Ajam Media Collective launched its tumblr a couple weeks ago—can y’all help me get the word out? Follow them, reblog them, anything! Just so that people can learn about this really awesome resource on the net.
The Ajam Media Collective is an online space devoted to documenting and analyzing cultural, social, and political trends in the diverse Iranian, Central Asian, and diaspora communities. We unite authors from various backgrounds and disciplines to promote diverse critical views of the region and seek to emphasize the region’s importance as a thriving cultural center whose multiple realities are too often obscured by the popular Western and global media.
Soooooooo…can you all follow AjamMC? Please pretty please thanks!
- No, you can't have money for your schools.
- No, you can't have scholarships to train new teachers.
- No, you can't have pay raises to attract talented people to the profession.
- No, you can't teach cutting edge science and history because its got a "liberal bias."
- No, you can't have decent retirement or health benefits.
- No, you can't have unions that fight for your rights.
- No, you can't open a new school to lower class sizes.
- No, you can't have busing to allow for diverse school populations and increased opportunity for everyone.
- What? What do you mean your kids aren't passing? You must be a shit teacher.
when you try to argue that this is porn:
but that this is not:
So, dear followers, have at it: who are the people on Tumblr who will die in the revolution?
- Everybody who has hit 3 or more squares on the Racism Bingo card (see Google) in one discussion … will die in the revolution.
- People who say “It’s just a movie/TV show/game/comic book!” … will die in the revolution.
- Anyone who brings up Black people to make a point about something other than racism … will die in the revolution
- People who hate a character or ship and tag their hate posts with the name of that character or ship … will die in the revolution
- Everyone who worries more about “Die cis scum” than about dead trans* people … will die in the revolution.
- Anybody who makes any commentary about how Black women need to fix ourselves … will die in the revolution.
- People who mention Lana Parrilla being half-Italian without bringing up the Puerto Rican half … will die in the revolution.
- Everyone who says, “I’m not *-ist but” … will die in the revolution.
- Any media person who asks an actress about her clothes, her diet, her workout regimen, or her love life instead of about her work … will die in the revolution.
Who’s on your list?
The age old question that got more complicated when we expanded our genres past ‘comedy’ and ‘tragedy’.
Here are a few general guidelines for main characters:
- Do you plan on your character staying dead?
- Have or are you setting a precedent of Anyone Can Die for your story?
- Is it realistic that your character would die under these circumstances? (ex., an untreated battle wound becomes infected = a good dose of realism in a medieval setting).
- Is this character developed enough for the audience to care that they die?
- Conversely, does everyone in the audience hate this character (and it’s treated as a party)?
—> Kill them.
- Is your character death in some way not final (Joey falls off a cliff, but was saved by a passing benevolent eagle- not that anyone knew until the next book!) that feels trite or cheap?
- Was this character slated for death from the start, and lacked development/roundness as a result?
- Did you just really hate your assignment and wanted to end it with a bang?
- Do you not have a solid grip on your audiences feelings towards that character (ex., you meant them to be sad, and the others are crying… while your reader cackles)?
—> Spare them, or take it back to the drawing board and rework.
(As always, know the rules so that you can break them).
so, this came in today:
a) why do people even pretend to give a shit about someone’s well being when it’s obvious that they don’t really give a shit at all? seriously. what, is pretending to give a shit about me somehow going to make me more likely to grant you your shitty request? especially given that you’ve already arrived at the conclusion that I’m somehow fucked up / wrong beyond repair / amoral / blahblahfuckingblah ?
b) porn is bad? really? so, all porn? or is sex bad? really? all sex? or is sex / porn just somehow bad in some way that it ruins very serious conversations? whatever. I’m about sick up to my eyeballs with people allegedly caring about equality of human existence but all the while gobbling up and regurgitating the same sex-shame religious horseshit as if it’s somehow real.
sex-shame is a tool of patriarchy / kyriarchy / organized religion / classism / sexism / corporatocracy.
sex-shame places human bodies and genitals as bad, wrong, shameful. that belief (and it is a belief) doesn’t come from nature. in other words, it is not a fact. it has a staggering lack of facts to support it. no physics. no math. no cellular proof. no reproducible data whatsoever. the only place it comes from is opinion and the source of those opinions always fall back on two places: personal preference and the dogma of holy men.
so, if you have a personal preference for sex-shame, then you have every right to be ashamed of your body. if you feel that sex is dirty and bad and your genitals are wrong in any way, then you have every right to feel that way about yourself.
if you don’t want to see anybody else’s genitals or sex - then it’s not up to those people to hide their genitals from you - it’s up to you to not look at their genitals. other people are not responsible for your feelings and you are not responsible for theirs.
regarding the other source of sex-shame, if you want me to do anything based on the mythology of a holy man, go fuck yourself in any way that you see fit.
Anon: I was wondering how ‘insignificant’ a traumatic experience could be and still cause involuntary physical reactions? I was never really ‘abused’ (at least, not how I view it), but I did put myself into situations that made me less than comfortable. I’ve been told by both my gyno and massage therapist that my body responds physically in a similar way as someone who has been sexually abused, and I often have trouble relaxing enough to have sex. (It’s hard to fit more details here)
FYSE: no such thing as insignificant when it comes to trauma. I’m the same way, and for a long time I felt guilty because abuse is very common in my family and I didn’t feel like I had gone through enough trauma to warrant that reaction when members of my family had been through what I felt was so much worse. Everyone reacts to trauma differently. Some people can go through what you may feel the worst trauma an abuse ever and be totally fine and recover really quickly or not need any time to recover at all. Some of us go through things we think of as minor and have things that can take a lot of time to recover from (like with Vaginismus which I believe is what you’re talking about). Try not to measure up your trauma to anyone else’s, just focus on recovering and feeling better. Luckily with things like Vaginismus (which I have as well, mostly because of my fibromyalgia), or anxiety disorders (which I think mine are part of my trauma) are treatable. They do take time and effort and they aren’t easy but there are a lot of communities that offer support.
The best feeling I had about Obama was when he signed a law expanding health care coverage to millions of Americans.
The best feeling I had about Obama was when he helped make sure that everyone brave enough to serve in the military can do so openly.
The best feeling I had about Obama was when he said that everyone should be able to marry whomever they love.
I barely remember the act of voting for him now.