- Girls of Color in Dystopia – Author/activist Victoria Law did a series of reviews and posts on race and gender in dystopian YA.
As I said in my first post: No matter how terrible and oppressive these futuristic fiction worlds are, readers of color, both young and old, should still be able to see themselves as part of that future rather than totally wiped off the planet. So, too, should white readers.
Readers, let authors and publishers know that you do want to read books with protagonists of color, that having a person of color on the cover or as the main character isn’t going to turn you away from the book. Push for the books you want to read. I look forward to reading how writers–young, old, present and future–take up the challenge of creating worlds in which people of all races, ethnicities and cultures survive.
- When “Life Hacking” Is Really White Privilege – Jen Dziura takes apart a Quora post written by a former hedge fund manager that offered advice on getting what you want and points to all the invisible ways privilege works in his favor.
When you ask a serviceperson for something that doesn’t belong to you, there is often a subtext of, “If I complain to your manager, you know your manager is going to listen to me. Just look at me, and look at you.”
And sometimes, of course, this is not the case at all, and you’re just being a garden-variety annoying customer. Or a bully.
If you seem to be “getting everything you want,” you should probably examine whether you’re getting it at someone’s expense, or whether you’re just constantly, in small ways, making the world worse.
- The Wrestler Princess – I was browsing my tumblr dash when I came across this historical piece on medievalpoc. It’s about Khutulun, a Mongolian princess who was undefeated as a wrestler and fought alongside her father in battle.
Among the Mongols, athletic victory carried a strongly sacred essence, and the champion was considered to be blessed by the spirits. Therefore, Khutulun’s athletic triumphs made her the ideal companion for her father in battle. Her presence, mounted next to him on the battlefield, extended her reputation for past athletic victories into an implied guarantee of dominance on the battlefield. Throughout their lives the two constantly defied the efforts of Khubilai Khan to rule over the tribes of the steppes of western Mongolia and Kazakhstan and over the mountainous regions of western China and Kyrgyzstan. They resisted every army sent against them and kept their homeland permanent free of rule by his Yuan Dynasty.
- America’s Best Hate-Reads, 2013 – It’s kinda meta to link to a links roundup in a links roundup, but I like to live on the edge. Enjoy the hate reading!
The year is almost over. Thank God. If you’re anything like us, you spent a good portion of the last year tearing your hair out over something you read on the internet. (Did you know millennials have a sense of entitlement? It’s true!)
Here are 46 stories we couldn’t stop complaining about in 2013:
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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.