- Award winning Romance Editor, Latoya Smith Joins Samhain Publishing as Editorial Director; Launches Two New Lines – My Twitter TL was split on whether separating African-American romances and LGBT romance out into new lines is a step towards increasing their offerings or ghettoizing them, but I’m cautiously optimistic that this might broaden the market a bit.
Samhain Publishing® announced today at the annual Romance Writers of America conference in San Antonio, Texas that Latoya C. Smith, formerly an editor at Grand Central Publishing, has been named Executive Editor of Romance at Samhain where she will be overseeing the publication of the erotic romance line.
In addition, Samhain will launch two new lines under Smith’s direction including an African American line of romances showcasing voices of color as well as a romance line with love stories told by and for the LGBT community.
“Samhain has always been a leader and innovator in the romance industry,” said Latoya Smith. “I am thrilled to have this chance to create not one, but two lines of books and this is a great chance to be part of romance’s future.”
- History of underwear highlighted in Victoria and Albert Museum collection – This post about underwear is completely fascinating. I’d love to see the bit about lovers writing messages on corset busks to show up in a romance.
In historical romance novels, heroines’ breasts heave under their corsets. That’s because they were flattened under whalebone stays and spilled out over the top. By the late-Victorian period, however, the introduction of the S-bend corset led to the Pouter pigeon look, giving women a protruding monobosom. In the 1920s, women were flat-chested thanks to bust confiners designed to create a straight boyish figure and in the 1950s, the brassiere lifted and separated the breasts and made them conical and pointy.
All this shape shifting was produced by foundation garments. ‘Underwear has been used to create the ideal body shape throughout the centuries; pulling in the waist, kicking out the hips, padding or reducing the breasts,’ says Eleri Lynn, author of Underwear: Fashion in Detail. ‘It’s a very recent phenomenon that women haven’t been wearing underwear as a means of body shaping.’
- What Is Public? – Anil Dash has a great post on Medium about the forces behind the ever-expanding web of which information of ours is public.
Most media outlets routinely take semi-public, gray-area conversations, and the information implicitly or explicitly revealed in them, and consider them to be fodder, with no need for approval from the creators of the messages. We see the exact same behavior happening from online harassers and activists, both of whom have a name for the act: doxxing.
The phenomenon of doxxing (revealing personal information about a person online) has made clear that public information exists in a context of power and consent, and we must construct our ethics in that context. We can’t do that if we are still pretending that taking information that was merely available and instead making it easily accessible is an act without any moral or ethical consequences.
- Black Teen Records Himself Being Followed By Store Clerks – If it wasn’t so wrong, this would be hilarious. He’s in small-town, true blue Minnesota, and yet…
After realizing that he was being followed around convenience stores, one teen decided to take matters into his own hands by calling the store clerks out and capturing the exchange on camera for brief Vine videos. In two clips, the teen, who goes by the name Rashid Polo, appears to be catching the store workers following him around the store and keeping an undeniably close eye on him. Eventually, Rashid points at the camera and says:
“There she goes! She thinks I’m stealing!”
The startled employees then seem to realize that he has noticed he’s being watched and they scurry away. To date, Rashid’s videos have attracted hundreds of thousands of views.
- No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry – We all know it’s bad out there for women in gaming, but this story really goes into detail. It’s hard to believe this is really the fault of a “small but vocal minority.”
The Reality: If you are a woman in the industry with a critical opinion, you will get a disproportional amount of criticism, hostility, and scrutiny compared to men.
“Anita Sarkeesian once reblogged a Tumblr post of mine and it ended up on Reddit. I got so much hate mail from dudes that I left the internet for three days,” Nina said.
“They filled my Tumblr mailbox with the usual anon posts like, ‘Die, you fucking cunt!’ And, ‘You’ll know when I rape your mouth hole, bitch!’ When I turned off anonymous messages, they made new Tumblr accounts and continued to spam me. Later, they discovered the link to my personal webpage and sent hate mail through there. I still get an occasional random hate message through my website.”
- My son has been suspended five times. He’s 3. – As this story and the reception the undocumented immigrant children have received shows, “childhood innocence” is not for all children.
At the party, the mothers congregated to talk about everyday parenting things, including preschool. As we talked, I admitted that JJ had been suspended three times. All of the mothers were shocked at the news.
“JJ?” one mother asked.
“My son threw something at a kid on purpose and the kid had to be rushed to the hospital,” another parent said. “All I got was a phone call.”
One after another, white mothers confessed the trouble their children had gotten into. Some of the behavior was similar to JJ’s; some was much worse.
Most startling: None of their children had been suspended.
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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.