Weekly Reader Vol 1 Issue 25

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse! It’s another Weekly Reader post! And if you’ve got a hot story that you want to share, drop a link in the comments!

Meet Roger Severino, the Trump Bigot Working to Erase Trans People (from the Advocate): “Severino has a long history of working for far-right groups and opposing LGBTQ rights. He has opposed marriage equality, defended “ex-gay” therapy, and objected to allowing transgender people to serve in the military.”

Asexual People Deserve Better From Our Medical Providers (from the Huffington Post): “A 2014 survey of 86 asexual-identified people found asexual individuals have a distrust of the medical community, anticipating negative responses or dismissal from their providers upon disclosure of their asexuality. This is unsurprising, given reports of health care providers invalidating asexuality and framing it as a symptom of mental health issues. Asexual people have been told their orientation is a byproduct of trauma or a biological dysfunction. Some have been subject to corrective therapy, during which they were prescribed drugs like Viagra and told to “have sex until you like it.”

Documents Show That Arizona State Investigated A Slew Of Allegations Against Physicist Lawrence Krauss (from BuzzFeed News): “He propositioned a prospective employee, suggesting a threesome. He told one employee that she should “take one for the team” and date a donor who was attracted to her. He discussed strip clubs with his staff. And when challenged on his actions, he tried to pass it all off as a joke.”

UN Says Climate Genocide Is Coming. It’s Actually Worse Than That. (from NY Magazine): “Barring the arrival of dramatic new carbon-sucking technologies, which are so far from scalability at present that they are best described as fantasies of industrial absolution, it will not be possible to keep warming below two degrees Celsius — the level the new report describes as a climate catastrophe. As a planet, we are coursing along a trajectory that brings us north of four degrees by the end of the century. The IPCC is right that two degrees marks a world of climate catastrophe. Four degrees is twice as bad as that. And that is where we are headed, at present — a climate hell twice as hellish as the one the IPCC says, rightly, we must avoid at all costs. But the real meaning of the report is not “climate change is much worse than you think,” because anyone who knows the state of the research will find nothing surprising in it. The real meaning is, “you now have permission to freak out.””

Trump Cannot Define Away My Existence (from the New York Times): “They will be disappointed to find themselves — if they are men — standing in a men’s room with me. Even though I have breasts and a vagina and a clitoris (and I do thank you for asking), in the new world that they’re creating I’ll be right there in the boy’s room with them, checking my bra straps and putting on eyeliner — you know, because of the Y chromosome that they insist is the only gender marker that matters.

Don’t like this world? Well, you could have left us alone.”

Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression (from the Washington Post): “A note from Karen Attiah, Global Opinions editor.

I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post. This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world. A freedom he apparently gave his life for. I will be forever grateful he chose The Post as his final journalistic home one year ago and gave us the chance to work together.

Scheduling My Miscarriage (from Nursing Clio): “I had convinced myself that I couldn’t talk about it with my peers because I would fall apart, and I didn’t have the energy to tell and retell or cry through the story. But beneath that sadness was fear and anxiety that I would be found out. Entering the program married, I’d already come in with more commitments than the culture of academia expects. In confessing this failed pregnancy, I would be making myself suspect moving forward. A child wasn’t on the PhD Road Map our department gave us, and it surely wouldn’t contribute to me writing my dissertation in a timely manner and getting onto the job market.”

Why Did No One Save Gabriel? (from the Atlantic–Warning! May be disturbing to some!): “If Merritt and his colleagues had dug deeper, or simply paid closer attention to what they already knew, they might have uncovered the family’s secret: that Gabriel spent days and nights with a sock in his mouth, shoelaces knotted around his hands, a bandanna shrouding his face, handcuffs locking his ankles, trapped inside a cabinet in his mother’s bedroom. The family called it “the cubby.””

Domestic Violence Myth Acceptance and Evangelicalism (from Love, Joy, Feminism via Patheos): “There are clearly many problems here, but one of them is that when dysfunction occurs in evangelical relationships, it is frequently blamed on the woman—for not obeying her husband, for not making her husband feel respected, for undermining his decisions. And when a man does not feel respected, well, there are going to be issues. An enormous amount of an evangelical man’s success or failure in life is put on his wife—is she building him up or tearing him down? Much less emphasis is put on the reverse.”

White Nationalist Richard Spencer’s Wife Says In Divorce Filings That He Physically And Emotionally Abused Her (from BuzzFeed News): “The documents also claim that Spencer was verbally abusive to their children’s babysitter, including in front of their children, where he allegedly called the babysitter a “fucking sub-mediocre human being” and a “fucking moron.” The court filing goes on to claim both children had been adversely impacted by his behavior.”

That’s all for this edition. Drop by again next week for more informative articles, op eds, and blog posts worth reading. 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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