Five Star Blog Roundup 412: Three Great Posts and a Louise Penny Quote
This week's Five Star Blog Roundup is brought to you by the power in self-possession, a deeper and truer understanding of poverty, taking ownership of the conversation, and a quote from Louise Penny:
"Philadelphia Boudoir Photographer | Guest Blogger: Dana Falsetti" by Dana Falsetti at Cheyenne Gil:
I reject the notion that women can’t revel in their sensual power whenever they want. I reject the notion that fat bodies, not to mention any bodies, ever deserve to be sexualized by others. I reject the notion that it is at all taboo for women, especially fat women, to embody “sexy” or display the beauty of an intimate connection with themselves. I reject the notion that women aren’t allowed to feel sexy, beautiful, confident, powerful, whatever we damn well please.
"My Mother Wasn't Trash" by Joshua Wilkey at This Appalachia Life:
When my mother died, she had fifty-six cents in her bank account. Had someone told her they really needed that fifty-six cents, she would have given it to them without a second thought. She lived in a world that led her to understand the importance — no, the necessity — of helping others. If there's any hope at all for fixing the brokenness in Appalachia, it lies with those who have a servant's heart.
"Debates About My Gender Have Convinced Me Of One Thing: It’s Time To Get Louder" by Sam Dylan Finch at Let's Queer Things Up!:
However sympathetic Laci [Green] claims to be, her insistence on positioning herself at the center of this conversation — the “rational,” moderate authority — legitimizes a ciswashed account of gender, sex, and identity.
She encourages a kind of cultural voyeurism in which transgender and non-binary people must repeatedly defend themselves for sport, while a white cis woman plays referee.
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