"Sweden’s national identity is interesting. We’ve got this view of our country as being fundamentally anti-racist at a deep level…[yet] there has remained a systematic silencing of non-white and dissident voices that questioned the official truths. And the official anti-racist line (with its generous foreign aid) contrasted and coexisted with a continual state racism against national minorities, especially the Roma, with forced sterilizations, bans on settlement a common practice. And a strong social segregation along racial lines continued to exist."

Tintin racism row puts spotlight on children’s literature

fuckin’ A article on racism and who gets to talk about it

Trans Organization Wants to Censor Books (says radscum)

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academicsilence:

Dr. Jamison Green, president-elect of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and Dallas Denny, writer, are calling for Routledge Press to no longer publish trans-critical books. In specific, Green and Denny are demanding that Routledge “consult” with WPATH in regards to Sheila Jeffreys’ new book - which has not even been published yet! - and that WPARH be given veto power in anything that is published, regardless of their quite obvious bias.

This is a call for censorship. This is a call to silence dissent. This is a blow against academic freedom. This should not be allowed.

I ask everyone who reads this to please contact Taylor and Francis, specifically Leah Babb-Rosenfeld, the associate editor of Women and Gender Studies (leah.babb-rosenfeld@taylorandfrancis.com), to tell her that you stand against this censorship. I have written a sample letter below the cut. (Please note: Dr. Green and Ms. Denny consistently misspell Dr. Jeffreys’ name in their letter; try to avoid doing that.) Regardless of your stand on trans issues, the silencing of dissent must not be allowed.

ETA: please also reblog this widely! Please note corrected e-mail address!

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That is nuts.

ETA: I have seen some pretty crazy stuff in Routeledge books, including Califia and other stuff that is porny or disturbing. If they’re going to censor Jeffries, fair’s fair, they should let me have a hack at purging the goofy porn stuff.

I don’t care how atrocious a book is, it should never be censored.

And yeah, the book in question is probably pretty atrocious. But that doesn’t matter.

You don’t get to shut people up in the name of your views, not matter how high on your social justice horse you are.

Real fucking easy to say people don’t like ‘trans critical’ books because they’re riding the social justice horse.

And not because, you know,

These ‘trans critical feminists’ get people fucking KILLED.

My gender identity and and the safety of myself and my trans siblings is not a political stance. 

Please demonstrate where Sheila Jeffreys has killed a single trans person. Please demonstrate how she and the trans-critical gender theorists are totally responsible for violence to trans people. Please demonstrate how this relatively obscure academic text presents a clear and present danger.

Do you also advocate for the silencing of other potentially damaging books? Such as pornography, for example? Censorship is indeed a political issue.

Janice Raymond and other such anti-trans feminists are most definitely responsable for spreading dangerous ideas about trans women and making people feel like it’s justafiable to beat them up if they try and pee in a public toilet (see the McDonalds incident not too long ago). 

BS. Hardly anyone has ever read Janice Raymond. You know the real source of anti-trans violence comes from the sexism and homophobia that is built in to our culture. But it’s much easier to simply vilify a few WOMEN then it is to have to address the deeper issues.

Censorship isn’t telling publishers to think twice about publishing hate speech, by the way. And yes, I don’t think hate speech should be protected. But this is all I’m responding to you with because I’ve seen you around tumblr and you’re basically too anti-trans and too toxic for me to want to bother with you. My trans ass has better things to be doing with my time.

It is actually an act of censorship. “We do not like this, so we will stop it!”…when the book has not even been published yet. You have no idea what could be in there, and so you simply dismiss it.

With an attitude like that, of course you don’t want to continue the discussion. Having to deal with different perspectives is too difficult for you. Much easier to just dismiss the people and ideas you don’t like - if you had to listen to them, you would risk learning something.

Just so ya know, unless I hear you arguing that holocaust deniers, people who write books about wanting to kill cis women, and NAMBLA should be allowed to write whatever the fuck they want I’m going to be laughing my ass off at you.

It says something about how out of touch with reality you are that you can compare Sheila Jeffreys to Holocaust deniers and pedophiles.

I’m out of touch with reality? You’re the one riding your Borg cube all over the place.

has any radscum actually read the letter that they’re talking about?

it basically says that the publisher shouldn’t publish opinion under the guise of scientific fact, and sets up some checks and balances (far below the level of normal peer review) to ensure they’re not publishing…well, lies.

Routledge is an academic publisher. Their titles are subject to a very rigorous, anonymous peer review. The things they are calling for - particularly that WPATH be allowed to review the manuscript despite their obvious bias - actually would lessen the validity of the peer-review process.

Yeah, they are an academic publisher - a largely humanities and social sciences based academic publisher. As I said before, the requirements of getting a few experts in (and correct obvious errors e.g. pronouns) are less stringent than most peer review requirements.

Experts are biased in the sense that they know what they’re talking about. If someone wrote a book on eugenics, I’d sure fucking hope that an anti-racist individual/group was one of the experts people went to before publishing unscientific bollocks.

Love,

A scientist

P.S. I’m not debating this with you. I’m going off to do real life things. Don’t take it personally, I just feel that you’re not ever gonna notice you’re wrong and I only have so much energy in the day. Have fun being a bigot.

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Trans Organization Wants to Censor Books (says radscum)

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Dr. Jamison Green, president-elect of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and Dallas Denny, writer, are calling for Routledge Press to no longer publish trans-critical books. In specific, Green and Denny are demanding that Routledge “consult” with WPATH in regards to Sheila Jeffreys’ new book - which has not even been published yet! - and that WPARH be given veto power in anything that is published, regardless of their quite obvious bias.

This is a call for censorship. This is a call to silence dissent. This is a blow against academic freedom. This should not be allowed.

I ask everyone who reads this to please contact Taylor and Francis, specifically Leah Babb-Rosenfeld, the associate editor of Women and Gender Studies (leah.babb-rosenfeld@taylorandfrancis.com), to tell her that you stand against this censorship. I have written a sample letter below the cut. (Please note: Dr. Green and Ms. Denny consistently misspell Dr. Jeffreys’ name in their letter; try to avoid doing that.) Regardless of your stand on trans issues, the silencing of dissent must not be allowed.

ETA: please also reblog this widely! Please note corrected e-mail address!

Read More

That is nuts.

ETA: I have seen some pretty crazy stuff in Routeledge books, including Califia and other stuff that is porny or disturbing. If they’re going to censor Jeffries, fair’s fair, they should let me have a hack at purging the goofy porn stuff.

I don’t care how atrocious a book is, it should never be censored.

And yeah, the book in question is probably pretty atrocious. But that doesn’t matter.

You don’t get to shut people up in the name of your views, not matter how high on your social justice horse you are.

Real fucking easy to say people don’t like ‘trans critical’ books because they’re riding the social justice horse.

And not because, you know,

These ‘trans critical feminists’ get people fucking KILLED.

My gender identity and and the safety of myself and my trans siblings is not a political stance. 

Please demonstrate where Sheila Jeffreys has killed a single trans person. Please demonstrate how she and the trans-critical gender theorists are totally responsible for violence to trans people. Please demonstrate how this relatively obscure academic text presents a clear and present danger.

Do you also advocate for the silencing of other potentially damaging books? Such as pornography, for example? Censorship is indeed a political issue.

Janice Raymond and other such anti-trans feminists are most definitely responsable for spreading dangerous ideas about trans women and making people feel like it’s justafiable to beat them up if they try and pee in a public toilet (see the McDonalds incident not too long ago). 

BS. Hardly anyone has ever read Janice Raymond. You know the real source of anti-trans violence comes from the sexism and homophobia that is built in to our culture. But it’s much easier to simply vilify a few WOMEN then it is to have to address the deeper issues.

Censorship isn’t telling publishers to think twice about publishing hate speech, by the way. And yes, I don’t think hate speech should be protected. But this is all I’m responding to you with because I’ve seen you around tumblr and you’re basically too anti-trans and too toxic for me to want to bother with you. My trans ass has better things to be doing with my time.

It is actually an act of censorship. “We do not like this, so we will stop it!”…when the book has not even been published yet. You have no idea what could be in there, and so you simply dismiss it.

With an attitude like that, of course you don’t want to continue the discussion. Having to deal with different perspectives is too difficult for you. Much easier to just dismiss the people and ideas you don’t like - if you had to listen to them, you would risk learning something.

Just so ya know, unless I hear you arguing that holocaust deniers, people who write books about wanting to kill cis women, and NAMBLA should be allowed to write whatever the fuck they want I’m going to be laughing my ass off at you.

It says something about how out of touch with reality you are that you can compare Sheila Jeffreys to Holocaust deniers and pedophiles.

I’m out of touch with reality? You’re the one riding your Borg cube all over the place.

has any radscum actually read the letter that they’re talking about?

it basically says that the publisher shouldn’t publish opinion under the guise of scientific fact, and sets up some checks and balances (far below the level of normal peer review) to ensure they’re not publishing…well, lies.

how can you be a human being that’s against making sure publishers verify sources of material from hateful people?

note: they never even said “don’t let Sheila Jeffries publish a book”. these people are basically saints.

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Today news was out that the UK high court has decided that TPB is “massively infringing on copyright”. The facts that no copyright is being infringed upon here at the site was not a welcome fact, so that was ignored apparantly.

Noone from TPB was invited to the court case, which would be normal to do in a democracy. This is not the first time this happens, it’s been the same in most countries we’re censored in. We have no right to speak since we’re not rich.

Five ISPs got sued by the record companies to force them to block us. This is particularily interesting since music released and promoted exclusively here on TPB is currently in the brittish top charts. We are simply competitors that they just managed to squeeze out of their market, in a maffiesque way.

As usual there are easy ways to circumvent the block. Use a VPN service to be anonymous and get an uncensored internet access, you should do this anyhow. Or use TOR, I2P or some other darknet with access to the internets. Change your DNS settings with OpenDNS. Or use googles DNS servers… we could go on…

But don’t forget that we can’t allow this shit to happen. Next time they’re coming for something else. And yes, there will be a next time if we don’t stop them. Write to your ISP and tell them to appeal the case. Write to your local MPs and tell them that this is not allowed. Make sure your voice is heard. Remember, we’re all the pirate bay, and we must stand united against the censorship from our opponents!

See a slightly more moderate article from the Open Rights Group.

My summary: uggggggggggh

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Millions of Internet users in Iran could soon be permanently cut off from the Web, social networks, and e-mail.

In a statement released last week, Reza Taghipour, the Iranian minister for Information and Communications Technology, announced it plans to establish a national intranet within five months in an effort to create a “clean Internet,” according to an International Business Times report. “All Internet Service Providers (ISP) should only present National Internet by August,” Taghipour said in the statement.

Web sites such as Google, Hotmail, and Yahoo will be blocked and replaced by government-administered services such as like Iran Mail and Iran Search Engine, according to the report. The government has already begun a registration process for those interested in using the Iran Mail that will verify and record user’s full name and address.

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My shot for Weapons of Mouse Destruction.
Revel in my just-showered cleanliness.

My shot for Weapons of Mouse Destruction.

Revel in my just-showered cleanliness.

Facebook’s guidelines for what does and what doesn’t constitute a violation have been leaked…
…and what a load of balls.
Male nipples fine but female nipples not.
Mothers breastfeeding not fine, but “art nudity” OK.
"Humour overrules hate speech UNLESS slur words are present or the humour is not evident"
that’s not even getting started on Ataturk…

Facebook’s guidelines for what does and what doesn’t constitute a violation have been leaked…

…and what a load of balls.

Male nipples fine but female nipples not.

Mothers breastfeeding not fine, but “art nudity” OK.

"Humour overrules hate speech UNLESS slur words are present or the humour is not evident"

that’s not even getting started on Ataturk…

Monsanto has been systematically blocking researchers from using its patented gene modified (GMO) seeds to learn if there are problems with them, according to an explosive op-ed in yesterday’s LA Times by Doug Gurian-Sherman of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but it’s encouraging that it’s hitting the mainstream media.

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quelle surprise. I’m still not decided on GMOs, but I’m 100% opposed to their implementation

Really great article from the ever-insightful Electronic Intifada, on the banning of the word “Palestine” in a song last year, and why the BBC is sticking to their decision

During the course of a long correspondence, the BBC’s head of editorial standards for audio and music, Paul Smith, wrote that the show’s producer “did not edit out the word ‘Palestine’ because it was offensive — referencing Palestine is fine, but implying that it is not free is the contentious issue.”

ugh

motherjones:

newsweek:

Behold! What the Stop SOPA blackout managed to accomplish in 24 hours.

See our story behind the SOPA blackout.

…shit. That’s pretty marked.

motherjones:

newsweek:

Behold! What the Stop SOPA blackout managed to accomplish in 24 hours.

See our story behind the SOPA blackout.

…shit. That’s pretty marked.

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