Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Reading



The Importance of Self-Awareness for Men in Feminism
by Miri Mogilevsky
Self-criticism is never easy or pleasant, but what complicates matters is that people are not always aware of their motivations for doing things. I do believe that the vast majority of people involved somehow in [insert progressive movement here] are involved primarily because they believe in the cause and want to help make it happen. But for many of them, there’s a secondary motivation lurking in the background–they want to have friends. They want to feel liked and respected. They want a sense of purpose. They want community.
Read More at Brute Reason


The Sublime Sadism in ‘Breaking the Waves’
by Giselle Defares
The relationship between faith and love, the religious experience that is love, suffering and sacrifice, are themes that frequently recur in our pop culture. For some, love can be seen as the most powerful emotion we know, an emotion that can entail spiritual forces. In Breaking The Waves love and faith appear, despite the spiritual connotations, as matters proposed in a very earthly and physical manner. However, the age-old trope of the suffering woman who sacrifices herself so that the man triumphs is nothing new.
Read More at Bitch Flicks


#WhiteHistoryMonth: Njabulo Ndebele on the heart of whiteness, South African edition
by Sean Jacobs
Teaching a graduate seminar on South Africa this semester at The New School (to help prepare a small group of students who will travel to South Africa in the summer) has meant revisiting a number of older (in some cases, “old” means published a decade or so ago) and seminal texts that unpack the South African condition or what used to be called “the South African question.” This has resulted in rediscovering, and critically reassessing, both familiar and relatively obscure books, book chapters, articles, primary documents, sound files and videos, like Mamdani’s Citizen and Subject, Steve Biko’s I Write What I Like, Come Back Africa, Mandela’s “Statement from the Dock” in 1964, Mapantsula, Allan Boesak’s speech at the launch of the United Democratic Front in August 1983, Njabulo Ndebele’s “The Rediscovery of the Ordinary,” Albie Sachs’ “Preparing ourselves for freedom,” the RDP (we’re currently reviewing the legacies of the political transition), and finally, Ndebele’s “Iphi ‘indlela: Finding a way through confusion,” which the professor delivered as a Steve Biko Memorial Lecture in 2000, and where he spoke at length about whiteness in South Africa.
Read More at Africa Is A Country


We Are All India’s Daughter
by Bina Shah
The BBC documentary “India’s Daughter” was banned in India, but I managed to watch it on YouTube this afternoon.
Read More at A Season for Writers


I Woke Up Like Dis – The Day I Was Brown
by Marina Rose Martinez
Glendora, California is where I became a Mexican. It was 1999, the summer before my freshman year in high school, and I was standing at the check-stand in Albertsons still sweaty from the walk over and totally, completely, freakishly alone.
Read More at Heinous Dealings


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