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There. I said it.

(Never saw the original so I don't know how it compares)
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I've been reading a lot about the Weinstein sexual harassment saga these days. And I've seen a lot of wrong opinions.

The first set is some version of, we need clearer boundaries between work and personal life. Or, men are spooked and therefore won't meet casually with women employees. This group continues to assume the Weinsteins of the world are a product of some kind of misunderstanding - men and women get their signals confused, and whoops, a woman feels harassed. That's incorrect. Men know exactly what they are doing; they claim it was a misunderstanding after the fact to absolve themselves. When other men buy into the myth - by refusing to, say, meet privately with women for fear of being falsely accused - they not only stall women's careers, but shore up the narrative that predators are simply men who are awkward at expressing benign sexual interest.

The second set of wrong opinions suggests that Weinstein was only able to get away with it because he's powerful. This column is an example; it suggests that Hollywood is too deferential to talent. I mean, maybe that's true to some degree, but you also have stories like these, where Blake Lively couldn't get anyone to take complaints about a makeup artist seriously. Powerful men might be able to harass more easily, but fundamentally, this is not about worship of power or talent; this is about men who feel entitled to women, backed by other men.
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Mostly because I'm just curious but I haven't been keeping up with Doctor Who lore. IIRC, the Doctor is supposed to have thirteen lives, right? So this new one is the last one (until they find a way around it)? Wasn't there a thing about a missing regeneration somewhere, played by John Hurt? How does that factor in to the numerical limit on regenerations?
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Vid: Oh Boy (2 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables (TV 1985) & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gilbert Blythe/Anne Shirley
Characters: Gilbert Blythe
Additional Tags: Fanvids

She'll never slow down for you. Anne/Gilbert

Such nostalgia!
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I mean, I'll keep watching to see how it unfolds, for now, but I'm so very, very tired of these racial/gender dynamics.

Really not even spoilers, if you know the premise )
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Nebulae (253 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hidden Figures (2016)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson
Additional Tags: Science, space, Spoken Word, Poetry, Fanvids

neb·u·la (neb'yə lə), n., pl. -lae, a cloud in outer space, visible against the night sky as a dark silhouette against other luminous matter.

Man, that gut punch of an ending.
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that stars a baby Catherine Zeta Jones and a baby Daniel Craig. OMG.
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Except the horse isn't dead and I truly believe the nation's entire healthcare system is at risk. Graham-Cassidy 2.0 is out, with increases tailored to win the votes of specific holdout Republican Senators, while punishing Blue states, basically, by withdrawing their funding. Please call your senators. And while you're at it, your governor.

And while you have the senators' office on the phone maybe mention that over 3 million Americans are drowning in Puerto Rico and our president is more worried about football.
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GOP is still desperately trying to get the votes, and we can't give up until they do - this bill would gut Medicaid. Every medical organization has come out against it; they're horrified.

If you've called before, that's great - but call again.

If you have a Dem senator, call to thank them for standing firm.

It really is important. If you're afraid of talking to people, call outside of business hours and leave a voicemail. Call local offices if the DC line is busy/mailbox full.

It matters.
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The GOP broke off bipartisan talks with Dems to shore up ACA's insurance markets, and now they're trying - again - to unilaterally repeal ACA and take with it a huge chunk of Medicaid (which will, of course, completely destabilize our entire healthcare system, but that's where we are).

You can find more information by googling Graham-Cassidy, but here's one link.

Apparently, Lindsey Graham - one of the bill's sponsors - got on Breitbart radio (yes, now we're integrating Breitbart into GOP mainstream, fun times ahead) to urge listeners to call in support of the new bill, so it's VERY IMPORTANT that the Senate be flooded with opposition calls.

Here is one script and information resource.
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Off the top of my head - Harrison Ford, Martin Sheen, Richard Dreyfuss, Richard Pryor ... it's hilarious.
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I know there's a new Marvel thing but so far I'm thinking pass. And there's Star Trek. Anything else?
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That runs for several seasons and watch it span different fashion styles. It's easier to catch in retrospect; harder when you're watching in real time and the fashion is just current fashion, not history.

Like, Charlie's Angels, ran from mid-70s to early 80s. And you can watch the makeup go from a pure 70s natural look to the opening salvos of 80s brighter, bolder colors.

And now I'm watching Mod Squad, which ran from the late 60s to the early 70s. And I can see Peggy Lipton's hair go from plain 1960s straight to inching toward 70s wings. The transition itself is fascinating.
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So I can make tailored signs for all the damn protests.

I am not a protest person. I hate it. I don't get energized; I get tired. I don't like shouting slogans, I feel ridiculous. I don't like talking to strangers.

But if not me, who? So, I go.

Next one's Saturday.
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That is all. I just wanted everyone to know.
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I look forward to con reports!
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[ profile] standinginanicedress.

I read a lot of Derek/Stiles even though I gave up on Teen Wolf long ago, basically because most authors use those characters as stand-ins for certain basic fannish archetypes. And that's what [ profile] standinginanicedress does - lots and lots of AU Derek/Stiles. But she has an interesting, not-quite-the-usual take on tropes; there's always a bit of a twist on what you'd ordinarily expect, usually in the direction of taking the trope in a a more realistic, less idealized direction than you usually see.

Anyway, I imagine most Teen Wolf fans are already familiar with her work, but if you've somehow missed it, I recommend you give her a try. And because it's all (or mostly) AU, you really don't have to be familiar with the show.
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with how relieved I am about the healthcare vote. Not just because it was terrible policy - though there is that - but because of the horrific, undemocratic way the GOP was trying to force it through. Ezra Klein summarized it best but I felt like the American political system was disintegrating before my eyes.

It may be on its last gasps, but thank god it's not quite dead yet.

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