Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 6

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse. It’s time once again for your Weekly Reader! Got some hot links, blog posts, or articles from a local paper you’d like to share? Head over to the comments and let us know.

JK Rowling’s Anti-Trans Post: A Deep Dive (from Ashley F. Miller via The Orbit): “I’m going to go paragraph by paragraph through what JK Rowling has written because I think it’s important to highlight the tactics she’s using to minimize her bigotry and aim that bigotry at trans people, especially trans women.

Before I get started I will just say… you really don’t have to read this. It’s a pretty miserable experience and there are much more enjoyable ways to spend your time. That said, let’s get on with it.”

I’m A Rape Survivor and I’m More Scared of TERFs than Trans Folk; Why JK Rowling is Wrong (from Medium): “I don’t share this for sympathy or to make my story seem worse than anyone elses (I hate that shit). But because I am sick to death of TERFs and SWERFs using stories of sexual violence to justify their bigotry. And targeting women like me, reacting from our own pain, to recruit and carry on the cycle of abuse. Whether JK Rowling is brainwashed, acting out of her own trauma, or is just a bigot, I can’t say. I don’t know her.

But I know she’s wrong.”

This Is The Sequel J.K. Rowling Doesn’t Want You To Read (from Forbes): ““If my employer called me on the carpet and said, ‘You’ve been using the N-word on social media, stop it!’ And I said, ‘Well, I think black people are the N-word, but I won’t call them that word to their faces at work, out of a minimum of respect.’ If you are using epithets about a group of people that are protected under the law outside of work, even if that is your opinion, it reflects on your employer, and also impacts your coworkers who have to work with you.””

When my dog died, I didn’t understand why it felt like a human had died. Then I read the research. (from Vox): “No one ever tells you that when your dog is dying, it feels like a human is dying. At first, I tried to suppress the grief. But so many other dog owners said things like, “It felt like a family member had died.” As a data person, all I could see was a growing sample size.”

DANIEL RADCLIFFE RESPONDS TO J.K. ROWLING’S TWEETS ON GENDER IDENTITY (from The Trevor Project): “Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I. According to The Trevor Project, 78% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being the subject of discrimination due to their gender identity. It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm.”

Why People Loot (from The Atlantic): “Relying on a half-century-old study is less than ideal, but necessary: Few sociologists study looting specifically. But interviews with a half-dozen experts on protests and social movements provide some insights into looters’ motivations.”

Why you should stop saying “all lives matter,” explained in 9 different ways (from Vox): “To this end, a better way to understand Black Lives Matter is by looking at its driving phrase as “black lives matter, too.” So all lives do matter, obviously, but it’s one subset of lives in particular that’s currently undervalued in America.

But if that isn’t good enough, here are nine other ways the response “all lives matter” has been rebuked.”

J.K. Rowling and the Echo Chamber of TERFs (from Slate): “It’s worth pausing to linger on this. Rowling isn’t claiming to be a TERF or to speak for TERFs; but she finds this defense—that trans men are included in TERF feminism by virtue of being misgendered and disbelieved—persuasive enough to be worth passing on to her readers. Where could she have gotten this from? Certainly not from trans men, who by definition aren’t interested in being included by a group of women who refuse to see them as they are. On the contrary, it’s the kind of thing that only a person who has spent a whole lot of time around people who talk about trans people while excluding trans voices from the discussion could find persuasive. These would have to be some sort of trans-excluding people who also consider themselves to be standing up for women’s rights …”

The Black Lives Matter Protests Are Working. Here’s Proof. (from The Huffington Post): “From cities redirecting funding from police departments, to Confederate monuments coming down in droves, here are some of the steps toward racial justice and ending police brutality that we’ve seen in just 16 days since protests began:”

Cops Are Getting Fired Over Their Racist Social Media Posts (from Vice): “All of these reckonings matter, but the one within law enforcement carries a different weight, as the cops being disciplined and ousted are revealed to be in direct violation of the famous edict to “serve and protect” the general public—one that they often lean on in order to justify their own existence.”

That’s all for now. Stop by here next week for more articles that you didn’t know you needed to read. Until then, have a great rest of your week, stay safe, and 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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