Don’t miss Roxane Gay on how the new season of The Bachelorette is a necessary shift in the conversation about Black womanhood.
#FreeBreesha: Breesha Meadows has just accepted a plea deal that could see her back home and with her family at the beginning of 2018.
Who should you listen to on abortion? People who have had them.
I am trepidacious, and also excited.
- The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, by W.P. Kinsella -- hardcover with dust jacket; excellent story especially if you like baseball or Kinsella.
- The interrogation of Ashala Wolf, by Ambelin Kwaymullina. ARC (2014) of YA novel by Australian writer. SFF, features chromatic characters.
- The Wild Hunt by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Francisco Mora. Hardcover, dust jacked, remaindered.
- River of gods by Ian McDonald. Hardcover w/dust jacket.
- Phallos, by Samuel R. Delaney. Thin paperback (2004). Fiction.
- Joy of Cooking by Erma Rombauer (1964 copyright, 1967 printing). Hardcover.
- Weird noir: gothic and dark lowbrow art, by Matt Dukes Jordan. Largish paperback with lots of glossy paper, so it's heavy.
- Souvenir book from The House on the Rock (yes, the real place that's also in Neil Gaiman's American Gods). Large but skinny paperback.
- ETA: The catch trap, by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Non-genre novel about circus performers and queer romance. I was going to reread it before giving it to prisoners (MM romance!), but then I didn't. Maybe you will?
Note that I keep a list of books to find for people; you can reply here or drop me an email with the title etc. plus how much you're willing to spend.
I’ll be at WisCon this weekend, just as I am every year. EVERY YEAR. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
If you want to find me, here’s my schedule:
Stop, Collaborate and Listen | Fri, 4:00–5:15 pm Conference 2
Amal El-Mohtar has a history of collaborating with likeminded souls, from editing a poetry zine to performing with a troupe of writer/musicians to co-writing fiction and beyond. How is it possible to discover fellow travelers and co conspirators across space and time(zones)? What are the benefits of such long distance collaborations, and how do different kinds of collaborative projects come together?
Julia Starkey, K. Tempest Bradford, Amal El-Mohtar, C. S. E. Cooney , Max Gladstone
Social Media in 2017 | Sat, 10:30–11:45 pm University C
LiveJournal is now hosted in Russia and doesn’t support HTTPS. Facebook is infected with fake news and trolls (not to mention giving us only random access to what friends have to say). Twitter keeps adding features we don’t want and allowing trolls to flourish. What’s worth using? Is there any way to change the social media landscape?
Rachel Kronick, K. Tempest Bradford, Emma Humphries, Sunny Moraine
How Lazy Writing Recreates Oppression | Sun, 10:00–11:15 am Capitol A
Themes of colonialism and racial oppression are extremely popular in the genre of science fiction. Authors of sci-fi often use the tropes of the genre to explore real issues in the world, however, colonialism and oppression is only alluded to in the fictional elements and not in the elements of the story based in the real world. Practices like color-blind casting are not only lazy but uphold white-default characterizations, stereotypes of marginalized people, and damage the spirit of real diversity and inclusion. On this panel, we will discuss stories like Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Doctor Who and Star Wars, and how these stories fall short and recreate oppression in their stories through lazy writing, as well as what writers need to be aware of when writing.
Mark Oshiro, K. Tempest Bradford, Nicasio Reed
Reading: Looking for Trouble | Sun, 1:00–2:15 pm Michelangelos
I will be reading from my story The Copper Scarab, which will be just out in Clockwork Cairo!
K. Tempest Bradford, Eileen Gunn, Pat Murphy, Nisi Shawl
Steven Universe and Consent | Sun, 2:30–3:45 pm Caucus
Rebecca Sugar, creator of Steven Universe, said the following at San Diego Comic-Con: “It’s very important to me that we speak to kids about consent. That we speak to kids about identity. There’s so much I have to say about this. I want to feel like I exist and I want everyone else who wants to feel that way to feel that way too.” Let’s talk about how the show deals with issues of consent, especially in regards to its use of SF ideas like mind-sharing, body-swapping, and fusion. What can we learn from SU about how to (or how NOT to) discuss consent in SF texts? What history is there of discussing consent explicitly in SF, and how does SU connect to it or fail to connect to it? And, going back to Sugar’s comments: how does consent relate directly to identity on SU?
Ty Blauersouth, K. Tempest Bradford, Seth Frost, thingswithwings, JP Fairfield, Jo Vanderhooft
Decentering Whiteness in Fandom | Sun, 10:00–11:15 pm University C
A more in-depth look at how whiteness is always the focus in fandom, fan works in particular. How POC characters are forgotten, written out, killed off by fandom so their white faves who do no more than glance at each other can be together in fanon bliss. How do we de-center the narratives built around minor white characters and problematic faves versus existing POC characters? A hard topic and not for those who think this doesn’t happen.
Tanya D., K. Tempest Bradford, Mark Oshiro
Hi friends! Reina here, and do I have the opportunity of a lifetime for you. We are rebooting the classic series, Fucking with Feministing — and I am now here to take care of all your sexual needs! In an informative not physical way!
Here at Feministing, we believe that sexual equality is fundamental to a liberated world, from eliminating sexual coercion to promoting orgasm equality. Fucking with Feministing, pioneered by legendary sex goddess Sesali and the brilliant superheroes at the Center for Sex and Culture is our flagship column for everything saucy, juicy, spicy, and otherwise sexual (and probably involving food metaphors now that I’m writing it).
Here’s how it works: You send your sex and relationship questions, ishes, and strugs to email@example.com. I read said question, ish, or strug, and if it catches my fancy it is featured in this column (edited for clarity and length maybe—who knows!). And I totally do not reveal your identity, because that would be a dick move, and the whole point of a sexually equal world is that the best dicks are in our pants and dildo collections.
Now, you may be wondering: “What qualifies you, Reina, to answer my questions about sex and relationships?” That’s an excellent question, reader, and one I am uniquely qualified to answer.
First of all, I am qualified because I’ve had some sexual interludes in my day! Touchin’, spankin’, humpin’, rubbin’, lickin’, lovin’—you name it and I’ve either done it or read about it on a blog.
Third of all, people in my hometown frequently approach my father with shocked expressions on their faces and say “Did you see what your morally corrupt middle daughter is writing on the internet???”
Finally, in an imaginary survey of previous sexual partners, I got the following reviews:
“Sex with Reina made me realize I was a lesbian.” [Variations of this review repeated several times.]
“I was about to finger Reina in a laundry room but didn’t because she had pubic hair and I think that’s gross. So she gave me a 45 minute talk on the way patriarchal gender norms structure our sexual desires. Thank goodness I didn’t have to pay $200,000 for a gender studies degree in order to work through my assumptions about women’s bodies with a friendly, well-informed feminist!”
“Reina is on fire in bed. Not literally, because she is very conscious of fire safety. Don’t light candles close to linens.”
And if this doesn’t inspire confidence, I don’t blame you/don’t worry: The glamorous and highly informed sexual health experts at the Center for Sex and Culture are here to make sure that all the advice we give out is safe, healthy, and medically legitimate. So please give them a round of applause, and send those sex questions over to my inbox.
Remember folks, it’s firstname.lastname@example.org and your questions contribute to a more just, equal, and pleasure-filled world. So unbutton those pants (if you’re wearing pants, and you feel like it—this is entirely your choice and also obtain the consent of those around you) and get ready for a sexy ride!
2. Actually I'm pretty close to done with everyone and everything who isn't like maybe 5-10 people. ( now cut for panic attack and cat being weird and upsetting! )
( 3 is cut for dental adventures! )
4. All of which is to say that I cannot with the news right now but it's almost more terrifying to know Shit's Going Down and NOT know what the shit is THIS fucking time.
5. I finished the current cross stitch Sunday night and if my body would like to fucking cooperate I'm gonna go work some more on making my bathroom the nerdiest collection of cross stitch ever.
6. The boy, due to an assortment of meeting/annual crap, is stuck at work today and yesterday until 5.30. For those playing along at home, this means he's working 11-hour days. So I have WAY less support at home RIGHT when I seriously need it.
( and last but by no means least 7 is cut for IPV )
...I'm gonna go eat lunch and try not to bite anyone's head off.
- The victims of the Manchester bombing. (BBC.com, which also has updates)
- Sir Roger Moore, actor (he had many roles besides James Bond)
- Dina Merrill, actress and philanthropist (last week, I was wondering whatever had happened to her and was cheered to find she was still alive, though not acting anymore)
- Anne R. Dick, memoirist (also started poetry magazines)
I'm trying to pull together a spur of the moment trip to WicCon and I'm hoping to find someone looking for a roommate. This will be my first WisCon and I'm hoping for a last minute miracle. Did someone if your group have to drop out unexpectedly? Or do you know someone who needs a roommate? I can happily fill the slot!
I'm a 41 y/o cis queer woman (she/hers) non-smoker, courteous and quiet. New to WisCon but not new to cons in general (I've attended WindyCon and Capricon regularly for the last few years) Hoping to experience my first WisCon this year! Can you help me out? Shoot me an email at amyshy at gmail dot com.
Thanks in advance!
I'm posting to facebook a series of "a year ago today"noting our movie across country. It's part of an engagement practice. (at this point, my computer decided to give me grief, before I could share with YOU)
Sadly, my personal computer is being very trying when it comes to supporting my communication efforts. Anyone use macs and have a favorite debugging tool?
I spent much of my free time Monday trying to sort out what is wrong. I was using ssh to access the machine's command line, but it would crash when I was trying to pack up my email directory. I have ordered a cable so I can put the machine in target mode and treat it like an external drive.