GNU Terry Pratchett
  • 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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  • Julia Serano: Why Transgender Actors Should Be Cast in Cisgender Roles ↦

    When I watch trans depictions, I am less concerned with the actor’s identity or “pass-ability” than I am with authenticity: Does this trans character seem like someone I’d likely encounter in my own community? Are their actions and experiences seemingly based in reality? Or does the portrayal merely seem fabricated out of cisgender assumptions about gender and trans people?

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  • Not Many People Have Been in Space ↦

    As of November 2013, only 536 people have ever been in space (any flight above 100 kilometres). […] Only 24 of those people left low Earth orbit (on the Apollo missions) and only 12 of those men set foot on the Moon. Seven of the moon walkers are still alive; they’re all in their 80s. Six people are currently in space.

    Also, mostly men — just saying.

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  • Transgender Rights WW2 Veteran Robina Asti Interview ↦

    “I’ve decided that humans have to do this: You must live as long as you can live, no matter what the conditions are. You must live. So no, I don’t have any fears about living.”

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