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What I’m Reading and Thinking About This Week

These are the things I’ve been reading and thinking about this week:

Imperfection & Inequality: Let’s Talk Race in Jessica Jones (The Mary Sue)

This is a really thoughtful look at one of the biggest issues in Jessica Jones, a show I am absolutely loving and trying to save to watch when I can give it my undivided attention:

It could be argued that Jessica Jones is not malicious in its lack of proper nuance in its characters of color—it would be unfair to place that responsibility on a show that tackles other issues so boldly. Besides, with Luke Cage’s upcoming solo series, we have the chance to have a proper address of race in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—especially with the introduction of Misty Knight. However, it’s because of Jessica Jones’ exploration and thrilling performance of sexism and surveillance in the digital age that leaves me feeling disappointed. The show has proven that it can handle more, so why does it stop short?

The Best Break-Up Advice You’ll Ever Get (Autostraddle)

I have mentioned it before, but I am Going Through Some Things, and this piece was really resonant for me and also is something I’m carrying with me for probably always:

We are trained in this Republican sappy fuck of a society peppered with Sandra Bullock movies that somehow his haircut and not liking the things you like are superficial and all that matters is that you love each other. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Loving someone and making a life with them are separate spheres, they have nothing to do with each other. When you find someone where there is both, that’s when you win. But they’re not contingent qualities.

The Best Books You Didn’t Read in 2015 (The Toast)

It’s The Toast, so it’s gonna be silly and incisive:

4. A Collection Of Articles That Have Already Been Published Online

Why does everyone else like it. Why does that bother you so much.

What got you reading and thinking this week?

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