Friday Links (rescued ginger kittens edition)

Screen-Shot-2015-08-31-at-4.16.34-PMseIt’s the first Friday in September. September, ah, that most blessèd month! Summer is drawing to a close (thank goodness!) and autumn will soon be here! And soon, soon the regular NFL season begins, and my Seahawks mania is only going to get worse.

And, hey, it’s FRIDAY!

Anyway, here is a collection of some of the things that I ran across over the course of the week which struck me as worthy of being shared. Sorted into categories with headings so you can skip more easily:

Link of the Week

Open Letter to Parents of Gay Kids: This Is Not About You. “Parenting is 100 percent choice. You chose it. When we choose to be parents, we are taking on the responsibility, obligation and honor to love the children we adopt or create. This statement does not come with an asterisk at the end. You don’t get to parent only children who are academically gifted. You don’t get to parent only children who are gifted at sports. You don’t get to parent only healthy children. You don’t get to parent only well behaved children… You get to parent your child, and everything that comes with that.”

Happy News!

Here’s Why I’ve Been Married 8 Times.

Fishermen Rescue Abandoned Kittens that Swam to Their Boat.


Knotty network could have powered universe’s early growth spurt.

The secret history of “Y’all”: The murky origins of a legendary Southern slang word. Ahem. It is not a slang word, it is a proper second-person pronoun.

5-Foot-Long Spider Relative Found In Iowa.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

A Thing Not to Do When You’re Smart.

11 Reasons Terry Pratchett Is A Literary Genius.

Fantasy is NOT Historically Accurate.

Where no show has gone before: The bisexual future of Other Space.

New Book Roundup: Algorithms Run Amok, the Intergalactic Rum Trade, and a Farewell to Discworld.

This Week in History

Illinois Officials Burned by 1950s Library Purge.

Culture war news:

Since When Are Consensual Sexual Relationships a Threat to National Security?

CNN’s Bizarrely Homophobic Coverage Of The Virginia Shooter.

Is It Called Gay Or Equal Rights?

A Psychiatrist Writing in The New York Times Forgets That First He Should “Do No Harm.”

Here Is All You Need To Prove Bigots Wrong About ‘Traditional Marriage.’

Sadistic Frat Boys Allegedly Attack Gay Man, Strip Him Naked, In Possible Hate Crime.

This Week in Bigots Pretending to be Martyrs

COA_Rm7UsAAU-r5It’s time to remove Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.

‘Old Redneck Hillbilly’ Husband of Kim Davis Has a Warning for Nosey People. ‘Davis compared his wife to the biblical figures Paul and Silas, sent to prison and rescued by God.’

Kim Davis Vows To Use County Office To Spread ‘God’s Word,’ Act As Divine Vessel.

U.S. District Judge Sends Kim Davis to Jail.

‘Homo Terrorists’: Here’s What Kim Davis Supporters Outside The Courthouse Today Are Saying About Gays.

This Week in Sexism

Why Straight White Dudes Don’t Get Offended As Often As Normal People Do. Thanks to Sharpclaw for the link!

News for queers and our allies:

Why I’m Increasingly Frustrated With Closeted Pro Athletes.

Queer Eye for the Messiah Guy.

In a Word, What It Means to Be Pansexual.

ABC Family, Fox are best networks for LGBT representation, GLAAD says.

‘The Sum Of Us’ writer David Stevens on the play’s 25-year influence.

Steve Grand Accepts U.S. Marine’s Invitation to 2015 Marine Corps Ball: WATCH.

The obligatory Hugos post-post-mortems:

My friend, Sharpclaw, who while being a fan of fantasy is not normally that interested in the Hugos, sent this link: Mutiny at the Hugos. I find it hilarious that the people who block-voted the steal much of the ballot claiming that “social justice warriors” had controlled the Hugos for years, are now trying to claim that all of the new voters registering and voting No Award is proof that… the social justice crowd has decided to invade the Hugos and take it away from the people who have always been there. What? There are many other amusing contradictions…

2015 Hugo Analysis: Category Participation. Stat tables and graphs!

Sad Puppies 4 Begins. “Between now and MidAmeriCon II people will expend a million words arguing whether Sad Puppies 4 is a slate or a recommendation list, a Hugo voter registration drive, an outlet for those frustrated with message fiction, a movement to oppose the dread SJWs, or all of the above. But the opening paragraph of Kate Paulk’s Mad Genius Club post about Sad Puppies 4 shows its first priority is gratifying the egos of the organizers…”


Dean Jones Dies: Star Of Disney’s ‘The Love Bug’ And Sondheim’s ‘Company’ Was 84.

Wes Craven, man behind ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Scream,’ dies at 76.

An Outpouring of Reader Reflection After the Death of Oliver Sacks.

Things I wrote:

All we need are goals.

Delusions, discrimination, and hitting pay dirt, part 1.

Delusions and denial in the name of….

Why I hate hay fever reason #5946.


The Librarians Trailer : Season 2:

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Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams:

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The Horrible History of Ex-Gay Cures:

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WELL-STRUNG – Royals (feat. Palladio):

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Hozier covers Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down in the Live Lounge:

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4 thoughts on “Friday Links (rescued ginger kittens edition)

  1. Re: “In a Word, What It Means to Be Pansexual.”

    I’ve seen that division of bisexual and pansexual before and I confess that I really, really dislike it. I’ve ranted about it elsewhere, so I’ll spare you that rant here.

    I do find it hilarious that they claim “it’s easier to say bi” because I typically see self-identifications of pansexual while simultaneously slamming “bisexual” for being too narrow (and those identifying as bisexual for being narrow-minded). That was part of my afore-mentioned rant.

  2. Now I’m deeply curious.

    The only people I know who self-identify as pansexual define it more or less the way it is in the linked post. I hadn’t noticed any bi-slamming by those particular people, but not being bi myself, I may have missed it.

    I have certainly known plenty of people who self-identify as bi who also define define themselves as attracted to all genders rather than a strict binary… so I confess that I have tended to think of it as similar to how a lot of non-heterosexual people (particularly my age) object to queer (which has become my preferred term), while other people embrace queer.

    Now, people who don’t identify as one or the other but insist on slapping the various labels on other people is another kettle of fish that I’ve probably ranted about too much.

    1. The age difference in how people identify definitely is noticeable. In my not scientific, anecdotal, personal experience, it seems Below-30 leans towards pansexual and Above-30 leans towards bisexual… though both identities frequently (though, true, not always) mean the same thing: an attraction to a spectrum of genders.

      1. My comment was just as non-scientifically based on personal perception. But because we’re both extraordinarily perceptive people, that means we’re more likely right, right? 😉

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