Good morning, y'all. I hope your Monday is a good one so far. Me, I'm in the midst of packing for another week's stint of suitcase living. I'll be teaching at WriteFest 2018 in Houston, and I'm excited to meet my students for the first time tonight. That said, since I've been in Luxembourg and France for the past couple of weeks and not really paying attention to social media, today's link list will probably be short. (It's just as well. I don't have a lot of time before I need to head Houston-ward.) And now...today's video.
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Literary/Entertainment: First, There's no female conspiracy in publishing – your book might just not be good. It's in response to yet another round of "My novel wasn't bought by a publisher/I've been rejected by an agent. It can't be me. It must be other people." Hot tip: it's really difficult to get started as a professional writer. The competition is rough. It takes anywhere from five to twenty years to get anywhere and even then you might not reach the top. That's the reality. Publishing is like Hollywood that way. Get over the idea that the instant you finish your first novel you're going to be famous. That very, very rarely happens, and it isn't likely to happen to you. Sorry. If you really want to be a writer, this bleak news will not deter you. Author Annalee Flower talks about Mansplaining and the Power of Naming. And Watch Ruth Bader Ginsburg Run Laps Around Stephen Colbert in Her Epic Workout. Lastly, Trapped in the Sunken Place: how Get Out’s purgatory engulfed pop culture.
General: Oh, boy. Facebook's Biggest Black Lives Matter Page Was Fake, According to a Report. Is anyone shocked by this news? I'm not. What a bunch of assholes. Special Hell, people. Special Hell. And on a related note: WHY ZUCKERBERG’S 14-YEAR APOLOGY TOUR HASN’T FIXED FACEBOOK. And Who's Teaching Black Women About Financial Literacy? It's a great article about intersectionality and the hurdles black women face. And once again, girls' bodies are being regulated because boys are incapable of learning how to be adults and control themselves...or something. This 17-Year-Old Was Told To Put Band-Aids On Her Nipples After Not Wearing A Bra To School. Come on. This is exactly the kind of shit that leads to women being blamed for men's actions because of something they were wearing. Hello, Rape Culture. And because the school to prison pipeline is a related topic, have this story: Mississippi Inmates’ Lawsuit Describes Violence and Neglect in a Private Prison. This is the new slavery, y'all. It never really ended. See: How Slavery Led To Modern Capitalism. In other news, Court: Employers can’t pay women less because of their salary history. And an interesting story about a Korean American's experience in Korea. I Thought Going To Korea Would Help Me Find Home. Next, Linda Brown, the central figure of the Brown v. Board of Education case, has died. And THE MOVEMENT WILL FAIL WITHOUT INTERSECTIONALITY. I'd go so far as to say that the movement has already failed twice due to a lack of intersectionality. (See the First and Second Waves of Feminism.) But hey, that may be just me. ;)
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