Socially conscious sf webmag The Future Fire, whose planned disability-themed science fiction anthology you may have heard about, is organizing a “blog hop”:

The Future Fire are crowdfunding another science fiction anthology, this time focussing on the issues that come with disability—and the intersections with other issues such as race, gender, sexuality, class, etc, as our friendly socio-politcal SF magazine are wont to do. You may have noticed the blog about it here: http://igg.me/at/accessingfuture

In order to help explain why such an SF discussion is necessary, the editors (Djibril al-Ayad and Kathryn Allan) brainstormed a bit of a blog hop with a bit of help from Jo Thomas (www.journeymouse.net) and Dylan Fox (www.dylanfox.net)

We’ve set up the questions so they can be asked of both writers and readers:

  1. Tell us about your Work In Progress (WIP) / Current Read (CR) and the world it’s set in.
  2. Who are the most powerful people in this world?
  3. Where does their power come from?
  4. What physical and/or mental characteristics underpin their positions of power?
  5. How does this affect the weakest people in the world?

Jo has launched the “Accessing The Future Fiction” blog hop at http://journeymouse.net/wp/?p=3677

If you want to take part and you haven’t been nominated, please do so. All that we ask is that you post a comment on this post so that others can find your part of the “Accessing The Future Fiction” blog hop and that you mention the Indiegogo fundraiser in your preamble! It would be nice if you could link in some other victims volunteers to carry on the blog hop, too.

Please share and participate! It would be cool to see a little Tumblr representation :)

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bb-goose:


cinnamonwheel:

poorhornycat:

garlandgrey:

Justin Valmassoi of Animals Talking in All Caps


Pro-tip for everyone:
The guy that does ‘animals talking in all caps’ is a huge fucking creep.

Juuuust a reminder.
And let’s remember the time he said that people who make use of trigger warnings are giant ‘pussies’, while simultaneously crying about how his girlfriend’s elective medical procedure left him traumatised for two years.

Ugh not this shit again
like it’s bad enough when the Jewish harpy stereotype is exploited by Jewish men for lulz, but when this dumb goy thinks he can get in on the action
You stupid fuck, you are the reason that women feel insecure about ethnic features. Why so many of my Jewish girlfriends rushed to get rhinoplasty as soon as they could afford it, why my own fucking family compliments me by reassuring me I “don’t look very Jewish” in a photograph.
You contribute to the ideal of whiteness as beauty with your bullshit “curves like black girls but nice light skin” statements. You further the fetishization of Asian women.
Because nothing you said in this hateful tirade is anything new, it’s a regurgitation of societal views using what I’m sure you thought was a totes hilarious metaphor. Go on fucker, try to argue “satire.” Not that you will, because your M.O. is to post offensive shit and run.
DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW DISGUSTING IT IS TO COMPARE JEWISH PEOPLE TO INSECTS? DO YOU NOT GET THE IMPLICATIONS HERE, BESIDES THE RAGING MISOGYNY? YOU FUCKING FAILURE? HEY LOOK, I’M A CAPS-TALKING ANIMAL, DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME BETTER NOW?
Fucking hipster scum.
ps. bisected by a train


Oh my god! It’s a double fetishization! All the way across the sky! WOOOOOOOO! I bet he thinks lesbians are hot, too. Oh my god! It’s even starting to look like a triple fetishization! Oh my god. Double fetishization! *cries tears of joy*

bb-goose:

cinnamonwheel:

poorhornycat:

garlandgrey:

Justin Valmassoi of Animals Talking in All Caps

Pro-tip for everyone:

The guy that does ‘animals talking in all caps’ is a huge fucking creep.

Juuuust a reminder.

And let’s remember the time he said that people who make use of trigger warnings are giant ‘pussies’, while simultaneously crying about how his girlfriend’s elective medical procedure left him traumatised for two years.

Ugh not this shit again

like it’s bad enough when the Jewish harpy stereotype is exploited by Jewish men for lulz, but when this dumb goy thinks he can get in on the action

You stupid fuck, you are the reason that women feel insecure about ethnic features. Why so many of my Jewish girlfriends rushed to get rhinoplasty as soon as they could afford it, why my own fucking family compliments me by reassuring me I “don’t look very Jewish” in a photograph.

You contribute to the ideal of whiteness as beauty with your bullshit “curves like black girls but nice light skin” statements. You further the fetishization of Asian women.

Because nothing you said in this hateful tirade is anything new, it’s a regurgitation of societal views using what I’m sure you thought was a totes hilarious metaphor. Go on fucker, try to argue “satire.” Not that you will, because your M.O. is to post offensive shit and run.

DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW DISGUSTING IT IS TO COMPARE JEWISH PEOPLE TO INSECTS? DO YOU NOT GET THE IMPLICATIONS HERE, BESIDES THE RAGING MISOGYNY? YOU FUCKING FAILURE? HEY LOOK, I’M A CAPS-TALKING ANIMAL, DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME BETTER NOW?

Fucking hipster scum.

ps. bisected by a train

Oh my god! It’s a double fetishization! All the way across the sky! WOOOOOOOO! I bet he thinks lesbians are hot, too. Oh my god! It’s even starting to look like a triple fetishization! Oh my god. Double fetishization! *cries tears of joy*

ktempest

jhameia:

If ya’ll got Facebook, pop right over. I got this in an email, so I’ll copy-paste the deets:

Purpose
To discuss the state of Black Speculative Fiction and answer pertinent questions about the viability and future of this area.
Time Schedule
From the ML King holiday until the last week of Black history month (January 16-February 27), a group of people who love Black SciFi will discuss the state of Black speculative fiction using corporate blogging.  
How will this happen?
Participants will blog weekly and will place links to each other’s posts on their websites (Alicia McCalla will send out a list of participants each week).  Readers will be encouraged to participate by posting comments, tweeting #BlackSciFi2012 and discussing the topic.
Black SF 2012 Logo
Each blogger will upload the State of Black SF logo on their website and add the image to weekly post. Bloggers are encouraged to add other images that support the topic discussed.
 Promo Days and Giveaways
At the end of 7-weeks, each blogger will giveaway one promotional item such as a free book, t-shirt, etc. Bloggers will select winners and post winners on the finale blog post. Winners will be randomly selected from those who have commented, tweeted, and discussed the topic.   It will be the responsibility of each blogger to contact the winners and mail promotional items.
 Weekly Blog Post
Each Monday, bloggers will use the same title and blog about the same topic (listed below).  Alicia McCalla will send out the prompt each week so bloggers have a direction for the discussion. Bloggers will tweet it and ask readers to post comments.  Each blogger will have a link to each website so readers can follow the blog tour.  Alicia McCalla will send a weekly list of participant’s websites. Blog posts will be 700 words or less.  
Twitter hashtag: #blackscifi2012
Are you interested in participating?
If so, contact Alicia McCalla on/or before Wednesday, January 11,2012.  Participants will receive links and information at least 3-days in advance.  You can contact her via Black SF society or at the contact form on her website: www.aliciamccalla.com. You can also RSVP under events. Hope you’ll decide to participate. This will be fun!
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midwestmountainmama:

my heart just stopped. i just read on a feminist site a (presumably) feminist say “What’s the point of feminism if feminists don’t believe people can change?”—and this was said about a man who attempted to murder a woman, who has abused women, who has slept with women students, on and on and on and on….

What’s the point of feminism if feminists don’t believe men who try to murder women people can change?

i feel as if i should go out into baby sugg’s field and apologize to all the women who have fought and died for gender justice.

That, and

what is the fucking point of feminism if you can’t count on other feminists to have a woman’s back, shun the fuck out of a dangerous slimy predatory douchebag, kick him out of the community, and make his name dirt?

I mean I thought that was the whole point of the thing

Yeah this is why I don’t call myself a feminist anymore


Context, context, context, context, context, more context (check comments for great responses from bfp, Nanette, La Lubu, saurus, piny, etc.).

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notyourkinddear:

blackamazon:

midwestmountainmama:

i think it’s about time to kill ****my other identity****.

it’s just exhausting to know that the only thing **MOI** is known for is bad things. nobody says boy, that **MOI** was one loving bitch. or **MOI** was a true artist.

it’s **MOI** broke up the fucking beatles!!!! and she stared at all the white women when they were *TRYING* to practice!

:/

bah.

This INFURIATES ME! You have been a thinker. Healer lover peer eyes mami who has been a light in my life and so many others as ***MOI***. And it makes me unbelieveably offended that you have to change to get away from their petty self serving bullshit

^ It’s not you that did anything wrong. It’s them. You have been a loving person and a true artist and so much more. The fact that they don’t recognize it or value that from you is a reflection on them, not you.

Do what you have to do, but can we have an Internet funeral where we lovingly eulogize ***MOI*** and reblog Bruce Springsteen videos, then a drunken wake?

Charles Tan describes how he attempts to compensate for hidden bias while curating science fiction links.

…As of mid-April of this year (if you examine the archive of SF Signal Tidbits, you can identify the trend), there was a conscious decision (arbitrary just means unconscious bias) on which author interview was at the top of the Tidbits.

I’ll be frank. There’s a lot of causes that need championing: World SF. People of Color. LGBT. Women. Gender. YA. If it were up to me, I’d post a book cover of a World SF book every day. But that’s not possible on a consistent basis (either there’s not enough interviews going around or their book isn’t listed on Amazon); it’s probably a valid criticism that I’m probably not looking hard enough. So I went with a criteria that’s broad enough: women.

Admittedly, there are days when I can’t find interviews with women in the field, but that’s the exception rather than the norm (if you want stats, just look at the archives of Tidbits starting mid-April that’s attributed to me; or better yet, compare it when I wasn’t deliberate in my selection). Failing that, I try my other criteria, such as World SF, people of color, LGBT authors, etc…

And that’s exactly what I’ve been trying to do here (though I haven’t had a lot of time for Tumblr lately)—filtering through geek stuff for POC authors or fans or characters, especially for things related to race issues in fandom. I have to admit, when I started this blog I thought it was going to be hard finding things to post, I guess because generally geeky sites tend to be overwhelmingly white. But there’s actually more stuff than I can keep up with!

I don’t think it’s so much that there’s more POC sf stuff now—though there are a lot of up-and-coming authors lately, like N. K. Jemisin, Nnedi Okorafor, Charles Yu, Malinda Lo, Saladin Ahmed, etc.—as that I have biases like everyone else, and I just had to start actively working to notice things I unconsciously would overlook.

Also I totally didn’t notice Charles Tan’s putting women authors first until he mentioned it, but you better believe I see it now when looking through the links.

Heather Massey rounds up nerd blogs run by and aimed at women, and requests recs from commenters. Clearly I’m out of touch because I’ve only heard of a few of the sites (Pink Raygun, The Mary Sue) and don’t follow any! Worth a look if you need more blogs to follow and/or places to nerd out about A Game of Thrones/self-publishing/Spaaace!.

(About half pass my lazy sniff-test of “is there a creator or character of colour somewhere on the front page?” but I’m thinking I should raise the bar a bit. Too tired to check but as far as I can tell most are run by white women. I feel really ambivalent about the whole “geek girl” thing because in my mind and certainly in media it’s associated with white/straight/cis and “girl” is kind of infantilizing. Like, it’s fine as long as you think of yourself as a woman first…but who gets to do that all the time? Which is why it feels like this isn’t my territory, you know? Like, all this should be the concern of people less ambivalent about their gender.)

Anyway, blather back if you want, I’d love to hear how other people relate to “geek girl culture” wrt race/sexual orientation/gender/whatever.

ETA: Goddamit for some reason the question thing didn’t enable, but hey, my askbox is always open.

jhameia

fascinasians:

NEW DELHI — Rashmi Swaroop, who just completed her M.B.A. exams in the small tourist town of Ajmer, Rajasthan, is celebrating on her blog. Over at the popular Bengali-language site Desh-Bidesh, Nasim, a resident of Kolkata in her 60s, shares memories of the city in the years after India achieved independence in 1947. Kalki Subramaniam, an actress and transgender rights advocate, has kicked off a debate on marriage for transgendered people.

As the Internet opens up to different Indian languages, the profile of India’s female bloggers is turning out to be far more complex than many commentators might have suspected.

Ms. Swaroop writes in Hindi, Ms. Nasim and the other posters on Desh-Bidesh blog in Bengali, and Ms. Subramaniam’s two blogs are in Tamil and English.

Until recently, it would have been hard for anyone who did not speak the original languages to follow their blogs. The Indian blogosphere, a thriving community of millions now, was long constrained by language.

In 2006, Ravishankar Shrivastava, a Hindi blogger and freelance technical consultant and translator, estimated that there were fewer than 300 Hindi-language bloggers — abysmally low for a language with more than 400 million speakers in India — and about 2,000 Tamil bloggers across the whole of India. By contrast, English-language bloggers then were estimated at 40,000.

The problem was technical. At the time, the Internet in India was primarily in English. Though individual bloggers in various Indian languages have gone online for more than a decade, it required higher than average computer skills and comfort with a Roman alphabet keyboard. It was only about three years ago that access to Indic scripts became easy enough that ordinary users could engage in discussions in their own language.

Then, in June, Google Translate opened up “Indic web,” allowing users to translate content among Indian languages — Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu, in addition to Hindi.

In the Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Bengali blogospheres, the rise of female bloggers has been sharp in the past two or three years, especially in small-town and rural India. They discuss the joys and trials of more intimate but often more conservative communities, and the challenges of life within the extended family. Politics comes up, but with a focus on local issues usually missing from English-language discussions.

English-language female bloggers have tended to write about city life, dating and relationships, and workplace issues. The women who are coming online now from the small towns may have more circumscribed lives — fewer opportunities for work outside the home, a greater emphasis on marriage — but blog with confidence and self-awareness about changing social mores and their growing economic aspirations.

And whereas the women who dominate the English-language blogosphere tend to be urbanites in their teens and 20s, the Bengali, Hindi and Tamil blogs seem to have engaged the attention of older women.

These include Archana Chaoji, a popular blogger from Indore in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. While her blog is not overtly feminist, her profile wryly takes note of the many roles Indian women find themselves playing. She is identified as “first a daughter, then sister, then friend, then wife, then daughter-in-law, then mother” and, finally, a sports teacher who sometimes assumes the identity of blogger. Her site (archanachaoji.blogspot.com) contains posts on poetry and music, on friendship and virtual relationships, and the tightrope walk of being a woman in modern India.

Nirmala Kapila, who blogs from Nangal in Punjab, in the northwest, found her feet on the Internet in 2008, when she began blogging at veerbahuti.blogspot.com. A retired pharmacist, she has published two books of poetry, and her posts on Hindi literature draw a sizable readership. Like Ms. Chaoji, Ms. Kapila came to blogging later in life, and the growing number of comments on her posts testifies to the literary community she has been able to create online.

Many of the female bloggers, especially those who write in Hindi, Tamil and Bengali, are from small towns — part of the communications trend that has seen the spread of cellphones and the Internet outside the large cities. Their newfound visibility has the potential to change much in the online Indian world. Some have found audiences for their niche interests, like Sangeeta Puri, an economics graduate from Bokaro in the eastern state of Jharkhand, whose blog showcases her interest in astrology (and the stars’ influence on the stock market).

Others, like the blogger who goes by the pseudonym Ghughuti Basuti, a reference to a beloved folk-tale character, straddle both worlds, living in big cities like Mumbai, but remaining mindful of their roots in the countryside.

Ghughuti Basuti, who began blogging in 2005 in English, has shifted to posting more often on her Hindi blog. Her posts cover issues like the acceptability of divorce and the reasons women should love their daughters, and she has a knack for connecting with readers.

An early attempt to create a community of female bloggers, Chokher Bali, sputtered into silence in 2008. Another group blog from Bangladesh, Amader Kotha (Our Stories) ran out of steam in 2009. In both cases, once the initial need to tell their stories had been met, the bloggers moved on with their lives.

But at Penmai.com, Tamil women have nurtured a strong community over the past few years that discusses issues like child-rearing and returning to the work force in midlife. Some members of the popular English-language site Bharatmoms, which focuses on parenting, plan to start parallel blogs in Hindi and Gujarati.

“I follow many women’s blogs, and I’m amazed at how freely they speak,” said Ms. Swaroop, the business student from Ajmer. Freedom is a theme in her postings. She says she has never traveled outside Rajasthan State and hopes to find a civil service job that will allow her to see the rest of India. “In the blog world, one doesn’t have to evade. On your own blog, you can write whatever and however you want.”

It feels very much as though Indian women like her have found their voice, in a multiplicity of tongues.