Last night I saw the aurora borealis! It was a beautiful and magical surprise and I hope that each of you has one of those this week, big or small.
“Sometimes, when we defend ourselves, white women look at us with the utmost fragility. They claim access to emotions such as fear and pain without missing a beat, like they were born to do it, before we can even dare to consider that we may be frightened or hurt, too. Their eyes rattle in their sockets, saying, “Why do you punish me for having such a big heart?”” White Women Drive Me Crazy
“When you are older you will care less about things.” Porochista Khakpour on How to Write Iranian-America
“During Ramadan, everyone becomes everyone’s sister, everyone’s brother.” On food and fasting during Ramadan
Everything you need to know about the “Thanksgiving” episode of Master of None (if you haven’t watched it yet, do so now and then report back, please and thank you)
“Is it possible for queer joy—outsider-hood—to be so mundane that, in that simplicity, it’s radical? To insist that this joy does not have to end in tragedy, in death, in loss? We can just simply sit at a table and be okay for the next five minutes. For a lot of queer people, we can’t even say that. In most of our childhoods, we can’t even say, “When was I okay for five minutes in my consciousness?” Ocean Vuong on being generous in your work
“Where beauty is narrow and constrained, ugliness is an entire galaxy, a myriad of sparkling paths that lurch crazily away from the ideal. There are so few ways to look perfect, but there are thousands of ways to look monstrous, surprising, upsetting, outlandish, or odd.” What if we cultivated our ugliness?
Jen Richards on why straight men kill the trans women they love
“Things that were stolen once can be stolen back.” Alicia Elliott’s A Mind on the Ground is a beautiful and painful meditation on depression, colonialism and language
“When you divorce a food from its place and time, you can ignore global civil unrest and natural disasters, knowing as you do that the world’s cultural products will always find safe harbor in your precious, precious mouth.” Soleil Ho’s Craving The Other
Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o are going to be starring in a movie together, thanks to the power of tumblr and Black Twitter
“We all have ideas and projections about how simple or lovely or easy or safe or adventurous or exciting each other’s lives are, especially if we see them mostly through snapchat filters. We are all of us tender and busted up and struggling. Some of our lives are more socially sanctioned or culturally valued, but very few of them are simple or easy.” Did you catch the latest instalment of Ask a Feelings-Witch? This month’s column shares wisdom for single queers in their thirties who feel left behind by their community.
“Living a feminist life does not mean adopting a set of ideals or norms of conduct, although it might mean asking ethical questions about how to live better in an unjust and unequal world (in a not- feminist and antifeminist world); how to create relationships with others that are more equal; how to find ways to support those who are not supported or are less supported by social systems; how to keep coming up against histories that have become concrete, histories that have become as solid as walls.” An excerpt from Sara Ahmed’s Living a Feminist Life
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