Get Lit NOW – “Ingenue” a poem written and performed by Paolina Acuña-González

I want to be like Paolina. I want to be a gosh-darned meteor. 🙂 https://youtu.be/4nTs1Ejw9Os

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It’s Just A Joke

Things Carla Loves

It’s just a joke.

I hear those words, that same phrase, over and over again.

Adam Goodes, an Aboriginal man and an AFL footballer, compared to Harambe.

Come on, laugh. It’s just a joke.

It’s not like anything serious ever happens to Aboriginal people.

It’s not like Pauline Hanson, xenophobic racist, and unfortunately leader of Australia’s One Nation party, which is a (somehow even more bogan) version of MAGA, which spurts similar rhetorics and white ideas.

“Along with millions of Australians, I am fed up to the back teeth with the inequalities that are being promoted by the government and paid for by the taxpayer under the assumption that Aboriginals are the most disadvantaged people in Australia.” – Pauline Hanson

It’s not like Aboriginal people are more likely to be imprisoned, die in custody, or die from preventative diseases:

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It’s just a joke, after all.

And freedom of speech, damn…

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Barr Chokes Justice

Amen. 😥

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Eric Garner’s death at the hands of New York City police was one of several fatal encounters that gave life to the Black Lives Movement. It has been five years since Garner’s death and justice still has not been served. It’s events like this that totally justifies the BLM movement and protests, such as kneeling during the national anthem.

Garner was approached by cops on Staten Island on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes from packs without tax stamps. One of the police officers, Daniel Pantaleo put Garner into a chokehold while other officers held him on the ground. After the chokehold was removed, he pushed Garner’s face into the ground while four officers held him down. Garner told the officers he couldn’t breath eleven times before losing consciousness. None of the officers attempted CPR on Garner at the scene. He died an hour after arriving at the hospital.

Pantaleo denied…

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Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

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For some inexplicable reason, I am genuinely surprised by the large amount of people who say that feminism isn’t needed because sexism and misogyny doesn’t exist. Often, the person saying this (but not always – I’m surprised with how many women also think this way) is a white, middle class (at least), straight, cis man.

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Now, I’ve written about why I’m a feminist, how feminism benefits men, and why disliking the feminist movement is just plain ignorant if you believe in gender equality. (Seriously … you have a problem with gender equality? If you’re for gender equality, you’re a feminist. If you have a problem with the word, perhaps you should start listening to logic and reason and stop focusing on the fallacies and myths anti-feminists and MRAs like to spread. Because, whether you like it or not, if you have a problem with feminism, you either have a problem…

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Not Like Other Girls

There is no “other girl.” You’re competing against an image in your mind that the world has told us is “how girls are.”

Things Carla Loves

I’m sure you, like me (assuming you use any form of social media) have, at some point, come across a meme (of varying descriptions) where the creator states she’s not like other girls.

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She may state that, unlike other girls, she’s into sport. Really? That makes you “unlike other girls”? When I was in high school, I was the anomaly for not liking sports of any kind. Most of my friends liked at least some sport or another. Many were actually fanatical about it – one even got an overseas scholarship she was so good at baseball.

My point is, if you’re a girl and you like sport, that does not make you unique. (You’re also not unique if you’re like me and you don’t like sport – at the very least, that’s what’s expected of you as a woman.)

Some girls say they’re different because they don’t look perfect…

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Perilous Times For Political Cartoonists

I love how this looks. More than that, it highlights an insidious trend. Political cartoonists keep my brain from exploding… they deserve better.

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Donald Trump is hosting a “social media summit” today at the White House. This morning, he tweeted, “A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer. The Fake News Media will also be there, but for a limited period.”

So, Trump is having a tantrum over “bias” and “discrimination” but he’s only invited people who are extremely friendly to him and he’s going to shut out the press. Also, not invited are representatives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Conservatives don’t get irony or hypocrisy.

Trump and other conservatives claim their voices are suppressed on social media. Basically, they scream suppression whenever one of their racist posts, personal attacks, or lies are removed. This is a very popular conspiracy theory among those who believe they’re…

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9 Black Character Stereotypes to Avoid in Your Writing

Writers Anon - Taunton's Writing Group

Congratulations, you’re writing a story with a diverse set of characters. This is a great thing and needs to be supported. A fear of political correctness mustn’t stop writers from creating characters from other races, religions or walks of life. Writing from beyond your own experience takes a little bit more thought and work, but that’s our job, right?

The first step to writing non-white characters is understanding the mistakes of the past. So here’s my checklist for avoiding the most common black character stereotypes:

  1. Angry Black Woman/man: This character is often angry for no reason and there for comic effect. We get the pursed lipped, finger clicking, head wobbling ‘sassy’ black woman, who bursts into the scene and then disappears after we’ve finished laughing. The haranguing wife/mother/grandmother all feature. Then the black man is the loud, swearing, angry figure, who may seem violent and threatening. The angry black person…

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Dear White Authors: Here’s Why You Suck at Writing POC

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Lately in my writer’s groups and circles I’ve been seeing a lot of white writers saying that they feel as though they can’t write POC, or it will be inherently seen as offensive. They bemoan POC as being controlling and over sensitive, or even rightfully concerned, but that it shouldn’t be that way. White authors, they posit, shouldn’t have to fear that their work will be taken the wrong way. They didn’t  mean it that way. They are really trying, or they’ll just only write white people then. The story I see is they’re told by friends, editors, etc. that they shouldn’t write POC as a white person. How goddamn un-American blah blah blah. The funny thing is if they looked around plenty of white folk are writing great and enjoyable POC characters that are praised on the page and screen. So what gives? Why can they write POC and…

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Truth or Consequences

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The other night, I re-watched a powerful episode of Doctor Who. (Major Doctor Who fan. If you don’t believe me, you clearly haven’t seen my Instagram.)

In this particular episode, The Zygon Invension, (it’s a two-parter, with The Zygon Invasion being the first one, but I’m focusing on the second part for this post) the Zygons, an alien race capable of replicating human faces (meaning, they can become anyone), has decided to seek war against humanity. Well, that’s not entirely true. Some Zygons want to invade and destroy Earth, and, to quote Bender: “Kill all humans”.

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Most of the Zygons want to continue living on Earth in peace. They enjoy their human ‘counterparts’ and human lives. They don’t want a war; they want peace. They don’t want humans to die; they have grown to love and respect humanity.

However, one of the Zygons who has (SPOILER ALERT!) taken Clara’s identity…

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