Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday Reading



Back to the Future: From Watts 1965 to Baltimore 2015, How Much Has Really Changed?
by Chauncey De Vega
In the United States, the colorline is a paradox. It is story of continuity and change.
The colorline in the Age of Obama, and the post civil rights, era more broadly, are built upon a skeleton of white supremacy and white privilege even while the shape of its superstructure may suggest that much racial progress has in fact been made.
Read More at ChaunceyDeVega.com


To be young, privileged and black (in a world of white hegemony)
by Lelo Macheke
Today is March 19. Tension fills the Rhodes University campus in the small South African university town of Grahamstown. The university’s student representative council had announced a day earlier that a meeting would take place today to allow the student populace, the various student representative societies, and university management to discuss the ructions taking place at the campus and at other universities across the country.
Read More at Africa Is A Country


#iamnotavessel: Joss Whedon’s Romantic Reproductive Coercion
by Brigit McCone 
The Alien saga offers some of the most powerful images of bodily violation in pop culture, from the metaphorical rape of the facehuggers to the victim’s resulting fatal impregnation. Ridley “Thelma and Louise“ Scott* fostered male empathy by casting John Hurt as the victim of this violation, while Sigourney Weaver’s badass Ellen Ripley defeated the monster. The sequel, Aliens, saw Ripley voluntarily assume maternal responsibility for a young girl, Newt, and fight an iconic battle against the Alien Queen to save her adopted child. In Alien3, Ripley realized she had been impregnated with an Alien Queen, and made a conscious decision to destroy herself and it. Then, in 1997, celebrated male feminist Joss Whedon scripted a fourth film in the series, Alien: Resurrection, which revived Ripley as an Alien/human hybrid clone.
Read More at Bitch Flicks


“The Good Ones Say No”: Why Purity Culture and Rape Culture Are Two Sides of the Same Coin
by Miri Mogilevski
On one side of the coin is the idea that only “good” women are worth anything, and only women who consistently refuse men’s advances can be “good.” Of course, this creates a paradox: if women are only “good” as long as they refuse, and men could only ever want to get emotionally (and materially) invested in “good” women, what happens when a woman stops refusing?
Read more at Brute Reason


Happy Mother’s Day, Ami
by Rabia Choudry
My maternal grandfather was on his sick bed when he called his eldest to his side. My mother, at 26 already pushing Pakistani spinsterhood, obeyed. He informed her that they had accepted a marriage proposal for her. He asked if she wanted to see her future groom’s picture.
She asked him, “do I have a choice in marrying him or not?”
Read More at Split The Moon


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