If we can’t write diversity into sci-fi, then what’s the point? You don’t create new worlds to give them all the same limits of the old ones.
today i realized that the “socialized as men” excuse used to exclude trans women from women’s spaces….is kind of racist and classist
there are many, many poor cisgender women of color who grow up socialized with “male” expectations. to be strong and tough and work…
Long commutes are making Americans more politically apathetic
Long commutes are a fact of life for many people — particularly here in the Washington area — and commuting brings with it an increased risk of many bad outcomes: obesity, divorce, insomnia, and on and on. Now we may need to add one more consequence to the list: people who spend more time commuting are less likely to be interested and get involved in politics. That is an implication of new research by political scientists Benjamin Newman, Joshua Johnson, and Patrick Lown. (Another link to the piece is here.) They show that Americans who report longer commutes say they are less involved in politics. Participation in politics is 12 points lower for people with a 60-minute commute relative to people who work from home and have no commute. Why does this effect emerge? Newman and colleagues suggest it is because commuting saps people’s underlying interest in politics.
(Source: abbyjean, via note-a-bear)
I think that part of what’s good about the book is it doesn’t try to solve any problem; and I’m very careful in my writing not to offer solutions to the problems that I pose. I think that the solution is bigger than we can possibly imagine, and what happens to Black people is that when we start trying to think about solutions we inhibit our ability to imagine the actual complexity and breadth of the problem. So what we try to do is we work on how do we make it through the day, which is fine on some level. But that’s not what I’m trying to do in my work. I’m trying to say that the slave trade created an ontological problem – a problem of existence – not just a political problem. So many of us go crazy when we get into our older years because one of the things that we just can’t face squarely (and when I say we, I mean the bulk of us, and me on a bad day) we cannot face the fact that the country does not discriminate against us – the country is against us in its very formulation. Part of the reason we don’t want to do that is because if we say that the country is fundamentally anti-Black, then we say, “Well shit, what do I do with my life?” I don’t have an answer to that question – I can’t answer it myself. It would be really foolish for a Jew in Nazi Germany to say, “What we have here is a problem of discrimination.” What they would have to say is “What we have here is an anti-Semitic state.” As a result I think it would be foolish for us to say “What we have here is discrimination” instead of saying, “What we have here is an anti-Black world.” I’m trying to understand that through literature. If I want to really go to the depths of that understanding I have to be willing to not be so anxious along the road so that I start offering stop-gap measures.