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Thor's Day 
24th-Sep-2009 09:03 am
Hello to new reader k1sstheflame!

*whine* I wish I could just take the prednisone and get it over with. But I need to be in my right mind today.

Other ways to do good!
* emilytheslayer is doing a 5K for suicide prevention. (I did this with her last year, it is was very powerful.
* pretzelcoatl is doing a 5K for literacy.
* And treatsfortits is taking bids for yummy baked goods (some by me!) through Monday morning. (Note for nonlocals who are visiting in the near future: if you win my cookies, I'll bake them when you're here.)

Survivor Speech
I have my first survivor speech since... April, I think? I may have spoken at the June training? Anyway, first speech in a while. Tonight.

And I am all manner of antsy.

For the new kids, survivor speech = me getting up and telling the story of my rape in five minutes (it is surreal to reduce this enormous thing to a collection of hooks and talking points), then taking - usually 25 minutes of questions. But this is for an hourlong criminal justice class. I don't know if they want this for the whole class period. I'm open to that; I'm sure the students have a lot of good questions.

I love BARCC, but this is the one thing I don't get all bouncy about. I get anxious about it. But I think it's a really important thing, especially for groups like this, and like ER staff, incoming BARCC volunteers, cops... one thing that hampers people's ability to help rape survivors is that they don't know what to do and they don't know how to ask, not without feeling awkward and callous. So basically the service I'm providing here, rather than just putting a face on this, is being a rape survivor you can ask anything of. And you are encouraged to do so.

So it's a very valuable thing, but it's also the most difficult thing I do.

I will be in heavy distract-the-'song mode today, and wish I had post-speech plans.

About Social Change
whitecrow0 pointed me to this article, with the note that David Byrne's statements could be applicable to dismantling rape culture. I agree! So I quote.

But a few years ago, if you'd said, 'We gotta get new Yorkers to stop and pick up dog shit off the street,' my answer to you would have been the same. It would have been: 'You're not gonna get a big man stop and pick up the shit of a little dog, almost with his hands, and carry it around - that is not gonna happen!' And lo and behold, now there's no poop on the streets! People can change their behavior - they don't need to be whipped, they don't need to be thrown into jail, don't need to be handcuffed. They can change their behavior when they realize it actually benefits everyone.

Link Soup
* LJ security breach. Check your entries!
* Physics geek bookends!
* British Fantasy Society admits to 'lazy sexism'. Huh! Well, at least they admitted it.
* Valley Swim Club confirmed racist. There were e-mails.
* An important PSA.
* When a wolf and a coyote love each other very much...
* Great article about coming out in middle school.

Daily BPAL
Pumpkin V: Pumpkin, chocolate, coffee bean, vanilla bean, and hazelnut.
In bottle: Hazelnut muscles its way to the top.
On me: Pumpkin and chocolate vie with hazelnut. Smells like a coffeeshop pumpkin muffin.

Tattie Bogle: Hay, gunpowder, patchouli, autumn herbs, and sun-baked wood.
In bottle: Gunpowder.
On me: Mmm. The hay rises up and blends beautifully. This is outdoors in autumn.

Daily Science
Water on the moon! For serious!

Distraction distraction. I have a challenge to write a letter from one of my characters; Between is basically just a letter, so I may as well just work on that. Survivor speech tonight.
24th-Sep-2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
I was just speaking with my roommate about the local coyotes, and how they've been getting bigger. Nice to see something in the news about it. :)
24th-Sep-2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
I have the first of my Halloween photo/story series up on my LJ if you need a brief distraction. It is just me fiddling around a bit, but it'll kill two minutes...
24th-Sep-2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
So it's a very valuable thing, but it's also the most difficult thing I do.

I will be thinking of you tonight. Any particular time I should send an extra thought your way?

I will be in heavy distract-the-'song mode today, and wish I had post-speech plans.

I don't have any commitments this evening; if you want/need to make some plans, let me know. (I can't make the speech, but if I can make it easier to have made the speech I'm here.)
24th-Sep-2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
coming out in middle school

That is a great article, and a very hopeful one. I have a sort of amused befuddlement at the "but how do you know?" reaction from some parents, not because I can't see them saying that but because at 13 I knew exactly who I was attracted to...and recently found that person on Facebook. :-)
24th-Sep-2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
1. Coywolf=awesome.
2. TANSTAAFL, gospaza? Time to immigrate to Luna Free State.
24th-Sep-2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
My love for David Byrne increases every day.

(And thanks for the plug!)
24th-Sep-2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
I know! Water on the moon!!!!
24th-Sep-2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
As ever, thanks for posting these links. I was going to post about them, but your brain-meat was far more functional than mine, despite the lack of drugs.
24th-Sep-2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
You're amazingly brave for talking about your experience. -hugs-
24th-Sep-2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Yay! Glad you saw it and thought it was appropriate. :)
25th-Sep-2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Yep! Thanks!
25th-Sep-2009 02:01 am (UTC)
The sky calls to us,
if we do not destroy ourselves,
we will one day,
venture to the stars.

A still more glorious dawn awaits.
Not a sunrise,
But a galaxy rise
A morning filled with 400 billion suns.
The rising of the Milky way.
25th-Sep-2009 12:18 pm (UTC) - hope it went well
hey Shadesong, hope your speech went well, as well as your post-speech time. It was really moving to hear your story and hear about the work you're doing now. Plus it was just a blast to hang out. I look forward to seeing you the next time we are in Boston. :) *sending you lots of hugs and awe*fully oooey gooey brownie goodness*
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