Renee won in the won Best Political Blog and Best Feminist Blog: Oh Canada! Categories of the 2009 Canadian F-word Blog Awards. Melissa won in the Best International Feminist Blog Category.
Renee's writing has been an inspiration to me as she provides a stellar role model for how to be an ally. Each of her posts has an insight which I hadn't considered before, or which she's approaching from a different perspective. Her passion and drive shine through her words.
Melissa has created Shakesville, a vibrant, loving, happy community of people from many different backgrounds. I have learned so much in the year that I have been reading there. Every post is a call to be a better person, to lift up others, to make change in the world, one little teaspoonful at a time. Through Shakesville I've developed friendships that I might never have otherwise made. Being able to return to the website after a day spent in a sexist classroom or workplace is a breath of fresh air that often keeps me aloft when I'm too frustrated to do so myself.
Here's to many more years of fantastic blogging from Renee and Melissa (and all of the Shakesville contributors)! *raises glass*
As you can tell, I haven't had a lot to post about lately. This is mostly because my brain is taken up by thoughts of spring and earning my B.S.(!) in a couple weeks.
If there are any of you who, perhaps, don't have your own blog but have some thoughts you've been simmering for a while or whatever, I'd be very interested in taking on some guest posts - or even adding registered contributors to the blog!
This is not only through a desire to fill up the space that I've been leaving blank, but also in the hopes to expand the content of this blog beyond my personal experiences. Straight white college feminism is sort of very limited in scope, ya know?
Pop me an email if you're interested. llencelynn (at) gmail (dot) com
Alignment: Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment because it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.
Race: Elves are known for their poetry, song, and magical arts, but when danger threatens they show great skill with weapons and strategy. Elves can live to be over 700 years old and, by human standards, are slow to make friends and enemies, and even slower to forget them. Elves are slim and stand 4.5 to 5.5 feet tall. They have no facial or body hair, prefer comfortable clothes, and possess unearthly grace. Many others races find them hauntingly beautiful.
Class: Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.
It's a little late for me to try to start a series, unfortunately. But the computer lab for physics majors here at my uni is becoming an increasing source of pain in my life. I don't often have much choice about going there (if I need to print something while on campus, that's about it. The SPS lounge printer and computers don't really work anymore).
A couple of days ago I heard a classmate use the word biddy. The word was actually the least offensive part of the whole conversation. I mean, biddy? Really? I thought that word died out decades ago. I nearly laughed. Of course, the fact that he was using the word to describe a woman with whom his friend wanted to sleep solely to prove to the woman's current partner that he could sort of dampened my amusement. That enrages me so much. This guy wants to sleep with a woman just to prove a point to another man. Way to miss the point of sex, way to miss completely the humanity of the people you sleep with, way to fail at life, dude.
There is another student who I've no interest in keeping anonymous. His name is Eric. I don't think I've ever heard him say something not offensive. Rape and other forms are violence are common topics for him. I want to go to the police/public safety about him, but I've no idea if registering a complaint will do any good and I haven't written down specific examples of things he says. All I know is I don't like being in the same room with him. If I ever end up in there alone with him, I will be out of there right fast.
These are just a couple of the sexist things I notice more sharply. The ableism is sick and apparent. Homophobia is rife. It's awful. I hate that a place that should feel like home for me - the physics lab - is such a hostile and infuriating environment. It's not right.
You can tell I totally don't care what the menz think of me. ^_^
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