It’s time for another round up of articles, blog posts and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.
“The beauty of novels is that they aren’t preachy or didactic, they’re entertainment. They provide a way for readers to explore new possibilities, to learn about themselves and others in an unthreatening way. We need more compelling and believable stories with true representations of different economic backgrounds that can also provide an element of hope. Through hope, we can show there’s something to aspire to; we can show worlds where teens from even the poorest backgrounds can become their own superheroes.” – YA fiction – is it a class act?
“When the feelings of a fictional man were being put before my physical and mental health, I knew there was no winning. At this point I explained two things: 1) I don’t want to have children naturally as I have hereditary illnesses and 2) I’m bisexual and may not actually end up with a man. It’s an awfully prehistoric, not to mention heteronormative, viewpoint to have. Like a law universally acknowledged that a woman with a womb must be in want of impregnation.” – I’m 27 and Want a Hysterectomy. No, I’m Not Naive.
“I no longer dread waking up or going out. I don’t spend my day trying to make my body smaller or hidden. I’m not negotiating what I can eat based on the discomfort of what I’m wearing. I’m excited to put together outfits (a joy I’d forgotten), and, when I admire a style or trend on someone else, I am less and less likely to tell myself it wouldn’t work on me.” – Getting Rid Of Clothes I Hated Helped Me Love My Body
“My point is that this is a cycle. It happens again and again, but as most people only have a 50–100 year historical perspective they don’t see that it’s happening again. As the events that led to the First World War unfolded, there were a few brilliant minds who started to warn that something big was wrong, that the web of treaties across Europe could lead to a war, but they were dismissed as hysterical, mad, or fools, as is always the way, and as people who worry about Putin, Brexit, and Trump are dismissed now.” – History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump
“Changing the story isn’t enough in itself, but it has often been foundational to real changes. Making an injury visible and public is usually the first step in remedying it, and political change often follows culture, as what was long tolerated is seen to be intolerable, or what was overlooked becomes obvious. Which means that every conflict is in part a battle over the story we tell, or who tells and who is heard.” – ‘Hope is an embrace of the unknown’: Rebecca Solnit on living in dark times