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Quickies: Racist Halloween costumes, gender in sci-fi futures, the power of women pop stars, and counterfeiting

  • “That person is racist” vs. “that costume is racist” – “It comes up every Halloween. It comes up at every pop culture convention that includes cosplay. It comes up at any time costumes are appropriate (concerts, music videos, etc). The issue of what costumes are or aren’t racist.”
  • Meanwhile, in the future: Nobody cares about your gender – This isn’t unproblematic. Mostly posting because of my love for Anne Leckie. From Criticaldragon1177.
  • The passion of Nicki Minaj – “Pop music is dominated almost exclusively by the female star…these women are the pop business now, and they’re not feeling particularly shy about telling us that. Their primary message has become one of being the woman you actually have to be behind the scenes to succeed today: powerful, outspoken and in control.” From Courtney.
  • The counterfeiter who sank the Confederacy – “While Upham fondly referred to his inventory as “paper bullets,” he wasn’t being at all surreptitious about his fraud.” From Criticaldragon1177.
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