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Internet Things I’ve Been Reading and Thinking About This Week

These are the articles that caught my attention this week:

Real Men Might Get Made Fun Of (NYT)

This short, thoughtful piece from Lindy West, who appears to have a new weekly column with the NYT (I’m here for it!) asks straight (white) dudes: “Do you ever stick up for women?” It’s a gentle prodding, but it’s an effective one:

What we could really use, my guys, is some loud, unequivocal backup. And not just in public, when the tide of opinion has already turned and a little “woke”-ness might benefit you — but in private, when it can hurt.

It’s worth a read, and a conversation with your white dude friends who insist they’re feminists.

To the Bone and the Trouble with Anorexia on Film (The Atlantic)

Last week, Netflix’s new (and controversial) movie To the Bone premiered, and launched the necessary think pieces. This is one of the better ones, which gets at many of the films (myriad) issues:

It’s a whole genre, a culture, that has a morbid and complex fascination with emaciated female bodies. To the Bone, inspired by its director Marti Noxon’s own experiences with anorexia, is a largely sensitive and thoughtful treatment of the disorder, but it can’t dodge the fact that any truthful depiction of anorexia will, by its nature, trigger those who struggle with the disease. The question is whether the usefulness of recovery narratives is worth the damage done in feeding a cultural curiosity that’s deeply unhealthy.

The movie is far from perfect, but reading this piece after viewing it provides a great deal of valuable insight.

What did you read this week that stood out to you?

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