First, via sheafrotherdon, yet more reasons why I won't be watching Stargate: Universe when it airs!
This started when the following casting call went out:
[ELEANOR PERRY] (35-40) and quite attractive. A brilliant scientist who happens to be a quadriplegic. Affected since childhood, her disability has rendered her body physically useless. However, after being brought on board the Destiny as the only person who may be able to save the ship and her crew from certain annihilation, she is given temporary powers that enable her to walk again and to finally experience intimacy. Strong guest lead. NAMES PREFERRED. ACTRESS MUST BE PHYSICALLY THIN. (THINK CALISTA FLOCKHART).
Which, wtf. The standard crap re. actress's appearances, with added madness! Because disabled people are, of course 'physically useless' (it's not like their bodies keep them alive or anything), and can never experience intimacy just fine by themselves, and are in need of MAGICAL HEALING COCK, oh god.
Then it turns out part of the premise of SGU is some kind of bodyswap machine - and I love bodyswap as much as the next person, but there are serious issues in some contexts that I do not expect the writers to handle even a little.
SGU has a lesbian character (I'm mostly just taking bets on how badly they're going to screw that up at this point, which is really sad). Guess who Eleanor's bodyswapping with so she can have this magical healing able-bodied heterosexual sex? Oh yeah.
Next, karnythia talks about racefail from a panelist at WorldCon. Same shit, different day, etc. *facepalm*
Then sci-fi and fantasy writer (and husband of above panelist) John C. Wright starts shooting his mouth off about the evils of homosexuality (warning: that post and its first page or so of comments may make your head explode).
On the plus side on that one, I am thinking of getting 'homosex activist' on a t-shirt because it's kinda catchy.
Also, wtf with the anti-NHS lies coming out of the US at the moment? I am deeply baffled. calapine says it much better than me, but seriously. Our health service has its flaws, undoubtedly, but the principles it was founded on are what allow me to be here ranting today.
And lastly, heather drew my attention to this story where the Stamford Marriot blames a woman for being raped in their carpark. I don't have the words at the present time.
Wow. So. Anyone got some pictures of kittens or something?