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The story of Cassandra, the woman who told the truth but was not believed, is not nearly as embedded in our culture as that of the Boy Who Cried Wolf—that is, the boy who was believed the first few times he told the same lie. Perhaps it should be.
In her cover essay on silencing women in the October 2014 issue of Harper’s, Rebecca Solnit once again proves that she is one of our era’s greatest essayist – further evidence here and here. (via explore-blog)




The prison-industrial complex is just a myth…right?

Jesus he didn’t even have us do the damn math. He just said it.

…yeah. I suppose there’s no point in finding flowery rhetoric for it. “Putting people in jail is good for business” is pretty much the size of it. 

Putting drug-offenders in a cage = economic growth.  Your freedom is worth less than whatever he can get line his pockets.


I noticed something while reading Terrier again. There is such a wide variety of characters and reactions throughout Tamora Pierce’s books, it’s fascinating to me when I notice the little differences between them. When Beka goes to visit her family after her first week as a Dog, her sisters are…

I agree that Kel’s sisters are much more supportive of her than Beka’s sisters are (although there was that off-hand mention of a sister-in-law that compared Kel’s build to that of a cow, but Ilane took care of that right quick).  But Kel’s sisters don’t have much to lose except social connections if they stand up for her, and we see how much social pressure they were under as it is.

Beka’s sisters are in a much different position.  The only reason they’re not dead or begging in the streets or child slaves is because the Lord Provost took them in.  Yes, he took them in because of the help young Beka gave him with the Bold Brass Gang, but look at how much they have to lose if they lose favor with Lady Teodorie!  I’m fully prepared to believe that all of those other maids would have passed along any signs of Beka’s sisters standing up for her.  And even though Beka’s sisters, to some degree, adopted that scorn and those beliefs themselves, they were much less free to choose to act/believe otherwise.

I’m not saying this to excuse them, but it’s hard to stand on principle when you’re at the mercy of someone’s good opinion.

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