Welcome to another edition of Weekly Reader, where I share interesting articles and hope that you’ll do the same. Read all of them, bookmark some for later, it’s all up to you. Found something interesting? Drop me a link in the comments!
Why We Need to Take Pet Loss Seriously (from Scientific American): “Further, given our societal attitude that invokes responses such as “It’s just an animal” and “You can just get another one” we are likely to overlook the variety of ways our lives are impacted by pet loss (both real, practical, and psychological) which can blind us to steps we need to take in order to recover. Losing a pet can leave significant voids in our life that we need to fill: It can change our daily routines, causing ripple effects that go far beyond the loss of the actual animal.”
The Spanking Debate Is Over (from Psychology Today): “I have taken that same ‘spanking poll’ ever since then in every developmental class I’ve taught. The results, by my eyeball test, have not changed much. And official data back up this conclusion: Most American parents hit their little children. And most believe that they are doing something both effective and right.
But they are wrong.”
Can a Transgender Woman Get Justice in Texas? (from Texas Monthly): “Aliah rose and walked out. She remembers the DPS counselor turning to her and saying that she needed to get some help, because these people weren’t going to do anything for her. Aliah thought of all the cops she had waited on at El Nopalito; she’d even seen Tharp come in for breakfast from time to time. In fact, though she doubted the DA would remember, she’d actually gone to high school with Tharp. She’d still been a skinny kid named Blas in those days, an invisible wallflower, a nobody. And now? Somehow she’d become less than nobody, a person you could beat up and leave unconscious in a motel room with scarcely any consequences.”
I’m trans, and I don’t care if we were ‘born this way’. Neither should you (from The Guardian): “In fact, the study released last week seems, on closer inspection, to suggest something closer to my own perspective: neuroplasticity. The brain itself is malleable, and the way it develops is determined by an interaction of how we interpret ourselves and how others treat us. It may well be that our brains learn to develop certain patterns of function in line with the gendered expectations and norms of the world around us. In other words: the biological basis of identity and selfhood is as complicated and rich as the diversity of every human being who walks this planet. Who knew?”
How feminism can help in the fight against ‘TERFs’ (from Indy 100): “Pretty much shorthand for ‘transphobic bigot’, the acronym refers people who preaches hate and exclusion against transgender women in the name of feminism. Their message attempts to deny trans people basic human rights, from access to healthcare to access to women’s spaces, and attack their identity.”
Why There’s No Straight Pride Month (from Splice Today): “It’s Pride Month. A time to celebrate all things queer and trans, remember those who lost their lives in the struggle for human rights, and explain—again—to straight people why there’s no Straight Pride Month. This false equivalency boils down to the common misconception that LGBTQ people like myself are celebrating something we didn’t achieve through hard work, like being born with a certain sexual orientation or gender identity. What people fail to realize is we’re celebrating something we achieved: all the accomplishments the LGBTQ rights movement has made so far, and that we choose to love ourselves in the face of bigotry.”
Incels now have a dating website and it’s disturbing (from Indy 100): “”Love creates change,” its website declares. Sold as a way for progressive, loving women to “reduce risks that plague society”, it calls for them to have sex with a incels, a group the site outrageously calls a “minority”.”
God Abusing Jesus, Helped My Family Justify Abusing Me (from The Salt Collective): “Growing up, the abuse at home was not challenged by the Pentecostal church I was raised in. The majority of the congregation had experienced some type of abuse be it sexual, physical, mental, or emotional, yet there was rarely, if ever, any explicit condemnation of such actions.”
The Filth & The Fandom: “Give Us Legends” Group Takes Credit for Kelly Marie Tran Leaving Social Media (from Making Star Wars): “This hate group’s actions have caused many in the mainstream media to ask “What the hell is wrong with Star Wars fans?” These are not Star Wars fans. This isn’t us. These are politically motivated bad actors using the platform that is fandom to wage a culture war they lost a long time ago. You don’t want black people in Star Wars? That happened, has happened, and will continue to happen. You don’t want female leads in Star Wars? Too late, it already happened. They’re about to finish a trilogy about a young woman Jedi and there’s already been a spin-off film to pick up that same angle with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I believe these hate groups know this and the movement is actually about the real world rather than the imagined ones.”
That’s all for now. Head back next week when I share more links. Until then, see you!