August 23th, 2015
- BIG SHOUT OUT TO ONE OF OUR CONTRIBUTING GENIUSES, REBECCA ROHER. Rebs’ comic MOM BODY, originally published in our Spring Issue, has been nominated for a Small Press Expo Ignatz Award for Outstanding Online Comic. There are not enough exclamation marks in the world that can adequately express our enthusiasm. So yeah, Rebs is cool. Also, a very HEARTY SHOUTOUT to GUTS’ friend Georgia Webber, whose series DUMB is nominated in the Ignatz Outstanding Series category. We love and admire these humans.
- From our blog this week: An Open Letter to My Fellow Sexual Violence Survivors.
- “Women who deride motherhood as merely an animal condition have accepted the patriarchal belief that motherhood is trivial. It’s true that motherhood can seem trivial to women who have been insulated from the demands of others; they are given few reasons to value motherhood and many reasons to value individual fulfillment. They are taught, as I was, to value self-realization as the essential component of success, the index of one’s contribution to the world, the test of our basic humanity. Service to the world was understood as a heroic act achieved by a powerful ego. Until I’d burrowed out from under those beliefs, being a writer seemed a worthier goal than being a mother.” Sarah Manguso on the ecstasy of motherhood. So good.
- Annonymous Essays on Female Orgasm. Masturbation warning: reading these essays may cause your morning to slip away from you.
- Are you searching for that back to school feeling? Rejoice! Feral Feminism has released it’s latest issue: COMPLICITIES, CONNECTIONS, AND STRUGGLES: Critical Transnational Feminist Analysis of Settler Colonialism.
- I love this cold hard economic analysis of the Ashley Madison hack. Though theirs are US-centric musings, I would bet that the adultery webiste hack, which made public hundreds of federal, provincial government emails, will hurt the Canadian economy too. You can trust me, I know nothing.
- 3. “If hoards of men started taking their wives’ surnames, it would be an unfortunate and perhaps irreversible step towards a matriarchal goddess culture, which blows for guys because those cultures used to routinely kill male infants and treat males like slaves. In a world where there are already very few incentives for men to get legally shackled, this is one slippery slope I wouldn’t want to slide down.” From 15 Men react to the idea of taking their wife’s name after marriage. Lolololol we’d do worse than just kill male infants, fella!
- “Straight Outta Compton transforms N.W.A. from the world’s most dangerous rap group to the world’s most diluted rap group. In rap, authenticity matters, and gangsta rap has always pushed boundaries beyond what’s comfortable with hardcore rhymes that are supposed to present accounts of the street’s harsh realities (though N.W.A. shared plenty of fantasies, as well). The biggest problem with Straight Outta Compton is that it ignores several of N.W.A.’s own harsh realities. That’s not gangsta, it’s not personal, it’s just business. Try as they might, too much of N.W.A.’s story ain’t that kinda shit you can sweep under no rug. You know?” Dee Barnes was assaulted by Dr. Dre and says she is one of many women whose story is conspicuously absent from the N.W.A biopic.
- While defending herself and another women at a Montreal bar, Chantal Lefebvre got in a bar brawl that left her with two black eyes and 6 stitches (we don’t know how badly hurt her harasser was, but she did smash a pint glass on his head). After the story was reported by CBC, Lefebvre received a slew of online harassment from men, many of whom remark that they wished she had been murdered in the altercation. Here she represents those comments in what she calls an act of “art activism.”
- Now in the context of Lefebvre’s story, consider this short reflection from the ROOKIE tumblr on the GIRL CODE that we are all absolutely obsessed with.
- This photo series documents the physical traces of Canada’s Indian residential school system — material histories of resilience, trauma, and the twisting legacies of colonialism.
- This reflection from an aging Marilyn Manson fangirl is dedicated to my sweet sister Annie, who wore a spiked dog collar to her Bat Mitzvah.