Recent Posts - page 25

  • Otterday! And Open Thread

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    Our Open Thread this weekend is hosted by an otter with a ball.

    Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires.

  • Whimsy

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    It’s cold outside, so spend time inside looking at these things instead. Or at least it is cold here. Please share any bits and pieces you have come across recently that have surprised, delighted, intrigued or otherwise positively engaged you.

  • Procedure Fail: WisCon, Feminism and Safe Spaces

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    Readers who are already part of SF fandom have probably seen a lot of this WisCon 38 fallout already, but since this sort of institutional memory-holing of relevant history regarding serial harassers is precisely the sort of social convention that serial harassers rely upon in order to keep getting away with what they do, alongside the fallacy that harassers are obvious deviants who could never be part of my well-ordered community (when in fact they are commonly those with the well-liked/respected status to be given the benefit of the doubt when/if reports are made against them), it’s worth reading about the mistakes of communities with which one isn’t familiar so that one can learn about patterns to watch out for and procedural standards which need to be known and practised by decision-makers.

  • Media Circus: Hockeynomics edition

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    Good news everybody! Our esteemed Treasurer Joe Hockey just told the Kiwis that the Australian economy is not in crisis nor even in trouble!

    What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?

  • QOTD: Neutrality is not neutral. Neutrality supports the status quo.

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    [Content Note: discussion of graphic rape threats and links to posts that quote them]
    the way you personally feel about rape threats is irrelevant. What’s relevant is how you behave when they happen. When you support and promote the work of someone who makes rape threats, you are tolerating rape threats.

  • Otterday! And Open Thread

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    Our Open Thread this weekend is hosted by an otter with a ball.

    Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires.

  • Friday Hoyden quick hit: Linda Brodsky

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    A piece came across my Twitter feed a few weeks ago about an American doctor who died earlier this year. Rebecca Greenfield wrote describing the pay discrimination her mother experienced, the retaliation she suffered when she protested, and the enormous personal cost of the years she spent fighting the injustice.

  • Every Australian Novel Ever!

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    Guest Hoyden Bio: Our Guest Hoyden today is Adelaide writer, critic and editor Kerryn Goldsworthy, reproduced with permission from a post she made on Facebook.

  • Dressmaking for the Obsessive

    Ink sketch of Victorian lady's coat, Russian text.

    One for the dressmakers, costumiers and historians among us: an unexpected family treasure unearthed.

  • Part Two of ‘You can’t make this sh*t up…’

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    Man claims part of Africa as a Kingdom so his daughter can be a princess.