- Time for straight allies to get out of the spotlight in the LGBT sports movement – Spotlight hogging is why “ally” is a dirty word for some people. Patrick Burke has a done a lot of good with You Can Play, but I’m glad he realizes he’s become part of the problem when journalists are turning to him, a straight white guy, for a story about Brittney Griner, a black lesbian athlete.
I can’t shake the feeling that we’ve gone too far. Allies have raised our profiles beyond what is necessary to help the LGBT community. It’s been a big year for allies to get famous, grab a book deal, win awards, maybe pocket some speaker’s fees for appearances. Resources that should be going to empower LGBT voices are instead going to enhance the visibility of straight people. We’ve created professional allies (or, as the history major in me would call them, mercenaries). We’ve created famous allies. Think of how absurd that concept is.
- GIFs, memes and liveblogs: The controversial new language of book reviewing – Salon does, occasionally, print a good article, and I liked this thoughtful piece on the gif review.
What’s at issue here is a question of tone, and it’s no surprise that it happened in the thriving subculture devoted to reading and writing YA books, where old-fashioned expectations of the special status accorded to published authors rubs up against a readership more inclined to treat everyone as peers. You would think that Bransford, someone enthusiastic about a novel in which one character refers to another character’s girlfriend as a “dire pussy-web,” would not be so flabbergasted by a review that speaks the same irreverent, profane language as both the book’s characters and its intended audience. Is it really such a surprise that an Internet review of a book for and about teenagers should be written pretty much the way teenagers write stuff on the Internet?
- Dear Joss Whedon: STFU – I’ve liked some of the stuff he’s created, but every time he’s spoken about feminism or racism or the like I’ve wanted to find him a seat. Also, Jezebel is still a bad joke.
When you posit that two of the main problems with the word feminist are the offputting phonetics and unnatural implications of its final syllable, then promptly suggest a replacement word that uses the exact same fucking syllable in the exact same fucking placement while changing the part you claimed was great – which backflip you manage to perform in the space of a single, pre-prepared speech – it’s probably time to sit all the way down and shut the fuck up about feminism.
- HOW NOT TO BE A DICK TO A LITTLE PERSON – A helpful guide written with a good sense of humor.
The main challenges I face as a little person are simply that I cannot reach or carry anything, which is fine by me because I have never been and will never be asked to help someone move. I also do not drive people to the airport but that has nothing to do with my size, I’m just a bitch. The most daunting challenge I face as a little person is navigating through people’s blatant disregard for my personal space and arbitrary offensive questions.
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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.