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faegeekgirl:

i think it might be a good idea, when you’re designing a villain, if you look at them and think “why do these characteristics make me think of them as villainous” and like, if those characteristics reflect groups of real-life marginalized people….maybe, don’t go with those design choices?

*large hook noses, dark complexion, prominent lips, elderly, physical deformities, injuries, or disabilities, non-conforming gender presentation, obesity or overweight body types, improperly represented mental illnesses, sometimes sexual expression or agency especially in female villains, and certain accents*

Especially if none of your heroes have these characteristics. Like, if all your good guys have light complexion and your villain is the only person who mysteriously has dark skin…

But if some or all your heroes also have dark skin, it isn’t that which sets apart your villain from the rest.

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Not all heros wear capes.

I want to buy this woman a beer.

This woman is named June Ayres and she has owned and operated Reproductive Health Services, which is currently the only clinic in Montgomery, Alabama, for about 30 years. May I suggest that you donate the price of that beer to The Linda D Foundation, which helps Alabama women afford reproductive services including birth control, emergency contraception, and abortion services? http://alabamareproductiverightsadvocates.com/thelindadfoundation/

You could also donate to the National Abortion Federation here: http://prochoice.org/about-naf/support-naf/

This gifset is from an incredible documentary called Trapped. You can find or organize a screening or stream it for free here: http://www.trappeddocumentary.com/

It’s seriously an amazing movie about some amazing people.

More info.

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SuperValu, Key Foods, Better Valu Frozen Corn Recalled For Possible Listeria Contamination

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Did you think that you were safe from listeria-laden frozen vegetables simply because we haven’t shared news of any in a few months? Not so fast, person who enjoys vegetables! Here’s yet another recall, this one for veggies sold at SuperValu, Key Food, and Better Valu stores under private-label brands. The product in question is frozen cut corn.

There have been no reported illnesses before the recall, yet, and the bacteria was found as part of a North Carolina Department of Agriculture random-sampling program of food that had already been shipped to stores.

Listeria is a potentially scary foodborne illnesses: some healthy people have no symptoms at all, but it can turn into life-threatening meningitis in children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems.

It also poses a particular risk for pregnant women, since the bacteria can be passed to the fetus through their bloodstream, causing miscarriage or stillbirth.

The potentially contaminated corn includes private-label products sold at these grocery stores:

Laura Lynn brand at SuperValu stores:

  • 16-ounce bags with production codes of SWFF/R10312 (best by date of 4/11/18), SWFFR/10452 (5/09/18), and SWFF/R10609 (6/6/18).
  • 32-ounce bags with production code of SWFF/R 10482 (best by date of 5/10/18)
  • UCM517439

    Key Food store brand:

  • 16-ounce bags with production codes of SWFF/R10320 (best by date 4/11/18) and SWFF/R10405 (5/2/18)
  • UCM517441

  • Better Valu store brand:
    14-ounce bags with production code SWFF/R10308 (best by date 4/11/18)
  • UCM517442

    If you have the corn in your freezer, bring it back to the grocery store for a full refund. Customers with any questions can call the company that packaged the corn, Cambridge Farms, at 1-717-945-5178.

    Cambridge Farms, LLC Recalls Three Brands Of Frozen Cut Corn Because Of Possible Health Risk [FDA]











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    my employees refuse to call their coworker by her real name

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    One of my long-term staff has a common, easy-to-pronounce Indian name, but since well before I was hired, she was given a nickname: a westernised version of her name. We were chatting about my (slightly unusual) name one day, and she expressed that she hates the nickname, wishes people would just use her real name, and that she’s never felt confident asking people to do so. I offered, as her manager, to handle this for her, and she agreed, stating that she’d be grateful.

    Responses were mixed but generally negative, and many of the team are refusing to call her anything but the nickname. The general consensus is that it’s “prettier” or that her name “isn’t very feminine.” When asked directly, she finds it difficult to be rude, so will only say that she prefers her full name. It’s now at the point where I’m having to inform my new senior manager that the nickname isn’t appropriate, because staff members have informed her that the nickname is preferred.

    I had a conversation today with one team member about this, and she informed me that unless she’s told by the person with the nickname that she “only wants to be called by her other name,” she will continue to use the nickname when speaking about her to coworkers or clients, or directly to her. I feel that this is vastly inappropriate, but without my staff member having the confidence to address this more strongly, there doesn’t seem to be much I can do. That said, it seems disrespectful at the very least.

    Should I push further on what, to most of the team, is a minor issue, or let it go and hope that my team member can stand up for herself?

    This reminds me of last week’s letter from the manager whose employee was harassing a coworker about her prosthetic limb.

    That manager needed to use her authority to put a stop to something offensive, and so do you. You don’t need to talk anyone into behaving respectfully; you need to tell them that it’s not optional.

    Your staff members’ behavior here is, frankly, disgusting. They want to westernize someone’s name because her actual name isn’t “pretty” or “feminine” enough for them? No. That’s not an option, they’re being offensive and racist, offensive, and you need to require them to behave respectfully and not like the giant assholes they’re currently being.

    Talk with each of the offenders individually and say this: “We’ve talked about this before and I erred in not being clear enough — Parvati’s name isn’t Polly; it’s Parvati. She’s asked that we use her correct name, and that’s what you need to call her going forward. I need you to be vigilant about respecting that request and calling her Parvati from now on.”

    If you get any of this crap about “not unless she tells me herself that she only wants to be called by her real name,” stamp that out immediately. Say this: “No. I’m telling you clearly right now that she has asked to be called Parvati, and that I expect you to do that — and I expect you to do that without giving her any trouble about it. Can you agree to do that?”

    You’re asking that last part — “can you agree to do that?” — because you want the person to commit to it here and now … and if they’re still reluctant, you want to find that out before you end the conversation.

    But you absolutely, 100% need to do this. Your employee has told you very clearly that she prefers her given name, and you cannot allow her colleagues to decide to westernize her name for their own comfort. Get it stopped today. Seriously, this is horrible.

    my employees refuse to call their coworker by her real name was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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    I swear to fucking god, for all the abuses of power you hear about, then there's stuff like this where it's like "YOU ARE THE BOSS. BOSS PEOPLE AROUND. LITERALLY YOUR JOB."
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    duerig
    3 days ago
    Exactly. "The best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity.". *sigh*
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    Today in "people are the WORST."
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    My MidAmeriCon II badge was just suspended. That is awesome. This is why.

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    I am so proud of MidAmeriCon II and their safety staff. Why? Because I violated the Code of Conduct and they held me accountable. It would have been really easy for them to give me a pass because I’m “Someone” and to say, “Oh, it doesn’t really matter” for me. Even though it was stressful for them, they followed their procedures and it was a great, very respectful process.

    In fact, that’s why I’m writing this post. I asked if there was anything that I could do to help mitigate the damage I’d done – not as a bargaining point, but because I’d screwed up. What we agreed on was that Codes of Conduct are really important, and that part of making sure that they are robust is knowing that everyone is held accountable at the same levels.

    So what happened? I served scotch while I was on a panel. It’s something I’ve done before, but in this case, it violates the code of conduct because it potentially jeopardizes the con’s relationship with the venue. It’s something I didn’t think about.

    The fact that my violation was accidental doesn’t matter.

    As I said, I’m so proud of MidAmeriCon II for the way they handled this. I finished the panel. Two members of the concom took me to a private room where we could do an incident report. I told them what happened and… according to the policies and procedures, this means that they need to ask me to leave for the remainder of the day. It’s not a revocation of membership, or anything,  just a one-day suspension sorta like a time-out.

    Again, it would have been easier for them to ignore it. I had a panel that I was moderating afterwards and that means they then had to restaff that. I have a fairly big footprint on social media so there was the fear that I might have thrown a fit and caused a firestorm. The violation was accidental – and… and all of those reasons have been used to excuse inappropriate behavior in the past.

    In order to have robust and functional harassment policy – in order to make sure people feel safe, it is so, so important that a Code of Conduct is administrated evenly regardless of a person’s status.

    I’m really sorry to have added to their stress and so proud of them and our community.

    The post My MidAmeriCon II badge was just suspended. That is awesome. This is why. appeared first on Mary Robinette Kowal.

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    rlauzon
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    This is why I stopped going to cons: they didn't follow their own code of conduct. I'm glad there are at least some cons that follow their own rules.
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    When you walk the walk.

    What do you think about Confederate flags along the interstate?

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    I think they tell me, “this area is full of people who think the Confederate flag is something to be proud of, so if you’re not white, stay the fuck away.”

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    ....which is a completely accurate description of Fredericksburg VA and its surrounding counties. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-confederate-flag-divides-a-virginia-community/2014/08/01/118792ae-18e6-11e4-9349-84d4a85be981_story.html
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    srsly
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    Real Talk.
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