Good morning, y'all. It's Monday again. Are you ready for that rush of righteous anger? Need some energy to do the intersectionally correct thing this week? Let's do it!
First, the videos.
I agree with most of what he has to say. Although, I will say that his position on burkas is less than nuanced. IMHO, it's a complicated topic deserving of more delicate discussion.
And now those links.
Entertainment/Literature: And let us begin with 7 Reasons Why ABC’s ‘Scandal’ Is Straight Out Of A Comic Book. Next, 15 Latinx Authors You Really Need To Be Reading Right Now. Also, here's Winston Duke on Telling Black Stories, HBCU’s, and His Personal Superpower. And then there's Utopian and Dystopian Visions of Afrofuturism. Personally, I think it's that we're seeing more POCs in SFF, and this is a very good thing. I believe as Ytasha Womack does. (from the article) “As people create more works and more spaces to share their work, growth will continue,” she said. “Ultimately, creating more intersections of thought and works will create a web of healing and inspiration that anyone can connect to and grow from.” That is, as I see it, one of SFF's main purposes. (Yes, yes. I'm an optimist. And a Trekkie. Deal.) And of course this means we need more POCs involved behind the scenes of media properties and publishing companies in order to maintain that momentum. Speaking of...Ally Sheedy on Her Experiences With Hollywood Sexism and Why It Will Never Change. Seanan McGuire writes about Deep Roots, Deep Wounds: Dealing With the Unavoidable Lovecraft. She has some poignant things to say. 'RBG': What you'll learn from the new Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary. And finally, DJ Khaled, Oral Sex, And The Orgasm Gap.
General: Here's an interesting take on divisions within Feminism. How #MeToo revealed the central rift within feminism today. There are many reasons to love Canada. The following isn't one of them, however. A possible trigger warning for this next one. Canada’s inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women gets a failing grade. Chalk up this next one with "If you call me a Nazi, I'll side with the Nazis." Op-ed telling liberals to pipe down fails to consider power of #MeToo. Next up: women running for office because of second class treatment (because patriarchy) are now being denigrated during their campaigns due to being ill-treated. Katie Porter Survived Domestic Abuse, Only To Have It Used Against Her In Her Campaign. Or as I call it, "Monday." Heads up, Buttercup: no woman will be considered a perfectly fine candidate. There will always be something used against them. Always. Hilary wasn't special. What happened to her does and will happen to every female candidate. And just in case you missed it, How to NOT be a Decent Human Being. Starring the horrible white woman with the racist attitude and a cell phone. #CookingOutWhileBlack: White Woman Calls Cops on Black People Cooking Out in Oakland, Calif., Park. I empathized with the white woman who stood up to her. I could hear the fear in her shaking voice, but she did what had to be done anyway. I also equally empathized with the black dudes who were minding their own business while grilling. Because that was some serious racism. Fuck that. Sadly, that wasn't the only racist white woman moment in American news last week. ‘I Love Hate Speech’: Sarah Braasch, the white woman who called police on Black Yale grad student for napping in dorm, defends slavery and supports burqa ban in writings. Yeah. Fuck that too. And speaking of some racist bullshit. Texas State University Students Jailed for Campus Protest. Come on TSU. That white supremacist president has got to go. Listed under women who should be remembered: She landed a Southwest plane after an engine exploded. She wasn’t supposed to be flying that day. And another great article: Writing Behind My Country’s Back--How government censorship in Malaysia changed what I write—and who can read it. And more news about the Prison Industrial Complex: Judge approves settlement mandating air conditioning at hot Texas prison. In case you weren't aware, Texas summers often hit triple digits, and the humidity in certain areas makes this so much worse. A/C shouldn't even be up for debate. And because we haven't had enough bullshit regarding the bullshit "War on Police": ‘Protect and Serve Act’ Would Make Police a Protected Class and Violence Against Them a Hate Crime. When police actually have consequences for racist, sexist, and downright evil actions, then we can maybe seriously discuss this non-existent war. Maybe. And while we're at it, let's discuss this vile crap: Sessions Says 'Zero Tolerance' For Illegal Border Crossers, Vows To Divide Families.
And "The Redistribution Of Gardening"—A Response To Ross Douthat's "The Redistribution Of Sex". Any man who talks about sex as a commodity should shut the fuck up. Period. Just...shut the fuck up. Lastly, Black Kids Matter: We Have to Talk About the Exploitation of Black Children in the Hart Murder-Suicide. There's a lot to unpack there.
 Misogynists have been calling Feminists Nazis for decades. Guess what? You don't see a swastika flying over Planned Parenthood or the NOW offices, do you? It's a stupid, asinine threat designed to shut up the opposition. Fuck that.
is a Science Fiction and Fantasy author living in Texas.