Nov. 24th, 2011 11:45 pm
perevision: (this sucks)

Hey, I didn't know Genevieve Padalecki was pregnant! :D Go Jared!!! 

I certainly didn't want to find out via fandom_wank. *buzzkill*

I never thought I'd stand on the side of those fanboys who point to slash or yaoi fans and say 'Damn, they bitches crazy' but...oh my God. I'm very glad I've been hanging out in the non-rabid slash fandoms and didn't even know about the off-their-head J2 slashers. Even when I was reading a ton of J2 fic.

So yes, there's a great J2 fandom...and then there are the other ones. Just like any other fandom I guess. Too bad they're giving the rest of us slash fans a bad name =_=

perevision: (invert)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] darkspirited1 at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)

Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.

This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.

It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.

Just to add: two of the best-written, brilliant, most affecting YA books I've ever read had overtly gay characters and still managed to keep a PG rating: E. E. Konigsburg's indescribable masterpiece The Heroic Edge of the Mysterious World and Steve Kluger's hysterically funny and deeply poignant My Most Excellent Year. And dude. KONIGSBURG. So these agents are being massive idiots as well as bigots.

And yes, those were recs. Buy them and prove these people wrong, please.
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Reposting from [livejournal.com profile] petronia at Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] soldiergrrrl at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] twbasketcaseat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelleat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

perevision: (books ganymede)
Found this at the end of an article in the Bookseller, on which I mostly had no opinion (although the opening sentence was in much the same tone):

"That diversity in the book industry is crucially dependent upon the survival of Waterstone's on the high street has become a truism—but the grim events of this summer point to a possibly even more portentous conclusion.

When rioters in Clapham think nothing of looting a charity shop, but leave the local branch of Waterstone's untouched, should we laugh or cry? One thing seems certain: a high street in which there is no book shop for rioters to loot will be the mark, not just of an etiolated book industry, but of an impoverished culture to boot."


In happier news, I read two new books!
my first Bujold )

Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird )
perevision: (gnat pee)
It doesn't always have to be versus, but sometimes the lack of knowledge on both sides can be so detrimental to a project.

On my side you get conversations like the one I had in the cab today, with my cousin who is analytics manager of the brand I copywrite. She has a project and it needs to go through my manager. She doesn't know the scope of the project yet, or how much research she'll be doing. I don't even know what it is, as she won't tell me. But she wants to know how long it'll take me to do a write-up to put on our site. 'A couple of hours?'

'Look, I don't know. I can't know how long it'll take me to write it until I get a brief.'

And then she says 'But I'm the one doing all the research, and I'm putting it in bullet points and everything! All you have to do is make it into words.'

If you have the yawning ignorance to say things like that, I cannot explain how writing actually works in a way you will both hear and understand. Sorry.
perevision: (tim hngh)
So in the middle of a meeting at work today the HR guy running our meeting refers to evolution as an unproven theory, and I turn to the girl behind me and say 'Can you believe he said that??'

She boggled appropriately, but the very next words out of her mouth were 'You mean you believe we came from apes?'


I don't know why I bothered to try arguing. I said something like 'you mean you'd rather believe the universe is 6000 years old and people have been LYING EVERYWHERE FOREVER than believe we're descended from apes?'

She gave me a squinty-eyed shrug as if to say: 'don't you?'

Three responses I thought of making:
1) How the hell did you graduate high school, much less university?
2) If the Bible says 2+2=8, are you going to stop doing math, which is how you make your LIVING? (Corollary: the Bible does say pi is equal to exactly 3.0. Does that mean circles don't really exist?)
3) So, you've read what, two books in your life?

But I knew (just as I know starlight is MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD) that she would neither understand nor listen to any kind of rational argument, because people like this just do not accept rationality into their lives the way they accept Jesus. Many people have room for both. Not this breed.

You guys, I hardly paid attention the rest of the meeting. I was too busy staring around, wondering how many other people I have to interact with every day are this insane.
perevision: (wait what)
Was really angry and disappointed when I found out that sales ranking had been stripped from several gay and lesbian books on Amazon over the weekend, making them harder to search for and keeping them from the list of recommendations. Most of the gay literature I own I bought from Amazon, after seeing reviews on the net. (Well, I did before I worked at the lovely store with the 30 per cent discount and the geniuses at customer orders, natürlich.)

The most current news is that it was all a terrible mistake, a matter of human error caused by someone in one of the international branches filling out the wrong field and causing the software to rate even children's books and sociological studies on homosexuality as "adult".

It has been been pointed out that it's possible the whole thing was an elaborate prank cooked up by some people who just wanted to see the Internets Fight. Some guy is even claiming responsibility for the whole thing, although these claims are easily debunked.

What still worries me is the ease with which everything snowballed, and a couple of unanswered questions, like why exactly did the Playboy porn shots collection get to keep its ranking when by ANY human- or computer-governed system of censorship it is clearly as "adult" as a book can get? Is there anything people can do (aside from keeping our temper, which I seem to have failed miserably at btw, although I don't feel I've done anything to apologise for) to keep it from happening again? And, as Richard Eoin Nash points out (in bold letters), why is it always the GLBTQ books, the queer books, the non-normative books that get caught in the glitches, the ham-fisted errors"?

We suspect why, and we don't like it at ALL. And the more frequently people fail to give us a concrete, and a complete, explanation, the more we will continue to suspect.
perevision: (gnat pee)

Amazon Rank

amazon rank
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): amazon ranked

1. To censor and exclude on the basis of adult content in literature (except for Playboy, Penthouse, dogfighting and graphic novels depicting incest orgies).
2. To make changes based on inconsistent applications of standards, logic and common sense.

Etymology: from 12 April 2009 removal of sales rank figures from books on Amazon.com containing sexual, erotic, romantic, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or queer content, rendering them impossible to find through basic search functions at the top of Amazon.com's website. Titles stripped of their sales rankings include "Bastard Out of Carolina," "Lady Chatterly's Lover," prominent romance novels, GLBTQ fiction novels, YA books, and narratives about gay people*.

Example of usage: "I tried to do a report on Lady Chatterly's Lover for English Lit, but my teacher amazon ranked me and I got an F on grounds that it was obscene."

*And Heather Has Two Mommies. Seriously? A children's book about same-sex parents has been rated "adult" by Amazon, while the Playboy Centerfold Collection has not?

Seriously, people. Googlebomb, boycott, spam the reviews, email, do whatever you have to. Here's an idea: Call Amazon's customer service line at 1-800-201-7575. Or sign the petition.

ETA: The LA Times picks up the Amazonfail story.


Mar. 31st, 2009 01:09 pm
perevision: (cauc-asian)
Am changing my default icon for a while to protest the whitewashing of the upcoming Avatar movie. More info can be found here, here and here.

I was upset enough when the Filipino and Latino main characters in Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers were played by Denise Richards and a man who looked destined to play the star quarterback in B-list high school films for the rest of his life. But that was a small movie, and they made up for it by making a really awesome animated series. The reverse seems to have happened here.

The weirdest part is that M Night Shyamalan, a South Asian, is directing it, and not only has he cast South Asians as the "evil" Fire Nation while the oppressed minority Water and Air tribes are white...he himself is playing Zuko's Uncle Iroh! You'd think an Indian director would try to rectify the Hollywood trope of "any old Asian will do"...
perevision: (Default)
I just remembered something I really wished I hadn't.

about pervy men in comic stores and giving away power )


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