Have you ever found yourself suddenly noticing articles on a topic you were thinking about anyway, as though the internet had noticed your preoccupation and started coughing them up into your lap? Er, nice image there – you can see why I’m a writer. Anyway, it just so happened that yesterday I stumbled upon an article about racism, sexism, and imperialism in Jay Lake’s novel, Green (apropos of nothing: I keep wanting to say “Greg Lake“, because apparently prog rock pervades my entire being).
Then this morning a Facebook friend linked to an article about sexism, racism, and Orientalism in Craig Thompson’s graphic novel, Habibi.
A quick scratch of the internets soon brought me to Appropriate Cultural Appropriation, and beyond to RaceFail ’09.
It’s enough to make a white woman who’s writing about a fantasy culture of dark-skinned people pause and say, “Hmmm.”
I still have things to digest, but I hope to have some thoughts on this tomorrow. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in these topics, happy reading! There’s enough thought-provoking material here to keep your brain busy for a good long time.
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Oh, yes, Racefail alone could keep a person busy reading the Interwebs for a long, long time.
Yeah, as a white guy writing an urban fantasy set in contemporary Toronto, I’ve been saying, “Hmmm” a lot. A LOT.
Yes, racefail is my go-to reading for insomnia.
I’m looking forward to reading tomorrow’s entry. (Though when is that not true?) I’m thinking about all this stuff extra hard now that I’m someone raising a brown-skinned girl who seems to be headed toward being a big-time reader.
I hope I can live up to it, Thorn!
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