Five Star Friday's 211th Edition Is Brought to You By Harper Lee

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by a culture that treats women as though they're there for men's pleasure, love, desperate addiction, rape, keeping the faith, women's innate uncleanness, best practices for authors on Twitter, the truth about abortion bans and protecting the unborn, the apocalypse, and

Harper Lee

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Harper Lee Medal
Harper Lee Medal
Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
     — Harper Lee

Happy Friday!

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Beneath a Cloudless Sky

" from

Up Popped a Fox

:

Shortly after we moved into our house in 1996, Luisa and I hung a rainbow flag off the front of our house. It felt like staking a claim – we were creating a home together – and every day I’d come home from work and smile as I saw that flag fluttering in the wind.
And then one day, we came home to find that the flag had been burned.

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What It's Like Being a Teen Girl

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emma .m. woolley

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I have never stopped being reminded of my there-for-men status. I am reminded when I am violated in my sleep, or groped in a bar, or held down by a longtime friend. I am reminded when I refuse conversation with a strange man and he spits in my direction, or calls me a "bitch." I am reminded when I am asked why I wore such a pretty dress if I wasn't trying to "pick up." I am reminded when I am told to be less angry and more agreeable. I am reminded when I talk about my lived experience and am told to "stop being so negative about everything." I am reminded when young girls are bullied so severely by men who wanted to see their bodies that they commit suicide.

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Torah and the Dirty Woman

" by

Shoshana Martyniak

at

Girl Body Pride

:

No one actually touches the Torah scroll when they read it. They kiss it with their prayer shawl. The read from it with a yad. No one is lying naked with it. However, ritual impurity clings to a woman's entire body. She cannot escape it. I realized that there is nothing I can say to make him change his mind. Dirty is dirty. Women are dirty; men aren't. Period.

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You Are Not Quite Seven and a Half

" from

TwoBusy

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the trees alive with your laughter, the staccato beats of one smooth note bouncing off the next, a rhythm to a song whose words I’ve never known but have loved with all my weak heart: jealously, helplessly, enraptured in the sudden knowledge that among these sweet sugar maples and restless pines I could be haunted by
these glimpses of you, flickering between the leaves, reaching for the distant moon, racing toward unseen horizons

The following post is highly triggering if you have been personally affected by rape, but I found it well worth the read, and primarily so because of the comments that follow —

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A Fan Letter to Certain Conservative Politicians

" from

Whatever

:

WARNING: this post is going to be oh-so-very-triggery for victims of rape and sexual assault. I am not kidding.

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Junkies In the Hurricane

" by

Eliza Player

from

The Fix

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People often ask why I didn't just get out of New Orleans. The answer is simple, and will ring true to any addict: I stayed behind because I didn't have enough heroin to last more than a day. I never even thought about leaving my beloved home city. Why would I venture to some unknown place where I had no idea where to score? Nope, I was staying right where I was. My then-husband and I were then staying with friends in the Treme — a semi-shady neighborhood just outside the French Quarter — in a large mansion broken into small apartments, mostly housing other addicts just like us.

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Twitter Swear Words

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Deryn Collier

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Authors on Twitter, please remember that a large part of your audience is… other authors on Twitter. As authors, we are free spirits, are we not? Free spirits hate being told what to do.
Take me, for example. If an author tweets instructions at me, like… BUY MY BOOK / BUY MY FREE BOOK / LIKE ME ON FACEBOOK / SIGN UP FOR MY BLOG… I will think they are very bossy and I will rebel. I will not do it. And if they keep tweeting that bossy stuff, eventually I will just unfollow them.

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How I Lost Faith In the "Pro-Life" Movement

" from

Love, Joy, Feminism

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As a child, teen, and college student, I sincerely believed that personhood, life, rights, and the soul all began at fertilization. I was honestly opposed to abortion because I believed it was murder. It had nothing to do with being anti-woman or anti-sex. I thought that the pro-life movement writ large – the major pro-life organizations, leaders, and politicians – were similarly genuine. I thought that they, like myself, simply wanted to "save the lives of unborn babies."
I have come to the conclusion that I was a dupe.

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The End Is Nigh

" from

One Odd Duck

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See, he and I have talked about this. We thumb our noses at these folks. But we watch the 'end of the world' docs. I watch zombie shows like they are infomercials. Then my rationality leaves and I think maybe those folks are right. And I busily make insane lists of things we need.
"We need ammo! Do we have ammo? Fuck, do we even have a gun?!?"
"Yes, we have a gun. Three."
"Oh good. Where are they?"

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