Selfless Signal-Boosting Wednesday

These signal-boosting posts are a complement to our long-standing Shameless Self-Promotion Sundays, this thread is for recommending someone else‘s writings/events. Use this thread for ICYMI links and anything else you think other readers might find interesting.

Especially welcome are links to those who are blogging on issues Feministe has not recently addressed (the links can be to older posts, just something you’ve found recently relevant).  Please save the self-promotion links for this Sunday – use this thread to let Feministe readers know about the other blogs you love to read, and activist/celebration events you long to attend, especially from those on the margins of the mainstream social justice communities, who tend to not get as much exposure as they should.

Netiquette Guidelines:

  1. Effective signal boosting names the article author(s) and/or organising bodies.
  2. Include content notes/trigger warnings/NSFW alerts where needed as a courtesy to other readers.
  3. Keep this thread focussed on the linking – the idea is to make your comments on the other blogs being linked!  (seconding/thirding etc is fine, adding extra Content Notes for the benefit of other readers is a community service, linking further/related reading is always welcome, but keep it short and sweet)
  4. If you have Reasons to not leave a response on a recommended article, don’t just dump it on this thread  ~ analytical discussions about various links belong on the Open Thread or Spillover.

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16 Responses to Selfless Signal-Boosting Wednesday

  1. I valued this response to the reason, “What’s Your Excuse?” viral photo:

  2. delagar says:

    A good post over on Jim Hines’ blog on the whole “Manufactured Outrage” claim: “Manufactured Outrage and Choosing To Be Offended.”

    The entire post is great, but Hines’ take-down of a guy huffing about disrespectful women at the very end of the comments is just great.

  3. khw says:

    “GENDER DISCOMBOBULATION: A Q&A with Ireland’s best-loved Drag Queen, MISS PANTI BLISS!

    2014 has been some year for Panti Bliss. Following an appearance on Irish TV in which she named homophobic figures in the media, Panti found herself at the centre not only of a legal row, but also Ireland’s gay marriage debate. Her powerful speech on oppression has now been viewed by over half a million people worldwide, and she has spent the last few weeks in New York, working to highlight the exclusion of LGBTQ groups from the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Join us to listen to Miss Panti Bliss on gender discombobulation and accidental activism.”

    25 March at 19:00 in EDT
    Next Week
    School of Canadian Irish Studies: Fr McEntee Reading Room, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Room 1001.01 (10th Floor), Montreal

  4. trans_commie says:

    I get the impression that this place doesn’t have very many anti-capitalist folks, but I really loved this article on countering rape culture in leftist spaces:

    • ldouglas says:

      While you’re right that I find the anarchist movement misguided, I actually thought that was a great article. I’m pretty active within the freethinker movement and there’s the same type of dynamic there; I’ve been really gratified to see increasing awareness of the necessity of dealing with these issues even in ‘progressive’ spaces. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kerandria says:

      I am definitely anti-capitalist, and I appreciate the link! <3

    • Donna L says:

      Is there a word for someone who’s anti-capitalist, antil-fascist, anti-communist, and anti-anarchist? Because that’s me. They’re all no good.

      • Donna L says:

        (Perhaps “no good” is hyperbolic, but at least it seems that way to me in practice, no matter how wonderfully some of them might work in utopian ideal. Capitalism, and notions of invisible hands and free markets, are just as utopian in theory as the others, and I think just as dependent on an idealized and unrealistic view of human nature. I don’t believe in the invisible hand any more than I believe in the New Soviet Man.)

      • trans_commie says:

        I don’t believe in the invisible hand any more than I believe in the New Soviet Man.

        I understand what you mean, but I hope you understand I don’t believe in the New Soviet Man, either. I have no affinity with that kind of communism. The kind of communism I care about is called “communism” for technical reasons – but in all other ways anarchist communism (regardless of how utopian or idealistic it may be to others) completely differs from Stalinism, Maoism, Marxism-Leninism, etc.

      • trans_commie says:

        (Sorry, I should note that we should take this to #spillover if we want to keep talking about this.)

      • Donna L says:

        Don’t worry, I understand that that’s not the kind of communism you mean!

      • Donna L says:

        Good thought, Allie. Because that probably is the closest to my viewpoint. That’s certainly what I would have been in Weimar Germany (and what my maternal grandparents were there); it’s what my grandfather’s family were on the Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th Century; and it’s pretty much what I was brought up to believe in.

    • Donna L says:

      And I liked that article you linked to.

  5. tigtog says:

    Great post for allies on understanding boundary violations by Julie Pagano:

    Ally Smells: Boundaries
    This post frankly discusses issues related to boundary violations. It may be difficult to read. I recommend reviewing the content warnings below before deciding to proceed.

    Content warnings: boundary violations, predatory behavior, ableism, *ist language, sexual assault, and possibly others

    Discussion isn’t open on Julie’s blog linked above, but the post was cross-posted to Geek Feminism as a guest post and there’s some discussion there.

  6. tigtog says:

    Speaking of learning about and working against cultures abounding in boundary violations, two links on codes of conduct:

    [Content note: discussions of common boundary violation behaviours)

    HOWTO design a code of conduct for your community | The Ada Initiative

    Now that we know it is possible to go to conferences and not be insulted or harassed, people are starting to wonder: Why can’t we have the same thing on mailing lists and wikis?
    In our experience at the Ada Initiative, getting specific about what’s not okay is both the most effective and the most cringe-inducing part of writing a code of conduct. Nobody wants to be “negative” – but it’s exactly what you need to make potential victims of harassment feel confident and safe in joining the community and in reporting violations [because] The major weapon of harassers is arguing whether something is actually harassing.

    Code of conduct pledge and cosigner list | Web Kunoichi

    An organised list of Code of Conduct Pledge co-signers. Now, I’m no John Scalzi… BUT I think I can help this movement by developing a list of co-signers—a bit like Mr. Scalzi‘s, but hopefully in a format that can be sorted/filtered.

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