Welcome to another edition of What We’re Reading, our intermittent roundup of all the articles, videos, and images we shared with each other (and now with you!) this week. You are encouraged to share your own links in the comments. Bonus this week: a game!
“The beauty of this perspective is that it does not presuppose agreement with Park’s tactics or ideas; it merely asks you if disagreement or doubt should be voiced in the way I’ve described, with things like the tweets I’ve shown here; it asks us to envision a conversation where we are not threatened or hyper-reactive to the voices of women and people of color. It asks us to reject the idea that disagreeing with a woman in the public square must entail arguing for her destruction…”
As Bridie put it, “But Twitter is totally toxic because POC are angry at white ladies, right? Right?”
Note that this article includes images of vicious racial and mysogynistic slurs, death and rape threats, and cyber-bullying.
Are people still obsessed with this game? The contraception options version is fantastic! I got up to Plan B.
“Without institutional changes, there will be another Relisha Rudd.
…it’s too simple to think all the blame lies with her mother, and it lets many others off the hook for creating the circumstances that allowed for this to happen. When we don’t acknowledge the failings of the systems and institutions, we accept the fact that something like this will happen again…
Teachers, who are mandated reporters, often don’t know what signs to look for aside from easily discernible bruises, but it is critical for teachers to be trained on how to identify abuse, including sexual abuse. When a student misses 30+ days, excused or not, this should be a red flag. School systems that don’t address poverty will continue to fail the students who rely on free breakfast and lunch, yet are provided with little else. Urban schools that are more concerned with draconian punishment and prison-to-pipeline zero tolerance policies are not likely to enact changes to help their most vulnerable students…
Homeless youth, especially girls, are at a much higher risk of abuse and Relisha is no exception. Homeless shelters, particularly DC General, whose history as a hospital and now as a shelter, are rife with violence and abuse toward women and children. When families enter DC General they are told of the dangers and warned to keep their children close; they must weigh the need for protection from the elements against the lack of safety shelters afford them…The problem is not the singular flaws of Relisha’s mother, but the institutions that see Black children, particularly Black girls, and refuses to support them or value their safety.
…unaffordable housing, an unlivable minimum wage, inadequate emergency shelters, broken schools and social service systems…all work together to enforce generational poverty. We must be attentive to the needs of Black girls, not just when they are missing, but when they are here in our classrooms, in our shelters and in our neighborhoods.”
“At one point during the conversation I showed Rodriguez a copy of Aaron Sechrist’s artwork from the 2012 Scene cover story on the logo depicting a Chief Wahoo bobblehead next to a blackfaced lawn jockey drawn in the same style. I asked him if he’d ever show up at a baseball game in blackface, to which he replied that he wouldn’t. I then asked him why redface was any more excusable and he struggled to come up with an answer. As Allard notes in his piece, Rodriguez could only repeat that ‘he was an Indians fan.'”
It’s a shame it takes a policy just to enforce tokenism, the minimum nod toward equality, but if it takes a policy, make a policy. This is a good step.
Or as Skylar put it: “Seriously, WHO THE FUCK COMES UP WITH THIS SHIT?!”
This post explicitly describes scenes of sexual assault portrayed in Game of Thrones, and makes the point that they’re eroticised.
Barbie: “Yes, the frequency of violence may be realistic in the GoT world, but talk about a thousand wasted opportunities to make a point that this is in fact violence and is in fact wrong.”
Luz: “The camera on the show lingers on sexual assaults like they’re sensual. It’s really gross.”
“He was saying, ‘I was at a birthday party, and I want this done fast because I want to go back and finish my whiskey,’” [Ivana Borges] said…
“There’s the idea that the experience of childbirth should be humiliating,” [Simone] Diniz [associate professor in the department of maternal and child health at the University of São Paulo] said. “When women are in labor, some doctors say, ‘When you were doing it, you didn’t complain, but now that you’re here, you cry.’”…
Jesusa Ricoy-Olariaga, a Spanish childbirth educator, helped organize a series of rallies in multiple countries on Friday that called for the improved treatment of women in labor worldwide. The protesters used the social media hashtag #SomosTodasAdelir – we are all Adelir.
“Brazil has highlighted this issue, but it’s shouting a secret,” Ricoy-Olariaga told me by phone. “The issue is the same in other countries, but in a different manner. There are countries where birth is industrialized and dominated by men, and there’s very little input from women.”
From Skylar: “Monica Jones was convicted in AZ for ‘manifesting prostitution’ (read: walking down a street as a trans woman of color) and we all sighed a big fuck you.”
“But the most prominent difference between trans* women and drag queens is that drag is a style of performance, while a trans* life is just that – daily life.
A drag queen is a character.
A trans* person is a real-life person. (That’s a sentence I never thought I’d have to write.)
To me, this concept seems simple, but our cultural narratives about gender and sexuality have blurred the lines between art and reality.”