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What I’m Reading and Thinking About This Week

These are the internet-y things that got me reading and thinking this week.  Without further ado:

Read Harder 2016, Feminist-Style (Feminist Texan Reads)

An inventive and awesome take on the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge for this year.  Plenty of great title recommendations as well as ways of looking at each category.  This is a great blog to check out, if you haven’t already:

But is it me, or is everyone stuck in a feminist rut? The main titles being bandied about are:

  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (good book!)
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (good book!)
  • Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit (good book!)
  • How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (PLEASE GOD NO WHYYYYY)

Anyone who takes issue with Caitlin Moran is more than okay in my book.

The Brand Keeping Oprah in Business (Vulture)

This is an excellent piece about Tyler Perry and his cultural relevance, and it’s totally worth your time.  It’s well written, thoughtful, and incisive.  I might hate Perry and his work and how damaging his messages are, but there’s no denying he’s a cultural force:

To Perry, though, it seemed as though the more powerful he got, the more his career was undermined. His fans could never shout their reasons for liking Tyler Perry at the same volume as those who thought his material was bad — and many of the most vocal critics are themselves black, angry at what Perry is peddling, the characters they see as caricature, the narratives his stories reinforce.

What Goes Through Your Mind: On Nice Parties and Casual Racism (The Toast)

So excellent and so upsetting:

Every Asian American has fielded some variation on “all look the same.” As racial microaggressions go, it’s common as dirt. I know I should be able to come up with an answer, something brisk and witty, and bury this moment in the same place where I keep all such awkward memories. But for some reason, my brain just won’t cooperate. My face is burning, my heart pounding too loudly, and it’s painful to even consider making eye contact with anyone at the table.

What got you reading and thinking this week?


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