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Five Star Blog Roundup 411: Five Great Posts and a Jane Urquhart Quote

Five Star Blog Roundup 411: Five Great Posts and a Jane Urquhart Quote

This week's Five Star Blog Roundup is brought to you by a transition full of love, violence against women, the importance of understanding your sexual tastes, aging, a quest for sustainable activism, and a quote from Jane Urquhart:

 
by John Carter [CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

by John Carter [CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

 
We must not lose our affection, our love for the real landscapes of the world, not the landscapes we look up on Google, but the real earth under our feet. We need to learn it, and love it.
— Jane Urquhart —

Happy reading!


"On Reappearing" by Taryn at Ace in the Hole:

I had sex for the first time in a dingy motel off the highway. I kept my eyes clamped shut and my face screwed up as he told me to “just relax, fucking relax already”. When he was done, I sat on the bathroom floor and cried. I sat on a dirty linoleum floor in my underwear with my forehead on my knees and all I wanted to do was disappear.

"Spaces with Men" by Amy Bee at Lion by the Tail:

I go as slack as I can; I will wait him out. I will let him call me dyke and bitch and cunt and whore. I will stay as silent as can be. His hands wrap around my throat, holding on for dear life, repeating like a prayer: “I hope I gave you AIDS.” We are frozen in our embrace until the cops come banging on the door.

"Hope and Happiness After Transition? You Bet." by Amanda Jetté Knox at The Maven of Mayhem:

We’ve been together for 24 years. For the first 22, I had no idea she was a woman. When Zoe finally worked up the courage to tell me, she was prepared to lose everything, including me. “This is your free pass,” she said in all sincerity. “I’ll understand if you don’t want to stay.”

I had my walking papers. I could head out the door without questions or animosity. But I didn’t want to.

"On Aging" by Vikki Reich at Up Popped a Fox:

She held my hand as she sat up and I turned to see what she was going to do. Sometimes, she simply holds my hand but other times, she reads my palm and tells me my fortune. This time, she gently turned my hand over and said, "I want to see your age spot."

"Kin Aesthetics // Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice" by Frances S. Lee at Catalyst Wedding Co.:

There is a particularly aggressive strand of social justice activism weaving in and out of my Seattle community that has troubled me, silenced my loved ones, and turned away potential allies. I believe in justice. I believe in liberation. I believe it is our duty to obliterate white supremacy, anti-blackness, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, and imperialism. And I also believe there should be openness around the tactics we use and ways our commitments are manifested. …as someone who has spent the last decade recovering from a forced conversion to evangelical Christianity, I’m seeing a disturbing parallel between religion and activism in the presence of dogma

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