part of the reason we hate the ALPs is because we recognize we used to be there… and we kind of miss that wide-eyed wonder.
I don’t mind the ones who have just come to it, and that’s all they know. They can, indeed, grow out of it, and learn. I definitely do mind the ones who never grow out of it, who refuse to ever know any more. And I have definitely met them.
The hilarious double standard “Mexicans are lazy, and too stupid/can’t be bothered to learn English” and “Mexicans are taking all our jobs”. So, you’re saying that you lost your job to a lazy person who doesn’t speak English, how bad at your job were you?
- it passes the Bechdel test and has lots of great female characters
- (the gender ratio might be close to equal now that I think about it)
- like a sweet, proud, tough sex worker who takes a lover outside her job and no one cares
- and her sister, a mayor running a semi-frontier mining town
- and an alien girl who might be a Grand Mystic Hero and is ruthless, reserved, loyal, and vulnerable
- and an alien woman who weaves nefarious schemes while looking and acting angelic
- and another minor but brilliant alien woman who runs a medical clinic with the sheer force of her dry, exasperated sarcasm
- also there’s a lot of diversity
- I’m not just talking aliens either
- and nobody makes a big deal about sexual anything
- I mean, they even discussed polyamory like it was a normal variation in romantic relationships
- two dudes and one lady, no less
- and the worldbuilding is pretty decent and getting better over time
- the plots aren’t blowing me away yet, but it’s been an entertaining way to spend an hour every week
- and barring some fanservice it’s been really damn progressive
Literally the only thing I can’t stand about Defiance is the nagging feeling that Syfy threw over all its OTHER original programming to promote it. Because ^^ all that is true and awesome but ugh Syfy your marketing dept needs to get its head out of its ass.
But does it pass the “multiple POC existing, being nuanced and well dispersed within the narrative” test?
Because from the pilot, I only saw ONE POC, and I really can’t be assed to give a fuck about a sci fi show that follows the same old bullshit. Having tons of white women doing things is not enough.
Well, aside from the black lawkeeper, the McCawley family appears to be either Native or Chican@/Mestizo, and the actor who plays Rafe McCawley is definitely First Nations and the one who plays his daughter is Chicana, and they’re major characters. Their race has not been important so far, but class has been. Mostly, though, the aliens stand in for POC.
So at one point Captain Kirk has to send the current navigator off to do something in another part of the ship and he says, “Lieutenant Uhura, take over navigation,” and she just does and it is no big thing. So to anyone out there who ever said that Uhura was only a glorified phone operator, SHE CAN TOTALLY FLY THE SHIP SO THERE.
(image from TrekCore)