Activism

How Things Don’t Work: Dancing for a Cause Edition

How Things Don’t Work: Dancing for a Cause Edition

Cross Posted from Coffeefied, Operafied, Fluffified, Beglittered.   There are some things that just set my teeth on edge, and one of them is charity work done both poorly and in a self-aggrandizing way.  This is why I am personally embarrassed and upset that I participated in a charitable event which was exactly both of those things. Granted I didn’t know much about it, but I really should d... »

Why the world is angry at Joss Whedon (or a few marvel fans at least)

Why the world is angry at Joss Whedon (or a few marvel fans at least)

I like Joss Whedon’s work, before anyone starts to get angry with me, but like anything it has its flaws. I hate to break it to you, but people aren’t perfect and this whole putting people on a pedestal thing isn’t good. For you or the person on it, have you ever seen a pedestal? They’re badly constructed and when they come down, it hurts. So this is where I’ll begin.... »

Being Mean to and Judgy About the Poor: Nutrition Edition

Being Mean to and Judgy About the Poor: Nutrition Edition

True or false?  Performing acts of volunteerism is license to decide what is best for the recipients of one’s generosity. I can’t imagine having the chutzpah to call this true, and people who have this attitude infuriate me. Serving others does not mean ordering others’ lives for them.  By most definitions of service, at least. My job sometimes requires us employees to volunteer ... »

Bi-erasure: Constantine

Bi-erasure: Constantine

Content description: Discusses bi-phobia and bi-sexuality. Mentions smoking. Excessive use of sarcasm. So there has been some sad, but none too surprising news recently, NBC’s new show Constantine which I’ve been looking forward to, is bi-phobic. As this new adaptation of the Hellraiser comics portrays Constantine, a canonically bi-sexual character as straight (I can scent the doucheba... »

Like a Girl

Like a Girl

This one’s a little personal. I’ve been growing my hair out on and off since I was about thirteen years old. Normal enough for a teenager, especially given my inclination towards metal music, you might think. Yet it was only when I got broad and tall-ish and got stubble that the ‘cut your hair’ heckles died down. There was a time when I would scarcely go a day without a ski... »

The Cool Kids: Why To Be One

The Cool Kids: Why To Be One

This last weekend I was at Skeptech along with Skepchick Heina Dadabhoy and many other lovely friends of the network (as well as our fearless leader). Heina was one of the speakers this year and her talk was about becoming one of the “cool kids” online, e.g. how to get followers, become a popular blogger, get people to watch your vids, etc. She had some great tips, but when question ti... »

International Aid to Uganda in Light of Human Rights Violations

International Aid to Uganda in Light of Human Rights Violations

An earlier version of this article was published at In Tanzania.  With Coffee.  In response to recent virulently anti-gay laws passed in Uganda, a lot of nations are cutting off aid to Uganda, or considering doing so.  I don’t think this is a particularly good response.  More to the point, LGBTI organizations in Uganda say this, and they are far more expert than me on the subject. I realize ... »

You’ll Agree With Me When You’re Older

You’ll Agree With Me When You’re Older

Recently (and by recently I mean a month ago) I was in an online argument with someone when they decided to use, as an argument, that I was young and that when I got to be older I would change my mind and come around to my opponent’s point of view. Needless to say, I nope’d out of that conversation too quickly to sum up all the reasons “You’ll agree with me in twenty years&... »

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