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I mean, you might, personally know. But I think there are a huge number of things that people don’t understand about the…

Wow, I am surprised; this is a long critique of American prisons with no mention of the appalling rape statistics or Arizona’s Tent City… Is Tent City common knowledge or do only people from Arizona know about it?

The reasons I didn’t mention them is that I don’t have personal experience with the rape statistics, or the Tent City. Those things I mentioned are things that were told to me by my students, that I dealt with while working with them, or otherwise observed personally.

I wasn’t really intending a long critique of American prisons, but a medium-sized list of things which surprised and horrified me when I worked with inmates. I didn’t have any students who had been in the tent city. I’m sure I would have an awful tidbit about it if I had!

I did receive some pretty amazing postcards from AZ, though, damn! They had people in the stereotypical black and white striped “prison outfits” in the tent city and read “Sheriff Joe—An equal opportunity incarcerator!” 

I literally read the postcard and though, “Oh, hey. I wonder how this inmate got his hands on anti-Sheriff Joe materials. Cool, though.” Aaaand then I flipped it over and noticed that it was manufactured by Mariposa County and felt appropriate horror. 





I mean, you might, personally know. But I think there are a huge number of things that people don’t understand about the prison system. There are just so many horrific little details I learned while teaching inmates that I never would have guessed and that are still hard for me to believe.

Horrible facts: 

  • Most prisons in Texas don’t have AC. Inmates die. Even COs get heat sick. 
  • At least some prisons in Texas have enacted a policy where inmates are only allowed to send five letters per month. Given that phone calls can be very hard to manage, this drastically limits the inmates main source of contact with the outside world. 
  • All states and the federal government allow you to find inmates so you can contact them. But there are some inmates who can’t be found via these kinds of searches. So, if you fell out of touch with one of these people, I’m not sure how you’d find them again. 
  • Many prisons require books to be cleared before inmates can receive them. Some prisons (Utah State Prison, I am looking at you) will open up a 30-day window for cleared books to be received. But, obviously, if an inmate is doing everything through the mail and you don’t have their books on hand and have to order them… good luck getting an inmate any books.
  • Some prisons only allow books directly from publishers. 
  • There are at least some prisons that never have fresh fruits or vegetables. 
  • Hahaha, good luck getting vegetarian options, even for religious reasons in many prisons.  
  • One of my students once told me he’d been written up for having tweezers—which he’d bought at commissary.
  • Education in prisons past the GED level is generally 100% out of pocket. 
  • Some GED programs are terrible. I taught students with GEDs and little understanding of proper verb tenses. 
  • I could go on. 

Conclusion: the shit is incredibly fucked-up. More fucked up than I even knew. Like, fuck, talk about “microaggrissions.” Talk about systematize, sometimes slow, but always sure dehumanization. Fuck, fuck, fuck.

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chuck palahniuk is one of four authors we are supposed to put security tags in every single copy of every single one of their books at my work because they get ripped off so much. the other authors are kerouac, bukowski, and hunter s thompson


Oh shit it’s a holy family of Authors Boring White Boys Ages 13-25 Think Are Cool.

Full disclosure: I am guilty of thinking some of them are cool.

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every time i see flower-beard or soft dudes in eye shadow i wait in silent hope for the moment when this shit hits the mainstream and we have to deal with trend pieces about “femininity? more like femiMANity”

this will happen

mark my words

“No, that’s what popular culture is now! We have a handful of basic touchstones, and we just want riffs off of them — sequels, remakes, reboots, prequels, spin-offs, etc. And then we want to hear everything about their production: every casting rumor, every key decision, what they’ll be based on, what new direction they’ll take from the previous iteration (dark and gritty is always welcome!), what the characters will look like (and we may have complaints if they look different!). We want to see concept art and clips and trailers the second they’re available — though if you want to tease us for a couple of days with ‘15-second teasers’ of their teasers and trailers (commercials for commercials, basically), that’s cool too. And then we’ll obsessively deconstruct those teasers and trailers, and rave or complain about them (maybe both!) at length online. And we’ll count down the days until its release, and we’ll buy tickets to the first show we can, the night before it comes out! And then we’ll go see it, and probably be disappointed — because really, what could possibly live up to literally years of hype? — and we’ll dismiss it on Twitter and in comments sections, and forget about it as soon as we leave the theater, but that won’t matter, because there will be another over-hyped movie out soon enough!”

You don’t actually need to read the rest of the article,

A brief analysis of diversity in Star Trek: TNG.

Speaking of gender and the media (or, more correctly, progressive media), I’m watching Star Trek: TNG for the first time in my adult life. I’ve been watching the way the show succeeds at portrayals of diversity sometimes, and fails utterly other times. I’m at the beginning of Season 2, so I can’t speak for the whole show, but I’ve made some observations.

For example, our bridge staff are okay, right? We have too many men, but we only have two white men. It really seems like the staff’s standing casting call for “non-main characters who will appear on the bridge” strongly encouraged people of color. I think I’ve seen exactly one white ensign.

Hell, Geordi is a disabled black man in chronic pain. That’s actually a constellation of character traits that people who mock representation in television could put together. 

Other Starfleet staff are pretty frequently women, or non-white, too—unless they’re admirals. We’ve seen one not-especially-white-passing male Vulcan admiral thus far aaaaaand a bunch of white men.

Likewise, the characters sometimes use the universal masculine and great doctors and scientists certainly seem to skew masculine (and white). Indeed, if you’re the the important, single-shot character in an episode of Star Trek, you’re probably a white man. And, like, the non-Starfleet population of the Enterprise seems to be primarily white, ditto most of the humanoid aliens with skin tones that humans have. 

It’s just interesting. It feels like the writers and casting directors sometimes forget that one of the ideological goals of Star Trek is to portray a better, more equal human race—but they sometimes remember, too. It is, of course, better to remember sometimes than to never seem to make any attempt, but it’s also sad and frustrating to see the failures. 

(Having said that, the moral conclusions of the show are basically always surprisingly nuanced, the portrayal of sexuality is that it’s a good, healthy part of human existence, and I think the Enterprise really does a good job of respecting other cultures and all of these things delight me.)

We watched the 50sog trailer a couple of times and we have a hope:
maybe, just maybe, this film will choose to portray a less abusive relationship than the books do. 

The trailer alone suggests that the film has taken at least three good steps: 1) Christian and Ana are closer together in age. 2) The removal of Ana’s inner monologue makes her seem so much less childish, immature, and unready. So much less like she’s the perfect target for someone who’s looking to take advantage. There are even moments of the trailer where she pulls off sultry, interested, and curious, which is territory book!Ana basically doesn’t wander. 3) In the novel, when she and Christian get into the elevator and he kisses her, she pushes him away. In the trailer, he certainly pins her hands, but she doesn’t really look like she’s pushing him away, or even thinking about it. She looks a lot more like she doesn’t know what she’s doing with her hands. 

Of course, the knotwork in the trailer certainly suggests that they somehow did about as much research as EL James which is both confusing and concerning, but hope exists. 

There is room for these people to adapt the novel, to change it in ways that render it a better story, a happier story, and a story with characters that are actually likable. 

We dare to believe.