Weekly Reader Vol 1 Issue 17

It’s that time again. It’s that time of the week where I post news and views for you to peruse! It’s time for another edition of Weekly Reader! If you’ve got an article that you’d like featured, just drop a link in the comments!

What Working-class and Poor White People Need to Understand About Rich White People (from Medium): “Creating well-paying jobs is. Billion-dollar corporations like Walmart and McDonald’s don’t create healthy economies. They create mass poverty. Anyone can create a job. I’ll pay you $1 an hour to clean my house, do lawn care and general maintenance Monday through Friday for eight hours a day. There, I created a job. Have I contributed anything to society? No. Have I boosted the economy? No. All I’ve done is put one person in poverty.”

White People, You Can’t Be Both Woke and Silent (from John Pavlovitz): “Sure, maybe it’s a bit of self-preservation.
Maybe the terrors have finally gotten too close to home and they can no longer ignore what has been for so many, a reality they never had the luxury to ignore.
Maybe their cloistered bubble of whiteness has been newly burst by the blatant enmity on display and they’re experiencing an unprecedented and disorienting fear.
Maybe it’s because the contaminants have finally reached the ground water they are accessing.
Or maybe they simply do see something they didn’t see before—and they are right heartbroken.”

How Schools Could Be Forced To Out Transgender Students (from the Establishment): “HB 658 perpetuates the dangerous belief that if we forbid children from receiving therapy, if we scare them with the threat of being outed by a trusted therapist and we impede their ability to gain any validation and gender-affirming support, then their gender identification isn’t real. Then all of this will just go away.”

The Lie of Little Women (from the Atlantic): “The lie of Little Women is a multifaceted one. The book, a treasured American classic and peerless coming-of-age story for girls, is loosely inspired by Alcott’s own biography. Like Jo, she was the second of four sisters who grew up in Massachusetts under the watchful eye of an intelligent and forceful mother. Unlike Jo’s early years—in which her father is absent because, after losing the family fortune, he is serving as a chaplain in the Civil War—Alcott’s childhood was blighted by the failure of her religious-fanatic father, Bronson Alcott, to provide for his family. Stark deprivation, rather than the patchy poverty of the book, was a daily reality.”

I Grew Up in the Catholic Church. Its Abuses Aren’t Surprising. (from John Pavlovitz): “The priests (not unlike their Evangelical pastor counterparts) were presented as conduits of God, to be treated with genuflecting reverence and unquestioned obedience—and it is this misplaced piety by the adults around children, that created and continues to create environments ripe for the kinds of sexual abuse we’re seeing exposed.”

Why Capitalism is Just Shitbag Science (from Medium): “Have you ever stopped to consider that the majority of the wealthiest people don’t actually perform any kind of employment whatsoever? Sure, a few wealthy people run companies and shit, but most don’t. They don’t have to. Being rich means you never have to work. You earn money sitting on the toilet.”

Summer Camps Have A Toxic Masculinity Problem (from Bust): “When I asked my friends if they’d had similar experiences while attending or working at summer camps, I was surprised how many had a story. So I started asking if I could write the stories down. When word got around my college campus, people I barely knew started coming to me to share their experiences. I heard about misogynist traditions, queer people experiencing discomfort and hostility, camp administrators who were too “touchy” with teenage girls, a whole lot of harassment, and even assault. And over and over again, I heard that supervisors and camp administrators were not helpful in dealing with these issues. It isn’t an individual camp’s problem; it’s a cultural one.”

Is It Time We Address Richard Nixon’s Alleged Abuse of His Wife and First Lady Patricia Nixon? (from the Slot via Jezebel): “More accusations come courtesy of Seymour Hersh, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigate journalist. As Green notes, in March 1998, Hersh told an audience at Harvard that “there was a serious empirical basis for believing [Nixon] was a wife beater,” and that Hersh had access to records. “I’m talking about trauma, and three distinct cases,” he said.”

And that’s all for this week. Stop by again next week where I share interesting news and views for you. Until then, happy reading!

About Silverwynde

I'm a Transformers fan, Pokémon player, Brewers fan and all-out general nerd. I rescue abandoned Golett, collect as many Bumblebee decoys and figures as I can find and I've attended every BotCon--official and non--since 1999. I'm also happily married to a fellow Transfan named Prime and we were both owned by a very intelligent half-Siamese cat, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2018. We still miss him. But we're now the acting staff of a Maine Coon kitty named Lulu, who pretty much rules the house. Not that we're complaining about that.
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