LJ vs. GJ

Aug. 5th, 2007 01:18 am
athousandwinds: (icon by hyel)
Okay, I have a GreatestJournal - athousandwinds, believe it or not - and I will probably start reposting my fic there, plus everything else. I do not plan to move, unless I am forced to. GJ seems to be largely RPGs and doesn't have the strong fandom presence that I'm used to on LJ.

However, I intend to run both journals in tandem, so please feel free to friend me over there.
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I haven't known what to say about the latest crisis to hit LJ, so I haven't said anything. I haven't locked my fic, I haven't changed my interests. I've kept informed - but you'd have to be living in a sandbox not to.

Barak Berkowitz has apologised. It surprises me that he has (on the behalf of Six Apart), because I was expecting something more weaselly. But at the same time, some parts of his post make me...twitch.

They suspended 500 journals - and frankly, I don't care whether it was 1, or 500, out of millions. They suspended 500 journals, often on little to no basis (which they have admitted - "easily correctable problems in their profiles". If they're easy to correct, they should be easy to notice, as well) without contacting the journal owners. That's wrong. It sounds childish and simplistic, but that's it. That's all. It's wrong.

It was based on "profiles only". Therefore, if you forgot to add a line in small print to your RPG profile, you were in danger of suspension. I don't know, if I were involved in an operation to flush out paedophiles on my website, I would be quite careful about whom I accused. And I would complete a full review of the journal before I accused anyone.

Because that's sensible. It means a quiet, methodical removal of paedophiles from LiveJournal. It means not accusing the innocent. It means not making a complete fucking fool of myself when I accuse a community full of survivors of being rapists. It also means not alerting the paedophiles to what I'm doing.

Thanks to this palaver, any real child abusers will have silently flocked their journals, deleted them or gone over to GreatestJournal, JournalFen, Facebook. (But probably not MySpace, since MySpace recently handed over the journals of over 200 suspected molesters to the police. I don't know the full story, but honestly, on the surface it seems like MySpace are being a hell of a lot more socially responsible than LiveJournal. And that hurts.)

The thing is, I do believe LJ/Six Apart had good intentions. I do. But they cast their net too wide and accidentally gave a heads up to the people they were trying to catch. Meanwhile, they managed to alienate the people they claim to love.

Barak Berkowitz says in his post that LJ's actions weren't a reaction to WfI. I don't believe this. In fact, [livejournal.com profile] liviapenn's suggestion that LJ were caught wrongfooted by WfI seems far more plausible - or possibly just more sympathetic. I want to stay here. I don't want to think that LJ could be so stupid.

However, this isn't the first time that LJ has bollocksed it up. It's just the worst. The other changes were ones people could accept, which they might grumble about, but hey. Life goes on. There might be Plus accounts, but hell, there's also icons. But free speech is important. And I've only been around three years or so, but it seems to me that there's been a lot more screaming since Six Apart took over. I don't want to read anything into Brad being away on holiday. I'm trying not to. But it makes me twitch a bit.

The title of Barak Berkowitz's post is "Well, we really screwed this one up..."

I'm sorry, LJ. But yeah, you did.

I've joined [livejournal.com profile] fandom_counts with both my journals. The count was approaching 30 000 when last I looked. Please join.
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Everyone heard about this? Company president takes advantage of his position to send out a mass email complaining about gay characters on Cold Case and Without a Trace, urging employees to send hatemail to CBS.

my reply to him )

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Post this!

A lot has been said about how to prevent rape.
Women should learn self-defense. Women should lock themselves in their houses after dark. Women shouldn't have long hair and women shouldn't wear short skirts. Women shouldn't leave drinks unattended. Fuck, they shouldn't dare to get drunk at all.

instead of that bullshit, how about:

if a woman is drunk, don't rape her.
if a woman is walking alone at night, don't rape her.
if a women is drugged and unconscious, don't rape her.
if a woman is wearing a short skirt, don't rape her.
if a woman is jogging in a park at 5 am, don't rape her.
if a woman looks like your ex-girlfriend you're still hung up on, don't rape her.
if a woman is asleep in her bed, don't rape her.
if a woman is asleep in your bed, don't rape her.
if a woman is doing her laundry, don't rape her.
if a woman is in a coma, don't rape her.
if a woman changes her mind in the middle of or about a particular activity, don't rape her.
if a woman has repeatedly refused a certain activity, don't rape her.

if a woman is not yet a woman, but a child, don't rape her.
if your girlfriend or wife is not in the mood, don't rape her.
if your step-daughter is watching tv, don't rape her.
if you break into a house and find a woman there, don't rape her.
if your friend thinks it's okay to rape someone, tell him it's not, and that he's not your friend.

if your "friend" tells you he raped someone, report him to the police.
if your frat-brother or another guy at the party tells you there's an unconscious woman upstairs and it's your turn, don't rape her, call the police and tell the guy he's a rapist.

tell your sons, god-sons, nephews, grandsons, sons of friends it's not okay to rape someone.

don't tell your women friends how to be safe and avoid rape.
don't imply that she could have avoided it if she'd only done/not done x.
don't imply that it's in any way her fault.
don't let silence imply agreement when someone tells you he "got some" with the drunk girl.
don't perpetuate a culture that tells you that you have no control over or responsibility for your actions. You can, too, help yourself.

If you agree, repost it. It's that important.
athousandwinds: (cats and death)
Because it matters.

I am the mother who told her lesbian daughter to invite her girlfriend over for dinner.

I am the father who punished his son for calling you a fag.

I am the preacher who told my congregation that love, not hate, is the definition of a true follower of God.

I am the girl who did not learn the meaning of "homosexual" until high school but never thought to question why two men might be kissing.

I am the woman who argues (quite loudly and vehemently) with the bigots who insist that you do not have the right to marry or raise children.

We are the high school class who agrees, unanimously, along with our teacher, that love should be all that matters.

If you agree, repost this. Do it. You don't have to be afraid. You can handle it. You're stronger than you think.

I am making a difference. Hate will not win.

Are you?

Pass it on.
athousandwinds: (cats and death)
1) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Brittany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.

7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

8) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.

9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

Please post this in your journal if you are for gay marriage.
athousandwinds: (the lies that you believe)
True Story. A religion teacher assigned her class an essay on what makes a good Christian. One student wrote about praying nightly, say no to abortion, banning gay marriage, and donating money. The other student wrote about talking to God and allowing people to enjoy their lives, and supporting gay marriage. The day the teacher was to hand the papers back, she called up the second student and told him she would pray for him when he went to hell. The student asked why would he be going to hell, and why he got an F on his paper. The teacher told him that Catholism is against gay marriage. The student looked at her for a minute, then said aloud, "I'm gay." The teacher kicked him out of class as if he had said fuck or worshiped Satan. A girl in the back of class who had a boyfriend and was obviously straight got up and left too.

If you would leave the classroom, repost this. It doesn't matter if you're straight, bi, or gay. It doesn't matter if you're catholic or not. Everyone is a human being and deserves happiness.
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from [livejournal.com profile] capitan_shibby

"I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.

I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.

I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.

We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.

I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of twenty-seven years into the room.

I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had. I wish they could adopt me.

I am one of the lucky ones, I guess. I survived the attack that left me in a coma for three weeks, and in another year I will probably be able to walk again.

I am not one of the lucky ones. I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear.

We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men.

I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me.

I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised. The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman.

I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman.

I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male.

I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men.

I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that.

I am the man who died when the paramedics stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual.

I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I didn’t have to always deal with society hating me.

I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don't believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind.

I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love.

Repost this if you believe homophobia is wrong."
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