Links: Saturday, June 14th

June 14, 2014 Links 1

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  • An Interview with Farrah Rochon – Smart Bitches hosts a podcast interview with LITM favorite Farrah Rochon. Good stuff.

    At RT, Sarah sat down with Farrah Rochon about her contemporary romance writing, her experience both self publishing and publishing through traditional presses, and about her conversations with writers and readers about diversity in romance.

    Farrah talks about her experiments with cover images for her books, and we discuss how we connect diverse readers with the diverse romances they want to read. We don’t reach any conclusions that shatter the earth, but we talk about the varying signals that covers send in romance, and how audiences react to them.

  • Women Writing M/M Romance – AAR posted an interview with authors Z. A. Maxfield, Mary Calmes, Amy Lane, Anne Tenino, and Josephine Myles and it’s amazingly bad. The misogyny and fetishization is over nine thousand. I can’t with this shit.

    Writing about two men falling in love is completely different than the traditional romance. For one thing, both characters are equals, each with his own power.

    “In fact, in many ways, I feel like a man,” Josephine stated in her British accent. This realization makes it easier for her to bypass all the traditional tropes found in mainstream romances.

    “I’m tired of women’s nasty, mean games, and don’t want to write about them,” Amy added. Backbiting and undermining of friends’ goals and aspirations aren’t often found in gay romance since men are more direct in their interactions.

    Mary echoed this thought by saying, “I don’t want to write about bitchy women.”

  • Donna Tartt’s multicultural fantasy: How “The Goldfinch” got away with its disgraceful racial politics – I haven’t read the Goldfinch myself, but it’s popped into my feed a number of times. This review focuses on its privileged view of the world in which its set. The textbook seems like a pretty deliberate rejection of multiculturalism.

    Tartt’s rosy yet flat depictions of working-class servants of color seem to partake of this fantasy, from Goldie the Puerto Rican doorman (and the other doormen: “a big happy Dominican guy,” etc.), to Cinzia the housekeeper, who “cried, and offered to stay and work for free” when the young protagonist Theo’s mother can’t afford her services anymore, to Etta, the Barbours’ housekeeper, who “rushed to hug [Theo]: I had the night off but I wanted to stay, I wanted to see you.”

    I’ll work for free? I had the night off but I wanted to stay? Uh, right. Tartt’s working-class people of color read like wishful caricatures. Her servant characters don’t quite say, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important,” as in “The Help,” but they come close. In contrast, all characters of importance in the novel — the ones with meaty speaking roles or any complexity — are white.

  • No, feminists aren’t trying to #EndFathersDay—it’s a hoax – There were people who took this bait and loudly denounced the “hate from lesbians and jealous bitches” that prevent them from taking feminism seriously. Spoiler alert: If that’s how you talk about women, it’s not a hashtag standing between you and supporting feminism.

    The hashtags #EndFathersDay and #WhitesCantBeRaped trended worldwide Friday, apparently the work of angry feminists on Twitter. They were really part of an elaborate 4chan hoax.

    The prank was started by 4chan’s politically incorrect board, /pol/, in an effort to rile up feminists and make them (and men) look like idiots.

    “This is a holiday celebrating misogyny, demanding appreciation and gifts for doing what a father should be doing anyway, especially when almost all cases of domestic abuse stem from the father,” an anonymous user on /pol/ wrote.

  • call (669) 221-6251 feminist phone intervention – For those times when a guy just won’t take no for an answer, there’s a phony phone number and bell hooks.

    next time someone demands your digits and you want to get out of the situation, you can give them this number: (669) 221-6251.
    when the person calls or texts, an automatically-generated quotation from feminist writer bell hooks will respond for you.
    protect your privacy while dropping some feminist knowledge when your unwanted “suitor” calls or texts.

  • Brilliant Ad Protesting the Redskins Nickname Airs During the NBA Finals – This came the same week as the President visiting a Lakota reservation, listening to children sing in Lakota and speaking Lakota himself. I sincerely hope this marks a growing awareness of Native American issues and adds pressure on Snyder to change the name.

    You know what else Native Americans are? Media savvy, and skillful at playing the PR game. Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who famously told USA Today he’d never change the name—”NEVER. You can use caps”—looks more tone-deaf, mean-spirited and, in the eyes of some, flat-out racist the longer he holds the line. A Redskins rep declined to comment for this post, but Snyder has steadfastly maintained the name is not offensive but a badge of honor, and respectful of Native Americans.
    Even if that’s what Snyder and many die-hard fans truly believe, bad feelings will fester the longer this drags on. With each NFL season, we’ll get more parking-lot protests at Redskins games, more commentators parsing the controversy on halftime shows and more indignant sports columnists who refer to the club as the R*dskins or “The Washington Football Team.”
    Ultimately, Snyder will be remembered as the villain, a guy who fumbled an opportunity to stand up for change and perhaps inspire a new generation—a legacy he could have been proud of.

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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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One Response to “Links: Saturday, June 14th”

  1. Meoskop

    That AAR article has me wanting to carve pitchforks. We may or may not run my further thoughts on it, but I certainly have them.