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Inspired by the addition of "cisgender" to the online OED, this blog post examines the history and purposes of various feminist dictionaries.
Exactly ten years ago, in June 2005, I was contacted by a man from the British Potato Board. He wanted me, in my capacity as a professor of the English language at Oxford University, to endorse the...
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Thanks, Rowan.  A fascinating read, & lots of links to follow.  I'm reposting this.
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Excellent music to work to, among other things!
 
My new album is finally ready! Say hello to Such Wonders, 9 tracks of goodness. It will be available on Spotify, iTunes, etc in the next few weeks, but you can get a copy now on Bandcamp (and this helps me as I get a bigger share).

Huge thanks to Natasha Sorokin for the amazing cover art.
Artemis Seven is a downtempo/chill/ambient project led by Jeffrey Radcliffe.
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That was amazingly adorable! 😀
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New site for renting bikes, surfboards, and ski equipment from locals around the world.
Spinlister is the world leader in peer-to-peer bike, surf, and snow rentals with users from over 100 countries.
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Neat idea -- I'd like to use it first before contributing to it by loaning my stuff out... but that's pretty selfish of me to admit it, right?  Oh well.  I'll investigate it further anyway, thx to Rowan.
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Hey everyone! I know a lot of you were excited to hear about Ms. Marvel, so excited that you ran out and bought it, even though many of you rarely buy comics.

Well, there's another fantastic solo title that launched recently, also headed by a terrific WOC character -- Storm. Sadly, sales for Storm have not been through the roof the way they were for Ms Marvel, probably because it hasn't gotten anything like the publicity and mainstream coverage. In fact, the sales are so low that there is speculation (see link below) that it could get cancelled shortly.

I read Storm and love it. This is my plea/suggestion to you: if you ran out and bought Ms Marvel, please also run out and buy Storm. The next issue is on sale this Wednesday, Nov. 19. 
Do you see that? Do you see those numbers up there? Those are the sales figures for Storm in the month of October. Let me tell you why this is bad. Now for years I heard people saying how much they...
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I usually don't buy single issues, but I'll definitely make an exception to keep a Storm series by Greg Pak going.
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Since they were requested in another thread, here are my AirBnB tips, speaking as someone who has used it nine times, and only had one bad experience and one so-so experience (both times when I didn't follow my own tips).

1. The most obvious: look for places with a fair number of good reviews. Avoid places with no reviews (or bad reviews, even more obviously).

2. The second most obvious: look for places with verified AirBnB photos (the photos will have "AirBnB.com Verified Photo" in the upper-right, instead of just "AirBnB.com").

3. Avoid places that look like no one lives in them -- places that are operated solely as AirBnB lodgings.

4. Similarly, avoid places that are run by hosts who have more than one or two properties. I find these underground hoteliers tend to be shady and have substandard places.
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Isn't it though! The more I learn about Spanish law the more confused I get about Spanish law.
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For my money (literally), the writer of this article falls far short of finding "the best charitable cause in the world". In my opinion, that's family planning, hands-down.

Family planning reduces the number of women dying from complications of pregnancy or unsafe abortions, allows families to concentrate scarce resources (food, medical care, education) on the children they did want to have, gives girls and women more chances to pursue their educational and economic goals, and, as the kicker, is probably the most effective intervention we can make for the environment.

Oh, and in terms of "next dollar" need, these are some of the least-funded groups comparatively speaking, because the US bans any funding to organizations that offer, or even mention the possibility of, abortion. 
 
"Effective altruism seeks to maximize the good from one's charitable donations and even from one’s career. It is munificence matched with math, or, as [MacAskill] once described it to me memorably, 'injecting science into the sentimental issue of doing good in the world.'"

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Inspired to make a meaningful donation, I wondered: What is the best charitable cause in the world, and was it crazy to think that math and logic could help me find it?
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I support Kiva microloans because as the loans are repaid I get my original investment of $25 back & can lend it again, & again & again. On my low income, that's great for me & the small businesses I lend to. I focus on women  & their needs for sanitation, access to health and education for their children.
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For anyone looking for "meggings" -- aka, leggings built for people with packages -- try searching for men's footless dance tights, like the ones below.
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+Allen Holt Thanks! I always try to be as accurate and inclusive as possible.
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Cool new film alert!

"PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story.  It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families.  Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person.  As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all."

Now available for rental or purcahse on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and others. (Also playing in a dozen or so theatres in the US.)
PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the ...
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Definitely one to add to my DVD list.
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European travel hack, brought to you by me settling into a hotel room in Sweden.

Many European hotels have a power-saving feature that cuts off all power in the room -- both outlets and lights -- if your hotel room keycard isn't in a slot by the room door. While I admire the intent, I find it intensely annoying to not be able to, say, charge a device while I'm out, or plug in an alarm clock or travel humidifier and leave it running.

Here's the hack: any card with a magnetic stripe will work in that slot. It doesn't have to be your hotel keycard. Right now I'm keeping the lights on (metaphorically; I actually do turn off all the lights when I leave) with an old NYC MetroCard that happened to be in the back of my wallet.

(Note that you should probably keep the Do Not Disturb sign on your door while out if you do this, lest your subterfuge be discovered by housekeeping.)
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Another option is to request two room cards. One for the power and one for the door. 
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I found out about this organization a few weeks ago. Last night I listened in on one of their webinars for potential new mentors. They seem legit and like they're doing good work. And it's definitely an easy commitment on the mentor side: one hour per week for the school year, all online, at your convenience, via their email system and discussion boards.

If you're interested, you have to sign up by September 12 for this school year.
icouldbe.org mentoring the next generation through the internet - connecting youth with career mentors over the internet
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+DrWex They have a structured set of activities that the kids go through aimed at helping them build their self-worth, figure out what they'd like to do after high school, finish high school, and get into the appropriate post-secondary training/education/program.
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I was already leery of this book when I saw the headline.

I got even more leery when I saw the author's picture.

The leeriness grew when they quoted him talking about his formative time experiencing racism in Hong Kong for a few years while exercising his privilege to travel and work internationally with ease.

But it was this quote that sealed the side-eye, as it were: "The other part is looking around at the people I know and all the forms of racial passing that mask your identity. Some are subtle, like someone who starts practicing yoga and wearing an Indian third eye. Then there are all the white people who've taken on aspects of hip-hop culture — the clothing, the speech." Dear sir: that is known as "cultural appropriation". It's not remotely the same as "racial passing".
Jess Row’s new novel, “Your Face in Mine,” explores “racial reassignment” and what it could mean for identity.
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