We Have the Spoons and We’re Saying Aye

I haven’t been around here in a bit: been very bogged down with school, and hardly any spoons to write proper bloggish entries.

However, I do have the spoons to attempt microresistance. Optimism is a scarce commodity, as anyone will testify. Opening for submissions, so please share!

Much love from the exotic land of Britain,


#MooreandMe: My support

Day 6

I’ve been away, but I’ve been following #Mooreandme as much as I could whenever I grabbed internet access.

I am angry-upset-frightened-angry-bitter at all the trolls who have been making the hashtag a deliberately unsafe space for survivors.

I am proud of all of us who braved it to add our voices to the chorus, and I also love everyone who has engaged in offline activism because Twitter is not a goddamn barometer of how progressive you are tyvm. There are people working for a fairer world IRL every day, too.

I am furious at #allyfail — people who claim to support #Mooreandme but who call Assange’s accusers ‘girls’ rather than ‘women’, and who use ‘crazy’, ‘mad’, ‘insane’ and ‘stupid’ as the ableist slurs that they are.

I am justifiably laughing in sadness for the trolls who see no problem in scorning male allies and feminists and survivors as ‘less than men’ (which means ‘person’ or ‘human’, to these pathetic evil beings) and who decide that the best way to put women down is the call them ‘bitches’ and ‘cunts’.

I revel in my full personhood as a girl, as a survivor, as a mad person, as a feminist.

I protest — vociferously — to those who co-opt their own experiences to shame or silence survivors.

@KeithOlbermann and @MMFlint have failed — failed hard and failed publicly — by naming survivors, by enabling rape apologism, by repeating lies, by not retracting their statements, by not shutting down the misogynists who have delighted in harassing, threatening, and belittling feminists, allies, and survivors.

Assange himself has failed visibly in his repetition of rape apologism and his obvious comfort with his supporters’ actions and words.

@SadyDoyle has succeeded in the spirit, if not the letter, of #Mooreandme. Because we are here, we are speaking out, and we will not go away.

Thank you, everyone.


Signal Boost: GNOME Women Internships Outreach

by Wednesday.

Well, we are geek feminists.

(My dream is to present feminist fan studies at WisCon or something like. [ETA: No longer in the cards. WisCon fail. See: Moon, Elizabeth, and racefail.] And once again I drag out a strong recommendation for the amazing Dhobi ki Kutti’s Promise of the पुरवाई.)

So, signal boost for the GNOME Outreach Program for Women Internships 2010!

Details are as follows:

The GNOME Foundation will be sponsoring at least three internships for women from December 15, 2010 through March 15, 2011. These internships are primarily aimed at female college students from the Southern Hemisphere who will have a school break during this time. However, any woman interested in working on GNOME is welcome to apply, provided she is available for a full-time internship during this time period.

The internship is expected to be a full-time effort, meaning that the participants must be able to spend 40 hours a week on their project. Participants will work remotely from home. Because IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is one of the primary means of communication within free software projects, participants should be present on their project’s IRC channel while working. They will also be expected to communicate electronically with other project members via other means, including Bugzilla comments, mailing list discussion, blog posts, and personal e-mail. Participants will be encouraged to blog about their work and their blog posts will be aggregated on Planet GNOME.

The GNOME Foundation will provide each participant with a $4,500 (USD) stipend. $500 will be wired on December 17 to participants who have begun their internships, $2000 on February 2 to participants in good standing with their mentors, and $2000 on March 22 to participants who have successfully completed their internships.

h/t to Geek Feminism

Aid for Pakistan

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by Thursday.

I’ve been hearing crap about how Pakistan deserves the floods for being backwards Moozlems, or for corruption, or terrorism, or what have you. It’s both darkly hilarious and extremely depressing that we’ve fallen so deeply in love with hate. If I see this in comments, be warned. I have a pitchfork.

Anyway: Good Intentions Are Not Enough has some excellent general guidelines, but here are specific ones:

1. Give to an established organization already on the ground and with experience working locally.
2. Give cash, not goods. Shipping items to Pakistan is expensive. With cash, organizations can buy what they need closer to the disaster site.
3. Don’t earmark your donation, but give to an organization that you trust to allocate your money wisely.

Incomplete list of charities under the cut.

Submissions Call for ‘Dear Sister’

Also, the editors of the Dear Sister anthology (http://www.myecdysis.com/?page_id=1814) are looking for letters by survivors of rape and sexual violence, and by allies. Deadline is 1 Nov. 2010.

Dear Sister is an anthology of letters and other works created for survivors of sexual violence from other survivors and allies. It is a collection of hope and strength through words and art.

Submissions Calls for ‘Mapping Me’, ‘Occupied Bodies’ and ‘/Slant/Sex/’

Three different anthologies are currently looking for women’s creative works on their experiences living as (coloured, queer, genderqueer) women: for perspectives on culture, bodies, sexuality, identity, et cetera. We here at Weekday Blues are avid readers and writers, and are especially interested in multicultural literature, so we’re absolutely thrilled to have discovered these submissions calls. :D

Mapping Me: A Landscape of Women’s Stories
Deadline: 1 Sept. 2010

Occupied Bodies: Women of Color Speak on Self-Image
Deadline: 15 Oct. 2010

Deadline: 15 Sept. 2010