Quickies: Trans TV Show, GoFundMe Bans Abortion-Related Funds, and Wonder Woman

  • In ‘Transparent,’ Transgender Issues Are A Family Affair – “Transparent is a comedy-drama that centers on a family and their lives following the discovery that their father, whom they’d known as Mort (played by Jeffrey Tambor of Arrested Development fame) is a transgender woman named named Maura.” I might check this out!
  • GoFundMe bans abortion-related campaigns, is fine with supporting murderers – “This latest move seems to be in response to the widely-publicized efforts of an Illinois woman identified as “Bailey” to raise money for her abortion. Bailey had raised $1,000 of her $2,500 goal when her campaign was shut down by the site. Katie McDonough notes that Bailey’s was not the first campaign to raise money for an abortion but simply the most public and perhaps least apologetic.”
  • 4 Ways Gamers Still Suck at Dealing With Women – “If you’re a gamer you’ve probably heard about the “Quinngate” scandal, in which indie game developer Zoe Quinn was accused of cheating on her boyfriend with gaming journalists in exchange for positive reviews. The Internet responded to these allegations by bombarding Quinn with insults and threats, because of course they did. It’s the Internet. Expecting sanity is futile.” From Cerberus40.
  • The Right’s War on Neil deGrasse Tyson – “Celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has long been a despised figure among conservatives—and now the right is accusing him of being a “fabulist” and making up quotes.”
  • The Last Amazon – “Wonder Woman’s debt is to feminism. She’s the missing link in a chain of events that begins with the woman-suffrage campaigns of the nineteen-tens and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later. Wonder Woman is so hard to put on film because the fight for women’s rights has gone so badly.” From mrmisconception.
  • Kids, Pants, Booze, Music: Trouble In River City And Always – I love how this article takes a song from The Music Man and dissects it to talk about the psychology of stirring up fear.

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. What I especially love about the recent Cracked articles on gamers is the epic whining from the sexist children about yet another site “turning against them”. Of course they had no reason whatsoever to think that Cracked was with them in the first place, but part of their delusional swamp is believing that they’ve got the common opinion on their side. (“The lurkers support me in email” as we used to say.)

    1. Yeah, that has a history. Whenever they mention nerd misogyny, you can expect that. And you can expect that none of them regularly read Cracked, so they expect Cracked to be anti-SJW. I mean, like, I’ve only seen them go into anti-SJW mode twice, and in both cases, it was far more nuanced than the typical MRA screed.

  2. I find it beyond rich that the people who worship at David Barton’s fraudulent feet have an issue with Neil deGrasse Tyson daring to get the details of an anecdote or two wrong. He believed an urban legend as true? Quelle horreur! And he told the same story twice with slightly different details? Release the hounds! Guess he’s getting to uppity for the right-wing.

    You would think he’s been caught rewriting history to suit some sort of political agenda, or fabricating data to line his pockets at the public’s expense, or starting a war with trumped up charges to enrich himself and his friends. But then they would probably applaud him for that since it is their MO.

    I will be concerned when NDT makes a factual mistake and refuses to acknowledge it or correct it. Or, as I like to call it, “pulling a Dunning”.

    1. He’s a successful black man, an atheist, and a scientist. All things the Far Right absolutely can’t stand.

      All I can say is, who among you hasn’t been suckered in by some fake news story on Facebook?

  3. I wish I was an actual writer, because I have a bunch of (what I think are) great ideas for a Wonder Woman movie. One includes a giant mechanical spider driven by a man-shaped robot that’s in turn driven by a sentient 6-inch mutant spider. Another is a hybrid of Indiana Jones and Saving Private Ryan, with WW being a badass sergeant leading a team of Amazons to track down threats to humanity based on Greek mythology.

      1. Way better… I know what I’m doing here. The spider thing is a buddy-cop movie between WW and the mutant spider. The other is a real-deal action flick where WW is responsible for letting mythological beasts onto the world, and leads a team of warriors to shut them down.

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