A few things to get us through the week.
- I spent a lot of time thinking about Ezekiel Kweku’s Liberal Fan Fiction, it did such a good job of highlighting my biggest pet peeve about twitter rn and the dangers that come with it .
- Sometimes Women Have to Make Hard Choices to Be Writers.
- Always engaging, The Longest Shortest Time podcast’s episode about Western medicine and our failures as a culture about the trauma of birth really struck a chord with me. And as an addition, a history of birth.
- Can you believe Skins is 10? I can’t, because that means time is inexorably marching on and I will never regain my lost youth. But anyway, here’s a nice paean to, indeed, the best teen show of all time.
- Meanwhile in Canada … Things Are Just as Bad.
- Down Where It’s Wetter: Mermaids, Menstruation, and Marine Ecology.
- We think a lot about gender, and a lot about solitude. A grouping: This piece about female hermits, this article about extreme hiking, and Criminal’s podcast on faking your death.
- You might have seen this floating around and didn’t click because of “Silicon Valley is bad” take overload. Please take a few minutes to read this female engineer’s take on just how bad the misogynist culture is at Uber.
- This piece by Carmen Maria Machado brought me to tears in its description of envying other fat women who seem to have it all in a way I don’t think I ever will. It’s a brilliant essay about taking up physical and mental space.
- What We Lose When We Give Awards to Men Like Casey Affleck.
- The Meaning of Allahu Akbar.
- The building I currently live in has all these remnants of a former life – our backyard was once a kitchen (this is hard to explain, but basically the kitchen was demolished but the walls still stand, forming a little courtyard with strange windows) and all these strange bits of plaster board remain stuck to the brickwork that hint at the shape of the old lean-to kitchen. So I love this article for obvious reasons.
- It’s pretty simple and basic but “When I expressed my frustrations to a prominent casting director, she encouraged me to “use my ethnicity as a playing card”, reassuring me that “white actors are f***ed in this day and age.”” stood out to me, since it exemplifies white victimisation/guilt, or at least a performance of it to subdue others.
- “In the specific case of the bisexual woman celebrity, her sexuality is overlaid with both misogynistic and heteronormative scripts that satisfy the popular collective narrative of Wild Women in the spotlight. Almost all of the sources of LGBTQIA+ storytelling reflect the hegemonic violence of history itself – written almost exclusively by and for men. This makes mining for queer femme stories a difficult, yet increasingly essential task.”
- It gives me great pleasure to know that one of my sheroes, Rihanna, is a moody eater just like me. And an important addendum, this twitter thread of Rihanna leaving restaurants with wine glasses.
- Melina Matsoukas, the female auteur of the music video.