Current obsession: data visualization. I have a 700 page book about Tableau here on my desk and I’ve read three books on the subject, have subscribed to the RSS feeds of a bunch of dataviz blogs and am now thinking about how I can get book-related data that’s a little bit more interesting that the perennial lists of Hugo and Nebula nominees and winners. If anyone knows of any publicly available data about SFF or romance, do let me know.
This week’s links are pretty intense, so please take care when clicking through.
- Why does being a woman put you at greater risk of having anxiety? Apparently the number one risk factor for having an anxiety disorder is being female. And unsurprisingly, childhood socialization also seems to play a pretty large role, too.
- Gang raped at 17. Therapy at 65. When racism and misogyny collide. This is a really upsetting story; what I found most upsetting was how Evelyn Robinson’s family wasn’t able to understand why she couldn’t just get over it.
- Sexual harassment in the children’s book industry. This essay by Anne Ursu is meticulously written and focuses on the experiences that the survey’s respondents have had in their part of the industry. And then the comments on this article in School Library Journal got going.
- Lawsuit: Weinstein forced staff to corner starlets, schedule sex, inject erection drugs. …and this one will make you have a rage blackout. Or get flames on the side of your face. Or both.
- Ironic sexism: the male gaze of hipster spaces. I blame American Apparel (nudity and bad taste) and Calvin Klein (bad taste) for this one.
- Can I enjoy the art but denounce the artist? “We can no longer worship at the altar of creative genius while ignoring the price all too often paid for that genius.”