GNU Terry Pratchett
  • This Film Turns Society’s Queerphobia Back On Itself ↦

    Let’s reflect

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  • No, the White Supremacists Aren’t Looking for Attention ↦

    Much like the schoolyard bully, ignoring them proves to be a terrible strategy for making them go away.

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  • Germany Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage ↦

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  • Great Opening Lines ↦

    I’m obsessed with opening lines — I have a file where I collect them, and I was quite happy to find this poster someone made, compiling a couple of the best and/or most famous, complete with beautiful artwork.

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  • Norway Becomes Fourth Country in the World to Allow Trans People to Determine Their Own Gender ↦

    Oppressive preconditions, such as medical interventions, psychiatric diagnosis or sterilisation, need to be consigned to history. The parliamentarians who voted in favor of self-determination today have set a strong example that their counterparts across the continent can follow.

    Here’s hoping.

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  • The «Powerful Man Accused of Abuse» Playbook  ↦

    He’s been reflecting carefully, you know. On his values. He was going through a tough time, before this. He is “dismayed” and “dishearted” and “troubled” and “ashamed” and “hurt.” If there is truth to these allegations, if that’s what the victims “believe happened” then he wants to make it right with them. His is a politics of ownership. He is an ally. He is kinky. He is sorry for your misunderstanding.

    It would be funny if it wasn’t true.

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  • Prince: Death by Ignorance and Fear ↦

    There it was on my Facebook feed yesterday: Trending: Prince. Why was Prince a trending topic when he’d been found dead a month ago? Then I learned his official cause of death had just been released: “Accidental Fentanyl toxicity.” In other words, he unintentionally overdosed on a drug he was taking to treat chronic pain. After reading the comments on the various new Prince articles, it hit me: though Prince’s body died of opioid overdose, the autopsy report may as well have said “death by ignorance and fear,” both his own, and the public’s.

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  • Are Mis-Gendered Band Names ‘Ironic’ or Sexist? ↦

    One man says one misguided thing; one group of men puts “girl” in their band name. On their own these are things that wouldn’t draw much ire. But such is the nature of microaggressions. They keep building and building until they begin to paint a picture of the structural inequalities and pervasive prejudiced attitudes. Context is crucial.

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  • For 70 Years, a Mug in Auschwitz Held a Secret Treasure ↦

    Victims often tried to hide costly possessions from sight.
    On one hand, Cywinski says, that’s proof that Jewish families were well aware that their belongings would be looted during their deportation.
    But it’s also a heartbreaking reminder of how much people didn’t know about the fate they faced at Auschwitz.
    Every effort to hide valuables “shows that the Jewish families constantly had a ray of hope that these items will be required for their existence,” Cywinski says.

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  • Holly Wood on The Delusions of “Heroic” Innovation ↦

    I’m actually fairly sure the founders of Uber and AirBNB didn’t intend to fuck over poor people and minorities, but then no one asked them, “Ok, but what if this actually fucks over poor people and minorities?” But to explicitly cater innovation to rich people living in San Francisco is to ignore the unintended consequences of said disruption. And it has unignorable consequences.

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