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Friday, July 24th, 2009
|You got your K/S in my Activism
Some enterprising (lol I didn't do that on purpose) Star Trek fans have started seetreklove.com to make K/S canon in the future. They say repeatedly that it isn't about K/S--it's about any LBGT relationships, not just K/S. But really they just want the K/S. And people call them on it
But they totally didn't mean it guys! K/S is just the "most logical" ship to push for.
|Someone at EA Better Be Fired for This...
From Ars Technica:EA puts sexual bounty on the heads of its own booth babes
EA is running a contest related to its upcoming Dante's Inferno
, and it's encouraging Comic-Con attendees to "commit an act of lust" with booth babes and take a picture. (NB: According to the official rules
, it's "any costumed spokesperson at or outside Comic-Con," and the picture is the "act of lust" in question. Not that this makes it any better.)
Contestants could win "dinner and a sinful night with two hot girls, a limo service, paparazzi and a chest full of booty."
The booth babes at Comic-Con--or any convention--are already being objectified...they really did not
need this on top of it. I expect lawsuits. I hope for lawsuits. Big ones, that take EA to the cleaners.
Thankfully, the comments at Ars Technica are not generally full of fail. Oh, there are a few real princes--mostly, variations on "it just means taking pictures, it's not that bad" or "they knew the job was dangerous when they took it"; a few are worse--but many commenters are as disgusted with EA as I am. Current Mood: Pissed
|Once again, the publishing world just doesn't get it
Justine Larbalestier wrote a YA book called Liar
which is due to be released by Bloomsbury this September. It's one of the most anticipated new YA releases coming up and has been getting a lot of press about the story it has to tell, the quality of its writing, its massive... print run, and one minor problem with the cover that readers have picked up on: The protagonist is clearly described as mixed-race, with her skin tone very close to her black father's. The book's (admittedly striking) cover shows her... otherwise. The author
and the rest of the publishing blagosphere do not approve.
Bloomsbury's response? That they were "striving for ambiguity" and that the compulsive liar main character was quite possibly lying about her race.
Even though the author never intended that the character's race be the slightest bit in question.
Be warned: there's quite a bit more fail in some of the comment threads, as some authors completely miss the point and chime in with "oh, my main character is a brunette and on the cover she's blonde!
. I feel your pain!" Current Mood: Peeved
|Sexism drives President Carter out of Southern Baptist Convention
One of the last famous moderate to liberal figures in the Southern Baptist Convention calls it quits because of the SBC's theological stance towards women.
From Ms. Magazine: Former President Carter Leaves Baptist Church
Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement Sunday announcing he is severing all ties with the Southern Baptist Church due to their treatment of women. A devout Southern Baptist for more than sixty years, Carter left the church in 2000 because of ideologically differences where the religion justifies the subordination of women. His announcement comes after the Elders, a group of world leaders with which Carter is affiliated, released a statement on the issue of discrimination against women and girls by religion. In his statement, Carter calls "on all leaders to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices, no matter how ingrained, which justify discrimination against women."
Interestingly, the announcement that Ms. Magazine cites was not made in a U.S. newspaper or magazine, but The Guardian in the UK. The words of God do not justify cruelty to women
I have been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world.
So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention's leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be "subservient" to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service. This was in conflict with my belief - confirmed in the holy scriptures - that we are all equal in the eyes of God.
More, including denunciation of sexist and discriminatory practices in other Christian denominations as well as Islam at the link. Current Mood: Bitter