January 31, 2015

from Nat

  • On #BellLetsTalk Day, Karen K. Ho wrote a brilliant piece entitled “Let’s talk about how my job at Bell gave me mental health issues and no benefits”:

    “Young people, women and people of colour are told they need to suffer the indignities of entry-level positions to “pay their dues,” crying takes place in washrooms or in cars, and low pay with no benefits is often accepted as the cost of entry. For many, casual, contract and hourly work is a necessary stepping stone or means to pay basic bills, especially when layoffs and closures continue to mount.”

  • “In four short paragraphs, I laid out what happened. I said I had been irrevocably changed. I said I had tried to press charges but was told it wasn’t a good idea. I said the dynamic of our shared community was flawed, that it prized men over women and consistently placed women in a situation where they had to prove themselves over and over again, enduring a mind-bending combo of soft and hard sexism (if unlucky) and outright invisibility (if lucky).  I pointed out that this power imbalance was something he took great advantage of.” How to write to your rapist
  • “We’re girls, mommy, my daughter tells me, when I ask her what she wants to wear every morning. Girls wear dresses.” ‘She’ is a gorgeous piece in Blunderbuss on embodying motherhood, femininity, and more.
  • “The histories that bring us to feminism are often the histories that leave us fragile. It might be an experience of violence. It might be the gradual realisation that gender requires giving up possibilities you did not know you had; it might be a sense of being wronged or of something being wrong.  We often have a sense of things before we can make sense of things.” Sarah Ahmed on feminism and fragility


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