17 10 / 2014

bidyke:

Famous bi people of color (mostly women of color - sorry, I don’t know many famous bi men of color)!

Freddie Mercury: “I play on the bisexual thing because it’s something else, it’s fun… the last thing I want to do is to give people an idea of exactly who I am. I want people to work out their own interpretation of me and my image.”

Skin: “Yes I happen to be female and black and bisexual and these are things that are part of me, but they don’t tell the whole picture, it’s too limiting to put people in boxes like that.”

Azealia Banks: “I’m bisexual, but I’m not trying to be, like, the bisexual, lesbian rapper. I don’t live on other people’s terms.”

Michelle Rodriguez: “I’ve never walked the carpet with anyone, so they wonder: What does she do with her vagina? I’ve gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too fucking curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.”

Tila Tequila: “My whole life I have been judged so that’s nothing new to me so I don’t feel the need to justify my sexuality to anyone! One minute people talked shit about me for being ‘lesbian’ for shooting sexy pictures with other females and now I’m too ‘straight’ come on….who’s really the confused one here? Definitely not me! HA!”

Margaret Cho: “Bisexuality, for me, is probably the right term too (as well as queer).”

Amber Rose: “I’m extremely open with my sexuality. I can be in love with a woman, I can be in love with a man.”

Thandie Newton: “We’re all potentially bisexual; it all depends on your circle, your upbringing, and all kinds of things. Or maybe I’m just talking about myself. I could’ve easily fallen in love with a woman over a man.” 

Frenchie Davis: “I dated men and women, though lesbians weren’t feeling the bisexual thing. Now I’m in love with a woman I think I can be with forever.”

16 10 / 2014

Bi+ Ireland Upcoming Events

Hello, my lovely bisexual, pansexual and queer readers! If you’re in or around Ireland in the next week or two, Bi+ Ireland have been busy organising meetups in (literally) all four corners of the country. If you’re anywhere under the nonmonosexual/romantic umbrella and in this part of the world, we’d love to have you along. If you’re not, though? I’d appreciate it a ton if you could share the…

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16 10 / 2014

biireland:

Tasty beverages and excellent company? It must be Bi+ Ireland Network’s latest round of meet-ups!

Either RSVP on the Facebook event page or else send us a PM or let us know you’ll be there in the discussion group.

And if you’re bi+ and in Ireland and haven’t joined our discussion group yet… What are you waiting for? Send us a Facebook PM and we’ll join ya right up.

OCT 17: Bi+ Ireland October Meetup Dublin

Accents Cafe in Dublin, Ireland 19:00

(FB Event Page)

OCT 17: Bi+ Ireland October Meetup Galway

The Secret Garden Galway in Galway, Ireland 20:00

(FB Event Page)

OCT 18: Bi+ Ireland Belfast October meetup

Queen’s Arcade in Belfast, United Kingdom 15:30

(FB Event Page)

OCT 25: Bi+ Ireland October Cork meetup

Bodega Cork in Cork, Ireland 15:00

(FB Event Page)

15 10 / 2014

I Am Not Your 101: Sharing and Privacy

I had this experience recently.

I’m at a pub after a long week, (third) pint in hand, and a friend asks me to explain bi erasure to her. Right then and there. What is it? What does it mean? How is it a thing?

I ask her if we can’t please talk about this another time, but she insists- after all, I run a nationwide bi+ networkand blog about this stuff all the time, don’t I? I ask her again if we…

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15 10 / 2014

I Am Not Your 101: Sharing and Privacy

I had this experience recently.

I’m at a pub after a long week, (third) pint in hand, and a friend asks me to explain bi erasure to her. Right then and there. What is it? What does it mean? How is it a thing?

I ask her if we can’t please talk about this another time, but she insists- after all, I run a nationwide bi+ networkand blog about this stuff all the time, don’t I? I ask her again if we…

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15 10 / 2014

vicemag:

Does Someone Have to Die Before Gamer Gate Ends?
Brianna Wu is a developer and writer who’s penned pieces on the gender imbalance in modern video games and the harassment women in the industry continue to deal with as part of their daily business. She heads up the small studio Giant Spacekat, makers of Revolution 60, a mobile game hailed as “a most triumphant and excellent adventure” by RPGfan.com and denounced as “a bland, uninteresting, feminism circle-jerk” by Metacritic user Realgamer101. I’m guessing that’s not his real name, but there’s no guesswork required to figure out the poster’s gender.
On October 11, Wu tweeted the above screenshot—a series of threatening messages she’d received from a Twitter account that’s since been suspended. 
Before we go any further, it’s important to ask whether or not you want to read anything more on GamerGate. Since you’re on this page, chances are you’re aware of the sides in this bizarre online kerfuffle, as well as the problem with giving GamerGate any further coverage: These words may be further fuel for a fire that needs to die down before anyone can properly discuss the more pertinent points raised by a still-evolving debate.
If that means nothing to you, here’s a summary: A (formerly) low-profile indie developer named Zoe Quinn created and released a game called Depression Quest. Some people argued that it wasn’t a game at all—but that’s not the controversy. An ex of Quinn’s published information in August of 2014 implying that she had slept around to secure positive review coverage forDepression Quest. There’s no evidence connecting any alleged promiscuity—which, in any case, is nobody’s business apart from those doing the screwing, anyway—with the reception Depression Quest received, but the conversation quickly turned to ethics: As in, some game journalists were seen to be favorable toward certain projects that they were incredibly tenuously linked to. That connection could be chipping into a Kickstarter pot, or having long ago worked on a collaborative venture together. You get the idea: Person A once spoke to Person B, and for that reason Person A’s recommendation of Person B’s new Game C is clearly completely corrupt.
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vicemag:

Does Someone Have to Die Before Gamer Gate Ends?

Brianna Wu is a developer and writer who’s penned pieces on the gender imbalance in modern video games and the harassment women in the industry continue to deal with as part of their daily business. She heads up the small studio Giant Spacekat, makers of Revolution 60, a mobile game hailed as “a most triumphant and excellent adventure” by RPGfan.com and denounced as “a bland, uninteresting, feminism circle-jerk” by Metacritic user Realgamer101. I’m guessing that’s not his real name, but there’s no guesswork required to figure out the poster’s gender.

On October 11, Wu tweeted the above screenshot—a series of threatening messages she’d received from a Twitter account that’s since been suspended. 

Before we go any further, it’s important to ask whether or not you want to read anything more on GamerGate. Since you’re on this page, chances are you’re aware of the sides in this bizarre online kerfuffle, as well as the problem with giving GamerGate any further coverage: These words may be further fuel for a fire that needs to die down before anyone can properly discuss the more pertinent points raised by a still-evolving debate.

If that means nothing to you, here’s a summary: A (formerly) low-profile indie developer named Zoe Quinn created and released a game called Depression Quest. Some people argued that it wasn’t a game at all—but that’s not the controversy. An ex of Quinn’s published information in August of 2014 implying that she had slept around to secure positive review coverage forDepression Quest. There’s no evidence connecting any alleged promiscuity—which, in any case, is nobody’s business apart from those doing the screwing, anyway—with the reception Depression Quest received, but the conversation quickly turned to ethics: As in, some game journalists were seen to be favorable toward certain projects that they were incredibly tenuously linked to. That connection could be chipping into a Kickstarter pot, or having long ago worked on a collaborative venture together. You get the idea: Person A once spoke to Person B, and for that reason Person A’s recommendation of Person B’s new Game C is clearly completely corrupt.

Continue

(via holycheeseandcrackers)

15 10 / 2014

cognitivedissonance:

After threats against her life, Anita Sarkeesian canceled an upcoming talk at Utah State University. Gamergate trolls are celebrating on Twitter while simultaneously dismissing the threats as nothing. Does this read like nothing to you?

“I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”

The email’s author threatened to murder feminist women indiscriminately in a mass shooting. And because carrying guns on campus outweigh the right of students and guests to be safe, Anita Sarkeesian canceled her talk.

BUT WE SHOULDN’T FEEL THREATENED, RIGHT?

BECAUSE IT’S JUST THE INTERNET, RIGHT?

The bullies won this time. And if you think this shit isn’t dangerous, I’m fresh out of fucks to give and I’m not restocking any time soon. It’s goddamn wrong to to dismiss this by claiming the author isn’t serious. Elliot Rodger’s rantings were dismissed until it was too late.

This. Is. Not. OK.

(via holycheeseandcrackers)

14 10 / 2014

chescaleigh:

Truthfully, I’ve never expected much from Sarah Silverman but this? She can keep this bullshit non-apology.

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I absolutely believe that the cissexist undertones of that video never crossed Sarah’s mind. But that doesn’t make the content any less hurtful. Remember, intent vs. impact. But after being called out for trivializing sexual reassignment surgery and completely ignoring the fact that trans folk face a huge amount of discrimination in the workforce, her response ultimately ends with, “I support groups I’m not a part of so trans people should support me even though I just trivialized your existence and shit on your humanity”. THAT’S NOT HOW BEING AN ALLY WORKS.  Could you imagine if a man said that after being called out on his sexism? White feminists would have a field day! You want support from a community you don’t belong to? Don’t be an asshole and just admit when you’ve made a mistake! Why is this so hard?!?!?!?!?

Being an ally doesn’t mean you’re going to get it right all the time. You’re absolutely going to screw up because you’re LEARNING AS YOU GO. That’s the point! REAL ALLIES want to learn and fix their mistakes so they can understand how to better support communities they aren’t a part of. Making mistakes and getting called out on them is part of that learning process! 

If you’re confused about why making jokes about sexual reassignment surgery and equating gender with genitals is problematic, here’s your chance to learn from Sarah’s awful mistake so you can be a better ally to the trans community. In an effort to avoid cissplainning, I wanna encourage you to read this great post from HelloGiggles, "Why Sarah Silverman’s wage equality campaign made me feel awful", which really breaks things down. Let’s do better, ok? 

14 10 / 2014

bennycreampuff:

They wouldn’t say “Father of two meets world leaders today”
They’d say “President Obama meets world leaders today”.
They wouldn’t say “Father of three founds one of the most successful modern computer businesses.”
They’d say “Bill Gates founds one of the most successful modern computer businesses.”
Get your shit right and use women’s names, not the number of kids they have.

bennycreampuff:

They wouldn’t say “Father of two meets world leaders today”

They’d say “President Obama meets world leaders today”.

They wouldn’t say “Father of three founds one of the most successful modern computer businesses.”

They’d say “Bill Gates founds one of the most successful modern computer businesses.”

Get your shit right and use women’s names, not the number of kids they have.

(Source: brooklynmutt, via prochoiceamerica)

14 10 / 2014