The opportunity to connect with readers is a valuable part of the process. It’s not an afterthought; it’s not gravy. It’s what we’re all here for. I’m not asking you to design posters and put them up in the subway—I’m asking you to connect with individual people who you genuinely think will be interested in your work. And no matter how introverted you are, writers care about talking about their work and their ideas and connecting with the audience. It’s really an essential part of what we’re here to do.

Scratch: ‘The Scratch Roundtable: Marketing and PR’, from the Q3 2014 issue “Security”

I talked to Scratch Mag and a bunch of smart people about author marketing. I said exactly what you’d expect me to say.

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Tina Belcher’s sexual desires are weird. They’re weird and more than a little off-putting and not meant to be particularly palatable for the average straight male viewer. And it is glorious to watch. The show makes you recognize her desires as a young woman and the possibly that other girls feel the same way. Tina’s budding sexuality might be an exaggerated view of how a lot of teenage girls feel as they grow up, but there are girls out there that relate to Tina and it’s a point of view that rarely gets told. And when it is, it’s almost always bent to fit how men want girls to express their sexuality. But Tina’s sexual desires aren’t there to titillate the audience. They’re there because they’re a part of her.

Sexual Agency and Zombie Butts: Why Bob’s Burgers’ Tina Belcher Matters (via themarysue)

Tina Belcher is important.

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Yes.

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portraitsofboston:

“I do black history projects for television.”“How did you become interested in these projects?”“It’s because I’m partially black, and I know both sides. I look white, so I find that white people who don’t know who I am tend to be very racist around me, if they want to be. They never know, and I’m very sensitive to this. When I hear something racist, it makes me cringe. It hurts.”

portraitsofboston:

“I do black history projects for television.”
“How did you become interested in these projects?”
“It’s because I’m partially black, and I know both sides. I look white, so I find that white people who don’t know who I am tend to be very racist around me, if they want to be. They never know, and I’m very sensitive to this. When I hear something racist, it makes me cringe. It hurts.”

Feminism is not a free-for-all where anything goes, but I would like to think that feminism (in addition to helping women overcome oppression in all forms) allows for women to make choices – even choices with which other feminists would disagree. It allows for women to be sexual and sexually provocative because they want to be. It allows for them to do with their bodies as they choose. Beyoncé, in her current incarnation, seems incredibly empowered. She is sexual, yes – but on her own terms. When Beyoncé wants, she rolls up the partition, so to speak.

Beyoncé’s control of her own image belies the bell hooks ‘slave’ critique - Roxane Gay (via adomenighini)

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