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Dana Fried
STEM femme / Boss Lady
STEM femme / Boss Lady
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Character upgrade:
1-armor +fast +all-terrain

Addendum: They don't make concussion-rated skate shells with a visor in my size (I have a huge frickin' head and a ton of hair) so I went ahead and bought a hockey helmet instead: http://ccmhockey.com/en/product/player/helmets-cages/resistance-300-helmet

So make that 2-armor :)
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It's Dana Day!

As of today, I have officially existed for two years. Thanks to everyone who helped make me possible!

To celebrate, +Melissa Hall​ and I spent the day walking around Manhattan, enjoying good food, good tea, and good scenery. We walked a lot - the equivalent of a half-marathon! Then Melissa took me to see Fun Home, which was amazing!

I could not have imagined a better way to spend Dana Day. Tomorrow it's back to Seattle and the grind!
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3/5/16
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Bored at work on a Sunday selfies...

(Could also have been titled: "Wow I look haggard without makeup selfies".)
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2/28/16
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This is a pretty awesome - and honest - look at the pay gap in Hollywood

Money quote: "So not only do the women want more money, they want more money and they want more work."

yōlō, yōlāre, yōlāvī, yōlātum

verb, intransitive - to act impulsively and without regard for the consequences.

"Vēniō, pōtō, yōlō" ("I come, I drink, I make poor choices.")

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Answer: Swedish films started passing the test in much greater numbers.

It's been argued that the Bechdel-Wallace Test shouldn't be considered a litmus test for feminism in film and it's true - there are very not-feminist films that pass and feminist films that don't. But the propensity for writers and directors to make characters male and omit women as complete characters is in many cases a result of implicit bias - the view that male is the default so you have to have a reason to make any particular character a woman.

Simply reminding writers that women are also people forces them to make more conscious decisions about the characters they create, and studies have shown that awareness and conscious (rather than unconscious) decision making is the best way to overcome implicit bias - along with having solid criteria for success, which the Bechdel-Wallace Test also provides.

So yes, there's no guarantee that the improvement - from 30% to 80% of films passing the test - means that Swedish cinema is more feminist, but there's a good chance that it is.

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The thing is, it never even occurs to them not to.
Trans is the new fat.
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Played Bioshock Infinite

nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope

Pretty much everything about this game made me ill, from the heavy-handed storytelling to the bouncing camera to the over-the-top racism to the thinly-justified, gory murder of policemen who are clearly just trying to do their goddamn jobs.

I have literally never had as viscerally negative reaction to a game as I did to this one. Zero stars, would not recommend.
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Selfies! It's been too long...
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2/3/16
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Here's a thing I wrote about why diversity matters, even in places we don't necessarily approve of.

(Originally posted to the wrong collection; please feel free to reshare.)
A lil' something I wrote about why diversity matters, even in places we don't necessarily approve of.
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