Australia, Australian politics, bodies, culture, disabling attitudes, femininity, gender, how cool is that?, how exciting!, how sad, how thought-provoking, identity, lesbian, linksplosion, Media, not fitting the heteronormative paradigm, queer, social attitudes, television
Sara Hendren at Medium writes All Technology is Assistive Technology, on rethinking disability and design:
So how might designers and artists engage these myths about what’s normal, and make more visible, critical, and expansive technologies that keep these questions alive?
At Inequality by (Interior) Design, Tristan Bridges and C.J. Pascoe write Bro-Porn: Heterosexualizing Straight Men’s Anti-Homophobia:
Public proclamations of support on the part of heterosexual men to end homophobia are significant and important in changing opinion about GLB identities. But, asking what these men are getting out of the performance complicates such an easy analysis.
At The Toast, Becky Chambers writes a truly charming piece about memory and becoming, and coming to accept, herself called Sailor Jupiter, Gender Expression and Me:
I’d been told what a woman was, and what a lesbian was, but neither definition worked for me. And for years — a decade, almost — that gnawed at me. Half an hour of anime hadn’t been enough to break through the things the real world made me swallow. I had not understood the lesson right in front of me, the one I had watched again and again without knowing why.
Something else about popular culture, loving yourself, and queer ladies. Vanessa at Autostraddle is one of my favourite writers in all the Internet, and I’ve just gotten into Buffy in a big way, so here is What I Learned From Buffy About All The Versions Of My Queer Girl Self:
I know that I’ll keep evolving, and I know that’s the way it’s supposed to be – how boring if we were all “done” at a certain point, if our identities tapered off and became static, if we “found ourselves” like we are so often told we should. I don’t want to find myself just once; I want to keep finding new pieces of me every day, and I want to remember that I am allowed to discover bits and pieces that I never saw before, and that those versions of myself are just as valid as any versions that came before, and any that might come next.
Also, it occurs to me that sometimes I write things elsewhere on the Internet, and perhaps you would like to read them. Most recently, I wrote When getting an Australian passport becomes a kafkaesque nightmare for The Guardian. And here are the last couple of articles I have written for Global Comment: Whose Equality? Anti-Discrimination in New South Wales Private Schools, which is about NSW MP Alex Greenwich’s bid to remove exceptions for private schools under the Anti-Discrimination Act, and Celebrity “Confessions”: Mischa Barton and AnnaLynne McCord, Trauma and Gossip, which is, perhaps evidently, about the gossipification of trauma endured by young female celebrities.