- Rebecca Solnit and the Case of the Missing Perpetrator. This is a fantastic piece about how when we as a society have discussions about pregnancy, we too often focus only on those who are pregnant and not those who assisted in the process.
- Beware of the Angry White Male Public Intellectual: “Intellectual spaces have become more accessible for everyone. And that’s caused some men to wield their authority more anxiously, and brutally, to those who challenge it.”
- Wow: “In other words, if Johnny and Susie both had A’s, they’d receive equal applause from female students — but Susie would register as a B student in the eyes of her male peers, and Johnny would look like a rock star.”
- This was exquisitely painful to read because it is so very true: “It’s hard to sound surprised about what happens every day. It’s hard to talk now about what me and my female friends talk about all the time: the teenagers we were, the men we met, the connection we thought we felt that turned out be a simple yet evidently one-sided transaction.”
- Juliet E. McKenna on yet another list of SF novels which erases women and other marginalized groups: “Like every other such article, it hands women writers a poisonous choice. We can object, with all the hassles and loss of our own working time which that will entail, as the usual counter-objections come straight back at us. That’s best case. Worst case? The full gamut of ugly insults and threats. Or we can let the erasure stand, damaging women in SF&F, present and future.”
- Kate Bowler’s “Death, the Prosperity Gospel, and Me“–gorgeous, funny, heartbreaking read.
- This is a great analysis of Beyoncé’s “Formation”–it helped me understand a lot of the parts that I could tell were significant but didn’t know the meaning.
- Kendrick Confirms It: February 2016 Is The Blackest Black History Month Ever
- This really resonated with me: “The idea of ‘reading more than you write’ is tough to keep up with in an age where if you don’t have a response a couple of hours in, you’re late. I know I am guilty of expecting this, too. We are in a publishing environment that expects instant information, and in an age where fact-checking and researching primary sources is seen as a luxury that can’t be afforded, in the name of staying current.”
- This also resonated, but for different reasons: “If Twitter were to value the sustainability of its enterprise over the growth prospects of its shares, it wouldn’t have to invest so much of its revenue in new, outlandish features, and would have a lot more to show in profit.” Because, like so many publicly traded companies out there it isn’t that Twitter is losing money. It’s that it’s profits aren’t large enough.
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