brownfemipower: the most discouraging and upsetting thing in wake of all this crap to me is how…

brownfemipower:

the most discouraging and upsetting thing in wake of all this crap to me is how many people have said “who are those people?” (that is: black amazon, brownfemipower, flavia) and what happened? 

i really hope people use the “opportunity” to interrogate why nobody seems to know about the history of women of color in the blogosphere, especially because so much of our history coincides with the history of white women. why do you know the history of white women, but don’t know the basic rudimentary relationship they had with their woman of color contemporaries? why don’t you know our history as it exists outside of the relationship with white supremacy? how often does this lack of knowledge/historical awareness happen throughout US feminism? from the beginning of the US in that damn senneca falls meeting?

sure, there’s been some minor roadblocks put in place, like many of us shutting our blogs down.

but…we’re all still *here*. and people like flavia and black amazon (and karnythia, so_treu, amaditalks, etc) haven’t stopped talking about hugo. you know who ALSO knows that we haven’t stopped talking? hugo. who wanted to “shut flavia the fuck up.” and who saw women of color as “being in the way.”

why was hugo so aware of our presence, but so many white feminists are just confused right now? (or “behind the curve”?)

Warning: Cover Up Your Webcam When Not in Use The BBC has uncovered an entire industry centering on the buying and selling of access to compromised webcams, especially those owned by women. Read more:

Warning: Cover Up Your Webcam When Not in Use The BBC has uncovered an entire industry centering on the buying and selling of access to compromised webcams, especially those owned by women. Read more::

merida-straighthair: So in 2009 Pixar designed a new simulator…

















merida-straighthair:

So in 2009 Pixar designed a new simulator named Taz, after the wild Looney Tunes character. It forms individual coils around computer-generated cylinders of varying lengths and diameters. The resulting locks stretch out when Merida runs but snap back into place as soon as she stops. Each strand is also strung through with a flexible “core curve,” like the string of a beaded necklace, that lets the coils bounce and brush against one another without unwinding.

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Government to use citizens as army in social media war

Government to use citizens as army in social media war:

lovenerdeen:

The Prime Minister’s Office has a far-reaching plan to utilize students and other supporters of Israel around the world in the state’s efforts to defend itself in social media, Yesh Atid MK Dov Lipman told The Jerusalem Postlast week.

Ha’aretz  reported Tuesday about a small aspect of the plan involving scholarships for local university students who will advance messages about Israel in interactive media. But there are also plans to coordinate social media efforts with Jewish organizations, Facebook groups and with pro-Israel student groups around the world.

“We need a unified effort to explain why we have a legal right to be here in Israel,” Lipman said. “That is key to defeat the movements pushing to boycott, divest and sanction Israel.”

Lipman and the Prime Minister’s Office’s director for interactive media, Danny Seaman, explained the plans in a meeting of the Knesset’s Diaspora Affairs Committee last month. The plans have received the direct approval of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

A government liaison for Israel advocacy on social media is to be in charge of obtaining rapid responses from relevant Israeli officials whenever news happens and generating stories on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on positive steps Israel is taking that the mainstream media has ignored. The messages are to be coordinated with all the bodies that deal with public diplomacy, including the IDF.

“With social media, you can’t wait,” an official involved in the effort said.

“We will get authoritative information out and make sure it goes viral. We won’t leave negative stories out there online without a response, and we will spread positive messages. What we are doing is revolutionary.

We are putting public diplomacy in the hands of the public.”

Several international Jewish organizations intend to be involved in the effort, which is still in its planning stages, including the World Union of Jewish Students, Jewish National Fund, Jewish Agency, World Jewish Congress and Stand With Us. A system is being created to coordinate the organizations’
I can’t wait for them to arrive on tumblr. It’s funny that they need to often pay for people to spread pro israel propaganda online, yet when we voluntarily support Palestine on social media and through schools they urge students to report us. I don’t think social media should be underestimated because it is indeed a powerful thing, I just wanna be ready for this. 

Stop Speaking For Us: Women-of-Color Bloggers, White Appropriation, and What Librarians Can Do About It [eScholarship]

Stop Speaking For Us: Women-of-Color Bloggers, White Appropriation, and What Librarians Can Do About It [eScholarship]:

brownfemipower:

Getting a lot of questions about “what really happened” and “who is brownfemipower” and “what the fuck is going on??”etc. haha. 

This is an excellent breakdown of “what happened” within an overall sense. that is, it points to the historical relationships between women of color and white women, and uses that contextualize what happened in the blogosphere with women of color interacting with white women. it also mentions the culpability of media as well.

of course, this is only one perspective, and i have my own opinions on words to use and how to describe what went down.

but i don’t want anybody to say that they can’t address the current situation because they’re “so confused” about our history. this is one small part of our history. 

thinkmexican: 150 Years of Mexican, Mexican American History…



thinkmexican:

150 Years of Mexican, Mexican American History Now Online

The UA Libraries has just made 150 years of regionally published newspapers documenting the voice of Mexican and Mexican American communities digitally available for the first time.

A new digital collection at the University of Arizona Libraries makes accessible more than 150 years of news coverage documenting the voice of the Mexican and Mexican American community.

Curated, researched and digitized by librarians and archivists, in consultation with UA professors, the collection features 20 significant Mexican and Mexican American publications, many in Spanish.

The newspapers and magazines were published in Tucson, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sonora, Mexico from the mid-1800s to the 1970s.

Read more at UANews.

Visit: The Historic Mexican & Mexican American Press Collection.

thedarkchocolatedandy: fatoutloud: middle-women: A Bunch Of…



thedarkchocolatedandy:

fatoutloud:

middle-women:

When Anita Sarkeesian announced plans to do a video series exploring the portrayal of women in video games, she became the victim of a massive online attack choreographed by members of the gaming community who cast her as the “villain” in their online “game” to ruin her life. It did not go well for them. But for Anita, things ended up going very well indeed. 

You definitely want to watch the whole thing, but here are some highlights: at 1:00 she talks about why she loves video games, at 2:02 just try to imagine yourself in her shoes, at 3:45 she sticks the people attacking her under a microscope, and at 8:15 she doesn’t just win the game, she absolutely destroys it.

I really want to meet her! She’s made me think about video games in ways I’ve never thought about!