Scans/noscans_daily strives to provide an atmosphere which is LGBT-friendly, anti-racist, anti-ableist, woman-friendly, and otherwise discrimination and harassment free.
Last August we posted a list of resources, compiled to help members of Scans/noscans_daily educate themselves on anti-oppression terms and issues touched on in our Community Ethos. We have expanded this list and are re-posting it.
We recognize that not everyone starts from the same place when it comes to discussions of discrimination, oppression, and privilege. Our hope is that this list will continue to serve as a valuable resource for both members and moderators, and help facilitate discussion and better understanding of topics such as privilege, racism, sexism, transphobia, ableism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination and oppression.
As a medium, comics are extremely diverse and wide-ranging in terms of their content, style and subject matter. We believe it is important to provide a safer space for all fans to discuss, criticize, celebrate, and enjoy comics, which is why we strongly encourage you to explore the links provided.
These resources are 101 level - they're designed for readers who are new to the anti-oppression conversation, or who are new to particular parts of the conversation. Are you a committed feminist who's learning about transphobia? An anti-racist who'd like to learn more about anti-ableism? Or someone who's exploring this stuff in depth for the first time? This section is for you.
- Anti-Oppression Glossary
- The FedEx Arrow And How To Deal With It
- Models of Disability
- "BADD: On Oracle and Ableism", Never That Easy
- Ableist Word Profile
- Thoughts on disability and respectful language
- Disability 101: Defining Disability
- T-Vox: Transgender and T-Vox: Transphobia
- Why Anti-Oppression Is Serious Business
- Whipping Girl FAQ on cissexual, cisgender, and cis privilege
- Feminism 101
- Rape Culture 101
- Don't Be That Guy
- Racism 101
- Racebending - racism discussion
- Homophobia 101
- helpful hint for the colorblind: BE LESS BLIND
- Tough Guise: Masculinity Crisis
Looking for even more 101 content? The following are prepared reading lists at the 101 level. Some contain explanatory notes, while others speak for themselves.
- It's great to learn... 'Cause knowledge is power!
- For Clueless White People
- Various links on racism and intersectionality.
Accessibility and the Internet
Is your code accessible?
- Nerdy PSA: Accessibility and HTML
- HTML Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (text)
What is privilege? Privileges are rights or immunities which are granted to some, as part of an office, title, or membership in a group (eg. executive privilege, spousal privilege). In anti-oppression conversation, 'privilege' refers to the unearned benefits of being a member of a dominant or advantaged group (eg. white privilege, male privilege). Privilege works to systematically overempower the privileged, while disempowering the dis-privileged. The fringe benefits of privilege are generally invisible - taken to be natural, or taken for granted - by the privileged. This aspect of privilege also makes invisible the disadvantages experienced by others.
This is a short list of resources on privilege.
- "Check My What?" On privilege and what we can do about it.
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
- The Privilege of Politeness
- The Male Privilege Checklist
- Shall We Talk About Privilege
- Black Adversity
Appropriation and Representation
Cultural appropriation: Borrowing symbols, artifacts, modes of dress, myths and other cultural products from another, different cultural group. Think tribal tattoos and First Nations headdresses on the high fashion runway without any context, understanding or respect for their origins and the people to whom they belong.
Representation: Media representations shape our understanding of ourselves and others - representation matters. Stereotypical depictions of disprivileged groups can have wide-ranging, and harmful effects.
- Appropriate Cultural Appropriation
- I Didn't Dream of Dragons
- Why I Support Exceptional Minority Media
- Writing The Other
- Visibility Is Not Progress
- Writing Gay Characters
- Media Representation Links
- The Smurfette Principle
Feminists, anti-racists and other anti-oppression advocates are often told that "you'd catch more flies with honey than with vinegar." The argument being that more people would listen if you'd stop being so angry, pushy, aggressive, emotional, hysterical, etc. Instead, you should your point calmly, rationally, and without causing undue offense. This is the 'tone argument,' and is used both by concern trolls, and by derailers. It is a conversational tactic, designed to discredit the 'angry' opposition, and their arguments at once.
- The Tone Argument - Geek Feminism Wiki
- What I learned About Tone
- The Tone Argument
- On Anger
- I Don't Like Your Tone Missy
- The Privilege of Politeness
What is derailing? It is literally, to run a conversation off the rails. Derailing happens when someone comes into a conversation and demands that it change course, stop in its tracks, or back up long enough for them to jump on. Derailing can be deliberate and malicious, or well-meaning and ignorant, but in all cases it makes a mess of a delicate and complicated anti-oppression conversation.
This is a short list of resources on derailing.
- Derailing For Dummies
- How to Discuss Race and Racism Without Acting Like a Complete Jerk
- The Art of Defending Racism
- How to Suppress Discussions of Racism
- Moff's Law
- Wite-Magik Attax
Conversation and Strategies
Finding these conversations difficult because you lack the vocabulary, or need new tactics? These resources are for you.
- "How To Tell People They Sound Racist."
- The Do's and Don'ts of Being a Good Ally
- This Is What An Activist Looks Like
- I'm For Gay Rights, But...
- Defending what entertains us
Communities, Blogs and Sites
Looking for safe spaces, or places to learn more about anti-oppression theory and activism? We've got some links.
Dreamwidth, LiveJournal, JournalFen, InsaneJournal communities
- Racism 101
- Fight Derailing
- Dead Bro Walking
- Fans Of Colour United
- Debunking White
- Black History
- Sex and Race
- Queer Activism
- Post Queer
- Stuff White People Do
- Finally, a Feminism 101 Blog
- When Fangirls Attack
- Questioning Transphobia
- Black Superheroes
- Social Justice in Spandex
- FWD/Forward: Disabled Feminists
Magazines and Sites
Exceptional Minority Media
This list is heavily based on member submissions. Please submit your favorites!
- The Your Recommendation Series: Ladies First, POC Edition, LGBT Edition
- Anne & Me
- Celebrating Black Superheroes
This list is only a start. If there is a resource you would like added to, or removed from this list, please let us know. We consider this project a work in progress to be updated and revised on a semi-regular basis.