I was asked in an interview once: You’re writing another book with a female lead? Aren’t you afraid you’re going to be pigeonholed? And I thought, I write a team superhero book, an uplifting solo hero book, I write a horror-western, and I write a ghost story. What am I gonna be pigeonholed as?
Has a man in the history of men ever been asked if he was going to be pigeonholed because he wrote two consecutive books with male leads? Half of the population is women. I lose my temper here. And it’s certainly not at you. It’s just this pervasive notion that “white male” is the default. And you have to justify any variation from it.
I am so lucky to count Kelly Sue as one of my dearest friends. She’s amazing.(via wilwheaton)
I think our destination is neither utopia nor dystopia nor status quo, but protopia. Protopia is a state that is better than today than yesterday, although it might be only a little better. Protopia is much much harder to visualize. Because a protopia contains as many new problems as new benefits, this complex interaction of working and broken is very hard to predict.
Today we’ve become so aware of the downsides of innovations, and so disappointed with the promises of past utopias, that we now find it hard to believe even in protopia — that tomorrow will be better than today. We find it very difficult to imagine any kind of future we would want to live in. Name a single science fiction future that is both plausible and desirable?
No one wants to move to the future today. We are avoiding it. We don’t have much desire for life one hundred years from now. Many dread it. That makes it hard to take the future seriously. So we don’t take a generational perspective. We’re stuck in the short now. We also adopt the Singularity perspective: that imagining the future in 100 years is technically impossible. So there is no protopia we are reaching for.
It may be that this future-blindness is simply the inescapable affliction of our modern world. Perhaps at this stage in civilization and technological advance, we enter into permanent and ceaseless future-blindness. Utopia, dystopia, and protopia all disappear. There is only the Blind Now.
I’m not reading any buzz about this on Tumblr yet, so please pass around and sign.
"Dear Prime Minister Abe,
As you know, I am the first Japanese woman to be crowned Miss International in the 52-year long history of the pageant. Since winning my crown in October 2012, I have been the victim of stalking, intimidation, threats, extortion and blackmail by a powerful Japanese talent agency executive known to have ties to organized crime.
This man tried to abduct me from a TV studio, made threatening calls to my family, and hired private investigators to stalk me, peep into my windows and photograph my home.
The Japanese organizers of the Miss International 2013 world grand prix even asked me to “Play Sick” and “Keep Quiet” in order to appease my stalker after he made threatening phone calls to their sponsors. Because of this, I became the first Miss International titleholder in the 52-year history of the pageant prevented from passing my crown to my successor. I fear for my life and require 24hr security.
I went to the police with more than 30 exhibits of evidence including recordings and photographs. As is typically the case in Japan, the police did nothing more than offer to increase patrols in my area. They did nothing to assure my safely or to punish my stalker.
In an unprecedented move, I became the first Japanese women ever to publically name her tormentor and went public with my story. In sharp contrast to strong global coverage in the foreign media, not a single Japanese newspaper or TV station has covered the story out of fear of reprisal from my stalker who is linked to organized crime.
My blog has been read by millions of people and thousands have written messages of support and shared their own stories of fear, intimidation and violence.
Japan is plagued by a “culture of silence” toward crimes against women that has been the standard for centuries.
Mr. Abe, as prime minister you have been a strong and vocal supporter of women’s rights. You have called time and time again for a “society in which women shine.”
Your strong leadership on this issue would be a game-changer.
As a first step, I ask that you establish a taskforce to investigate stalking and violence against women with the objective of laying out an immediate national strategy to address these issues and offer real protection for women.
Out of all the industrialized nations, Japan is by far the lowest ranking country on Gender Equality. –A disgraceful 105 out of 136 countries.
We need strict anti-stalking laws and strong punishment for perpetrators of crimes against women. We need a police force that will protect women and immediately act to prevent stalking and intimidation.
We need Restraining Orders granted by the courts for any woman who has been threatened, BEFORE she is actually harmed, murdered, or forced to commit suicide. We need media that report on these issues without fear.
Without protecting the women of Japan, our country will never enjoy the economic and moral benefits of a truly equal society.
Miss International 2012”
This is really important. After I published my story in japan times a scary amount of stalker stories were emailed to me. It’s time the police took violence against women seriously. If you need proof read the comment thread after my article in japan times. “No country safe for foreign women”
My thoughts: And all I can think is
I cant erase all the discussions Ive had with men during my lifetime claiming that rape is impossible to prevent and thats why we should teach women and girls how they can act in order to avoid getting raped. Beaten. Stalked. Murdered.
Well then. If you dont think its possible I understand how you think. I just think youre wrong. I think men are better than that.
I have some beef with the Black Widow poster.
[[*singing* this fucking suuuuucks~ the shopper fucking suuuuuucks~ amateur 16-year-olds do better than thiiiiiiiiiis~
I dare them to release the original and watch as I make a realistic and sexy shop of Scarlett Johansson that doesn’t sacrifice her actual body type for their inappropriate and self-esteem-killing misconception of what’s sexy that most men don’t even agree with.]]