March 4th, 2020

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Cuddle Party

Everyone needs contact comfort sometimes. Not everyone has ample opportunities for this in facetime. So here is a chance for a cuddle party in cyberspace. Virtual cuddling can help people feel better.

We have a cuddle room that comes with fort cushions, fort frames, sheets for draping, and a weighted blanket. A nest full of colorful egg pillows sits in one corner. There is a basket of grooming brushes, hairbrushes, and styling combs. A bin holds textured pillows. There is a big basket of craft supplies along with art markers, coloring pages, and blank paper. The kitchen has a popcorn machine. Labels are available to mark dietary needs, recipe ingredients, and level of spiciness. Here is the bathroom, open to everyone. There is a lawn tent and an outdoor hot tub. Bathers should post a sign for nude or clothed activity. Come snuggle up!

In honor of St. Patrick's Day approaching, I have brought Irish Shortbread Cookies, Worties, and Shepherd's Pie.
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Fidget Art

So I have a bunch of artist friends, and a bunch of neurovariant friends, and some eclectic interests. Today a conversation brought all those things together in my mind to illuminate a genre of art that is timely, beautiful, and doesn't seem to have happened yet.

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Call for Cosponsors of "In Some Home Neighborhood"

Is anyone else interested in revealing "In Some Home Neighborhood" for Broken Angels? [personal profile] ng_moonmoth is seeking cosponsors for this poem.

Your neighborhood prompt inspired the free-verse poem "In Some Home Neighborhood." Faster Blaster is surprised by the welcome he gets.

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Male Victims of Sex Crimes

 ... are often explicitly excluded.  This discussion of male victims of sexual violence among the Rohingya is graphic and disturbing. 

While mass sexual assault is a common war crime aimed against females, it can happen to males too. The motivations sometimes overlap (e.g. genocide via sexual injuries) but also diverge (e.g. treating women as sexual objects because that is how many cultures view them vs. objectifying men to 'unman' them).  In any case, the shortage of care for female victims is vastly exceeded by the shortage of care to male victims; females get little, but males often get none at all.
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Language Activism

Here is an interesting and complicated case involving language law. In addition to the factors covered in the article are other important points that I wish to unpack.

This matters a lot because America does not have an official language despite treating English as one effectively. Creating one or more official languages opens up this can of worms, which many African nations and some others are currently facing.

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