Tag Archives: racism

Avatar (2009) (sort of a movie review)

4 Jul
Poster for the 2009 movie AVATAR, showing the two superimposed faces of the main character, Jake Sully, as human and as his Na'vi avatar

It only took me 13 years, but I’ve finally watched it. Funnily enough, looking up details on Wikipedia while writing the review, it turns out it’s timely: apparently the first sequel comes out in December this year.

Viewer beware: imperialism, white savior chosen, ableism with magical cure, cultural appropriation of Hindu and First Nations mysticism. Also, it’s a long ass movie.

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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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