Posted by Lashings of Ginger Beer Time
First of all, thank you all so much, once again. We made our fundraiser target and then some - and this is going to make an enormous difference to how affordable gigging is for us. We're so grateful. ♥
Second up, links!
Doing the rounds this week has been this excellent takedown of awful (and classist) journalism - From the BBC: how not to eat healthily for £1 a day.
Over on dreamwidth, kate_nepveu takes a critical look at the construct of the Mary Sue, via providing text of a talk she gave, entitled An Introduction to Mary Sue and Her Critical Uses and Abuses.
It's apparently the week for it: Wear the Old Coat brings us an interview with Meline Marchetta on writing heroines.
Elsewhere in the blogsophere, the Assistance Dog Blog Carnival (#ADBC) is currently running. Over at After Gadget, yesterday's post was about tools for grooming - of relevance to all dog owners, not just service dog partners!
You may have read, this week, about Kiera Wilmot [content note: racism] - a US student expelled from her school, and threatened with being tried as an adult, for conducting an extra-curricular science experiment on school grounds. There's a petition at change.org.
At Brute Reason we have a [content note: street harrassment] very patient, very clear, very point-by-point explanation of Why You Shouldn't Tell That Random Girl On The Street That She's Hot.
From the Fandoms and Feminism tumblr following the recent events at Supernatural NewJerseyCon: An open letter to all fandoms - from a bisexual fan. This essay encapsulates a lot of the reasons why we do what we do here at Lashings -- in particular: '[M]edia representation is like a mirror. You see yourself reflected back at you in a thousand spectacular ways. Except, for queer kids, we have no mirrors, we only have windows.'
This week tumblr bring's us polycule's Your Sexual Health Rights, a charter on healthy communication, negotiation, and enthusiastic, informed consent. What do you think? What would you add or remove?
Actually, let's make that broader: what are your thoughts on the above? And what have you been reading this week?