Blog Roundup

I’ve been so busy this past few weeks. My writing partner has damaged his wrists, so we’ve been taking the time to do things-not-on-computer. Not to mention I’ve been trying to haul ass editing… 4 or 5 different things to publish.

As well, I did a guest post at Ms Behaved on Relationships and the Success and Beauty myths in heterosexual relationships, so go check that out!

Onto the awesome roundup! There was a lot of stuff I found this week!

by Neil Gaiman

50 Shades of Grey and Twilight: When Is Fan Fiction Not Fan Fiction? “It is widely known that E.L James began to capture a following as a writer shortly after she posted her second fan fiction story,” Vintage said in a statement. “She subsequently took that story and re-wrote the work, with new characters and situations. That was the beginning of the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy. The great majority of readers, including fan fiction aficionados, have found ‘Fifty Shades’ deeply immersive and incredibly satisfying.” by SassyMonkey

Attention, Women: The World’s Most Annoying Blowhard Is Coming to Steal Your Boyfriend It was forty-five-year-old brunettes at Lancôme counters. It was twenty-seven-year-old cashiers and the dark-skinned Jewish brunettes who perform sure-footed blowjobs on porn sites. Then it was Meg. Then it was the cashier. Then it was both, in his head in the bathroom in the bedroom on a reel billowing like horse manes. by Lindy West

The Other Format Games that would be better on Wii U: Lollipop Chainsaw Lollipop Chainsaw marries the quaint middle America of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the ultra-violence and pulp sensibilities of grindhouse flicks in similar fashion to Headstrong’s amazing Wii lightgun shooter House of the Dead: Overkill. by James Bowden

Mad Women Now, let’s get this clear. Women have always worked. And the men have always warmly approved. And the harder and grubbier and dirtier the work, and the longer the hours, and the lower the pay, and the grimier the environment—the more warmly and heartily have the men approved. It is only since some of the girls began to climb . . . into the Chanel and Dior suits and onto the five-figure payroll and into the corner office with the broadloomed floor that the boys have gone in for headshakings and mutterings and hues and cries and anguished plaints . . . about women’s place being in the home. by Lynn Peril.

Sex Strike! Madrid’s Escorts Launch Coordinated Attack Against Banks, Withhold Sex Services From Desperate Bankers The largest trade association for luxury escorts in the Spanish capital has gone on a general and indefinite strike on sexual services for bankers until they go back to providing credits to Spanish families, small- and medium-size enterprises and companies. by Kristen Gwynne

5 Reasons the GOP’s Attack on Birth Control Screws Men While there was never a more “innocent” time when people only had sex within the bounds of matrimony (that’s just a cherished conservative myth) it is the case that when premarital (or peri-marital, or extra-marital) sex came with significant risk of pregnancy, and a ton of social stigma attached to it, women were a lot choosier. by Joshua Holland.

Conbust Brings Geek Culture to Smith However, perhaps more important, ConBust aims to showcase the advances made by women in these normally male-dominated genres. SSFFS first started ConBust 10 years ago. “It was a pretty low-key event, inspired by OurCon that used to be held at UMass, Vericon in Harvard and other college-based conventions,” said Elizabeth Hillis ’12, one of the co-chairs of the ConBust organizational committee. “But we’ve expanded a ton.” by Julia Sesson

Startup dudes: Cut the sexist crap This has been bugging me for a while. I was coaching one team for Techstars Demo Day, and they had a photo of scantily clad women (that had nothing to do with their pitch) that I convinced them to strike. Two months ago, a company I was coaching showed up for a meeting with me at Google and made a comment about the receptionist’s appearance. Within earshot of her. by Dan Shapiro.

“What is unacceptable about that? There’s nothing unacceptable about that.” This is a community that’s, you know, 15 or 20 years old, and the sexual harassment is part of a culture, and if you remove that from the fighting game community, it’s not the fighting game community. by Chris Sims.

Non-Rapist Dominique Strauss-Kahn Referred to Sex Party Prostitutes as ‘Gifts’ and ‘Luggage’ Strauss-Kahn currently stands charged with aggravated pimping in France for his participation in a prostitution ring. According to the complaint, Strauss-Kahn helped organize a series of parties that gave powerful men paid access to vaginal entertainment. During police questioning, Strauss-Kahn admitted to attending the sex parties but said he had no idea that the women in attendance were paid to be there. by Erin Gloria Ryan.

It Happened to Me: I Was Married to a Sociopath “You’re lucky I let you live to see 30,” he snarled in my ear as he cornered me in the elevator of our condo building. It was then I knew I had to get the hell out. by Anonymous on

Why Girls Like Us Matter: Jenna Talackova’s Fight To Be Included And because transgender women are women too, Michaela saw no distinction, no hierarchy – just women from different paths, intersecting to give to one another, to exchange ideas. Yet I was soon reminded that this inclusive experience is not prevalent in our society. Equality is rare. To many, trans women are still deemed unnatural, men who are confused, fooling themselves into womanhood, or using medicine to fool straight men into bed. Hysteria, at its most heightened form. by Janet Mock.

Pick Your Poison: Sturgeon’s Law and Why We Love Bad Fiction Liking Tolkien doesn’t mean that you should read fantasy though, any more than being enraptured by the ninth inning of a tied game seven means that you’re a baseball fan. They can’t all be Tolkien, and they can’t all be game seven. Most are still going to be the sixth Shannara trilogy or July games between bottom feeders who can’t afford the free agent lottery. Anyone can appreciate greatness, but the key to happiness is being able to identify the mediocrity that you love, the category which delights you for all its flaws and not just its best works. by Steven Lloyd Wilson.

The Mittani’s Crime & Punishment In Eve Online The Mittani, Eve Online’s most famous and infamous player, has learned the hard way that the internet is serious business after all. The controversy arose at last week’s Eve Fanfest, where in a public talk he first mocked and then urged others to hound a player who was apparently suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts. “Incidentally, if you want to make the guy kill himself, his [in-game] name is [REDACTED]“, Mittani declared. Unsurprisingly, this quickly spread beyond the Fanfest. by Alec Meer.

House GOP: Rape Prevention Measures an Unreasonable Luxury ICE was forced to cancel its contract with a detention center in Texas’ Willacy County after it was “rocked by allegations of sexual assaults, immigrant smuggling, spoiled food, and protests.” Those conditions, detailed in a 2011 Frontline report, were exacerbated by Obama administration policies exempting immigration detention centers from the Prison Rape Elimination Act. by Tim Murphy.

Adventures in Returning to WoW I have also made a new Alliance alt on the Moon Guard RP server because it’s a very high population server with lots of roleplaying events. Everyone warns about the erotic roleplaying (ERP) that happens in Goldshire, but I don’t really have any issues with it. I’d rather have a bustling server with some naughty happening in a random inn than a completely barren server like I had been on. by Tami Baribeau.

FYI, you’re a feminist. For the record, if you’re someone who feels that discrimination against people for their race, religion, gender identity, biological sex, or sexual orientation is wrong, you’re a feminist. If you believe that men and women should be equal, and that neither are more important to history or the future, you’re a feminist. by Tami Baribeau.

Feminists All the Way Down hat’s why I’ve so embraced feminism – it has allowed me to be whatever woman I want to be on the path to letting everyone be those things too. I know that feminism can seem to be full of anger, because it is. Anger is productive. There’s a lot of justifiable reasons to be angry. by Apple Cider Mage.

Top Five Kinks and the Stories that Have Them I’m attracted to male dom/female sub stuff, but I’m left cold by narratives where the woman is rescued or fixed by the man, or where sexual submission is presented as a fait accompli by virtue of her femininity. I want a narrative where the woman is extremely strong and stoic, with only one weakness: her absolute loyalty and faith in the hero. These narratives have to be unrealistic—generally, fantasy. by Violetta Vane.

Warning: Overly sentimental bullcrap ahead When I read earlier that love is about finding someone you cannot live without, I started tearing up at the thought of not having Mika in my life any more. Even if its only been 7 months, and even if it could be just my hormones acting up, he’s helped me grow, I think, into a better person, and I’d like to think that I’d helped him become one too. by Nina.

Why buy the cow…? Where do I stand on the subject? Well, quite frankly I think piracy is wrong and here’s why. As an author I spend quite a bit of time writing my tales. If I’m self-publishing I also have to either edit myself or hire an editor (money out of my pocket), make a cover or hire an artist to make my cover (also money out of my pocket. I have a website to advertise my new releases and latest information (again, money out of my pocket). Then there’s paid advertising. Some authors see the value, others don’t. by Ginny Michaels.

Giveaway & talking to Diane Dooley about pirates, geekery, haggis & more. I actually enjoyed Firefly and Battlestar Galactica (reboot) better than both of them, though. I’m a sucker for great sci fi with well-rounded female characters, probably due to a terrible dearth of them in my younger days. We’ve come a long way, baby. by Diane Dooley.

Pap Smear Guidlines Get a Makeunder New guidelines published earlier this month suggest that these annual exams are excessive, and should only be conducted beginning at age 21, and then every 3 years provided that results are normal. by Sarah Saxton.

People on the Internet Can Be Hella Racist When the announcement came, they listened with bated breath. Best Web Show was one of the last categories announced, and fans in the audience had to sit through what felt like thousands of awards until the winner was finally named. Then, the award show’s two hosts shouted, “Awkward Black Girl!” and it was all over. by Issa Rae.

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