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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about the simple pleasures of her life.
  • Centauri Dreams discusses 2014 MU69.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting that less that 0.3% of galaxies could host Kardashev III civilizations.
  • Kieran Healy shares his paper “Fuck Nuance.”
  • Joe. My. God. notes the unhappiness of one American conservative with the restoration of Denali’s name.
  • Language Hat mourns poet Charles Tomlinson.
  • Marginal Revolution argues that China’s 2008-era debt binge is now coming back to haunt it.
  • The New APPS Blog discusses the role of philosophy in making life decisions.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw dislikes the rhetoric and institutions charged with guarding Australia’s borders.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes that the reports of Russian losses in Donbas are likely false.
  • Torontoist is unimpressed by the satirical musical version of Full House.
  • Towleroad notes an American conservative who is going to continue participating in Scouting despite its new gay-friendliness.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes that secession rarely works out well for seceding entities.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a prediction that Ukraine is now on track to go west.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • blogTO shares photos of Yonge and Bloor from the 1960s.
  • Crooked Timber’s Corey Robin looks at trigger warnings in education.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that Barnard’s Star cannot support a massive planet in its orbit.
  • The Dragon’s Tales has more on the Ukrainian war.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog examines racism.
  • Far Outliers notes how the Ryukyus fared under American occupation.
  • A Fistful of Euros looks at the divergences of Spain and the United Kingdom interest rate-wise.
  • Geocurrents notes another small Kurdish-speaking sect.</li
  • Joe. My. God. notes an attempt to appeal the Irish marriage referendum.
  • The Map Room’s Jonathan Crowe notes a 2016 conference on fictional maps in Poland.
  • Marginal Revolution notes a microhistory of a block in New York City.
  • The Power and the Money examines Ukraine’s debt negotiations and argues that Russia is not as big a player in global oil markets as it might like.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog and Window on Eurasia note how ethnic Russians in Ukraine are continuing to identify as ethnic Ukrainians.
  • Understanding Society considers realism in social sciences.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi talks about the Sad Puppies.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Tatarstan’s potential separatism and suggests some Russian Germans still want an autonomy.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting that stars commonly ingest hot Jupiters.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on the spread of robots.
  • Far Outliers shares terms for making shoyu.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Ashley Madison nearly bought Grindr.
  • Language Log notes the changing usage of “hemp” as a political term.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the plan to save New Orleans by abandoning the Mississippi delta.
  • The Russian Demographics blog notes the genetic distinctiveness of the Denisovans.
  • Towleroad notes the pulling-down of a Warsaw rainbow monument.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes the American debate over birthright citizenship.

[URBAN NOTE] “How to Bring a Wheelchair to a Sex Club: A look at Toronto’s Deliciously Disabled”

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Torontoist’s Kaitlyn Kochany has a nice article examining the Deliciously Disabled movement, on-line and in sex clubs.

First of all: it wasn’t an orgy. Despite what you might have read in the Sun, the Star, and Vice, the party that went down at Buddies in Bad Times on August 14 is more correctly referred to as a “play party.” The 125 people who sold out the event could flirt, dance, laugh, be in various stages of undress, make out—and they could have sex, too, if they were all consenting adults.

Why was this a big deal? Those 125 people were attending Deliciously Disabled, the first fully accessible play party in Canada, if not the world. The party was different from the usual hook-up club scene in a number of ways. There were attendants onsite, to help operate Hoyer lifts and move people from wheelchairs to couches or beds and back again. There were volunteers who provided ASL translation. The bathrooms and entryways could accommodate 300-pound motorized wheelchairs. And, for the first time, people living with disabilities were at the centre of a sexual event designed to include them right from the beginning. “This event and space was for me. I was not an afterthought,” says Andrew Morrison-Gurza.

Morrison-Gurza is a Richmond Hill-based consultant who focuses on sexuality and disability. Earlier this year, he created Deliciously Disabled to further his work, which includes blogging and speaking about his lived experience as a queer man with cerebral palsy. “The brand started back in January, when I did a shoot for Now Magazine’s Love Your Body issue. They didn’t have anyone with a disability and I approached them.” After the shoot, the magazine asked Morrison-Gurza how he wanted to be described in his bio. At first, he went with his usual “queer and disabled” explainer. “And then I said, nope, you know what? I’m going to say I’m deliciously disabled.” A brand was born.

Stella Palikarova, who works on experiences and expressions of disability, came up with the idea for the play party. Last fall, she partnered with Oasis Aqualounge and began searching for venues that could accommodate disabled guests. (Oasis, with its narrow doorways and many stairs, wasn’t going to work.) “I did some poking around in terms of what, if any, accessible sex clubs exist in Toronto. I came up short.” The theatre-slash-event space Buddies in Bad Times was finally chosen after months of searching.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 28, 2015 at 7:44 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO announces the impending opening of Toronto’s first cat café.
  • Centauri Dreams shares sharper images of Ceres from New Horizons.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the discovery of very distant Neptune-mass planet OGLE-2005-BLG-169b.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on the latest from the Donbas.
  • Far Outliers notes the spike in surrenders on Okinawa in June 1945.
  • Geocurrents maps the relatively balanced oil-based economic development of Colombia.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the use of the smartphone by refugees.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer observes the surprising casualty-heavy intensity of Russia’s war in the Donbas.
  • Torontoist explains the import of the City of Toronto’s budget surplus.
  • Towleroad notes how a fugitive priest is defending his rape of an altar boy.
  • Window on Eurasia notes one moment when Russia could have prevented the fall in oil prices.

[MUSIC] Barry Allen of Pitchfork on the queer Grace Jones

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In his “As Much as I Can, As Black As I Am: The Queer History of Grace Jones, Barry Walters describes the career and importance of Grace Jones at length, connecting her to himself and to gay history. It’s superb.

ve the dancefloor of New York’s 12 West, the state-of-the-art, members-only gay disco, about to take the stage for one her first performances. The year is 1977, and no one is prepared for what’s about to hit them.

Tom Moulton, father of the dance mix and Jones’ early producer, describes the scene: “All of a sudden the spotlight hits her. She starts singing ‘I Need a Man’, and the place goes crazy. After she finishes, she goes, ‘I don’t know about you, honey, but I need a fucking man!’ Talk about a room-worker. Whatever it takes. She was so determined.”

To understand the impact of this moment, one must understand a bit of history. Just a few years earlier, it had been illegal for two men to so much as dance together in New York City. With the exception of maybe hairdressers and artists, queer people risked unemployment if they merely hinted at their orientation outside the confines of gay bars and clubs, and it was in these discos that the seeds of liberation were sown. At 12 West, gay people could grasp the power of their collectivity and understand what it meant to be free.

That night, Grace Jones sang “I Need a Man” just like a man might—tough and lusty, she was a woman who was not just singing to them, but also for them, as them. She was as queer as a relatively straight person could get. Her image celebrated blackness and subverted gender norms; she presented something we had never seen before in pop performance—a woman who was lithe, sexy, and hyperfeminine while also exuding a ribald, butch swagger. In ’79, Ebony got her je ne sais quoi exactly right: “Grace Jones is a question mark followed by an exclamation point.”

Even now, her transgressive charisma remains bold. She still feels outré.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 27, 2015 at 2:01 am

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO notes that someone built a lego replica of Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood circa 1887.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the OSIRIS REx asteroid sample return mission’s launch.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the HD 219134 planetary system, just nearby.
  • The Dragon’s Tales suggests nuclear fusion is getting measurably closer.
  • Joe. My. God. has more on the man who murdered a teenage girl at Jerusalem’s pride parade.
  • Language Hat notes the attitude of Jabotinsky towards the Hebrew language.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the mid-19th century convergence of anti-Communist and pro-slavery attitudes.
  • Marginal Revolution looks forward to an Uighur restaurant in Virginia.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw reflects on wool.
  • Torontoist reviews all of the terrible food available at the Canadian National Exhibition.
  • Towleroad reports testimony about the terrible fates facing gay men under ISIS rule.
  • Why I Love Toronto reports on the blogger’s exciting week.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the accidental release of Russia’s casualty information in the Ukrainian war, with two thousand dead.

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