Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wednesday Reading

But, Do #BLACKLIVESMATTER in Academia?
I am embarrassed to admit that this is the first time I have publicly written about the (recent media attention to the) crisis of police violence against Black men and boys in the United States. Why have I remained silent for months? From August onward, different reasons have come to mind to explain (or justify?) my self-imposed silence...
Read More at ConditionallyAccepted


Safe as Houses
Last night I locked my front door. 
If you’ve read this blog for a minute, you know that I don’t lock my door. I do lock the big iron gate in front of my door, but not the door itself. This is part laziness, part habit from when the lock wasn’t working properly, part foolish, Pollyanna-ish insistence that I don’t need to lock it. 
But then sometimes I do.
Read More at GirlGriot


We need a new Christmas Carol story
by Orlando
When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol he had a very specific goal of awakening people’s hearts to a belief in the virtue of abundance and of sharing. He knew his audience, but he was working to the scale of his time, a smaller population, a more restricted but conversely more impactful circle of influence. Dickens’ seminal story of realisation and repentance has ceased to be the right curative myth for our society. Scrooge’s failing is in being disconnected from the people around him. The failure of today’s Scrooges is the belief that connecting with the people around them is enough.
Read More at Hoyden about Town


Implications of the FDA Blood Donation Policy
by Jeana Jorgensen
Since 1977, the FDA has not allowed blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM). However, the FDA has just announced that it’s considering lifting the ban, and making an exception for men who have sex with men who’ve been celibate for one year. 
On the one hand, it’s estimated that this will increase the U.S. blood supply by 2-4% annually. On the other hand, this policy sends a sex-negative, stigmatizing, and inaccurate message about sexual safety, sexual practices, and sexual orientation.
Read More at Sex Ed with Dr. Jeana


Fairytale of Saint-Denis
by Avy Stanford
For a moment I forget about the walls and the voids between us, alone in a Tuesday frenzy looking for material things to please him with.
Read More at My Mother Fucked Mick Jagger


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