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[Updated to add more info on uploading an image] We have now enabled gravatars for comments. That’s what the little pictures are next to your names. If you don’t already have a gravatar tied to the email address you use to comment, WordPress will have autogenerated a cute little monster icon and tied it to [...]...read more
This is a complicated issue because, when it comes to media, the 2 often seem to be the same thing. If a book or film or TV series has included marginalised people then surely it has portrayed them, right?...read more
Holy moly. Especially the part about what they’re learning in their homeschool “curriculum.” Not that I think homeschooling should be illegal — it shouldn’t be! — but it really should be regulated to make sure that homeschooled kids are actually learning something approaching factual information, and not “Only ten percent of Africans can read or write, because Christian mission schools have been shut down by communists.”...read more
A must-watch:...read more
Toiling your whole life to be beautiful (and consequently powerful), but tired of lining your eyes with a pin dipped in lampblack after brightening them with a dropperful of perfume? Of course you are. We all are. There is a better way, free of the traditional harsh chemicals, using completely different harsh chemicals and ritualistic abrasions. In his 1889 Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, Barkham Burroughs instructs the women of his day “How to Be Handsome” and so “to govern, control, manage, influence, and retain the adoration of husbands, fathers, brothers, lovers or even cousins.”...read more
My paternal grandfather died a long, protracted death. Seven years of dying, to be exact. He struggled with diabetes, and diabetes took its time with him. One amputation, then losing his eyesight, then a second amputation. Me sitting next to his rocking chair, reading newspapers out loud to him, his mouth set in a thin line. He hated hospitals, and wanted to come home to die. He knew it would be more painful and difficult, but that was his final wish. His dying days probably taught me more about parenthood than any book, or any well-meaning article along the lines of “should children be allowed in bars.”...read more