Tuesday 7 May 2013

Links round-up: thank you, and more!

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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?


  1. I've been reading through the 115 posts for this year's Blogging Against Disablism Day. There's so much good stuff there.

    1. Thank you for the link! I will stick it in bookmarks for post-exams. (And then probably get around to it. I finished reading all the Yuletide fic I'd bookmarked about, um, two weeks ago...)