The 324th Five Star Mixtape Is Brought to You By Jane Smiley

This week's Five Star Mixtape is brought to you by a growing internet culture few of us actually want, a justified lack of faith in nice-sounding words, critical review of what a scientist's bogus study really proved, fame and privilege overwhelming a whole community, love and heartbreak, the power of a medical label, paying attention to what matters and making space for it, the more recent visibility of people with disabilities, wise words for mothers of daughters, and Jane Smiley:

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A child who is protected from all controversial ideas is as vulnerable as a child who is protected from every germ. The infection, when it comes — and it will come — may overwhelm the system, be it the immune system or the belief system.
— Jane Smiley —

"Get Thee to HR, to Be Hanged" by Andrea Phillips at Andrea Phillips:

If the McKinney woman that people are trying to get fired is the right person who assaulted a child, then you know how justice should be done? By taking her the hell to court for criminal assault and battery charges. Or make it a civil case. The avenue for justice is not emailing her employer.

"Forgive Me If I Do Not Believe You" by Jenni Chiu at Mommy Nani Booboo:

When forefathers use violence to colonize native land
You white wash it then stand
on privilege and proclaim that you do not understand violence
Forgive me if I do not believe you

"Chocolate study sting: Where are these millions of fools, anyway?" by Emily Willingham at Emily Willingham:

Sadly for Bohannon, his results failed to support his hypothesis. But that hasn't stopped him from trying to manipulate his outcomes with an odd mix of braggadocio and patronizing finger-wagging about p value hacking to justify the compromise of research and journalistic ethics his little caper involved.
What Bohannon's results really show is ... drumroll please ... that some websites recycle news releases.

"Revealing Caitlyn Jenner: My Thoughts On Media, Privilege, Healthcare Access & Glamour" by Janet Mock at Janet Mock:

To be able to make your way through a world that so often carries so much resentment, intolerance and misunderstanding about trans people, “looking the part” as Jenner says, is a life-saving privilege, one that many trans people due to economic barriers or the randomness of genetics and puberty frankly will never be able to access.

"Ten Love Letters" by Clementine von Radics at Medium's Human Parts:

The difference between being loved and being fucked is I can’t remember how the first feels. I have a body like an open door. I have a body like an open hand. It is too easy to hold me.

"I Am Joe's Functioning Label" by Bev at Square 8:

I am Joe’s (High) Functioning Label. I serve many purposes for people who like to discuss Joe. What I do for Joe himself is less clear, depending often on Joe’s Point of View.

"It Can't Wait" by Dina L. Relles at The Manifest-Station:

“Just raise your children,” my grandmother barks, “raising three boys nearly on your own is enough for now. Save the writing for later. It can wait.”

"Why Are There So Many More Disabled People Now?" by Kate Corbett Pollack at Petroleuses:

So why are there more disabled children in schools now? Because there have been great strides made to shut places like Laconia down and include people in society and education. If your child has a disabled classmate, or two, or five, it is because those children are considered worthy of being educated and worthy of existing alongside able-bodied people.

"Radical Advice for Mothers of Fiery Daughters" by Eloiza Jorge at Eloiza Jorge:

When she shows more courage than you, admire her. When she acts out wonder why. When she screams at you, pay attention with an open heart. 

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