Linkspam, 6/21/13 Edition

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice. And I give absolutely no fucks.
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June 21, 2013

"The Moon", Paul Roden + Valerie Lueth, 2012.

“The Moon”, Paul Roden + Valerie Lueth, 2012.

Finally, this sums up my feelings about people who try so hard to build community only to have it thrown back in their faces: Sad Trombone.

Also! Late breaking! Bryan Thomas Schmidt is still telling people they’re doing it wrong! (screencap) I am so glad that he is around to tell us how to do things! Man. I mean, just MAN. I love how he claims that the people telling him that he’s upholding the status quo and arguing in bad faith (as proven by his actions and his words) are “uninformed assumers with no credibility”.  I think that means he doesn’t know who we are?

Bryan Thomas Schmidt: you do not get to set the terms of engagement. You do not get to tell people who have been told, in various ways throughout their lives, that they need to be nice and polite if they want you–or anyone else–to listen to them.

You think you are an authority. You are not. Authority is earned, not assumed.  You haven’t earned it.  The difference between us? I know I’m not an authority. I’m just an opinionated woman with a website and a low tolerance for bullshit. And I’m okay with that.

Why are you so interested in dictating terms of engagement? What do you get from it? How does it hurt you, personally, if people talk about how racism and sexism in our community make them angry? It doesn’t. It just makes you uncomfortable–and, for whatever reason, you value your comfort over justice. And I find that to be appalling.

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