Links For December 7, 2014

Leslie Feinberg, Transgender Warrior

Through her writing and activism, Feinberg introduced generations of readers to life as a butch lesbian, as a stone butch. Feinberg’s life and activism sparked transgender liberation and transformed understandings of gender. Synthesizing theories and ideas from gay liberation and revolutionary feminism, Feinberg further extended sex and gender as fluid, malleable constructs. Feinberg demonstrated how gender was a site of struggle for revolutionary liberation.

Chris Rock on Ferguson, Cosby, and Obama

It’s about white people adjusting to a new reality?

Owning their actions. Not even their actions. The actions of your dad. Yeah, it’s unfair that you can get judged by something you didn’t do, but it’s also unfair that you can inherit money that you didn’t work for.

Would you seek out someone to interview who might not normally be sought out?

I would get you to interview somebody, and I would put something in your ear, and I’d ask the questions through you.

You’d have a white guy.

And I would ask them questions that you would never come up with, and we’d have the most amazing interviews ever.

The Many Stories Behind Double-Eyelid Surgery

“Here’s the thing that you hear a lot,” Rondilla points out. “‘I just want to be a better version of me.’ What does that even mean? ‘I just want to be a better me’? Who said that you, as you are now, is flawed?” Rondilla says that when we think about these “beautiful Asian women” — they’re all women who seem beautiful to Western standards. They’re of a higher class, of a different class, she says.

The Odd History of the First Erotic Computer Game

Under Softalk’s pen, “the pure science of computer programming” was exposed for what it had always been: socially embedded, politically fraught, brittle in its appeal to scientific objectivity. The dialogue around Softporn was perhaps the first time a cultural debate happened within a microcomputing and gaming community itself.... In written responses to the ad, readers were sorting through just what they thought their industry should look like, but also questions that were far bigger than microcomputers or games: What is this technology for?

Crowd-sourcing old NBA games

While the NBA is working on an online archive for their vast assortment of older games, one fan has begun crowd-sourcing vintage games that are on YouTube to compile for all to consume to their hearts’ desires.