Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday Reading

Domestic Violence Survivor Faces Child Abduction Charges, Deportation | #StandWithNanHui
This is a terrible story of the American legal system getting it really wrong. 
Nan-Hui Cho is a single mother of 6-year-old daughter Hwi. Cho is currently imprisoned in the Yolo County jail facing trumped up child abduction charges after she made the impossible decision to take her daughter home to South Korea, in hopes of escaping the physical and emotional abuse inflicted upon her by the child’s father, Iraq war veteran Jesse Charlton.
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The Moment I Realised I’d Never Had Consensual Sex
by Lauryn Flavin
In regards to our sexual histories, the initial confrontation and honest reflection may be emotional; it may tear at our strings of shame, bring our fears boiling to the top, but I’m an advocate for feeling those raw, first clenching emotions over the flat line reservation that indifference and silence perpetuate.
Read More at The Vagenda


'Fresh Off the Boat' and the Necessary Other-ing of White Culture
by Deborah Pless
While Eddie is the main character in name, with his character doing the voice over and serving as the central character for dramas and conflicts of the show, it's really Jessica who acts as the series lead. She's the one who, as a first generation immigrant, has to grapple every day with her mixed feelings about her newly adopted country. Louis is all about America and the American dream, while Emery and Evan are almost scary good at assimilating into the white culture of Orlando. So it falls to Jessica and Eddie to figure out who they are in this place. How does one be "in but not of" a prevailing culture?
Read More at Kiss My Wonder Woman


Safe Spaces
by Cheryl Morgan
As a general rule I think that comparing the oppression that one minority group gets to that another minority group gets is a bad idea. I get very irritated by people who, when on the receiving end of prejudice, go on social media and complain, “that wouldn’t have happened if I was xxx”, because of course quite likely it would. However, in this particular case I think a comparison will help illuminate the issue. My apologies if anyone is offended by it.
Read More at Cheryl's Musings


King Vidor’s ‘Stella Dallas’ and the Utter Gracelessness of Grace
by Rebecca Willoughby
For me, one of the best examples of this is King Vidor’s Stella Dallas (1937). IMDb gives this one-line summary of the film: “A low class woman is willing to do whatever it takes to give her daughter a socially promising future.” Film scholar Jeanine Basinger, author of A Woman’s View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women 1930-1960, takes a more sympathetic tone, calling Stella Dallas a “portrait of a poor girl who marries out of her class,” and notes that film icon Barbara Stanwyck’s performance as Stella is one of “great depth.” I would tend to agree with Basinger, but I must point out that the audience’s relationship to the eponymous woman is a complicated one.
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