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acatnamedhercules:

karnythia:

deducecanoe:

spiderjerusalems:

theatlantic:

Literature Is Dead (According to Straight, White Guys, At Least)

Every few months, a new “Literature is Dead/Dying” think piece crops up in high-profile media. Perhaps you’ve noticed. As a book nerd, I certainly have, though they’ve begun to bleed together: Their diagnoses of literature’s ills tend to be eerily similar.
I’ve suspected for a while that these essays, as a category, might somehow be rooted in declining privilege: Literature has never been a majority interest in America, so I’ve wondered if these writers might be projecting some kind of status insecurity onto literature. Still, until recently I’d never thought to look at the identities of the authors before. And I certainly never thought I’d discover that every last author whose work I had read on the subject would be a white male—or that all but one was straight.
Read more. [Image: Wikimedia; Mark Edmundson]


#points and laughs #points and laughs some more #MAKE WAY MOTHERFUCKIZ #I’m so excited about this #like yeah dude #y’all have been writing the same book for hundreds upon hundreds of years #no shit there’s a ‘weak demand for [your so-called] ‘serious books” #no shit we have no interest in you anymore #no shit we’re looking to female / queer / poc / etc authors for a fresh perspective #go cry you big overprivileged babies #scribble some more arrogant freudian shit that no one wants to read #(except more straight white dudes with an overinflated sense of their own importance) #(sure straight white guys can produce fabulous writing that I love but they’re usually the ones who aren’t up their own asses) #(your david foster wallaces and bret easton ellises can go fuck themselves the boring arrogant pricks)

So much all these comments. It’s ongoing save the white cis het dude ivory tower academics! Endangered species.

I just had this conversation with a straight white dude a few days ago. Imagine his shock when I rattled off the names of a good half dozen authors of color who are writing amazing things and winning awards for it. He actually started Googling them in front of me like I was lying to him. He got even madder when he realized that two of them were published by houses that have rejected him. Often. I pointed out that if he tried reading things written by people who aren’t just like him, his writing might improve, but I don’t think he got it.

down with Important Literature

acatnamedhercules:

karnythia:

deducecanoe:

spiderjerusalems:

theatlantic:

Literature Is Dead (According to Straight, White Guys, At Least)

Every few months, a new “Literature is Dead/Dying” think piece crops up in high-profile media. Perhaps you’ve noticed. As a book nerd, I certainly have, though they’ve begun to bleed together: Their diagnoses of literature’s ills tend to be eerily similar.

I’ve suspected for a while that these essays, as a category, might somehow be rooted in declining privilege: Literature has never been a majority interest in America, so I’ve wondered if these writers might be projecting some kind of status insecurity onto literature. Still, until recently I’d never thought to look at the identities of the authors before. And I certainly never thought I’d discover that every last author whose work I had read on the subject would be a white male—or that all but one was straight.

Read more. [Image: Wikimedia; Mark Edmundson]

             

So much all these comments. It’s ongoing save the white cis het dude ivory tower academics! Endangered species.

I just had this conversation with a straight white dude a few days ago. Imagine his shock when I rattled off the names of a good half dozen authors of color who are writing amazing things and winning awards for it. He actually started Googling them in front of me like I was lying to him. He got even madder when he realized that two of them were published by houses that have rejected him. Often. I pointed out that if he tried reading things written by people who aren’t just like him, his writing might improve, but I don’t think he got it.

down with Important Literature

twinkleofafadingstar

micdotcom:

Above: American prisons. Below: Swedish prison

While America’s prisons are overcrowded, Sweden is shutting them down

While the land of the free is spending more on criminals and locking more people up than ever, Sweden is eliminating prisons and minimizing its prison population. The Swedes were able to close four prisons when its inmate population dropped 6% between 2011 and 2012.

Here’s how they did it.

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telvi1:

micdotcom:

16-year-old Jada’s rape was turned into a meme — but she and her supporters are fighting back

Jada’s case shares an eerie similarity to last year’s Steubenville rape case. That incident, too, involved the assault of a teenage girl, and that case, too, saw photos and videos of the unconscious girl spread like wildfire across the Web.

But unlike the Steubenville case, to which the reactions ranged from disturbing to downright egregious, Jada’s story is receiving an overwhelming outpouring of support. While the initial purpose of #jadapose was to make a mockery of a young girl’s sexual assault, her supporters have come out in droves to back her.

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The most ignorant ass shit I’ve ever seen in my life. #gojada

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lezbhonest:

thelesbianguide:

bandperrys:

Perfect anti-bro country song. 

Women in country are tired of “bro” bullshit, and they’re letting it be known! 

Last year Kacey Musgrave’s song “Follow Your Arrow” introduced the idea that women can kiss boys or girls or whoever they like. They can be who they want to be. 

Earlier this year Kira Isabella delivered the hard hitting track “Quarterback” which discusses rape and how society is letting young guys get away with it. 

Now Maddie & Tae are knocking down the idea of the all too familiar “Country Girl” from popular male artists. Maddie & Tae want it to be known that a country girl isn’t your sexual fantasy play thing. They are women who know hard knocks and can deliver them just the same. They are women who know & can hold their own a lot like the ones Gretchen Wilson and Miranda Lambert (among others) have long fought to represent in the genre.

~ Va-J-J

Not a big country music fan, but Va-J-J noted some interesting changes in the genre.