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Boy Scout

Steve Rogers and Duncan McLeod. He does all the right things, because they are Right. He saves the world on Monday mornings before his first cup of coffee; you may be required to help bandage him. If he thinks you're in danger, he'll break up with you for your own good. He will do a lot of things for your own good, because he is just That Noble and Protective. He is on a pedestal, though, so the only way this will end is with a Noble Death for one of you, or you messing up and a tragic break-up due to your betrayal. Both of these will make him more Noble, though possibly with a period of self-doubt and darkness in the middle.

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Today I weighed my purse because why not be mad about gender. I keep it as small as possible with as little extra change/papers/etc as possible, though I do carry a knitting bag with me or additional laptop bag if I'm going to write or something. Or bag' o' books or ereader for a long waiting room trip.

This bag is literally what sits on my shoulder when I'm out. I have tried the two-shoulder-option and also the fanny pack option, but both put pressure in different places that are also not fun. So. Here we are.

Total weight: 1 lb 5 oz (21 oz or or 595 grams)

Cell phone: 4 oz
Keys: 4 oz
Glasses, case so they don't get damaged, and sunglasses clips: 3 oz
Necessary things listed above: 11 oz, or just over half of the weight of my purse

Other things that live in my purse? Pen, lip balm, "feminine hygiene products", insurance cards, list of emergency meds, library cards, credit cards, a tiny bit of cash, metro card, a couple relevant coupons.

Sometimes emergency meds live in there, but at the moment there aren't any that are really helping except a tube of Voltaren whatnot which is messy.

Even subtracting for the weight of the purse, that's still about a pound of necessary items I'm supposed to just lug around what, in my very feminine tiny pockets somehow? Like the ones that are designed for a single locker key?

I am sick of a certain type of person complaining that I should somehow magically be able to carry everything in my non-existent pockets; or that somehow I should find men's pants that fit my curvy self and wear those for the pockets. Or that I should go on some sort of Purse Quest and find The Perfect Purse that will fit everything I need, always be organized, and not cause any pain. Or that fanny packs are the answer which they actually just put a lot of pressure on my low back.

I think the answer is clear. I think I need The Luggage. Failing any sapient pearwood, I maybe just need a service dog who -- among other very useful tasks -- can also carry maxi pads and spare change for me. I would suggest a robotic assistant, but I kind of worry about getting my period right in the middle of the AI singularity. Awkward.
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I do not even know where most of this is from anymore, but I share with you becauase I found them interesting and I do so enjoy [personal profile] umadoshi's linkspam. I hope you find something of interest.

Writing

quote via this tweet: "In short, the most optimistic fiction you can write is fiction where people treat each other well under conditions of crisis." --C Doctorow

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Gender & sexuality & feminism, oh my!

Overthinking it: Female character flowchart

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Gaming and media

Can Live Action Role-Playing Bring about social change?

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Various posts that I connect somehow to feeling crappy about work/not work/not the "right kind" of work

On Tumblr Skillz and their utility in the job market

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Just for fun

The Kitty Convict Project -- IDing escaped indoor cats

the yarn harlot is giving me sock envy. good thing i am currently knitting weasley socks in autumn colors (*coughgreatlyaccidentallyalteringthepatternonpurposecough*).

(beware: gif/vine thing!) velociraptors attack outdoor christmas decorations

From the Point of View of the Cat, by Czech writer Karel ńĆapek, 1935 (note: text is in image file, transcription currently unavailable)

Comic about what the Oxfam goats think about Oxfam donations (note transcription currently unavailable

@hourlykitten If you use twitter, I've been following @hourlykitten rather than Emergency Kitten because @hourlykitten cites sources of photos and I find that admirable. (also, it's nice to be able to track back to the original photographer, etc.) I have no affiliation, but I recommend them.

There is an adorable rat on this chilled out cat's head. Not recommended at home.
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Was discussing genres with partner yesterday. Specifically how with so many cross-genre wonderful stories being told, it is really hard to actually buy books from the physical bookstores I want to continue to exist.

Case in point: many of the SF/F books I enjoy are classified as "paranormal romance" because...there are people who romance each other in them? Maybe decent sex scenes? You cannot tell the story without the SF/F elements, but the main point of the story is the relationship. So at Barnes and Noble, those books get shelved in the Romance section. Indiscriminately amongst all the other Romances, like with Western themes and Bodice Rippers and idek what all the sections are. And the highly problematic ones. And also the historical Romance ones, which if you give me a period Romance done well yes I will read the shit out of that, particularly if you also throw in steampunk or magic in some way.

But also often the books are not even shelved or alphabetized. They're on those turny carosel things, and shoved on every which way, so you really have to hunt to find the other books by the same author or even in the same damn series.

I kind of feel like Bookstore Designers are going, "Well the books with fucking are obviously for the wimmenz, right? So we'll shove them in a corner, and we won't put any of the mushy books in with SF/F because it might make the menz feel awkward." Even though WHAT THE HELL IS WITH THAT GENDERED NONSENSE.

Also on a similar note, what the hell is the "literature" section anymore? Because mostly when I see it my brain goes, "Those are going to be books where the characters are horrible to each other or suffer terrible fates, I am emotionally exhausted from reading them, and make me feel the world is terrible. And Jonathan Franzen male tears books also."

Is there a better way to organize them? I mean, I kind of feel like we should just shove ALL the genre books together alphabetically and let people sort through them.

I do think that the way books are currently organized is prioritizing one kind of writing over another (and the male gaze omg), and maaaaybe that's part of why online book retailers are doing better. See also: where the frell is this middle-reader/YA book shelved even? there are like six sections to choose from and TOO MANY SPOONS. Even though I fucking hate Amazon's business practices, at least I can find the kinds of stories I want there, and it takes less energy.

(And one of my favorite indie bookstores has very little space, so they only have 2 shelves of sf/fantasy and most of it is things I already own, like Pratchett or Tolkien and other dudes. They do have an excellent YA section though.)
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"Where's My Cut?" Emotional Labor MetaFilter summary (in case you too got overwhelmed by the number of comments on the original post)

Melissa Lozada-Oliva - "Like Totally Whatever" (NPS 2015) spoken word poetry, via [personal profile] shehasathree

'An American Wedding', poem by Essex Hemphill, NSFW, also if you're interested a brief biography of Hemphill

Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage

Underwear/Binders for trans* people are becoming less cumbersome, not necessarily more affordable

Don't Criticize Black Lives Matter for provoking violence. The Civil Rights Movement did, too.: The Washington Post actually had an article I liked for once!

Tongues Untied, a 1991 Documentary by Marlon Riggs about being Black and Gay -- in case you want to counteract the effects of the new whitewashed movie about Stonewall (note: for non-US'ers, you might do better checking out the IMdB link. Not sure where/if it's streaming atm, but it's worth tracking down if a local library has it.)

Before Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin

anyone else have links to share?
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People talk a lot about sexual assault on college campuses, talking to college students about consent, yadda yadda.

It needs to start much, much earlier.

Here's why, based on my own personal anecdata.

By the time I went to college:
tw: sexual assault, depression, suicidality, one teenager trying to handle way too many decisions about sexual assault alone, mis-handling of reports/assault/creepers by authority figures )

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*drops mic*

ETA: signal boosting or sharing open because I'm tired of being silent about this shit.

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