Dwelling in Truth

This essay is part of a year long series following one fed-up reader’s white literature “detox.” Read more here, and follow her book list here.

The hood has a parking lot economy. If you drive down certain streets in predominately black neighborhoods, you’ll see tables and tents or sometimes just a pickup with its truck bed door open. Some of the products on offer are regional: fruit and vegetables if you live close to where there are farms, bean pies if your area has a Nation of Islam presence. Most of the products are the same no matter where you are: knockoff designer purses and logo T-shirts, self-published novels, bootleg CDs and DVDs, and every now and again some art. As a kid, whenever my mom would take us to the beauty supply store, we’d almost always see this dude selling Afrocentric wooden statuary and paintings of dark skinned people dressed like Zulu warriors and Ancient Egyptian queens. As an adult I wonder how he possibly made enough money to make it worth his while to be such a constant presence, but at the time I just thought those paintings were cool. Read More Dwelling in Truth

This Week in Misogyny is Scarier than Your Halloween Costume

Y’all. It’s been a hell of a week. Of course we’re still dealing with GamerGate, plus the backlash to the street harassment video that everyone loved just a few days ago. And don’t forget the fucked up Halloween costumes that are already out there! (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is Scarier than Your Halloween Costume

Kickstartable: The People’s Girls

When this Kickstarter project was brought to my attention, I knew it was time to bring back the Kickstartable series. Here’s my interview with the team working on The People’s Girls, two brave women who are speaking out about a very important topic. Read More Kickstartable: The People’s Girls

Science News: 12/20/13

It’s time for one last quick dose of science news before the holidays.  Read More Science News: 12/20/13

End Of The Week News

Oh, lovely kids, rejoice! We have returned to another week of the news. Like the days that rise and fall, what happens in our world changes at the drop of a coin. Of course, it’s easy to wax poetic if you’re like me, who, in a recent attempt to indulge my sanity, has been avoiding the state of our world by binge-drinking cartoons and cat videos. Coping mechanisms, ahoy! Nonetheless, we come back to let you know what’s going on in this good world. Shall we? Read More End Of The Week News

End Of The Week News

Welcome back children, welcome back. Each week you fly back with me into the ether of the terrifying and the absurd. Mostly the absurd. Here we attempt to understand what is going on in this big, crazy world of ours, one news bite at a time. Let’s jump right into the topics that make us swirl our brains to process the all the goods, shall we? Read More End Of The Week News

This Week in Misogyny is Doubling Down

This series might have taken off for the holiday last week, but the world just kept on dealing out one piece of misogynistic crap after another. So much so that we’re doling out two misogyny posts this week. Gird your loins, ladies! (As usual, trigger warnings for just about everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is Doubling Down