I seem to recall hearing something about some award shortlist being announced this week? Oh, right! The Clarke Awards! The shortlist this year looks pretty interesting, I’ll have to check some of them out. Excellent job, Clarke jury–your list is not a trashfire!
La! Moving on, this week’s art is by Laureen Marchand. I love her use of color and her composition. Also, I just love flowers.
- “My wife surprised her coworkers when she came out as trans. Then they surprised her.” I’m not crying, you’re crying.
- 14 Women on Sexual Harassment Since Anita Hill This is a really hard red, but one thing I wish they’d done was find a wider cross-section of women to talk to, not just upwardly mobile professional women.
- How ‘Empowerment’ Became Something for Women to Buy. For real. I’ve been doing a lot of half-assed research into aspects of this and, yeah. It’s a thing.
- ‘I was expendable’: how UC Berkeley failed a woman being sexually harassed.
- The Penance Industry. Another difficult read–but one which is really important. Content warning for religious abuse, this deals with the Magdalene Laundries.
- The Strange Tale of Social Autopsy, the Anti-Harassment Start-up That Descended into Gamergate Trutherism The final line makes the entire article.
- I Have No Idea What This Startup Does and Nobody Will Tell Me
- Meet Faith, the Superhero Comic-Book Fans Deserve Faith is my very favorite. I’ve been reading these as they come out and they’re so fabulous–and I’m thrilled she’s getting a regular book.
- A User’s Guide To My Stupid Name I’m really glad that I had the chance to read this.
- In Defense of Pretentiousness
- Academe Is Overrun by Liberals. So What?
- “The book didn’t sell and yes, I was mean-spirited enough to rejoice”: An essay on the dark arts of book editing
- Hello! You just used the “damned if you do/don’t” fallacy! Essential reading from N.K. Jemisin on a fallacy that so often bogs down and derails conversations about diversity.
- Finding Love Again, This Time With a Man This is just a lovely, lovely, lovely thing.
- Gentleman Jole and the Vorkosigan Saga: Thoughts Great essay from Foz Meadows here. However, I don’t understand the ongoing annoyance at Cordelia’s “was bisexual/now monogamous” comment: has no one considered the audience for that remark? Has no one considered that maybe Cordelia was trying to say the most cutting thing she could at that moment?
- Negative Modifiers Must read essay from Emma Newman on women in SFF.
- Coming out as a cripple Nicola Griffith on disability and structural barriers to access. Super important stuff here.
- Bodyhackers Are All Around You, They’re Called Women What is defined as technology is incredibly important. Historically and now, activities and devices developed and used by women tend to be dismissed as not particularly technical. But without spinning and weaving, we wouldn’t have computers.
- 427: Ten years without Jen, twenty-six with I’m not crying, you’re crying.
Okay, FINE. The Hugo shortlist was announced this week and about 90% of it is basically this:
I find that I essentially agree with Alyssa Wong on this: I’ll be voting on the merits of the nominated works and using No Award as I see fit. Which is what I did last year as well.
And while part of me does find it pretty funny that Chuck Tingle has a Hugo nomination–I read a sample of one of his books yesterday and the prose was certainly head and shoulders above anything written by Theodore Beale–I also know that his presence on the ballot means that he’s taking up a spot that should be someone else’s if there hadn’t been a slate. N.K. Jemisin expressed this idea this a lot better than I can.