Quickies: Girl Scouts, lazy writing, measles, and the history of headstones

  • Girl Scouts return $100K when donor demands it “not be used” for trans girls – “Council CEO Megan Ferland told the newspaper her decision wasn’t hard after that, though she was “very sad” to see discrimination possibly deny her troop resources. She wrote a note back to the donor, who she was careful not to name, saying she would not be accepting their money.”
  • Rape scenes aren’t just awful, they’re lazy writing – “From reinforcing falsehoods about sexual violence to the objectification of women, here’s why that rape storyline is probably a bad idea, and a pretty uncreative one too.”
  • One more source of air travel stress: Catching the measles – “For the second time in two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that someone caught the measles by walking past an infected person in an airport.”
  • On gravestone decorations – Hark! A Vagrant has a cartoon on one of my favorite bits of history, how the decorations on headstones changed as religious sentiment changed in early America. The paper she links to is well worth a read and go wander around an old New England cemetery if you ever have the chance.


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Like they say on TV tropes, rape is the new dead parents. Another thing about rape is, okay, you give a character a motive, but if she’s a girl, does she need a special girl motive like rape? (And of course, male characters get ‘my girlfriend/sister/daughter/whatever was raped’, which removes her entirely from the storyline.) Or sometimes a character is a child of rape.

    It’s easy to get infected in today’s world. And people forget that all those infections really were deadly a century ago.

  2. Dear Anonymous Gift* Giver,

    $100.000 to compromise our principles? Please. We make twice that much in cookie sales before breakfast, bitch.


    World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

    *The strings attached to your “gift” make it seem more like extortion than a gift, FWIW.

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