Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wednesday Reading



I’m Jewish But I Don’t Support Israel — And Neither Should Any Jew Dedicated To Social Justice
by Tessara Dudley
If there’s a faster way to be reviled in the United States media than denouncing Israel, I’m not sure I know it. The US government has a long-term, committed relationship with the Israeli government, including foreign aid and military support. While some on the far-left speak critically about the problems of Israel, the bulk of politicians and many citizens openly support its existence. Criticizing it is one of the fastest ways to have the word anti-Semite thrown at you.
Read More at Black Girl Dangerous


Why I’m Boycotting Marvel Comics
by J.A. Micheline
Marvel, you and I are taking a break. 
It’s not me; it’s you — and you made the decision really easy.
Read More at Comics Alliance


Vintage Viewing: Zora Neale Hurston, Open Observer
By Brigit Mccone
Caribbean-American comedian Bert Williams became the first Black artist to write, produce, direct and star in a film, with 1916’s A Natural Born Gambler, having already broken boundaries as writer-star of In Dahomey (1902), the first Black musical on Broadway. Williams’ performances exploited the blackface conventions of his age to be acceptable to a wider audience, while illuminating them with humanity and subversive subtext, as he continually fought for greater creative control. At the climax of A Natural Born Gambler, his character plays an imaginary poker game in prison. By losing, even in his own fantasy, Williams makes virtuoso mime into poignant commentary on internalized stigma, also the theme of his hit song, “Nobody,” from the 1906 musical Abyssinia.
Read More at Bitch Flicks


The reality of work and our bodies
One of the great lines that gets trotted out during the sex work debate is the line about the difference between sex work and ‘real’ work is that real workers sell their labour, while sex workers sell their bodies... I like the idea that somehow, when you’re selling your labour, you’re not selling your body. It conjours up an image of a gleaming pristine world where everyone looks like the cast of the original Rollerball movie, wearing gleaming suits of man made fibres and floating around a head office building that looks like a university campus.
Read More at Sometimes It's Just a Cigar


Shutting Off the Gaslight
by Aphra Behn
Here is a thing about recovering from intimate partner abuse: it is not as simple as mere physical removal from the abuser. 
Abusers are some of the most persuasive people in the world. Over time, they can build an impressive edifice explaining their own behavior as perfectly normal, your relationship with them as really quite good (or at least as good as you deserve), your friends as inferior, and your own behavior the real problem. Etc.
Read More at Shakesville


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