wisdomeagle: bottle of purple liquid with a pipe floating in it, text "bpal!" (perfume)
ELCA Draft Statement on Gender-Based Violence. It is well-written and I'm pleased with it in various ways, but I'm definitely most personally pleased about the inclusion of non-binary genders (not perfectly and not using the language I would use, but clearly intentionally inclusive.)

books
I read two Jincy Willett novels: Amy Falls Down, which is a sequel to The Writing Class, and Winner of the National Book Award: A Novel of Fame, Honor, and Really Bad Weather, which it turns out I'd read before, although I didn't remember any details.

I liked both of these books, but neither as much as I liked The Writing Class.

Winner of the National Book Award is full of gender-based violence, helpfully tying this post together thematically.

I read Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy by Helen Fielding. I... well. That is a choice you could make, Helen Fielding!

[spoilers]
Read more... )

unspoilery: Like the previous two books this is laugh-out-loud funny. Bridget remains adorable and sympathetic. It was enjoyable on all those levels, but not ultimately emotionally satisfying because of reasons under the cut-tag (which, while spoilery, I don't think will spoil one's enjoyment of the book, whose pleasure lies mostly in humor and character voice.)

There are children in the picture, whom I didn't find particularly realistically drawn but who weren't annoying.

It's definitely not porn; it's also definitely more sexually explicit than the previous two books. I once read a review of the film that said something like, "There's a suggestion that Daniel and Bridget indulged in anal sex, something that would never happen in the book." This book doesn't have anal sex, but it would not be out of place.

I miss Shazzer. :(

Content note: there is a fairly substantial plotline involving weight loss/fat/obesity in a way that's different from the previous books and might be more triggery (on the other hand, it's fairly self-contained, and the rest of the book has less yo-yo dieting than the previous books); if it would be helpful to anyone I'd be happy to talk about this in more detail.

There are also other ick things that are common squicks -- there are parts that it would be wise not to read while eating.

It makes me wish that I could write fanfic again because it desperately needs a completely different ending. :(

I started reading cite>Clariel by Garth Nix. This is a major tonal shift from the other books I read this week and I'm finding getting into it slow-going.

games

I played some Puzzle Pirates while on the phone with Elizabeth the other day.

perfume
(Spoilers: I suck at identifying scents.)

I finished the 'weenies:

Pumpkin I
should be: "Pumpkin cream with cardamom, black tea, allspice, and ginger milk."
was: Cake! I probably need to stop acquiring MORE BPAL foodie scents because they all smell indistinguishably of cake to me, but in the meantime, cake!

Pumpkin IV
Should be: "Warm pumpkin with three honeys, oudh, sweet frankincense, and champaca resin."
Was: And yet another cake, with maybe the faaaaintest hint of something darker -- cinnammon? incense? underneath. Yup, definitely need to declare foodie scents from BPAL off-limits. They smell perfectly nice, like a generic sweet baked good, but, e.g., these didn't really smell of pumpkin to me, and I now own enough of them that if I desire this scent I have maybe half a dozen options. Sigh. Really disappointed, because description sounded sooo promising

I got Anne Bonny as a frimp from [community profile] synecdochic_decants.
Should be: "A blend of Indonesian red patchouli, red sandalwood, and frankincense."
Was: Oooh. After ALL THE CAKE this is kind of a relief. Brine? It does have an aquatic sense to it, but maybe like a seaport, a bit of salt and -- cedar? -- I am definitely getting pirate feels from this. I think I might be sensing the same "trickle of blood" that's in Valentine of Rome.

music

I actually listened to Spotify for awhile this afternoon. All David Haas.
wisdomeagle: (Illyria [by literati])
I started a new Dragon Age: Origins playthrough. My third playthrough is the city elf origin story, and I played a male character because I wanted to experiment with the shipping options for boys, but I don't particularly like my character at all, so, stalled. So I started a fourth playthrough, the noble dwarf origin story, which seems a lot more promising.

I am especially excited because it is a bonus!surprise!princess story. Denne is the second child of the dwarf king, and while the word "princess" is never used, that is what she is. A violent, impulsive warrior princess (because I really want unlock the warrior achievements -- my elf boy was also a warrior, which was the other reason I didn't love playing him -- I love fighting as a mage, and my beloved dwarf commoner ♥Nat♥ made me love playing as a rogue, but I just... I can't with warriors.

But Denne! She's pretty great. And her brothers frequently refer to her as "sibling" (mostly, one assumes, so they can use the same audio track regardless of the gender of the PC) and so I am aggressively headcanoning her as genderqueer, because genderqueer dwarfs/dwarves are extremely important to me.

We have made it to Ostagar, and we are mostly just waiting to recruit the dog so we can name it Mx Nug, because genderqueer prinesses with genderqueer animal companions are relevant to my interests.

(None of this is exactly the best and most noble use of my free time, but. it is called free time for a reason. It is the time no one is paying me for. /defensive)
wisdomeagle: (joy for Epiphany)
1. The cat is curled up in my lap (which does mean I am typing one-handed, but so precious).
2. Perfume package arrived! At some point I will make a bpal post.
3. Moved cat so I can have both hands, still have a cat nuzzlng my face.
4. FB added more gender options!
5. I have fresh-as-of-last-night bread for my sandwich for work, and am in the middle of making gingerbread, and I will make other things tonight.
wisdomeagle: (Illyria [by literati])
I'm genderqueer.

Lo, I did this 30 Day Non-Binary Challenge that I found on Tumblr, only I'm posting it all on one day. Rated Mature for words to name parts, plus some profanity.

questions I frequently ask myself about my gender )

I'm probably gonna go hide at some point because coming out is terrifying, but quick note for those who're friends with me on Facebook: I'm not out, but I'm not closeted either -- it's my responsibility to come out to people in meatspace, but I don't need you to closet me.
wisdomeagle: (Beka ::facepalm::)
1. So I did indeed check out one of the other sources that my Yuletide recipient requested, and I was quite charmed. Unfortunately, of all the possible stories for that fandom or for the fandom we matched on, the ones that are pinging me hardest are absurd crossover-fusions between the two fandoms that are superficially chronologically compatible, are SO ABSURDLY DIFFERENT IN TONE that crossover-fusions would be... okay, they would be lovely and delightful, and I am absolutely in love with a particular way this could work and have started writing it, and this is why my brain shouldn't be allowed out in public.

2. I broke Rule #1 and read the comments on some trans-related blog posts (not noting which ones, because I know the first thing I would do would be click the link and read the comments, and I don't want to inflict that on anyone else), and now I feel vaguely ill. (DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS, SELF.

3. Meanwhile it's not often that you get two Fridays in one week, but this week is a happy exception (that's my positive spin on having to work today.)
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Oh, Fr. Greeley, why?

I don't think I've posted here about Veronica Black's Sister Joan's mysteries. They're about a crime-solving nun, and I love them the way you'd imagine I'd love ~crime-solving nun omg!~ On the other hand, she manages to hit in almost every book some incredible... massive fail about something that's deeply important to me. Like the (skip) sexually abused little girl who is INNATELY EVIL. Or the cross-gen lesbian pairing that contains a stalker and a passive-agressive closet case. I love the books and it's deeply enjoyable for me to read them but I always go in with the knowledge that I'll be facepalming mightily.

Okay, I knew Fr. Greeley was like that on certain issues. I know that every single book has the same (het, of course) romance, and that when he attempts female points of view they're always in second person and/or present tense because us ladies are just more ~immediate~ and relational like that. I know that I could barely get through The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood because of the racial awfulness. (All the CoC are stereotypes, but it's totally okay because they're just pretending and it's all in good fun and Fr. Greeley doesn't really think that all [insert ethnic group here] are like that and he does the same thing with the Irish/Irish-American characters so it's okay, right? Um yeah no.) But I keep reading. Because I love Blackie Ryan and I love these books but damn.

So The Bishop at the Lake has two pieces of ridiculousness:

1. He's stopped using female pronouns for the Divine. WHAT. The female pronouns for the Divine were the reason I started reading these books. I really don't know what to make of this, but I can imagine all sorts of terrible reasons for the shift. :(

2. spoiler cut )

So yeah. The punchline of course isn't "I will stop reading these books," but rather, "I will keep reading these books and being offended."

meme, misc

Dec. 16th, 2008 03:38 pm
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
Under the cut, label:
in purple no less )

+I made it to the 2:45 rosary. I will have to think about whether I want to go back.
-I think I have a cold. :(
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
[IBARW caveat: I'm a white cisgendered able-bodied lesbian USian English-speaking middle-class college-educated Christian]

[Today: links to and discussions of articles about trans* PoC in the U.S. and Thailand, with bonus musings on identity, visibility, alliance, and privilege are all under the LJ cut )

_minis

Sep. 1st, 2007 04:08 pm
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I'm running the current round of [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis. The poll is open here. After I posted the poll, WITHIN MINUTES four people had voted that they would definitely participate (it's an addiction). No one's voted that way since.

My feeling is that we spend most of our our time anxiously refreshing our flists to see if there will be _minis this week. I know I do!

Shockingly, it looks like this will be the Faith round.

Girl and I were talking last night (well, I was talking, girl was mocking me listening). There's [livejournal.com profile] femslash_minis and [livejournal.com profile] maleslashminis, and the theorized but non-existent het_minis. Which unfortunately rules out Illyria, mostly. Hence, there should be an ungendered_characters_minis. We could write about:
+Illyria
+The First
+The Senior Partners
+TPTB
+Wesley's bleached blond(e)

Ways I am spending my Saturday:
+Cleaning the living room
+Doing laundry
+Going through huge piles of crap.

Ways I am not spending my Saturday:
+Mainlining BSG
+Writing "Pinpricks"

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