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Question

Today, I've a question. My Google search skills are notoriously bad, and well... I didn't take Gender Studies in college. (Or anything like it for that matter.) Does anyone know of a resource that lists the stereotypical tools used against minority groups to keep them 'in their place'? I'm looking for the common mechanisms like hypersexualization, being portrayed as both nefariously clever and stupid, barbaric/violent/dangerous... I know there are more, and I know there's a list somewhere. I've looked multiple times, and I just can't find it. (This isn't the first time I've been reminded that I do not think like a standard Google algorithm.) Any ideas? I'm lame. I know, but I need this for a story I'm working on at the moment.

Other than that, there's not a lot going on. The final draft (I think) of the non-fiction article for Lightspeed has been submitted. I've gotten another request I'm considering, but I'm not sure if I'm the person to fill its shoes. Still, it's a great opportunity, and I think writing non-fiction is good for me--much like the short stories. (Of course, I need to finish those. Right?) We're getting closer to Norwescon and I'm still waiting for a check to show up. That's worrisome. Norwescon is definitely one of my favorites. I missed it last year due to financial reasons, and I was very sorry for it. I'm so looking forward to it this year. I really, really don't want to miss it. So, I'm kind of holding my breath. I can't do any serious convention planning until that's sorted out. I'm usually done with the schedule by this time. I also need a new printer. Bad. And... one of the book checks is going to have to go to a new laptop... eventually. I'm fairly certain I'm stretching the budget in extreme ways just thinking about it, but the time is fast approaching. I can see it. And I really want to stay ahead of that curve. Waiting until it craps out is not a good idea with computers, I find. (Unlike cars.)

In other news, it's March and my birthday is at the end of the month. I'm looking forward to it--largely because I know I'll be getting the shiny new copy of Rocksmith and maybe some new guitar picks and stuff. Usually, we make a trip out to Excallibur Faire. (I hope we can still do that.) This year, I'm not planning anything big. I'm not sure I'm in the mood, really. In truth, I haven't been in the mood for anything big in a while. Birthdays are special days. I'd prefer to keep them that way. One needs something exciting to look forward to, you know?
You could start with the wiki entries for Minority Group and Marginalization - there are plenty of links from them to help.
Did that. It only talks about specific groups. I want something that covers the concept as a whole. There's a great deal of commonality.
I hope this suggestion isn't too obvious. With "racial typing" the wikipedia article for "Race" came up. That is far too broad, but one thing I noticed while perusing this is that every specific example of racial and sexual... oppression, I guess would be the word, tends to form around some bit of authoritative lore as its justification. Bigotry is not open about the arbitrary and nonsensical nature of their particular kink, they must claim authority and present lore.

Specific examples: phrenology (science), theories of history (scholarship), selective identification of past cultural glories with the physical characteristics of their statues (stories of empire), authoritative stories from the bible (the Ur-lore), supposedly ironclad statistical analyses of test results ("studies show..."), etc. The history of psychoanalysis is an inverted treasure trove of examples. So, speaking generally, the common element is authoritative lore, something for people to grab and hold onto as part of a group.

Maybe there's something there that helps?
oh, yes. they do tend to use whatever means possible to make their bigotry look valid. they are the personification of 'authority.' why wouldn't they?

the interesting thing is this system isn't restricted to race. it's also used in cases of class. in america, just listen to how the GOP talks about the poor. they're lazy. they're nefarious in they they've learned how to 'game the system.'[1] they're stupid in that they've made stupid choices (to stay poor.) they have way too much sex. (all those welfare babies!) you can see these things used against every group. it's not even original thinking.

i can't be the only person to have noticed this pattern.
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[1]when in my experience, it's the rich that have learned how to game the system, not the poor.