Several Eagle Scouts are returning their medals because they don't want to be a part of an organization (Boy Scouts of America) that has taken a discriminatory stance against homosexuality - something that goes against their very mission.
We are close to finalizing our selections for our anthology, and we can't wait to share the fantastic work of the writers who submitted. Stay tuned for more details about upcoming publication and release.
Here's some food for thought while you wait: VIDA has released their 2011 count breaking down the rates of publication for men and women. Let's talk about it, and about why we still need to talk about it. Read Roxane Gay's brilliant essay on her belief that "we continue having these conversations so someday there is nothing left to talk about but the joy and complexity of the stories we write and read. I want that joy to be the only thing that matters.
Can you just imagine?"
Also, read about one writer's approach to finding more opportunities for silenced writers - Submission Bombers, a group created by Laura E. Davis, with the goal of inviting a group of writers who feel marginalized to submit to a (consenting) publication. What do you think? Would you participate? (follow the link to find out how)
THIS is what it looks like to not condone. Apply this to racial issues of discrimination and tokenism.
Carbonite Online Backup:
A Statement from David Friend, CEO of Carbonite: “No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.”
_“Some conversations are uncomfortable but also necessary. They are so uncomfortable because they are so necessary. Discomfort is not death.” If you’re excluded, Lambert adds cheerfully, if you’re cut from the club for talking straight, there’s another way through. “Start your own fucking club. I’ll come! I’ll bring a lovely bottle of orange soda.” - Molly Lambert
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_Soooooo many cool sounding submissions from some badass writers and artists from all over the world in the Matrices inbox! Can't wait! (get yours in)
Matrices has 30+ submissions so far in 3 weeks... From Canada, France, Africa, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, and California... Get yours in! Current Deadline is Jan 31, 2012. (Check the Submissions tab)
Pic 1 - Rajshree Chauhan, Pic 2 - Laura Wolfe, Pic 3 - Maisha Z. Johnson, Pic 4 - Willy Lizarraga, Pic 5 - Antonio G. Fernandez, Pic 6 - Regie Cabico, Pic 7 - Rajshree & Maisha