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|Where's the MRAs? They're so concerned about false accusations that they assume they're all false. And they make it clear, for example, that if one of them is a rape jury, they will acquit.|
So José Canseco just accused a woman of accusing him of rape.
He tweeted her name, phone number, photograph, and health club's address to his 600, 000 followers. LVPD says there's no such charge, to their knowledge. So Canseco is inviting 600, 000 people to harass this woman, while making his own accusation. This is basically the threat that a hostile society holds over womens' heads.
But I doubtbthe MRAs will come to the rescue. After all, they've spent a fair amount of time doxxing women, only for it to become apparent that at least one was a completely different person from the one they accused her of being. Paul Elam just couldn't quite apologize.
If anything happens to this woman, we'll know who to blame.
Img had her 2(ish)-year health visitor checkup on Monday, to make sure that her walking/talking/thinking etc is all basically on the right track for her age. I'd tried to explain what we were doing on the way there ("we're going to see some nurses who want to check if you can walk and talk and run around and kick a ball and things like that"), so when the health visitor started explaining to me that they wanted to check if she could walk, talk etc, Img chipped in with "and kick a ball!" which made it look rather as though I'd been coaching her for the test... On the other hand, it did usefully prove to them that she can do the requisite "put two words together" (I was hoping she'd say "Imi put two words together!" but as it was she just chattered away in her normal delightful manner, pointing out everything she could see on the toys and posters ("a cuckoo clock! a tulip and a butterfly! a book about I Want My Potty!") and narrating everything she was doing ("Imi running about! Imi running to her mummy again!") so they quickly got the idea that yes, tick, talking is just fine. (The form we had to fill in actually said "My child talks like other children of the same age" [yes/no] and I wanted to say "No, my child talks much better than most other children of the same age", but I knew that wasn't what they meant because NONE OF THE DAMN QUESTIONS SAY WHAT THEY MEAN so you have to fill it in as if you're a normal person who doesn't realise that words mean things.)
( sleep and feeding and rageCollapse )
Tags: baby, health, parenting, rants, toddler
Bad guess of the week|
MallWart sees interracial family, decides it must be kidnapping.
Thanx to Paul Anderson on Facebook.
Jose Canseco tweets the name, phone number, photos, and address of her
health club to his 600, 000 followers....
Accusing her of accusing HIM of rape.
I'm sure MRAs will be all over this, right? Right?!
In Which the Cougrr is Just a Girl.|
I had physical therapy today, which went all right, except for one thing. There are always other people there, so sometimes I overhear bits of conversations and other people's workouts. Today there was a guy there who seemed to be doing shoulder work, and his PT handed him the lightest weights to start - they're one pound handweights and they happen to be bright pink.
"What's with the pink weights?" another therapist asked, and the first answered, "It's to encourage guys to get stronger faster, so they don't have to use the pink ones anymore."
"Hey," said I, "I like pink." A third PT, also a woman, agreed with me that there's nothing wrong with pink.
The second therapist said to me, "We'll just have to come up with the colour that makes the girls work harder, then. What colour don't you like?"
I said something like "Well it'd have to be PINK, can't like GIRL things, because being a GIRL is just awful. Everyone knows that. Who'd want to be a girl and use pink things, anyway?"
It's really hard not to internalize these things, even when you can see them. They can be so subtle, so insidious. Guys don't want to work out with pink weights. It doesn't go the other way, though: women are cool for doing guy things. And pink things that are specifically made for women are often lower-quality than their corresponding not-pink things that aren't.
This is why I had second (and third) thoughts about buying my pink pocketknife.
Current Mood: annoyed
|Ganymede, by Cherie Priest. Tor Books, 2011 |
This book in the Clockwork Century series has air pirate Andan Cly thinking about quitting the business and settling down in Seattle to be near Briar Wilkes, now sheriff of the broken city. He intends to quit running the Blight gas to the people that make it into the horribly damaging drug Sap. To do this, he must have his airship refitted into a regular cargo ship, not possible in Seattle. By coincidence, he is offered two jobs at the same time- one from the new head of the city to make a supply run, and another, mysterious one, from an ex-lover, Josephine, in New Orleans. He can take care of all three of these things in one trip! Of course, he doesn’t know what Josephine’s job entails, but that’s not something to worry him too much.
Once down in New Orleans he finds that the Texians are holding the city under martial law. It seems they are looking for a machine- a machine that could end the Civil War (which has been going on for over 20 years in this universe). This machine, the Ganymede of the title, is an ‘underwater airship’, and the people who attempt to run it keep dying in the attempt. This is where Cly comes in; Josephine thinks that an airship pilot will have better luck with it than a boat captain. Of course, because of the Texians, the Ganymede must be moved in complete secrecy, which doesn’t make it easy to work out any problems in running it.
Unlike the other books in this series, Ganymede doesn’t move along with breakneck speed. There is much less action; almost none until near the end of the book, when there is a great battle scene on and in the water. There is a lot of suspense: will they get caught by the Texians? By zombies? Will the Ganymede kill them, too, or will they figure out how to pilot it safely? Why are there zombies down in New Orleans, anyway, when they originated in Seattle via exposure to the Blight gas? The pace is very different from the other Clockwork Century books, but different isn’t a bad thing.
Tags: books, fantasy, steampunk
|Okay, internet setup is set up. That comes in (hopefully) on Tuesday. Will call about the cable later--it can wait.|
The floor guy is pulling up carpet this week and putting the floor down next week.
Still no word on the a/c, which should make this doubly entertaining.
I can spend Sunday and Monday painting the hall and trying to get the office, at least, set up. I need to get a modem. My parents may let me use their Dell account to get one, but I don't know if I can get it here by then. (Note to self: ask about package delivery at the park.)
If I can get the place so I can work, cook, sleep, and bathe, then it's just a matter of getting the steps fixed and springing the cats from jail. Once I get the essentials in the house, I can move the rest at my leisure.
Current Mood: plotting
Current Music: Def Leppard - Foolin'
Tags: keep that house a-movin
petra is writing ficlets! And she wrote one for me! It's Alex Drake from Ashes to Ashes and Sammy Dunbar from Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you haven't seen Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sammy is Holly Day from the first season of Slings & Arrows, as a book editor. All the ambition, amorality and manipulativeness in a much smaller arena.
Packing for Wiscon. Cannot fit all my Jo Walton books in my carryon even if I don't bring clothes. Should I check a bag? I don't think I own another.
Moderating Choice Feminism: Many people say that feminism is about providing more choices for people. There are people who, faced with this variety of choices, choose the same thing that the kyriarchy would have chosen for them. Can feminism support a variety of choices? How much variety? If there are choices feminism can't support, can it speak without massively disrespecting the women who make those choices? 10:00 PM - 11:15 PM Sunday, Conference 4. Competing for your attention with parties, Genderfloomp, and bed.
I have a five-hour layover in MSP on Monday, on the way back. What should I do?
Reading Reading Classes and The Highest Frontier for Wiscon. Think the last book I finished was State of Wonder. Next will probably be a reread of one these I'm putting in my suitcase for Wiscon.
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West Point sergeant accused of secretly filming female cadets | The Raw Story|
|Tuesday May 21, 2013 From Twitter: Peace Corps @PeaceCorps|
Proud to announce we'll begin accepting Volunteer apps from same-sex domestic partners who want to serve together http://1.usa.gov/16McG2M
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***From Twitter: Media Matters @mmfa
NRA lists the 'coolest gun movies': http://bit.ly/10SdID9 Flashback: NRA blames mass shootings on movies http://mm4a.org/UkYROn
Retweeted by Dan Savage
***Shopping: The Wedge Coop. Steeple People Thrift Store, where I found a couple of things I needed.
On to the Dollar Store on Franklin Avenue, and the nearby Aldi grocery.
***"DARE [Dictionary of American Regional English] has received a grant from NEH to do a pilot study in Wisconsin to
test a new Questionnaire and a new methodology for a second round of nationwide fieldwork.
"This time we won't be using Word Wagons--instead, the survey will be conducted online. We are working with the University of Wisconsin Survey Center to develop the method, and we will include a recorded telephone interview to collect phonological data for comparison with the original DARE recordings.
"We plan to omit questions for practices that are now obsolete (farming with oxen, kinds of sleigh, etc) and add questions that reflect changes in our society over the last 50 years."
And what questions will they be asking 50 years from now?
Current Location: Minneapolis, Baja Manitoba
Current Mood: damp
Tags: future, language, politics
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