Happy birthday to ladyaraia and shveta_thakrar!
State of the 'Song
Hard time waking up, and my body's still adjusting to barometric pressure fuckery. Looks like it's going to be pretty stable for the rest of the week, though.
I am very excited about Arisia! Lit track is going to be awesome, and we have some great panelists, some of whom haven't been at Arisia in a while. Panelists, you will not have your schedules this month; scheduling of non-panel items is still being arranged, et cetera. But: awesome.
Stay Classy Awards!
We have three more days to push BARCC to #1! We really need your votes! Click here to vote, and tell your friends!
Not sure why you should vote for something not in your area? I copy/paste from the BARCC blog: Why should you vote for BARCC?
Specifically, why should you vote for BARCC if you don’t live in Boston? Because I know you Bostonians know how great BARCC is, and you know about all of the great services we offer. But if you’re in Chicago or Memphis - why vote for BARCC?
Because a vote for BARCC is not just a vote for BARCC. True, it gives us more money to do outreach, to do legal and legislative advocacy; it provides more coverage on the hotline, in the hospital, more counseling, more case management. But, hypothetical nonBostonian, how does that affect you?
Look. Rape and sexual assault are not a fun topic. Frankly, people would rather talk about food banks and soup kitchens, building homes and creating services for the disabled. And all of those are great and worthy causes. But if we win this, dear reader - that is attention to the issue of sexual violence on a national level. Our goal is not just to win the awards, but to start the conversation.
To that end, we’ve partnered with the other nominated rape crisis center, Peace Over Violence. Because it’s not just about us - it’s about fighting sexual violence.
So please go forth and vote for BARCC for Charity of the Year and Most Innovative Use of Social Media, and vote for Peace Over Violence for Most Effective Awareness Campaign! That money and that national recognition would be amazing things for the rape crisis center movement, and it costs you only a few seconds to click. Help us continue to fight sexual violence nationwide!
Still waffling? Check out these great posts!
Presented Without Comment, For Now
Because I have comments, oh yes, but I need time and a whole separate post to lay them out. But. The always-excellent jimhines discusses predatory sexual behavior by a male genre editor towards female writers. (Note that several people in the thread are like "well I know like three guys that could be off the top of my head"; include me in that.)
There's an anon thread here where you can talk about situations of this nature you may have been in.
Link Soup, Male Feminist Allies Edition
* The Good Men Project
* What Men Dare Do
* Feminist Allies
Immune cells known as microglia, long thought to be activated in the brain only when fighting infection or injury, are constantly active and likely play a central role in one of the most basic, central phenomena in the brain – the creation and elimination of synapses.
Work, writing or nap (right now it feels like nap oh man I wanna crawl back into bed), date with sindrian!