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A topographic map of the goddesses of Venus.
I feel like I link everything Ijeoma Oluo writes, but here’s another one, sorry not sorry.
If you are just now feeling the urgency of the need to fight systemic racism, chances are, you are white. I know, I know — I’m starting off with blanket assumptions about you and that doesn’t feel good; you literally don’t have to tell me about it, I’m quite familiar! But seriously, you are probably white or white passing (yes, I’m aware that Ben Carson and Lil Wayne exist and some people of color are capable of holding on to baffling amounts of denial, but I do not have whatever power it would take to break through that level of delusion so let’s just stick with new white folk). I’ve written down this handy list of things that you’ve missed so far that you’re going to need to catch up on, on your own time. This knowledge and preparation will not only make your fight against racism more effective, it will allow us to continue our progress as you catch up.
A nice long read on Rebecca Solnit. Speaking of the author of the essay “Men who explain things” (which probably kicked off the term), have an article that covers a bit of the history as well as the translation of mansplain in 34 languages.
I think the author of this article missed a great opportunity to title it “Making Change” but oh well.
Levitt’s research project ended long ago. The data is in, the takeaway clear: Those who were told to go and who made the leap—who quit the job, left the relationship, had the children—were better off. Those who challenged the status quo of their lives were “substantially happier than those who do not make a change,” Levitt writes. This was true for almost every dilemma, and even more so for the obviously consequential ones. It was true after two months and it was true after six months. And so, Levitt concludes that “people may be excessively cautious when facing life-changing choices.”
I’ll never watch the opening scene of Disney’s Beauty and Beast the same way again.
Sending this article about That Time You Failed to Follow Up on Diversity to every man I know because ACCURATE.
Let’s talk about the biggest elephant in the room. The one where we accept the broken, fucked up system that we ask women and people of color to endure. And then we extend it. Not through a small handful of misogynistic bros who want to talk about the developer with the fine ass. Rather, by the complacency of people who would otherwise swear up and down about how they are making the world a better place. How they would love to help the cause, roll up their sleeves, and put in the work.
If only they could find the time.
A group of Indian women sent a rocket to Mars for less than it cost to make the movie The Martian.
If you’re sufficiently inspired by Tonika Johnson’s use of photography to fight racism (and other -isms of this day and age), check out this article for tips on re-thinking how you frame and edit your shots.
I was introduced to my new favorite YouTube channel, Ask A Mortician, in good time for me to find this article about death and cremation (it’s not recent, but it’s very good). It also ties in with these skull decorations for fire pits that many people have sent me (which makes me so happy–it’s like you all know me!).
Just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you can’t be an asshole.
Perhaps of interest to only me and three others here? Using Semagic to download/archive your LJ scrapbook.