Monthly Archives: November 2013

Open Thread: Open Threads

(Posted by chris the cynic)

I’m basically out of ideas here (I did Doctor who) and we have no submissions for prompts  at the moment.  If an open thread for Doctor Who* can only get two people other than myself to talk** I think I’m out of conversation generating ideas.

So, open thread prompt: what should be prompts for future open threads.

* Something which contains 799 TV episodes, two films in which Grand Moff Tarkin plays a different person of the same name and vaguely similar plot, three spin off series in addition to one attempted spin off series, hundreds of novels, comics, and audio dramas, and so on.

**  In a conversation that I  think was rather one sided. So if you disagree with what was said in that thread, please go there and speak up.

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Deconstruction Round Up, November 29th, 2013

(by the Slacktiverse and others; collected by chris the cynic)

The point of these posts is threefold:

1 To let people stay up to date on ongoing deconstructions.
(All ones on our list, including finished and stalled ones, here.)
2 To let people who can’t comment elsewhere have a place to comment.
3 To let people comment in a place where people who can’t read disqus can see what they have to say.

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Multiple Deconstructions:

bluecarrot: littledeconstruction on WordPress and Tumblr

Little Women: first post: WordPressTumblr

WordPress and Tumblr don’t seem to be being updated at the same rate so:

Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

RubyTea: Heathen Critique

Multiple Deconstructions:

Mouse: Mouse’s Musings

Philip SandiferPhilip Sandifer: Writer (formerly TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue)

Please comment or e-mail us if we’ve forgotten anybody or you have anyone to add. Or if any links are broken, or if you’re linked to and don’t want to be, or if you actually use this post since I just noticed that last time I accidentally noticed I included a deconstruction that had no updates (visibly so, you didn’t have to click through to find out because there was no link for you to click) and no one mentioned anything so I have my doubts as to whether people read these, or for more or less any reason really.

Board Business, November 22nd, 2013

(posted by chris the cynic)

Irregular Business

I was thinking of of adding the past week’s posts in the Slacktiverse itself to the blogaround, if no one has objections.  Not a big deal but if anyone missed that there was, for example, a Doctor Who open thread and an article on three types of goddesses this week they’d catch it there.

Regular Business

There is no submission deadline for articles and open thread suggestions.  Send them any time.

The Submission Deadline for the weekend post is 20:00 (8PM) US Eastern Time Saturday.

Anyone who has submissions for the weekend post should send them in.  Some people wonder if they really deserve to be in the post.  The answer to that is always the same: You do.  So try not to be afraid and do try to send in submissions if you have them.

The sections of the post are as follows:

The Blogaround

Any denizen of the Slacktiverse who has posted an article to their own website since they last submitted to a weekend post is invited, enticed, and cajoled to send a short summary of that article along with its permalink to the group email. That summary and link will be included in the next weekend blogaround. This will help to keep members of our community aware of the many excellent websites hosted by other members.

Remember, this is since you last submitted to a weekend post, not since the last weekend post. For example, if the last time you submitted was a month ago, everything you wrote since then is fair game.

In Case You Missed This

Readers of The Slacktiverse can send short summaries of, and permalinks to, articles that they feel might be of interest to other readers.  These should be sent, as you might expect, to the group email.

Things You Can Do

Anyone who knows of a worthy cause or important petition should send a short description of the petition/cause along with its url to the group email.

Deadlines
Again, none for articles and open thread suggestions, 20:00 (8 PM) US Eastern Time Saturday for the Weekend post.  Also, if there’s a deconstruction you feel should be in the roundup, you can suggest that at any time.
In case the links don’t work: the group email is SlacktiverseAuthors (at) gmail (dot) com.
It is perfectly acceptable to use this as an open thread, should you so desire.

Writer Workshop

(Posted by chris the cynic)

Those of you who also frequent Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings will find this somewhat familiar.  Here, as there, it was requested that there be a regular post to talk about writing projects (and other artwork-creation). Thus this post exists.

Pencil by Elisa Xyz

What are you working on? How are you feeling about it? What thoughts and/or snippets would you like to share? How does your activism work into your art? What tropes are you hoping to employ and/or avoid? Are there any questions you’d like to ask or frustrations you’d like to vent?  Writing workshop below!

Invoking The Queen

(By Lonespark)

Lover…Warrior…Mother:  All Woman.  All Goddess.  All Queen.

Several months ago I read Shades of Faith: Minority Voices in Paganism.  It is amazing, and the experience of reading each chapter had and continues to have a profound effect on my spiritual development.  I recommend it highly, and recommend other works by the contributors as well.

One of the essays in this collection, “Invoking the Queen,” by Heaven Walker, deals with a subject that has come up a few times at the old Slacktiverse and at Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings: Goddess archetypes and the common practice of using a threefold division of same.

(That’s not the only theme of the essay.  The opening section powerfully discusses destructive stereotypes employed against African American women, and contrasts them against imagery of power, wisdom, and sovereignty drawn from history, myth, and contemporary culture.  Every paragraph rewards close study, rereading, and analysis on different levels.)

Walker discusses three orishas (Yoruba deities, female ones in this case) Oshun, Oya, and Yemaya as embodying different  aspects of/approaches to the Divine Queen.  She then identifies resonances of these different holy patterns/roles in two works of literature and in an activist life.

Walker first sketches the character of each orisha.  (I have a difficult time trying to summarize this.  I find it difficult and fruitless to succinctly describe gods.  For someone familiar with the deity in question, minimal description or epithets can point toward the complexity of their character, but without that familiarity I feel like the best I can do is link a bunch of sources and perspectives and discussions and artworks and let people absorb them slowly.  That goes double in this case because I am just beginning to know these deities on the most basic level.)

Oshun is the Priestess Queen and Lover, “deity of rivers, love, sensuality, and beauty…a woman who loves whom she pleases…and whose sexuality is sacred.”  She embodies generosity and healing, but also violence and ferocity.

Oya is the Warrior Queen, with the power of destruction, creation, transformation, catastrophe.   She is the “mistress of change and the bringer of wisdom… the death bringer and the life giver.”

And Yemaya, the Queen Mother, is the ocean and the waves, irresistible, mysterious, keeper of the deepest wisdom.  She is the “mother of dreams,” Her love “both benevolent and harsh,” Her nurture inexorable, Her embrace inescapable.

I like this way of looking at the roles of woman and goddess because it’s not tied to specific characteristics; instead it’s about your focus and your actions.  Any woman/all woman can be a warrior, a nurturer, a lover.  Any women/all women sometimes are, or must be, or wish to be, sensual, fierce, creative, protective, intuitive, iconoclastic… maybe not all at once, but at different times and in different circumstances.

Maybe you embody the Priestess Queen on Friday, the Warrior Queen on Wednesday, the Queen Mother on alternate weekends.  Maybe you grew up acting as the mother protector to younger siblings, and later had the chance to be the playful, free, self-knowing Queen of Love.  Maybe you’ve always been a warrior, a radical, a resister of stasis, stagnation, the oppressive Powers that Be.  Or maybe you focused all your energy on creating a family and being a parent, and now the children are grown and its time wield your wisdom and experience as a tool for change.  Maybe you follow one of countless other permutations for your Story.

And because these archetypes are all holy, there can never be only one right decision, nor a single correct way to experience womanhood.  At every turn of the road of life, with every pain and every joy, every action and thought, there are Powers to reach out to, seeking guidance and strength, and offering praise and communion.

This half a week in the Slacktiverse, November 24th, 2013

(posted and compiled by chris the cynic, written by members of The Slacktiverse)
The last one was so very late that this is understandably short.

The Blogaround

Coleslaw wrote:
I actually posted two new blog posts this week. My husband called my attention to my name being in the paper as the owner of some Unclaimed property, and my son’s Homecoming next week is causing me some mixed feelings.

chris the cynic wrote:
Remember last week how I mentioned I had a maybe broken arm?  Well I’ve seen a doctor and we’re as sure as can be short of X-rays (which were deemed not necessary on account of degree of sureness) that it isn’t broken.

I wrote about the conversation, and very brief outline of future history, that led to the phrase, “During the Second Great Octopus War…”  I wrote a little about a story idea that I’ve had for some time involving a shared dream-space astral plane and some of how two characters in it would respond to watching sexual harassment in their high school.

In response to someone who didn’t have relevant details commenting by asserting their (incorrect) assumptions about those details were factual I made a post the basic point of which was, “You can totally comment if you don’t have all the details, and here’s how to and how not to.”  Though probably somewhat harsher than that considering the inspiration.  Still, consider all of the great contributions made to the various deconstructions out there by people who don’t have first-hand knowledge of the source material.

Finally I asked two questions.  One was if anyone has a puzzle from the ’90s called a Pyrix because I miss mine and wish I hadn’t broken it down for parts for other puzzles.  It’s a long shot but I figure it’s worth asking.  The second, to which the answer is apparently, “No, and it wouldn’t help with what initially got you thinking about it anyway,” was if it’s possible to search web pages by their code.

In Case You Missed This

Coleslaw wrote:

By now most of you may have heard of this: Pastor Frank Schaeffer has been convicted by the United Methodist Church, my church, of breaking church law by officiating at the wedding of his son Tim to another man. Schaeffer has been given a thirty day suspension, and if at the end of those thirty days he is not able to affirm that he will follow church law in the future, he will be asked to surrender his credentials as an ordained Methodist minister.  There is an article on how to take action in the wake of this verdict. The suggestions are directed at members of the United Methodist Church, but they may be of interest to others. One of them is “Write a blog post about why you are a Reconciling United Methodist or why you choose to stay United Methodist”, and I may do that. Suggestions are welcome.

Silver Tyger shared various links:

This is really old (most of the links are broken), but I thought it was good.
When Worlds Collide: Fandom and Male Privilege (CN: discussion of slash fic, misogyny)

Gender Neutral Pronouns: They’re Here, Get Used To Them (Youtube video, no transcript) “Grammatical gender is a silly concept. So I’m about to go against my vow of descriptivism, and risk being run over by the Linguistic Mafia’s bus, and say this: it’s a silly idea.” Mostly discusses grammatical gender, but is in favor of singular they and other gender neutral pronouns.

Another Sex/Gender Controversy – Deconstruction of a blog post by Gia Milinovich. “her post is unfortunately filled to the brim with many misconceptions about gender stemming from what appears to be an adherence to a biological essentialist understanding of sex/gender. This post is meant to bring attention to the ways that essentialism creeps into discourses of gender.”

(CN: discussion of racism, classism)
The Logic of Stupid Poor People

 

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

Deconstruction Round Up, November 23rd, 2013

(by the Slacktiverse and others; collected by chris the cynic)

The point of these posts is threefold:

1 To let people stay up to date on ongoing deconstructions.
(All ones on our list, including finished and stalled ones, here.)
2 To let people who can’t comment elsewhere have a place to comment.
3 To let people comment in a place where people who can’t read disqus can see what they have to say.

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

RubyTea: Heathen Critique

Multiple Deconstructions:

Philip SandiferPhilip Sandifer: Writer (formerly TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue)

Please comment or e-mail us if we’ve forgotten anybody or you have anyone to add. Or if any links are broken, or if you’re linked to and don’t want to be, or if there’s a squidnado, or for more or less any reason really.