Afternoon Inqueery

AI: Links, Links, Links

This Monday was the first meeting of my university’s new feminist society. It pretty much entailed hanging out in the union talking about stuff. This stuff started off being the sort of stuff you’d expect from a meeting of feminists, but degenerated into discussing sci fi, as so many conversations here do. I found myself recommending the Social Justice League’s “How to be a fan of problematic things” post, posting it on the group’s Facebook wall as soon as I got home. I found myself recommending it again to a friend yesterday. It’s one that I seem to return to over and over, as someone who consumes a lot of media but also tries to examine it critically.
Derailing for Dummies is another that seems to be relevant with saddening frequency. I’m sure so many internet debates could be stopped if everyone read that list before they started arguing. It’s almost like an intellectual dishonesty bingo card. On a similar note, this xkcd comic tends to come in handy when I’m trying to describe my inability to just ignore stuff online and make out that I can’t be that strange because of it.
What links do you always find yourself sending to people? Have any particular sites/posts struck you as perfectly summing up what you had to say?
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Courtney is a theoretical physics student at Imperial College London, broadly identifying as cisfemale, panromantic, asexual and atheist. She lives with mental illness (worst room-mate ever) and hopes to help break down the stigma attached to admitting that. Her hobbies include campaigning, internetting and spectacularly failing to defy any stereotypes regarding British people and tea. She also identifies as an X-Phile/Browncoat/Whovian, which are clearly the most important things.


  1. October 19, 2012 at 12:36 am —

    I give this one out all the time:
    You Don’t Have to Get It to Respect It
    It applies to pretty much anything.

  2. October 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm —

    Jay Smooth’s “How to tell people they sound racist” is a link I post at least four times a year.

  3. November 24, 2012 at 6:59 am —

    This one I post/send to people several times a year.

    Within the queer community often there is this thinking that all gender is performance, that when you don’t perform your gender right, you risk not being seen as your gender anymore etc. To which I, as a transperson, often can only answer “Wish it were!” and give that link as an explanation,

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