Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thursday Reading



A Potted History of Gender Variance: Trans Visibility in History
by Katie Herring
Cheryl is a notable figure in the trans community in Britain. So when TERFs (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) like Sheila Jeffreys make ridiculous statements. Cheryl has something to say about it. In this case, the ridiculous statement from Ms. Jeffreys made of Radio 4 last year (on Women’s Hour no less) was this: “…the phenomenon of transgenderism, which is a social construct of the 2nd half of the 20th century and which has become particularly common in the last couple of decades…”
Read More at EmilyTree


Fantasy’s Othering Fetish, Part 1
by Phenderson Djeli Clark
Over the years demands for more meaningful diversity in our fantasy realms have grown increasingly louder–a clarion call that echoes from the mundane world to haunt our usual lands of elves, dragons, orcs and whatnot. Back in 2010 when local New Zealanders were told they were “too dark to be a Hobbit” (no one’s ever too dark to be an Orc, it seems) in the new Peter Jackson films it caused a stir, highlighting the at times “unbearable whiteness” of the heroes of Tolkien’s masterpiece. Both Pixar’s Brave and Disney’s Frozen were criticized for their similar ode to all things vanilla, without even attempting a hint at color.
Read More at Media Diversified


Writing Love and Sex in a Dry Country
by Bina Shah
The first proper sex scene I ever read in a Pakistani novel was Bapsi Sidhwa’s “The Bride” where she describes the first time a girl has sex after getting married to a tribal man. Sidhwa didn’t resort to euphemism, she didn’t fade out just as the shalwars came down, she described what happened with an earthy honesty that I still remember to this day. It shocked me, but it thrilled me as well that here was a Pakistani writer – a woman! – who was being honest about what happened in a marriage bed.  I was only a reader back then, and never thought that I’d have to confront this as a writer some day.
Read More at A Season for Writers


Trapped Behind a Screen.
by Scarlett Harris
Do you ever feel like the banalities of daily life just get too much and your inner id is clawing to get out and experience the world beyond your computer screen?
Read More at The Scarlett Woman


N.J.'s most notorious murders | The lovers
by Vicki Hymen
This month, Inside Jersey looks back at the most notorious murders, crime sprees and serial killers to sully the Garden State. Today, the lovers: From a bed-hopping German immigrant with a taste for poison to the vicious double slaying of an Episcopal priest and his mistress to a couple of modern-day model citizens accused of offing their wives, here are four cases that might make you think twice about straying.
Read More at NJ.com


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