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I've spent a reasonable amount of the past two days reading the latest fandom imbroglio, this time about...well, it started off being about straight women writing m/m slash, but it widened, as these things do, into conversations about LGBTQ issues in general, gender issues, and the erasure of non-monosexual people from the debate. Reading Racefail was immensely useful last year in educating me and sorting out my opinions about things, so I'm keeping an eye on this kind of stuff. (It may have been useful in more direct ways too - there seems to be more POC-centred fic on Yuletide, for a start.) This time I just went through the relevant links on the Dreamwidth Linkspam community. There isn't really an overview of this one.

SO, anyway, all this was by way of a lead-up to a question. I want to read more of this stuff, and I learn more from debates and discussions than blog posts with few comments. What should I be reading? I've got debunkingwhite, feminist, metafandom, and Dreamwidth feeds of the Access Fandom community and the Linkspam roundup. What are the main ally/learning communities for LGBTQ discussion? Disability discussion, including mental health? Most importantly, what am I missing altogether?

Related awesomeness (taken from Linkspam, though I heard about it elsewhere):
deepad's post I Didn't Dream of Dragons has been nominated for a British Science Fiction Award in the non-fiction category.

Hal Duncan also had a piece nominated for this category. However, as a result of Deepa's piece being nominated, he declined his nomination because he thinks her piece is far more relevant and important to the SFF genre.


I Didn't Dream Of Dragons was one of those essays that just hit me in an "I can't believe I've never thought of it like that" place, it's amazing. The comments are well worth reading too. And man, so much love for Hal Duncan. If you haven't read Vellum, buy it now. Or, you know, order it from the library.

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redatt
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
I am a member of feminism_lives. It's not a busy comm, but it is a lot more friendly and less American-centric than some.

And if you're not a member you might consider theladiesloos. It is a busy comm and their are lots of fairly frivolous post, but there area also a lot of big debates on variou7s issues.
redatt
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, and have you read this post on derailing, by [Dw]wishfuljane?
pickwick
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I did read it - slightly over my head, but interesting!
pickwick
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
Ooh,feminism_lives sounds like I might actually participate. Thank you! Edit: and has interesting links on the profile page! I'm just watching feminist and debunkingwhite, not even attempting to join...

I am in TLL, yes - I must get back to reading it at sensible times of day so I can actually join in that, too!

Edited at 2010-02-09 05:59 pm (UTC)
redatt
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
*there
*are
*various

*headdesk*
pickwick
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Bad redatt, no cookie!
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