The feminist blogosphere has been erupting lately, showing our strengths and our weaknesses and faultlines. One of those faultlines is race, and the discussions over Amanda Marcotte (of Pandagon)’s work, BrownFemiPower’s work, and cultural appropriation have brought this out. I’ve stayed quiet thus far on the issue, mostly because I have too many thoughts, and […]
random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
In 1989 Denmark legalized gay partnerships followed shortly by Sweden & Norway. This was the response from British gay / lesbian activists:
"The advances that were taking place in Scandinavia were particularly exasperating to British gay and lesbian activists. In April 1994, shortly after the British parliament refused to equalize the age of consent for homosexual and heterosexual activity, the gay civil rights group OutRage called on Denmark's Queen Margrethe to 'liberate' their country. At a ceremony outside the Danish Embassy in London, members of OutRage tore up a British flag, played the Danish national anthem, and read an appeal to Queen Margrethe that read: 'We, the Lesbian and Gay citizens of the territories of Great Britain, do hereby make supplication and humbly entreat Her Majesty to mobilize her great forces, to progress westward, and liberate these benighted islands.' A Danish embassy official said there was little chance that Queen Margrethe or her government would respond to the plea in any way. Buckingham Palace had no comment."
I hadn’t previously heard the word “googlegängers”, which the American Dialect Society deemed “most creative” word last year. But I love the concept, which Stephanie Rosenbloom explored in the NYT today. Apparently lots of people follow the lives and careers of people with the same names as themselves.
Intellectual property pops up in the strangest places. Browsing The Baby Name Wizard by Laura Wattenberg, for instance, I found this discourse on “stealing” baby names: Not long ago, I heard an expectant mother beside herself with outrage. She had just learned that another woman in her small town had “stolen” her baby name! No, […]
For the bibliophiles and geeks. Credits posted on YouTube: It’s from a show called Øystein & Meg (Øystein & I) produced by the Norwegian Broadcasting television channel (NRK) in 2001. The spoken language is Norwegian, the subs in Danish. It’s written by Knut Nærum and performed by Øystein Bache and Rune Gokstad.
Today, on our way to the Fung Wah bus (we never got there, but that’s another story), my partner & I happened to stop in at a bookstore/teahouse for brunch. Then we realized that they were actually having a booksigning by Margaret Atwood. I’m in the middle of a huge deadline, and have just started […]
For some time (years, literally) I’ve been pondering the perfect phrase to capture ‘information rights’ — the natural right people have to create, invent, tinker, think, imagine, ponder, access information, etc. The First Amendment conceptual toolkit doesn’t really measure up: we have First Amendment concepts for speaking and the corollary, listening. But these concepts don’t […]
Up early for my spouse who caught a red-eye. Now she’s resting peacefully and I of course can’t get back to sleep. But that’s okay, because there’s the Internet! Positive outcomes of BlogHer: Mary Hodder at Napsterization is establishing a Speakers’ Wiki. In response to publisher anxieties & thinly-veiled threats of litigation, Google is implementing […]