The Cute Cat Theory of Digital Activism: a Web 2.0 tool is only useful if it works for activists and cat macros.
Diary of a Newly Diagnosed Dissociative: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4. Plus a video about the initial shame, and some tips for how to make peace with it.
How to find out the gender (or at least, the sex) of your computer. Cute. (It’s just leaning on Microsoft SAPI; according to the comments, XP comes with a male voice, Vista and 7 with female, and Macs can be easily switched in the system preferences.)
The NYT’s coverage of the first black Senator. In…wait for it…1870. Wikipedia has more, including the legal controversy on whether he had technically been a citizen long enough.
Parents decide to raise a child without telling people its sex. More here, with extra details. (Both the articles and the comments conflate “gender” and “sex” all over the place; the second one has extra tales of people being icky to young boys who wear pink.) The story they’re referring to as inspiration is X: A Fabulous Child’s Story.
How Tokyopop sank wages in the manga translation industry, with hopes that they can still recover. (Translators, not Tokyopop’s manga.)
The Significant Other’s Guide to Dissociative Identity Disorder. There’s a bit of “my experience is everyone’s experience” going on, but it’s the first really long and detailed thing I’ve seen from an SO’s perspective.
A feminist critique of borderline personality disorder. Edges slightly into “if the world were a happier place, maybe people would stop having mental health problems” territory, but read the comments anyway – they chew over the way the diagnosis is abused, without tossing out the idea that sometimes people are hurt and treatment helps.
Speaking of diagnoses, “nervous breakdown” is diagnostically vague and officially out-of-date, but present-day people keep finding it feels most comfortable to use for what they’re going through.
How hallucinations and delusions work for someone in the real world, as opposed to the standard trope seen on TV.
Elsewhere, how ADD works for someone on a day-to-day basis – with a metric truckload of “Oh, wow, me too!” comments.
From the Onion: Study Reveals Dolphins Lack Capacity To Mock Celebrity Culture. This one would do Douglas Adams proud.