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A Short Play in Four Acts

 10/18/2010 at 23:16
ACT I
ALICE, an older blonde woman, and NENA, a younger dark-haired woman, are sitting at a kitchen table in ALICE's comfortable suburban house. A perfunctory knocking is heard, then LIZ, another older blonde, opens the porch door from outside and enters.

LIZ: Alice, hi, have you seen - oh, look who's here!

ALICE: Oh hey, Liz! You know Nena, of course, she lives across the street. I finally persuaded her to come over and have coffee!

LIZ: Hello! Yes, you moved in a couple years ago, didn't you? I'm surprised I haven't seen you over here before.

NENA: Well, I'll be honest. I wasn't actually sure you all liked me. I didn't know if I was really welcome.

ALICE: Of course you are, honey, I am so glad you came.

LIZ: Yes, absolutely! Frankly I'm relieved. I was worried it was that drunken husband of yours wouldn't let you out of the house.

NENA: Excuse me?

ALICE: Liz!

LIZ: What? I was worried about her -

NENA: Excuse me.

NENA stands up.

ALICE: Oh Nena, don't go -

NENA walks out of the room towards the front door. The door is heard slamming offstage.

ALICE: Liz, how could you say such a thing? You have to apologize -

LIZ: I'm not apologizing for the truth! He is a drunk!

ALICE: He is not a drunk! He is a very nice man -

LIZ: I saw him drinking!

ALICE: Having a drink does not make you a drunk - argh!

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ACT II
ALICE is speaking to NENA on the phone.

ALICE: I am so sorry about Liz, but you have to understand, she's been through a lot -

NENA: I have to understand?

ALICE: Listen, I thought maybe if you two came over some night, Liz could meet him, she could see how nice he really is, how wrong she was -

NENA: You want me to bring my husband over to meet this horrible woman who already insulted him, so she can judge him to his face?

ALICE: Okay, it sounds bad when you say it that way.

NENA: It certainly does.

ALICE: Well, maybe you'll come over yourself sometime again? I really enjoyed spending time with you -

NENA: Will Liz be there?

ALICE: Well - honey, you have to understand, we've been next door neighbors for twenty years, we go in and out of each others' houses all the time, I can't start asking her to call before she comes over -

NENA: Yeah, uh, I don't think so. I think I was right about you guys all along. Bye, Alice.

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ACT III
ALICE is speaking to LIZ on the phone.

ALICE: Liz, you have to apologize to Nena or she'll never come over again.

LIZ: She never came over before! It's not like you're friends!

ALICE: I like her! She never came over because she thought she wasn't welcome! And you proved her right! Now she won't come over if you're going to be here!

LIZ: Oh, and you're going to let her decide who you have in your house? You've known her half an hour and for her you'll kick out your best friend?

ALICE: Liz, no, you know I love you, but -

LIZ: Then there's no problem, is there?

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ACT IV

ALICE: Fuck.

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the Wiscon troll

 04/06/2010 at 23:03

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This is the cartoon that didn't get submitted to the Wiscon book two years ago because no one I showed the script/sketches to liked it at all. But there's a reason why I draw things. And the reason is that they won't get out of my damn head until I do. So here you go, LJ. This was about the trolling that happened at Wiscon 2008.

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prisoner of the flesh's dilemma

 11/11/2009 at 21:58
So jedusor posted about vaccinations and I was thinking about them.

Okay, let's take a look at just one set. Let's look at the MMR vaccine. That's measles, mumps, and rubella.

If you give your kid the MMR vaccine, they have less than a one in a million chance of getting seriously ill or dying (encephalitis). Call it one in a million.

If your kid gets measles, they have about a one in three hundred chance of getting seriously ill (mental retardation, blindness) or dying from it. If they get mumps (encephalitis, sterility, deafness), they have maybe a one in a thousand chance. Rubella, almost no chance of your kid getting really sick as a kid - the big danger is that if your child is a girl and she gets it when she's grown up and pregnant, her kid will have congenital rubella syndrome, where the kid is spontaneously aborted or else born deaf, blind, mentally retarded, predisposed to diabetes, or any or all of the above. And the chances of that, if your kid gets sick while pregnant, are also about one in a thousand.

Now assume that absolutely everyone else your kid will ever come in contact with has been immunized. In that case, your unimmunized kid has basically zero chance of ever becoming seriously ill or dying from measles, mumps, or rubella. In which case, from a purely selfish point of view, and assuming that your behavior has no effect on anyone else's behavior (you don't pull a Jenny McCarthy, you just quietly don't immunize your kid and let everyone else acquire herd immunity to protect them) it is a rational decision not to immunize your kid. You're lowering their risk of real damage from measles, mumps, or rubella from 0.000001 to zero. (Note that this does not describe America today. People here travel and bring back these diseases - though our herd immunity is still pretty awesome, go team.)

On the other hand, if your unimmunized kid lives in a hypothetical population which has also never been immunized against these diseases, then their chance of catching measles is 95 out of 100, mumps is maybe 60 out of 100, and rubella is, say, 80 out of 100. Note of course that they could catch all of them. So in that case, if your kid isn't immunized, their risk of getting seriously ill or dying from these diseases is, handwaving the math wildly, about one in a hundred.

Now if you get your kid the MMR vaccine, their chance of catching these diseases is reduced by about 98%. So if you lived in a totally unvaccinated society, from a purely selfish point of view, you would fall upon a vaccine with little glad cries, as it would lower your kid's risk of serious illness or death from these diseases from about one in a hundred to about one in ten thousand. (That's the risk of being vaccinated and catching something anyway and developing serious complications; the risk from the vaccine itself is too small to notice by comparison.)

Note, please, that your kid is a hundred times safer as a totally unvaccinated kid in a society in which everyone else gets vaccinated, than they are as a vaccinated kid in a society in which no one else gets vaccinated. That's the power of herd immunity.

My question is: what is the percentage of the population that has to refuse to vaccinate their kids before herd immunity degrades to the point that it makes sense as a purely selfish decision to vaccinate your own kid?

And how close are we to that state?

Further reading, from Wired.

guys I think I wrote RPF

 07/28/2009 at 02:12
If you've been following the Realms of Fantasy cover fail, you may have wondered, like me, how the response to the argument:
So, Warren, I was wondering: now that Realms is under new management and all, when are we going to see some male asses on the cover?...Because it seems like you’ve got the whole naked women thing down and the boob thing down, so how about some equal time?
could be:
I have been advised that in the lee of the appearance of the newly-reborn REALMS OF FANTASY magazine, issue #1 of which arrived here last week, and a handsome publication it is, one or two absolutely onion-headed p.c. morons have gone onto this electronic mimeo-fanzine madhouse to call the new publisher and the new magazine "sexist." The basis for this--10,000 years after Phoenician sculpture--is that the mermaid in the cover painting, are you ready...has breasts!


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Alters #6: Supernatural

 11/02/2008 at 23:52




ETA: The original promo pic.

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Alters #5: Diesel Sweeties

 07/28/2008 at 06:28


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Alters #4: The Joker and Dr. Harley Quinn

 06/02/2008 at 05:53


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Wiscon '08: The Year We Were Bitchy

 05/27/2008 at 23:51
Let me say at the outset that I love Wiscon, I always love Wiscon, and this year was no different. I am bitchier than usual about it this year for a number of reasons, including that four panels turns out to be just too many for me to be on, and that I didn't get organized enough to write my notes before I left, so I missed a lot of stuff I wanted to do, including socializing with people I won't get another chance to see till next year, because I was in Michaelangelo's doing research instead. So that's not the con's fault, and I still had a great time, overall.

That said.

brown_betty and I -

Did I mention I got to meet brown_betty? I did and she's great, v. wiry and intense. Actually there was a great moment where we were talking after one of my panels, which Tamora Pierce was at, and agreeing that you are allowed to quote your own work to back up a point if you are, you know, Tamora Fucking Pierce, at which point Ms. Pierce herself walked up and we had to do a little embarrassed fangirl moment. It was okay though because she told us about her fangirl moment she had earlier with someone, I think maybe Maureen McHugh. That's the great thing about Wiscon, isn't it? It's one great big circle of fangirling. I expect even Ursula K. LeGuin fangirls someone, although in her case it's probably God or something, since I'm not sure who else would be qualified.

But my point is that I went to lunch with brown_betty, and one of the things we did is, we came up with a List Of Things That You Are No Longer Allowed To Do When You Are On A Panel At Wiscon.Collapse )

Damn, this thing is long already! Ok, more Wiscon talk tomorrow, including links to video about The Panel Of Doom, and the years of study and reference that it normally takes to learn about the clitoris.

This is not a joke. This is not satire. This is not a test.

 04/23/2008 at 10:21
While the Open Source Swift Kick to the Balls Program is easy and fun to read and write about -

I'm not really going to go around asking anyone if I can kick them in the crotch.

There is a difference between the internet and the real world.

That is an internet solution to a real world problem.

I would like to propose a little real world help for a real world problem.

If you're tech-savvy enough to know about the benefits of open source, then you also know how crucial it is to back your shit up frequently. If you don't back it up, you know, you're going to lose it.

I would like to start the Open Source Women Back Each Other Up Program. Here's my pledge: if I see somebody groping you in public, and you're not moaning Yes! Yes! Yes!, I will break through your Somebody Else's Problem invisibility field and come over and ask if you're okay. If your situation looks dangerous enough I can't help on my own, I will call over friends or, if it's a situation in which I think the cops would be on your side, I will call the cops. If you're being harassed by a guy, you can say so to me, even if you don't know me. I pledge I will distract him so you can get away, or I will tell him that he needs to leave, or whatever I can do to the best of my ability. I pledge that yes, actually, because you are a woman I will give you the benefit of the doubt. If you tell me that a guy just did something shitty to you I will not refuse to look at any evidence and tell you that I know him and he's a great guy and you must have been imagining things. I have great loyalty to my male friends but I will not allow that to blind me to the fact that none of us are saints and even my best friends can screw up and may need to be called on it. I pledge that I will walk you to your car if you don't feel safe walking alone at night, and then you can drive me to mine.

Yes, even at Wiscon. I pledge that even if I don't know you, if there is a creepy guy following you around, you can say so, and I will not say to you go hide in your room; I will say to him go find another party, or if necessary, go home. I will come with you if you need to talk to the con organizers. I will not make you feel like your right to control over your own body is not a big deal.

And I will do this whether or not I like you, or even know you. It's not about liking you. It's about the fact that we need to back each other up, and I will need you to do this for me some day.

And I say this knowing that the first thing that is going to happen is that someone is going to start talking about how if everyone did this then women could just lie about men and get them kicked out of places. Well, obviously I don't want that to happen. I realize that this is open to abuse. You know what else is open to abuse? THE FUCKING STATUS QUO. If the choice is between the possibility of men worrying that if they offend a woman she can easily get them kicked out of a con, and the actuality of women quietly staying home from cons in droves because they don't want men to harass them; quietly saying nothing about their harassment because they know people will tell them it's no big deal, or it's never happened to them and so frankly they don't believe in it; I am going to deal with the problem that actually exists first. Should we somehow get to the point where the stereotype of a SF con is wall-to-wall women in razorwire bras, and men don't show their faces because they're afraid of being arrested; we can go ahead and work on that problem then.

And, in a situation in which it seems like a little OSSKBP might help, I pledge to be willing to do some work under a Creative Commons license. If you know what I mean.

Now it's your turn.

What will you do?



ETA: And in the spirit of open source, I pledge to be open to peer review! Yes: "creepy guy" will be defined gender-neutrally. As the linguistics grad student said, "'Guy' is totally gender-neutral now. Even guys use it that way!"


SON OF ETA: "In addition, I think that YCR members should be proactive, following a "Friends don't let friends be Creepy Guys" policy. More than serving as distractions for Creepy Guys or as back to the Backup as described, we YCR men can look at our friends, and say, "Dude, you're being a dick. Stop it." before things get to the point where the Backup has to intervene. And, if a situation warrants it, we can educate them in the wrongness of said behavior, so that they go forth and be Creepy no more."
ebony14 said it. This is what women cannot do for ourselves. We cannot be guys talking to other guys. That is a job only the Gentlemen's Auxiliary can do. Guys. Talk to each other. I promise most of you can be lots of fun. You will enjoy it. There can be beer involved! It is traditional. Go to!

BRIDE OF ETA: For everyone who said they didn't quite know how to help? shaysdays tells you how to start.

AND A ONE AND A TWO AND AN ETA: There's a community now! If you've got ideas, we've got a place for you to put them. Right now desdenova is asking for Frequently Asked Questions, so if you have questions, go over there and ask them frequently!

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This is not a joke. This is not satire. This is not a test.

 04/23/2008 at 10:21
While the Open Source Swift Kick to the Balls Program is easy and fun to read and write about -

I'm not really going to go around asking anyone if I can kick them in the crotch.

There is a difference between the internet and the real world.

That is an internet solution to a real world problem.

I would like to propose a little real world help for a real world problem.

If you're tech-savvy enough to know about the benefits of open source, then you also know how crucial it is to back your shit up frequently. If you don't back it up, you know, you're going to lose it.

I would like to start the Open Source Women Back Each Other Up Program. Here's my pledge: if I see somebody groping you in public, and you're not moaning Yes! Yes! Yes!, I will break through your Somebody Else's Problem invisibility field and come over and ask if you're okay. If your situation looks dangerous enough I can't help on my own, I will call over friends or, if it's a situation in which I think the cops would be on your side, I will call the cops. If you're being harassed by a guy, you can say so to me, even if you don't know me. I pledge I will distract him so you can get away, or I will tell him that he needs to leave, or whatever I can do to the best of my ability. I pledge that yes, actually, because you are a woman I will give you the benefit of the doubt. If you tell me that a guy just did something shitty to you I will not refuse to look at any evidence and tell you that I know him and he's a great guy and you must have been imagining things. I have great loyalty to my male friends but I will not allow that to blind me to the fact that none of us are saints and even my best friends can screw up and may need to be called on it. I pledge that I will walk you to your car if you don't feel safe walking alone at night, and then you can drive me to mine.

Yes, even at Wiscon. I pledge that even if I don't know you, if there is a creepy guy following you around, you can say so, and I will not say to you go hide in your room; I will say to him go find another party, or if necessary, go home. I will come with you if you need to talk to the con organizers. I will not make you feel like your right to control over your own body is not a big deal.

And I will do this whether or not I like you, or even know you. It's not about liking you. It's about the fact that we need to back each other up, and I will need you to do this for me some day.

And I say this knowing that the first thing that is going to happen is that someone is going to start talking about how if everyone did this then women could just lie about men and get them kicked out of places. Well, obviously I don't want that to happen. I realize that this is open to abuse. You know what else is open to abuse? THE FUCKING STATUS QUO. If the choice is between the possibility of men worrying that if they offend a woman she can easily get them kicked out of a con, and the actuality of women quietly staying home from cons in droves because they don't want men to harass them; quietly saying nothing about their harassment because they know people will tell them it's no big deal, or it's never happened to them and so frankly they don't believe in it; I am going to deal with the problem that actually exists first. Should we somehow get to the point where the stereotype of a SF con is wall-to-wall women in razorwire bras, and men don't show their faces because they're afraid of being arrested; we can go ahead and work on that problem then.

And, in a situation in which it seems like a little OSSKBP might help, I pledge to be willing to do some work under a Creative Commons license. If you know what I mean.

Now it's your turn.

What will you do?



ETA: And in the spirit of open source, I pledge to be open to peer review! Yes: "creepy guy" will be defined gender-neutrally. As the linguistics grad student said, "'Guy' is totally gender-neutral now. Even guys use it that way!"


SON OF ETA: "In addition, I think that YCR members should be proactive, following a "Friends don't let friends be Creepy Guys" policy. More than serving as distractions for Creepy Guys or as back to the Backup as described, we YCR men can look at our friends, and say, "Dude, you're being a dick. Stop it." before things get to the point where the Backup has to intervene. And, if a situation warrants it, we can educate them in the wrongness of said behavior, so that they go forth and be Creepy no more."
ebony14 said it. This is what women cannot do for ourselves. We cannot be guys talking to other guys. That is a job only the Gentlemen's Auxiliary can do. Guys. Talk to each other. I promise most of you can be lots of fun. You will enjoy it. There can be beer involved! It is traditional. Go to!

BRIDE OF ETA: For everyone who said they didn't quite know how to help? shaysdays tells you how to start.

AND A ONE AND A TWO AND AN ETA: There's a community now! If you've got ideas, we've got a place for you to put them. Right now desdenova is asking for Frequently Asked Questions, so if you have questions, go over there and ask them frequently!

Alters #3: Le Beau et la Bête

 04/21/2008 at 04:27



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Alters #2: Power Boy

 03/31/2008 at 08:49


"It shows what I am: male, healthy, and strong. If women want to degrade themselves by staring and drooling and tripping over themselves, that's their problem, I'm not going to apologize for it."

(You know, I remember once theferrett writing about what you could post on LJ to get a lot of comments. Oddly, I don't recall that he mentioned boiled eggs.)

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Alters #1: Wonder Woman (Ἀμαζὼν)

 03/24/2008 at 02:01



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laundrygate

 05/25/2007 at 10:32


I would like to stop hearing arguments like this and this now please, if we could all be so kind.

And on that note, I'm off to Wiscon! Woo! See y'all in a few days. :D

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IM IN UR STUDI0 DRAWIN UR D00DZ

 10/03/2006 at 00:51
ratcreature posted an excerpt from Wizard's How to Draw: Heroic Anatomy, in response to brown_betty's request for illustrations of how bizarre illustrations of women can get in comics.

And yeah, I thought we might all be able to see it clearer if we looked at it a little sideways.


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And bear in mind that people who are interested in comics really do start drawing from books like this.


Notes:

1) The absolute hardest thing about all of this was trying to draw those distorted freaking poses. I'd copy the drawing, check it back against the original, and realize - shit, I accidentally straightened him out. Go back and twist him up more.

2) The weirdest thing was trying to draw a female superhero you wouldn't want to fuck. Take a look at the original picture of Trenin. No way is that guy designed to be a guy anyone would want to fuck. Male superheroes don't have to be. Who would want to fuck The Thing or The Hulk? But all female superheroes have to be fuckable at all times in all poses. And when I say female superheroes, I mean pretty much every woman in comics except maybe for Aunt May.

And I don't think I actually got it right. I think Trena is still a little too hot. It was tricky because I wanted to make her clearly still a woman while being way more bulked-up than women get.

3) I considered switching the guys into stereotypically masculine poses instead of stereotypically feminine ones, but decided that the point was that those poses are no more natural to us than they are to you, guys. We have to be carefully taught. And they're just as ridiculous on us.

4) I don't care if you're Angelina bloody Jolie; chewing on your own hair is not sexy, it's a nervous disorder and it makes you look like you're covered in your own spittle. This is not going to appeal to anyone but a furry.

5) I think "It's the subtleties of this piece that make it sexy," was my favorite double-plus botch on the clue roll; followed closely by the caption "Don't feel like you need to draw a butt shot on every page to help portray sex appeal," next to a picture of a naked woman from the back, and the text about making exaggerated superheroes believable above the drawing of the guy who looks like he's being attacked by tumors.

6) For some reason anatomy books never fully explore the groin. The breasts, yes. Long, detailed, loving explorations of the breasts. The groin, not so much. I ended up going to International Male for reference.

(Never, never, never Google the phrase "male groin". You think I'm saying that because I found porn, but I'm not. I was looking for porn. I found medical photos. 'Nuff said.)

7) There is very little as creepy as spending four pages talking about how to draw fetishistically oversexualized women and then signing off with "Now if you wouldn't mind, my creation and I would like a little privacy."


BTW: norah posted a fascinating excerpt from John Berger's Ways of Seeing, which is what prodded me to do this in the first place.

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an image

 05/25/2006 at 15:46
I really love those "Heroine Addict" icons people have.

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Everybody belongs to whoever they belong to, nobody belongs to me, and remember I'm not making a penny on the deal, yadda yadda.

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no way, José

 05/01/2006 at 22:38


I'm just fooling, y'all! Happy May Day. Everyone knows what the Statue of Liberty really says:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


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laugh this one off

 03/19/2006 at 23:34
I made this so that I could get it out of my head. Warning. This may be the kind of thing you will want to get out of your head.Collapse )

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topical application

 02/03/2006 at 17:04


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 01/27/2006 at 18:32
Goofus and Gallant!Collapse )

Special straight boy edition!Collapse )

(No, this isn't aimed at you. No, not even if you've done this recently. I guarantee you three of my other friends have as well.)

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