The 355th Five Star Mixtape Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Anita Brookner
This week's Five Star Mixtape is brought to you by male sexual entitlement, assumptions about disability, learning compassion, the emotional relief in using profanity, creative connectedness, and Anita Brookner:
I was sitting in civics class my senior year of high school. My teacher said, “Amanda, looking hot as usual, I see.” I was mortified. I slunk out as soon as the bell rang. “See you tomorrow, Amanda,” he called drawing my name out long and slow. I held on to my backpack strap with one hand and wiped my other on the frayed edge of my cut off jeans to wipe away the feeling of his stare.
Later I was told by an adult, “He’s entitled to say that. No harm.”
Guess he didn’t mean it like that.
"Them That's They" by Dave Hingsburger at Rolling Around In My Head:
I've been asked about 'them' before, the 'they' whose permission I seem to need to be out and about and living in the community. I've been asked if 'they' know what I'm doing. I've been asked where 'they' are. I've been asked if 'they' think it's OK for me to be spending my money the way I've been spending my money.
"The Opposite of Rape Culture Is Nurturance Culture" by Nora Samaran at Nora Samaran:
A meme going around says ‘Rape is about violence, not sex. If someone were to hit you with a spade, you wouldn’t call it gardening.’ And this is true. But it is just the surface of the truth. The depths say something more, something about violence.
Violence is nurturance turned backwards.
My fuck-free vocabulary in front of my new boss had probably only lasted as long as it did because I would go to Ann’s office and expel my pent-up frustration. Who knew there was this perfect word to describe the feeling I got from cussing: lalochezia. I knew Ann experienced lalochezia, too.
Growing food transforms us into producers — something we desperately need in a passive consumer culture where we have become an audience watching life rather than producers making it.
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