Everybody has heard the term New Media. It started to be a buzzword even before the turn of the millenium, a new way to consume media, a new way to create media, and part and parcel of the newness was an unwashed throng of commoners that wanted to create and consume news and other programming in brand new ways. The motivations of the creators particularly was radical. They wanted to be responsible for creating news that was heavily endowed with truth. When you start talking about news and truth in the same sentence people get alarmed, especially politicians with a less than humanist agenda.
As new media grows alliances are formed between like minded people who have their own passions, these groups of impassioned activists are often labelled SJWs or Social Justice Warriors. Social Justice Warrior is what a lot of people, particularly the alt right, would like to be a derogatory term. I would like to introduce a couple of my SJW comrades in arms.
Nicole Alexander is the author of the Terfwar Blog. She has been a very close friend who has an absolutely uncanny knack for getting to the facts regardless of how much time the enemy has spent attempting to obscure them. For those of you that don’t know TERF is Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism, for these “feminists” only cisgender women qualify to be part of the feminist struggle. Trans women are, in the eyes of TERFs, men. At both the terfwar blog and here at texaspinko we absolutely believe in every persons right to be the person they believe themselves to be without fear of assault, discrimination, or ridicule. This is a belief that was nurtured in Nicole and I many years ago by Shannon Larratt, founder of Body Modification Ezine or BME. The TERFWAR article I’ve linked here is not even about TERF. It’s an article about Betsy DeVos and the Acton Institute. It’s a screaming good article.
The other friend I’ll mention here is another Arkansas blogger. Rance Vinson is the author of An Arkansas Atheist. Rance is a great writer with a straight, no chaser approach to the separation of church and state. He is a genuine and sincere ally to all humans. Rance puts in the work. Rance is, perhaps more than anyone, the reason I chose to start blogging again after an 11 year hiatus.
You’ll be seeing a lot of cooperation and interactions between our blogs. We’re all radical activists and close friends. We will on occasion edit each other’s blogs to expand our minds and perspectives. We will win or be brave in the attempt.
Hasta La Victoria Siempre