SUNDAY LINKS

August 16th, 2015

from Nat

  • “I was going through all these crazy thoughts and analyzing whether I was ether a) a crazy chick who needs to just calm down and reach for an effing tampon or b) a liberated boss madame who loved her own body, was running an effing marathon and was not in the mood for being oppressed that day.” Kiran Gandhi’s account of running the London Marathon on her period, without menstrual products, went viral this week, and the world gained another badass hero.

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  • “I bleached my arms for a while. But then it grows back in and you have this weird Mohawk situation of arm hair.” An in-depth conversation that gets real on shaving and not shaving, and what it all means.
  • Last week, there was a pearl-clutching Vanity Fair article on Tinder and “the end of dating”, which featured some truly repellent humans (“In his iPhone, he has a list of more than 40 girls he has “had relations with, rated by [one to five] stars…. It empowers them,” he jokes. “It’s a mix of how good they are in bed and how attractive they are”). Luckily, Moira Weigel is here to remind us “every generation has thought that the next generation was dating wrong”, and that moral panics about the changes technology makes in courtship have been around for 100+ years. She effectively deconstructs the arguments of the VF piece: “If we are to believe the evolutionary psychologists she cites, our genders have stable essences that were fixed tens of thousands of years ago; however, for all that time men have been waiting for the latest iPhone roll out so they could really realize their natural desires.”
  • “Getting angry works for Black women — it gets results and keeps us alive.” Also from the New Inquiry, She Mad and She Magic, on the productive anger of Black women.
  • What’s the word for when you’re laughing and crying at the same time? After Target announced it would stop segregating its children’s toys by gender, a man posed as Target customer support on Facebook to fuck with the grown adults who were very very mad about the decision.

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  • Talking about Drake, “do it from where you’re at!”, and being a hip-hop artist in Toronto.
  • Step 13: Fan the grains into the air, allowing the wind to winnow the chaff harmlessly away.” How to Menstruate
  • “Most days, we (my father, sister, and I) didn’t know what would trigger her. She wasn’t cunning or evil–she was disarming in her innocence. So tender, and yet fraught with tension, like a rubber band around a razor. For this reason alone, I have, and always, always, always will be at the behest of my mother.” Living with a mother with mental illness
  • Last but not least: this week marks GUTS’ second birthday! We are proud of what we’ve done, and so so grateful to every single one of our writers, artists, editors, readers and supporters for their contributions. There is no way we could do it without you. Thank you all, and we’re excited for the next steps – join us!

 

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