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July 15, 2014 3:05 pm

Our Taste for Cheap Palm Oil Is Killing Chimpanzees

propublica:

Palm oil plantations want to expand to the same places that dwindling great ape populations call home. (source: The Daily Beast

June 25, 2014 10:41 pm 10:41 pm

Female Playwrights Get A Boost From Advocacy Group

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Female Playwrights Get A Boost From Advocacy Group

Broadway

In Shakespeare’s day, all parts in a play, whether male or female, were acted out by men. You see in those old timey days, women had a lot of restrictions in life in general. Not so in 2014, although there is a very legitimate war on women which is being gallantly fought by feminists and advocate groups everywhere. Phew!

In the theater world, gender disparity still seems to be a issue, and…

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10:41 pm

Daria Polatin talks The Kilroys

li88y:

Daria Polatin talks The Kilroys

If you’re involved in making theater at all, you probably know that the ladies have been bitching about the lack of gender parity on American stages for some time. The lady writers are pouring out of grad schools, just like I did a few years back, and demanding that their work be taken as seriously, and produced as widely, as our gentlemen counterparts. You can google to find the fallout from all…

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10:40 pm
Inclusion, Diversity and Disambiguation: On The Kilroys and The List - Parabasis

agrrlcalledlize:

"Not all people who call themselves playwrights are good writers.

Not all good playwrights write the kind of plays that most theaters want to do.

Not everyone who fails to get regularly produced is untalented. Or writes bad plays.

Not everyone who gets produced is talented. Or writes good plays.

Not every solution can target all problems at once. Similarly, no single diversity or inclusion effort can really afford to be all-inclusive. The more generalized and vague a solution is, the more likely it is to fail.

With very few exceptions, the goal of inclusion efforts is not that every single person is definitely included, but rather that every single person has a fair shot at being included.

Confusion over this word “inclusion” might mean that it isn’t a very good replacement jargon term for “diversity,” which, to be honest, is how it is generally used. The fact that there seems to be no word for “diversity” that white people (and in particular white men) won’t find threatening is a problem I don’t know how to solve. Although I really, truly wish I did.

The hope is that multiple co-existing efforts will work simultaneously (and with any luck, collaboratively) to attack a problem from multiple angles.

No single diversity effort has any moral obligation to be intersectional in nature. Intersectionality can be present both within individual efforts/orgs or across multiple efforts/orgs. What’s most important is that various diversity efforts not compete with one another.

Trial and error are important. Actually taking action instead of just talking about and critiquing all potential action is important.

Doing something different from other people is not a judgment of their choices. Just as my being married is no judgment on unmarried couples, the fact that there are multiple organizations and individuals trying to attack the gender parity issue through different means, lenses, frames and efforts does not mean that they are competing with one another.

This is because each efforts is going to have its own versions of (a) an understanding of what the problem is, (b) a target audience and (c) a theory of change. Just because one organization’s theory of change is different from another’s does not mean they are competing. For example, a structural critique of racism does not invalidate an intersectional one, or vice versa. “

I recommend reading all of this post. Isaac drops some truth.

10:39 pm June 4, 2014 2:05 am
freedomforwhales:

Excuse me PETA can u not
This shit is the reason anti-caps get a bad rap. For some reason Pro caps love to cluster all of us together with PETA, so when they do things like this, all of the anti caps who don’t necessarily agree with this still suffer from it.

I will never be okay with PETA using women as objects to get their shock factor points across, regardless of if I agree with the message or not. This is gross.

freedomforwhales:

Excuse me PETA can u not

This shit is the reason anti-caps get a bad rap. For some reason Pro caps love to cluster all of us together with PETA, so when they do things like this, all of the anti caps who don’t necessarily agree with this still suffer from it.

I will never be okay with PETA using women as objects to get their shock factor points across, regardless of if I agree with the message or not. This is gross.

December 28, 2013 2:17 am
georgetakei:

Asian Staffer says, “This dog’s a little chewy.” http://ift.tt/JiBl5P

georgetakei:

Asian Staffer says, “This dog’s a little chewy.” http://ift.tt/JiBl5P

November 29, 2013 7:39 pm

orientaltiger:

The first innovative bicycle path in the Netherlands will be paved with light stones that will charge during the day and emit light during the evening. The path will run by the home that Vincent van Gogh lived in from 1883-5

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November 26, 2013 10:01 am
"I think the reason why I went into theater, ultimately, was because that was one of those multicultural groups. Because you identify with other people that share similar passions to you, so it didn’t matter how much melanin was in their skin. It’s just: You have a passion for theater, and … I have a passion for theater. So that clan is born out of love and passion as opposed to some sense of obligation to belong to a certain group. So for me, that’s what salvaged my life in high school."

Keegan-Michael Key of Key & Peele explains how theater allowed him to bond with classmates because of similar interests and not solely because ofrace (via nprfreshair)

Yes!

(via npr)