Friday, May 1, 2015
May Day Links
Jessica Valenti on why going without make-up isn’t radical.
Hannah Bonner on white privilege and active resistance. She writes, “to be passive and an ally is not a possibility”
This week I re-read two different pieces by Amy Laura Hall that have contributed to how I think about that thing people refer to as “sexual ethics.” I recommend both: A Christian Vagina Monologue and Pregnancy as Punishment.
I am about halfway through Chris Hoke’s Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders. As many who know me well could tell you, I have strong (and often negative) opinions about the proliferation of so-called “spiritual memoir” these days (not because I don’t like writing about spirituality, or memoir as a genre, but for other more complicated reasons I plan to write about in the next couple weeks). But I heard Chris read this week, and his book is the real deal. Wanted is beautiful and challenging, and I recommend it to you.
Dear Sugar Radio, Episode 2: The Stories We Tell. Wounded Feminist’s letter, and Cheryl and Steve’s response, hit me in the gut -- in a good way.
President Obama talking about Baltimore: “If our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could; it’s just that it would require everybody saying, ‘this is important; this is significant.’ And, that we don’t just pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns, and we don’t just pay attention when a young man gets shot or has his spine snapped, but we’re paying attention all the time because we consider those kids our kids.” That’ll preach.