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Texas doctor's consent form for women seeking abortions


Redditor Mystharia terminated a pregnancy for medical reasons last week; her doctor gave her this consent form, mandated by -- and scathingly attacking -- the Texas legislature, which requires the doctor to enumerate an eye-wateringly detailed account of the foetal development before termination. (Icon: Kevin Dooley/CC-BY)

Sad Puppies, Rabid Puppies lose big at the Hugos UPDATED


Cixin Liu's "Three Body Problem" is the first-ever translation to win Best Novel; meanwhile, the uprecedented effort to put together an organized slate of science fiction that appealed to sexist (Sad Puppies) and misogynist/white supremacist (Rabid Puppies) and homophobic (both) orthodoxy to sweep the Hugos was a flop.

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New horror text games give voice to marginalized women

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Bitch Magazine has a wonderful article by Carli Velocci about Twine games, particularly the way women are using the text-only platform to express the unique body and gender fears of their experience.

Velocci writes about a horror Twine collection curated by Kaitlin Tremblay, Lights Out, Please, and her own contribution, The Slit-Mouthed Woman, a game about a violent man haunted by the ghost of a woman whom he forced to smile.

Prolific Twine artist Porpentine, who often examines suffering and silenced bodies in her works (Cyberqueen, Howling Dogs, Everything You Swallow Will Come Up Like A Stone and numerous others) is also interviewed for the article:

"You’re kind of cheating yourself in talking about vulnerability if you don’t talk about powerful feminine voices,” Porpentine says. “As a trans, feminine person, I have inhabited, for most of my life, this weird-ass pocket dimension where you get treated differently, but nobody else can really see it. That’s a lot of what horror is, just feeling like you’re crazy for having horrible stuff happen to you.”

Much has been written, including here at Offworld, about Twine giving voice to experiences of trauma and marginalization, but this article's sharp body and gender horror angle adds an important dimension to that conversation.

The Lights Out, Please horror collection is available for free or suggested donation.

Chastity belts were a joke, then a metaphor, then a hoax


Historian Albrecht Classen got so tired of hearing people blithlely assert that chastity belts were ever a thing that he wrote The Medieval Chastity Belt: A Myth-Making Process, explaining how a 15th century hoax that appeared in a manuscript that also feature fart jokes and devices for making people invisible became canon.

From Sarah Laskow:

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Gender and sf awards: who wins and for what


SF writer Nicola Griffith reports in from her Literary Prize Data, which is collating data on gender and genre awards (and showing a dismally predictable skew towards books by and about men and boys).

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The End of the Internet Dream: the speech that won Black Hat (and Defcon)


"The End of the Internet Dream," cyberlawyer Jennifer Granick's keynote at Black Hat, was all anyone could talk about at this year's Defcon -- Black Hat being the grown-up, buttoned-down, military-industrial cousin to Defcon's wild and exuberant anarchy.

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Nichelle Nichols: Lieutenant Uhura's Starship Enterprise Star Trek workout


In an amazing set of photos from the Desilu studios set of the original Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols (" Lieutenant Uhura") epitomizes grace, athleticism and poise.

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Furiosa's tampon ad

This is a million times better than oblique references to bloating and neat test-tubes of thin blue liquid. (via That Book Smell)

All-woman science fiction story-bundle


Name your price above $15 and get DRM-free ebooks by Cat Rambo, Nancy Kress, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Catherine Asaro, Jody Lynn Nye, Judith Tarr, Vonda McIntyre, and Janis Ian!

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Colbert: women should run the world

His hilarious, bathetic op-ed in Glamour is full of sneaky, countersunk gender ha-ha-only-serious humor: "Women havesmart, resourceful role models -- Marissa Mayer, Michelle Obama, Sacajawea, and the green M&M."

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Girl Sex 101: "for EVERYone who wants to bone down with chicks, regardless of your gender/orientation."


Oh Joy Sex Toy reviews Girl Sex 101, "an indispensable resource for EVERYone who wants to bone down with chicks, regardless of your gender/orientation."

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The Princess and the Pony, from Kate "Hark a Vagrant" Beaton

It was a safe bet that Kate "Hark! A Vagrant! Beaton's first kids' picture book would be amazing, but The Princess and the Pony is incredible.

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WATCH: Elizabeth Warren rescues Planned Parenthood, excoriates misogynist GOP creeps

Elizabeth Warren for President. (via Seanan McGuire)

Hong Kong protesters take to the street in bras: "breasts aren't weapons"


The latest anti-corruption mass-uprising symbol in Hong Kong is a bra: it protests the jailing of a female protester who was convicted of "assaulting a police officer" with her boob.

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Picture books where the girls kick butt


The Guardian rounds up half a dozen brilliant picture books where girl characters defy stereotypes: Princess Daisy and the Dragon by Steven Lenton; The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp; The Princess and the Pony by Kate "Hark! A Vagrant!" Beaton; The Fairytale Hairdresser, by Abie Longstaff; Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood; and the forthcoming I'm a Girl!, by Yasmeen Ismail.

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WATCH: "Princess Boy's" mom speaks out for LGBT kids' books

Peter from the National Coalition Against Censorship sez, "At a public hearing over whether or not to remove LGBT children's books from a public library, one mom's comments stole the show."

Mad Max: Muppet Road

JoopaDoops on Deviant Art explains:

“I love the Muppets so I tend to picture them as all kinds of pop culture phenoms. In this case, once I pictured Dr. Teeth as Immortan Joe, I had to make it happen. Painted in Photoshop CS4 in June 2015.”

Mad Max Mayhem [JoopaDoops/Deviant Art] (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)