The 353rd Five Star Mixtape Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Gore Vidal
This week's Five Star Mixtape is brought to you by culture and acceptance, one woman's experience of abuse and seeking justice, how women stay safe(r), systemic racism, the reason why misogyny is not a good excuse for entertainment, the creative life, the vital importance of the words we use and the prejudices we maintain, and Gore Vidal:
a native man looks me in the eyes as he refuses to hold my hand during a round dance. i pretend that his pupils are like bullets and i wonder what kind of pain he’s been through to not want me in this world with him anymore.
"Why I Just Dropped The Harassment Charges The Man Who Started GamerGate" by Zoë Quinn at Unburnt Witch:
…instead of just watching this happen for the who-knows-how-manyth time, I’m going to talk about it. It’s not really about me as much as it is an attempt to dispel some common bullshit assumptions the average person has about the justice system, and what it means to “press charges”.
I’m not afraid, because I’m doing what I have learned to do to keep us both safe. The exact thing that my boyfriend thinks is causing this interaction is the thing that I know will ensure it is over more promptly and without incident.
I remain courteous as we wait.
That’s just it: the racial stuff we debate and argue about today didn’t just happen. We’re all sitting at a table that was set for us long ago, elbowing each other instead of doing the hard work of talking about the systems that got us here in the first place.
"Grown Men Still Can't Seem to Grasp the Very Simple Concept of Consent" by Kimberly Foster at For Harriet:
When the benevolent sexism of the Rev. Runs or the clueless misogyny of the Tyreses are treated as entertainment, it underscores just how little women matter. I'm not laughing it off. It's time for change.
Creativity is not life’s kryptonite. It’s not to be kept in the shed like your zombie best friend, or locked away in the tower until you get miles of split ends. Creativity infuses life with necessary color and hope and imagination. Creativity takes the mundane into extraordinary places, and challenges conventions while inspiring everything from debate to contention to interest. So what’s wrong with admitting that you’re creative and that you’re making something?
I’m writing to you because the way journalists describe us matters. The way you talk about us has a direct impact on our ability to advocate for ourselves and on the tremendous stigma that we face every minute of our lives. When we are fighting for our bodily safety, this dismissal of our humanity by a journalist amplifies our daily risk of harm. It invites violence against our bodies by implying that we are not real, whole people.
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