September 7th, 2012

Fucking girly girl and I'm not sorry

"Trampire:" Why the Public Slut Shaming of Kristen Stewart Matters for Young Women

For the most part, I don't really care about the Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart breakup, because I don't know them, I don't like the Twilight movies and after suffering through David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, I'm very upset with Robert Pattinson. I don't care if Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders did it in a car, in a bar, in a house or with a mouse; I don't care if the entire relationship was staged for publicity (as many, including Angelina Jolie, are now alleging) or if Robsten were this generation's Cheng and Eng, severed by the knife of infidelity. This is because it's not my relationship to care about, and whatever does or does not stay in Robsten's bedroom is none of my beeswax, and it's none of America's either. If the news people need a story to cover, what about the millions of Americans living in poverty or the real violence that happens in our streets every day, the Chicago neighborhoods so dangerous they have been compared to Iraq? They say that if it bleeds it leads, but there's no blood in the Robsten breakup -- just two young people doing the very thing that makes them young: making bad decisions.

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Rise of the Copyright Bot: Now Blocking Your Own Rightholding Content.

Sci-Fi Awards Webcast Shut Down by Rogue Copyright Bots That Refuse To Obey Human Commands

Here’s a science-fiction script for you. In a world rampant with digital piracy, armies of copyright bots work around the clock, patrolling the Web for unauthorized images and video clips. When they find one, they terminate it with extreme prejudice, thus keeping the Web safe for capitalism. But when they zap the wrong clip and humans try to intervene, the robots go rogue, rising up against their flesh-and-blood masters in zealous defense of digital rights.

That's pretty much what happened Sunday night during a webcast of—what else?—a science-fiction awards ceremony. As io9 reports, noted English sci-fi author Neil Gaiman* was on stage at the Hugo Awards to accept an honor for a Doctor Who script when Ustream’s live feed cut out. On the computer screens of sci-fi geeks the world over, Gaiman’s face was replaced with the words, “Worldcon banned due to copyright infringement.” The culprit: an automated copyright enforcement system that pounced on the short Doctor Who clips that accompanied Gaiman’s appearance.

Sci-fi fans’ disbelief turned to outrage when the event’s organizers announced via Twitter that Ustream would not resume the broadcast. Ustream, it turned out, was powerless to override the verdict of its own bots, according to an apologetic blog post by founder and CEO Brad Hunstable. He explained that the system was set up to let copyright infringments slide only when the broadcaster notifies Ustream in advance that it has permission from the rights-holder to use the material. In this case, that didn’t happen, even though Worldcon apparently did have said rights—and even though, as i09’s Annalee Newitz points out, its use of the Doctor Who clips was almost surely legal anyway under fair-use provisions of U.S. copyright law.
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I have no love for the arcane copyright laws, nor companies that implement the "shoot first then ask questions later" approach. People have been complaining how DMCA notices had been abused and stories about it are becoming more frequent. Maybe this little taste of their own medicine would remind them that the system is not perfect nor fair but I hold no hope.

15 Strange Claims Naomi Wolf Makes About Vaginas

In her new book, gender-politics author Naomi Wolf says vaginas can control our minds, make us more creative, and feel “vaginal grief.”

1.A vagina is not happy without a penis.
"A happy heterosexual vagina requires, to state the obvious, a virile man."

2.Your vagina makes you a goddess. Or rather, "The Goddess."
"Throughout this book, I will be referring to a state of mind or a condition of female consciousness I will call, for ease of reference, but also for the sake of the echo, 'the Goddess.' [...] I am carving out rhetorical space that does not yet exist when we talk about the vagina, but which refers to something very real."

3.Foreplay is called "the Goddess Array."
"The autonomic nervous system prepares the way for the neural impulses that will travel from vagina, clitoris, and labia to the brain, and this fascinating system regulates a woman's responses to the relaxation and stimulation provided by 'the Goddess Array,' the set of behaviors a lover uses to arouse his or her partner."

4.The vagina can control the mind.
"Once one understands what scientists at the most advanced laboratories and clinics around the world are confirming — that the vagina and the brain are essentially one network, or 'one whole system,' as they tend to put it, and that the vagina mediates female confidence, creativity, and sense of transcendence — the answers to many of these seeming mysteries fall into place."

5.The vagina evolved to help women reach nirvana.
"The mystical or transcendental potential of female sexuality [...] allows women to connect often, and in a unique way, even if just for brief moments, with experiences of a shining, 'divine,' or greater self (or nonself, as Buddhists would say) or with a sense of the connection among all things. Producing the stimulation necessary for these mind-states is part of the evolutionary task of the vagina."

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Has anyone read the book? Is the article just being sensational? Or is Naomi Wolf still as ridiculous as ever? I mean, I've heard of vaginal depression, which has to do with horomones or pH balance or something (idk, I saw it on SATC), but a lot of these just scream an academic delving into the absurd in order to be original. Also, apparently lesbians don't exist.

Conventions leave atheists asking: What political party represents me?

Conventions leave atheists asking: What political party represents me?

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN)
– This convention season has not been good for atheists.

The word "God" was reinserted in the Democratic platform after it had been removed. A plan to raise atheist billboards in the convention cities was stymied by opponents. And though there were preachers and rabbis and other religious leaders opening and closing each day of each convention, there wasn’t an avowed atheist talking up unbelief on either convention’s speaking list.

The political lockout has left many nonbelievers asking, “What political party represents me?”
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Minnesota Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Explains Gay Marriage To Offended Politician

“They Won’t Magically Turn You Into A Lustful Cockmonster”: Chris Kluwe Explains Gay Marriage To The Politician Who Is Offended By An NFL Player Supporting It

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has spoken out in favor of a Maryland ballot initiative that would legalize gay marriage. Yahoo has published a letter that Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. wrote last week to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, urging him to "inhibit such expressions from your employee." This is Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe's response to Burns.

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OP: lol WOW. although I could see how some of the language could be offensive (cockmonster?) and brash, the letter as a whole had me cackling. This is amazing. I think I just became a Vikings fan, a little bit there...I didn't bold anything because a)i'm really bad at choosing the "best" parts in articles, tbh, esp when I love it and b)the whole thing is kind of awesome

Edited to add: x-posted to the mothership