Things I read this week that I found interesting

Yeah, I haven’t actually read much because I’ve basically become some sort of urban selkie and have been throwing myself into water whenever possible. It’s hard to read in water. Drop me links; I’m more likely to read things when the weather isn’t so glorious.

On the Pain of Violent Men, or, Why I’m not Sorry about Max and Montle (Linda Stupart)- Linda drew attention to some jokes about corrective rape coming from FHM South Africa writers. She got a lot of backlash, then wrote a this incredibly powerful and deeply personal piece.

Breaking news: the Greek trans community has had enough (Jane Fae)- A briefing on the horrifying situation in Greece, and how people are fighting back.

Singing the Lesbian Blues in 1920s Harlem (Collectors Weekly)- Overview of this subculture with stunning pictures.

50 Shades of Not White (Sam Ambreen)- Sam expresses her fears for the future of her two young nephews in a racist climate.

Other People’s Feelings (Meg Barker)- Very useful model of how feelings are interconnected.

And finally, Joe McDaldno, who wrote my very favourite game Monsterhearts, (which you should totally play if you grew up watching Buffy and wishing it was queerer) wants to come to the UK. Can you help him?

5 thoughts on “Things I read this week that I found interesting”

  1. Apologies if you’ve mentioned this before, but I know you like stats, and, as a quondam statistics student myself, I’m a sucker for sentences which include phrases like “locally-weighted polynomial regression”; but found this week, via Making Light this Visualizing the Bechdel Test analysis: (Alas, it’s so long ago now that I studied stats that without more digging I can’t say how well this has been done, but it looks interesting so far…)

  2. I have to say, I’m skeptical of any game that needs actual rules for being gay, which is a shame because otherwise Monsterhearts sounds like it’s right up my alley.

    1. It doesn’t have any rules. There’s a general mechanic for turning people on, and it is specifically pointed out that if you think your character is straight and gets turned on by someone of the same sex, you’re completely wrong. That’s basically it.

  3. Small sidebar, but I came here to comment because I’m on O2 and I read your blog every time you post, usually on my phone, and O2 has never asked me for any kind of verification or special payment to do so. So I’m thinking that’s probably baws / they don’t think you’re as porny as you think they think you are..

    1. Every time I blog, I get at least two people on O2 complaining they can’t see it. You must be fully pornographically opted-in 😀

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