Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed. What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.
- I Don’t Care If You’re Offended « Fineness & Accuracy
- When “Normal” Is Not Good Enough
- Pumping autistic children full of an industrial chelator
- Diamonds: For When You Love Her, But Are Sick of Her Talking
- My lovely hackintosh
– “What I care about is harm. What I ultimately said in this other argument was:
The problem with sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, ableist, etc., remarks and “jokes” is not that they’re offensive, but that by relying for their meaning on harmful cultural narratives about privileged and marginalized groups they reinforce those narratives, and the stronger those narratives are, the stronger the implicit biases with which people are indoctrinated are. That’s real harm, not just “offense.””
– “So this is kind of fascinating: browner coloring is “normal,” but you should change it anyway. The message is that normal is not ideal. We are normal (or at least white people are), and we still need fixing.”
– “The double standard of the anti-vaccine “autism biomed” movement never ceases to amaze me.”
– as regulars know, have never been a fan of diamond rings anyway, but this bit of cultural narrative wins today’s WTF award
– “If you have a netbook, try converting it to a Hackintosh. It is a great way to get a cheap Mac.”
Never tried this myself, but looks pretty good.
– “Haiti has been a hellhole for centuries, and even now its neighbours are merciless in their meddling. A neat explanation of the historical mess is…”