On Facebook’s “real name” issue & online spaces

So the story dominating my Facebook newsfeed the past days is concerning Facebook’s move to delete performers and Drag Queen’s profiles because they violate the terms of service; specifically, the profiles are not registered under their legal name. Of course this is nothing new, I knew when I started using Facebook that there is this “real name” policy, and I’ve always considered it problematic. Overall, … Continue reading On Facebook’s “real name” issue & online spaces

Why I am not excited about Emma Watson’s speech at the UN

I really am not, far from actually; to be honest I am quite the opposite, I’m really don’t like it. On my newsfeed on Facebook kinda exploded with lots of praise for this British actress who stands up for feminism at the UN, as if she is the first or something. But it is not just that; it is the speech she actually gave, entirely … Continue reading Why I am not excited about Emma Watson’s speech at the UN

Don’t single out (homo)sexuality in response to Israel blackmail revelations, Palestinians say

This is a must read for whoever has been commenting or thinking about recent articles concerning Israel’s blackmailing of Palistinians; which, yes, includes issues of sexuality. I find that it is often tempting to detach issues of sexuality from other issues of oppression and colonisation and make all sorts of statements, but it is important to take a step back and listen to those whose … Continue reading Don’t single out (homo)sexuality in response to Israel blackmail revelations, Palestinians say

The world upside down… kinda sorta

My new¬†South-up world¬†map at my desk at home… I used to hang regular maps upside down, but just got irritated by the upside down writing. OTDmaps makes these maps, and I love them; why should North be up? There is no reason we can’t turn such an arbitrary convention around! North-up convention is basically a result of Eurocentrism, and wasn’t how the earliest maps were … Continue reading The world upside down… kinda sorta