10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 25–31 July 2015
This The Smiths/informercial mashup is everything:
"The Campaign of Deception Against Planned Parenthood" at The New York Times:
A hidden-camera video released last week purported to show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells tissue from aborted fetuses. It shows nothing of the sort. But it is the latest in a series of unrelenting attacks on Planned Parenthood, which offers health care services to millions of people every year. The politicians howling to defund Planned Parenthood care nothing about the truth here, being perfectly willing to undermine women’s reproductive rights any way they can.
"Aya de Leon On How to Talk to Small Children about Racism: Celebrating Bree Newsome" at Mutha Magazine:
Our country’s history of anti-black racism and current police violence is terrifying—even to adults. The brutality of these histories and current realities should be handled gently with children. Part of racism in the US for black children has meant that our children don’t get to have a childhood. From early on, we learn that our lot in the US is to be targets of brutality. This is early training in being terrorized. I want to do a slow and gradual job of explaining the brutality of racism to my daughter.
This video from Jessi Sanfilippo is less about parenting and more about what, how, and why we create what we do:
Don't waste your time painting the picture that strangers expect from you.
Noreen Malone and Amanda Demme's "'I'm No Longer Afraid': 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn't Listen" at The Cut:
The group of women Cosby allegedly assaulted functions almost as a longitudinal study — both for how an individual woman, on her own, deals with such trauma over the decades and for how the culture at large has grappled with rape over the same time period.
It's horrifying that this many women can suffer sexual assault and involuntary drugging over many years, but it took a male comedian to make anyone really sit up and pay attention. This is par for the course, though, when the American entertainment industry still clamours to defend and work for Cosby and other serial sexual abusers like Woody Allen and Roman Polanski. Men's voices are still the only voices that really matter when male power is threatened.
The Truth About You and Me is a choose-your-own-adventure style affirmation website, and it's a good one to keep on hand for when you have bad days and need to remember why you're going to be okay:
life is difficult and messy. when you're dealing with tough times, it's easy to believe untrue things about yourself. don't let that pain linger. remember what's true about you, so you can live your life to your fullest potential.
The following brilliant video from voice actor D.C. Douglas, "Feminists In the Wild", was inspired by the tweets of Anne Thériault. This is why the internet exists:
"If Physical Ailments Were Treated Like Mental Illness" at Diebenow:
Tressie McMillan Cottom's "I Am Not Well" at Medium's The Message:
Last week my eye started twitching. It twitched for three days. The left eye, not the right. I had lunch with a colleague and halfway through he says, “do I see your eye twitching? Are you well?”
I am not well.
Every time I see a video clip of the first point of conflict that leads to so many dead black people I have chills and flashbacks. I am not well.
And I saved the best for last: Phillip Lopez's video of Nathan Mitchell dancing to Kevin Morby's song "Harlem River":
Both Phillip Lopez and Nathan Mitchell are my pretend boyfriends of the week.