Tuesday News: Book club lawsuit; millennial sex and romance; National Book Festival; unusual sex euphemisms
Lawyer for booted book club says women considering lawsuit against Napa Valley Wine Train – The Sistahs of the Reading Edge Book Club are considering a lawsuit for racial discrimination against the Napa Valley Wine train, and have hired an attorney (Waukeen McCoy) to investigate their options. As it turns out, this is not the only incident where women of color appear to have been targeted by Train employees. A Latina group on the train in April were similarly threatened with ejection for being too loud. The Wine Train is not doing a great deal for tourism in Napa Valley right now, but I’ll bet a lot of women want to join the book club (apparently they were reading a Brenda Jackson book on their Wine Train journey).
McCoy said an offer by Wine Train officials to host the women on another trip in a 50-seat private car was a “slap in the face” to his clients, who were humiliated by the incident.
He said the women want train employees to undergo sensitivity and diversity training so another group does not have the same experience. They also want financial compensation that was greater than the approximately $6,000-package offered by the train, McCoy said.
“I think it’s ridiculous for them to kick these women off the train and offer tickets to go back on it,” McCoy said. –Press Democrat
The millennials are all right, and so are their sex games – A really interesting piece about the games that millennials have been producing about sex, romance, and gender identity, and the way in which these games contradict the perception that millennials embody everything that’s bad about society, even though they are doing pretty much what every generation has been doing, except with the addition of Tinder.
But if you’re interested in exploring the reality of modern dating in ways that go beyond reductive stereotypes and punchlines, you’re in luck! Millennials themselves have been making games for years that talk about their relationships and sex lives in interesting and nuanced ways.
While many of them deal with the same universal concerns that have thrilled and plagued lovers for all time—finding connection, fearing rejection—they delve into more contemporary issues of sex and intimacy as well: definitions of consent, fluid notions of gender and sexual identity, and yes, how technology influences the way that people connect.
The ones that do it best tend to be small, independent games—often made with easy-to-learn tools like Twine—that focus directly on romance and sex, and allow individual voices and personal experiences to shine through. Mainstream gaming, by contrast, rarely focuses on romance and sex, except to provide heterosexual male-oriented visual titillation or create motivation for heroes. When they do simulate intimacy, it often takes the form of reductive mini-games where physical affection is unlocked by simply pushing the right series of buttons in the right order—a strategy that is rarely applicable in real life, regardless of what pick-up artists insist. –Boing Boing
Page and Perspective: A National Book Festival For the Ages -This year’s National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress and held in Washington, D. C., will be held on Saturday, September 5th, from 10am to 10pm. The event is free. This year’s theme, “I can’t live without books,” even includes a Romance panel:
From 7:15-9 p.m., it’s all about romance novels. This new festival addition will feature a discussion between NPR Books editor Petra Mayer and best-selling novelists Beverly Jenkins (Destiny’s Captive), Paige Tyler (Wolf Trouble), and Sarah MacLean (Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover), who is also The Washington Post’s romance book reviewer.–DCist
31 Adorable Slang Terms for Sexual Intercourse from the Last 600 Years – I actually came across this when looking for something else, and then couldn’t resist posting it. Need a new euphemism for nookie? How about fadoodling? Or Dance the kipples? Or put the devil into hell for that dark, rakish hero of yore? –Mental Floss