26 September 2013 @ 11:13 pm
oh, dear heart  
I'm having trouble sleeping tonight.

I spent a great deal of time today with a young woman who's very recently been sexually harassed.

Trigger warning for sexual harassment and sexual assault )

eta: cut tag fixed. My sincere apologies to anyone who saw the whole thing while I worked on unfutzing the code.
13 December 2010 @ 09:39 am
The PTSD chronicles, continued.  
I'm right in the middle of processing memory #4 in EMDR discussion of child abuse and PTSD of all kinds under the cut )
17 December 2009 @ 10:19 am
The Stories We Tell  
Yesterday I read a story at the [ profile] sga_santa community called [Bound to Heart, Bound to Home]. The story is an AU set in the American Midwest after the War of 1812, and follows the fortunes of Sheppard, McKay, Weir, and Lorne as they travel west to lands granted to them, or bought, in northern Illinois. There they meet Teyla and the Athosian people who are, in this story, Native American.

The story modifies the real historical record in several key ways, the most troubling of which was, to me, the erasure of the region's actual Native communities from the narrative. Through the mods of [ profile] sga_santa I approached the author about this issue – we engaged in fairly lengthy conversation about the topic yesterday afternoon and evening.

[ profile] sga_santa, as a gift exchange, operates on the basis of authorial anonymity until after all stories are posted, and both the author and I wish to respect that. The author has, however, given me permission to post my thoughts here, and to reference our email conversation, in the hopes of promoting a larger discussion about historical AUs and the challenges and responsibilities inherent in writing about diverse cultures. What's below the cut necessarily contains spoilers for the story in question – if you'd prefer to read the fic before the analysis below, the title in the first paragraph of this post will take you to the relevant story in the [ profile] sga_santa community.

On Galena, the Ho Chunk, and the Sac and Fox )
16 June 2009 @ 06:09 pm
Amnesty's letter campaign for Iran  
From the Amnesty International-US website:

Since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner in the June 12 elections in Iran, there have been widespread protests against the contested election results. The Iranian authorities have responded with violence and repression. Reports indicate that large numbers of people were severely beaten by riot police and that several people have been fatally shot Furthermore, over 100 people are reported to have been arrested, including the brother of former President Mohammad Khatami. Amnesty International is concerned that those detained may be subjected to torture and ill-treatment. The Iranian authorities have attempted to stop the flow of information both among Iranians and from Iranians to those outside by blocking cell phone communication, text messaging and email. Amnesty International is also concerned that the protests, which have already drawn massive crowds in Tehran and other cities in Iran, may be met with increased levels of violence by Iranian authorities. AI calls for the authorities to exercise restraint in response to further demonstrations and to release all those who have been detained for peacefully expressing their opinions about the results of the election. It also calls for an end to restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and association, including the freedom to receive and impart information and ideas.

To send a letter to Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei [click here]. Let him know the world is watching.

eta: [ profile] siriaeve has more email addresses for prominent members of the Iranian government [here].
15 June 2009 @ 05:36 pm
monday reading  
Over at the New Yorker, Laura Secor provides context for (and analysis of) the current upheaval in Iran: [Iran's Stolen Election]. Includes a link to You Tube footage of the protests.
15 June 2009 @ 10:14 am
yes, I'm angry!  
Apparently [my previous post] did not make things clear enough. And so, a chart:

Fear my below-average photoshopping skills.

again, derailment will be shut down so swiftly your head will spin