Drafts on drafts. If you’re following me on Twitter, my apologies in advance for blasting you with articles next week. Without further adieu, this week’s curation of some of the most interesting articles and discussions hitting the interwebs.
Why Are So Many Transgender Women Getting Killed in Ohio?
Buzzfeed, hard reporting? One doesn’t normally associate those two, but gotta hand it to them on this one. Four women have been murdered in the state in the past 20 months. This article highlights a particularly disturbing trend of transgender women, particularly transgender women of color, being murdered in the shadows as marriage rights for gays and lesbians are realized across the country. And on the heels of National Transgender Remembrance Day, this is a heartbreaking and exceedingly important article for us all to read.
Additionally: If you are unfamiliar or unaware how deeply dangerous it is for transgender men and women to live as fully expressed individuals, please check out this excellent video on Jamaica’s Gulley Queens that Vice released earlier this year. Very much so worth the watch.
Sous Vide is The New Way To Make Cooking More Cool and Expensive (The New York Times)
Because how much fun could it really be to cook your grass-fed organic Whole Foods purchased steak the same way that The Poors do? Shade aside, I’ve tried it. (Well, actually, let me stop lying. A friend tried it, did all of the work, I watched and then we went to a museum.) Nevertheless, it’s very cool. All you do is put the meat in a vacuum pack in controlled temperature water and that’s it. (hence the whole “sous” and “vide” part.) It’s like the rice cooker of steaks. If you’re into that sort of thing. Meat, I mean. (Which I am, especially when someone else prepares it.) The new culinary sport of the coastal hipsters, mark my words.
Wasting Time on The Internet? There’s a Class For That (The New Yorker)
Where was this class during
my entire academic career since 1995 undergrad? Can you believe this shit? “Come January, 15 students University of Pennsylvania creative-writing students and I will sit silently in a room with nothing more than our devices and a Wi-Fi connection, for three hours a week, in a course called “Wasting Time on the Internet.” Some parent, somewhere, is killing themselves over billable hours for this. Peak Caucasity.
Solange. Wedding. Dopeness For Days. Black Girl Magic. On 100k. (Vogue)
Okay, look here. I tried not to fan girl out by putting this first, but look. This is our Royal Fam right here. (At least for those of us in Texan-Creole Delegation.) Because that mother-son dance to the UNEDITED version of “No Flex Zone“. (You know how deep your sea of “I don’t give a f*ck” gotta be to let the whole world know you don’t do unedited versions of the hood banger of the year? I’m here for all of that.) And of course Beyoncé saves, not just because she is Blessed and Highly Favored by All The Fleek Gods, but because she also delivered and saved Solange from hives. (There’s very little that Beysus can’t do, please don’t question these holy matters.) And that cape. That fro! Those bikes! Those gold cuffs! That Opera House! Look. Solange was giving life by taking life and snatching souls this weekend.
Why It’s Hard To Talk About Bill Cosby: He Made Us Feel Good About Race and Gender, Which We Normally Don’t (The New Republic)
Man. This is so tough. Not only because I don’t think 15 women are lying, but because I love Bill Cosby. And will continue to. It’s not just White America that Bill made feel better about the inequalities that we as a country can’t seem (or want) to get right. He gave so many African-American and Black families a different narrative than the one that is so often offered: poor, uneducated and from the hood. Not that that isn’t valid. But before Cosby, few people in White America had any real clue that functioning, intact, educated and loving Black families existed. And it made us SO proud. And because of that, Cosby showed America what is possible and could be even more. So, it’s hard to imagine that the man that gave this country that dream could also be a rapist.
Harvard Is Being Sued for Having an Asian Quota (Vox)
I think it’s clear that Harvard and a few other selective schools have an Asian quota. And in terms of campus population control and that elusive pursuit of the vaguely defined “diversity”, what does this mean? As a student and instructor at UCLA, I’ve heard the whispers of what UCLA “really” stands for, but what does that mean? If we’re not into one ethnic group having a disproportionate majority, shouldn’t that be the same for White students as well? The aim is to do away with Affirmative Action – which makes no sense whatsoever. When that happened, UCLA ended up with more NCAA championships than Black students. Yet, the biggest beneficiaries of AA have been legacy and Division III athletes, demographics which are largely White and White male respectively. Buttttt, African-American and Latino students are taking away spots. I’m sleep though.
Your (Unborn?) Kids Aren’t Holding You Back. It’s Your Husband. (Slate)
Well then. Maybe instead of going for the guy that Breaks Shit and Fails Fast, perhaps the man who will water your dwarf lemon and lime trees and start/join stay-at-home-dad Meet-ups should be baé? Is it more than a coincidence that some of the most successful CEOs and moms have married stay-at-home partners or should women that also want to be successful follow that example? Me thinks that feminism and womanism is about options and this might be not be desirable – or financially practically – for a lot of women. But you know what would make it easier for women to “have it all”? Real action towards a better life balance that doesn’t force women to leave their careers or ambitious tracks just because of motherhood.
Some Republicans Feel That Getting Latinos To Vote Against Their Own Best Interests Will Be Tough (New York Times)
Citing an internal Republican anlysis in which Republicans concluded that, ““If Hispanics think that we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies,” they face an uphill battle convincing Latinos that the GOP, which has threatened to impeach the President should he try to proceed on immigration reform, is a political party for them.
Tapped Out: Surviving The Burn Out (Elle)
This come recommended by Shonda Rhimes who tweeted, gushed and discussed this article a lot yesterday on her feed. I and so many other women – and men – can relate to this. I get the need to work hard and hustle even harder. It gets you where you’re trying to go faster and it’s sometimes necessary and unavoidable. But what happens when you just can’t anymore? And what happens when you just decide to get off the hamster wheel – and you love doing nothing? I feel like, at some point, somebody ought to write a “How To Give No Flying F*cks At All” guide.
Broke with Expensive Taste: Azealia Banks and Why She’s Got the Coldest Album Out Right Now (The Daily Beast)
::deep sigh:: story of my whole entire adulthood and now, there’s a soundtrack to it. I’m SO here for Azealia Banks. She’s a Harlem girl through and through, she’s not apologizing for being a really dope, really outspoken conjurer of Black Girl Magic (when pleading to get out of her Interscope contract, she pleaded on Twitter: “I’m tired of having to having to consult with a group of old White guys about my Black girl craft”) and she’s also a really talented singer and songwriter, a combination hard to find in general, but especially with an interesting personality attach. If you’re not already up on her, you should be; her whole sound, vibe is what’s up. Even Vogue said, “the album was worth the wait.”
Because Solange, America and Applebee’s bottomless Strawberry Daquiris:
I’m a jerk. Happy weekend y’all!