Last week has been rather eventful, what with yet another school shooting and the most recent round of Mueller indictments. On the good side of the equation, the movie Black Panther has soared past all the predictions of its box office intake. (YES!!!) That said, there's a lot out there to discuss. Let's get started, shall we?
Angela Basset OFMG! It's so great to see her on the screen again. I adore her. And how psyched am I to see black women portrayed as warriors and generals? SUPER PSYCHED! GIVE ME MORE WOMEN IN THESE TYPES OF ROLES, PLEASE! That's two movies featuring non-sexualized warrior women within a year of one another. I'm so happy! More women of Wakanda! More women of Themyscira! Yayayayyay!
Okay, now for the links. :)
Literary/Entertainment: One of the biggest reasons I'm thrilled to death over the success of Black Panther is that its success signals the death of the myth that white cis males are the only SFF audience that matters. It spells the end of the influence of groups like GamerGate and Sad Puppies. There's been a concentrated effort on the part of these racist sexists to affect the box office success of Black Panther, and it's been met with resounding failure. That gives me hope for SFF in general. Fuck those guys. They aren't our community. I'm all for making them as uncomfortable as they've made the rest of us all along. What goes around, comes around, baby. And another article about BP and its importance--Black Panther’s Right Thing. (Beware. There are spoilers.) Don’t Play with Our Emotions: Black Panther and Queer Representation. Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America. And now...for other news. The Ones Who Walk Away from the Genres. I'm glad to see the AfroFuturism movement take off. SFF needs it. My hope is that those that left will come back to SFFdom and that they'll finally be welcomed. It's the only way that SFF survives as a genre. And every word of Cora Buhlert's essay about writing SF as a woman speaks to me. It is extremely difficult to overcome the internalized crap that I've acquired over the years regarding women writing SF. For a very long time I didn't feel I could write SF because I didn't read scientific technical manuals. I have very little interest in physics. However, I do enjoy the sciences of psychology, genetics, and biology. So, fuck that. I'll focus on the bits of world building that make me happy. You do you. Kasi Lemmons: Buried Hollywood Treasure. Viola Davis Says Pay Her Like You Pay White Women. Oh, hells yes. Go, Viola Davis! And Fran Wilde on domestic violence--Domestic violence and teaching my daughter to always rescue herself first. All I have to say about the next link is consequences for awful actions are a good thing. 'Maze Runner' Author James Dashner Dropped by Literary Agent. Sexual Harassment In Children's Publishing Reaches a Crisis Point.
General: So...I love this next article. A lot. It demonstrates the amazing positive Feminist potential I see in sex work. Meet The Dominatrix Who Requires The Men Who Hire Her To Read Black Feminist Theory. Next, UK bosses believe women should say at interview if they are pregnant – report. That is a big problem because it's a big part of why discrimination against women in the workforce exists--this idea that if a company hires a woman who is pregnant, they will only have her for a few months and then have to pay benefits out for her and the child. When it's extremely expensive to acquire healthcare (in the United States, anyway) without a corporate healthcare benefit...well...you see the problem. Never mind the fact that women need to be able to provide for their children. Why is it that's an excuse to give white men more money and employ them, but it's the opposite reason for anyone else? Misogyny and racism. Whee! I think I've linked to this story before but just in case I haven't: I didn't understand how widespread rape was. Then the penny dropped. 'Strong' Black Woman? 'Smart' Asian Man? The Downside To Positive Stereotypes. How to Reduce Shootings. WHY CONGRESS IS CLOSE TO GUTTING A KEY PROVISION OF THE ADA. Grrrr. Kept out: How banks block people of color from homeownership. And have some history: Votes for Women. A school catches flak for telling girls they can't say no if a boy asks them to dance. Deservedly so. REBECCA SOLNIT ON THE #METOO BACKLASH. The “Reasonable” Way to Respond to Being Sexually Harassed.
 Alas, I haven't seen it yet. I'm happy to say that it's been selling out so much it's hard to get tickets. So, we're waiting. Also, Dane is an introvert. He's not big on huge crowds.
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