Grab a cup of green tea and a Bourbon biscuit; it’s Tuesday elevenses and time to browse the interesting world of the internet, as filtered by me.
Which Trek adventure did you choose? I was always a big fan of Deep Space Nine which made me love wormholes and also meant I didn’t realise for years that there was a problem with the depiction of black people in films and teevee, and sci-fi in particular. Blogging at Racialious, Kendra James explains this phenomenon.
DS9 has your aliens and spaceships, and characters do occasionally say things like “set phasers to stun,” but the Trek cheese-factor is more often than not outweighed by the political storyarcs covered over six out of the show’s seven seasons, its criticisms of 20th century history, race relations in America, and lead actor, Avery Brooks, who stars as Captain Benjamin Lafayette Sisko–the first and only African-American captain to lead a televised Star Trek franchise.
On the 17th of March, a peaceful demo was staged against the NHS bill (the dismantling and privatisation of the NHS) and not a word about it appeared in national news teevee or papers. Very strange! You, however, can read about it here, and here.
My cousin wrote about Imposter Syndrome – he started a business which requires doing lots of things he is not the best at which is fine and usual, until one starts to compare oneself to the people who are the best.
They’re all gonna laugh at YOU!: some wise words from The Headologist.
Some Thoughts On Hipster Misogyny (because if you’re “not racist”, then you can never be racist. Right?)
This is probably the best thing I have read ever about social networking.
5 Women Respond to the Kony 2010 Campaign ; African women, that is.
Reworking classic fairytales and the many ways of enacting the feminine in feminist fiction: Chally on Margaret Atwood! I love it when my favourite writers comment on each other.
The thing about Sally is that she’s both an uncertain subject and an unreliable focaliser, because she’s presenting herself in the terms of all the established narratives on which she can get her hands. Sally both understands her world through popular texts and forms herself according to the frequently patriarchal understandings they represent.
It’s not rude to exert your right to your own autonomy, even Miss Manners says so. In fact, Miss Manners downright demands that you do.