Despite all the recent harassment, many people and groups are successfully changing the image of geek culture—including these "punk senshi" cosplayers at Geek Girl Con. (photo by Sarah Mirk)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... geeks and nerds were relentlessly mocked and bullied. So they found communities through zines and the early internet and congregated in comic book stores and arcades—spaces where they could feel sheltered from the cruel taunts of jocks and buoyed by like-minded obsessives.
I've been reading a lot of feminist sci-fi recently. On my bedstand are Octavia Butler and Nalo Hopkinson and I spent last night watching the behind-the-scenes making of Alien. Since I've got dystopia on the brain, here are 16 tracks of brassy electro-tinged songs we'll be dancing to long after robots overlords conquer the earth.
Discussions of sex work often get mired in a couple basic questions: is it "good" or "bad"? Are sex workers empowered or not? But sex workers are a diverse group—their experiences aren't all good or bad. On this show, we try to reframe the issue by exploring the legal and financial realities of sex work.
For example: How does a dominatrix do her taxes? What kinds of healthcare do sex workers need? How would decriminalizing sex work change peoples’ lives?
• A major poll of Latino voters asked people who didn't vote why they stayed away from the polls: 25 percent said a lack of time in their day, 24 percent cited a lack of knowledge about their polling place, 19 percent said frustration with “bad candidates," and 14 percent lacked a photo ID required to vote. [Colorlines]