In which I take text from our medium and mash it into pictures from another and share delicious visual geekery.
Let’s say it all together now….”libraries provide more than just access to books!” I am so tired of seeing a community space reduced to a place to leave books. Amazon can’t replace ESOL classes, early literacy story times, access to public computers and training, nor can it replace a safe space to do any of these things and more. Libraries promote the right to read whatever you want, and while collections are developed, we wouldn’t stop access to books with a publisher we didn’t agree with or remove books from a patrons account like the famous 1984 kindle story awhile back.
And who is going to provide these kindles? Or teach people how to use them? Will items in other languages be provided?
I know the author is most likely not serious, or just playing this from a privileged “I’ve never been in a place in my life where I needed a public library, and we spend money on it and things we spend money on that don’t apply to me make me mad” angle, but this whole thing pisses me off. By all means, continue to develop these programs for those who would like to use them, but don’t assume it us the right fit for everyone. Netflix hasn’t stopped my patrons from checking out tons of movies each week. And I like to think that what I’m able to provide as a librarian isn’t as replaceable as an instruction manual for a new amazon service.
We [Fraction and his wife, Kelly Sue DeConnick] were pregnant at the time, and while I was out there I started to realize that if I had a daughter, there would come a day when I would have to apologize to her for my profession. I would have to apologize for the way it treats and speaks to women readers, and the way it treats its female characters.
I knew that if we had a daughter, because I know my wife and I know the kind of girl she wants to raise and I know the kind of girl I want to raise, she was going to look at what I did for a living and want to know how the fuck I could stomach it. How could I sell her out like that?” Fraction continued. “That conversation is still coming, and I’m bracing for it in the way that some dads brace for their daughter’s first date or boyfriend. I became acutely aware that I had sort of done that thing that lots of privileged hetero cisgendered white dudes do. ‘I’m cool with women, and that’s enough.’ It’s not enough. It’s embarrassing to say, because we somehow have attached shame to learning and evolving our opinions, culturally, but I became aware that there was a deficiency of and to women in my work, and all I could do at that moment was take care of my side of the street. Writer Matt Fraction on his role on expanding the profile of female characters in the Marvel Universe. (via goodmanw)