Month: August 2015

Diversity & Tech, Twitter-style

If you pay any attention to the tech world, you know there’s a diversity problem, so seeing the big tech companies share their stats and set goals to do better is awesome. See: We’re committing to a more diverse Twitter Love & appreciate this part: “We want the makeup of our company to reflect the vast range of people who use Twitter.” 34% of Twitter employees are women, but they only take up 13% of the tech positions, and the race makeup isn’t better, so clearly there’s work to do, and I’m glad to see them working on it, especially since I love Twitter.

Reading Rec: Between the World and Me

I’m still reading Ta-Nehisi Coates and my book is full of highlights I want to re-read, share, and remember forever like these: “The question is not whether Lincoln truly meant ‘government of the people’ but what our country has, throughout its history, taken the political term ‘people’ to actually mean. In 1863 it did not mean your mother or your grandmother, and it did not mean you and me. Thus America’s problem is not its betrayal of ‘government of the people,’ but the means by which ‘the people’ acquired their names.” “There is nothing uniquely evil in these destroyers or even in this moment. The destroyers are merely men enforcing the whims of our country, correctly interpreting its heritage and legacy.” “You must resist the common urge toward the comforting narrative of divine law, toward fairy tales that imply some irrepressible justice. The enslaved were not bricks in your road, and their lives were not chapters in your redemptive history. They were people turned to fuel for the American machine. Enslavement was not destined to …

Reading Update, Shorter Edition

Yesterday I shared the books I’ve recently read/am currently reading/will read next, which you should totally check out if you like romance novels and/or non-fiction. Today, here are some shorter reads I recommend: Where Black Lives Matter Began: Hurricane Katrina exposed our nation’s amazing tolerance for black pain. Tech nerds are smart. But they can’t seem to get their heads around politics. Jeb Bush just lost three key advisers. Campaign staff don’t flee winning campaigns. How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about: Sen. Marco Rubio is one of the biggest beneficiaries. America Has a Rape Problem – and Kate Harding Wants to Fix It: ‘Asking for It’ author discusses how pop culture and politicians feed rape culture. Wheels of Change: How The Bicycle Empowered Women

Reading Update: Hello, non-fiction & romance novels.

I’ve read at least 84 books this year, putting me ahead of schedule to hit my goal of 115. (I know I’ve missed documenting a few, so once I add those in, I bet I’m at almost 90. So I also bet I’ll go over my goal number before the year is out. 😀 ) Last read: Seven Secrets of Seduction (Secrets #1) by Anne Mallory (a historical romance by an author I hadn’t tried before.) Currently reading: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (non-fiction; about racism in the U.S., asks and answers the question, “What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it?”) and One Night Is Never Enough (Secrets #2) by Anne Mallory (because I can’t read non-fic right before bed & #1 made me want to start #2 right away!) Reading next: Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained by Maya Rodale (non-fic about romance novels? yes, please!)

Our ridiculous boy’s coat.

“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.” -Thomas Jefferson The Second Amendment is us still wearing our childhood coat and it has to be modernized. But we’ve seen little kids die, and movie-goers die (twice), plus many others, and now a reporter live on television die, and nothing changes. We need an organization that can match and counter the NRA for smart gun reform.

Donald “Go Back to Univision” Trump

Trump missed the memo on how national elections are going to be won now. It’s not going to be without the Hispanic vote (or without women, for that matter — so he’s got another problem: A recent CBS News poll of registered voters shows that 62% of women have an unfavorable view of Trump.) So this seems pretty stupid: Donald Trump attacked the most important journalist on Spanish-speaking television in a face-off on Tuesday in Iowa, telling anchor Jorge Ramos to “go back to Univision.” When called out on his plan to deport a whole lot of people (including those born in the U.S. to foreign parents, meaning U.S. CITIZENS BY BIRTH): Trump defended his plan to Ramos, saying “We’re going to do it in a very humane fashion,” said Trump. “I have a bigger heart than you do.” He said he doesn’t even know who Ramos is, but somehow he knows his heart is bigger? His comments about how great of a person he is remind me of when that person you know who …

Top Ten Tuesday: Books By and/or Featuring Feminists 101

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. There’s a new topic every week inviting everyone to share their lists. This Week’s Topic: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught (?) 101 — And my 101 course would be: Books by and/or featuring feminists. 1. Persuasion by Jane Austen – I would teach this annotated version of Persuasion, because it’s perfect for anyone who thinks Austen wrote boring books and is missing the wit and brilliance built in to every page. 2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart – This book is feminist YA, plain and simple, and it’s my all-time favorite. 3. Any contemporary romance by Victoria Dahl – She writes romance for the modern woman in the modern world, and it’s brilliant. She’s great in her books and fun on Twitter too. In my course, everyone would choose one to read and we’d compare/contrast, and study them all. 4. Any historical romance by Sarah MacLean – Another romance writer I love through …