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The Textile Dissections of Sabine Feliciano

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The textile work of Sabine Feliciano may recall a past biology class for some, as her “dissections” of animals play with the vibrant and textural possibilities of the form. Her “Wild Textile World” takes us inside varying creatures of the natural world. And each takes the traditionally gruesome and adds something new, even lighthearted, to these explorations.
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‘White hat’ hacker Amanda Rousseau hacks back at malicious software

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Rousseau is No. 94 on the Recode 100.

Amanda Rousseau is a “white hat” hacker and a senior malware researcher at security firm Endgame. Earlier this year, she reverse engineered the massive WannaCry ransomware attack — a cyber attack targeting Microsoft Windows that hit 200,000 victims in 150 countries — in order to prevent future outbreaks.

She’s also an avid voice on Twitter about cybersecurity and women in tech.

In August, Rousseau published a piece in Teen Vogue on what it’s like to be a female hacker.

“Since I was one of the few women on the floor, I had a higher standard to perform because I stood out and was an anomaly,” Rousseau wrote of her previous job at the U.S. Department of Defense. “In return, I was forced to learn how to get the job done efficiently and with no mistakes in a short amount of time, which allowed me to quickly rise through the ranks.”

This year she also founded VanitySec, a blog for women who are into fashion and cybersecurity.

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Sure, Wonder Woman Is Good... But Let's Talk About Those STUPID HEELS

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I did it again, peeps: I let the hype get to me.

With all the rave reviews flooding social media, the smashing of box office records, and friends telling me to get ready to cheer, cry, and generally lose my mind, I went to see Wonder Woman last night with my spirits high, and my expectations higher.

To be fair, maybe nothing could live up to all that.

And also to be fair, Wonder Woman is a good movie - no question. But to someone coming in with no real history with Diana Prince, someone who hasn't seen all the previous stinkers DC's been making (Bats vs Supes? Nuh-uh.) for comparison, Wonder Woman falls just shy of "great."

It has moments of greatness, though: a few scenes that punch through into the movie I hoped for, the movie I desperately wanted. We get to see Diana and the other Amazons kicking butt, and looking gorgeous and fierce while doing it. We get a little laughter and color, a nice change from all the "dark and gritty" that superhero flicks seem to choke on today. We get gods and World War 1 and a ragtag group of misfits taking on the world - only this time, a woman's in charge. HELLZ YES AND THANK YOU PLEASE.

But for all that, the movie drags. There's too much talking, too much flirting with the predictable - albeit adorable - love interest. There's not enough fighting. The Big Bad Guy at the end is kinda laughable. And the worst part - the WORST part - is that our Amazonian warrior goddess, the one raised in a society with no men, the one who spends an entire (hilarious) scene protesting when they put her in a dress, because "how do you fight in this?" - this confident, self-sufficient, powerful role model for girls and women everywhere - spends the entire movie in 4-inch heels.

WHUT.

Not gonna lie: those needless, hypocritical, impractical high heels - featured prominently in every fight scene, but surprisingly hard to find in promo photos for reasons that will soon be made clear - kinda broke the movie for me.


BONUS SIDE NOTE OF FORTUITOUS COINCIDENCE: 
 Preach, Mac Dictionary.

 


Now I'mma rant a bit. Buckle up.

Look, there's no denying Wonder Woman was made by men, for men. (Her own creator once wrote, "the secret of woman’s allure,” is that “women enjoy submission—being bound.” Um. EW.) But today we're told she is something different. Today she's been re-branded, reclaimed. Today Wonder Woman is supposed to stand for feminism and empowerment, not bondage and submission. We girl geeks rally behind her as the champion for our sex, the chief example in the comics universe we can point to and say, "See? Women can be superheroes, too.

And hey, I'm not saying Wonder Woman can't be sexy. HECK YEAH SHE CAN BE SEXY. The rest of Diana's outfit makes sense for battle, and is totally smokin'.

I'm also not saying wearing heels is bad, because rock what makes you happy, peeps. But let's not delude ourselves: heels are for looks, not comfort or practicality. Which of you straps on stilettos before going for a run? Maybe a kicky pair of pumps for Taekwondo? It's beyond laughable. Add to that Diana is a warrior who's never even SEEN a man, much less cares about attracting one during battle. Putting her in heels is practically character assassination; it literally goes against everything she stands for.

Besides, I defy you to put Gal Godot in flats and tell me she's one IOTA less attractive. So why do it? WHY?

And lest you think this was a height thing: Godot is 5'10. Chris Pine is 6 feet tall. Godot didn't need to be taller. In fact, she wore flats while filming, so she wouldn't be taller than Pine.


Because heaven forbid a leading lady ever be taller than her leading man, right, Hollywood?
 

 Almost done, I promise.

Of course, Godot also had to wear flats while filming because even pretending to be Wonder Woman was impossible in those shoes. Gal Godot was a combat trainer in the Israeli army, you guys. If anyone could do it, it would be her. But she couldn't. That's how ridiculous Wonder Woman's shoes are.

So get this: they CGI'd them in.

That's right, they went back and digitally added in the high heels; in reality, Godot was wearing sneakers under gladiator spats the whole time. So instead of giving her flat sandals that make sense and look almost exactly the same, the producers spent extra money, time, and who-knows-how-much effort to make the pointed statement that Wonder Woman must wear impossibly high heels while fighting. (I guess we should add that to her list of super powers?)


And here I am, feeling like a traitor, because every review I've seen by other ladies is going on about how different Wonder Woman is, because it was directed by a woman. That it doesn't "serve the male gaze," and that the Amazon's outfits are so refreshingly unsexualized, and I'm like

HAVE YOU SEEN THE SHOES

and

HOW COULD ANOTHER WOMAN MAKE THIS DECISION

but of course I can't say that because the movie is rocking my fellow geeks' universe, and I DO want them to have nice things, and I DON'T want to be the one tinkling in the Wonder Woman Wheaties, so to speak.

[plops back down, pats hair into place]

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Jen, CHILL. They're just shoes."

But are they? 

When Gal Godot showed up to the Wonder Woman premier in flats, the internet lost its mind.


Everyone applauded this bold statement for comfort and feminism, apparently oblivious to the fact that the actress was now better equipped to go sprinting through a battle field than her character was. Think about that. Think about the enormous opportunity lost here. About what a coup it would have been for women everywhere if "our" superhero - the one I hope will help usher in a new age of female leads - didn't have to sacrifice her own character integrity for the sake of sex appeal. Think about what an example that could be to kids, to geeks, heck, to cosplayers. (WILL NO ONE THINK OF THE COSPLAYERS??)



Wonder Woman was a good step forward, it was. I love it for every battle scene, for every roundhouse kick, for every time Diana led the charge. I love how many of you were deeply moved and inspired, and I'm beyond thrilled reading all the stories of little girls putting on capes and practicing their punches, and of grown geeks rediscovering their love for a childhood icon. I want more of that, and I know Wonder Woman will help pave the way.

But dangit, they really screwed up with those shoes.


Ok, sound off: who didn't even notice she was wearing heels? Who doesn't care? Who's had their entire feminist perspective shifted by my oh-so-convincing diatribe? [elbow nudge] Eh? EH??

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superiphi
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Agreed. Adding heels is stupid
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HP announces refreshed OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 gaming laptops for 2017

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HP's affordable OMEN line gets new hardware for 2017. Here's what's new in the OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 going on sale this month!

For those who enjoy gaming on the go, HP is back this year with is revamped OMEN line of 15" and 17" powerhouse laptops that also don't break the bank.

More importantly, both laptops are bringing the latest NVIDIA GeForce GPUs including the robust GTX 1050/1050Ti and even the GTX 1060 with new Max Q design initiative in the 15-inch OMEN and GTX 1060/1070 for the 17-inch variant. Alternatively, both devices can be configured with AMD Radeon RX 550 or RX580, correspondingly.

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HP's new OMEN X Compact Desktop packs a ton of VR power and is wearable too

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HP's new OMEN X Compact Desktop is small enough to fit into a backpack (literally), but is it powerful?

HP's OMEN Windows PC line has been getting increasingly impressive over time, competing with the likes of Razer and MSI with a strong line-up of desktops and laptops.

HP's all-new OMEN X Compact Desktop packs some incredible horsepower into a tiny package. By design, the new OMEN X Compact Desktop should fit into any regular backpack, making it a great option for travellers, full-room VR and LAN parties. Its compact size even makes it a viable option as a living room PC, in place of a video game console. But does that small size come with compromises?

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I Was Taken From My Family and Jailed For 57 Days Because I Am Poor

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No one should be arrested for being too poor to pay traffic tickets. I was, and I’m suing so it can’t happen to anyone else.

“I don’t care if you have one, two, three, four, five, six, or seven kids.”

This is what the judge told me when I tried to explain that I was a single mom with seven kids. I could not afford to pay $100 a month toward traffic tickets. The judge threatened me with jail. I was scared.

This all started when I got two traffic tickets in March last year in Lexington County, South Carolina. I did something wrong. I drove without a tag light and on a suspended license. I wanted to go to court and make it right. But when I got there, the judge treated me like I was nothing. She sentenced me to pay more than $2400 for both tickets — more than the law allowed, my attorneys told me. I did not have the money to pay that day, so the judge decided that I had to pay $100 each month.

I knew I could not afford that. So, I explained that I could pay $50 each month. The judge wasn’t hearing it. She said, “I want my money on the twelfth.” She made clear that if I missed one payment, she would have a warrant out for my arrest.

I did everything I could to pay my traffic fines. I made five payments in a row. But then I started missing payments when I could not pay the court and support my family at the same time.

In the fall of 2016, one of my sons had to get jaw surgery. While I took care of him in the hospital for a week, I could not work. Also, my employer at the time was paying me with checks that kept bouncing, which meant I wasn’t getting paid when I should have been.

After looking for weeks, I finally found a better job. I planned to use my first pay check to get back on track to paying my fine. I was just waiting for that first check.

Then, on a Saturday morning in February, officers came to my home at around 7 a.m. My 13-year-old son came into my bedroom and told me, “The sheriff is out there.” I went to the front door and saw sheriff’s department deputies through the peephole.

I didn’t want to open the door. My kids were there. But I let the deputies in. An officer informed me that there was a warrant for my arrest. I got dressed and sent my 13-year-old to take the trash out. I didn’t want him to see me in handcuffs and taken to jail.

At the jail, officers gave me a copy of the warrant used to arrest me. It said that I needed to pay $1907.63 — the entire amount I still owed in traffic fines and fees — or serve 90 days in jail.

There was no way that I could pay. I did not want my children to go without food, electricity, and rent. And I had not yet gotten my first paycheck at my new job.

For 57 days, I was locked away in jail, away from my family. I cried every day. I prayed that my kids and grandkids would be okay. I could not be with my family when my cousin died. I could not be with them on my son’s 17th birthday or on my granddaughter’s first birthday. I lost my new job and the chance to get a promotion and a raise. I spent my 40th birthday in jail.

But even worse was the fear I had every day that my 13-year-old son would be taken away from me by the Department of Social Services. It made me feel sick to think that I could lose him while I was in jail because I could not afford to pay traffic fines.

Luckily my older children took on responsibility to make sure that the youngest was in good care. I am so grateful I did not lose him.

Since I was released on that 57th day in jail, I have been with my family. They are the light of my life. But I lost so much while I was in jail. I have been struggling to find a job, and I have even more bills because I couldn’t work in jail. It’s been hard.

I did everything I could to pay my fines, and I was still locked up because I was poor. I don’t think being poor should be a reason to be sent to jail, to be taken from your family. So I decided to bring a lawsuit against Lexington County and the people responsible so that no one else will be forced to spend weeks away from their family because they cannot afford to pay traffic tickets.

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kazriko
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Debtors prison exists... If the entity you owe is the government.
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Technicalleigh
199 days ago
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Debtors' prisons still exist.
SF Bay area, CA (formerly ATL)
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