Anne Boleyn/ King Henry VIII inspired nail set
I will just leave this here.
TUDOR NAILS FTW!
Within the last few weeks, the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and CNN have all published articles examining the lack of diversity in children’s and young adult literature — and next month, School Library Journal plans to publish an entire issue devoted to diversity. While all this mainstream interest in diversity is to be applauded for bringing more people into the ongoing conversation about diversity, they still largely fail to tackle the problem of how we can change the status quo.
We at Diversity in YA obviously don’t have all the answers, and we aren’t the first people to talk about these issues. This conversation has been going on for decades. What we do have are ideas for how you can change the status quo right now. If you’re an ordinary reader, you don’t have to wait to show your support for books that show the world as it is. Here are five ways you can help make positive change right now:
1. Look for diversity.
Make a conscious effort to seek out books to read that feature characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters. They may not be front-and-center at your local Barnes & Noble; you may have to look around a bit or go online to find them.
2. Support diversity.
Support the diverse books that are published today by buying them, by checking them out at your library, or by requesting that your library buy them.
3. Recommend diversity.
If you use Goodreads, Facebook, social media, or have a blog, talk up the books you love that happen to have diverse characters. Tell your friends! Word of mouth is still key in bringing awareness to books. And remember: You don’t need to recommend them solely for their diversity — they’re great books to enjoy, plain and simple.
4. Talk up diversity.
When discussions around diversity in literature occur online, join in the conversation if you can to express that you do want more diverse books to read and that the issue is important to you.
5. Don’t give up.
There will always be people who dismiss “diversity” as meaningless. They are the reason we must keep fighting for representation. We’re all in this together.
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Want a list of diverse YA books you can get started reading right now? Here are a dozen YA books of all kinds (contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery — something for everyone!) that happen to have characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters.
Want even more book lists? Here’s a link to all of our book lists.
when you think your cramps are finished but then
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do you ever have a plan for the day and suddenly it’s 4pm and you’ve achieved literally nothing
I believe Douglas Adams and John Lloyd came up with a word for this feeling.
Ohhh, this is something I want to have so many conversations about, but I don’t have the textual knowledge or the time to learn about it at the moment. Followers? (I know tzitzitandskinnyjeans will love this one :) )
ooh ooh ooh I love this conversation so much! Kiddushin is my pet issue. Despite rabbinic innovation, especially in the ketubah, to make the marriage ritual better/safer for women, it boils down to the fact that the woman’s sexual exclusivity is being non-mutually purchased by her husband. If you look at the original sourcing for kiddushin, in the first perek (chapter) of the mishna tractate Kiddushin, the text explains how to “acquire” a woman. Apologists will say that no, “acquire” isn’t the same as “buy,”but if you continue reading in the perek, you will find, in the same language, instructions for “acquiring” slaves, then livestock, then property and land.
In my opinion, the formulation of kiddushin isn’t appropriate anymore (nor was it great at the time, but it still was fairly socially progressive in its protections for women), now that we as Jewish women are fully functioning, property-owing, social adults with legal agency. (Halakha has to catch up with this reality in other ways in the Orthodox community, too — egal halakha for the win!) We need a new structure for Jewish marriage, ideally modeled on other halakhic business transactions, like partnerships. A ritual that treated both parties as full agents and require mutual commitment would be morally much better, not to mention not heteronormative (which is so, so important), and it would eliminate the situation of aginut, which stems directly from the power imbalance in kiddushin.
TL; DR: Kiddushin sucks. We need a new marriage ritual.
To me it doesn’t matter that Kiddushin is completely incongruous with how I live my life because I do not take it as something that should dictate my behavior. God willing I will do it with my future husband and even find it meaningful as it is how Jews have married each other for centuries is the halachic way to enter into a marriage but at the same time it will also be obsolete.