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I tried to write a commentary on this and I kept deleting my words because I'm trying to be careful. I want to avoid the rape threats, the stalking, the hail of name calling ("Feminazi!  Man-hater!") - because by expressing myself on the Internet is an invitation to threats.  It's like wearing a metaphorical miniskirt.  It places the blame on me, and removes responsibility from the person making the threat - that somehow, a random woman on the Internet who re-posted a link - overrode all your willpower and you had to threaten her with rape.

It says a lot that by disagreeing with misogyny and disagreeing with sexual violence is somehow worthy of scorn and more violence.  It's a big reason why I've stopped identifying myself as a geek.  I don't know why, in geek culture, it is more socially acceptable to threaten a woman.  Is it because geekdom is the last bastion of masculinity that need to be defended? (since the military has let in women)  Is it because (to revisit a stereotype) geeks don't have a lot of social interaction, and have social interaction with females?  Is it because geeks have gone from a position of victim, to a position of power?

 Or is this just a very vocal few?

And if it is a very vocal few geeks ruining it for the others - maybe it's time for the others to stop being so quiet?

I like that this author makes the problem of rape a man's issue....because, you know, it's the men who rape.  I like that he says there's a lot men can do - stuff as simple as not approving when a buddy makes a joke about assault.  Remember, the standard you walk past is the standard you accept.  Chief of Army message regarding unacceptable behaviour

http://comicsalliance.com/sexual-harassment-online-rape-threats-comics-superheroes-lessons-men-geek-culture/
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+Vivien Hoang, I don't think you're wrong to focus on the aspect of this issue that is closest to our experience. You understand what it means to speak or type while presenting female, what the vitriol and backlash looks like, so you can address this aspect of the problem very effectively. 

I mean that people who attempt to derail these conversations by yelling "what about the men!" would benefit from knowing that, actually, this place right here that you're pointing to is a place where, with their help, we can begin to target not just this, but a lot of related issues, including that one. 

I do agree that very often these comments are made as a means of dismissing the issue being presented outright. The key, I have come to suspect, is knowing when someone is presenting a legitimate worry and when someone just wants you to shut up and go away. Fortunately, this becomes very obvious within a few comments. But goodness, wouldn't it be great if they knew from the outset that we weren't on opposite sides, but hoping for the same type of world where none of this stuff happened?
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Woot woot!  Our latest issue is live!  Issue 17 also has our first ever Short Story contest!  Read about love and betrayal, otherworldly powers, finding happiness in being true to yourself, and opening a door to a new path in life!
 
Storytime!!  ISSUE 17: Storytellers is now available on MagCloud and Issuu!

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/734333

http://issuu.com/veuxmag/docs/issue_17_storytellers_issuu
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Get female students interested in computer science... by not driving them away.

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Happy Rat Day! Meet our newest fosters, Mim and Dot!  Terrified of people (we promise we won't eat you!) but slowly coming out of their shells!
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So.. Wanna try telling me that we don't need feminism and rape culture is a myth?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/02/apps-and-online-programs-offer-new-ways-to-report-street-harassment.html


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+Vivien Hoang Thank you. the only way to get rid of misconception is with truth. 

I think we have too prudish a society that we can't talk openly about sexuality - about when it is right or wrong - we (Society) get uncomfortable, and as soon as we do, we put a label on it, and push it away

And no wonder, in so many areas of life, we are where we are, eyes closed, and saying "What do we do now?"

We have to strip off these barriers we put up around ourselves, these labels, these tags, and become bare again, like one anti-feminist (And she even hates that word) said in a speech "I don't speak against anyone, and I hope one day, I speak 'for' everyone"
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A really great (albeit looong) essay on this whole housing and gentrification mess in the Bay Area. It includes owls. And unsurprisingly the root causes are complicated, nuanced, and complex. Building taller building or driving out the tech workers won't solve the problem in the long run with the way the city, state and federal laws, policies, culture and histories all work hand in hand. We need more dialogue and compromises, not vomit and isolation. We need to live in the real world with its markets and speculation without losing our compassion for those not as privileged. We need to not be violent or reactionary, but calm and proactive.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/14/sf-housing/
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We started out as this little project between 3 women - to say it has grown, is an understatement!   We have readers all around the world - including unlikely places like Iraq and Nigeria - and our contributors have come from every continent (except for Antarctica - penguins, you're falling behind!). 
 
WOW! Thank you so much for the love and support! Issue 17: Storytellers has been out for less than a week, and we've already had 1.2 MILLION hits on our issuu.com link.  Incredible!

If you missed out on Issue 17, don't worry!  We're already accepting submissions for Issue 18: Exploration & Discovery.  What we hope will inspire you: travel, new experiences, new people, new places!  Deadline is May 16, 2014.
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#caturday  !  This is Big Tuna, my sister's cat - lurking over +Andrew Oplinger 's shoulder while he plays video games last December.  
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This photo bomb is too good!
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Chili's, purveyor of fine almost-meats and winner of America's coveted Place Most Frequently Confused with Bennigan's award for ten years running, has recently started fundraising for the batshit insane anti-vaccination crowd.
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My stomach has already been boycotting Chili's for about 20 years.
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Cold and rainy out today. Today's Protest is fully clothed. 
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Protesting the new Taiwanese trade agreement with China
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Education
  • Osgoode Hall Law School
    Juris Doctor
  • Laurentian University
    H. B.Sc. Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Laurentian University
    M.Sc. Biology
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
    Barrister-at-Law (2012)
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Vi Vien
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Occupation
I help fix your legal problems, sell your product and get your creative works into the public consciousness
Employment
  • VEUX Magazine
    Editor, Layout Design, Writer, present
  • AVW Publishing Inc
    Director, present
  • Sherrida Personal Mgmt
    Talent, 2009 - 2012
  • Groia & Co
    Student at Law, 2011 - 2012
  • Alpert Law Firm
    Summer Law Student, 2010 - 2010
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San Francisco
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Toronto - Sudbury, Ontario
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I tried Modvellum after purchasing a LivingSocial deal, and then later came back because they offered a deal on a second facial. I had Kaoutar the first time and liked her so much I booked my second one with her as well. She explained everything she was doing and was a warm, relaxing presence. The venue itself is very clean and cute. They aren't too pushy with the products which I appreciated.
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Dr. Minami, Jasmine, and the staff are courteous, friendly, and professional. I'm a pretty social person and talking to Dr. Minami and the staff put me at ease right away. I felt like I was in very good hands they whole time. The appointment was not rushed, they took the most complete set of X-rays I've ever had done (I'm a new patient here, with new insurance), and explained everything they did every step of the way - it wasn't just random jabbing and poking. Every concern I had listed was acknowledged and dealt with, even if it was just in the form of an explanation. Dr. Minami checked for oral cancers too. The receptionist made sure everything was squared away with my insurance - it was as seamless and painful a dentist trip as ever! I also appreciated that they didn't try to "upsell" me on treatments I didn't need!
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I needed 6 keys copied and wandered into this shop after seeing the KEYS sign in the front. The place is delightfully disorganized and charming, with classical music playing. The owner is a quiet (and slightly deaf?) old gentleman who shuffles around the store and knows where everything is in the chaos. It is chaos. Don't try to find anything yourself. This is what your tool room would look like if it had been your grandfather's, passed to your father's, who let your older brother used it, and now it is yours. Prices were good and service was prompt. 6 keys took about 5 minutes, and cost $13. Tested them at home - they all work no problems.
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Needed to get Canadian passport photos done, which has different requirements than US passport photos. He knew exactly what those requirements were. The office is right by the Powell Stn, inside a gorgeous building (though the office itself is tricky to get to!). I was in and out within half an hour, and we chatted the whole time. He just took the photo with a point and click camera, no fancy lighting - so don't walk into here expecting reflectors and softboxes. He manipulates everything digitally, and then he keeps your photograph on file in case you need to come back for other forms of ID. What I care the most about when getting passport photos done is that it is not rejected by the processing agency. No problems with the photos from A Better Passport Photo. I received my renewed passport this morning. THANKS!
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I've gone to Ryan twice now. First time I wanted him to cut my straight long hair so that it would have side-swept bangs and he did a perfect job. Just the right length and thickness. The cut he gave me had a great natural shape! The scalp massage during the shampooing made me purr. Very relaxing!
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