Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Reading

Why I’m An Assimilationist
by Ozymandias
The assimilationist mindset is “we’re people just like you, you should give us rights.” Which, as strategies go, has the advantage of totally working. Seriously! The single thing that correlates best with having changed your mind to support same-sex marriage is knowing a queer person– that is, your mental image of queers shifts from “Pride Parade and anonymous bathroom sex” to “Joe down the street who grows really nice roses.” It also really cleverly defangs a pretty major squick-based anti-queer argument: it’s hard to argue that LGBT people are sick disgusting perverts who live loveless lives full of casual sex when observably the queer rights movement is advocating for their right to have spouses, children, a white picket fence, and a golden retriever.
Read More at Thing of Things


“For Digital Girls Who Drink Tonic Water at the Bar When Purple Rain Isn’t Enough” 
By Ytasha L. Womack
By 2050 humans will successfully merge with machines–at least that’s what the blog I read on transhumanism said.
Funny, I thought. What if we already have?
Read More at Jalada.org


Why We Only Freak Out About Brown Terrorists -- And Why That Helps Terrorism Spread
by David Neiwert
In most regards, the coverage is warranted. Terrorism is an important subject, and in an ideal world, the more information we have about such a thing, the better informed we will be. Presumably, we would then be better situated to work together to form a response that actually would effectively defeat the terrorists, both in their specific purposes as well as in the way they generically spread the use of violence in the world as a "solution."
Read More at Orcinus


How To Handle The Ignorant Colleague
by Freckle
It can happen at any time: the supposedly sane colleague (maybe one of the few you relied on for your sanity in the workplace) says something stupid. And not on the level of “White chocolate is the best” but more of something out there, like “Our country is being destroyed by immigrants.” What to do? Behind the cut, some helpful options in no particular order.
Read More at Persephone Magazine


Robert Kinoshita, Creator of Hollywood Robots, Dies at 100
Kinoshita served as production designer on a number of films and TV shows, and is responsible for creating Robby the Robot for the 1956 science fiction classic Forbidden Planet, as well as the robot Tobor from the 1954 film Tobor the Great and the 1957 television pilot Here Comes Tobor.
Read More at Angry Asian Man


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