Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday Reading

So You’ve Just Invited My Family to a Party
by Mona Concepcion
Hi friend!  Did you just invite my family to a party!  Did you send me a facebook invitation to your holiday soiree and when I followed up with, “Can my kids come?  It’s okay if they can’t.  Actually, I would prefer it if you said no right at this very moment,” and you were very eager to respond with, “Oh bring the kids!”


by Batty Mamzelle
Beyoncé has been Beyoncé-ing for over a year now and you're still questioning her feminist credentials because her praxis doesn't match yours. Nicki Minaj has been vocal about her feminism for years but you revoked her credentials because she made a video about her exquisitely crafted rear end and rapped about the men who want to fuck her. To me, all that debate sounded a lot like judgement of other women for the way they chose to express their sexuality. This really confuses me because I thought that sexual agency was a cornerstone of contemporary feminist thought. After all, a woman's body is her own, and what she chooses to do with it or how she chooses to exercise and experience her sexuality is up to her alone.
Except, apparently, if you're black.


by Joanna Rowse
Probably the two biggest stories of 2014 concerning the naked and famous female body hit headlines this autumn: the celebrity photo-leak of September (also known by the unsavoury moniker “the fappening”), with victims including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kaley Cuoco, and, secondly, Paper magazine’s attempts to #breaktheinternet in November with nude photographs of Kim Kardashian. Both stories were ‘born’ online, and thus garnered a predictably passionate response from social media users.


by Danny Haiphong
The LRAD is just one of many weapons the US sells around the world to loyal regimes of imperialism. One of the largest buyers, Israel, is US imperialism's top ally. The Zionist state receives billions in American-made military equipment to expand its settler regime. The US also possesses over 900 military bases in 156 countries. Bloody proxy wars and drone strikes in Africa and the Middle East are a product of US imperialism's global military and intelligence operations. Although US imperialism's primary goal as a system is to enrich the profits and wealth of the capitalist ruling class, this has become increasingly difficult to maintain without the investment of trillions of dollars in the war machine. 


by Ravishly
For many women, sexual harassment is (sadly) common. Those of us who experience it frequently are all too familiar with its negative effects… to the extent that it’s hard to understand how anyone could possibly not understand such impacts.
The truth is, though, that many persist in believing harassment doesn’t really do harm; that, to use the oft-quoted phrase, it “isn’t that bad.” For those people, we now have a study to prove them wrong.





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