It’s time for another round up of articles, blog posts and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.
“But the repeated asking of “Have you told your parents?” seems to suggest that an informal, quiet form of acceptance is actually not okay. The question seems to be more of a comment: “That’s well and good, but until you tell your parents and they approve, you aren’t officially out and your transness isn’t real.”” – Have You Told Your Parents?
“It’s easier to act as though our words and actions do not affect others, because if we did become aware of the trickle-down effects of the things we say and do, we’d have to change. And change is work. Change isn’t sexy. Change is a real daunting process. And, changing an identity, facing guilt about one’s actions and words, having to rearrange the pieces of who you are by acknowledging that who you are has hurt others in small and big ways, well, most people do not have the desire to do this.” – The sad burden of giving a f*ck in 2016
“Despite the fact that we have officially entered the age of oversharing—documenting anything and everything on social media from children’s births to family deaths—there are still things women are not supposed to feel, and certainly not to openly discuss. Regretting motherhood is the biggest to date.” – Inside the Growing Movement of Women Who Wish They’d Never Had Kids
“The truth is, poor women aren’t going to be #empowered in the way the word is usually used. When every day is focused on making ends meet, and one’s options are limited (and we cannot express ourselves through our purchases or professional accomplishments), our choices are deeply handicapped. Perhaps you can argue that teaching a poor woman proper savings strategies is “empowering” her to take control of her financial destiny, but what if she doesn’t have money to save? What if she doesn’t earn her own money? What if she has to choose between a single, simple luxury to make her day feel a little better and putting away five dollars? How are any of her choices going to be considered “feminist” when she doesn’t truly have control over them, which is the foundation of the vapid empowerment narrative?” – “Empowerment” Is How Rich Women Convince Themselves That Buying Shit Is Feminist