Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thursday Reading



40 Reasons Our Jails and Prisons Are Full of Black and Poor People
by Bill Quigley
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) reports 2.2 million people are in our nation’s jails and prisons and another 4.5 million people are on probation or parole in the US, totaling 6.8 million people, one of every 35 adults.  We are far and away the world leader in putting our own people in jail.  Most of the people inside are poor and Black.  Here are 40 reasons why.
Read More at Black Agenda Report


Mad Max: Fury Road And The Great Feminism Debate
by Cate Young
After all the hoopla, debate, and thinkpieces, I finally saw Mad Max: Fury Road last night and it did not disappoint. The movie was a masterpiece of the senses and totally overwhelmed me with how engaging it was on all fronts. By about 15 minutes in I was at the edge of my seat whispering "this is amazing. This is AMAZING!" to myself. Basically, I loved it. I'm listening to the soundtrack as I type this.
Read More at Batty Mamzelle


These Actresses Are Not Asian Or Pacific Islanders
by Keith Chow
Depending on where you stake your claim on the internet, there has been a lot of chatter about a movie that tanked at the box office1 and another one that isn’t due in theaters for at least another year. The thing that links these seemingly disparate films is that both thought casting white women as characters who are written as Asian American and Pacific Islander was a good idea.
Read More at The Nerds of Color


You Can Be Loved: For Those of Us Who Live With Mental Illness
by Princess Harmony Rodriguez
It was like any other day in October when a wave of unsureness swept over me. As unsureness became depression and depression became paranoia, I began to send sad, frenzied messages to my best friend: I was afraid of losing her, of losing everyone I care about, of anything and everything that could go wrong.
Read More at Black Girl Dangerous


Fallout 4; Lets hear it for the whores.
It may not have escaped your notice that Bethesda released the trailer for Fallout 4 today, probably the worst kept secret since Paulie Cantelli’s chem addiction. As Dystopian throwbacks to the 1950s go, they dont come much better than Fallout 3, but it occupies quite a special place in my heart as it has (along with Fallout New Vegas) the most positive depiction of sex workers in any major game I have played. (I have to exclude Saints Row, since it went for the whole trafficking rescue fantasy).New Vegas even has a lecture about consent, and the fact paying for sexual services does not mean you can mistreat or abuse sex workers.
Read More at Sometimes, It's Just a Cigar


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