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This article is from 2012, but Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam’s massive knitted crocheted (thank you, Lee!) structures are a joy forever.
The Impossible Heterosexuality of Losing Weight.
As I progressed into adulthood, even as I came out, weight loss was always encouraged using the promise of some storybook straight life. Don’t you want to date? Think of the guys you could get! When I pushed off conversations about weight loss, acquaintances would look at me with distress. Don’t you want to be around for your kids? I didn’t plan on having any.
When I came out to straight men who made advances, I’d be met with a Molotov cocktail of fat hate and homophobia. Rebuffed men would spit that I was just a dyke because no man would want that, shortly after trying to get that themselves. As a femme and a fat person, my identity never quite made sense to the straight people around me, and couldn’t be taken at face value. Straight white women would insist that I could still find success as one of them. Some men go for that — there’s a lid for every pot. Some would confidentially add, have you tried dating Black or Latino men? They love a big girl. They grasped about as much about the lives and desires of people of color as they did about mine.
The mental and spiritual trap of “doing good.”
There’s a misconception perpetuated by the world of charity and aid, which is that our beneficiaries are our clients. But our client, of course, is whoever buys our services: the donor. The software billionaire wanting to buy redemption for their privilege. The bank wanting to improve its reputation. The corporate giant wanting to access new markets. The Western governments wanting to secure cheap raw materials and stop Africans from arriving on their doorsteps. The church wanting to spread its particular version of God.
EGGPLANT BACON (beware stupid auto-loading video at the site but this looks delicious).
The value (and devaluation) of women’s talk.
In 1873, my great-great-great grandfather, Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagan, wrote a book on the biblical laws prohibiting gossip and slander. The book was called Chofetz Chaim, “Seeker of Life,” and his followers started calling its author by the same name. When I first learned about the Chofetz Chaim, I thought his opposition to gossip made sense; after all, nobody likes to be talked about behind their back.
But growing up, I realized that in day-to-day life, people rarely characterize remarks made by men as gossip. And then I wondered, is gossip just a derogatory term for women’s speech? And are prohibitions against gossip just another way to silence women?
In the Chofetz Chaim’s Orthodox, Eastern European world, women did not study Talmud in Yeshiva; and they were excluded from political activity. So women talked about work, family, and the ins and outs of everyday life. In other words, when and where women could not talk about ideas, they talked about people: a topic of conversation that the rabbis termed gossip.
Google Like a Boss. I did not know half of these.
This is a great PBS article for fellow haters of capitalism. The case for employee-owned companies:
Our current employment system of renting, hiring or employing people conflicts with the justice principle. In a factory operating under the employment relation, the people working in the factory jointly produce whatever is the product. Consider a company that produces widgets, for example. Those widgets are the positive results of their responsible actions. But to produce the widgets, they must jointly use up raw materials, intermediate goods, machinery and other resources. Those used-up resources are the negative results of their responsible actions.
But the people working in the enterprise do not jointly have legal ownership of the widgets they produce, and they do not jointly bear the expenses for the resources (raw materials, intermediate goods, etc.) they use to produce the widgets. Instead, it is the employer who owns the widgets and pays off the non-labor costs for the used resources. The rented people, the employees, are seen simply as the providers of just another resource — known in this case, as labor services. The employer pays off the liability for using that resource by paying the labor costs — the wages and salaries.
Hence, the employment system seems to involve a mismatch between legal responsibility and factual responsibility.
An interview with one of the organizers of the Florida prisoners who are set to strike on January 15.
A new era for Liberation Theology in the lives of black, queer, and trans people.
What I learned from Liberation Theology, is that most of my life I had been engaging from a framework of defending my personhood to people that barely saw me as human. I had been stuck in conversations of “defensive theology”. In that conversation, I like many others found myself debating the same handful of scriptures that float around within Abrahamic texts. “Leviticus says…”, “Deuteronomy…” “Sodom & Gomorrah is about…”. At best, in these kinds of scenarios I found myself being able to perhaps “prove” that a Koran or Bible passage was not talking about trans & queer folks, at worst I was stuck in cyclical conversations with folks who believed I was going to Hell. Either way, I wasn’t able to win any of those conversations. Most even TLGBQIA+ clergy members I encountered over my lifetime were also generally working from a defensive theology lens. That meant, when someone in crisis asked their Imam, pastor, or minister, “How am I as a TLGBQIA+ person affirmed in the text?”, there was generally only a half thought out answer. You know, those kind of stock answers of “God loves everyone.” That answer would be perfect if we didn’t live in a world that was actively trying to kill our Blackness and Transness everyday and using a theological base for it.
Timeline.com has a five-part series on utopias running right now so if you’re interested in that sort of thing, check it out. Part one is the Onieda commune, and part two is Octagon City. I took a whole class on intentional communities for my undergrad and I think they’re fascinating.
Twenty-one films by and about women scheduled for 2018 release.
If you need some pretty, here are 30 spectacular photos of the Northern Lights!
Candid photos of 19th century Oslo citizens.
The Lily highlights Annette Kellerman, one of the first women to wear a one-piece bathing suit.
Roxanne Gay assures us it’s never too late to follow a dream.
It is easy to fall prey to the idea that writing success is intrinsically bound to youth. Publishing loves a literary ingénue, as if no one over the age of 40 or 50 or 60 has anything worthwhile to say. Such is not the case. The older I get, the more I have to say and the better I am able to express myself. There is no age limit to finding artistic success. Sometimes it happens at 22 and sometimes it happens at 72 and sometimes it doesn’t happen at all. No, you are not too old to have a writing career, no matter your age. Yes, it is perfectly reasonable to feel defeated when you’ve worked so hard at writing and have yet to make your mark so long as you don’t stay defeated. No, you are not promised artistic success simply because you want it.
The Burgomaster and I watched Baahubali last week (we’ve got Netflix again) and it was fucking amazing. The gifsets I’d seen on Tumblr were promising but I had no idea how (literally) epic it would be. Five hours of beautiful people in gorgeous costumes with stunning sets, fantastical fight scenes interspersed with song and dance numbers, and the music is great. My search for the soundtrack on CD has been fruitless (at least for U.S. markets) so I might actually download the damn thing (I hate not holding a CD in my greasy little fingers). If anyone has an Indian hook-up for this sort of thing, let me know.