Deconstruction: Love Is...
(Trigger Warning: Hospitalization, Cancer, Religious and Political Homophobia)
I'm blessed and privileged that the love from my parents and my spouse has social approval and government sanction. And I hope to someday live in a world where that statement will also be true for the millions of QUILTBAG peoples on this earth.
(Trigger Warning: Depression, Ableism Language in Text, Ethics of Mind-Reading, Bad Friendships, Disordered Eating)
Twilight: Protagonist-Centered Everything
It's a fantasy that is essentially self-centered, that places Bella -- or the reader -- at the literal center of everyone else's emotional universes. Sexual orientation, personal preference, monogamy, and respect for one's position as a person of authority are all tossed out of the window in order to bolster Bella's desire to be overwhelmingly beautiful.
When I saw the matching ads I thought I'd just take a picture of each and then make a post about the signals they sent about gender, but then things at the store got much more personally frustrating in non-gender related ways. I recounted the whole experience in: Boys make music - Girls only listen, and other lessons from an unpleasant trip to Walmart.
In .hack//Sign: How not to respond to a depressed kid's first success, I talked about Tsukasa's apparent taming of the Guardian, his general situation from the perspective of limited in-world information, Mimiru's devotion to helping those in trouble, and Bear's mishandling of his meeting with Tsukasa.
In Deus Ex Training: Snippets of Information, I finished talking about the Deus Ex training mission six months after I began, touching on the use of the word “occupation” the phasing out of mechanically augmented agents, the goals of the NSF, and stuff.
(Trigger Warning: Discussion of depression)
Health: Depression Diaries and Unconditional Love
If you aren't depressed, but know someone who is, go take a moment to reassure them that you love them, no matter what. Telling them they aren't total suck won't work; the depression has logic and reason and copious footnotes on its side. Telling them that you'll love them forever even if they are total suck is the only thing that the logic can't defeat because logic is helpless in the face of tautologies.
(Trigger Warning: Discussion of depression, discussion of cancer)
Health: Depression Diaries and The Theory of Relativity
One of the "fun" things about depression is how easily it can downplay itself as Nothing Serious and you, the sufferer, as a Big Whiner. It does this by the tried-and-true fashion of somebody else has it worse.
(Trigger Warning: Politics, Racism, Jackwagonry, Food Poisoning, Swearing)
Deconstruction: "You Might Be A Racist If..." Special Political Edition
I don't usually do political posts on the blog. However! Today I am holed up in bed with food poisoning, and I made the Very Big Mistake of saying so on Twitter and in doing so I noticed this hashtag: #ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP.
In case you missed this
I’ve seen Deaf publications drawing parallels between Deaf culture and queer culture.
Anyway, in the US, the National Association of the Deaf is now supporting marriage equality.
A Whedonite asks Whedon why there are so few Asian or Asian-American performers in future Whedon described as a fusion of American and Asian culture.
Things you can do
(Trigger Warning: graphic anti-LGBTQ violence, including in my description below.)
This is about a woman who was bound, had anti-LGBTQ slurs carved into her body, and had her house set on fire. Nebraska, where she lives, has hate crimes legislation, but she doesn't have health care coverage to pay for her substantial wounds. There's a donation link at the bottom of the page, if anyone has anything to spare.
Laura writes: commentators may enjoy my new blog: Dictionary of Peril. Every couple of days I use a new word from the Collins Dictionary as a prompt for a piece of short fiction about how this noun causes peril. http://dictionaryofperil.wordpress.com/ for the Rules, and short stories about the danger of Aardvarks, Ba's, and Cab's. If any of your readers would like to join in, then I would welcome that!
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