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PurrVerse: We All Have The Right To A Secret Identity

PurrVerse: We All Have The Right To A Secret Identity

It was two and a half years ago that I presented at South By Southwest  on sex workers and social media, particularly on the dangers of “real name policies.” Sex workers are using social media, not only to talk to fans, but to talk to each other, to create community while still maintaining a level of personal privacy that feels good for them.

I argued that demanding people use their legal names (erroneously called their “real” name) can make social media an incredibly unsafe place, with more abuse rather than less. I talked about some of the cons to social media, like the overzealous censorship of nudity while ignoring violent gore, or how bullying and harassment goes ignored.

It was a generally well-received presentation, and I noticed that times did change. Google Plus, who was the main offender, changed their policies first to allow nicknames, and then finally in July of this year, doing away with “real name” policies altogether. I figured the NymWars were over with that. Keep reading »

City Creates Sidewalk Lane For Texting While Walking

City Creates Sidewalk Lane For Texting While Walking

Taking a cue from an American experiment, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they’re going. But it’s apparently intended to be ironic—to remind people that it’s dangerous to tweet while walking the street. “There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here,” said Nong Cheng, the marketing official with Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city’s entertainment zone. Read more on Newser…

Woman Sues Facebook For $123 Million For Not Removing Her Likeness In “Revenge Porn”

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  • Meryem Ali, 28, of Houston, Texas, is suing Facebook for $123 million for failing to remove her likeness in “revenge porn” photos posted to their site. As she tells Cosmopolitan.com, a man she had hung out with three times created a fake profile with photos of Ali’s head photoshopped onto pornographic images.  Ali’s original contact with Facebook with pretty much ignored (as well as contact made by family and friends). Four-and-a-half months later, Facebook finally took down the offending content only after they were contacted by police. Ali is now suing the site for 10 cents for every one of Facebook’s 1.23 billion users. [Cosmopolitan.com] Keep reading »

Make It Stop: “My Friend Is A Charity Humble Bragger!”

Make It Stop is a new weekly column in which Anna Goldfarb — the blogger behind Shmitten Kitten and Shlooby Kitten — tells you what’s up. Want a fresh take on a stinky dilemma? Email anna@shmittenkitten.com with the subject “Make It Stop.” She’ll make it all better, or at least make you laugh. Girl Scout’s honor.

First up, how to cope with an attention-hungry Facebook humble-bragger:

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Sorority Sister Uses N-Word In Racist Snapchat, Gets Kicked Out

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  • A member of the Chi Omega sorority at the University of Alabama has been dismissed from the sorority after she posted a Snapchat with two friends which was captioned “Chi O got NO n***as!!!!!” (According to WVTM Birmingham, two Black women joined the sorority during this rush period.) The University of Alabama has been under scrutiny this past year for ongoing bigotry and discrimination in the Greek system. Some Greeks claim its their alumnae who pressure sororities to stay all-white, but clearly the problem is more wide-reaching and complicated. [Clutch Magazine; Alabamas13BuzzfeedThe Crimson White]
  • Tech startup impresario Gesche Haas revealed to the tech blog Valleywag a creepy and harassing email she received after meeting with a male investor. After a professional meeting with Haas, Pavel Curda sent an email asking to have sex. Haas went public with the email because she wanted others to know that this behavior exists. So brave. [Valleywag] Keep reading »

Watch A Bunch Of Celebrities Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely noticed everyone and their mom is posting videos of themselves to social media, in which they dump buckets of ice water on their heads. The point is to attract attention to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” by challenging friends and loved ones to take the challenge or donate $100 to ALS research. Sometimes I find myself questioning how helpful these stunts actually are, but this one has really taken off, raising over $11 million as of this weekend. Not to mention, I just spent 10 minutes reading the ALS Wikipedia page. Anyway, lots and lots and lots of celebs have gotten in on the action, including Lena Dunhama, above. See more after the jump! Keep reading »

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