Weekly round-up and open thread
Lusana Taylor // 22 February 2016
Welcome to another weekly round-up, where we share (what we see as) the most interesting and important articles and essays from the previous seven days. This week’s collection of links includes everything from #FreeKesha to Paper’s conversation with bell hooks and Emma Watson. We’d love to hear your thoughts on either (or both!) of these issues or on any of the other issues covered.
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If you notice that we’ve missed out any important articles from the past week, feel free to let us know.
A Kind of Grace (Harper’s Magazine)
From the article: “The safe space does not guarantee protection, but it does offer a method for thinking harder about cruelty. The contingent, strategic demand for safety is not a retreat from reality but a closer examination of reality’s contours — not in every case, yet often enough that its critics should be more careful.”
From the article: “The change in handle took all sexualised, gendered, and racialised interaction to zero. Some discussion with women friends on twitter raised the additional possibility that perhaps a large dog, especially a Rottweiler, was being read as male. The next step seemed to test out (1) if this were true and (2) would a dog visually read as more ‘femme’ change the interactions. So next photograph was of our little Dachshund.”
What Bill Cosby taught me about sexual violence and flying (Literary Hub)
From the article: “Committing to not just valuing consent with partners, but willing ourselves to have hard, loving conversations with friends and partners about where we’ve been sexually, where we hope to go, and the roles that violence has played in our history, might be part of the work. Making sure that survivors of sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence living in poverty have healthy, free alternative places to stay and heal when home is bloody and emotionally destructive might be part of the work, too.”
Do women really say sorry all the time? (The Debrief)
The Media’s Reporting of Murdered Mother and Sex Worker Jessica McGraa Is a Disgrace (Vice)
The image is used under creative commons with thanks to John Talbot on Flickr. It shows a cherry blossom tree in full bloom against an extremely vivid blue sky.