Good morning, y'all. I hope you had a happy weekend. Mine certainly was. I got to watch the first new Star Trek tv episode in over two decades. It was fun. Yes, it has some problems. I do not like that Sarek says the Vulcans went Klingon on the Klingons until they were ready to negotiate. That's not Vulcan. More importantly, that's not Sarek. (Sarek was a pacifist.) I'm not sure about the Klingon make-up/presentation either, but I've always been wobbly on that point. Also, I'm going to assume that Burnham eventually chills out--that the only reason she's acting the way she is is because they're trying to demonstrate that she is like Kirk and struggles to color inside the lines established by Star Fleet. As it is, she demonstrates zero evidence of being raised by Vulcans, let alone pacifist Vulcans. I'm going to watch the second episode today. (I can't wait. Sorry. The fact that I waited until today shows restraint. ;)) Those rather large problems aside, I'm so happy to see Michelle Yeoh in the captain's chair. I still do not understand why she is not staying there. (Grrrr.) You cannot tell me Jason Isaacs is cheaper to pay. That's some bullshit. Anyway, I'm okay with what I've seen so far. I'll keep watching. I'm too excited for a black female lead to abandon it now. And yes, I'm paying for it. Because I know for a fact if people don't, they'll blame the black female lead and not the fact that they're asking people to pay for network tv. I'll be stunned if it goes any other way.
And now, links.
Literary/Entertainment: This is exciting news. Native Stereotypes, Beware: Indigenous Comic Con in the US Is Nearly Here. Also, X-Men Movie Spinoff ‘New Mutants’ Should Include Dani Moonstar. The next link demonstrates concepts I've seen before. However, they're still valid a year or two later. Alas. These cartoons hilariously describe the double standards women face at work every day. And ‘So many different types of strange’: how Nnedi Okorafor is changing the face of sci-fi. Regarding SF conventions: My new policy: I won't be your token female panelist. And here is the related Twitter thread. Lastly, Where are the Black Women in Science Fiction?
General: Athleta Doesn’t Ignore Older Women and That’s Why It’s Successful. Part of the overall problem is that Millennials do not have the extra cash that previous generations did. (Thanks to college debt, fewer government assistance programs, fewer jobs, and less opportunity in general.) So, it should come as no surprise that Millennials are buying less of, well, everything. And yet, we always come back to this point. Anyway, I'm glad this one company is being more inclusive, and that it's working. I just wish there were other reasons why. Straight Black Men Are the White People of Black People. I saw that being debated on Black Twitter, and it's worth a read. File this next link under 'Entitled White Men Blaming Everyone But Themselves. News at 11.' - No, liberal women who refuse to date conservatives are not to blame for Trump. Next, How to Uproot Systemic Racism and Sexism in Venture Capital. Repeat after me: if we don't support less represented groups within the upper tears of businesses, unconscious bias will continue to leak into technology. And I'll drop the next link in here because there's overlap with any privileged group who thinks they're being persecuted. Here’s why right-wing Christians think they are America’s most persecuted. Next up, the reason why the changes in laws regarding the treatment of the differently abled should be watched closely: The Nazis’ First Victims Were the Disabled. In other news, the Veterans Administration throws suicide stats out the back door on Friday at 5 p.m.. Yes. Vets who happen to be women are committing suicide at a frightening rate-far higher than men--250 percent higher. Maybe they should look into that? And because guns are a Feminist issue: New evidence confirms what gun rights advocates have said for a long time about crime. Why the Right is Suddenly Terrified of Political Violence. Filed under education reform: Why Aren’t We Talking About This? While you celebrate the third royal baby, remember all of the women in Britain who aren’t allowed a third child. And because it's fun: Dude tweets 'Nazis were socialist,' gets hilariously schooled by historian. I recommend checking out Bust Magazine, if you have the time. If you want a reason, this is a good one: Bell Hooks On The State Of Feminism And How To Move Forward Under Trump: BUST Interview. And this is terrifying: America 2017: Georgia Woman Fired For Menstruating On The Job.
 Star Trek has pretty much always had trouble depicting race. Realistically, an entire planet of people does not have the same exact hair cut for a start. Nor do they wear the exact same styles of clothes. There are different cultures within a city, let alone an entire planet. That bit always bothered me. Always. It's lazy.
 At the moment, she's showing a disturbing tendency to be like certain tenants residing in the White House--boldly blundering and blustering ways through problems--which most definitely runs counter to everything Star Trek stands for.
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