Tag Archives: racism

White supremacy, the 2nd Amendment, complicity of the press.

16 May

I was going to post a movie review today.

Then there were two racist mass shootings over the weekend, and there was just no space in my head to watch and livetweet a romance.

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Genre romance: expressing our values, sharing our myth

28 Jan

Earlier this month, the podcast Fated Mates, by Sarah Maclean and Jen Prokop, had an episode with genre romance legend Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle, she of the many pseudonyms, queen of “reinventing herself under a new pen name as circumstances warranted”, as part of a series of Romance Trailblazers interviews.

I have been thinking about it a lot, just…not very happy thoughts.

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The Peacock Dress: a tale of white women’s privilege and tears.

24 Sep

Or what RWA’s racism and discrimination look like in another community.

White woman standing, wearing a heavily embroidered, shoulder-baring dress, with the train spread forward to her left.
Portrait of Mary Leiter, Lady Curzon, Vicereine of India, wearing the Peacock Dress and her crown, by William Logsdail.
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Musings on privilege

4 May

A few days ago, I had a conversation with a friend about politics, sexism, authoritarianism, and more. At one point, he mentioned that he despises the way privilege is often deployed to shut people up.

Which is a fair criticism, as we’ve all seen cries of “privilege” used to police what other people say and how they say it.

On the other hand, privilege exists, most people have at least some in one area or another, and it shields them from other people’s experiences and suffering.

Thing is, people rarely see their own privilege, however limited it may be, and therefore tend not to be receptive when it’s pointed out to them.

Like, say, people who have the privilege of choosing what they engage with, and how. Another form privilege manifests is in what we even see happening in the world around us.

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