Welcome to the latest edition of What We’re Reading, a collection of links we email to each other when we should probably be working or studying. This week comes with bonus mood music, an incredible protest anthem by
the love of my life musician John Legend and featuring Common — Glory. So press play and settle in with your new reading material for this week.
- NY Post publishes a piece on Eric Garner that’s almost literally titled “Let’s Blame the Victim.” Content note for victim blaming, unmitigated rage-inducing ignorance.
- Police officer kills an ELK in Boulder, CO and gets convicted. An ELK. Apparently ungulate lives matter more than black lives.
- This news anchor wore the same suit on air every day for a year, and no one noticed. And he acknowledges that his women colleagues would not be able to do the same because: sexism.
- In response to all the awful coverage of Taylor Lianne Chandler’s (Michael Phelps maybe/maybe not girlfriend) decision to come out as intersex, a piece from Bustle.
- If non-human characters were drawn as humans…the artists would assume that almost every one of them was white. Even the characters from the Lion King?! Remind’s me of Kate’s subconscious biases cartoon.
- The Toast gives us an awesome case study on how to write an article about a specific kind of racism when you are not of the oppressed race in question. Also of how to make an article funny and engaging for people on multiple levels.
- Apparently showing white people statistics that reflect injustice against blacks makes whites more likely to vote for racist shit. That’s incredibly disturbing.
- This holiday season, it’s super difficult to find an apron with which to cook your family dinner that doesn’t reinforce weird gender roles. No, I don’t want a flirty apron or a domineering one. Can’t I just find one that keeps me from getting marinara sauce on my outfit?
- From Barbie: “Oh, and then there’s the men’s “I like big buns” apron. Now you can focus on your grill without having to spend previous mental energy on sexual harassment – the apron does it all!”
- Autostraddle gives us an early birthday gift with a list of 25 awesome queer and trans women comic creators and how to support them.
What have you been reading? What’s got you salivating with excitement/rage? Tell us in the comments!