For the last few weeks, a story has been going around, recounted by artist Tess Fowler, about how a comics pro seemed to be interested in her work, but when he asked her to come to his room, she declined, and he then said he had never been interested in her work, and disparaged her cosplay and did other shitty things. Fowler tweeted the story, it waswritten up, and she added:
The behavior of the man in question is considered normal in this business. And the few people who know about it consider it to be my fault for “falling for it” when he feigned interest in my work. In my pursuit of doing this work professionally I ran a gauntlet of this sort of thing. I came in with stars in my eyes and were it not for the handful of really good people who stepped in to keep me safe, I might not have made it through without being completely jaded by it. I am older now, with young impressionable followers of my own. And I do my best to help them over these kinds of hurdles when they arise. I wish more people were brave enough to speak out. But for every voice raised in protest, there are a thousand to defend the person in question. It’s daunting.
A man who assisted in autopsies in a big urban hospital, starting in the mid-1950s, describes the many deaths from botched abortions that he saw. “The deaths stopped overnight in 1973.” He never saw another in the 18 years before he retired. “That,” he says, “ought to tell people something about keeping abortion legal.
Sometimes it’s your moment. Sometimes it isn’t. No worries.
Palantir Technologies, where they put the Bro in Big Brother.
Palantir is a big data start-up co-founded by Peter Thiel and backed by the CIA that just raised $58 million at a $9 billion pre-money valuation to help them scale up their massive surveillance tools.
They still let you wear flip flops to work, so it’s cool.
The hedgehog in the conference room symbolizes the convenient, ethically liberating truism that American management teaches the corporate rank and file: focus on your hyper-specialized task, and don’t worry about other stuff. It will make you a more productive worker—and keep you from looking at the big picture.
The fusion of the pseudo-liberation of 90s start-up culture with big data mass surveillance on behalf of monolithic government agencies devoted to post-GWOT order and control is sinister and hilarious all at the same time.
You are being watched over by twentysomething computer handlers who can be bought with foosball, free sodas and easily approved car loans.
So often we try to make other people feel better by minimizing their pain, by telling them that it will get better (which it will) or that there are worse things in the world (which there are). But that’s not what I actually needed. What I actually needed was for someone to tell me that it hurt because it mattered. I have found this very useful to think about over the years, and I find that it is a lot easier and more bearable to be sad when you aren’t constantly berating yourself for being sad.
The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.
—Roseanne Barr (via catagator)