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C’est une vache, mais elle donne du lait

"Le langage est un outil de communication qui est socialement normé. Ces normes peuvent être théorisées de plusieurs façons, mais l’on peut notamment se référer à la théorie du stéréotype, développée entre autres par Eleanor Rosch en sciences cognitives, ou encore à la théorie du prototype élaborée par Georges Kleiber en linguistique. Ces deux approches ont plusieurs points en commun et illustrent que les concepts que nous avons à l’esprit et auxquels se rattachent les mots possèdent des traits saillants qui servent à en établir le sens premier. C’est là que la norme sociale entre en jeu, car ce sont les caractéristiques les plus évidentes des concepts que l’on nomme avec des mots qui deviennent à la longue partie intégrante du sens. Il est possible de démontrer quels sont ces traits saillants rattachés aux concepts que nous utilisons en utilisant le test proposé par Kleiber et en tentant de les nier au moyen de la conjonction mais. Par exemple, lorsqu’on dit « c’est un oiseau, mais il vole », il y a un certain effet de surprise : on ne comprend pas bien l’utilisation de la conjonction mais ici, car elle sert habituellement à nier un trait qui appartient à ce qui précède. La capacité de pouvoir voler ne fait-elle pas partie intégrante du concept d’oiseau ? Eh bien non, car il existe des oiseaux qui ne volent pas, comme les manchots, et ils n’en sont pas moins inclus dans la classe biologique des oiseaux. Seulement, ces cas ne sont pas les cas prototypes : les images d’oiseaux stéréotypées que nous avons spontanément en tête sont celles d’oiseaux relativement petits qui volent, comme les moineaux. C’est pourquoi la phrase « c’est un oiseau, mais il ne vole pas » nous semble plus naturelle et sensée ; la conjonction mais joue ici son rôle habituel qui consiste à dénoter une exception à la règle."
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La pensée 68 (sociologie et culture de l'excuse)

"La France est en état d'urgence permanent, dans ce contexte, quelle place pour la contestation? Pas seulement celle qu'on aimerait porter dans la rue, mais aussi celle qui est utile dans le débat intellectuel, dans les discussions entre nous, a-t-on encore le droit d'insulter, de critiquer ou même de penser sérieusement notre ordre social? On va voir ensemble que quand le pouvoir se renforce dans la rue et dans les textes de loi, il se renforce également dans les têtes et les discours. Porter une critique sociale, ce n'est plus si facile, y compris pour les sociologues dont c'est pourtant le métier.

Les intellectuels organiques du pouvoir et de la réaction ont de toute façon lâché l'affaire depuis un bon bout de temps et ont ajouté leurs voix au concert de celles des habituels producteurs de consentement, dès lors qui écouter pour se construire un regard critique? Je reviens dans cette vidéo sur ce qu'on a appelé la pensée 68, un moment de l'histoire de notre pays qui a vu s'épanouir la critique, celle de l'état et de la domination en général, un moment qui reste précieux, un corpus que je trouve inépuisable et plus utile que jamais.

Si vous voulez soutenir l'émission et son indépendance, voici sa page tipeee : https://www.tipeee.com/usul-mes-chers..."
z0mbie_pr0cess: (madame Taubira)
How Telling Each Other To ‘Google It’ Hurts Our Movements

"That said, we need to rethink telling people in our own communities, people whose participation we need in our movements, to just go learn these concepts for themselves, especially when these are people who we hold privilege over."
z0mbie_pr0cess: (madame Taubira)
Au pays de l’Afro futurisme

"Quand j’étais enfant, la musique d’inspiration afrofuturiste m’a aidé à comprendre mon intrication, m’a laissé entrevoir la richesse qu’implique mon identité hybride de femme noire africaine et caribéenne née en banlieue parisienne. Maintenant que je suis adulte, les contributions des artistes afrofuturistes ont défié l’épreuve du temps et m’aident à envisager le futur de façon optimiste en ces temps difficiles. Comme l’a très justement dit Jasmine Nelson, « Black Futures Matter »."
z0mbie_pr0cess: (madame Taubira)
Dear White People

"En attendant, je continue de trouver ça révélateur que ces hommes hétéros, en réponse à un témoignage d'une agression sexiste ou homophobe, ne trouvent qu'en première réaction un besoin vif de ramener le sujet à eux. Parce que eux aussi, ils souffrent. La preuve, je viens de les vexer en entretenant ce sale climat misandre et hétérophobe qui ronge notre société et qui pousse les couples hétéros à se retourner sur eux le soir en rentrant, inquiets d'être agressés par une bande d'homosexuels saouls.
Promis, je ferai attention à l'avenir. Tous unis contre l'hétérophobie."
z0mbie_pr0cess: (madame Taubira)
Here a great documentary about FtoM transgender people. I am so very in love with it. It's smart, funny, feminist. And it makes me want to meet all the wonderful guys in it.

Unfortunatly, it's mostly in French, but some part are in english and in spanish (with French subtitles).

Morgiou

Dec. 22nd, 2010 09:52 pm
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I ate creamy pasta with salmon by the sea with the girlfriend a few days ago. It was cold and grey, but the scenery was beautiful. I took some pictures with my crappy cellphone.

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Hello, people. Hopefully you're all fine and well (or at least not too stressed out by the holidays: it sure can be annoying). I'm quite busy these days. By totally unproductive things, such as watching movies, listening to new music and reading blogs on the Internet. Also family stuff. Also the girlfriend (lovely but a tad overwhelming for the nerdy person that I am).

But yeah for cream filled chocolate, mulled wine, salmon on buttered blini, no snow in sight and new video games!

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Representations of Race and Gender in Misfits on E4

"Also, race is never presented as a key part of how the characters are defined or identified or developed. You know how in Glee, Mercedes is the black girl and Kurt is the gay boy and blah blah blah? In Misfits, they're not like "This is Alisha. She's black and therefore sassy, curvy, and loud. Her primary function is to bring soul and snappy advice to white people, who are the true protagonists." Instead, it's "This is Alisha. Her attributes, problems, complexities, and characteristics are completely unrelated to her ethnicity because she's a human being." On this show, race doesn't enter the equation in terms of the characterization or plot advancement, which I think is fantastic and (unfortunately) not the case on every show/movie. YOU GO, SHOW COCO!

Similarly, Kelly is bigger than the average person that you see on TV and her body is never demeaned, mocked, or the basis for a storyline (i.e. Mercedes' obsession with tater tots on Glee, Stanley trying to lose weight on The Office, etc.) like it would be on other shows -- or, actually, ever referred to as anything but desirable -- because it's just not relevant. And this is with a guy like Nathan in the group, who mercilessly mocks people.
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TUTORIAL: Drawing Characters of Colour

"This hits close to home for me as well. I'm ethnically South-Asian and I too live in Canada and I grew up drawing white people based off of white people references. Most of the artwork I looked at (fanart, concept art, illustrations, graphic design, comic books, etc) depicted white characters or subjects. Even my imagination was framed in 'white aka default'; so even when I was just doodling idly in my college notes or drawing for fun, it never even occurred to me to draw anything but 'default' (aka: white) characters. Like so much that surrounded my life, it just seemed like the 'normal' thing to do - white features were the default, interesting, mainstream 'style' to draw.

Only recently did I break out of that feeling that drawing characters of colour took a special sort of niche-interest effort (or even obligation). With that realization, my own personal mentality kind of switched as well. Drawing all the many features/characteristics/personalities of characters of colour suddenly fascinated me in the same way that drawing the features of white characters did.
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Helen Mirren thinks her looks are "bloody irrelevant," refuses to worship at the altar of young Hollywood penises

"A reporter said to Mirren: "You’ve won fans as a role model for having sex appeal in your 60s. How does that make you feel?"

And Mirren replied:

A bit cross, actually. We have to let go of this crap. It creates even more pressure on women, and I certainly don’t want to be a part of that. I’m not beautiful; I clean up nice. Why don’t we talk about the fact, for example, that I just did Arthur, and the cinematographer was a woman, the film operator was a woman, the whole camera team were women? That’s where we should be putting our attention. The fact that I look good at the age I am is bloody irrelevant.

During her speech at THR's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, Mirren also offered up this gem:

I resent in my life the survival of some very mediocre male actors and the professional demise of some very brilliant female ones ... However, with all due respect to you many brilliant and successful women in this room ... really not too much has changed in the canon of Hollywood filmmaking that continues to worship at the altar of the 18 to 25-year-old male and his penis.
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If you're looking for new geeky ways to procrastinate (and who doesn't), I recommend Choice of the Dragon, a great little browser game. It's got a "choose your own adventure" gameplay and even lets you pick (or not) your dragon's gender and sexual orientation. On the plus side, you don't have to go through the hassle of registering and it doesn't take too much of your time as it is quite short. And did I mention that you'd be roleplaying a dragon? With all the cool stuff such as wings, firebreathing and eating tasty humans.

z0mbie_pr0cess: (dinosaur)
I think I may have a girlfriend? Not sure how it happened (besides the whole me flirting with her and taking a train to meet her). She's pretty, funny and kind. And she's saying a lot of romantic things to me, in which I don't believe at all, but still they're always nice to hear. The only problem is that she's living about 300 km from here. Ah yes, also my trust issues are making me a bit cynical about the situation. It's fun, though. Will it last more than a few weeks? All bets are on.

Tomorrow will be la Journée de la Jupe (skirt day) in France in order to fight for women's right to wear anything they want. And by anything they want, they really mean SKIRTS, or anything else approved by our perfect and oh so civilized western society. Because there's nothing wrong with imposing a dress code that could make a lot of women unconfortable. Because no women's ever felt any pressure to wear skirts in the first place. Never. And because it's not ironic at all that the very same country that banned Burka not so long ago wants to fight for that specific right. Fuck you, France.

European Parliament wants EU countries to recognise existing same-sex unions
On Tuesday the European Parliament reaffirmed that the effects of civil documents (birth and death certificates, marriage certificates, etc.) must remain the same throughout the European Union.

This implies that all couples, including same-sex couples in marriages or civil partnerships, must retain their rights in all EU countries. Currently, same-sex couples often lose the rights given by their existing marriage or civil partnership when travelling in the European Union.


KICK THEIR SORRY ASSES, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT!

A Very Special Episode of Grey Areas: Privilege Denying Dude Edition

This week, on a very special episode of Grey Areas, we’ll be talking about Privilege Denying Dude! Again! Because if there is anything we at Tiger Beatdown like to do, it is run things right into the ground!

I spent quite a great deal of time writing about PDD last week. Initially, I had concerns. Those were sandblasted out of me once I read the deluge of commentary from real life Privilege Denying Dudes who wanted this meme scrubbed completely from the Internet. Not the avalanche of racist, sexist, ableist memes that metastasize through the Internet at large: no, no, no, those are obviously free speech. But the concept that marginalized people might be using their jokes against them, OH FUCK CALL THE PRESIDENT SOMEONE NEEDS TO SHUT THE INTERNET DOWN.


I can't recommend you enough to read the whole article. It's spot on and very well written.
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La Fiesta des Suds is one of my favourite festivals in Marseille. It's always full of smiling people, positivity, social mixity, great food from every corners of the world. And obviously great "southern" music (in a very inclusive way : Nina Hagen did a gig in 2009).

I didn't find any youtube video about the Masilia Sound System guys unfortunatly. But Youssou N'Dour was AMAZING.



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VALVe made a webcomic for promoting 'The Sacrifice', a Left 4 Dead DLC. I must confess that I may have cried just a little bit.

I don't even know who Christine O'Donnell is (for some rasons, I try to maintain a better knowledge of French politicians than American ones), but I did laugh so hard. Jay Smooth, I love you.


Connecting with female characters in geek television

"[...] This is disturbing, and can be explained by the ways in which geeks feel more pressure to over-act hypermasculinity. Geek boys are often picked on or bullied in school for being beta males, and geek men usually continue to feel undervalued because of their perceived lack of “manliness.” Their reaction to this bullying is very often not to subvert the patriarchal masculinity standards that they fail to meet, but to overcompensate for this lack by participating more enthusiastically in misogynistic and homophobic behaviors and language. And women who exist in this culture, and want to be accepted by these geek men, will also often capitulate with misogyny as well, and show their credibility in part by refusing to connect with female characters in television."

So true. I'm glad I'm not into the Doctor Who fandom, I don't think I could take any River bashing without uselessly arguing for hours.

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Universal Lands Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' And Plans Unprecedented Feature/Network TV Adaptation
Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment have closed a deal to turn Stephen King’s mammoth novel series The Dark Tower into a feature film trilogy and a network TV series, both of which will be creatively steered by the Oscar-winning team behind A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code.

Wow. I can't believe it's being done. I hesitate between horror and bliss.

Stephen King was one of my favourite author as a teen. He may not be the best writer ever, but I think he's a great storyteller. I've always liked the way he takes his time to slowly unfold his plots and the care he puts into the portrayal of his characters. Also, even if I wouldn't go as far as to proclaim that his work is feminist since some of his works are quite problematic in these regards, he did depict a lot of great female characters (Dolores Claiborne may be the first to come to mind) and did tackle some feminist issues (ordinary sexism, domestic violence, homophobic violence, racial prejudice and so on).

But the Dark Tower? Very tricky to adapt. I'm really curious to see what they are going to come up with. And they'd better not fuck up the casting. Speaking of which...

Naomie Harris, black actress with long black curly hair, looking awesome

HO HAI NAOMIE HARRIS.
Would you mind playing Susannah? Thankee, Sai.

Cold War

Aug. 6th, 2010 09:50 pm
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Powerful song. Janelle is so talented.
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Last monday, I went to a symposium titled "Bodies, identities... and after?". It took place in the framework of the UEEH (Universités d'Été Euroméditerranéennes des Homosexualités), an annual LGBTQI meeting which brings together people from mediterranean countries.

It was great. I laughed. I learnt a lot. Everyone was friendly. There was free coffee. And it was nice being surrounded by clever people knowing what the feminism movement stands for. Can't wait for next year.

And now for something completely different :

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I finally caught up with Doctor Who. And River Song is as awesome (and sexy) as ever.

Mini picspam for DW 5.12: the Pandorica opens )

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