link love

What I know about America after being thrown out of a trump rally

Some history of black science fiction.

Indiana abortion law

Back in the day when abortion was illegal, women were still getting abortions.  Just not safe ones.  Those days are returning.

Hope?

Racists for trumpHeil!

Sold out.

Why Bloomberg isn’t running

It wasn’t feminism that killed Rome…

Students need to learn our history so we don’t repeat it so often.

Clinton made a big promise

A grandma for Clinton

British Imperialism in the words of a woman affected by it.

Everything is crumbling.  Aiee, Baumeister can’t be reproduced?

Irony!

This is strange

One blogger’s way of doing monthly finances.  And here is another’s!  It is neat how there are different ways of managing money.

Experiences vs. things and conspicuous consumption

Plagiarism in crosswords, or Timothy Parker has some explaining to do.

So do we, so do we.

Dear Ms. Undine.

So cute!

Incorporating minorities in fiction (even if you’re not from that minority group)

This is done very badly most of the time.

One thing I’ve noticed while reading project Gutenberg books– the books that stood the test of time are more likely to not have minorities (including Jewish — you would know who early mystery writer Anna Katharine Green was as well as Doyle or Christie if she wasn’t so anti-Semitic) than to have them.  That’s because books by the same authors that have minorities often include extremely offensive stereotypes, and somehow those books haven’t gotten reprinted.  Rare is the 100-200 year old book that can have a minority and treat said minority with respect.  (Though some much earlier literature seems to do a better job for some racial minorities.)  This existence of offensive stereotypes is even true for early feminists who get the gender thing right– they can’t make the jump to nonwhites.

But the world isn’t white.  As fiction reflects reality, fiction should reflect that fact.  Even in historical fiction.

#2 and I have had several discussions about Loretta Chase, who is a great author *except* when she includes Egyptians or Indians or, presumably other British colonial subjects (just like Mary Balogh is great except in her early books where the hero doesn’t take no for an answer).  She’s got the woman are not chattel thing down, but her view of Indians and Egyptians comes straight out of British Imperial literature.  She’s got the White Man’s burden and every single stereotype from 19th century British imperialism.  She’s obviously done extensive reading of white authors of the time period.  So have I, for that matter.  But it grates.

(And it is embarrassing that we haven’t always noticed these trite stereotypes– the superstitious lazy Egyptians, the Indian servant willing to give up all for his/her mem-sahib, savages burning widows on the funeral pyre.  We don’t think we can go back and reread Elizabeth Peters because we’re pretty sure she uses a number of these tropes.)

I recently re-read the wonderful Courtney Milan’s The Heiress Effect (seriously, buy this entire series) the same day as I failed to be able to stomach Chase’s Sandalwood Princess.  Chase read imperial white authors for her inspiration.  Her minorities are not real– they are figments of racist 19th century imaginations.  The same kinds of books that are not standing the test of time today and will be even more likely to die off in the future as more people cringe while reading them.

Milan, instead, read autobiographies of Indian lawyers in England during the 19th century.  Her characters ring true.  Real historical research means reading about people in their own words in their own time periods, not white people’s perceptions.  Especially when white people writing in that time have every reason to justify subjugation of entire bodies of people.

So if you’re an author and you want to include minorities in your historical fiction, and you should, find people from that time period– they exist.  Listen to what they say, and not what white people who want to keep them subjugated say about them.  Because what white people in the time period say only tells you about white people in the time period, no matter who they are talking about.

Do you have any recommendations about authors who do it right?  How about for under-represented people in their own words?

Another late link love

#1 got back in from traveling much later than expected last night and then overslept and didn’t bother to tell #2 that she wasn’t gonna do link love.  So…

Last challenge steps:

Feb 27: 4585
Feb 28:  4591
Feb 29: 4640

More proof we need the voting rights act back

Also they target democratic voters (duh)

Horrific

A reminder that Syrian refugees still need (monetary) help

feel like having rage or perhaps just head-shaking at dumb republicans?

I don’t understand how there are optimists in the world.  :(

List of violent incidents at Trump rallies.  Flashback to Hitler circa 1932.

Chris Rock really isn’t woke when it comes to other oppressed groups.

RBG is a hero.

Abortion travel agent

girl nasa

more depressingness

It took me a little while to get this joke, but it’s funny!

Only a democrat can stop Trump.

Hope for sanity

Primary wrap-up MoreAlso

I’m with her.

I like the models for Hillary Clinton swag.

Pretty sure it’s a feedback loop.

Academic oscars

Autism and vaccines

Spocktopus  More pretty things.  Still more.

tenure is better!

Link love and a challenge update

For those following me at home.  This week’s goal was 2,500 steps/day.  How did I do?:
Feb 1: 7,194 (DH had a dentist appointment so I had to get DC1 which I did on foot)
Feb 2: 2,951 (Pacing while waiting for DH put me over the edge on this one)
Feb 3: 6,946 (I had the car so I had to walk from the parking lot, went for coffee at work, walked to the village store during DC1’s piano lesson to pick up a loaf of bread)
Feb 4: 9,769 (DH had the car so I walked to pick up both kids.  We got smoothies on the way home from DC2.)
Feb 5: 4,420 (Decided to pick up DC1 by foot for funsies because I was home because my laptop broke at work and I’ve been seriously procrastinating)

Go me.  One thing I notice is that I would rather exercise than work which means my work has been suffering a bit.  :/  DC1 chatters a lot more while walking home than zie does in the car (where zie generally reads a book).

And now for some links!

UN experts horrified by how American schools treat black children.

Marlon Brando on Hollywood’s diversity problem.

America Ferrera answers a stupid question.

What happened when Texas defunded Planned Parenthood, the answer may not surprise you.

The comments on every article about sexism illustrate the exact problem

For a laugh.

Read the comments and ponder how privilege is a many splendored thing

Michael Moore on the Flint tragedy

Dr. Cleveland was wrong about Hillary Clinton.

The only reason to attack Clinton on lack of progressivity is political.

Wandering scientist has a one hour productivity seminar

Budgetpalooza

Hypnotic

newborn horse sneezes

Link Love

#realacademicbios   Also :(

I thought the comments on this one were especially clever (disclaimer:  half of them are mine…)

Birth of a Nation

Disney princesses and talking (I also wonder what it would look like if they took out the villains!)

glad to see I’m not the only one who thought Love Actually was really creepy

Also creepy

What has Obama ever done for us (with apologies to John Cleese)

This comment from quixote

Also this comment from Delia Harrington

Moosesplainer

Sheldon gets into the konmari thing

A good explanation of how the lead in pipes thing works with ph and stuff.  Water filters (note:  we do not get $ from this– I’m not exactly sure why #2 sent it?) (Because we should think about water sometimes, is why.)

A windy city gal needs your help for a reading thing

Stacking pennies discusses her minimum spend to be comfortable and breaks it out.

dear debt: what you don’t understand is that my husband and I are a TEAM. We tackle things together, both of us against you. You’re outnumbered. You can’t win. Scram.

When keeping chickens was patriotic

self driving cars and the future

Reading the people’s stories here is heartbreaking.

#defeathepantsiarchy

EPIC

Selfish reasons white men should be interested in equal pay

So I was reading an economic history book by Claudia Goldin (again), and in her chapter on Political Economy of Gender, she talks about why unions have traditionally endorsed equal pay for women (and minorities).

Essentially, the idea is that if employers are allowed to offer women and minorities lower wages, then that is what they will do.  The wages will drop and white men will be unable to find employment or will have to accept the lower wage.  The underlying assumption is that women and minorities are doing the same work as the white men, but are willing to accept lower wages for it.

If men’s rights activists really believe that the world is a meritocracy, and white men are actually the best, then insisting that women be paid the same as men makes perfect sense.  If wages are the same for all workers doing the same work, then, under those assumptions, employers will only hire white men and their wages will stay high.  Women will work at less productive jobs at lower wages.  (Of course, there’s a bunch of new experimental research out that shows that low wages decrease productivity in spot markets– folks are rediscovering the efficiency wage argument!)

These arguments are a bit simplistic and mostly ignore general equilibrium effects, but it is very interesting how the rhetoric around equal pay for equal work has changed.  And how blue-collar white men supported equal pay for their own selfish interests, but now they no longer seem to.

Who benefits from paying women less?  Not the men married to them who would benefit from higher incomes (except, maybe, in terms of balance of power in the household).  Not the men working along-side them.  Employers benefit.

Link Love

As I write this, I have massive hiccups.  I keep trying to muffle them, but occasionally one will sneak out.  mhic mhic mhic HICCUP! mhic

Oh my God, I just can’t even with the Flint water crisis.  This is a 19th century problem that WE SOLVED.  And the effects are so terrible.  Werner Troesken wrote an excellent but horrifying book about it.  I can’t believe this could be happening in the 21st century.  We need a revolution.  Public safety, infrastructure… a new war on poverty a war for public health, public safety.

Also awful from true stories  backward.

This article illustrates exactly the problem with Macklemore.  Eminem doesn’t have this problem because he’s actually GOOD.  (Though Thrift Shop is truly catchy.  But it’s good like All about that base is good, as a one-hit pop wonder.)  So his heart is in the right place, but man, can the Grammies be awarded on merit for a change, instead of to the not as good white guy?

DeRay McKesson is awesome.  I wish this interview could have gone on longer!

The horrible consequences of reporting sexual harassment.  Burn, patriarchy, burn.

So even though isidewith has me 95% with Bernie and 92% with Hillary, I’m going with Hillary (#2 is going with Bernie), assuming I can get my damned voter registration thing figured out for the absentee ballot (my registration is “in suspense” because the post office here sucks and only occasionally delivers mail to us instead of returning it).  This is basically how I feel.  And extra especially this comment from megpie71.

This is a really interesting interview with Sia about crafting pop music.

Go climb that cupboard!

If someone gives you a whole lot of persimmons, this is a good recipe.

How to slice a pizza.  (The answer may surprise you)

This is pretty cool, also exsanguinate is a pretty cool word.

h/t historian for this post whose comments you should definitely read

With the stock market down, now is a good time to do Traditional IRA rollovers/conversions, in case you’re ever thinking of doing a backdoor roth. Why? Because you pay taxes on the earnings and when the stock market is down, you have smaller earnings (possibly even losses)

Policy wonks might be interested in this economics lecture on household finances, wealth, and mistakes.  Related:  why bond prices go down when interest rates go up.

November lessons? from table for one

Very cool money post from a Natural Scientist.

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