greenie_breizh: (quote)
I have a new apartment! Very excited about that, will update with more soon. But first I've let too much time go by again and I want to share a bunch of links. Today on the list: DADT ends! Dan Savage's readers are idiots! Shocking news: people with disabilities are the ones who know what's the best for them! La France se rend compte que la question du genre existe!

Onwards:

- "Sexuality doesn't matter on the battlefield"; this opinion piece by a U.S. soldier is a textbook example of the rhetoric around lifting Don't Ask Don't Tell, aka it states the obvious (sorry McCain). It's great for what it wants to do, and it gives me an excuse to say, DADT IS OVER. Yay, confettis, hugs, all that, I forgot to do it at the time because I was writing papers, I think. This IS a great step forward, and about time, and I'm REALLY glad Obama finally has something to show for himself in terms of LGB civil rights. But the truth is that it's a bit of a bittersweet victory to me because this whole DADT thing has (understandly and expectedly) gotten wrapped up in celebrating America's Greatness and the Greatness of its Military and that makes me cringe. I don't really want to spend hours going on about it, but essentially I hate displays of patriotism a-la-U.S and I'd rather the U.S. would stop sending soldiers abroad on "liberty missions" or whatever they're calling them these days. That said, just like I support same-sex marriage but still question its normalizing assumptions, I feel that I can have little to no sympathy for the institution of the military and still respect that some LGB people may disagree and want to be part of the army. So, in short: good for them.

- Not that people are really talking about it anymore, but I did want to link one more great post, this time by Kate Harding, about Assange's sexual assault charges.

- Two great posts by [livejournal.com profile] chaoticidealism:
the first one on the importance of getting people involved in projects that are meant to benefit them. And don't assume that because you have people who walk with canes in the office that they can speak up for wheelchair users, this kind of thing. This reminds me of a piece published in the National Post recently about the crosswalk sound for visually-impaired people sounding too much like a bird, and it seemed like this was just "well-meaning" people with no visual impairments making noise about this; while actual visually-impaired people were like, "we don't care! just pick a uniform system so we don't get harmed!". So, FAIL. It comes down to the most basic advice, but one that always bears repeating: don't assume you know better and ask people to whom it actually matters. You're way more likely to fail by assuming you can anticipate someone else's needs than by asking the question, and having to ask doesn't make you an idiot, most of the time it actually makes you more respectful (and, in the case of creating infrastructure for people with disabilities, more successful).
The other post is just a really interesting reflection on what autism is about, and why thinking of it as a social disorder might not be entirely accurate. It was really informative and I recommend it to, well, anyone, because everyone could do with a little more knowledge on autism.

- I want to rant a lot about Dan Savage's latest post about asexuality and the profoundly dumb things that his readers are saying in the comments; both display a staggering lack of understanding of asexuality and knowledge about the asexual community. But I'll keep it short because I actually have work to do. First of all, OBVIOUSLY people should discuss their sexual expectations with future partners. I hate that this is made into an argument about asexuals v. sexuals; there are sexual people with low sex drives and that's cool, and there are asexual people who are willing to have sex, and that's cool too. "Asexual" is a useful and important identity that people can take up, and which might help them find a community and navigate a very sexualized world (I use the term broadly, meaning that most of us go around taking (hetero) sexual desire for granted). But it doesn't allow you to make generalizations about what asexual people are like or what they should do; it certainly doesn't allow you to pass judgment because CLEARLY being sexual is the best/most natural/whatever the fuck. I'm continually impressed (and discouraged) by queer people's capacity to be bigots when it comes to anything but their brand of sexual orientation. Ugh. Asexual people struggle enough with the idea of dating sexual people, and how to disclose their identity, when is the right time, etc; they don't need sexual people to make them feel extra guilty and stressed out. Instead we should think about how we can create (within our personal sphere of dating, but also within our community) supportive environments where people can communicate and negotiate their (sexual or non-sexual) needs without being blamed for their own desires.

- What the Fuck Has Obama Done So Far?, which is both a cool idea and interesting website (I only wish each item would link to a more comprehensive note on the particular achievement).

- En français! Un article assez intéressant de Télérama sur la question du genre en France. Il est grand temps que ça fasse question.
greenie_breizh: (clothesless)
Vanessa Hudgens on the whole naked pics thing:

"It's just really unfortunate, and to this day people hate me for it, but it's not like I chose to put that out there in the world, you know? It's so aggravating and frustrating, and whenever anybody asks me, would I do nudity in a film, if I say that it's something I'm not comfortable with, they're like, 'Bullshit, you've already done it.' If anything it makes it more embarrassing, because that was a private thing. It's screwed up that someone screwed me over like that. At least some people are learning from my mistakes." (Source)

I can't stress enough how glad I am that she isn't apologizing all over the place. I've ranted enough about it previously, but I just wanted to say that. I'd actually love to have a calm, adult conversation with her about this whole scandal - and the assholes who are suggesting that having private photos leaked means you should have no problem displaying your body to the world. She seems to have a much more mature way of dealing with it now, which I can respect.

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I feel for Caster Semenya - I am a woman with male chromosomes. An interesting Daily Mirror Chronicle by Sarah Graham that's a good overview of why it's not as easy as drawing a line between male and female. I continue to be appalled at the way just about everybody is dealing with Semenya, from the way people seem to think it's appropriate to discuss very personal medical info to the incapacity of grappling with the fact that even sex is a social construct. I haven't read too much, but I like that her family and friends in South Africa are not caring. So much for being the civilized, liberal one, Western culture, no?

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Sinead's Hand: A cute video about same-sex marriage< from an Irish organization.


I've hit pretty much all my trademark topics so time to go watch Corbin Bleu on my TV. ;)
greenie_breizh: (hug)
La justice refuse d'établir un lien de parenté entre Antoine, né sous X, et ses grands-parents biologiques.

Summary of the article - French law allows women to give birth anonymously, meaning their name does not appear on any legal document or certificate, including the child's birth certificate. Filiation is thus not established.
This is what happened to the little boy in the story, who was then adopted by a family. Except his biological grandparents, after his biological mother's suicide, found out about him, and wanted to claim him as their grandchild. They proceeded to try and stop the couple from finalizing the adoption of the boy ('adoption plénière', which means the law creates filiation with the adoptive parents and official papers no longer make mention of anyone else).
But the judge ruled that by giving birth anonymously, the mother has severed ties between the child and his biological family, and thus the adoptive couple was in the right. The grandparents cannot claim the child as their own.

I think it's good thing that we would privilege social bonds over biological bonds, or at least not privilege biological bonds over all others. I also think the grandparents were somewhat overstepping boundaries by disregarding their daughter's choice... but I can understand that they would want to have some kind of ties with the child. Sad thing is, having gone to court and through that presumably painful experience, I think it's going to make it tough for the grandparents and the adoptive family to maintain ties - so the possibility that the kid could grow up having an extra set of grandparents, and being loved by his parents and his biological grandparents, is probably unlikely now. But it is still probably the best possible outcome for this boy.

IDAHO 2009

May. 17th, 2009 11:44 pm
greenie_breizh: (gay)
Today is International Day Against Homophobia, which I really wish was Int'l Day Against Heterosexism but that's probably a little too much to ask for.

Comic is in French but I liked it a lot: Superman contre l'homophobie. Some of the other comics I saw were a little problematic imho, but I like the message in this one.

I also like the style of Djou's original post on the topic and most of the idea behind it (sorry - still in French), I love the thought of getting more people to blog about IDAHO that wouldn't have done it otherwise. But again, I think we should really focus more on how we all play into the heteronormative system than be content with pointing fingers to the ones who show overt hatred. Plus, so what if The Gays are growing in numbers? What if becoming more accepting about homosexuality also makes us question other random moral barriers? I get the normalizing urge, I'm a pretty boring person too, but seeking to be seen as normal, it's ensuring that other people continue to be seen as abnormal. It tends to create the "right" gays and the "wrong" ones and anyone who's been in the gay community knows it's already there.

I find it a little painful sometimes how in the course of speaking up for IDAHO, we end up reinforcing some of the heterosexist mechanisms that make homophobia intelligible in the first place.

So for just a moment I'd like the Day Against Homophobia not to be about how gay people are just like everyone else. It's not about becoming more normal. It's about asking why 'normal' is always exclusive. It's our system that has a problem, not just the "homophobic" individuals in it, so let's think about that instead.

(Sorry - wish I could be more articulate and expand, but my brain has 4% battery remaining).

PS. IDAHO is also supposed to be about transphobia - something we're often not as comfortable talking about - and well, it wouldn't hurt to give biphobia a thought, either.
greenie_breizh: (everyday)
I'm still trying to get over my doubts from yesterday and the nervousness I feel because I think the project is turning into something very different from what I'd originally imagined in my head. I just need to convince myself that it's ok and I'll figure out the lit review and everything later. Basically originally I was interested broadly in how teachers teach, and I'm realizing that especially since I need to make the interview shorter, I'm really more interested in how the teachers teach and handle diversity and difference in the classroom.

Basically I'm still not sure what I'm doing. :/

So instead of freaking out, let me share a couple of funny links.
Cats can really sleep anywhere.
Cats fail and grad students.
(Funny but Dollhouse spoiler!) )

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Now a few links stolen from [livejournal.com profile] le_canard.
The documentary Girl Like Me touches on how racism intersect with beauty standards. It's mostly bits of interviews with black girls who talk about how they've been made feel about their appearance. We often think that tastes are personal - so what if I like blonde better than brunette? It's a good reminder that tastes are also embedded in cultural bias and in Western nations, that means a certain racial bias, too.
The experiment featured at about 4 minutes is pretty heart-breaking and disheartening. It was reproduced recently and I don't know if I'd put quite the same positive spin on the story. I would love to try the experiment in France, but also to have white children do it, because I'm pretty certain patterns would differ.

And finally, in French, Mr. Haïdari who works at the City Hall in Marseille (he's assistant to the Mayor), talking about why he thinks it's important that we have racial statistics in France. The usual argument against such statistics - that they create racial categories that don't exist - is true in the sense that race is a social construct, but it blatantly ignores that this social construct has very real (psychological and material) consequences today in France (and beyond). Racial categories will never be perfect, but it's a better alternative (in my opinion) to pretending that there isn't a racial problem in France. These categories, we made them up, but today they influence the lives of people of color, and we have to stop ignoring that because it makes us uncomfortable.


That reminds me that this morning I was in a school and asked the head of the school (because he was showing me what kind of information students fill out every year) if he had any same-sex household that had a kid in his school. His first reaction was, "you know, it's none of my business" ("ça ne me regarde pas"). Which struck me as odd. Why would we want these families to be invisible? Is it that strange to imagine that teachers would know if their kids have a mom and a dad, one parent, two of the same sex? Under the excuse of giving people privacy, aren't we really playing into a system that assumes and favors heterosexuality? That's a rhetorical question, obviously. It's very telling that we ask kids to fill out information about their mother and father, but to ask if they have two moms or two dads is a breach of privacy.
greenie_breizh: (Default)

652€ disability cheque: How am I supposed to live?


I've been thinking and talking about disability quite a lot these past couple of days, so it's a happy coincidence that today is Blogging Against Disablism Day (or should that be Ableism?). I wish I had more time to do one coherent post based on the discussion that I had following my post on the deaf kid storyline in House, especially since a lot is in French.

I'm not extremely familiar with ableism (which is defined as "discriminatory, oppressive or abusive behaviour arising from the belief that disabled people are inferior to others"), but from having worked on other forms of discrimination and privilege, I think I would rather use and think about able-bodied privilege than ableism. The difference is important to me.

Ableism, like homophobia/heterosexism or racism, tends to refer to specific actions or thoughts, and assumes that disability is a clearly-defined state, an objective fact if you will. Ableism may be unconscious, but it is still the result of what an individual person did or said.

Abled privilege, on the other hand, invites us to think about the context that makes ableist behavior possible. It challenges not individuals who -unconsciously or not - engage in abileism, but in a system that favors and rewards being able-bodied (in the larger sense, including mental disabilities). Focusing on the consequences of living in a world that privileges the able-bodied is not unimportant, it is a very practical concern. We need to think about how our world and assumptions constantly silence, marginalize and inferiorize the disabled, and to think about the practical and very real changes we can make the world more welcoming for people with a disability. But it's even more important that, as we make efforts to enact changes, we think of the framework that we are working with. If we don't, we run the risk of supporting changes that are in fact still embedded in a way of thinking that posits that being able-bodied is better. And while that might still make the world more physically accessible to people with disability, it doesn't change how we make them feel in this world. Trying to address the consequences (ableism) without thinking about the context (abled privilege) runs the risk of having the very presumptuous and conceited attitude of thinking we know better, and thinking we are doing disabled people a favor, instead of correcting something that is our fault.


Because I've been mostly reading up and talking about deafness and deaf culture in the past few days, I want to finish by focusing on this particular "disability" here. I'd like to invite you to read on controversial issues within the deaf community, for example why attempts to integrate deaf students in general-education might not serve deaf students as much as ourselves and what we like to believe about our culture of "inclusion".

Also, this really only works for French people, but here is a visual lexicon for LSF (French Sign Language) for people who are interested in learning more than the alphabet. It doesn't replace actually taking classes, of course, but it's an interesting resource. Maybe we could at very least learn to say "hi", "sorry" and "bye" - bare minimum to say the least, but it's a first small step.

I'd also like to take advantage of this post to highlight some links that [livejournal.com profile] lounalune shared with me. I haven't had time to read them but I already know they will be good food for thought. :)

And to finish, a poem that I found here and really liked, and lyrics from a song I've been listening to too much and seemed appropriate.


Thoughts of a Deaf Child

My family knew that I was deaf
When I was only three, and since then fifteen years ago
Have never signed to me.
I know when I'm around the house,
I try and use my voice,
It makes them feel more comfortable;
For me, I have no choice.
I try, communicate their way-
Uncomfortable for me.
My parents wouldn't learn sign
Ashamed or apathy?
I never cared about the sound of radios and bands;
What hurts me most is, I never heard
My parents' signing hands.

-Stephen J. Bellitz
Reprinted from Senior News, July 1991




This one's for the lonely
The ones that seek and find
Only to be let down
Time after time

This one's for the faithless
The ones that are surprised
They are only where they are now
Regardless of their fight

This is for the ones who stand
For the ones who try again
For the ones who need a hand
For the ones who think they can


- Greg Laswell, Comes and Goes in Waves
greenie_breizh: (funny)
Why do all things awesome always happen at the same time?

Vancouver's Can't Stop the Serenity screening is June 27, the Saturday after I get back. I REALLY want to go because it's Serenity + Dr. Horrible in the company of awesome Whedon fans and it's all for really great charities.

BUT. My friend Cole's 21 birthday is that weekend, and she's celebrating it in her home city of SAN FRANCISCO, and it is the weekend of SF PRIDE PARADE and people are ROAD-TRIPPING down to San Francisco to go to the event and I want to be there partying with everyone and doing Pride in San Fucking Francisco SO BAD.

Dilemma. >.>

Mind you, Dilemma might be solved if I'm selected to be a Youth Leader at the Fyrefly Camp since the training sessions start on Sunday, June 28 and since SF Pride is on the same day, I doubt I could do both. Which sucks! I want to be able to do all three. ;_;


Now let's cut on the unwarranted melodrama and share some links! It's metaquotes-approved funny.

On patient zero for the swine flu.

Je wank, tu wank(s?), il wank, nous wankons... The double-entendre is pretty amusing, too. ^^
greenie_breizh: (identity)
Don't have time to work on my paper before I go out to lunch, so I wanted to share a few important links:

LJ comm [livejournal.com profile] rahmbamarama has been having an interesting and very necessary discussion about racism (and other forms of privilege). The original post itself contains a number of useful and important links for anyone looking to educate themselves about white privilege.

I originally came to this post and the fic through [livejournal.com profile] deepad's Open Letter to the Politfandom that is a MUST-READ not just for people who read and write in the Politfandom, but anyone who is ever going to think about Barack Obama and/or write/read original fiction that is based in the real world. Basically I think everyone should read it.

Once you're done, definitely check out [livejournal.com profile] color_blue's redrawing boundaries. It's frank and angry and a good reminder that oppressed minorities put up with a lot of shit on a daily basis and at the end of the day they're still the ones who are expected to give the "benefit of the doubt" to privileged individuals who have been too steeped in their privilege to see what they were doing all along. It's not an easy read and I can't quite describe my feelings about it but I think it's essential to read that side of the coin, too, not just the people who will put up with trying to explain and educate.

It's also a nice reminder that fandom is, like any other place, often safest for people with privilege.

I also need to share this video (original post here) that I all beg you to watch, because at some point you're going to be the one calling on someone for saying/doing something racist or being called on for saying/doing something racist:



Every time I do a post on white privilege and racism I think I really ought to say something myself rather than simply point to other people's posts, but I feel like I am still learning too much at this point. I feel like listening and pointing to things that make me think and help me feel more confident in my understanding of white privilege is more productive at this point, and I am less likely to say things I will later realize were pretty idiotic. I have enough of those already. :) I think one of the most important things I am learning is that, as someone who is privileged in a number of ways, when someone who is less so is expressing frustration and disappointment and trying to teach me something, the very least I can do is listen and avoid defending myself. Not because I'm not doing anything wrong, quite the opposite. But because, while I am implicated in the system of privilege that advantages me, it's not about me. It's also not about all my amazing middle-class white guys that I know and I'm proud to call my friends. Although it is often about what we do, unconsciously or not.

To finish, go read The Spoon Theory (found here originally) to think about disability and the privilege of being able-bodied.


EDIT: See also On racism, pop culture and political correctness.
greenie_breizh: (current tv)
A few links I've been meaning to post:

- French interview with José Bové "L'écologie n'est pas compatible avec le capitalisme".

- Still in French, on dubbing and fan subtitling: L'aversion originale des studios.

- Hamlet: Facebook edition

- Dr. Horrible: Facebook edition

- An update on Dollhouse Season 2, what we know at the moment.


Day is not starting out too well. Hopefully it will get better.
greenie_breizh: (gay)
I really should be working, but I've been following news article for the past few days waiting for a right moment to post and I'm finally doing it now because 1) the stories are probably going to become confusing and 2) I'm afraid I'm going to start confusing New England states.

VERMONT:
A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage has been approved by the Senate (by a large margin, 24 to 6) and it's now moved to the House. It's expected to pass (though by a narrower margin) there, but it doesn't really matter because the governor has said he will veto the bill. Basically a pretty common narrative for when states try to go the legislative way, before the state's Supreme Court intervenes. There is apparently a chance that the House vote could override the veto if the bill garners enough support, but I wouldn't expect it.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:
After voting a first time against legalizing same-sex marriage (by one vote), NH representatives revoted and turns out that wait, yeah, they want to legalize same-sex marriage after all. (Not sure what happened there? Me neither.) The bill now moves to the Senate, and the governor has not said whether he would veto the bill, but he's against same-sex marriage, so I wouldn't be too optimistic there.


Interestingly enough, both states already have civil unions that same-sex couples can contract. That's also the case in New Jersey, so I'm curious to see if things are going to move ahead there too.

In the meanwhile, New York will now recognize married lesbian parents in the case of a biological birth (screw you, people who adopt and try to help out kids), NY Senator Charles Schumer has moved into the 21st-century and now supports same-sex marriage, and Massachusetts is trying to pass an anti-discrimination bill that would include gender identity.

Bottom line: New England is turning gayer every day.
greenie_breizh: (quote)
Throwing a bunch of random links at you:

- How to Suppress Discussions of Racism by [livejournal.com profile] coffeeandink.

- Prop 8 related: the SoliHairity Project, with photos of people I know (all the white backgrounds).
- Prop 8 related, 2: California's Attorney General on why it should be overturned.

- Un article du Monde sur une étude faite par le MAG sur les jeunes LGBT.

- An awesome-sauce interview by Joss Whedon (as usual) (for people outside the U.S. the transcription is beneath the video). Some of his answers literally made me laugh out loud.

"If you have a good idea, get it out there. For every idea I've realized, I have ten I sat on for a decade till someone else did it first. Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.
As for my success, well, I'm for it."

"The West fascinates me because it's the creation of culture and morality out off nothing but remnants. But it lacks spaceships! Solution: Firefly."

And of course: "DON'T TELL RHODE ISLAND."
greenie_breizh: (quality tv: buffy)
An update full of links! First, a few Whedon things:

An interview where Joss goes on at length about Dollhouse. One quote makes me worried that the show won't be as interesting as I'd hoped, since the darkness is what I'm really interested to see them explore (and hopefully they'll have time to do that, but you never know with this industry):

"Well, you know, there was sort of this celebration of human perversion. It was kind of part of it because ultimately some of their engagements are sexual in nature. That's been very much downplayed because it makes some people uncomfortable. My mandate was to make some people uncomfortable - unfortunately some of those people run the network. [Laughs.] Or are the bosses of the people that run the network. So, it's something that you, again, you have to earn."

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[At this point in the interview, Dushku—dressed in a slammin' tight black dress—comes up behind Whedon and says hello.]

Dushku: Wanna make out? [laughs] ... I'm a little sick.

Whedon [to Dushku]: I like you, I mean, I love you, as a friend. ...

[She laughs, they exchange more pleasantries, she runs off to do her own interviews.]

Whedon: Oh, sorry. Now I remember why I'm making the show. Forget all the stuff I said about interesting storylines. Have you seen her in that dress?


<3's the two of them. :D (Quote is from this interview.)

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Harmony comic! Written by Jane Espenson. Just what I needed while I wait for issue #21 of Season 8. :)

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Peewai wanted me to post about this:
To the Olympics 2012 committee,
We wish for you to consider David Tennant as the official Lighter of the Olympic Flame.


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Yesterday I found the web comic Punch an' Pie and it's awesome. It's more like a story so sometimes the strips don't make sense on their own, but seriously, it's so good. The characters are really sweet and touching and funny and geeky, even when it gets serious. (And one of the protagonists is really hot, though it's kind of a weird thing to say about a comic.)
And it references Firefly. (Click next, there are a few strips on the topic.)
"I mean, they're bookstore employees. What's the worst they could do? Read poorly-written erotic fanfiction at me?" Did I mention the funny?
Especially after New Year's Eve, that might be my favorite strip. It's hysterical.
And don't forget the hilarious Twilight strip. XD
Oh, and the main character, Angela, is short and reminds me of me. ^^

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In more personal news, I got MeiMei Chloe a little harness and lead today (she hates it), and I cannot believe a soft-sided pet carrier costs $55 at the very least. The kittens are still being balls of adorable fuzziness and Mommy Willow is not really getting used to MeiMei, but we're working on it. My cat is still the best though and unless something comes up, I've decided to take her back with me in April. I feel nervous about buying the plane tickets though, not sure why except that it's a lot of money and I'm going to have to buy from someone else than Air Canada because they're way too expensive for pets but I'm basically afraid something'll go wrong or come up or whatever.
greenie_breizh: (cute)
Puppy cuteness from here to start:


I am absolutely, absolutely dying of the cute watching videos of Knut, a baby polar bear from the Berlin Zoo who was raised by one of his keepers. The first video is lots of really adorable photos, but I think the best video is this one, where you see him being fed and falling asleep and basically just being a ball of fuzzy cuteness. Stuff like that kinda makes me wonder if I'm doing the right thing with my life. I think I could be happy just taking care of animals and making sure they grow up ok and just that they're well taken care of.

Makes me happy I'm seeing Glacier tomorrow :)

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Less with the cute and more with the political,the Catholic Church and the Pope are being A-holes for Christmas by saying defending humanity against homosexuality and transgenderism is as important as saving the planet. Um, news flash, idiots: one leads to us DYING, the other one leads to the world changing (albeit, not to your liking) while we LIVE. Fucking morons. I love how no one asks them to justify why on earth it's so important to have clearly defined genders and why it's such a big deal to have blurry gender roles. Masculinity and feminity don't have anything to do with procreation, last time I checked.

In a less moronic move, California's state attorney general, Jerry Brown, has asked the CA Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8:

Proposition 8 must be invalidated because the amendment process cannot be used to extinguish fundamental constitutional rights without compelling justification," Brown's brief says. [...] Brown's brief acknowledged that the state is facing a constitutional crisis. Every branch of government--including the governor, a majority of state legislators, and the state's highest court--approves the rights of same-sex couples to marry, while a slim majority of voters have eliminated those rights. "We have a conflict between the amendment power (through voter initiatives) and the duty of the Supreme Court to protect minorities and safeguard liberty," Brown said.


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Not with the cute or the political, but with the funny to finish:

Every Fanfic Ever Written! Excerpt:

THE PWP (HET)

CHARACTER: I'm straight!
CHARACTER OF OPPOSITE GENDER: What a coincidence! So am I!
(They have sex.)
greenie_breizh: (Default)
A geeky post first:

Joss on the possibility for same-sex relationships in Dollhouse [slight spoilery]. Also another hint that Eliza is just one hell of a cool woman: "when [Eliza] was just explaining the kind of show she wanted to do, she said political, feminist, liberal and she said I’d like to deal with sexuality and I don’t just mean ‘be a little hottie.’"

A really cool history of how Dr Horrible came to be, with input from the writers and actors. It's a must-read, it's full of details and Joss-funny, and I love that Neil Patrick Harris has been a Joss fan. :D

Speaking of, that transcript of a Neil interview is really interesting, and I just love Neil's answer to how he got involved with Dr. Horrible. Joss is indeed supertastic. *g*

And with Comic-Con being so Joss-tastic this year, expect more geeky links to come after this weekend. :D


PS: For geeky fun, Dr Horrible's remote control.
greenie_breizh: (current tv)
Dr Horrible icon! Makes me happy. :D I'm so staying up tonight to try and get part 2 before bed. Might just download from iTunes straight away if it works so I don't clutter the website with everyone else. :)

A really good LA Times article with an awesome Behind the scenes gallery.

Still on Dr Horrible and also on Dollhouse, a Joss Whedon interview at Monday's FOX event. Speaking of, there is also a cool Eliza Dushku interview from that event and how much do I love her? A whole lot. The "I've got skills" and wanting to be a chess master is just adorable. :D See for yourself (I don't even mind the heavy make-up too much for once.)



And now, off to pack...
greenie_breizh: (joss is boss)


Joss, in all his usual awesomeness and funny, just posted on whedonesque to lay out the master plan behind Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog! The main piece of info being:

"Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog" will be streamed, LIVE (that part’s not true), FREE (sadly, that part is) right on Drhorrible.com, in mid-July. Specifically:

ACT ONE (Wheee!) will go up Tuesday July 15th.

ACT TWO (OMG!) will go up Thursday July 17th.

ACT THREE (Denouement!) will go up Saturday July 19th.

All acts will stay up until midnight Sunday July 20th. Then they will vanish into the night, like a phantom (but not THE Phantom – that’s still playing. Like, everywhere.)


There are so many other bits of amazing in that post - I just love how Joss is taking leadership in that search for a new way to do media and entertainment. "Create more for less." Amen. Really. I really, really hope Dr Horribly does terrifyingly well and encourage others and help the industry reinvent itself. And that Joss doesn't ever, ever let go of that political energy he's got. He's a sublime storyteller as it is, and I think the activist in him is part of that, but it's what he manages outside his storytelling - and through his storytelling - that makes him a grand human being to me.

I will, of course, be watching on in two weeks but more importantly, paying for my Dr Horrible download, and later for the DVD (unless I'm horribly disappointed which... well, let's face it, is extremely unlikely now that I've seen how cool the trailer is. :D)

The full whedonesque post by Joss )
greenie_breizh: (political)
Suivant les traces médiatiques glorieuses (rien que ça) de sa soeur, Peewai est passé tout à l'heure sur RCF Alpha (Radio Chrétienne Francophone) dans une émission qui s'appelle Mise en question.

Le sujet: Jeunes et politique : quels remèdes à la crise alimentaire mondiale ? Micro projets ou réforme des échanges internationaux ?

Ce sera rediffusé: mardi 24 juin à 11h30 (donc demain!!); jeudi 26 juin à 15h30

Vous pouvez écouter l'émission en direct sur le site de la radio (voir le premier lien) mais sinon je vais essayer de l'enregistrer!

Pour la petite anecdote: le jeune de l'UDF, c'est un des meilleurs amis de Peewai!
greenie_breizh: (ecology)
"Shouldn’t sustainability come first and profits second? I think so."

Eliza Dushku, will you please MARRY ME.

(She continues with: "These are the two different ways of looking at the issue. I came away not liking USAID’s' 'The Goal is Growth' slogan. It should be about people first." AMEN.)

Dude. I can't believe I didn't get to that site before. And at the same time, none of it is about enhancing celebrity status so I'm not surprised and I like it so much more for it. Check out the About section, it says it all, really.


Speaking of environmental stuff, I realized I never said anything about my thesis defense/viva/thing - it went well but I was really annoyed at first. I sat down and one of the first thing my supervisor said was that I shouldn't have printed my thesis double-sided. I sort of blinked and asked why because I had no clue (and I'm not sure how she expected me to guess). She said "it's a convention".

...

...it's a fucking CONVENTION to use twice as much paper as you need to print a 70-page document? It's a fucking convention to use up twice as much resources as you really need? What.the.hell. I told her I thought it was terrifying and we moved on but dude, I just can't believe it. Why do we cling on to conventions like that one? What is the fucking point?

On so many levels, we really need to rethink our priorities.
greenie_breizh: (identity)
I've been meaning to share that link - a must-read for guys, but it's a very useful read for gals, too.

Don't be That Guy.

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