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Annalee Flower Horne
Science fiction writer. GeekFeminism blogger. AdaInitiative Advisor. Web developer. Djangonaut. Quaker. Full of snark and glee.
Science fiction writer. GeekFeminism blogger. AdaInitiative Advisor. Web developer. Djangonaut. Quaker. Full of snark and glee.


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ICYMI, I had a guest post up on +Jim Hines's blog earlier this week about how sexual assault survivors are portrayed in fiction.
Today's guest post comes from Annalee Flower Horne.

"The original trilogy was on a lot in my house. I saw the Twi’lek dancer pulling away from Jabba with terror in her eyes. I saw Leia in that humiliating bikini. I knew what it meant..."

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I'm afraid Google may have missed the boat on making this change in time to make Google+ the welcoming community it could have been. The way they've handled this over the years has made a lot of marginalized people feel not just unwelcome, but actively not welcome--their concerns not just ignored but derided; their identities not just devalued but openly mocked. Even now, people who have very good reasons for not wanting to go by their wallet name get dismissed as trolls and losers.

I hope it's not too late, and that this change will help revitalize G+'s userbase. But an actual apology for the hostility, instead of just a 'we know you've wanted this for a while,' would be nice.

I don't recommend the comments on the OP.
When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. 

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. 

We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.
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My author copies of the July/Aug issue of F&SF arrived in the mail today.

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I made my first fiction sale on a story I wrote as homework for Mary's short story course. I can't recommend it enough.
A sliding scale writing workshop. Can't afford to take one? Let me help.

So, I remember what it was like when $250 for a workshop wasn’t possible. I just didn’t have the money. Part of the reason I offer workshops online is that there are a lot of people for whom taking  time off work, or away from the family isn’t possible.…

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As I write this, I know that I’m going to have to sit on this news for another week. Here’s the thing about the Hugos, for me. I’m a huge stinking fan. The works nominated have shaped my reading tastes and habits since I was a teen. To make the ballot…

Hellloooo silly creatures!

Annalee has loaned her computer to the Fraggles so we can use it to explore OUTER SPACE. Has anyone seen Travelling Matt? We lost track of him after we met Ben Folds Five, and Gobo has been looking everywhere! Even Marjorie the Trash Heep doesn't know where to look next.

Your friend,

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Designing a code of conduct? The Ada Initiative recommends starting with the Django code of conduct. Here's why:

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Over on the Geek Feminism blog, I've got a post up about Kid Flash from the 'Young Justice' cartoon, and the problem with playing sexual harassment for laughs.

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Elmo sometimes misplaces his tongue. Here it is hanging out the side of his face. He was just sitting there with it out like that.
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