Read This Week
This is my 83rd Read This Week feature 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.
Eldercare: The Forgotten Feminist Issue by @thewayoftheid on Hood Feminism is an important read. It was hard for me because my mother died at 48 as I’ve mentioned before. Never made it to old age. Even so, I know how important this issue should be to womanists and Black feminists since women tend to outlive men and since familial elder care is a critical part of Black culture. She mentions why it doesn’t get mainstream feminist attention as well. Must read.
Attacking The Stream by @blackamazon on Dissent is so good. Exquisite writing. A very important topic on oppressed people using social media, especially Twitter, and those with power trying to silence. She notes: "And that’s what it comes down to: survival. We can analyze it to death but ultimately we are using tech to survive, just as the government is using it to kill people. No matter what tools and platforms we are given, we will be ourselves, and we’ll keep fighting—to defend our block, our family, our identity."
On Colbert and White Racial Satire: We Don’t Need It by @BlackGirlDanger on Black Girl Dangerous perfectly explains my own opinions that I tweeted for days on this ridiculous myth that the regurgitation of racist stereotypes, and from a position of White privilege and power, in order to “critique” other racism is not only “satire” but is somehow helpful to people of colour. White liberals, especially, have convinced themselves that consumption of this “satire” (and I simply do not care if Whites think this is or is not satire) that mocks White conservatives, as if they don’t all share the same White privilege, is proof of allyship and anti-racism praxis. Perfect essay on this.
Diversity Is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing by @djolder on BuzzFeed is a great read. To be clear, I despise BuzzFeed. This isn’t new to my readers or Twitter followers. However, I adore @djolder as a writer and Twitter buddy and this piece is very important. He notes: "Ultimately, editors and agents hold exactly the same amount of responsibility that writers do in making literature more diverse. The difference is, editors and agents have inordinately more power and access in the industry than writers do." Critical look at structural power and publishing. A MUST READ for all writers, methinks.
An Ask Box response by thingsthatmakeyouacey on Tumblr addresses being a person of colour here (or non-White person abroad) and being asexual and how racism has to be deconstructed from asexuality as a sexual orientation. It has excerpts from some aces of colour (including mine, but the post excerpted is a really personal one that’s 7 months old where I was working through some painful thoughts around self-identification; maybe instead see my more recent writing on asexuality) that puts perspective to how yet again Whiteness is centered even in the margins. As with everything. As with every single marginalized group that exists.
If God Is Watching by @Karnythia on The Revelator is fiction short story and incredibly written. I mean the first sentence is just…damn!!!!!! It reads: “I killed a man when I was 13. Not on purpose or nothing. But he still died.” On that alone I had to continue reading. I was in tears by the end. I need this to be a novel. Desperately. I knew she had skills with social commentary but on fiction she is straight stuntin’ on so many writers. Amazing talent and skill.
Stay tuned for next week’s suggestions!