- Sexualized Saturdays: Queer Stories are Tragic Stories – Renae Jones tweeted this earlier and said “This is why I like the idea of lesbian romance.” HEA is a powerful thing.
Popular media is making teensy tiny strides in queer representation, but it’s still light years behind where it should be. One of the many issues in today’s portrayal of LGBTQ+ people in media is that their stories are often tragic. Queer characters may exist in a universe, but in all likelihood their relationships, if they’re lucky enough to initiate them, will fail, and they themselves may very well die or disappear.
- Were There Black Pirates? – Henry Louis Gates Jr. has a great post on black pirates and privateers and I hope it turns into plot bunnies.
My search began with the question: Were there black buccaneers? The short answer is yes. A significant number of pirates in the heyday of piracy (the 17th and 18th centuries) were of African or mixed-race descent. While the evidence tends to be sparse, we do have eyewitness testimony.
For example, when a white man was captured by the pirate Bartholomew Roberts in Antigua in 1721, he reported a crew of “250 Men and 50 Negroes.” Another sailor later noted the same crew was “manned with about 180 white men and about 48 French Creole Negroes” (both witnesses are quoted in Arne Bialuschewski’s Pirates, Black Sailors and Seafaring Slaves in the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1716-1726, in the Journal of Caribbean History). Still, it’s unclear whether these men of color were crew members or captured slaves, a challenge to any historian sorting fact from legend (especially those hunting for statistics).
- Flyers fan celebrates 104th birthday by trying on Stanley Cup ring – My great-grandmother was about her age and was a big sports fan, too. I’m sorry Ms. Moser roots for such a lousy team, but hats off to her for being a hockey fan and a lady.
On Wednesday, Moser celebrated her 104th birthday with friends and family at the Wesley Enhanced Living retirement community in Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania. It wasn’t just any celebration. The party was Flyers-themed, with Moser and guests rocking sweaters of her favorite team.
At one point during the party a special guest arrived: Bob “The Hound” Kelly, who played 10 years with the Flyers and was a member of their two Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1974 and 1975. Kelly delivered a cake and presented Moser with a Flyers jersey featuring her name and the number 104 on the back.
Kelly then allowed Moser to try on one of his Stanley Cup rings, which moved her to tears.
- Food is for White Liberals What Sex Is For The Religious Right – Considering PETA’s recent offer of water to Detroiters in exchange for going vegan, the parallels are certainly striking.
When asking the server how the animal being served was prepared, no one seems to wonder whether that server has basic health insurance or whether that server is affected by the fact that the restaurant industry has one of the highest rates of sexual harassment and lowest rates of pay. When waxing poetic about the “salt of the Earth” farmers from which they buy their unpasteurized milk, no one seems to worry that an estimated 10 percent of American farm workers are children. When pearl-clutching over the things we “don’t know” about GMOs, as Kavin pointed out, no one seems to be concerned about their presence in groceries found at Price Rite––only products sold at Whole Foods.
- On Balancing Career and Family as a Woman of Color – Michel Martin talks about “having it all” as a black woman and working mother.
Let’s be clear: Women of every background face challenges when they try to balance careers and families, not least of which is the expectation that they should feel guilty for working outside the home even when they have no choice. But women of color often face additional pressures that white women are far less likely to encounter.
Some of those pressures are rooted in economics and are more frequently faced by low-income women; others are applicable across the income spectrum. Together, those challenges boil down to a simple reality: Race matters, including in the responsibilities of family life—particularly taking care of the young, the old, and the sick—that still fall mainly to women.
- Masculinity v. Abuser Dynamics: Stephen A. Did WHAT???!!! – This series of tweets in reaction to Stephen A. Smith’s comments suggesting we need to ask women what they did to provoke their abuser are a must-read.
We keep talking around this shit like no one notices the domestic violence conversation only flows ONE way when it comes to black women.
— Michael Bae (@rodimusprime) July 25, 2014
All these folks basically coming up with ways for domestic violence to always fall at the feet of the black woman no matter what.
— Michael Bae (@rodimusprime) July 25, 2014