The Merch Gap

I know I talk about the punk rock fairy too much, but it’s just always such a useful metaphor for this stuff.

therunout:

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Image: Caroline Moore

July 8, 2014
by Bryne Yancey

Cross-pollination between scenes is still pretty rare in this day and age. Because there are so many bands—and so many of them have “teams” of managers, publicists, tour managers, label owners, and booking agents—every perceived mistake can be deciminated, analyzed and overanalyzed by literally anyone at anytime. That doesn’t mean that these bands are 100% risk-averse, just that there are more people than ever who depend on their success or failure.

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I know it’s irrational but every time I see mary roach’s name I want to punch a fucking wall.

she touched a person’s genitals without their consent or knowledge and then -gleefully- recounts what is really assault in her book Bonk. and no on talks about it!! if it was a man touching a woman’s vulva without her consent or knowledge feminist press would at least mention that the author was problematic.

medievalpoc:

iphotographlove:

super-heroes-of-color:

wocinsolidarity:

Attanya: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because I love science fiction and fantasy books, but I’m tired of authors treating dragons and robots and magic as more plausible than black and brown characters

Jennifer: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because… when I was 13 a white girl told me it was selfishthat all of the protagonists in my stories were Latina because she “just can’t relate to nonwhite characters.” She made me feel guilty for writing about people like me. 

Aiesha: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because…Black Girls are more than sidekicks or “sassy, ghetto friend”

Facts and Figures About Race/Ethnicity in YA and Children’s Lit:

#WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS

Posting this a little late, but followers please take the time out to check out this post explaining the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign and more events to come over the next few days! 

Just a reminder that representation is still an uphill battle.

There was a time that I wanted to write stories about my daughter and her adventures. I just suck at writing though

One late reblog to close out Fiction Week!

All Fiction Week posts

monsieurlabette:

A Devil Buggering a Man
19th century
Gouache on paper

monsieurlabette:

A Devil Buggering a Man

19th century

Gouache on paper

(Source: wellcomeimages.org, via ilikelookingatnakedmen)

I’ve felt this way through much of my life.

I’ve felt this way through much of my life.

(Source: postsecret.com)

the-pissed-off-librarian:

cleispress:

This is why we <3 libraries (source)

WHICH IS APPARENTLY FUCKING OUTRAGEOUS TO SOME PEOPLE. UGH.

the-pissed-off-librarian:

cleispress:

This is why we <3 libraries (source)

WHICH IS APPARENTLY FUCKING OUTRAGEOUS TO SOME PEOPLE. UGH.

(via aroundthestacks)

[drawing of whale&#8217;s head]

Beachside Trivia at Low Tide Bar
7 PM Every Thursday This Summer
at Beach 97th Street Concessions
Rockaway Beach

I&#8217;m hosting trivia tonight at Rockaway Beach. I&#8217;m kinda nervous, honestly. this is my first time hosting anything. I&#8217;m not great with folks paying attention to me. but I love trivia. I hope folks have fun.

[drawing of whale’s head]

Beachside Trivia at Low Tide Bar
7 PM Every Thursday This Summer
at Beach 97th Street Concessions
Rockaway Beach

I’m hosting trivia tonight at Rockaway Beach. I’m kinda nervous, honestly. this is my first time hosting anything. I’m not great with folks paying attention to me. but I love trivia. I hope folks have fun.

atane:

rs620:

There were countries in Africa that were under European colonial domination well into the 1950’s and 1960’s. How is European colonialism a thing that happened “centuries ago”?

Some were still under colonial rule into the 70s. Mozambique didn’t gain independence from…

rockandthesinglegirl:

effen-dragons:

the answers the warped tour dude gives are fucking amazing in that I-really-thought-people-were-smarter-than-that way.

I feel like this article illustrates several key points:

  1. It takes more than guts to crash Warped Tour like Shira did. It takes energy and contacts and cash. I would totally do something like crash Warped Tour but guess what I’m an adult with adult problems and I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THAT BULLSHIT.
  2. The Shiragirl Stage, in the context of the larger Warped Tour, worked; Kevin Lyman’s opportunistic bullshit ‘all-girl tour’ ‘failed’ by his own account. What that says to me is that women — like, you know, most human beings — know when they’re being pandered to. Movies with women leads have done well despite industry naysayery and they’ve proven that audiences respond to women-centered stories that are good, or at least have some dimension. I’m sure a women-focused tour that wasn’t marketed just as a women-focused tour and that had a good, cohesive lineup would work fine. Just throwing a bunch of ‘girls’ together to make a fast buck won’t. That’s basic business sense, no?
  3. This might not be an illustration, but: the point about how “It’s possible that there truly are less women playing in heavier bands, but it’s also possible that people who like heavier bands assume that women aren’t very good at it.” My guess based on experience is that women musicians in ‘heavy’ bands eventually find themselves surrounded by douchebros (because if you’re heavy and you’re ‘good enough’ for dudes, the meatheads will come, Hysterics is a great example of this), and you have a choice: ignore it even if it makes you feel unsafe and nauseated, or alienate that audience. It’s like, why bother?

I don’t know. If you’re in the mood to feel slightly aggravated, read this article. As the previous poster said, the bro in question is amazing in his ignorance, to the point where it’s actually kinda funny. Or sort of.

reposting for keen observations.

  • white woman: men are awful
  • white man: not all men!
  • white woman: yes but enough men so that i feel endangered, your comment is unnecessary and derails the dialogue of women's issues that i am attempting to engage in
  • person of color: white people are awful
  • white woman: not all white people!