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A bunch of really great posters from last Saturday’s marches worldwide. Some from the UK were especially charming. Alas, only one reader sent me pics from a march, so I probably won’t be doing a post of those unless I’m inundated with them soon.
Mykki Blanco talks about US healthcare and the politics of food.
“When you remove classes of people or races of people from having access to quality foods or even education about nutrition that’s — I feel like it may be radical to even say this — like nutritional terrorism.”
How to stay outraged without losing your mind
This is not going to be an easy four years. We’re going to be subjected to constant gaslighting by the President and his administration. We’ll be dealing with a ferocious, multi-front attack on the entire progressive agenda, without exception, and a lot of it is going to succeed. We’re going to helplessly watch institutions we care about and depend upon destroyed. The Trump years are going to be emotionally exhausting and deeply traumatic for all of us, but particularly to those dedicated to protecting the vulnerable and preserving democracy.
Most of us are not ready to take on the mantle of the resistance. There are things we can do now to get ready, but if we don’t, the ranks of would-be activists and resisters are going to thin out very quickly.
An article about a white man written by a white man, so that would usually be two strikes and you’re out but I’m linking Joe Biden’s exit interview. Because I’m gonna be honest I have Leslie-Knope-Level-Love for Joe Biden. I mean, most everyone agrees that Young Joe was a panty dropper, but today’s Joe could 100% get it, too.
If you don’t already follow This Political Woman on Medium, you might consider it. I think she’s pretty great (so far). This week she posted When the personal is necropolitical on the heels of last week’s The new Alt-Feminism, when white supremacy met women’s empowerment.
The Road Women Marched On This Weekend Was Paved By Black Resistance
The march that happened on Saturday is exactly the kind of march this Trump presidency warranted. It could not have occurred without it. But there is a sly and disingenuous narrative being spun here. The issues brought up during the march – the water crisis in Flint, indigenous women’s rights, anti-Muslim sentiment, violence against women (including the specific threat of murder trans women of colour face), the school-to-prison pipeline and so on – would not have magically solved themselves with a Hillary Clinton presidency. There would still have remained a need to march, to protest, and to resist.
I’m not sure I agree with everything here 100% (mostly because I have exactly zero faith in white women), but siderea‘s thoughts on the women’s march are inspiring and affirming and I am glad I read this essay.
Because the thing about intersectionality is that it has always been a fight to allow whole people being crushed into two-dimensional planes of identity to have space to be their full, three-dimensional selves. The term was coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw specifically to carve out that space to breathe for Black women, insisting that the way that feminist and anti-racist movements had operated – as exclusive lenses on experiences of injustice – had orphaned and betrayed Black women and their struggle, rendering them “invisible in plain sight”. As life-or-death important as intersectionality has been for Black women, issues with the exclusive-lenses model of theorizing social injustice were problematic to greater and lesser extents for just about everybody. The approach of “we can only address one axis of oppression at a time” forces all people to squish themselves flat to accommodate it, and pretty much everybody breathes at least a little easier when we stop doing that. I think there was a certain amount of realization Saturday, “Oh, hey, we don’t have to do that to ourselves or one another any more.
A couple professors at the University of Washington in Seattle have made a course Calling Bullshit, the materials for which are also available online.
While bullshit may reach its apogee in the political domain, this is not a course on political bullshit. Instead, we will focus on bullshit that comes clad in the trappings of scholarly discourse. Traditionally, such highbrow nonsense has come couched in big words and fancy rhetoric, but more and more we see it presented instead in the guise of big data and fancy algorithms — and these quantitative, statistical, and computational forms of bullshit are those that we will be addressing in the present course.