The 339th Five Star Mixtape Is Brought to You By Jean-Paul Sartre

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by actively moving toward love and acceptance, a call for honesty and compassion, refusing female body shame, saying no, time and courage, the vagaries of consent, digital decluttering to heal wounds, and Jean-Paul Sartre:

public domain,  via Wikimedia Commons

public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

It’s quite an undertaking to start loving somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment right at the start where you have to jump across an abyss: if you think about it you don’t do it.
— Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea

Happy reading!

"Week 32" by AJ Ripley at Trans Canada (My Way):

I want you to know there is never a right time to threaten the narrative of normal. But it is necessary. And the world has always been ready for love and compassion. You will find it.

"Asterisk*" by C. Jane Kendrick at C. Jane Kendrick:

Please don't say policies that hurt gay families are in place to protect their children.

"Let’s Talk About Sex (and Puberty): No More Fear" by Josh Misner, PhD at Mindful Dad:

It’s time for all parents, but especially dads, to stop treating topics like menstruation and puberty like it is handling a contagious disease.

"Smile, You Bitch: Being a Woman In 2015" by Nora McInerny Purport at Medium's Absurdist:

Don’t react, one of their female followers told me, if they sense a weakness they will shred you.

Well, here is my weakness: I’m alive and I’m a person. I don’t like when assholes tell me to smile, I don’t like being told to be quiet and I don’t like having to turn the other cheek because strangers on the internet could doxx me or light me up all day long because they don’t like big mean feminists.

"Some Are White Light" by Sean H. Doyle at The Tao of Sean:

I never write about The Now, but the last few months have been something. I like to put distance between a happening and an uncoiling of my thoughts, but some things burn. I am burning.

"'Not So Bad': On Consent, Non-Consent, and Trauma" by Christina Tesoro at The Toast:

My mother taught me to say no! loudly, firmly, to protect myself from strangers who might hurt me in obvious ways.

But a woman is not a child, and the world is subtle. Nobody teaches us to say, maybe. To say, I’m not sure. Please wait. On second thought, maybe we shouldn’t. On second thought, I don’t want this. I’m not ready.

"Delete What No Longer Serves You" by Jessica A. Walsh at The Cracking Nut:

Holding on to painful memories that don't serve us is masochistic. It welcomes unnecessary grief and stunts the healing and growing process. Time heals wounds, but only if we leave them alone.

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