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ELLE magazine’s article on Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott’s work doesn’t deny death, or poverty, or bad times, but it pushes for recovery. In her most recent single, “I’m Better (feat. Lamb),” which was released in January, the chorus circles around and gets repeated with a robotic flow: “I’m better, I’m better, I’m better / It’s another day, another chance / I wake up, I wanna dance / So as long as I got my friends /…I’m better, I’m better, I’m better.” This is not a boast from her to her fans; it is a mantra to them from her, even if there is a self-help quality to it. What matters more is that it feels determined, and that is what her fans depend on her to provide—the good news.
I cut my group commenting (and gif-ing) teeth in the LJ community ontd_p (oh no they didn’t-political) and the conversations there about body hair were always Very Interesting. I wonder what they would make of this article.
My husband and I spent our Valentine’s Day evening in couples’ therapy talking about my leg hair. We’d been working toward becoming an “optimally erotic couple” for months, but I’d inadvertently thrown a wrench into our progress by letting my political views into our bedroom. It turned out I wasn’t the only one who had assimilated centuries’ worth of images about what a sexy woman is supposed to look like.
Men aren’t “better” at taking risks (it’s just that simply existing is risk enough for most of those who aren’t cis white men).
The Establishment serves up a fine piece damning academia, specifically the persistent failure of white imagination
When institutions from primary school onward amplify white-centered stories and histories as the only “great” art, it becomes easier to imagine zombies in an Austen landscape before people of color can be inserted therein. When non-white voices and stories are erased — or, worse, in their rare depictions, consistently presented as less than, negative, or one-dimensional — white people are rendered incapable of imagining people of color as fully human, complex, and equal to themselves, living lives just as rich as (if not richer than) the white experience.
I have never purchased something based solely on an advertisement nor have I ever (to my knowledge) been influenced to purchase something impulsively from an ad. If these were real ads, I don’t know that I’d be able to say that.
Getting healthy is hard (and time-consuming and exhausting and seemingly never-ending)
I have learned the tricky part of being healthy is to keep on sustaining good practices of health even when I am feeling great. Feeling the most well is most dangerous for me, because that is when I decide I can skip that exercise, eat more dessert, work a little harder and longer.
Citizen Science: because goodness knows the U.S. government isn’t “accelerating innovation” on its own anymore!
Why it’s necessary to go beyond just representation in fandom and media
Escapism isn’t truly escapism when you keep finding the same microaggressions, erasure, and stereotypes in the stories you love and are trying to escape into, and we ignore this truth at our peril because it’s never “just a story.”
While we’re on the topic of fandom, I’ll quietly haul out another article that subtly articulates why I hate the term “trash” when applied to fans-of-the-thing. Stop using that term, fandom. It is not yours to use or reclaim.
“You don’t let any more Nazis in, and I won’t be making a scene.” Georgetown professor C. Christine Fair is a hero for our times.
Enrollment isn’t enough. Women need mentors in STEM.
In a year-long study—one of the strongest yet to look at the value of mentorship—Dasgupta showed that female engineering undergraduates who are paired with a female mentor felt more motivated, more self-assured, and less anxious than those who had either no mentor or a male one. They were less likely to drop out of their courses, and keener to look for engineering jobs after they graduated. “Often, science is messy and things don’t turn out neatly,” Dasgupta says. But in this study, “it was very gratifying how clean the results were.”