So I used to work in the visual effects industry and, as some of you know, it’s fallen on weird, bad, and hard times. That being said, my colleagues are not always great about framing their problems— and there are real problems, economically and culturally, facing the discipline as it goes forward— in terms that would make you take them seriously. Some of these terms grind my gears beyond belief, so here’s five of my least favorites.
1) Rape. You didn’t get raped by Bryan Singer because you got paid a shitload to work on Jack the Giant Killer and it was a bad movie.
(Nor, since it’s been pointed out to me, did anyone get raped by Bryan Singer because they worked on his shitty movie and didn’t get paid. Not getting paid sucks and is a pretty clear violation of labor laws! But it is not equivalent to rape, which should be obvious.)
(Corollary: George Lucas, as far as we know, has never actually raped anyone’s childhood. But a lot of people seem to think that’s a legit comparison to not liking a handful of bad movies.)
(Full disclosure: I got paid to work— for a vendor, not for Bryan Singer directly— on Jack the Giant Killer. I didn’t enjoy it, mostly because I was subjected to Helen Keller jokes from a coworker who, being in a remote office, didn’t realize he was talking to the one render watcher with visual and hearing impairments. Being a writer, I can just tell you that without resorting to unfunny hyperbole.)
2) Slavery. This one should be really obvious, but I see it a lot. Bonus points if you’ve used Malcolm X’s field vs. house slave comparison to try to start shit between contract vs. staff VFX workers.
3) Being a member of an itinerant, stigmatized subculture like the Roma or the Travellers. Even if you think it sounds romantic to refer to yourself by the slur most commonly used for these people.
4) Migrant field labor. Yeah, you may occasionally move to Vancouver or New Zealand or Toronto or London. You undoubtedly aren’t doing it without immigration papers in the back of a truck to take a gig that pays utter shit, is physically intense and dangerous, etc. etc. Again, this ought to be obvious, but I see it a lot, usually with specific references to ethnicities perceived to do a lot of migrant field labor.
5) Sex work. Bonus points if you can’t make your sex work comparison without affecting what you think is AAVE about “pimping” and so on.
Hi everyone, so I made a post a few days ago about putting together a list of links for my lab partner, who wants to work with autistic children. This is what I’ve come up with. Admittedly it’s more of an “introduction to neurodiversity advocacy” primer, but I think that should come with the job, really. If you’ve got any suggestions, do let me know!
(And sorry for the odd formatting- I can’t for the life of me figure out how to make nesting bullets, even when I enter the html)
TW: mentions (but no discussion in this post) of ableism, neglect, assault, murder, abuse, ABA. All links come with their own warnings unless otherwise noted. If you find one that doesn’t, or is broken, please tell me.
And Part Two (the link kind of gets lost at the bottom, so I put it here too)
As disgusting as it is, a lot of people dismiss autistic voices on the topic of harmful therapy in favor of parents’ and child development professionals’ voices. The writers of this are both, so it may be useful to convince people with that attitude