The Gendered Nature of Being Unencumbered

Tris Chandler:

This is a topic of discussion that continues to reoccur between my partner and I. He cannot understand why women’s clothes are designed in such an impractical way for bodies, for carrying items and for long-term use. I have to agree with his assessment because I ask the same questions.

Originally posted on The Span of My Hips:

If you ask almost any woman what she would change about women’s clothes I promise you “pockets” would come up about 95% of the time (other answers: sizing consistency, for fuck’s sake; quality construction; larger sizes not just being a size 0 sized up). When I think about my closet I can name four items of clothing with pockets, and two of those are essentially useless cardigan pockets. The few pairs of pants I own don’t even have pockets!

This has been an ongoing irritation for years, and one I’ve lightly thought about in feminist terms, but it’s only recently that I realized how profoundly (the lack of) pockets affects embodiment in very gendered ways.

Earlier this week I was walking from the bus loop to work, aware of the weight of my purse on my shoulder and my tote bag in my hand. And I noticed something interesting. All the…

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The Current Canadian Federal Government’s War on Data.

I was sent this Maclean’s article today by my former archives administration instructor and I could not have been more horrified of the implications of these actions of the federal government of my country. The Canadian federal government has made it so that scientists cannot do their job and have shot Canada in the foot in the process.

Perturbed Dean Winchester captures it.

In removing the mandatory long-form census, removing data from their own websites aimed at helping Canadians, retroactively rewriting laws, denying access to scientific reports, not keeping archived copies of important documents so people can track changes, and upping surveillance of Canadian citizens while at the same time making it harder for Canadians to get their access to information requests process, the Conservative Party of Canada is making a mockery of proper democratic government behaviour.

This is a violation of the trust we put in our elected officials. It is a violation of the purpose and procedure of a democratic government. It is a gross violation of the duties a government has to its peoples regarding proper and good policy based on solid and scientifically rigorous data.

Thank you Dr. Zoidberg

My politics are left and I fully acknowledge my bias as a librarian/archivist student, but this is not how a democratic government behaves and it cannot continue. Everyone is affected by this and should be outraged by the unethical practices the Canadian federal government has been engaging in. Enough is enough!


The Ugly Truth to Social Media’s Reaction to ‘Transability’

I highly recommend giving this blog post a read Transability and the Downfall of Society. It is an excellently written piece which delves into the ableism which was rife on the social media networks a couple weeks ago in reaction to the idea of ‘transabilism’. I highly enjoyed it and would recommend other pieces written on Jeff Preston’s blog as well.

The Birth of Stormwings

“I heard somewhere that immortals are born in dreams. Or our dreams give them shape—something like that. Now, I can see folk dreaming winged horses and unicorns. Even dreaming that a winged horse or unicorn would go bad makes sense. Haven’t we all thought somethings a joy, only to find that it’s evil inside? But—forgive my saying it; no offense intended—how could anyone dream a Stormwing?”

His smile was cruel. “Ages ago, a traveler in the mortal realms went from place to place and found only the leavings of war—the starving, the abandoned, the dead. It was the work of armies, fighting over ground they soon lost again. That traveler sickened of waste—of death. She wished for a creature that was so repulsive, living on war’s aftermath, that even humans would think twice before battle. That creature would defile what mortal killers left, so that humans couldn’t lie about how glorious a soldier’s death is. She dreamed the first Stormwing.”

Daine shivered. “But it doesn’t seem to make a difference, most of the time.” Leaf, who had trickled down to pool in her lap, nodded.

“That’s humans for you,” said the immortal cheerfully. “Nothing slows them down for long. But—if one person asks himself—or herself,”—he nodded politely to her—”if the matter to be fought over is worth his corpse being ripped to pieces and smeared with our dung, and decides it isn’t, that’s all we need to justify ourselves. You’d be surprised how many people changed their minds, knowing that we’d come to live on their pain and play with their bodies. The barrier changed that, Humans forgot us. We’ve had to start all over. It will take a century before we’ll make a difference again.”

– Tamora Pierce, The Realms of the Gods, Rikash and Daine, chapter 7