Suggestion Saturday: October 18, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, poems, photo essays,  and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

‘White Canada’ and the Evolution of Racism. This is really interesting stuff. I very briefly lived in Vancouver once and heard a lot of these arguments from the people I met there.

How to Make Love to a Trans Person via NaomiClareNL. I loved this poem.

Okay, I’m Weird, but Everybody Is Weird. I was thinking about writing a reply to this post, but I couldn’t quite stretch it out enough to justify such a thing. Maybe I’ll return to it someday.

Let’s Talk About the Weather via dorsalstream. How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

Fictional Characters Whose Lives Would Be Improved By Abortion. It’s hard to argue with any of these.

From Thinking It Over via gemma_corden:

I talk to myself. As far as habits go it’s not exactly the worst. But it’s started to get embarrassing because I find I’m now doing it outside, in public – rather than in inside, alone. Technically, it’s not myself I am talking to now – it’s the world.

From The Struggle in Black and White:

Photographs of the civil rights struggle helped galvanize those outside the South against legalized discrimination, exposing them to the indignities African American citizens suffered under a system of state-backed racism.

The most interesting about I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became Its Own Unforgettable Lesson for me was see exactly how much the definition of a polite person can shift from one culture to the next.

According to this book, it’s perfectly acceptable to do the following things in China:

  • Spit on the sidewalk.
  • Pause an important business meeting in order to answer a phone call from a government employee.
  • Ask other people how much money they make, why they’re not married yet, and why they’re so fat.

I’ll leave it up to my readers to discover which North Americans habits are considered to be horribly rude in China. Many of them surprised me, and I think you’ll enjoy learning about them more if I don’t give you any spoilers.

What have you been reading?

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