Happy Monday y’all! Once again, it’s time for another installment of
brainwashing you with the gay and feminist agenda What We’re Reading! Check out what we’ve been reading, liking, and discussing behind the scenes.
- Regarding boys writing women (badly), Sarah Rees Brennan has a lot to say.
- “Prison officials used to say that inmates were fabricating their claims in order to cause trouble. But then why, for example, do whites keep reporting higher levels of inmate-on-inmate sexual abuse than blacks? Is there some cultural difference causing white inmates to invent more experiences of abuse (or else causing blacks to hide what they are suffering)? If so, then why do blacks keep reporting having been sexually abused by their guards at higher rates than whites? The more closely one looks at these studies, the more persuasive their findings become. Very few corrections professionals now publicly dispute them.”
- An in depth explanation of intersex genetalia. Spoiler alert: our genitals are way more similar than we think.
- A discussion of why natural family planning methods are unpopular led us to have our own birth control feelings discussion. Our conclusions:
- Real world effectiveness of natural family planning ranges from 76-88%. You need to be pretty okay with a pregnancy if you’re going to use any of these methods.
- DAMMIT WE WANT RISUG AND WE WANT IT NOW.
- THERE’S A GENDER NEUTRAL PERIOD TRACKER APP!! However, it still has some problematic assumptions about why people are having sex (reproduction, obvs) and makes the irresponsible assumption that it is unilaterally safer to have sex during some parts of a woman’s cycle. Overall, it’s a big step, but it still needs work.
- Yet another reason why unpaid internships are evil: if you’re not a paid employee, you can’t file sexual harrassment charges against your employer.
- A resource for books about empowering black children (particularly girls).
- Ashleigh Baker has a lot of things she won’t tell you about her ballet dancing son, but here’s what she will recount to you: “Mama, it feels like my heart is flying when I’m dancing. I think God made ballet because he knew I’d love it.” Cue: FEELINGS.
- Rachel Maddow is hot, conservatives don’t agree.
- Couples switch outfits and we’re not entirely sure how we feel about it. Says Wiley: Here is a thing I think about those projects: they’re cool but I’m really tired of only skinny people ever doing these projects and being like “lol look how constructed gender is, I can totally look like a dude!” Yeah, if you’re an angular person, it’s pretty easy to swap back and forth. For the rest of us, not so much.
- A dad talks about being a “guy’s guy” and raising a gender-creative son. #feels.
- Does the gay agenda have room for transgender rights?
So, are trans* rights a part of the larger gay rights movement? This is a tough question for someone like me. I’m both a trans* woman and a lesbian, so both of these fights are very relevant to me and the way I live my life. For me, and the other trans* people like me, gay rights and trans* rights are both vitally necessary. I don’t want one without the other. That’s the thing that I think bothers me so much about this discussion. It, like so many other mainstream discussions about oppression, ignores the intersectionality that often exists throughout these identities. When we argue that trans* and gay rights are separate battles, we ignore the fact that many people are both. We ignore that homophobia and transphobia both have many of the same roots in sexism and racism. Many of those who want to take rights away from LGB people and trans* people want to do it because neither group fits into their idea of how men and women should act.
- Says Bridie Marie: A love letter from Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf, relevant because: feelings. And I mean also Queer Women Of History but mostly: feelings.
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