Conventions / dispatches from the loony bin

Independence! …from harassment. Hopefully. Someday.

(x-posted here.) If you’re involved in the SF-o-sphere you may have seen the internet go boom in the past week. Elise Matthesen was sexually harassed while she was at WisCon, and formally reported it. This is actually news, because reporting is so rare – mainly because society in general makes it incredibly difficult for people to report this sort of thing and incredibly easy for the perpetrators to get away with it. Elise asked several friends to post her essay on their blogs, including John Scalzi and Chuck Wendig, both of whom I already read on a semi-regular basis. (There is a list of the rest of the posts

dispatches from the loony bin / Mental Illness and Mental Health

This is Rape Culture — addendum to my Amanda Todd post

Trigger warning: description of rape, rape culture, misogyny, bullying, suicide Something I didn’t really get into in my last post about Amanda Todd’s suicide is the misogyny, sexism, and clear and present rape culture apparent in the details of the case. I did originally write about it in my post, but decided I wanted to focus on suicide and not misogyny in that post, and that I could write a follow-up post later. This is that follow-up post. Most of the posts about Amanda attribute her suicide to bullying and tend to ignore the fact that it was more

Books / Your Book is Bad and You Should Feel Bad

13 reasons this book made me homicidal: a review of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I picked up Thirteen Reasons Why recently because it was on my list of “to read” and it had received much critical acclaim. Also it was one of two books I’d brought with me while traveling (not including the two I read on mom’s Kindle). I figured it might be okay, at least. Allow me to give you 13 reasons I dislike it. And by “dislike”, I mean “hate psychotically.” [TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE AND ASSAULT] [SPOILERS] 1. Support of the “Well, she didn’t technically say ‘no’ so it’s not technically rape, right?” trope. The character who gets raped [I’m