HOW COULD YOU NOT RESCUE HIM FROM HELL I MEAN JUST LOOK AT HIM
“Rape is least frequent (or is least frequently reported) in New Jersey. The state with the second-highest rate of reported rape, behind Alaska, is South Dakota, with a rate of 70 per 100,000.”
Nine Wonderful Words About Words from 25 things you had no idea there were words for
I just submitted my review of Shane Jones’s Light Boxes on Amazon.com. I’m sure it will be posted soon enough, but I was so frustrated and enraged by the book that I want to share here as well:
To clarify: I would rate this book 1/5 stars (0/5 if possible), but, as a rule, I ignore both 1/5 and 5/5 star reviews, as those areas are populated largely by the barely-literate who are infuriated at the world because they failed to read and/or comprehend the product description and corporate shills, respectively.
I originally purchased this book because it was recommended to me by some algorithm that knew I read and enjoyed Salvador Plascencia’s People of Paper (which I did heartily enjoy, and which many others in these reviews mention, with good reason, as we’ll see in a moment).
The plot description was intriguing, so I made my purchase. When the book arrived, I was, at first, intrigued by its short length; I imagined that Jones would play with the page space and format like Plascencia had. I was right; Jones did. Paradoxically, I was also quite wrong: every bit of this book that is worthwhile (the war against an unknowing and unfeeling personified malignance, the fact that the general in this war was the father to a little girl who got caught up in something she didn’t understand, etc.) was lifted wholesale from People of Paper. There is not one jot or tittle on the page that does not pay some unspoken, uncredited homage (or, as we in the literary and academic communities call it, “plagiarism”) to People of Paper. The fact that this book somehow slipped past the literary community (and somehow ended up in the clutches of Spike Jonze, of all people) boggles my mind.
But this plagiarism, which has been pointed out many times in these reviews, isn’t the thing which bothers me most. What is most troublesome is that this book, in addition to its mimicry of Plascencia, is that it completely whitewashes Plascencia’s plot. People of Paper is a stunning book, a novel about migrant workers, faith, relationships, and loss, all told by and about people of color, led by Federico de la Fe. Light Boxes takes the work of a writer of color, a writer who is not highly visible, and plagiarizes it while giving all of the characters Anglican names and ideologies (even the counterpart of Federico’s daughter, Little Merced, is here named “Bianca,” meaning “white”!). Shane Jones didn’t just rip Salvador Plascenscia off in the most shallow way possible, he did it in the most racist way possible. Honestly, I hope this matter ends up in court and Jones has to pay for his plagiarism and his racism.
If the above was too long: Light Boxes is great, if you’ve been told you would like People of Paper but you’re too racist to read a book written by an author with an “ethnic” name about people with “ethnic” names.
Seriously, though, this pissed me off.
HEY IMPORTANT THING. I just got this email:
BIG NEWS: President Obama just announced that he is taking major action against sexual assault by creating a presidential task force to fight rape on college campuses.1
Having the President on our side is huge at a moment when sexual assault on college campuses has reached an epidemic level. Right now, 1 in 5 women will be assaulted or raped during college.2
For over a year now, the UltraViolet community—that’s you!—has been taking action together to tackle rape culture and stand up for survivors. Together with our allies, we’ve helped bring the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses into the spotlight and called on the Administration to address it.
That’s why the White House wants to know what solutions YOU want to see. As an advocate who has spoken out for survivors before, your input is valuable. This is a major opportunity to be heard by the President and White House.
Can you take 3 minutes to fill out a short, easy survey about what you think the Presidential Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault should do? We’ll deliver your response to the White House next week.
Presidential commissions have a mixed record—some have faded into historical footnotes, while others have changed the course of our country’s history. For example, President Reagan’s HIV/AIDS task force led to increased funding for drug trials and an end to federal discrimination against those who are HIV-positive.3
We know that searches for solutions to sexual assault and rape can end up victim-blaming instead of holding attackers accountable. It’s why we’re bombarded by media figures that blame alcohol, twerking, and teenage naivete for rape instead of the rapists.4 And just last year, campus after campus—from Yale to USC—was called out for mishandling rape cases.5
When colleges don’t take rape accusations seriously, it discourages survivors from reporting. Only 12% of survivors report the assault, and it’s more often the survivors rather than their attackers who drop out of school.6
A federal task force will create uniform guidelines that colleges should follow to stop sexual assault and punish rapists. Data and research is helpful, but input from citizens who care and know about the problem is critical to finding the right solutions.
Last year, Ultraviolet members spoke out and demanded the Department of Education start holding campuses accountable for failing to uphold Title IX—the federal law that bans sexual discrimination in education, including sexual assault. From Steubenville, Ohio, and Maryville, Missouri, to Yale University, you’ve spoken out time and again to demand justice for survivors who have been swept aside by school authorities, law enforcement, and their communities. Now the President himself is demanding more be done, and he wants to hear from you.
Thanks for speaking out.
—Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, and Gabriela, the UltraViolet team
This is super big!
Share any stories, even from friends or even if you haven’t actually been assaulted. Like I was actually stalked by and sent very vulgar and graphic messages from a male classmate more than twice my age when I was in college, and the school did nothing to protect me other than tell the man to stop talking to me, and it was the third time he’d done that to female classmates. I literally had to have someone chaperone me to and from my car because I was so scared of this guy.
HOLY SHIT, SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENING IN AMERICA!?
SIGNAL BOOST THE SHIT OUT OF THIS.
I did it: you can too.
that awkward moment when you look at one of your paintings and think “pube game too strong.”
A Republican elected official in Maine actually said this. But what war on women? (via whitegirlpolitickin)
I think this is something I’m going to point people to when I tell them that the pro-life position is directly related to rape culture.
a dead scene kid is trying to contact me through captcha
TNG crew with TOS uniform colours. (x)
My head hurts so much looking at this.
And Troi is still in purple, like she’s the Marie of the bridge crew.