Monday, May 8, 2017

Two quibbles with the American Gods TV show

1. Where are the kickass female gods? So far, female gods stick to sex and fortune-telling. I'd like an Athena or an Oya, a female god who is any male god's equal in might as well as sex or trickery.

2. The trickster Anansi would understand the African slave trade in all its complexity—Africans sold Africans to Europeans, then many black Americans stayed slaves while some became slaveowners in turn, and when the racial statistics of police killings became perfectly proportionate to the racial statistics of the US class system, a black man held the country's most powerful office.