This is my 45th Read This Week feature! If you’re new to Gradient Lair, each week I post essays, articles, journal articles and/or papers of interest to me that I think will be of interest to you, based on your interest in my blog. Below are good reads:
So Gwyneth Paltrow is the “Worlds Most Beautiful Woman?” Yeah Fucking Right on The Negress is a good read. She isn’t calling Paltrow “ugly” and she does mention Beyoncé’s past selection, with important context. Very important, regarding how narrow memes of Eurocentric beauty is forced on and decided for women.
Baby Hair: For Gabby, Blue Ivy & Me on Crunk Feminist Collective is a great read that I and just about every Black woman I know can relate to. “I wonder what would happen if we praised black girls for their beauty instead of looking at them through a lens of criticism.”
An Open Letter To Folks of Color on Black Girl Dangerous is a great read. It’s difficult and sweet. It alludes to the resilience and resistance, the creativity and the character of people of colour despite oppression. It doesn’t deify or dehumanize though because there IS pain and we DO feel it, but it’s like a “you’re amazing despite this” kind of letter.
Black/Non-Black Divide and The Anti-Blackness of Non-Black Minorities by Robert Reese of Still Furious and Still Brave is a great read. As the former letter I mentioned discusses the connection between people of colour, this one discusses something that is often silenced—the anti-Blackness that many non-Black people of colour have, and how White supremacy and the ever shifting boundaries of race play a role.
Why Jason Collins’ Faith is Ignored… And Tebow’s Isn’t by @graceishuman is a good read. There’s a homophobic meme going around among Conservatives about how Collins is a hero despite being gay and Tebow isn’t for being Christian. Um…Collins is Christian too. Thus, she explores how White supremacy shapes even who is considered a “real” Christian. (As an agnostic atheist, it made me think of something Black feminist, atheist and radical humanist Sikivu Hutchinson said.)
Stay tuned for next week’s suggestions!