Five Star Mixtape 394: Four Great Blog Posts and a Roxane Gay Quote

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by waking up to one's own reality, getting comfortable with discomfort, a Nazi safety guide, expanding your world view beyond your own tight sphere, and Roxane Gay:

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by TED Conference [CC BY-NC 2.0], via Flickr

I think there are a lot of rules for women. We have a lot of expectations and a lot of rules for women. So we're expected to march in a straight line, and when we don't, all hell breaks loose.
— Roxane Gay —

Happy reading!

"Confessions of a Closeted Brown Woman" by Saira Rao at Medium:

True confession: I am a brown woman trapped in a white feminist’s identity. As if that’s not enough to make you want to overdose on the Indigo Girls and Lena Dunham, I didn’t realize it until November 9, 2016, at the ripe middle age of 42.

"How to Survive In Intersectional Feminist Spaces 101" by Rowan at CrossKnit:

Hey, crew. If this isn’t your first exposure to intersectional feminism you might want to drive right on by here because this is gonna be long and basic. This is largely focused on white women, but I’m pretty sure everyone can figure out what I’m talking about. If you’re a person of color, and I say “white” think “able-bodied” or some other way in which a different community is marginalized in a way you’re not. There’s gonna be some swearing and a metric crapton of metaphors. We can get through this.

"Nazis, It’s Time For A Common Sense Approach To Not Getting Punched In The Face" by Andrea Grimes at The Establishment:

For their own safety, Nazis must consider not being unapologetic racists as a means of reducing their risk of getting punched in the face.

"To Christy On Facebook, Who Doesn’t Need the Women’s March" by Susan Speer at Medium:

Christy, I’m going to ask you an important question.

Besides the cashier at Target — the one who watches you swipe your bank card and walk out with your $195 worth of whatever you buy at Target — besides that woman, or the woman who stretches out of the drive-thru window to give you your grande skinny latte that you paid for with the app on your phone…. (and here’s the question) When was the last time you had a meaningful conversation with a woman whose life isn’t pretty much like yours?

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