Politics Category

My San Francisco voter guide to all local elections and propositions

Okay, so this is my first election voting in San Francisco, and something I’d known, but hadn’t quite appreciated, was that this state’s tradition of having a shit-ton of referenda on the ballot, both at the state and local measure, makes voting here unbelievably complicated. This is because almost every ballot measure is backed by […]

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Is anyone offended by the phrase ‘witch hunt’?

The other day I used the term ‘witch hunt,’ and afterwards I was like, huh, I wonder if anyone is offended by this phrase? I know that there are other such phrases that offend people. I’ve heard pushback with regards to “trail of tears” and “death march.” And, of course, if you use “lynch” or […]

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The biggest difference between radicals and progressives is that radicals distrust the power of the state

I’ll never be a radical. My upbringing was too affluent, and my social circles are too steeped in power. You can’t be a radical when you have more to lose from the overturning of the system than you have to gain from it. But in Oakland and Berkeley it’s impossible to avoid spending time with […]

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Is there any way for male YA writers to combat the sexism in our field? (even as that sexism puts money in our pockets)

Just read an extremely revealing post by an author who decided to submit her manuscript to publishers and agents under a male pseudonym. She writes: “I wanted to know more of how the Georges of the world live, so I sent more. Total data: George sent out 50 queries, and had his manuscript requested 17 times. […]

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The one-step rule for who you’re allowed to be angry at over the internet

People all the time talk about what terrible shape this nation is in, but I actually think that if you just look at the twitter-sphere, you can see how much progress we’ve made. Like, do you remember how there used to be a time when rich white straight men were the enemy? Like, that was it. If […]

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Gay marriage

I’m happy about it. Marriage equality is a good thing. There are some ambivalent feelings about it in the LGBT community, I know. Like, it’s great that queer people can get married, but it also feels icky that this is the major victory, since it’s basically all about queer people assimilating and becoming more like straight people. (Whereas, […]

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Whenever I feel tempted to comment about stuff, I try to remind myself that for some people these issues are deadly real

I am a serious person. I am well educated. I am articulate. I have many thoughts and opinions about things. Today, for instance, I had a very good conversation with a friend of mine (Danielle) wherein I made what I thought were some very salient and interesting points on the comparison between transracial and transgender […]

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I write novels about Indian-American people

Tempest Bradford posted, on Facebook, a link to this blog post: One famous example [of white people believing that whiteness should be the default in television] is SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age author Mathew Klickstein’s comment about current Nickelodeon show Sanjay and Craig: “That show is awkward because there’s actually no reason […]

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All my life, I’ve believed the same things that my friends and family have believed

All over the internet, people are always like, “Stand up for what you BELIEVE in and make sure that those other people with those other beliefs don’t dominate the discourse!” And I agree with that, I suppose. I have beliefs. I think they’re right. I think other people should believe in them too. However, whenever people […]

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Is it okay not to have opinions on things?

Was reading this post, by Ferrett, where he writes about not really knowing the reality behind things. His article is in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks (which is something I still know zero about), but I read it in response to the latest tempest-in-a-teapot controversy in the YA world, which was the Stacey Jay […]

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