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Fight for Net Neutrality

19 Nov

Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia

The fight for equal access to the internet is not limited to ensuring that companies cannot prioritize speed (and price it accordingly).

Because access to the internet has not yet been definitely and permanently classified as a utility, such as water or power, structural access to broadband internet has been largely in the hands of private companies.

Since corporations exist exclusively to make money for stakeholders, no one should be surprised that poor communities in this country have as little access to broadband as some of the poorest countries in the world.

A government’s function, at least in a democracy, is to provide essential services to all its citizens, not only to those who can afford them.

In an increasingly digitized and interconnected world, access to the web is essential. Poor, small, and/or remote communities with no local library branch, or where the existing one is small and poorly funded, benefit enormously from affordable/free access to the internet (as do those same small libraries and schools).

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Terry Crews, speaking out

16 Nov

Terry Crews knows from personal experience why sometimes victims of sexual assault and harassment need years, if not decades, before they can speak out–when they can.

To add to the incredible fuckery, we must also consider the racial component. Had this white man assaulted another white man, he would have at the very least gotten a fist to the face. But a black man can’t defend himself in the same way.

Socializing girls to become victims.

14 Nov

Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia.
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Why does it take women so long to speak up about sexual assault?

Oh let me count the reasons.

Harvey Weinstein hired people to threaten some of his victims.

Roy Moore has ridiculed those of his victims who have spoken up on national TV, and Breitbart has announced that they are sending two ‘reporters’ down to Alabama with the specific goal of ‘finding dirt’ on them.

One of the things being trotted out is that at least one of these women has married/divorced three times, and has declared bankruptcy at some point.¹ I mean, who would think that being sexually abused as a child would have negative effects on the child’s development? What a freaking concept.

Beyond the fear, constantly reinforced, that there will be real consequences (rape and death threats are not uncommon), or that victims will not be believed, even by close family members, there are many other reasons women don’t come forward for years, if ever.

One of them is how girls are socialized to have no boundaries.

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“If women didn’t…”

15 Oct

Originally posted to the Community section at MyMedia

When Tippi Hedren said that Alfred Hitchock harassed her in the set of The Birds, Hitchcock ‘experts’ were given page space and air time to call her a liar.

When 60 (SIXTY!) women came forward to say that Bill Cosby had raped them, we were told that all they wanted was money and fame–and he was acquitted.

When Brock Turner was found guilty of raping an unconscious woman, his father asked the court to consider that ’20 minutes of action’ shouldn’t weigh more than the potential of his future–and the judge agreed, sentencing a convicted rapist to six months of jail, of which he served three.

When ~20 women said that Donald Trump–who had admitted on tape to grabbing women by the pussy and ‘just kissing them’ without asking or waiting for consent–had sexually assaulted them, the ripple of shock lasted less than two weeks, and his ass presently sits at the White House, supporting misogynistic measures, approving of literal Nazis, and signing executive orders cancelling subsidies for health care for the poorest in the country.

Now that Harvey Weinstein is on the hot seat for serially abusing women for decades, including raping them, we hear condemnation for…Hillary Clinton, currently a private citizen.

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Another week, another attack on bio female bodies.

8 Oct

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

Another day. Another attack on people with uteri’s very lives.

The current joke of an administration has just announced they are throwing their weight behind a proposal to make it a FEDERAL CRIME to have an abortion at 20 weeks. For those who don’t know, right now, already? the only abortions occurring at 20 weeks or later, are because the fetus is DEAD inside the mother, or there are such major, life threatening abnormalities in the fetus’ development (hydrocephalia, for example), that it would not survive birth. Once more, for the people in the back: abortions at 20 weeks or later, in the USoA, only happen for medical reasons.

But the rump in the White House has just announced that he’ll support a FEDERAL LAW TO CRIMINALIZE…medically indicated abortions.

Yay.

Pro-life.

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Writers v celebrity ‘authors’

6 Oct

(Originally posted to the Literature section of MyMedia)

While there are some famous people who can write well, and who have an avocation for writing, there are many more who slap their names (and often their faces) into something someone else wrote, and then go around selling it.

Publishing in the 21st century is more challenging than ever, for many reasons; the advent of self-publishing, which is so much more agile in following market trends and satisfying existing demand by offering the diversity and variety that traditional publishing is, still, too risk-averse to try.

However, those same publishers who will declare novels like say, The Martian, un-saleable*, will often latch onto a recognizable name, and be happy to offer ridiculously large advances to them, in the hopes that those sales will shore up their flawed, and flagging, businesses.

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Of course we live in a post-sexism society! Not.

23 Sep

Originally posted to the community section of MyMedia

Back in the 1870s, Scandinavian archaeologists studying the Viking site of Birka excavated a number of burial sites, among other things. One of these has since been known as Bj 581.

Bj 581 contains one skeleton, weapons, two horses, and game pieces, long thought to be used as strategy tools to plan battles. Obviously, this was the grave of a warrior.

A male Viking warrior, natch.
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