Read This Week
I’ve been on a blogging break for several weeks so it’s been a while since I’ve posted a Read This Week post. This is my 82nd one where each week I share the best articles, essays and/or journal articles/papers that I read in the previous week, which you may be interested in based on your interest in Gradient Lair.
Suicide Is Not Selfish by @FeministaJones on BlogHer is a very important read; obviously trigger warning for frank discussion of suicide. Here she discusses the burden on Black people, Black women in particular when suicide is written off as selfish and how experiences unique to Black women and the stereotypes that impact our identities impact our mental health. Karyn Washington is also mentioned, the lovely and talented young Black woman of For Brown Girls and Dark Skin Red Lips who recently passed away from suicide. She cites some of my past work on the topic and unfortunately there was an epic troll in the comments section, to whom I replied to with an extended comment.
Depression and the Black Superwoman Syndrome by @jonubian on Ebony is another good read that deals with Black women, mental health and suicide ideation through sharing her personal story. Very important. She mentions how important self-care, sharing the load and seeking professional help can be for Black women. She also mentions Karyn. This essay and the aforementioned are so so important.
My Black Atheist FAQ by @RaiElise is so incredibly important to me as an agnostic atheist. Wow. This post. Honestly, feeling “wedged” between Black theists with whom I share so much culture with but not religion and White atheists with whom I usually share nothing with beyond atheism (and with whom I regularly deal with racism and misogynoir from, despite us both being atheists), this post gets to the heart of the matter for Black atheists committed to justice and through an intersectional lens. It’s just…everything.
The #TwitterEthics Manifesto by @dorothyk98 and @clepsydras on Model View Culture is EVERYTHING. This is so important right now. These two women of colour discuss the vitriolic bullying of, media exploitation of and plagiarism of women of colour via social media and how through the same hegemonic models of knowledge production and control as well as standard oppression via racist misogyny are these actions regularly justified by Whites/mainstream. They then propose a powerful alternative. This is so important. I cannot stress it enough. They also cited one of my past essays where I discussed how this mainstream lack of ethics impacts me and my work personally.
What’s Missing from Journalists’ Tactic of Snagging Stories from Twitter? Respect. via @TheTinaVasquez on Bitch Media is another good read on ethics and social media via a woman of colour. Here she alludes to the terrible situation of White women at BuzzFeed/Poynter exploiting a conversation of women of colour, primarily Black ones, who are survivors and how individuals and institutions supported and defended that exploitation. Her critical insights here really brought me to tears. The dehumanization through co-opt and exploitation defended because these people can “see” our content so therefore it is “theirs” is disgusting and a facet of oppression.
Stay tuned for next week’s suggestions!