eruthros: Jamie and Adam from Mythbusters, drawn by Tardis80, text: "busted". (Mythbusters!)
2009-08-31 06:52 am

please don't take the fanfiction survey

Please don't take the fanfiction survey that is going around (the one with the big fancy banner).

Here is the deal: the people who wrote that survey pm'ed me, as one of the mods of [community profile] kink_bingo, while I was out of the country. In their pm, they (unintentionally) made it quite clear that their intent in their project is to talk about human universals -- to use our fannish experience, our erotics and our desires, to reinforce ideas of universal, hard-wired, biological desire.

They are outsiders to fandom. They are outsiders to fanfiction. They are outsiders to slash. And they haven't tried to learn, or to understand, or to think about fannish communities. Instead, they have made assumptions about who we are, about what we read, about what we find hot; they plan to use those to explain what makes women tick, what our brains make us do.

They do not believe that culture mediates our desire at all1; they don't believe that we are shaped by our communities and our experiences; they want to put us into neat, biologically determined boxes. We declined to participate, and figured that was the end of it -- we didn't know that there was going to be a survey, which is why I'm posting publicly. (I'm going to put that pm, and the subsequent conversation [personal profile] thingswithwings and I had with them, under cut-tags at the end of this post if you're interested.)

All of those problems are present in the survey itself. If you read through the comments on their Q&A post, you'll see a number of people challenging the questions, the answers, and the ideas behind the survey. Reasons include heterosexist language, which presumes that anyone not marked as queer must be straight; the language of the questions about participants' sex, gender, and sexual orientation, which presumes that people are either male or female; and the language of their description of slash, which presumes that there is one definition of slash. [personal profile] torachan further explains some of those problems here.

And all of these problems are present in their About This Survey page:
The structure and activity of our subcortical circuits are shaped by neurohormones such as testosterone, estrogen, oxytocin, progesterone, and vasopressin; these circuits function differently in men and women. As cognitive neuroscientists, we draw upon a wide variety of empirical data sources to model these circuits, including brain imaging studies, primate research, cognitive science experiments, machine learning algorithms--and behavioral data. The Internet offers large, unprecedented sources of data on human activity: one of these data sets is fan fiction.

We're deeply interested in broad-based behavioral data that involves romantic or erotic cognition and evinces a clear distinction between men and women. Fan fiction matches this criteria perfectly.
Guys, that is their explanation of their project: that they want to look at how we are hard-wired different.

It's the same old sociobiological bullshit, the same old attempts to universalize and naturalize their ideas of gender roles, the same old approach that makes us nothing but a data set. Please don't take this survey.

If you have already taken this survey, I don't know what to tell you -- I'm sorry that I didn't post this earlier. I don't know what would happen if you demanded to have your answers taken out; I don't know what sort of IRB/human subjects research board preparations they have done.

Their first pm to us )

Our reply )

Their reply, attempting to convince to participate after all )

Read more... )

1Note, for example their answer in their Q&A to someone who brought up these issues: "we are pursuing our own research questions, which are not cultural in nature."

ETA: The survey has been taken down, at least temporarily. The text on the survey site now reads:
We're revamping some of our survey questions based upon the first round of feedback we received! Please check back again soon to take our survey!
There are a number of interesting comments on their post announcing the removal of the survey.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS Tara avatar avatar)
2009-02-11 02:04 pm

Random post is random

1) Most hilarious typo in a pseudo-professional news story: "Only about 6 percent of dog owners and 4 percent of cat owners are bought from pet stores, according to the most recent statistics."

That's from a salon.com article about pet ownership in the recession. (I'm trying to avoid salon.com these days for various political reasons, but I read their magazine for years and I still sometimes accidentally load it in the morning. Changing habits is hard, but I guess this is a nice side benefit. Srsly, dog owners are bought from pet stores?)

2) Most ridiculous higher-education move of the week: Georgia Republicans attempt to ban (graduate) courses in queer theory. They claim that universities are supposed to "educate people in sciences, business, math," apparently taking a stand against all liberal arts ever! They are now claiming that their statements were blow out of proportion, and that when they tried to get rid of all classes with the word "queer" in the title they didn't really mean it, or something.

3) Most awesome news of the week: [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings and I finally signed a lease for an apartment for next year and it is awesome. And cheap. And AWESOME. \o/

4) Most baffling javascript bookmarklet tool: Cornify, a bookmarklet that I SWEAR TO GOD covers web pages in unicorns and rainbows. Sparkly unicorns and rainbows. Like, I have a bookmarklet to zap colors to black and white -- this does the exact opposite. I am baffled and amazed.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
2008-12-02 09:11 pm

No, seriously?

This appears in a critique of a BBC period film set in England circa 1900. Ready? Okay!
"I thought it was completely and utterly absurd. It was so out of its time. For example, all the knowledge about sadists -- sexual sadism and, and, psychopathy. Bearing in mind, Freud had only written The Interpretation of Dreams, I think it was published in 1899."
*laughs hysterically* Oh, man, talk about a non sequitor! APPARENTLY, sadism didn't exist until Freud invented psychoanalysis -- you know, it wasn't named, in, like, 1820 after some guy. No! It took Freud to invent the term and tell people all about it!

And, oh man, as if Psychopathia Sexualis hadn't nicely laid all of that out fifteen years prior? And as if folks hadn't bought it to read it as porn?

I love the way people think about Victorian England sometimes, guys.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2008-06-04 03:35 pm

You guys!

This has made me so very verklempt:

George Takei and his parter are getting married in California. With Walter Koenig (Chekov) as best man and Nichelle Nichols as matron of honor.

You GUYS, go read George Takei's statement, because ... whoah. Man. VERKLEMPT.

In short: they are adorable and I want to hug them. The end.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2008-05-15 07:06 pm

*is still amazed and sniffly*

Video of the steps outside the CA Supreme Court as the decision was announced: here.

Video of Mayor Gavin Newsom's press conference here. It's hard to hear, but look at that crowd, look at the reaction, man. (You remember him; he was the one who told the city of San Francisco to issue same-sex marriage licenses in 2004 -- the film crew that was around that day made a video called Pursuit of Equality, trailer available here; it also makes me sniffly.1)

There's a neat slideshow at the San Jose Mercury News here; picture 15 is the SF City Hall, filled with people.

And I dunno if you remember this, but this past winter New York ruled that all out of state marriages must be recognized in New York. Which means, if you're a New York resident, and you get married in Massachusetts or California or Canada, your employer here in NY has to give you benefits.

Dear San Francisco City Attorney, dear Lambda Legal, dear ACLU, dear NCLR, dear Equality California: thanks. You guys are awesome.

***
1. For maximum sniffles: Vienna Teng's City Hall (here), a narrative song about a couple getting married in San Francisco in 2004. And it's topical, because the 2004 marriage in SF led, over the last four years, to this: many of the couples who got married then brought the suit against the state that resulted in this overturn. Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, the very first couple to be married in San Francisco in 2004 (in the first picture under Thursday here), were part of the suit.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2008-05-15 01:46 pm

YOU GUYS.

CALIFORNIA STATE SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS SAME SEX MARRIAGE BAN

I do not have enough allcaps you guys. It's amazing, because it really was a lot about language -- civil unions in California had a lot of the same rights as marriage, and it's harder to make a legal case out of that, you know?

The ruling is available in pdf here.

There are celebrations all over the state; you can check them out here.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2008-03-04 08:04 am

(no subject)

So I was reading a New Yorker article about Krystian Bala, a Polish author accused of murder, and I came across the following paragraph and was just -- boggled. One of these sentences is not like the others, guys:
Bala cast himself as an enfant terrible who sought out what Foucault had called a "limit-experience": he wanted to push the boundaries of language and human existence, to break free of what he deemed to be the hypocritical and oppressive "truths" of Western society, including taboos on sex and drugs. Foucault himself was drawn to homosexual sadomasochism. Bala devoured the work of Georges Bataille, who vowed to "brutally oppose all systems" and who once contemplated carrying out human sacrifices; and William Burroughs, who swore to use language to "rub out the word"; and the Marquis de Sade, who demanded, "O man! Is it for you to say what is good or what is evil?" Bala boasted about his drunken visits to brothels and his submission to temptations of the flesh. He told friends that he hated "conventions" and was "capable of anything," and he insisted, "I will not live long but I will live furiously!"
Now, okay, I'd like to smack the author of this article for other reasons, yes, but the sentence there that begins "Foucault himself?" Dude, what does that have to do with this paragraph, which is about things-Bala-read-that-he-liked? Did he READ about Foucault's sex life? No evidence of same here! What then does Foucault's sex life have to do with Bala reading about limit-experiences? Nothing, except that this is already an article about the ways Bala was influenced by postmodernism to ignore "truth" and "morality" and only do language games and thus kill people, and sadomasochism seems similarly edgey, dubious, and weird.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2007-10-24 11:51 pm

Time magazine?

Oh my god, Time Magazine, who knew that you would be the mass media outlet to run an op-ed about Dumbledore and teh gay that makes me go "hey, yes, you! you get the queer thing and the fanfiction thing and the Celluloid Closet thing!" I am astonished. But in a good way.

PS: If we read Dumbledore as gay -- forget JKR's intent -- then I think we should take the ending of that article even further and make him a happy old queen. I want a Dumbledore who listens to Judy! I want somebody to show up at Hogwarts and call him "Alba! Sweetheart!" Also there should be wizarding chaps, all purple sparkly with little wands shooting out stars. (*a-hem*) Fuck this Celluloid Closet shit; give me a Dumbledore who's been Yodaing around at Hogwarts with his hair dyed all rainbowy just because he can.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2007-10-22 08:40 pm

Catching up Forget that: random stuff instead!

So, you know, I've been crap at updating LJ. And the thing about not updating for weeks is that then you go "omg! but there is so much to say!" And that sounds like a) work and b) a really long, boring post, so you don't say any of it. ON THAT NOTE: forget the last couple weeks! Probably they were mostly boring, except for Doppelporner. (Dopornganger? Pornelganger? [livejournal.com profile] graycastle and I can't decide which is correct.) And my family was here this weekend. That was cool.

So! Onward, we find ... look, guys, it's Tom Lehrer in his youthful misanthropy! Before his full-blown misanthropy!



Aaand? The guy who uploaded that to youtube? Also uploaded a bunch of other songs from the live performance! Awesomeness!

AND and... apparently Tom Lehrer is on myspace. I have hope that it's entirely an impersonation. Remember: he liked that people thought he was dead! So it had better be an impersonator.

Otherwise, [livejournal.com profile] fiatlouis and I have no excuse for not being on myspace.

***

Other news: I now have a purple, white, and gold striped flag with purple and gold stars hanging in my office. It commemorates the nineteenth amendment in the US (women's right to vote) and comes from the Seneca Falls museum, which I visited on Friday with the family. I am quite happy with the placement above my desk, because it makes me slightly less cranky about articles like the one [livejournal.com profile] apple_pi talks about here.

I'm also cranky, speaking of cranky, about the whole Dumbledore thing. Once again, other folks have said it way better than me: [livejournal.com profile] toft_froggy, here, and [livejournal.com profile] marythefan, here. Suffice it to say that "Celluloid closeting" appeared as a verb when I sputtered at [livejournal.com profile] m_shell about this. I mean. GOD. Hey guys! I've decided that Dumbledore is gay, had a big tragic gay affair that blinded him to Grindelwald's faults, and never loved again, and then died! That's novel and innovative and freeing and will lead to the acceptance of gay people, especially the part where I didn't put it in the book!

In short, I am wearing my crankypants.

***

My family was here this last weekend; we went out to dinner rather too many times, really. And we ran around a lot. And looked at fall color, and went to ABC, and went to the farmer's market, and walked at Taughannock Falls and Buttermilk Falls, and went to Seneca Falls and the Erie Canal and I took [livejournal.com profile] redphotoframe out to the awesome espresso that is Gimme! Coffee. (She was like "okay, so, how can we get their coffee again tomorrow?") Also, my dad and sister took many photos of campus and of downtown and of fall color and waterfalls and things, which I hope they will post so I can continue lazy.

We also discovered, in the process of driving the two extra miles north of Seneca Falls that you need to drive to see the Erie Canal? That there is an amazing wildlife preserve up there! It's called the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge (no, really). It's this amazing, huge wetlands restoration and protection project, through which the NY Thruway and the Erie Canal run (weird!). We saw a ridiculous number of birds, including a pair of extremely well-fed hawks. (They looked kinda kestrely, but it was a long way off.) And apparently in the spring they have ospreys, and bobolinks, and tons of other cool things like muskrats. And they have islands! And canals! I am charmed by marshes, if not by mosquitoes.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2007-08-30 09:17 pm
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OMG IOWA!!!!!

Iowa! Court! Ruling! Gay! Marriage! What?

I mean, WTF! IOWA!

Also: yays.

Also: link from [livejournal.com profile] friede
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2006-11-15 01:11 pm

I am Boring!

This has a new high-ranking position on the list of products that disturb me. A lot.

It is the Chipmunks. They sing "Time Warp." *brain breaks*

***

The Traditional Values Coalition just issued a press release that contains the phrase "homosexual agenda" (and incidentals, like "homosexual goal" and "pro-homosexual lawmakers"). Can anyone keep from laughing at "homosexual agenda?" Honestly!

***

Also, today on things I hate: The Suns are two and five. Two and five! WTF, Suns? You are last in the league. You are behind the SACRAMENTO KINGS (4:2). You are behind the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (5:3) who, okay, are better this year and show some prospects, but still! Suns! You have Stoudemire and the Matrix and Barbosa and Nash! Get your shit together!

In my ideal world, the Pacific Division standings go Warriors, Suns, Kings, Clippers, Lakers. But since I know that the Warriors won't be number one, I restrain my hopes to a Suns, Kings, Warriors, Clippers, Lakers standing. God. The Lakers dead last. It would rock my world.
eruthros: Wizard of Oz: Dorothy in black and white, text "rainbow" in rainbow colors (Dorothy singing rainbow)
2006-07-26 11:45 am

Gossip column news

Lance Bass of NSync: "I'm gay!"

Livejournal: Duh. And?

(Apparently this is news to many people. And, you know, it's a People Magazine exclusive.)

Also: "[Bass] is in a "very stable" relationship with model-actor-Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl, 32, and is developing an Odd Couple-inspired sitcom pilot with Fatone in which his character will be gay."
eruthros: Ivanova from B5 saying "boom boom boom boom" to Londo -- angry icon!! (B5 - Ivanova boom)
2006-07-06 04:59 pm

It's not prejudice, it's "rational."

From the NY courts document:

"Our conclusion that there is a rational basis for limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples leads us to hold that that limitation is valid under the New York Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses, and that any expansion of the traditional definition of marriage should come from the Legislature."

Then they go into a bunch of stuff about Due Process and Equal Protection, but that's not the hinge point, for me. Nor is it the hinge point of the decision. "Rational." That's the word that pisses me off. And it's the basis of their decision: "Where no fundamental right is at issue, legislation is valid under the Due Process Clause if it is rationally related to legitimate government interests." Emphasis mine.

They're not just putting it off on the legislature, not just saying that it's not unconstitutional because of the way the law is written. That would be awful, but wouldn't make me as angry as this does. Because they're saying that there are rational reasons to keep me from getting married.

Those rational reasons appear to be:
1. Opposite-sex couples are more likely to have children accidentally, so we could say that it was valid to reward them for that and that "[the legislature] could find that an important function of marriage is to create more stability and permanence in the relationships that cause children to be born. It thus could choose to offer an inducement -- in the form of marriage and its attendant benefits -- to opposite-sex couples who make a solemn, long-term commitment to each other." That is, apparently marriage is a bribe to encourage us to have kids, or to make couples who have an unexpected pregnancy stay together. Because the on-purpose pregnancies of same-sex couples don't need encouragement. Or something.

"The Legislature could find that unstable relationships between people of the opposite sex present a greater danger that children will
be born into or grow up in unstable homes than is the case with same-sex couples, and thus that promoting stability in opposite sex
relationships will help children more." -- Right. Because prohibiting some parents from getting married will help children "more" than letting all parents form a "stable" relationships. And they don't really address this; they say "Our earlier discussion demonstrates that the
definition of marriage to include only opposite-sex couples is not irrationally underinclusive." That is, it doesn't fail to include same-sex couple with kids for any irrational reason, but for a rational one: bribery.

2. "Plaintiffs seem to assume that they have demonstrated the irrationality of the view that opposite-sex marriages offer advantages to children by showing there is no scientific evidence to support it. Even assuming no such evidence exists, this reasoning is flawed. In the absence of conclusive scientific evidence, the Legislature could rationally proceed on the common-sense premise that children will do best with a mother and father in the home."

Yep, common sense trumps science any day. Give me a nice significance test, with big sample sizes and good statistics, that demonstrates no apparent difference in the children of same- and opposite- sex marriages, and I'll just say "well, but common sense says..." Ahhh, the refusal to act until you have "conclusive" evidence. Please note that the majority opinion justices are not saying that they did not see evidence; they are denying that said evidence was "conclusive." (Also they are saying that evidence that the children of opposite-sex couples are better off could exist, which kinda boggles the mind, because the defendants would totally have used same in their case if they could've.)

I'm probably overreacting. But just. That word. "Rational." Gnargh.
eruthros: Wizard of Oz: Dorothy in black and white, text "rainbow" in rainbow colors (Dorothy singing rainbow)
2006-06-04 11:37 am

Twenty-five years

Tomorrow, June 5th, 2006, is the 25th anniversary of the first publication about AIDS deaths in the United States. On June 5th, Dr. Michael Gottlieb, an immunologist, wrote up a set of patient histories for the CDC's Morbity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): "in the period October 1980-May 1981, 5 young men, all active homosexuals, were treated for biopsy-confirmed Pneumocytis carinii pneumonia at 3 different hospitals in Los Angeles, California." Later, he said: "I thought this might be bigger than Legionnaire’s disease.” (You can see his write-up of those patients here.)

By the July 4th MMWR, clusters of Kaposi's sarcoma and Pneumocytis carinii pneumonia were being reported in San Francisco and New York. The cluster of Kaposi's sarcoma was also reported in the New York Times in July. The article contained this, now infamous, quote: "Dr. Curran said there was no apparent danger to non homosexuals from contagion. 'The best evidence against contagion', he said, 'is that no cases have been reported to date outside the homosexual community or in women.'" (The article is reprinted at the bottom of this page.)

Previous cases exist: HIV was found in the blood samples of a man from the Congo, taken in 1959. It was found in the tissue samples of a 15-year-old male prostitute who died of Kaposi's sarcoma in 1969. It was found in the tissue samples of a Norwegian sailor and his wife, who died in 1976. Of a Danish surgeon who died in 1977. But the literature of the AIDS epidemic, the AIDS epidemic as a concept, and the beginning of the CDC's public health response to what was later named AIDS, began with that list of five gay men, all previously healthy, all with no "clinically apparent underlying immunodeficiency." (From the editorial note in the MMWR.)

I really, really don't want to cut-tag this list, but I think someone will kill me if I don't, so. Twenty-five years - Rest in peace )

Please feel free to add names in the comments.

And the more than twenty-five million people around the world who have died of complications of AIDS since 1981.
eruthros: Wizard of Oz: Dorothy in black and white, text "rainbow" in rainbow colors (Dorothy singing rainbow)
2006-04-18 07:49 pm

Random!

1. From this axcessnews article on gay parents and the Easter events at the White House:

Rueben Israel, 43, of Los Angeles, flew in for the protest, knowing the homosexual families would attend the event. He demonstrated with electric cables how he saw those relationships as not being right in God's eyes.

"This doesn't work," he said, holding two yellow cables by their plugs and pushing them together.

He then turned one plug around so it would fit into the socket: "This works."

*rolls eyes* Ah, the "God created extension cords as exemplars of the ideal human relationship" theory. In this theory, I suppose, God created humans in his image in 1904, when electrical plugs were patented. (Though that too proves problematic: who then patented the plug?) Either that or Harvey Hubbell is an unknown prophet. Or (my favorite) this man is NUTS. I mean, does he seriously believe that the gay people will go "shit! You're right, if we were extension cords, you couldn't plug us together! Clearly we are not natural!" without then thinking "wait, neither are extension cords..."?

2. Yesterday I accumulated much good karma. I got into the train station downtown early, so I stopped by Reading Terminal to buy something for lunch, and ran into a huge group of junior high and high school students who were in town for some debate thing and had been given ten minutes in groups of five or more to find and eat breakfast. Ten minutes! At Reading Terminal, which is largely closed at eight am! *thwaps adults involved* Anyway, I was at Met Bakery when one of the adults came by with a kid in a wheelchair, looking for coffee and pastries, and I let them in front of me in line for the pastries and pointed them toward Old City Coffee. And then I ran into a group of kids wandering the aisles and saying things like "well, if I wanted raw tuna for breakfast..." and "maybe I'll just get some juice..." and pointed them toward Le Bus Bakery, and then encountered a third set of kids, with one boy playing the John Sheppard countdown role ("we have five minutes! we have four minutes and fifty seconds!") in order to encourage the others, and pointed them to Met Bakery and a smoothie place. And then more students! All in all, I spent fifteen minutes at Reading Terminal, most of it saying "okay, head down this aisle to the end and then turn left, continue up five aisles and you'll be at a coffee place..." Poor kidlets.

3. I have this Vorkosigan universe/Stargate Atlantis crossover in my head. No, I don't know either. See, it starts mid-sentence, with Miles and Gregor suddenly aware of where they are, and John's doing his "McKay, we'll be dead in thirty seconds!" thing over his shoulder, and Miles is trying to find out where they are and what's going on and who kidnapped them and shoving Gregor behind him and drawing his stunner, and Rodney's ignoring them except to say things like "yes, yes, you can thank me for saving your lives later" and "it was nothing, now shut up -- or, wait, better, go on, distract the man with the shield generator! that's a brilliant idea!" because he's not listening to a word Miles says, and John can't look at them because he's firing out the door but he's still all "argue later, McKay," and Gregor just looks bemused because it's the weirdest kidnap/assassination attempt ever, and then Rodney manages to rig the Random Ancient Equipment to protect them all just as the wraith dart self-destructs.

And then everyone yells for a while, and Rodney keeps trying to persuade them that he wasted valuable seconds beaming them out of the wraith dart so they wouldn't die, and John politely doesn't mention that it was sort of his idea, though he probably wouldn't have mentioned it if he'd known how tight the timing was going to be, and of course Miles is a paranoid bastard and doesn't believe a word of it because it can't be demonstrated, the wraith dart having kaboomed and buried them in the ruined ancient wossname until Teyla and Ronon can dig them out, and he introduces himself as Lord Miles Vorkosigan of Barrayar, and of course John and Rodney don't know where that is, which leads to another incredulous and loud-volumed digression before Miles finally says "... and this is my friend Greg" (because, while he thinks they kidnapped Gregor on purpose, he's not positive, and why risk it) and McKay says "and does he ever talk?" and Gregor has to stifle laughter and eventually they all agree to keep on with the paranoia but stop the yelling, especially because Miles can't see any way out of the ruins, but he and Gregor keep having strategy conversations in Barrayaran Greek and Rodney keeps making snide comments about how stupid they are that they can't even recognize rescue. And eventually they get to the stargate to go back to Atlantis, and Miles insists on going first and makes Gregor wait for his confirmation that it won't kill them, and oh my god you see what I mean?

I even know what kind of AR the Vorkosigan-verse is: it's one where the Ancients never made it to the Milky Way, so there are no stargates, just natural wormholes, and thus there are no Goa'uld manipulating Ancient technology. And then there are conversations about whether the mirror can take them back to a universe in which that same mirror doesn't exist, and Miles is still being a suspicious bastard, and so on.

Seriously. Where did this come from?

4. I saw a girl today wearing camouflage flip-flops. With heels. And a little camo-tassel. Very disconcerting.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
2006-03-31 10:34 am

Think John Waters on a skateboard...

From an officer of the Play and Film Control Board in the Bahamas, where BBM was just banned: "The board chose to ban it because it shows extreme homosexuality, nudity and profanity, and we feel that it has no value for the Bahamian public."

Query: what is "extreme homosexuality?"

Does it involve half-pipes?

Or snowboarding?

(Also, if "extreme" is meant to modify all three nouns, what is "extreme nudity?" I understood nudity to be an absolute.)
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
2004-12-03 01:13 am

Judith Reisman

Who, first of all, loses on the basis of Godwin's Law: the first person to mention Hitler in a non-WWII related discussion automatically loses. Sorry! You get nothing! You lose! Good day sir!

But anyway, the thing that I really wanted to respond to was this:
In her research on gays, for instance, she has written that the "recruitment techniques" of homosexuals rival those of the Marine Corps. The Kinsey paradigm, she holds, created the moral framework that makes such recruitment possible.
Okay, now, I remember being recruited by the Marine Corps, and I can tell you one thing for sure: I never had my own personal homosexual recruiter who called my home and chatted with me about the amazing opportunities available to gay people.

No one sent fancy brochures to my house explaining the wonderful historic and courageous tradition of gay people, with a little sidebar about how I, too, could take part in history.

No one ever told me they'd pay for my college education for just four years of commitment as a practicing gay person and ten years of inactive duty with possible recall to gayness should the situation warrant.

No one ever phoned my parents to try to tell them what a wonderful opportunity their daughter was passing up.

So I'm seeing, actually, very little similarity.
eruthros: Wizard of Oz: Dorothy in black and white, text "rainbow" in rainbow colors (Dorothy singing rainbow)
2004-05-25 09:55 am
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SF Pride

Eeeeee! Everyone has to check out the San Francisco Chronicle during SF Pride weekend, which begins June 25th.

Because they're doing a gay marriage wedding album! With, with, stories of how people met, and details about their weddings, and how they decided to get married, and pictures, and it's just totally going to make me go "awwwwwwww." And get all sniffly.

Because despite how depressing the news is, and despite the horrible things people say, and the protests, nothing in the news to date can make me smile and nearly cry quite as much as the story of the man who heard that they were issuing marriage licenses at City Hall at eleven am and immediate called his partner on his cell, and told him to hop on Muni right away -- they were getting married. Or the story of the hundreds of couples sitting in the rain in a line around civic center, and the just random people who took them blankets and soup and hot drinks. Or the people who got married in the presence of two sobbing witnesses with their parents on the other end of the cell, because they couldn't get there in time. Or... well, you get the picture.
eruthros: Wizard of Oz: Dorothy in black and white, text "rainbow" in rainbow colors (Dorothy singing rainbow)
2004-05-18 10:18 am

*sniffles*

I love my city.

Yesterday evening a small group of demonstrators/partiers/whatever marched from Powell Street to Civic Center (City Hall).

And when they got there, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence performed an exorcism. To "drive hate out of the White House."

To really get how that makes me miss San Francisco, and why that's just sucha San Francisco thing, you have to understand the Sisters. For example, this is their Chairnun of the Board. That's right -- they're an activist non-profit religion based loosely on Catholicism and filled with cross-dressing male nuns in whiteface who are on the Pope's official list of Heretics. The Sisters take vows to expiate stigmatic guilt and spread universal joy. Novice Sisters spend something like 12 months working with the org before they're considered full Sisters, and they have to be sponsored by other Sisters. It's not a joke organization -- they take it seriously.

And they've been around for ... hey, I think this is their 25th anniversary! And the Sisters started in the Castro. They're now a world-wide org... but still, they're very much a part of gay history in San Francisco.