ysabetwordsmith: Two smiling women; Kelly is blonde and Dale is brunette (walking the beat)
This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LiveJournal user Westrider. It also fills the "Recycle / recycling" square on the Spring and Autumn Bingo public card over in [community profile] allbingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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My partner Doug and I voted today in the Illinois primary election.  If you voted, leave a comment below.  (Primary polling is staggered.  If you already voted in your home state's primary, tell me that too.  It also counts if you're just voting on tax or other referendum issues and your primary is later.)  I'll look at how much participation there is, and think of a perk later.

Perk: "Listening to the Lifebeat"
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Here's a terrific infographic about how privilege works and how to work around it.   My thoughts ...

1) Almost everyone inhabits a mix of privileged and disadvantaged groups.  By examining the areas in which you have or do not have privilege, you can extrapolate how to treat people gently.  

2) The more privilege or other power you have, the greater your responsibility to use it kindly instead of cruelly.  Just because you could  hurt people and get away with it, does not make that okay.

3) Most of the good things in life are not particularly limited in supply, and many of them are more enjoyable when shared.  So when you get some, turn around and hold the door for someone else.


For me, there's a lot of shear between how I appear and how I really am.  Passing privilege has its perks, but can create great friction when I respond to things in ways that people do not expect or accept.  Frex, I have mixed heritage, but it doesn't show unless you look very closely.  This can shock people when I respond to certain types of attack in similar ways to folks who look very different from me.  I have a lot of ancestors; I can choose to identify with the ones who are not bigoted assholes.  For a lot of people, there is shear somewhere in their identity matrix, and it often takes decades to figure out how to handle that -- especially when society is screaming at you to do one thing and your conscience cricket is whispering something else.

Another factor that resonates for me is the matter of voice.  As a wordsmith, I occupy many positions where what I say holds more influence than average.  On a global scale, it's not so much; but within certain subcultures, it's a lot stronger, and it can have quite a potent effect on individuals.  So I try to pay attention to what I say, that it may do the most good and the least harm.  I look for ways to support other voices, especially in underrepresented areas.  While I can't fix the whole world, I can work on making my little corner of it more representative.
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Here's an analysis of the diversity in a list of best Young Adult books. When checking for diversity in such a list, I like to compare the percentage of books to the percentage of population ...

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This poem came out of the January 21, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] mdlbear. It also fills the "disability" square in my 8-29-13 Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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This poem is spillover from the January 21, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] rhodielady_47 and [livejournal.com profile] baaing_tree.  It also fills the "FREE SPACE: parade" square on my 10-6-13 card for the Origfic Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.



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This is the freebie for the February 2014 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "Case/Mission Fic" square in my 12-8-13 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.

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Bend over and kiss your ass goodbye.

I hear you, bro.  I've been saying many of the same things, since I was a wee toddler in the 1970's.  Nobody ever fuckin' listens.
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Since a bunch of government personnel seem not to have read this, and keep doing things similar to what inspired the American Revolution, I'm fighting back by posting the U.S. Constitution ...

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It's time for our regularly scheduled SFWA squabble. Here's a piece by C.C. Finlay and a piece by David Gerrold. You know how I express my dissatisfaction with this organization that seems to start a brawl every few months? I stay away from it, and associate with saner ones.

Let me explain the difference in between editing and censorship. (Credentials: I am a professional editor. I am a diploma-holding literary scholar.) These things are about the power differential between people who make decisions, and people who are affected by those decisions ...

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This man made a baby drop box to prevent unwanted infants from being abandoned to die. 

1) This is what real "family values" and "pro-life" actions look like.  It's about love and service, not about manipulation.

2) This is one example of how an ordinary person can make a huge difference in the world.  Find something that needs doing and go do it.  That's heroism.
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This poem came out of the January 21, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] siliconshaman.  It also fills the "betrayal" square in my 12-8-13 card for the Genprompt Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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Pete Seeger has passed away.  He was a famous folk singer and activist. 
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This poem came from the January 21, 2014 bonus Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] perfectworry. It also fills the "nonjudgment" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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This poem came out of the January 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion.  It also fills the "justice" square in my 8-12-13 card for the Genprompt Bingo fest.  It has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles.

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This poem came out of the January 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] perfectworry. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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Here are two interviews about disability in speculative fiction, one with a reader, one with an author.  It's important to include diversity, to tell all the stories.

What are some of your experiences on this topic?
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[livejournal.com profile] siege wrote the insightful poem "As Franklin Noted," inspired by a comment I made.

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