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Quickies: Goats Breastfeeding Babies, Sexual Harassment in Indie Music, and “Slavery with a Smile”

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Mary Brock is a scientist who works on drugs you've hopefully never heard of. She enjoys cooking to Blue Grass music, messing with her cats, and hosting the Boston Skeptics' Book Club. She was born in the South but loves living in New England (despite the lack of chocolate chip pizza). Mary does not use Twitter and don't even try to follow her, because she is always looking over her shoulder.

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  1. February 29, 2016 at 11:21 am —

    You should have put the gorilla story at the end of the list, I could have used a break from all of the disheartening.

    There was the goat one, but that was more weird then uplifting.

    Oh well, think I’ll go watch some cat videos or listen to PostmodernJukebox for awhile to clear away this helpless feeling.

    Not your fault, but man that list was a bummer.

  2. February 29, 2016 at 6:12 pm —

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    The noise grew deafening, and Jenkins eventually apologized and donated her proceeds to WNDB. “I have come to understand that my book, while intended to be inclusive and truthful and hopeful, is racially insensitive,” she wrote. Illustrator Sophie Blackall, who went on to win the Caldecott medal for another book, stood by her choices, noting, “It does not fully depict the horrors of slavery, but I don’t think such a depiction would be appropriate for this particular age group.”
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    Than maybe you shouldn’t write a children’s book that deals with slavery. Portraying slaves as happy go lucky is offensive because it perpetuates the racist myth that our system of race based chattel slavery was somehow humane or even worse the even more racist myth that blacks were better off as slaves.

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