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March 22nd, 2012

Originally posted by morganminstrel at Proposal: The Lysistrata Movement
Proposal for formation of Lysistrata online movement

Clearly, NOW, NARAL and other organizations are unable to cope with the current environment. Just as clearly, there are large numbers of very angry women (and men) online, women angry about the assault on reproductive freedom, women’s health and women in general. Some very weird and scary things are going on right now, let’s be honest:

1. The various assaults on access to safe and healthy abortions, and specifically the ultrasound laws
2. The overturning of settled law and custom in regards to access to contraception, both for birth control and other medical reasons
3. The “controversy” over the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (which, admittedly, is a bit more of a LBGT issue)

All of these things, and others, combine to form a very serious picture. Now, a lot of this is election year garbage, probably…but that’s as much “our” weapon as it is theirs. Remember, women make up a hell of a lot of the electorate. But that’s longer term thinking.
What is undeniably true is that the reaction on the part of our side has been less than effective. Apparently, there have been some Planned Parenthood sponsored rallies in Texas and (I think) Pennsylvania. I say “apparently” because I had to learn about them from a friend who follows PP on Facebook, not from the news media. Honestly, most of what I’ve seen has been people sharing links, etc. There doesn’t seem to be any cohesive network or calls to action that have garnered any attention outside their small groups.

So, what do I propose? I propose a “Women’s Spring,” much like the Arab Spring. I propose an online network/group called “Lysistrata” dedicated specifically to these issues. It should be used to trade news and links, though not exclusively to do so. It should also be a way for people to find out information about how they can be active at any level—addresses of legislators, organizing mass rallies, whatever. (I don’t have a lot of experience with this, so I don't have all the ideas or answers!) Bombard the media with the messages, so things don’t get lost in the fray. Organize a NATIONAL day of protests, instead of just a few here and there that most people don’t hear about.

Just as with the Arab Spring (or, for that matter, current protests in Russia), I propose the use of as much social media as we can. This shouldn’t just be a Facebook group, or a Twitter trend, or a Livejournal…it should be everything. And “membership” should be open to anyone who wants to take part. It’s important to remember that some people who don’t like abortion might also not like restriction of contraception, etc., etc. We have to recognize that the cause of Women’s freedom is a hell of a lot bigger than any single issue—or any single gender, as there are plenty of men who would take part as well.

Now, I have no idea how to organize this. Honestly, me and social media, we don’t see eye to eye a lot. But I’m just tired of both the assault on Women’s rights (which is an assault on HUMAN rights) and all the folks getting angry, but not actually DOING anything. Somehow, some way, it’s time to get off our duffs and find a way to make ourselves heard. We’re angry and, damnit, they’d better KNOW we’re angry…and what the consequences of ignoring that anger would be!

So, thoughts? If this makes sense, spread it. Full permission to repost anywhere and everywhere.

October 7th, 2011

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underworld eyes
Happy Birthday bottled goose may each year just get better and better!!!!!

September 14th, 2011

Writer's Block: Take Two

underworld eyes
In the next life, who or what do you think you’ll be reincarnated into?

Not sure, but I do know who I must have been in a past life based on how difficult this one has been. I had to have been either Hitler or Mussolini and Andee was Marie Antoinette. =) LOL

August 3rd, 2011

Originally posted by deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.

Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.

January 14th, 2011

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"Because what memes are really about, usually, is communication and secret ways of knowing:

[info]yuki_onna said a friend of hers asked why the world doesn't have a meme where everyone leaves screened comments with what they want to say to to the poster but haven't yet for whatever reason -- and so she created this meme:

Tell me anything you want me to know - about me, about us, about you, about your mom, whatever you like.

Anonymous comments are enabled, and everything is screened. Tell me something you want to tell me, anonymously or not. If you say you want me to leave it screened, I will, happily. Keep in mind I can't reply without unscreening your comment.

Then do the same, and I will tell you something!"

April 20th, 2010

Do you often feel that random people ask you a lot of questions? Has anyone ever tried to ask you a lot of questions all at once? When people ask you a lot of questions all at once, do you ignore some of the questions? In those cases where someone asks you a load of questions, do you consider all the questions as one question, or maybe think of them as individual questions? After a lot of questions, if someone asks you to explain your answer, does that count as another question? Explain your answer.

LOL I would be the random person asking a million different questions of others. I do it all the time. And I do it just because I am truly curious about other people. I never ever mean it to offend nor do I require anyone to answer the questions I ask them, and it wouldn't offend me at all if someone refused. Like I said I am just super curious about people. =)

October 13th, 2009

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Happy Birthday, sundart!!!

July 24th, 2009

Yoinked from bottledgoose. Wow, doesn't even really cover it.


April 30th, 2009


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February 24th, 2009

Just Wondering

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If you don't receive a fax that you have been waiting for all day, would you automatically ask if the fax number we have had for YEARS, has changed???? Yes, the idiot did just that. Rather than checking the paper in the fax machine to make sure there was any or checking to make sure that she gave the right fax number with the people faxing the information, she automatically questioned if we might have, you know, just randomly decided to change our fax number. **head exploding now**
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