On December 6th, 1989, shortly before five ‘o’ clock and the end of classes before Christmas break, fourteen female engineering students were shot and killed at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec by a gunman who claimed he was “fighting feminism”.
The massacre stands as one of the most tragic hate crimes in Canadian history.
Today we remember:Geneviève Bergeron, aged 21;
Hélène Colgan, 23;
Nathalie Croteau, 23;
Barbara Daigneault, 22;
Anne-Marie Edward, 21;
Maud Haviernick, 29;
Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31;
Maryse Leclair, 23;
Annie St.-Arneault, 23;
Michèle Richard, 21;
Maryse Laganière, 25;
Anne-Marie Lemay, 22;
Sonia Pelletier, 28; and
Annie Turcotte, aged 21.(image credit: Sandy Kowalik)
I think we should all read promiscuously. We should have literary one night stands and friends with benefits and deep, tumultuous, passionate love affairs that take us to places we didn’t know were possible.
(Image borrowed from The Naked Girls BookClub)
I said it and I mean it.
Skeletor Affirmations (by ghoulnextdoor)
November 20, 2013. In response to an ‘article’ on Huffington Post in which men are asked to weigh in on ladies fashion trends.
…in other words, FUCK OFF HUFFPO.
Image is from She-Ra episode ‘My Friend, My Enemy’.
Yes. This. Totally this.
When I lose hope in the world, I remember this poem.(via bookoisseur)
A good reminder that all is not lost for humanity.
Amazing comic by chris hallbeck (tumblr)
Last night we visited the book fair at Charlie’s elementary school. After perusing the shelves, he chose Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl comic. I balked, feeling compelled to coach him toward a book that I felt was more substantial, less comic-y, more “readerly” … Then I remembered Neil Gaiman’s warning about pushing my reading choices on him, rather than endorsing and encouraging books that he will be thrilled to go home and devour.
So I paused, and then said, “Neil Gaiman says you can get the book you’re excited to read.” And I was excited that he chose a book about a spacegirl, and Charlie agreed to read aloud to me from it, and we went home happy, and I am so looking forward to reading Zita this weekend.
Brilliant ad campaign.
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens
It’s a bit long, I’m afraid. But I think you may find it interesting, and, perhaps, important.
Definitely worth the time to read.