Friday Links (post-food coma edition)

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Thank goodness it’s Friday. It is the final Friday in November. That means, at least here in the states, that yesterday was Thanksgiving. Which means that here at our house, we are finally officially into Christmas season. I can list to Christmas music! I can start decorating! Yay!

The last few weeks the links list has been a bit shorter than usual because of how much time I’m spending on NaNoWriMo. Then this week with the holiday, traveling, and family time, my news reading time was even more restricted. 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


This Week in Diversity

Muslim student nearly run over by man who called her a terrorist: ‘I’m terrified to cross the street now.’

CDC: Marriage Rates Up in 2014, Divorce Rates Down. “Remember how religious conservatives insisted that allowing same-sex couples to marry would destroy the institution of marriage? Yeah, no: The CDC says more Americans married in last year and fewer married couples divorced. The numbers are small—tiny uptick in the marriage rate (reversing a 15 year trend), tiny downtick in the divorce rate—and this CDC report covers 2014, the year before the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land. But same-sex couples were already marrying in a majority of states in 2014.”

Cinema company that banned Lord’s Prayer advert lashed by many tongues.

The Kaleidoscope Society: America’s hurtling change is inverting our oldest national motto.

This week in People Doing Good Things

Speaking to the Soul: the world is big enough.

News for queers and our allies:

National Organization for Marriage Violates Federal Law, Refuses to Release Tax Forms.

All Out Launches Crowdfunded “Gay Cure Watch” Site. A new online tool to fight gay “cures”

Arkansas Judge Rules Against Ban on Gay Parents Being Named on Birth Certificates.

The Upcoming Film About Black Trans Activist Marsha P. Johnson Looks Absolutely Legendary.

Queen tells CoE to learn art of peacemaking amid splits over sexuality.

Trans* Women Are Not Freakshows and Drag Queens: The Problem With the Transgender Umbrella.

Marriage Equality Must Be Truly Equal.

Vietnam law change introduces transgender rights.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Sleeps With Monsters: Some Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing Marvel’s Jessica Jones.

This week in Geek

Write your passwords down to improve safety. A counter-intuitive notion leaves you less vulnerable to remote attack, not more.

This week in Writing

The Running Novelist: Learning how to go the distance.

Culture war news:

Hate crimes against transgender people in America tripled last year.

If our free speech isn’t in jeopardy, then why won’t my TA let me spend all of class yelling “FUCK BRIAN” at Brian?

Expert Says Ohio’s Vote Against Pot Legalization Was ‘Statistically Impossible’.

Pew: White Christians no longer a majority.

How America’s Demographic Revolution Reached The Church.

Texas GOP Governor Abbott Hypocritically Tramples On Religious Freedom.

Meet the little-known religious group that turned Kim Davis into a right-wing superstar. And that is just a teeny part of the anti-gay hateful activity.

PHILADELPHIA: Judge Rules Alleged Basher Kathryn Knott’s Anti-Gay Tweets Can Be Used Against Her.

North Carolina school suspends all clubs after parents complain about LGBT club.

Salt Lake City Elects Gay Mayor, While Utah Exports Anti-Gay Hate.

Here’s How Authorities In The Mid-20th Century Tried To Ruin Queer Lives.

This Week in the Clown Car

Mike Huckabee: ‘There Will Be No Abortion’ When I’m President. Impossible to make happen and a Constitutional Crisis all in one!

Ted Cruz Touts Endorsement Of Extreme Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Activist Flip Benham.

Twitter Erupts Into Hysterics When Carson Says 9/11 Video He Remembers Was Of ‘Middle East, Not NJ’.

You’re more likely to be fatally crushed by furniture than killed by a terrorist.

Donald Trump tells Fox News he merely retweeted a tweet from an “expert.” Let’s meet this “expert”.

Kasich ambushes Trump in Ohio.

Rubio says same-sex marriage ‘not settled law’.

Donald Trump mocked a reporter with a disability at a South Carolina rally.

This week in Other Politics:

George R.R. Martin: My Position On the Syrian Refugees.

Watch: Sarah Palin Had No Idea There’s A Refugee Screening Process, So Seth Meyers Had To Explain It.

This Week in Racism

Prosecutors: Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald Fired 16 Shots And Was Reloading, But Told To Stop.

Five people were shot near Black Lives Matter protest site.

Jersey City Mayor Slams Trump’s “Hate Campaign.”

Emails reveal racists plotted confrontation with Black Lives Matters activists days before shooting. Interesting to note that their on-line discussions include several slang terms originated by so-called Men’s Rights Advocates…

Five people shot at Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis: Police.

This Week in Misogyny

Why Do Gay Men Perpetuate Sexism?

Dismissing popular things that women like doesn’t require some special kind of bravery. It happens all day, every day – especially in literary criticism.

Things I wrote:

Quality vs quantity is a false dichotomy.

Oppressed Oppressors, part 4.

It’s an old family recipe….

It is about being thankful, after all.


Sainsbury’s OFFICIAL Christmas Advert 2015 – Mog’s Christmas Calamity (this is really, really good!):

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Pennies (HBO):

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The Civil War Begins – 1st Trailer for Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War”:

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A friend sent me a link to this video, which is a response to the recent decision by a UK cinema company to not allow religious groups to purchase advertising time in the theatres, Reimagining The Lord’s Prayer:

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Adele – Hello (a different take):

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Tuesday, 3:00 am / Nita Whitaker:

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About fontfolly

I've loved reading for as long as I can remember. I write fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and nonfiction. For more than 20 years I edited and published an anthropomorphic sci-fi/space opera literary fanzine. I attend and work on the staff for several anthropormorphics, anime, and science fiction conventions. I live near Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

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