Quickies: Brown Characters with White Names, Anti-Gay Passive-Aggressive Cakes, and Language Bias in Science

  • When A Brown Actor Plays A White Character, Who Really Wins? – “And while it may seem like a victory for a brown actor to play a character with a stereotypically white name, it actually reinforces the idea that complex, multidimensional characters have to read as white, while characters with ‘brown’ names are relegated to roles where we play terrorists named Mohammed or cabbies named Apu.” From Kavin.
  • Anti-Gay Bakery Owners Send LGBT Groups Passive-Aggressive Cakes As Peace Offerings – They sent LGBT families cakes that said “We really do love you!” and also a note telling them to watch some anti-LGBT propaganda. Way to be loving, bigots!
  • The Hidden Bias of Science’s Universal Language – “The vast majority of scientific papers today are published in English. What gets lost when other languages get left out?”
  • Talking About Women’s Issues In Gaming Still Taboo, Developer Says – ” ‘For most of my career it was things like having meetings with the publisher, when the publisher came from out of town, at strip clubs,’ McWilliams tells NPR’s Tess Vigeland. ‘Most of the time I just wasn’t invited even though I was in a leadership role.’ Issues cropped up in meetings where she was included, too. One began with one man telling her, ‘I hope this goes better than the last time we had a woman at the producer’s meeting.’ She says the statement didn’t bother her at the time — but she later realized how such words might affect women just getting started in the business.”
  • I’m black, but I’m uncomfortable around black people – “Growing up in lily-white Wisconsin, people often told me, ‘You’re not black.’ Eventually, I started to believe it.”

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. Over at Queereka, we covered the cake controversy as well. They didn’t just send a note, they sent a DVD of anti-gay propaganda by none other than Ray Comfort.

  2. I hope the recipients of those cakes come forward and give us their review of Ray Comfort’s Audacity. I’d love to hear their take on it. I find it difficult to believe that the recipients wouldn’t put getting one of these cakes on Twitter or something. I don’t believe they really sent those cakes.

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