Good morning, y'all! Ready for some righteous rage to go with that cup of coffee? Let's do this thing!
Literary/Entertainment: Oscars 2016: 10 of the Best Quotes from the Night. I'm actually sad I missed it. To tell you the truth, I'm rather less than consistent about my Oscar Awards watching. Ever since I saw the Academy snub Star Wars in a big way I understood that that group had a bias and that that bias didn't actually reflect upon the quality of awarded films. It merely indicated that of the films the Academy preferred to watch and support, these were what they considered the best. And I have to say that's a lesson I've taken into my professional life too. There's plenty of fine work that gets ignored merely because of the race, sexual orientation, or gender of the individual artist. It's a bias that truly exists. It's time to admit that this is a factor. Anyway, I didn't pay attention this year because how many years are the Oscars gong to be The White People's Choice Awards? Mind you, I did worry that Chris Rock would get blamed for low TV ratings. (And I understand there are assholes who are.) And I wanted to show my support by watching. Sadly, I got distracted by other things and didn't snap that it was Oscars night until too late. Outrage Over Marvel's Iron Fist Casting Explained. Hijab Disney: Woman Uses Her Hijab To Turn Herself Into Disney Princesses. McSweeney's brings it: EVERYBODY’S INVITED TO MY ALL-MALE, ALL-WHITE LITERARY PANEL! and DON’T WORRY, I CHECKED MY PRIVILEGE. “We’ve Been Out Here Working”: Diversity in Publishing, a Partial Reading List. The Myths of Avalon was written by Kari Sperring in 2012 but remains a great (and important to those writing about Celtic women) read. Simon & Schuster Creates Imprint for Muslim-Themed Children’s Books. Finding a Real Home.
General: These Racist Collectibles Will Make Your Skin Crawl. And never mind the click bait headline on this next one. The young woman in question really does argue her point perfectly. Girl Finally Loses It When Her Conservative Uncle Posts This on FB, and Nails It. The Witches of Salem. This next article is long but extremely important. The Single American Woman. From the article: "In 2009, the proportion of American women who were married dropped below 50 percent. In other words, for the first time in American history, single women (including those who were never married, widowed, divorced, or separated) outnumbered married women. Perhaps even more strikingly, the number of adults younger than 34 who had never married was up to 46 percent, rising 12 percentage points in less than a decade. For women under 30, the likelihood of being married has become astonishingly small: Today, only around 20 percent of Americans ages 18–29 are wed, compared to nearly 60 percent in 1960." It deconstructs the powerful affect single women have had and are having on America's political, economic, and civil rights arenas. This is the very thing that Feminism was created to do. That makes me so freaking happy right now. Why We Smile at Men Who Sexually Harass Us. U.S. Military Releases Bizarre Paper Claiming Wearing Hijab Is ‘Passive Terrorism.’ Black Students Fed Up With Racial Stereotyping Walk Out of San Francisco’s Top School. Now There's a Google Chrome Extension That Changes 'Pro-Life' to 'Anti-Choice'
Trigger Warning: Why Sony Doesn’t Want To Let Kesha Out Of Her Contract With Her Alleged Abuser. A long rant (via Twitter) about police violence and calling out that violence.
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