looking for a sensitivity reader (paid!)
Currently looking for a sensitivity reader for a ~1,200 word short story. The issue at hand is a fantasy analogy based on a real-world trope that impacts Black communities, particularly Black women, in the US.
This would be a PAID GIG, so if you're interested, DM or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) me with your bio/rates/timeframes/etc. Also happy to answer further questions, as required.
(Retoots also appreciated!)
This is probably a timely reminder to say that I'm working on a new fediverse software thing with friends that actually gives a shit about addressing the kind of situations where some idiot scientists scrape thousands of posts without permission and then call some of the people in those posts 'sexual deviants'
Another cool thing is the lessons #pokemonswordshield teached through the design of the broader game. While the front and center message of “you can be the best at whatever you choose” is not my ideal philosophy; their are several more subtle messages, especially around the design of socioeconomic systems.
1. The more connected you are, the easier it is to get what you want or need.
2. Trades where you both get what you want are the most fun!
I’m really happy with how #PokemonSwordShield turned out. I introduced my (literally never played video games!) partner to it and she has almost beat the entire game.
The design of the game is brilliant for someone just learning how to play a video game. The pathway to forward progress is very clearly marked, and nothing moves faster than you let it.
It’s clear their design team is targeting the “first game” market with intense precision. It’s a brilliant strategy.
Hot Take, Meta
"There's nothing we can do to prevent other people from doing bad things to us" is neoliberal bullshit no matter what form it takes.
People having their data copied and used in contexts that wasn't consented to just isn't ok period. I won't accept any excuses to the contrary, but I especially won't accept "there is no technical reason why they couldn't".
There's no technical reason why I couldn't walk out my door this morning and get shot. That doesn't make it inevitable or ok.
Being a mediocre programmer does not = being a decent lawyer, yet a lot of y’all suddenly become professors at constitutional law every time these data scrapes happen. So to set the record straight, no, putting anything in the public space does NOT open it up to be claimed, owned, and exploitated by just anybody. Pls stop w ur weird sex offender logic. If you get a call from your MD in a Starbucks that does not mean n.e one there can publish the medical info of a private citizen.-
also hey stop fucking being uncomfortable when you see homeless people, either irl or on your tl idc: you think we can't tell but we can, especially because some of us were there once, looking at these conversations and feeling that same discomfort and thinking that could never be us. you can't help because you are in poverty? that's fine! we wish you all the luck in the world! talk to us instead. the isolation is what kills half the time. you don't have to be spitting out money to help the homeless. giving them hope and the mental strength to go on is just as, if not more important. stop averting your eyes because of "guilt". it's not even guilt. it's that capitalism made you want to hate us, want to shun us and pretend like we're not there. capitalism HATES for you to acknowledge us, because we are proof of its failure. so if you are anti-cap, don't look away.
We *can* change for the better. We can build new bridges between our cultures and experiences that simply did not exist before. And we can do so without having force people to manage the toxicity of our biases to get there.
Only bigots don't want this. Only a person that demand the world to bend to their subjective bias would refuse to learn and grow.
And that's not the direction the fedi is going, no matter how much they bitterly complain.
Our progress is inevitable.
@dankwraith Whiteness itself constructs the social category of race, crafts race in juxtaposition to itself to establish a sense of Otherness. Whatever identity you have that whiteness can somehow distinguish as alien to itself will be weaponized against you. Shame.
I don't hate anyone. That's my discipline.
There are plenty of reasons to hate. Being a Black American, I probably have more than most. But to maintain that emotion, you have to hollow out a part of yourself to maintain it. You have to deny your own humanity to maintain beliefs that are completely nonsensical.
I will defend myself with violent efficiency, but I will not do it out of hate.
I'm just a better person. I am strong person. And not giving in to hate is my discipline.
the marked and proven phenomenon of wealth disparity between black households and white households in amerikkka by economist researchers is enough empirical evidence that reparations are in order, yet we are still talking about it like its just theory
this idea still makes white people uncomfortable
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