Tuesday 16 April 2013

Links round-up

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Lashings are coming back to London! We are performing at the Pirate Castle in Camden, on April 27th, from 6:30-9pm - here's the Facebook event. We’ll be showcasing new Lashers, new material, and - most exciting of all - a sneak preview scene from Fanny Whittington! Our IndieGogo campaign to fund Fanny Whittington’s Edinburgh Fringe run now has 19 days left - why not donate and claim some fabulous gifts in return?

Monica Roberts at The Transadvocate discusses the introduction of DC Comics’ first ‘reality-based’ transgender character.

Fit to Work: Poets Against Atos is a new webzine featuring poetic works from the disabled community and their allies, aiming to create a space for the discussing the politics of disability in the UK .

Check out Autostraddle’s Queer Girl City Guide to London - Lashfriend Ruth Pearce is in the pictures, and Lashings and The Cutlery Drawer made it into the comments! Valentina and Orlando are all a-flutter with joy...

[TW: transphobia] Trans man Chris Wilson has been convicted of obtaining sex ‘by fraud’ due to non-disclosure of his trans status; trans academic Stephen Whittle offers a detailed analysis of this case and the legal context.

Kendra James at Racialicious looks at the racial politics of access to Ivy League colleges, and the misguided blaming of ‘affirmative action’.

We’ve spotted yet another exciting Kickstarter - this one’s called “Anything That Loves”, and is a comic anthology with stories that focus on bi, queer, pan, and otherwise non-monosexual/monoromantic orientations!

Lashings’ own kaberett has written a beautiful and fascinating post about perfume and scent, and how this interacts with reclaiming their body in the context of genderqueer identity, disability, and chronic pain. [Orlando, as kaberett’s Official Lashings Twin, has also recently got into scent, and would like to add a +1 to this post.]

For all the women I have loved who were dragged through the mud is an analysis of fandom’s tendency to deify male characters and demonise women; a deconstruction of common reasons; and a list of ways to not contribute to the problem.

Gay Star News reports on “You Are Loved”, a new web project attempting to provide a positive resource for trans* people - counterbalancing the hateful messages which often appear in mainstream media.

There's been a bit of an Internet storm this week over Helen Lewis, yet another journalist who was suprised when the Internet engaged critically. Here's one detailed response on intersectionality, social justice movements, and why they matter: but thinking about what words mean is hard!

In much the same spirit as Not Your Mom’s Trans 101, have An Open Letter To Women In Tech [content note: harrassment, rape, patriarchy]: not perfect ("Let's commit to speak up every. fucking. time"? No, thank you: I value my physical safety), but nonetheless challenging in good ways.

And, of course... what have you been reading?

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