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So I saw Riddick today, and I have quite a few thoughts. The first one, outside the cut, is that at a minimum you should re-read the Wikipedia pages on all the previous films before you go see it, as there are lots of references to them. I didn't. I should've.

Cut for spoilers and discussions of problematic gender issues )

*shrug* Going to think on it more. Anyone else seen it and have thoughts?

Originally posted on Dreamwidth. comment count unavailable comments there. Comment here or there.


Nov. 9th, 2010 09:23 pm
asterroc: (xkcd - Fuck the Cosine)
Is it a common stale sci-fi trope to have a supposedly sentient alien race actually have only males be sentient and females are bestial breeding stock, or is it only Orson Scott Card (the Piggies in Speaker for the Dead) and Larry Niven (Kzin and Puppeteers in the Ringworld/Man-Kzin Wars universe) who are guilty of it? This sort of things is really the worst possible example of how many authors assume males are standard and only put in females if they're making a point.

Are there any cases of the reverse, a supposedly sentient alien race where actually only the females are sentient and males are bestial breeding stock?

Relatedly, does anyone remember enough about Anne McCaffrey's Catteni (Freedom's Landing series) to recall much about Catteni females? I've a distinct impression that either their females were also non-sentient, or at best they weren't mentioned as being anything special. Certainly the protagonist female wasn't anything special, with her battered woman syndrome that's taken for entirely normal.


Jun. 27th, 2010 10:11 am
Have underwire bras always been on the list of things that might trigger a pat-down search? That just seems so wrong to me.

Edit: and check out the videos of how business men and women go into screening. Business women don't have laptops. Or shoes? I'm confused.

η2: Get more bamboo knitting needles for current project. Metal are allowed, but some TSA agents are jumpy.
Women's experience of the world is fundamentally different from men's. A story about a woman living in Brooklyn.
asterroc: (xkcd - Fuck the Cosine)
I sympathize with those of you talking about Racefail and other instances of racial minorities in SF fandom. My own issue along these lines is women/girls in gaming, especially as it has many parallels to women in science.

Waaay back in 2006 I went to PAX (a con for video gamers) (back when it was only in Seattle) and had some quite uncomfortable experiences (REDACTED IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, summaries available to my friendslist here and here) including both blatant sexism from employees/volunteers working the con, and from other women/girls attending. (My point being that sometimes when the atmosphere is the most sexist, women respond by becoming our own worst enemies.) Well I'm going again now that there's another one in my neck of the woods, and Jonathan Coulton is one of the musicians playing and the tickets for the whole thing were the same price as a Coulton concert usually is alone.

In case you are not familiar with it, PAX is a gaming con centered around three or so things: (1) webcomics and specifically the Penny-Arcade webcomic and its creators nicknamed Gabe and Tycho (PAX stands for Penny-Arcade eXpo), and any panels with Tycho and Gabe have a are HUGE audience; (2) the keynote speech is always some hugely famous geek, Wil Wheaton being this year's and a previous one as well; and (3) another major draw is the concerts, one held on Friday night and one on Saturday night, of "nerd-core" and other geek-centric music, this year MC Frontalot is the star of Friday's and JoCo is the star of Saturday's. These three events are majorly important, like (if I'm getting my analogy right) Arisia's Masquerade is majorly important to that con.

When reading through the schedule for PAX East this year, I was happy to see that there's a panel on girls in gaming:

Girls and Games: The Growing Role of Women in the Game Industry
Manticore Theatre
Friday, 8:00pm

According to the ESA, more than 43% of video gamers are female, making women the single largest untapped market segment in the gaming industry. Look at the milestones crossed and the hurdles to come as developers and publishers reach out to this previously overlooked demographic. Are current strategies effective? What does this mean for the game industry as a whole?
Panelists Include: Brittany Vincent [Editor-in-Chief, Spawn Kill], Julie Furman [Founder, SFX360], Jeff Kalles [Penny Arcade], Alexis Hebert [Community Relations Manager, Terminal Reality]

When I first saw this, I was relieved to think that PAX had apparently made some progress from their gaffes of 2006. And then I realized something I'd missed on the previous line.

Friday Night Concerts!
Main Theatre
Friday, 8:30pm

Break out your cell phone and handheld gaming screens to welcome our musical acts to Boston! The Protomen, Anamanaguchi, Metroid Metal, and MC Frontalot will all be rocking for the first night of our Nerdcore Concert Series. The first 4,000 attendees at PAX Friday afternoon will receive wristbands for guaranteed entry, with the remaining seats being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Yes, the Girls and Games panel is running against the Friday night concert, not only guaranteeing it a low turnout and showing that the people who made the schedule don't give a shit that it'll have a low turnout and revealing that they don't give a shit about the plight of women/girls in gaming, but also guaranteeing that anyone who attends the Girls and Games panel is unable to attend the concert and showing that the people who made the schedule don't give a shit that we can't attend the concert and revealing that they don't give a shit about including women/girls in the larger gaming community.

This pisses the hell out of me. Am I overreacting?

Edit: If your response is "yes, you're overreacting" and you're not yourself a member of a minority within a fandom please first (1) try viewing it from my point of view, then (2) if you still think I'm overreacting I'd appreciate it if you explained your viewpoint but be prepared for me to not respond. As usual, my rules for my journal are no bashing or insults or expressions of anger. Any such comments will be frozen at a minimum or potentially deleted.
Edit: I have received a response, and it seems good.

LJ is now requiring new users to specify "male" or "female" on new account creation. If you don't like this,

  1. Edit your profile and select Unspecified for your gender option.

  2. Give feedback to LJ about this, see sample below.

  3. Send an email to Anjelika, GM of US operations,, again see sample below.

More info here. You have until this Thursday (12/17) to make your voice heard.

sample text )

Mr. Moms

Jan. 23rd, 2009 12:43 pm
asterroc: (*Hyuk!*)
In line with my fear of housewivery, it's nice to see that some dads are attempting to work from home - even if they do decide they can't cut it.
Am I the only one who finds *their* fashion sense horrible?

Link to CNN video:

Attempt at embedding CNN video (which does not appear to be working at this time):
Embedded video from CNN Video

I like that Michelle Obama isn't wearing blazer suit things. Those things are unflattering because they are a feminized version of men's clothing. And women are NOT men, they are not judged upon the same standards as men, so they need to stand out in their own right, both in substance, and in style.
asterroc: (doll)

To all those who think Homophobia is wrong and want to fight for a better future for our gay and lesbian friends, please repost this:

I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.
I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.
I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.
We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.
I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of twenty-seven years into the room.
I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had. I wish they could adopt me.
I am one of the lucky ones, I guess. I survived the attack that left me in a coma for three weeks, and in another year I will probably be able to walk again.
I am not one of the lucky ones. I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear.
We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men.
I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me.
I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised. The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman.
I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman.
I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male.
I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men.
I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that.
I am the man who died when the paramedics stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual.
I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I did not have to always deal with society hating me.
I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don’t believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind.
I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love.
I am the person who is afraid of telling his loving Christian parents he loves another male.

Re-post this if you believe homophobia is wrong. Please do your part to end it.

I think it'd be better for people who ARE homophobic to be seeing this. Interestingly, apparently this meme is circulating via email among teens currently. Very cool.

1930's Wife

Jun. 6th, 2008 05:39 pm


As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Poor (Failure)

Take the test!

"Puts her cold feet on husband at night to warm them."

Ah, the quintessential sign of a good wife!



As a 1930s husband, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!

The tests are quite unbalanced, as would be expected for the 1930's.
asterroc: (xkcd - Fuck the Cosine)
Regarding a story that appeared in The Post-Star

on Dec. 6: "Rep. Gillibrand announces she is pregnant."

First of all, I must admit that I am a male chauvinist and that there are, thankfully, differences between men and women. There are many occupations suitable for women and their physical attributes. Carrying a weapon while serving in the Armed Forces and firefighting are not suitable lines of work for women to prove that they are physically equal to men. How many male police officers feel comfortable with a 100 pound female backup?

And now, I have to add serving in the U.S. House and Senate as an occupation that may not be suitable for women.

Ms. Gillibrand's current pregnancy makes a strong case for my opinion. Ms. Gillibrand was elected to serve her constituency, and while she is away from her elected office she cannot perform those duties. The taxpayers who were duped into voting for her will have to pay for her medical benefits. Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer, Ms. Gillibrand receives excellent health benefits, courtesy of her constituents. We will be without representation in Congress for a time leading up to and following the child's birth. There will be times when she and the new baby will visit doctors. You can add those days to the total that she will not be serving her constituents.

The current base salary (2006) for members of the House and Senate is $165,200 per year. I wonder if Ms. Gillibrand will do the right thing and reimburse the U.S. Treasury in the amount of $452.60, her daily salary, for each day that she is unable to perform her elected duties. For some reason, I doubt it.


As originally sent to the PostStar, reported in Crooks and Liars, and pointed out by [ profile] friedpineapple in [ profile] meig's journal.

There is just nothing I can say to this.
[ profile] rumorofrain has a better description of why this matters, but here's a copy of my letter to my reps about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act - in short, it would protect employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Send a letter to your Reps, and here's a model letter.

I am writing to you regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 2015, or ENDA), specifically in support of the act including all language preventing discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity (including individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender). I live and vote in ***, and I am a Professor of Physics at *** Community College in ***.

Despite our country's ideal of "freedom and justice for all," there are many times that our society fails to follow through. I myself have seen discrimination in the workplace, school, and in my daily life, on the basis of my sex, race, age, and religion. However, I have the privilege and protection of the law when such things happen to me. My friends, family, and colleagues who are the victim of discrimination based upon their sexual orientation or gender identity do not have the same recourse and protection as I do.

We protect our citizens for issues of personal choice such as their politics and their religion, and for issues of birth such as their race and sex, so regardless of whether sexual orientation and gender identity are issues of choice or birth, they should receive equal protection under the law. I urge you to fully support H.R. 2015 (ENDA) including protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Thank you for your time.


DNA sexing results came back today on Gabriel. She's female!

As mentioned before, Gabe's a lutino cockatiel, which cannot be visually sexed with complete reliability, though there can be clues. The things that led me to guess so were faint spots on the undersides of flight feathers, faint stripes on undersides of tail feathers, and faint pearling on her back (so she's actually lutino pearled). DNA sexing confirmed my suspicion: it's a girl!

Now I know to keep making sure she doesn't get triggers to lay eggs, and to make sure she gets a calcium block in case she ever does start laying. Her name is remaining Gabriel though - gender of name doesn't make a difference to her, and I find it amusing.

Gratuitous photo! )

X-posted to my blog, [ profile] parrot_lovers, and [ profile] cockatiels.
C/o [ profile] the_xtina. Do you have these in your apartment/house?

1. Piles of magazines everywhere, comprised of tons of pretentious ones that are clearly untouched and then severely thumbed-through Vogues and Luckys.
Well, I got rid of a bunch of Physics Today and National Geographic. But I did keep the Real Simple.

2. Overflowing shoe rack and nothing in the fridge.
Nope - no rack, the shoes are piled in the closet (and in a box under the bed), and T$ stocks the fridge. :-P

3. Scented candles.
Nope, as of the move - they're not good for birds so I got rid of them. I kept the unscented ones.

4. Slovenly heaps of little-used makeups in the bathroom.
Nope, since it's a new clean place. They're in boxes instead.

5. Stuffed animals in the bed.
Gave them to my old neighbors, yay!

6. Cat hair on the furniture.
Feathers instead. Close enough

7. Cat smell.
Stupid old tenants. Yes. And bird smell.

8. Cabinets full of mugs featuring the likeness of lady who looks like those hypertrophically-limbed Daily Candy illustrations, bearing the legend "I Love Shopping" or whatnot.
Not quite, but lots of other mugs, including ones from college

9. Anything pink.
The box I keep my Sandman comics in.

10. Ornamental pillows.
Not really, but between T$ and I, we have way too many functional pillows.

11. Unedited bookshelves, esp. if they include He's Just Not That Into You or anything along those lines.
I'm not sure what they mean by "unedited", but I certainly wish I had more bookshelves

12. Nair.

13. Lite cottage cheese in the fridge.
Ew. No

14. Anything lite or diet around. Cases of Diet Coke. Weight Watchers 'Just 2 Points' bars.
I don't do diet. I'm only 125 pounds wearing shoes.

15. Inspirational or thinspirational things on the fridge.
Do magnets reading "animals are tasty" count? It's T$'s, and I'm afraid what my veggie neighbor will say when she sees it, but I think it's awesome. My alien poetry magnets will go up soon too. Once I find them

16. Framed posters.
Not framed ones, but comics will go up soon.

17. Handbag tree.
A what now?

18. A copy of "Bridget Jones' Diary", either the book or the movie.

19. A really cool shower curtain.
Green and filmy, fits the current (tacky) color scheme just as well as the old bathroom.

20. A "goody drawer".
Boxes and boxes of multiple generations of goody drawers/shelves.

21. Smelly bath salts, fizzes, or bubble bath gel.
Of course. Want some?

22. Some product from a home selling party (Tupperware, Cookie Lee, Party Lite, Naughty Lady).

23. Soft fuzzy socks, possibly with an image of an animal sewed on.
of course
Link via [ profile] the_xtina, Safe2Pee is a (still-beta) user-inputted database of gender-neutral bathrooms. Includes information about the accessability of the bathroom and Google Maps of where they are.

"The goal of the project is to create a resource where people who do not feel comfortable with traditional public restrooms can find safe alternatives, and to support advocacy and research to further the cause of gender free, inclusive bathrooms."
B/c some people on my friendslist have discussed this in the last few months, here's a CNN article on the dropping rate of infant male circumcision. Surprisingly, only around 57% of male babies are circumcised at birth in the US, and we're more than most of the world.



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