Why is femslash the smallest genre in the world of fanfiction? Why is femslash the most underrepresented relationship type by a sizeable margin? More importantly, why is it that almost all femslash writers are queer women? Male slash pairings are written by straight women, queer women, and even some men (I say “even” because men are rarer than a two dollar bill in the world of fanfiction) and they’re read by a mostly female audience. Femslash has a completely different ideology, because it’s almost exclusively written and consumed by the community it portrays. Unlike a straight girl writing about two boys having sex (and I guarantee that they’re two conventionally attractive white boys whose female love interests have been deemed either worthy of death or asexual by the fandom), femslash is written by those whose identities and personal narratives are reflected in the stories themselves. Maybe the writer of that erotic scene hasn’t had sex with a girl yet, but damn, she has thought about it a lot. That queer author writes two girls falling in love even if they’re straight in the original work because two girls falling in love means something to her and to so many people like her, and it’s important that she sees herself in a piece of media whose canon forgets she exists. One of the great frustrations of LGBTQ media is the fact that so little of our representations end up coming from LGBTQ-identified creators, and thus we see inaccurate portrayals with limited diversity. Femslash exists because we were sick of being told we didn’t exist, so we wrote ourselves into their stories.
—  excerpt from a very long piece I’ve been working on for autostraddle about femslash and why there’s so little of it (and why we need to make more of it NOW)

Um. I am appalled. I never seem to manage to catch the bad parts of what’s going on in this fandom (or I just follow the right people) but trust me, I am protect natasha (or anyone from the carmilla crew) at all costs squad.

Alexander White: One of the natural wonders of the world is about to have 3 million cubic metres of seabed dumped on top of it.

The site where the dredging will take place is “just around the corner” of a beach that is used as the nesting grounds for endangered green and flat back sea turtles. Something that I didn’t know was that the flat back turtles nest solely in northern Australia and “have the smallest migratory range of any marine turtle”. This is crazy.

I don’t usually support Greenpeace, but they have created a petition against the plan. Please sign.


ALSO, updates and ways to help can be found on this website:

SYDNEY, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Australia will abandon plans to dump 3 million cubic meters of dredged sand into the Great Barrier Reef area in its effort to create the world’s biggest coal port, the Australian Financial Review reported on Tuesday. …

BREAKING NEWS - TAKE ACTION NOW! Link will also be on blog under petitions

Australian authorities have approved a project to dump dredged sediment in the Great Barrier Reef marine park as part of a project to create one of the world’s biggest coal ports.

About 3 million cubic meters (106 million cubic feet) of dredged mud will be dumped within the marine park under the plan.

The already fragile reef will be gravely threatened by the dredging, which will occur over a 184-hectare (455-acre) area. Apart from the risk that the sediment will smother coral and seagrass, the increased shipping traffic will boost the risk of accidents, such as oil spills and collisions with delicate coral beds, environment groups argue.

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Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt wants bulldozers at Abbot Point in January, and they don’t want you to know about it. We only have until 5pm today to be heard. Don’t be silenced, let’s speak up now.

Hi all! This is of very late notice, I know, but we have until 5pm today to voice objection to Greg Hunt’s plans to allow pollution in the Great Barrier Reef. Not only is this place a World Heritage listed site and a refuge for 1500 species of fish, 411 hard corals and 134 species of sharks and rays; the Great Barrier Reef is of great importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Communities have fished and hunted its waters, and navigated between the islands of its coast for thousands and thousands of years. The ecological, cultural, historical and spiritual significance of this reef is unimaginable. Don’t let it be destroyed.