SUNDAY LINKS

August 30th, 2015

from Nat

  • It’s incredibly disappointing that the Conservatives and the NDP have refused to participate in a debate on women’s issues. These are election issues!
  • “Our national dessert: A confection of Canada’s famously shitty butter and the sugar we owe to people Europeans evicted. Butter tarts are strangely modest in their excess, a two-dollar decadence. They don’t have frescoes of icing, or decorative cherries, or a macaron’s need to be fussed over and indulged. They wouldn’t want to make a spectacle of themselves. Like that Canadian myth of innocent blandness, a butter tart’s surface hides something much more complex.” This, by Chris Randle in Hazlitt, is a must read: on butter tarts, Canadian identity, and much more.
  • Who knew that Anne Carson and Carly Rae Jepsen were the perfect combination we all needed? Jia Tolentino did.
  • My most aching and enduring losses have not been with boyfriends but instead the fading, fizzling, or harsh breaks with women. But only recently did I confront the paucity of vocabulary available to someone who mourns a broken friendship.” On loving and losing female friendships
  • “Colin and I lost our virginities to each other. Colin said if I got pregnant, he would make me have the baby. He didn’t believe in abortion. Colin said if I got pregnant, he would make me have a C-section. Colin said that if I didn’t have a C-section, my vagina would be too loose for him to ever enjoy having sex with me again.” Another painfully familiar story from i believe you, it’s not your fault
  • There’s a lot of great writing about the implications of the Rentboy.com raid in the States. This piece, by Morgan M. Page, lays out how the rhetoric of sex workers as ‘victims’ changes dramatically when the workers are male.

 

Image: Serena Williams via flickr

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