it’s actually hilarious when a woman says “this is my experience as a woman” and a man says “i disagree”
With the upcoming fourth season of A Game of Thrones about to hit TV screens, you will soon see ‘If you like reading GRR Martin, why not try these authors?’ displays going up in bookshops. I will give a book of mine, of their choice, to the first person who can send me a photo of such a display that isn’t entirely composed of male authors. Because I’ve yet to see one. I have challenged staff in bookshops about this, to be told ‘women don’t write epic fantasy’ Ahem, with 15 novels published, I beg to differ. And we read it too.
But that’s not what the onlooker sees in the media, in reviews, in the supposedly book-trade-professional articles in The Guardian which repeatedly discuss epic fantasy without ever once mentioning a female author. That onlooker who’s working in a bookshop and making key decisions about what’s for sale, sees a male readership for grimdark books about blokes in cloaks written by authors like Macho McHackenslay. So that’s what goes in display, often at discount, at the front of the store. So that’s what people see first and so that’s what sells most copies."
Juliet E. McKenna being brilliant (so what else is new) on the SFWA shoutback, public perceptions of the field, and equal access to offensiveness, sexism and idiocy. (via dduane)
I MEAN ALL OF THIS FOREVER. If you ever want to get me really riled up, lets talk about TWO MALES edited a SF/Fantasy collection called Dangerous Women, and how George RR Martin continually gets lauded for his “feminism” while other more revolutionary authors are ignored, and how books about young male heroines are shelved in adult fantasy, and how YA is considered “cheesy”, and how a lot of times urban fantasy starring women gets shelved in romance, and how anytime writers include diverse casts they get told it is gratuitous and YES YES ALL OF THIS. Give me all your NK Jemisons and fuck off forever with the same old shit.
Passive Resistance Training, SNCC, Atlanta, GA, 1960, by James Karales, courtesy Duke University Library
people had to be trained to deal wit the evil of white people
I hope this makes it clear to folks that non-violence as expressed during the Civil Rights Movement was not simply a moral or political choice. It was a tactical application as well.
Do y’all think SNCC, SCLC, CORE, MLK, Jr. or anyone else wanted to witness their people being beaten, that they wanted to stay their fists and guns when their CHILDREN were being murdered? If you do, I suggest you go back to history class, because MLK, Medgar Evers, Bayard Rustin, almost any person you can think of who advocated non-violence had armed guards and personnel in place for their and their people’s safety.
Non-violence as a resistance strategy was an attempt at provocation. Recognize that. Recognize that’s why these folks are training. Because they’re performing provocation through passive resistance. By not striking back they were illustrating the madness and vitriol of white supremacy. They were exposing in the most dramatic manner possible the denial of their humanity.
Understand: This was not turn the other cheek, this was looking into the eyes of the Devil and not backing down.
this is a damn good point to counter all the nonviolence moralistic liberal bullshit going on continuously in activist spaces.
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Notice how Shan Yu doesn’t even question it or make a comment about “BUT YOU’RE A GIRL” he just instantly goes into a “I’LL TEACH YOU TO KILL MY MEN AND STEAL MY VICTORY” rage and I think about this a lot sometimes
prove it on me blues (1928) - ma rainey // you don’t own me (1964) - lesley gore // that’s whats the matter with me (1932) - gene marlin // red hot mama (1924) - the brox sisters // do right woman do right man (1967) - aretha franklin // the march of the women (1911) - ethyl smith // piledriver (1975) - dennis the fox // i want to be evil (1953) - eartha kitt // dangerous nan mcgrew (1930) - helen kane // let me tell you about my operation (1956) - rae bourbon // trust no man (1926) - ma rainey // mad about the boy (1962) - gene howard // young woman’s blues (1926) - bessie smith // i don’t care (1949) - judy garland // why don’t you do right (1941) - lil green // four women (1966) - nina simone // bull dyke woman’s blues (1935) - lucille bogan // masculine women feminine men (1926) - the savoy havana band // the lavender song (1921) - marek weber
Then there’s the one NDN wizard who’s been arrested repeatedly by the U.S. Ministry (Department?) of Magic because he keeps selling cursed fake warbonnets to hipster muggles.