Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday Reading



Pillars of Eternity: Transphobic “Joke” Discovered in Crowdfunded Contribution
by Alisha Karabinus
Earlier today, Twitter user Erika Imperial (@icequeenerika) posted a screenshot of Pillars of Eternity, calling creators Obsidian Entertainment out for the inclusion of a Kickstarter-backer’s paid message, a message about the “horror” of discovering a lover was in fact transgender. Erika pulled in noted critic Katherine Cross, and the screenshot began to spread. Cross wrote extensively, and is still responding as I write this; commentator and critic John Bain, aka TotalBiscuit, also stepped into the fray with a recorded message defending the inclusion of the memorial.
Read More at Not Your Mama's Gamer


Trial Rescheduled: Minor Witness Dies in Fire... 
This is such an incredibly sad story.  An 11-year old girl and her deaf grandparents died in a house fire in  Youngstown, Ohio.  It is being reported that the young girl was also deaf.  Around 3:30 this morning the neighbors heard a loud explosion followed by a second explosion.  One neighbor said the entire house was engulfed in flames from the bottom up after she heard the explosions.  The little girl was to appear as a witness in the trial against the man charged with raping her.... 
Read More at Prinniefied


Why Insist That Polyamory Is Not for You?
by Heina Dadabhoy
Once upon a time, I was that person who thought that all straight people were secretly non-monosexual; after all, hadn’t I mistakenly identified as straight for years? Later, after wholeheartedly adopting the poly label, I also believed that all monogamous people were probably non-monogamous, and that they, like me, needed just a little awareness to realize their true selves.
Read More at Heinous Dealings


We Need Diverse Books: Young Adult and Children’s Books I Love (and want to write…)
by Aya de Leon
Confession time: I read a lot of young adult books. It started when I was doing research for my my feminist heist novel, which will be published by Kensington Books next year. My book is decidedly not for young people, but when I searched for heist books with female protagonists, Ally Carter’s book ’s Heist Society came up. That book led me to her teen spy girls series and then to Robin Benway’s spy girl series.
Read More at Aya de Leon


Black, British & Muslim; We’re not just a “Complication”
by Momtaza Mehri
The last UK census undertaken in 2011 showed that Black Muslims made up 10.1% of the British Muslim population, not counting Muslims of mixed Black heritage. The British Black Muslim reality is whispered in hushed tones, it is the Jamaican converts frequenting inner-city mosques, the Nigerian doctors administering your prescriptions, Somali working mothers who nurse the aged in recession-hit care homes. We navigate a precipice few would want to tiptoe in 21st century Britain; the two-pronged realities of unbridled Islamophobia and established racism.
Read More at Media Diversified


#SaveNYC 85 yr old ADELE SARNO Being EVICTED by Italian American Museum 3/28/15



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