- Real marketing, fake slavery, and my last nerve – When Sunita breaks out the F-bombs, shit just got real. Her post hits on a number of the reasons why I avoid straight-woman authored m/m, which got me lit up for supposedly silencing women writers. m/m fans and authors haven’t yet made their peace with criticism, I don’t think.
I don’t give a flying fuck what people’s kinks are, what people read, or what people write. As long as everyone involved is a consenting adult, it’s not my business. But give me and everyone else who doesn’t think faux slavery is a fun time a chance to avoid it. And don’t insult my intelligence by telling me the books aren’t romantic views of slavery. Not when I’ve read them, not when I’ve read pages of promo that show how the authors marketed them.
I know that there are presses out there that don’t pull this kind of bullshit behavior, and I know there are also professional, sensible m/m authors and writers out there. But I’m seriously tired of the insinuation that if I criticize repellent, tone-deaf attempts to make money, I’m somehow contributing to the suppression of artistic freedom.
- Ten YA novels featuring disabled women of color as protagonists: – Does what it says on the tin.
Ten YA novels featuring disabled women of color as protagonists:
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Dangerous by Shannon Hale
The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Shattering by Karen Healey
Pinned by Sharon G. Flake
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez
So far, we’ve only reviewed Dangerous at Disability in Kidlit; we’re unfortunately unable to vouch for the others. Hopefully this list will still prove useful to some, though—and if you’ve read any of these, please pitch in with your thoughts!
- Amsterdam to give ‘Black Pete’ Santa sidekick a makeover – Amsterdam seems to be making some progress on the inappropriate “Black Pete” tradition and this must be what Americans in redface who defend offensive Indian mascots look like to people outside the US. (TW for a photo of blackface that’s nightmare fuel.)
Amsterdam’s mayor and the organizers of a large children’s winter festival have unveiled plans to overhaul the image of “Black Pete” – the sidekick to the Dutch Santa Claus – after protests that the character exhibited racist elements.
Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said on Thursday that Pete’s appearance will be changed over several years from his current blackface to make him look like he has been merely covered with soot from going down chimneys to deliver presents.
Black Pete has become the subject of protests in the Netherlands. Opponents say he is a caricature of an African
slave carried over from colonial times – he is usually portrayed by white people wearing blackface makeup, bold red lipstick and frizzy Afro wigs.
But a large majority of the Netherlands’ mostly white population says that Pete is a positive figure and denies any racial insult.
- Lee Child on Amazon – I try not to link to the Scraper Guy, but this comment thread with Lee Child vs. a bunch of self-publishing sycophants is hilarious.
Tom, relax. And don’t call me a liar.
Why not? You have called every single person on this site a liar, beginning with PG himself.
And I told you, Sir, not to be familiar with me. Did you ever learn any manners at all, or do you employ a flunkey to have them for you?
Tom, I haven’t called anyone a liar. That would be you, about me. And don’t call me sir, especially with a capital letter. I have two doctorates, but no knighthood.
- The Afterlife of Cheap Clothes – An excerpt from Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion looks at what happens to the clothes Americans donate to charities. Spoiler alert: very little of it is resold locally.
Most Americans are thoroughly convinced there is another person in their direct vicinity who truly needs and wants our unwanted clothes. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Charities long ago passed the point of being able to sell all of our wearable unwanted clothes. According to John Paben, co-owner of used-clothing processer Mid- West Textile, “They never could.”
There are thousands of secondhand textile processors in the United States today, mostly small family businesses, many of them several generations old. I visited Trans- Americas Trading Co., a third- generation textile recycler in Clifton, N.J., which employs 85 people and processes close to 17 million pounds of used clothing a year. Inside Trans-Americas, there is a wall of cubed-up clothing five bales tall and more than 20 bales long. “This is literally several hundred thousand pounds of textile waste, and we bring in two trailer loads of this much every day,” Trans-Americas president Eric Stubin told me. The volume they process has gone up over the years alongside our consumption of clothing.
- The Murder of Black Youth Is a Reproductive Justice Issue – True reproductive freedom needs to involve more than just access to abortion or contraception. The movement needs to concern itself with supporting parenthood beyond pregnancy.
Often such events are covered as a story about race, police violence, white supremacy or laws that protect murderers from prosecution. But the killing of Michael Brown, like the killing of many young black people before him, is rarely framed as a feminist issue or as an issue of pressing importance to those who advocate for choice, self-determination and dignity as they relate to family life. With this most recent killing, I am wondering what it would take for more people in feminist and reproductive rights circles to begin to think of parents such as Lesley McSpadden, Sybrina Fulton and Angela Leisure (a mother whose ordeal I’m especially reminded of in the wake of this latest tragedy) as women they advocate for just as passionately and vigorously as they advocate for a young woman’s right to contraception or an overwhelmed mother of three’s right to an abortion.
This broader perspective has long been that of the reproductive justice movement, whose participants support “the right to have children, not have children, and to parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments.”
- Ferguson Links: 08/14/14 – Natalie Luhrs put together a sizeable list of links about Ferguson, MO that you might want to check out.
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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.