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Well this year has been quite the series of ups and downs already. If it starts sucking any harder, they might make a porn about it.

Jan. 9th, 2008

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Well, I WAS going to read my friends page.

Pic-spam: DO NOT WANT.

Sep. 23rd, 2007

So I saw the new Resident Evil movie tonight with Eric and Mike and Kayla.

Eh.

I wasn't impressed, really. It had some good moments, but it was a bit of a PWP and not at all scary. I jumped a couple of times because I'm easily startled, but beyond that it was a bit of, "Oh look a zombie." Also, they seem completely unwilling to end the series any time soon, and it's getting tiring.

I think the problem is I've seen just too many zombie movies, and now I'm completely unimpressed. It's like, "Oh, no, there's a zombie gnawing on someone again. Bad zombie, no flesh." *yawn* Were there to ever be an apocalypse involving zombies, I would be throughly unmoved and in fact may laugh a bit about it. Oh. No. Zombies. So scared. Shoot in head, pat self on back. Totally not an effective end to the world, in my opinion.

So basically, don't go see it. It's eh.

Aug. 6th, 2007

Can someone PLEASE tell me the proper order of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series? I've started with Thud!, and while I quite enjoy it, I can't help but feel like I'm missing something...
FFS, I can't read my frigging friends page because someone in a community I'm in posted Harry Potter spoilers.

It's obnoxiously tempting to go read them, though.

AUGH.

May. 31st, 2007

So Livejournal has exploded.

Upwards of 500 personal and community accounts have been suspended for "illegal" interests, including but not limited to groups ranging from actual paedophilia and bestiality communities, to fanfiction and fiction communities, to RPGs and character journals, to discussion communities of the book Lolita and communities for survivors.

This move from Livejournal and Six Apart comes after pressure from internet vigilante group Warriors for Innocence, who make several dubious claims as to their mission and their accomplishments. (For more information, it's called Google.) The opinion of legal consult was that allowing journals and communities to list questionable interests could lead to liability on the part of Livejournal and Six Apart in the incidence of a crime, and so accounts have been suspended.

Honestly? I'm not positive on how I feel about all of this.

On one hand, I feel that it's perfectly alright for LJ/SA to purge accounts with (truly) illegal content, such as the disturbingly high number of accounts that condoned paedophilia, child molestation, rape, bestiality, abuse, and so on and so forth. All of these acts are illegal in the United States, where LJ/SA is based, and a site hosting the condoning of such acts does have a liability. In cases such as these, it could even be considered the responsibility of the hosting company to provide subscriber information related to these illegal activities to law enforcement. In this case, I applaud LJ/SA for such actions, and request that such purgings be performed more often (but quite a bit more carefully).

On the other hand, however, I feel that the purging of fandom- and fiction-related accounts is absolutely absurd. Fiction writing is generally a protected class, to the best of my knowledge, and there is no legal reasoning or precedent for the suspension of aforementioned fandom/fiction accounts. (This is, of course, stated with the fact that I have little knowledge of law in mind.) While child pornography is generally frowned upon, fiction writing doesn't fall into the same category- thus why authors like VC Andrews are published. Incest fiction falls into the same boat. For me, this is where it becomes a free speech issue. Incest and underage sex and rape fiction and all the rest may bother me quite a bit, but you have the right to write it, and I support that right. There is, however, a fine line between true fiction and just inappropriate content, and writers would do well to remember that.

Also, I'm bothered by the deletion of communities meant for survivors. There's not much more that needs to be said on that subject, honestly.

I think what it boils down to is free speech vs. legality, and the increasing liability and obligation of the internet community and those that run it. It has to be approached from a global perspective, but the world also can't go soft because of "free speech". A line has to be drawn, I think.

The bottom line : I think it was a good idea, poorly implemented. I would like to see (at the very least) the literary discussion communities and the survivor communities reinstated, and some new guidelines written (with discussion from the LJ community)for the fandom and fiction writing communities. Communities with illegal content should stay gone, and everything possible should be done to prevent these communities from making any kind of footprint on LJ.

I'm feeling inspired.

I have been asked, many times, by many people, whether or not I am a feminist. After all, I'm a socially liberal female; I believe in gay rights, sex education, and Roe v. Wade, among other things. Doesn't feminist fit right in with that?

My answer every time is no. I am not a feminist.

To many, this conjures up an image of an Ann Coulter-esque self-hating woman, especially when coupled with my moderate Republican political affiliation. They see me as someone who would deny her own womanhood and everyone else's, who falls in line and subjugates herself to the moral male majority. Someone who agrees with "honor" killings and the suppression of strong young women.

This isn't me, either.

I am an equalist.

I don't believe in women's rights- I believe in human rights.Collapse )

I believe that my generation can do ANYTHING if they try.

I believe that we can all change the world with a little elbow grease and a lot of effort.

And more than anything, I believe that one day, I will change the world. That one day, all of these things will come true, with a little contributed effort from me- and everyone else.

One day, a 17 year old girl will be able to have a boyfriend anywhere in the world without being stoned to death. My daughter won't know what it's like to be treated like dirt for being a girl, and my son won't be forced to treat girls like dirt to be "cool". My friends will be able to marry whoever they want as long as they're both consenting adults. I'll have patients who make the effort to learn about their health and their bodies, instead of being in their 20s and not knowing what a cervix is or that oral sex isn't always safe. There will be more companies with morals like LUSH, and less like Proctor and Gamble.

And one day, I'll be President.

I believe in these things and hope for these things, not just because I am a woman, but because I am a human.

"All I ask is this: Do something. Try something. Speaking out, showing up, writing a letter, a check, a strongly worded e-mail. Pick a cause – there are few unworthy ones. And nudge yourself past the brink of tacit support to action. Once a month, once a year, or just once...Even just learning enough about a subject so you can speak against an opponent eloquently makes you an unusual personage. Start with that. Any one of you would have cried out, would have intervened, had you been in that crowd in Bashiqa. Well thanks to digital technology, you’re all in it now."

Inspiration thanks to this livejournal post, which I read thanks to metaquotes.