Thank God I found something to feel uncomfortable about this week. I was running out of things to write about. Have you seen this ad for Snore Stop? (Picture after the cut.) Continue reading
Picture it. I’m in Iowa visiting with two friends of mine, both white women. We sit in a booth at a local supermarket eating deli food and discussing various issues. One friend tells us about a recent classroom debate she had with her professor and others over the terms “African-American” versus “Black.” I recall discussing the issue with her and telling her I tend to use the term Black until told otherwise if only because not all Black people are, in fact, African-American. She jokes that she “Black friended” me when shutting down her professor on the issue using what I’d told her. I laugh uncomfortably, internally debate whether to call this out, and ultimately decide to let it go this once. Continue reading
[Content warning: anti-Black violence, lynching, necrophilia, self-harm, sexual assault] Continue reading
This week’s episode of American Horror Story explored themes of immortality and rebirth.
The way white dudes act when I ignore them you’d think *I* was the exclusive source of white male validation instead of the entire world.
Ayesha A. Siddiqi
Newt Scamander will probably not be a person of color in the recently announced Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them movies. When some relatively “unknown” white British male of medium height and with floppy, hipster “I don’t care” hair in his mid-twenties to mid-thirties gets cast, the internet will fall all over themselves to find out every detail about this man and begin worshipping him blindly. The fans who supported casting an actor of color will be resigned to the fact that yet again, the opportunity for “progressive” or “risky” casting is dismissed in favor of safe casting choices in a guaranteed box office smash. Continue reading
What did you read this week?
Welcome back, Persephoneers! This week’s classic movie pick is a sort of follow-up to some of the discussion sparked by the Miss Representation documentary. Imitation of Life, made in 1959, stars Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, and John Gavin. The film is based on the 1933 novel by Fannie Hurst and was directed by Douglas Sirk. It was one of the highest grossing films of 1959 and dared to tackle the controversial topics of how society perceives race and gender and how these perceptions can shape people’s lives. Continue reading
Being Hispanic (we can debate the term later), does not automatically guarantee certain characteristics that are associated with the group. You can be culturally Hispanic, but you can be pretty pale. You can be raised in a city that is at least sixty percent Hispanic with parents who speak Spanish fluently, but still not be able to speak Spanish yourself. Continue reading
There aren’t a lot of women who look like me leading summer Hollywood blockbusters.
From a discussion of why scotch smells like Band-aids (hint: look at the phenols!) to a very timely exploration of the bacteria living on the vagina (am I allowed to use that word here, or will some Republican politician come at me for being vulgar?), this week has shown itself to be a particularly good one for science articles. But it was not all fun and vaginas; a few articles this week highlighted the importance of really considering alternative hypotheses. Continue reading
Oh man oh man oh man. This week’s takedown is a trickster.
Welcome back, poodles, for another roundabout recap of all the news that proves that this dear country is headed to hell in an embroidered handbasket. Will we make it through the week with a forced smile on our faces, or will we grimly gather round the old television and lament the very forces that make all things seem ever so desperate and awful sometimes? Either way, there will be gin – cotton candy for those who abstain from the devil’s drink. So gather up your wills and your wiles, let’s meet this week’s news head on with a brave face and a tight grip on sanity. Continue reading