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Because I was looking for dance things on YouTube the other day and was reminded of this -- here's the "Believe" dance from DV8 Physical Theatre's The Cost of Living:



The second piece in that clip doesn't (IMHO) work as well out of context, but it reminded me of the awesomeness of David Toole -- I went looking and found a whole short piece he did with the mighty CandoCo Dance Company. It is very '90s modern dance TV, and I say this with love (everyone wears shift dresses and big boots, etc.), but it will meet your queer disability-inclusive sexay tango needs:

CandoCo: Outside In
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Jed Hartman recently posted about Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, colonialism, and translators' agendas; it's especially worth checking out if you are interested in references to the Sepoy Rebellion, Srirangapatna, and Tipu Sultan in European fiction.

Yessssss

Apr. 24th, 2017 08:31 am
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Last Friday, Hope Not Hate filed their libel claim against Nigel Farage.

If you have any spare money you can afford to donate, you can help:

https://donate.hopenothate.org.uk/page/contribute/nigel-farage-legal

Honestly, I can't imagine anything nicer than watching Farage suffer in court and thinking "yes, I helped make that happen."
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In the past year, three different white people have all asked my opinion on (variations of) the same issue:

I have a cultural appropriation issue. I bought/was given a garment that is in a traditional South Asian style, such as a sari or lungi or salwar kameez. I live in the US. When and where should I wear it, if at all? And how do you feel when you see a white person in the US wearing a traditionally South Asian garment? Is it harmful?


I want to know the opinions of other desis living in majority white areas. So far here's mine, which I am still working on so I'm very open to argument from other desis.

White people who are asking my opinion:*

If you attend multigenerational South Asian events (weddings, etc.) in the US, go ahead and wear traditional South Asian garments to those events as a sign of respect. But:

When I wear traditional South Asian clothes in the US, or when other brown people do so, white people treat me as less American. When white people wear traditional South Asian clothes, other white people do not treat them as less American.

It's unfair that we get penalized for continuing our heritages. Once you have fixed this unfairness, it'll be a lot less fraught for white people to wear South Asian clothes in public in the US.

If you have zero occasions to wear these clothes at multigenerational South Asian events, I suggest you donate your saris, and some money, to Maitri, a nonprofit in the US that helps families from South Asia who are escaping abuse.


What do y'all think?

* Right now I am restricting this advice to white people in the US who care about my opinion. I could not possibly speak for all desis and I do not claim to.

Hit the ground running

Apr. 22nd, 2017 11:32 am
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So yeah, I don't imagine we are headed for anything except a Tory victory (yes, we could theoretically get another freaky none-of-the-polls-predicted-this result, but that would be too damn nice of the universe).

But anything we can do to limit their power and make it hard for them to claim an absolute mandate will help limit the damage. And we can also try to stomp on UKIP's attempts to creep in around the margins.

Google Docs: How To Vote To Stop The Tories (see the FAQ for notes explaining how and why particular choices were made)

Note: Wikipedia gives details of past election results in your constituency, so you can verify and also look at exact details.

Local elections are on May 4, and are important in themselves as well as an indicator of which ways the political winds are blowing. And fewer people vote in them.

Hope Not Hate have a fresh new website and an election fund to fight far-right candidates in any constituency they might have a chance of winning. They are really good at this and have pissed off UKIP no end.

Vote. Make your friends vote. Make everyone you know vote. If nothing else, it's good practice. One day it may matter.
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Disclaimer: I have (once) met the Honourable Member for Aberdeen North, who may or may not be bigger than a seagull.

Nonetheless, I feel I am not too biased in my admiration that she managed to legitimately ask this question in Parliament. Good work.

Winter’s Mara

Apr. 17th, 2017 06:26 am
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who are you without your identity?

lay down, settle in your bones

let your self release above you,

a balloon you are disconnected from.

you are your body, too, what is left

when your soul leaves. feel your body

breathing, digesting, slowing,

churning, falling apart an inch at a time.

she keeps us alive, feeding us,

but in the Winter she will bleed us

and cut us down and leave us

to others who seek sustenance.

she is not concerned with

what comes after aside from

decomposition.

we break down with our

component parts. we go on to become

part of others’ cycles.

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Apr. 14th, 2017 07:54 pm
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Welcome party and comm recs time in the comments at [site community profile] dw_news!
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Hello, Dreamwidth! Goodness, this past week has been unexpectedly exciting, hasn't it? A warm Dreamwidth welcome to everyone who's just joining us: we're glad you're here, and we hope you're liking the new digs.

Before we get into all the things I have to cover, though: Given the reasons most people are citing for not wanting to agree to LiveJournal's new ToS, I'd like to take a moment and ask: if you're able to (and only if you're able!), please consider donating to the Russian LGBT Network/Российская ЛГБТ-сеть. They not only do excellent work across the Russian Federation, but are currently mobilizing to help evacuate LGBT people in Chechnya who are in danger of detention or death. (EDIT: If you're outside Russia, you can donate through All Out; the Russian LGBT Network website won't accept donations from outside Russia.)

To our friends in Russia who are LGBT and those who are against the mistreatment of anyone because of their sexual orientation: We stand with you. Please stay safe above all else, but if it would be safe for you to post that link, the LGBT Network is asking that as many people as possible publicly share the information that the LGBT Network is ready to help. (They also ask that you do not contact people in Chechnya directly to let them know, as there are reports the authorities are searching people's phones and computers for evidence of sexual orientation.)

The rest of this post is primarily to give y'all new folks a brief orientation (or as brief as I am ever capable of; no one has ever called me concise) to help you settle in, although I hope at least some of it will be useful (or at least interesting!) to those of you who have been with us for a while. Come with me as we discuss Dreamwidth's history, a bit of what (we think) makes us special, the answers to a few common questions about how we roll, and a few useful tips that may help you with the transition.


Dreamwidth 101! )

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Fallen Off the Earth?

Apr. 13th, 2017 07:49 am
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Not quite, though I’ve been trying to be more mindful about my social media and computer usage in general. April is for poetry, so I’ve been poeming.

Most of my poetry so far has been related to one of my fiction projects and posted on Dreamwidth as a collection and a second, longer piece. I also wrote a sonnet about lunch.

I also published A Home Made of Bells over at October Country.

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