racism

Just like the rest of the world, we get pretty giddy whenever Vogue unveils its new cover girl each month.

Uh, no. Never head the pleasure. That’s a pretty huge assumption on their part, I think, and pretty indicative that they don’t have a default inclusive worldview. Maybe it’s because I’m a POC (person of colour), that I don’t get all giddy over white chicks, or other demographics I just don’t fit into that Vogue is supposed to appeal to. Am I supposed to get giddy over magazine covers?

Naturally, we were pretty happy to see Claire Danes‘ tough, yet beautiful, face staring back at us on the August 2013 issue yesterday.

No, I wasn’t. Not since she made that kinda-racist comment around the time of making Brokedown Palace. You remember that, right?

Feh.

Just a thought.

Went to first Mad Pride book launch…

… Two authors launched their books today:- Tomasz and Sarafin .

The thing that almost floored me was the transition they did, as I did, to being (heard the word ‘agnostic’ also being bandied about) “sorta atheist”.

Once you’ve been sway to the power of the mind, and what magical thinking can do, you can see where things fall flat in terms of believing in God, and the line between critical thinking, and how ideology of that sort is where thinking tends to… stop. It occurs to me I had a more succinct, eloquent way of putting that on the bike ride home, but I didn’t pause to commit it to paper. I’ll edit this when words aren’t failing me…?

Don’t get me wrong. I write fantastical fiction, speculative fiction, and I appreciate folklore and religion; one of my fave books is still Kahil Gibran’s The Prophet.  It’s just, as Sarafin said: religion’s more something you appreciate at a distance and don’t take seriously. (I don’t take it at all; I think it’s a system of control)

Tomasz’s reading from his memoir was powerful and elicited responses. One person was outraged at what he had to go through, and said so.

Sarafin’s reading had laughs. She uses humour; it is a graphic novel, after all. But I was personally left with the heavier reading of the two. Most likely because I’m having a heavy sort of week; I may expand on that later.

Oh; and the link to Mad Pride. http://www.madprideto.com/

And now, to kill pixels. Off to game.

How we ‘other’ sexual assault to ignore our own norms of abuse

It’s subtitled  “Is rape used to bully women out of the public forum in Tahrir? Yes. But does Egypt have a monopoly of sexual violence? No”

Opining of Joyce Carol Oates:-

Despite the brevity of “Oatesgate”, the rhetorical question of a well-respected literary figure highlights popular characterizations of sexual violence and harassment when it takes place elsewhere. Rarely does sexual violence and harassment in our own societies – as it is perpetrated, prosecuted and cultured – allow the sort of cultural reductionism that seems to come with ease when sexual violence is associated with “the other”.

I can paste the entire piece but… here:-

When a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern is brutally gang-raped and beaten in Delhi, we speak of “India’s woman problem”; when an incapacitated 16-year-old student is raped, photographed and filmed for six hours by peers – who share the images on social media – the incident is treated as an isolated act of unfortunate deviance and not part and parcel of a larger endemic culture that normalizes rape and the appropriation of women’s bodies as public property.

Child groomers of Muslim and South Asian backgrounds become cultural ambassadors raised on a steady diet of “savage” notions of sex embedded in anti-white biases and misogyny. Revered coaches and university administrations hiding decades of child sex abuse, on the other hand, become their own victims.

Thus there are no protests, no calls of a “woman problem”, no “natural” inquiries into the predominant religion when a country has ranked 13th in the world for rape, 10th for rapes per capita (pdf) and where 26,000 military service members reported sexual assault in 2012 alone. There are no popular anthropological undertakings by stiff-haired anchors of the inner secrets and dark forces of American culture, religion and society. No white American woman asks why the white American male hates “us”.

Read the whole thing.