Narnia: Playful Animals, Platonic Allies
We’re one chapter away from the end, and time for Aslan to gather the allies and join the battle. But I object to the conflation of “deformed” with “evil” and I am distressed that the “good” Giant in the Witch’s garden is good because of his family connections and not because he simply chose to be. Come explore classism and ableism in Narnia this week.
Twilight: Hunting Rapists, Condoning Rape Culture
Edward Cullen has lived his life as a rapist-hunting vigilante. He is uniquely poised to understand rapists, because of his telepathic talents. So why does he use the same techniques and tactics to abuse isolate, gaslight, and control Bella, and why does he condone his romantic rivals doing the same?
I made an introduction to Deus Ex, in which I completely derailed myself into trying to correct an old misconception, a post about the game's backstory, and a post explaining why I'll be using the original graphics when a better version exists). Then I started going through the training mission of the game. First I noticed how the future looks and a lack of exits, then I noticed some of the game mechanics and a lack of female characters. After that I talked about books in the game and my first coworker. Finally I discussed how very wrong the things being done for training actually are.
From the intro:
Fred over at slacktivist had a post on the upcoming superhero movie, and J Enigma urged Fred to check out Kingdom Come, saying he would love it.
I'd be curious indeed to see what Fred would make of it, but in the meantime, here's my reaction, in which I attempted some of the sort of thing Fred and Ana Mardoll do so well.
(Trigger Warning: Transhumanism.) I made a post a while back about Transhumanism and the ethnic identity. It's a tricky subject to write about, but an interesting one to explore. I also wrote a post about a couple of new technologies, including one that targets certain aspects of aging and slows them, and a look at some potential post-singularity technology, (Nanotech is so 21st century.)
I've spent some time busting up poor critical thinking lately, so I started with this whole 2012 nonsense, considering that's the big thing. I made a post about how Homer Predicted Air-conditioning (technically just an image) as a lead into a larger post about the fallacies that one finds when dealing with Bible code seekers, prophecy believers, and conspiracy theorists. I also took strong offense at the ableist notion that children with AD/HD are somehow "psychic" and "special" - and dismantled the entire notion of "indigo children", including how much harm it does to deny these children treatment, (Trigger Warning: discussion of ableism, discussion of negative attitudes toward ADHD and austism) (I am apparently an indigo child).
(Trigger Warning: Language, Bigotry, Homophobia, Extreme Misogyny, Theofascism.) Lastly, I took a look at the rewritten "Constitution" according to the fascists at the Liberty Council in "The New Christian Sharia". It's a very scary thing.
Twilight: Bad Thoughts... Bad People?
I think a lot of the reason why people dislike Bella is because she thinks very negative things about people. And now she has Edward and they can be negative together! But does her persistently negative thoughts make her a bad person/character, or are they meant to be something more cathartic or... what? Come help me decide.
Deconstruction: Why Your Well-Intentioned Advice Was Called 'Victim-Blaming'
(Trigger Warning: rape and rape discussion, racism.)
Written in response to the “If I Were A Poor Black Kid” opinion piece in Forbes.
In case you missed this
The impact of these changes is further discussed in another New York Times article, A Specialists’ Debate on Autism Has Many Worried Observers
Later in the week the same newspaper published a piece written by Roya Shams about her first days in Canada.
Things you can do
Those who are interested in the discussion can register (online and free) for this live online event.
--Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community
(hapax, Kit Whitfield and mmy)