The judiciary has avoided being held to the same standards as...literally everyone else in the country...on the grounds that they are a co-equal branch of government and should not be told how to manage themselves by another branch.
The idea that this raises is the idea that the federal government can tell a judge! who to hire! absolutely not!
We're talking about things like janitors at courthouses not having employment protections.
Let’s talk about sexual assault, SafeSport, and due process, because I see lots of people talking about due process and not one of those people are identifying the actual, serious due process threat that is at stake here.
SafeSport was formed in the aftermath of the Nassar allegations so that victims of sexual assault in Olympic sport would have some kind of known, standardized process when dealing with entities that have government imprimatur in choosing Olympic athletes to represent our country.
So multiple women in fencing reported this guy to SafeSport, SS couldn’t finish their investigation on time, and when every woman on the Olympic fencing team asked the Olympic Committee to do something about it, they gave the women a link to a meditation app.
“I’m not really a fan of gender essentialism, next question” is a complete answer to most of the more pointed homophobic questions in fs.
I don’t like Nate’s answer at all, and this isn’t an excuse, but we also need to ask why the fuck they were asking him that stupid-ass question in the first place. Imagine telling someone who was a multiple time world champion that people think you should play hockey?
We should absolutely normalize making people embarrassed for asking shitty questions.
Re:LRT We weren’t even the ones on the ground, but a lot of us involved with @RomancingRunoff basically put our lives on hold for close to a month and worked more than full time just to get money to the people on the ground because we knew it was important.
It *is* offensive to think that the enormous tax that voting takes on people’s lives is something that can be paid again and again and again.
Just think of the enormous cost of the 2022 elections to Georgia voters along.
All the people who had to spend eight, twelve hours in line to vote.
I believe that this is the same Whitehouse counsel, who, when people asked if Kavanaugh’s long association with Kozinski should disqualify him from SCOTUS for failing to act on troubling dynamics, put out a press release…
There are definitely things (particularly in my first two published works) that I would not do now.
BUT, that being said, I think we need to remember that abuse is a cycle, which means it's on repeat, not that people go through all the elements.
Nonabusive people also harm others, fail to understand what they've done wrong, and generally make mistakes, and the difference is not "did you hit this beat once" but "do you continually do it while trampling over someone else's boundaries."
They don’t. People are saying in replies things like “well we shouldn’t help out the anti-vaxxer who was partying it up…” and doctors do not often know, and when they think they do, they’re coming to those conclusions based on stereotype.
Some people’s vaccine status may not be transparent to the hospital—for instance trans people who may not have used their legal name in getting the vaccine, or undocumented people, or people with names that are unusual and prone to misspelling at some step.
I just finished a fantasy romance that was ridiculously delightful (part of series, haven't read whole series yet).
Premise: A monk who has been raised in a monastery from the age of two, whose life is gardens and vows of poverty and chastity and illuminating manuscripts and making potions, teams up with a giant warrior woman to go retrieve stolen books.
Anyway: he has some magic that does cool stuff and has been told all his life that the magic is the Lord's Blessing and if he does Anything Naughty he will be stripped of all his power.
So he definitely cannot, CANNOT sex up the very hot, strong woman he's traveling with.
One of the reasons the whole anti-sex bed discourse annoys me is the people saying “ha ha, the Olympic organizers don’t realize you can have sex somewhere other than a bed” and Western beds are PROBABLY NOT considered necessary by traditionalists in Japan?
The other reason is that people are looking at the beds being made of cardboard and the clickbait articles and saying that the beds suck when the actual information explicitly states that they’re stronger than wood.
This may surprise you if you think cardboard must be like a Prime box, but like any substance, it can be specifically engineered for better or worse performance.
I have been thinking about what sometimes gets called “cancel culture, and how much our society in particular cannot envision anything other than a punitive response to mistakes.
This means any criticism is seen as a request to punish harshly.
I started thinking about this in the #metoo context, because people do ask the question of, “okay, so what do we do with predators?” or they’d ask me the more specific question of, “what do we do with Alex Kozinski?”
And I have thought and thought and thought about it, and I don’t actually have any good answers, but more importantly, I am not sure I actually care.
There was a period in romance-diversification when someone (diverse) would tell a painful story from their life and then someone else on Twitter (and I saw this happen MULTIPLE TIMES) would say, “wow, stealing this for my book! :) :) :)”
The few times I witnessed it, it was distressing for the person it happened to. At that point in time, it was not the done thing to say, “What is wrong with you? I am a human being, not a source for stories, and I also write books and can put it in my own book if I want.”
There’s a difference between drawing on things we hear about to inform how we understand the world and inspire the stories we create, and straight up taking.