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May 23, 2014

Panus Fasciatus, Steve Axelrod

Panus Fasciatus, Steve Axelrod

If you read nothing else this week, read Ta-Nehisi Coates’s incredibly thought-provoking, comprehensive, and gut-wrenching The Case for Reparations.  To see it all laid out like that is just. I don’t even know how we make this right.

Hey, who wants to do the Index Card A Day with me?

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  1. Laura Vivanco

    The article about Twee-Q acknowledges that

    Certainly, questions can be raised about the accuracy of such a system, as you don’t specify your gender in your Twitter profile, so some guesswork must be incorporated in the Twee-Q algorithm.

    I wonder how much sexism there is in the way the algorithm works out tweeters’ genders because it said I “retweeted 100% men and 0% women” but that’s not true. Admittedly I haven’t been on Twitter long, and I haven’t entirely got the hang of retweeting but of my last 6 retweets, 4 were from women and the other two were from news sites (though it’s possible I may have got them indirectly via a man’s tweet stream).

  2. Tasha Turner

    The case for reparations was pretty heavy reading. It’s sad how we keep repeating patterns because we won’t face our history and own the damages we’ve done over the years.

    We really need to stop institutional racism and implement ways to level the playing field.

  3. TrishEM

    A couple of FB friends had posted links to The Case for Reparations, but your leading with it convinced me to finally dive in and immerse myself. As I expected, it was depressing, but it really brought home how horribly widespread and institutionalized racism has been — not just post-Civil War continuing prejudice but federally instilled legal barriers as well as violent state-sponsored takings (and not just isolated incidents of those, either), and the effects that continue through today. Our racist past is sadly far from past.

  4. Selki

    That photo on the top, so weird and cool.

    That opera singer is gorgeous in more than one way!

    Yay She-Hulk (I read that first issue), and now I kinda wanna see the Barry Gibb show.

  5. Martin Wisse

    That Twitter tool is annoying, as for the half dozen accounts I tried, only one gave an actual answer. Interesting idea, flawed execution.

    • Natalie Luhrs

      Martin & Laura: I agree w/r/t the Twitter tool–since gender is not a datapoint collected & made public by Twitter (YET), there are likely some assumptions being made by it that aren’t accurate or true. But it is an interesting thing to think about and it reminds me to be more mindful about whose signal I boost.

    • Tasha Turner

      On the twitter tool I came up 5.2 in favor of women I cracked up at the top part “but maybe all that’s missing are tips on more interesting males to follow?”

      I tend to tweet directly from guys blogs and retweet women. Icouldnt tell if it takes into account: @me rt @woman @guy which I suspect happens a lot. I didn’t go through my tweets to see how accurate the tool was. In reading the article about the tool I couldn’t tell whether I fail because I’m unbalanced or not but I RT in favor of women.

  6. TrishEM

    I read the original issue of She-Hulk back when and liked it but can’t remember much. I have read the first three issues of the reboot and found them reasonably interesting and entertaining, partly because of the focus on legal issues rather than so much on Jennifer smashing, partly because of the unexpected cameos (Dr. Doom’s son, Hellcat/Patsy Walker…).
    But I’m much more interested in finding out what happens next with the new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, having read #3 of that.

  7. Arachne Jericho

    The index card a day sounds interesting. I’d like to join in. Where should we convene? 🙂

  8. Tammy

    Natalie, Thank you for the shout-out for index-card-a-day! I hope you’ll jump in; soon index cards will be flying about wildly, dripping with cadmium lemon paint.

    • Natalie Luhrs

      My index cards are bought! My art supplies are at the ready! I’ve been doing a lot of ATCs, so I’m looking forward to continuing the experience with a slightly larger format. 😀

      AJ, there’s a Flickr and a Facebook group linked at the bottom of Tammy’s FAQ page–I was also planning on posting to Instagram (and thence to Twitter, Tumblr, FB) with the tag #icad.


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