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A: Why is the colour of Caliban's girls important?

LitProfThis is a strange question for a number of reasons. First of all, it's quite broad and meandering. There's a lot of assumptions in the question that aren't correct and need to be corrected. I mention this as way of explaining and apologizing for the meandering style of this answer. The centra...

 
Welcome to Stack Exchange, and thank you for this detailed and helpful answer, which I've upvoted. Of course I realised this story had a lot of references to race and colonialism, but there were also a lot I didn't get until now, like the milk-bathing thing and the dehumanising via "frog children and dog children". This has enhanced my appreciation of the story, and I'm now going to read it again and see how everything fits together.
However, I'd just like to note (since it's presumably unintentional) that your tone in a few places comes off as a bit patronising. Especially in the last paragraph, where you "strongly recommend [...] reading some less challenging short stories first" and explain how people might be "reluctant to engage with [me]". Also, since SE is not a discussion forum, we usually separate answers from commentary on questions, the latter belonging in comments sections. Just FYI :-)
 
@Randal'Thor It's hard properly answer this question without writing some commentary on your question. If you had asked "what does this reference to bathing in milk" then I could have answered that without commentary. However, your question goes like this: "here is an interpretation of the story that I assume is correct even though its not, here are some incomplete quotes, here's the line where I think its unusual that white women are described as golden girls but I don't ask a question about that, here's a sentence where I claim that "taste in women" isn't the subject of racial tensions..."
@Randal'Thor I'm trying to warn you that these types of questions, where the question actually comes with a lot of baggage that needs addressing, aren't typically well received by many communities subject to things such as racism. By not well received, it means that people may see this question and decide not to participate on this site. Take the warning seriously, or dismiss the warning; ultimately the consequences aren't on me. (Also, you have a sentence where you say this could be taste in women, but there's racial tensions so probably not -- hence my reading).
" one's taste in lovers doesn't usually involve racial issues" this really isn't true. The black community, for example, is quite open about racial tensions associated with "one's taste in lovers." You can Google "colorism dating" for a small sample of this. (I said the exact same thing in my answer BTW).
Again, not true. "Racial tensions" associated with "one's taste in women" are common. This may not be your personal experience, but perhaps that says something about the people you interact with and the kinds of conversations you have. (Is this relevant to the question? Since the story is about "racial tensions" associated with dating, yes it is). This conversation is getting quite frustrating -- you're ignoring what I'm saying, which is my sign to disengage. I've given a good faith warning about the way you've asked this question and I would advise you to heed it.
 
See comments on my question for an example of how people might see the "golden girls" thing as not being about race at all. I realised there must be some connection with the racial issues in the story, but it's not reasonable to presume "taste in women" -> "racial tensions" without other contextual evidence. To your earlier comment, if someone is so offended by this question as to not participate in the site, maybe they wouldn't've been a good contributor anyway. Participating requires being able to discuss politely and rationally, and such a reaction to this question wouldn't be a good sign.
 
@Randal'Thor "Participating requires being able to discuss politely and rationally, and such a reaction to this question wouldn't be a good sign." This is quite insulting. I'm telling you that people might find the way you've asked this question to be, at the very least, insensitive. You're dismissing this concern by saying people are unable to "discuss politely and rationally." Its unclear to me why the burden of "discussing politely and rationally" falls on those writing answers, not those asking questions.
 
My point is that ragequitting over a question asked in good faith doesn't bode well for their ability to discuss sensitive issues in a productive way. I'm not talking specifically about a burden on people writing answers or asking questions, just general Stack Exchange niceness guidelines.
 
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"See comments on my question for an example of how people might see the "golden girls" thing as not being about race at all." Again, I'm not upset that you or others don't have cultural knowledge -- this is fine and I even say this in my answer. I am trying to, as politely as I can, suggest that there are ways of approaching areas where you lack knowledge that have tact and ways that are quite hurtful.
 

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