Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Reading

Stickin’ It To the Man By Stickin’ It To Yourself: Finding Body Acceptance Through Masturbation (NSFW)
By Vianca Masucci
I have a new routine. Recently employed, I ride the bus every day from 8:37am and 8:58am to get from home to work.  As I get on the bus, I put my hater-blockers on and pop in my ear phones to enjoy a bit of Pandora’s finest offerings. My station of choice?  BeyoncĂ© with a Jazmine Sullivan variation. (Yas, gawd!) It’s the perfect combination of sexy and sultry and before I know it I find myself biting my lips,  swaying to the beat, and animatedly mouthing along to the R&B stylings of some badass bitches. This disturbs some of my fellow riders (who are pH-14 basic). They’re not disturbed by the dancing itself but, instead, they’re shocked by the audacity of someone who looks like me claiming their sexuality in public for myself and not a punchline. As an expressively queer woman of  color with chocolate skin, large kinky hair and a bunch of junk in the trunk—and the back seat and the front seat and strapped to the roof rack—folks are not comfortable with my modest displays of sexuality. This is because society has told them, like me, that there are limited ‘accepted’ sexualities and only certain bodies are entitled to them.
Read More at Black Girl Dangerous


The Green Party need to drop Rupert Read by, like, yesterday: An open letter to the Green Party
by Stavvers
Look, I’m an anarchist, and voting isn’t something I do any more. But sometimes, I look at the Green Party and think “they look like they might stand a chance and they’d probably be the least terrible. Maybe I’ll vote for them.” It was growing inside me, the knowledge that you, at least, might make things tolerable rather than terrible. All that’s gone now, because you’ve made yourselves look no different to the others.
Read More at Another Angry Woman


Sikh Captain America Kicks Ass in 'Red, White, and Beard'
Beware, evildoers! A star-spangled superhero walks the streets of New York City, wielding a shield of truth and justice. I'm talking cartoonist Vishavjit Singh, also known by his heroic alter ego Sikh Captain America.  
He's the subject of a great new short documentary Red, White, and Beard, which follows Vishavjit and captures people's reactions as he roams around the city dressed as the classic American icon, turban and all.
Read More at Angry Asian Man


Strong Female Character Friday: Xiomara (Jane the Virgin)
by Deborah Pless
My favorite has to be Andrea Navedo, though. Her portrayal of Xiomara Villanueva is one of the most nuanced performances of what it means to be a single mother that I think I’ve ever seen. Because for all that Xiomara is flighty, flaky, and an unrepentant man-chaser, she's also deeply sacrificial, selfless, loving, and a really stinking good mom. And it's the combination of all of these traits, her love of booty shorts and her intense desire to make the world perfect for her daughter, that make Xiomara into one of my all time favorite female characters.
Read More at Kiss My Wonder Woman


Wit Against Misogyny & Various *-isms: A Beginners’ How-To
by Heina Dadabhoy
Nearly no one is born issuing snappy comebacks at the drop of a hat. It’s a skill that can be practiced and improved upon and worked on over time. If you want to join in the war of the wits pitted against oppressive jerks, you can, no matter how unfunny or dim you think you are (because you probably aren’t that bad). Getting started means training yourself to more quickly recognize situations ripe for a comeback, surrounding yourself with people who can inspire your courage and give you ideas, and practicing your newborn-to-newfound skills in lower-stakes spaces.
Read More at Heinous Dealings


Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz - "Brooklyn"



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