Welcome to the latest edition of Weekly Reader, where I share interesting links and articles from across the internet. Got something of your own that you want to share? Have a really cool, insightful blog post that you’re proud of and want to get noticed? Or did you find something in your local newspaper that you feel like passing along? Drop a link in the comments!
Scarlett Johansson To Play a Transgender Man in New Movie ‘Rub & Tug’ (from Vice): “The problem with this entire situation should be immediately apparent. The practice of casting cisgender actors as trans people perpetuates the idea that trans people, somehow, are pretending to be something they aren’t; that being trans is inherently an act or performance.”
Fake Pregnancy Centers Popping Up Across The Country Pose A Serious Threat To Black Mothers (from Essence): “By some estimates, there are nearly 3,000 of these fake clinics across the United States.Adrienne Kimmell, NARAL Pro-Choice America’s vice-president of communications, says these crisis centers are intentionally positioning themselves in or around Black neighborhoods.”
Trans in the South: Meet Kids Finding Acceptance in the Bible Belt (from the Rolling Stone): “The warm welcome Allie has gotten in southern Alabama was a far cry from the chilly reception the family received at her former New Hampshire elementary school. Her transition from male to female at the age of six was begrudgingly tolerated at best, Kimberly says.”
Stop Tone Policing My Outrage at This Presidency (from John Pavlovitz): “This is the very height of irony: people who’ve spent eighteen months repeatedly glossing over or excusing or rationalizing away the most toxic, offensive, vulgar behavior and language—now greatly disturbed by a perceived lack of decorum.”
The case against civility in the battle against Trump (from the Chicago Tribune): “Whether or not Trump supporters are deplorable — which Clinton defined as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic (and) Islamophobic” in her famous accusation, as those who wear that badge proudly should recall — most of them are certainly unshakable. The task for Democrats isn’t to try to win them over with niceness or compromise, but to try to fire up their own base with attention-getting demonstrations of fury and resolve.”
Terry Crews Details His Sexual Assault in Powerful Testimony to Senate (from Vulture): “In reporting his assault, Crews said, “I heard time and time again about the rights that my predator had, but I was never told about the rights I had as a survivor. That was the wake-up call. I knew I had to be part of what was happening here today in regard to the Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights.” He added, “If you know what you can do, you can actually do something about it.””
The Red Hen Affair: Demands for ‘civility’ are almost always aimed at shutting down free speech (from the Los Angeles Times): “The targets of free speech never think it’s constructive or respectful. Quite the contrary. “Civility” is the biggest weasel word of all, commonly invoked by those promoting the most uncivil viewpoints and policies.”
Marginalized People Are Not Responsible For Ending Our Own Oppression (from the Huffington Post): “However, there are those who say reading articles isn’t enough. Some, like YouTube talk show host Dave Rubin, say that the only way to break out from an echo chamber is to have a civil conversation with someone who disagrees with you on everything. It sounds good on paper, but for many people, there’s a risk of exposing ourselves to vicious personal attacks on our humanity. What is meant to be an honest discussion about social justice can quickly turn into another example of the onus being put on marginalized people to end our own oppression.”
The Day My Dad Kicked Me Out For Being Gay Changed My Life Forever (from the Huffington Post): “Within 48 hours my bags were packed. I looked back from the driveway, some part of me hoping my father would see my terror and change his mind. He didn’t. His arms were crossed across his chest like a shield, unbudging, even as my stepmother pulled at him, tears streaming down her face, saying, “He’s your only son. Don’t do this.” But it was a military household, and what he commanded was final. It was done.”
And that’s all for now. Stop by again next week where I’ll have different stories to share. Until next week, happy reading!