Links: Thursday, September 19th

September 19, 2013 Links 5

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  • 8 REASONS PEOPLE OF COLOR MUST RALLY FOR A LONG OVERDUE “WHITE HISTORY MONTH” – The “SPF50 NEVER FORGET” sign was pretty clutch. It’s tough out there for us pale folk.

    When I wrote an essay about white guys with Yellow Fever, I got backlash from white people who protested, “How come there is a Black History Month, but no White History Month? That’s not fair!”

    Hear me out, fellow People of Color! Just like LGBTIQ and people of color, white people also need a month to celebrate the humanity they’ve fought to preserve in the wake of systematic hate and oppression (why “Months for the Marginalized” were set up in the first place).

  • A Chat With Rainbow Rowell About Love and Censorship – Is there no phrase more terrifying than “a group of concerned parents”? I’ve heard lots of great stuff about this book and really can’t get my head far enough up my ass to see how it could harm kids.

    A group of high school librarians in Minnesota loved Eleanor & Park so much that they chose it as their school district’s summer read, giving all their high school students the option to read it – and invited Rowell to come visit the Minneapolis-area schools and the local public library this fall.

    But there are some who do not love it, not even a little bit, not even at all.

    Two parents, with the support of the district’s Parents Action League have convinced the Anoka-Hennepin school district, the county board, and the local library board to cancel her events next week – calling Eleanor & Park a “dangerously obscene” book, demanding that it be removed from library shelves and asking that school librarians be disciplined for choosing it.

  • HISTORICAL ROMANCE WEEK: KAIA ALDERSON – MY SEARCH FOR HISTORICAL HEROINES WHO LOOK LIKE MEAren’t I a Heroine blogger Kaia Alderson wonders why there are so few African-American historicals and what we need to do to change that.

    I began hunting for other books like hers with a vengeance and came up with nothing. By that time, she was the only from that original group who was still publishing African-American historical romance. All those other novels were out-of-print. A few titles by other authors have been published in the eleven years since then. But, Beverly Jenkins is the only author who has been consistently publishing African-American historical romance to this day. So unlike my teen-aged self, I began wondering why there weren’t more historical romances about women who looked like me.

  • AnimeJune’s All-Natural, All-Positive Alternative Reviewing Method – I’m signing onto AnimeJune’s excellent new program, mostly to rate books as “pineapple.”

    I used to be one of those careless people producing that negative energy that is so destructive to creative freedom. But I’ve seen the light, I’ve learned from my errors, and I’ve changed my ways.

    I’ve now become an Alternative Reviewer. Alternative Reviewers use positive and symbolic reinforcement to convey an opinion on a novel that encapsulates one’s reaction to it while still protecting the delicate membrane of sensitivity that protects an Author from Bad Feels.

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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.

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5 Responses to “Links: Thursday, September 19th”

  1. Roslyn Holcomb

    So am I to assume that the parents who object to the profanity in the book have never, you know, talked to teenagers? My 9 yo, who though I frequently think is a spawn of Satan, but is, in fact, a pretty good kid, has a pretty foul mouth, as do all his friends. I seriously wonder about people who freak out over cussing. \

  2. willaful

    My son, as is fairly common with Aspie kids, is made uncomfortable by profanity — but as he is quick to point out to me when he’s watching a youtube video, “I KNOW all the words.”

    I would weep with joy if he ever wanted to read Eleanor and Park. He prefers his reading very light. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! ;-) but I feel like he’s missing out on opportunities to understand what life is like for other people.

  3. Meoskop

    I don’t censor what my kids read. I might wring my hands, but I trust them to set their own comfort zones and discuss content with me. You know, like people. As a result 9 was afraid to take a book she is really loving to school today. “This girl who sits next to me likes to read over people’s shoulders and get upset. She is going to tell the tescher I brought something bad to school.” Book banner of the future, first seat to the left.

  4. Roslyn Holcomb

    Tempting though it is, I don’t censor my kids either. Much as I loathe those Captain Underpants books I don’t forbid them. I won’t buy them, but he can check them put of the library. How that kid goes from reading Tolkien to Diary of a Wimpy Kid is beyond my ken, but hey, he’s reading. He’s a sentient being with the right to develop his own reading tastes.

  5. Tina

    Kids are not stupid. They know stuff. They more stuff than parents think they know.

    I personally think it is better to educate and expose them to more…not less. And if you are the one who is guiding the exposure so much the better. I encourage my kids to read widely, to investigate the origins or word etymologies, pop culture references etc.

    My 9 y.o. made a ceramic frog in art class and showed it to me saying ‘Say hello to my leetle friend’ in perfect Al Pacino doing Tony Montana’s faux Cuban accent. Thing is, my kid had never heard of De Palma’s Scarface movie. He’d heard the reference somewhere else. I asked if he knew where it came from. He said no. So I sat him down and re-counted (with copious amounts of enthusiastic re-enactment much to his horror) scenes from Scarface. Then I found the pertinent clip on youtube so he could see whence his reference came.

    This happens a lot in my house.