10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 20 June – 10 July 2015
David Holthouse's "Outing the Bogeyman" at Anchorage Press is a powerful narrative about a survivor's childhood sexual abuse and the importance of outing his abuser:
I’m taking a life for a life, because childhood sexual assault is a form of murder, and he’s guilty of it. Whoever I was going to be without a childhood stripped of innocence was extinguished in the fall of 1978 on the night he raped me. I was seven years old.
This whale blew a rainbow. What a giant, oceanic mic drop.
Hazem Zohny's "The Problem of Artificial Willpower" at Scientific American:
What do we risk by using substances that enhance our enjoyment and interest in certain pursuits – say, a university major or career – which we would otherwise find meaningless and alienating? Might we end up leading deeply inauthentic lives, using pharmaceutically-induced willpower to waft through a life that otherwise means nothing to us?
Jay Smooth's "On Amy Schumer, comedy & dealing with criticism" at Fusion:
Most standup comics came up in the world where you had to be tough, when you were up on stage you had to deal with negative attention in a tough way, you couldn’t show vulnerability to a heckler, but it’s not compatible with the internet; you need different survival tactics for this terrain.
This is such a deeply moving piece about patience, love, memory, and connection. Nearly everyone in my family goes through dementia in the end, so I am spending some time weeping good tears over this one.
Someone once said to me, "What the mind forgets, the heart remembers." The heart remembers.
Ijeoma Oluo's "Maybe White People Really Don’t See Race — Maybe That’s The Problem" at Scenarios:
It started with a simple question: “When is the first time you became aware of your race?” But as answers from friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers started to roll in, the question came to represent more of a challenge about what I thought I knew about race relations today.
Dave Eisenstadter's "Episcopal Church votes to divest from fossil fuel holdings" at GazetteNet.com:
In a growing economic trend that has found its way into the clergy, the Episcopal Church voted Thursday to divest from fossil fuel holdings and invest instead in companies developing renewable energy sources.
I need a weasel, STAT.
Violet Blue's "Women, LGBT least safe on Facebook, despite 'real name' policy" at Engadget:
Despite Facebook's insistence that its "real names" policy keeps its users safe, a new report reveals that Facebook is the least safe place for women online. And things are turning more explosive, as stories emerge that Facebook has been changing its users' names without their consent — and the company isn't allowing them to remove their real names from their accounts.
Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Letter to My Son" at The Atlantic:
When the journalist asked me about my body, it was like she was asking me to awaken her from the most gorgeous dream. I have seen that dream all my life. It is perfect houses with nice lawns. It is Memorial Day cookouts, block associations, and driveways. The Dream is tree houses and the Cub Scouts. And for so long I have wanted to escape into the Dream, to fold my country over my head like a blanket. But this has never been an option, because the Dream rests on our backs, the bedding made from our bodies.