Blog June, Day Twenty

Why I hate the world, Reason #168.

730 people have backed the Kickstarter campaign to find the publication of a book the promotes and teaches to to sexually assault women.

That is right. More than $16,000 is being spent teaching men to rape.

Comedian Casey Malone broke the story on his blog with just 10 hours to go before the campaign ended, and sent the interent into a frenzy. With good reason. But even with the entirety of the bloggersphere calling for campaign to be cancelled, Kickstarter have refused, claiming that while they don’t like it, they haven’t actually broken any of the rules (which is incorrect. They have broken the Terms of Service which forbid content which is “unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, tortuous, obscene, offensive, profane, or invasive of another’s privacy.”).

Over at GoDoSomething.Org there is a petition to have the decision revoked, and at the time of writing it has over 33,000 signatures, but we shall see how much good it does.

Sexual assault is serious business, as is the fact that we live in a culture that tells us to “don’t get raped”, rather than “don’t rape”. It is not often I am one advocating for censorship, but this book is just not on.

Blog June, Day 19

So I go to Kalgoorlie for the weekend to visit my family, and what do I do? forget to blog once. Urgh….I am failing miserably at Blog June.

Anyway, so today I would like to share some of my favourite web-comics!

Unshelved: Featuring Dewey, the YA librarian who rides a motorbike, and loves graphic novels.

That Deaf Guy: Which is written buy a (surprise surprise!) deaf guy and his hearing wife, about their life togeather with their son.

80 Year old Teenager: Which is written by a young woman with rheumatoid arthritis. As someone who also has a chronic pain disorder, this resonates a lot with me.

Khaos Komix: Because everyone needs a little gay in their lives.

 

Blog June, Day Eleven: For the love of fanfiction

I have often heard people talk about “quality literature”. It is the idea that some written works have more value than others. Certainly some books are more interesting, have better written characters, or have cultural significance, but some texts are completely disregarded based on their subject matter. An example of this includes any Mills & Boon paperback, most romance novels, erotica and other such texts. No one takes a Mills & Boon seriously, no matter the quality of character development, setting or plot. Another type of “trashy literature” is fanfiction.

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