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Even if Darren Wilson were telling the complete and honest truth, he’s done nothing but admitted to using lethal force on someone who was only suspected of petty shoplifting and “threatening” him with no weapons.

That’s why cops are supposed to have tasers, and under extremely dire circumstances, maybe fire a fucking warning shot. We don’t even execute every murderer or rapist. For fuck’s sake, there are people in prison right now for using deadly force in actual self defense. Know what they were charged with? Murder. There are people rotting in jail on “murder” convictions for killing their own rapists and we’re actually arguing whether a man who shot another, entirely unarmed teenager to death counts as a “murderer.” Of course he fucking does.


Unfriendly reminder that in America it’s reasonable to say an unarmed black kid deserved to be shot six times because he might have robbed a convenience store, but a white kid shouldn’t be kicked off the high school football team just because he violently raped a girl.

Noor Inayat Khan: the Spy Princess (1914-1944)



This week, we meet Noor Inayat Khan, one of the bravest women to ever live. She was a British secret agent during World War 2, working as a radio operator in occupied Paris. In fact, working as the ONLY radio operator in occupied Paris. The average lifespan for that job was 6 weeks, and she lasted almost 5 months. She escaped the Gestapo numerous times, and went out fighting. All this, even though everything about her work went against her basic pacifist nature. Read on for more about this phenomenal human being.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: the first Marvel movie to have a WOMAN (Nicole Perlman) as a credited writer

"…but getting there wasn’t exactly easy."

“[Science-fiction movies] are the kinds of movies I enjoy watching, much as I really enjoy history and science,” she recalls, “but I was noticing that I was having trouble convincing people, when I was pitching on projects, that I would be capable of doing this. There was a little bit of an attitude of, ‘Well, you’re a woman, you’re not writing romantic comedies, we’ll give you the Marie Curie biopic.’”

She kept trying. She pitched one company a project with a sample that they loved, but they told her that even though they appreciated her take on the article they had optioned they weren’t sure she could write the more action-heavy parts. “They kept saying, ‘This is a guy’s movie, you know, it’s really a guy’s movie.’ I didn’t want to say, ‘Are you saying a woman can’t write a guy’s movie?’” Perlman recalls. “What is a guy’s movie anyway? If you’re making a movie that’s just for one gender, what’s the point?’”

That frustration was how she wound up at Marvel.

“I was definitely the only woman screenwriter that I’m aware of,” she says, “but they never made me feel disenfranchised for being a woman, which I really appreciated because I definitely have felt that at other studios.”

Julie d’Aubigny: Princess of the Opera (1670-1707)



This week we turn our attention to La Maupin, Julie d’Aubigny: sword-slinger, opera singer, and larger-than-life bisexual celebrity of 17th century France. Her life was a whirlwind of duels, seduction, graverobbing, and convent-burning so intense that she had to be pardoned by the king of France TWICE. Read on for more.

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the-old-folk-blues asked
Why is it that the ethnicity of your characters is so important to visual adaptions when you rarely, if ever, mention it in your prose?




I don’t really understand the question. If the ethnicity of the characters wasn’t in the prose it wouldn’t be mentioned at all in the adaptations and nobody would care. If you are paying attention you will find all sorts of people in the books, with all sorts of backgrounds. 

And it probably came from comics, in which I could have someone drawn as being part of a particular race or ethnicity and then not have to have them talk about being part of that ethnicity, but simply get on with the business of being in the story and behaving as that person, with that point of view, which would include ethnicity, would behave.

It’s important because representation

And also because I was stupid enough to think Fat Charlie was white for the entirety of Anansi Boys until in hindsight I realized what having Anansi for a dad would obviously mean 

Neil may not always say explicitly what the characters’ ethnicities are but he implies them enough, and if you’re paying attention, you’ll be able to figure it out. 

And maybe this is difficult to understand but as someone who’s grown up a bibliophile, who was so bombarded by white characters that I default to Caucasian in my head even when the character is decidedly nonwhite, it’s important to shake off those years of idiotic Western/Caucasian-centricity by portraying characters as other ethnicities.


the-old-folk-blues asked
Sorry if I was unclear. I remember a while back you were considering your dream-team American Gods (one of my favourite books) cast, and you made a point of wanting the right ethnicity for Shadow. Which I found weird because I spent most of the book thinking of Shadow as a white guy until the "coffee-and-cream"(?) offhand description towards the end. So, thought I, if Shadow's ethnicity is so unimportant to be "revealed" towards the end of the book, then why does the actor’s ethnicity matter? 1.


With the greatest respect, that might say more about how you read the book than it does about the book you thought you read. Take a look at American Gods again and let me know what you find…

Honestly, if you pay attention while reading this book, it’s pretty hard to miss the many, many hints about Shadow’s mixed ethnicity.

It’s kind of sad that in order for some people to accept a character as non-white, they need/want a veritable neon sign proclaiming it (usually in the form of stereotypes). Is it really that hard to believe that a POC can go about their story without actively and repetitively thinking about how not-white they are? And how can anyone seriously ask, “well if they’re not being obviously 'ethnic' all over the place, then why bother make them a POC at all, why can’t they just be white like everyone else?” I mean really?

“Once you get this you have to say 5 nice things about yourself publicly and then send it to 10 of your favorite followers. You don’t have to do it if you don’t want to.”

It’s another thingie! I actually really like this kind of thingie. Yay for feeling good about yourself! (I was tagged by )

1: I have been told that I’m really good at telling stories, or making previously-boring stories entertaining.

2: I am pretty good at understanding and accepting opinions that I don’t agree with.

3: I’m not half bad at writing!

4: Sometimes my art is pretty swell, too.

5: I have never found it hard to stand up for myself or others.

That was harder than I expected. o.0 I guess I needed it more than I thought? But wow, so many other things I thought of to write just felt arrogant to me. >__< Maybe I need to work on that?

I don’t have “favorite” followers, but I suspect saying “Everybody do this!” will do nothing (like my tagging people really “does” anything, LOL, but whatever). ANYWAY, I really want  to do this! <3 And let’s see, nine others? How about swandive-adderley, klobbertgi-acewolfspeaker1318bathannersgirl-with-a-radio-heartyerawizardrikkikarmaapple and swordofshin if she wants to (I know you’ve already done it but still, MORE POSITIVITY! :D).

There. That’s 10. I followed the rules. Be proud of me.