greenie_breizh: (soci grad: painfully aware)
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Instead of getting angry about nuclear power and ranting at all of you guys, for once, I'm just going to link to a note (in French) by Dominique Voynet that's particularly articulate, I think.

I also want to link to all these photos from the aftermath of the tsunami/earthquake in Japan; they're awesome and incredible (both in the original sense of the word), and incredibly moving. I also like photos because they make the reality of something like this more palpable to me, even though it remains hard to believe when you're safe and quiet in your corner of the world. Anyway; it's terrifying just how much damage natural catastrophes can do.

And to finish, a cool story from a mom about how she dealt with slut-shaming and her 10-year-old son. I love this because it's doing more than saying, slut-shaming is wrong! and it's actually giving parents (and non-parents) some tools for how to confront this kind of stuff when it happens. I think a lot of why we still don't react to gendered harassment (whether it comes out in the form of homophobia, sexism, or slut-shaming) is that we just aren't sure how to. It's cool to see how other people do it so we can, not necessarily reproduce it exactly, but learn from it. :) Also, a nice reminder that this is why you need to talk to kids about sexuality when they're pretty young, and you can't wait until they're older - these mechanisms are set in place very early on, and if you don't address it there, it's way harder to do anything about them later, once they're well-rooted into a broader system of being in the world.

Date: 2011-03-23 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lvs2read.livejournal.com
I can't read the slut-shaming article. :( (Not your fault, can't even access the magazine via google. Weird.)

Japan... Seeing the devastation there is so heart-wrenching. :( Mother Nature's a force to be reckoned with, which we often forget. And to have the man-made hazards of nuclear fallout on top of it all makes it even worse. :(

Date: 2011-03-25 07:08 am (UTC)
shiraz_wine: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shiraz_wine
Try using Firefox or Opera to see the slut-shaming article.
Edited Date: 2011-03-25 07:12 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-03-27 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lvs2read.livejournal.com
I was using Firefox. ;) Must have been an issue on my end, b/c it's opening fine now.

Date: 2011-03-25 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greenie-breizh.livejournal.com
I'm actually so confused as to why you can't access the article? There's really nothing special about it as far as I can tell!

Date: 2011-03-27 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lvs2read.livejournal.com
I have no idea what was going on, b/c now it opened fine for me. *goes to read*

Date: 2011-03-27 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lvs2read.livejournal.com
That? Was pretty awesome. :) And kudos to that mom for being able to keep her cool and have a calm conversation with her son. Here's hoping he really listened and learned.

Date: 2011-03-25 07:11 am (UTC)
shiraz_wine: (pondering)
From: [personal profile] shiraz_wine
Wow, I see how limited the Google Translate feature is. I tried to read the note about nuclear power, but it was almost incomprehensible and I don't think the gist I got from the Google translated article is what the author intended at all. Can you try translating the article to English using Google Translate - if you're using Chrome the option automatically appears - and tell me what you think of the translation. I already know it's awful, but I want to know just how awful it is.

Date: 2011-03-25 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greenie-breizh.livejournal.com
It's definitely bad. I think part of what makes it really bad (and makes automatic translations terrible) is that it can't handle (1) the different ways sentences are constructed in French and English, (2) prepositions, (3) unusual turns of phrase. Not that the article uses turns of phrase that are unusual in French, but it's not always the subject-verb-complement model, and that screws up automatic translations...

I wish I had time to translate it properly for you into French! Although it does speak more to France and its obsession with nuclear power than to many other nations, so you're not missing out on too much :)

Date: 2011-03-25 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] semisweetsoul.livejournal.com
Just found this post. Thanks LJ.

Last week, I learned that 80% of our energy comes from nuclear power. 80%! It sort of left me wondering how did we come to that? I have no answer. And I feel powerless.

Those pictures are terrifying. And yet, we won't send help, cause you know, it's a civilized country, so they can take care of themselves, right. I actually heard that.

I read the slut-shaming article. The only thing I'm left wondering is did that happen when I was 11? Feels like these days kids are growing up really fast.

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