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Is The World Becoming A Better Place?

Flickr / Gideon Wright

Every week I sit down to write this letter and every week feels like the deja vu of Dante’s hell. Murder. Torture. Fear. Bigotry. Rape. The acts we enact upon one another are nothing short of sickening. And they always have been.

And yet.

I’ve been using the poultice of time on my addled and fearful brain; by this I mean that I am forcing myself to pull the lens as high as my arms will strain so I can see a fuller picture than the shit-storm currently engulfing us.

I realize this article on Quartz is from 2016 — prior to the Orange Reign — but even Trump can’t singlehandedly undermine the fundamental evolution of our species.

The world is becoming a better place.

It’s slow as fuck — maddeningly slow and sometimes the sensation actually feels like falling backwards at high velocity — but…

Philosopher and ethicist Peter Singer explains:

“There have been fewer people killed in wars, or genocides, or other forms of violence in the last decade or two than there have been in any other decade…the number of people killed by terrorists is small compared to the numbers of people killed in car accidents…and the tens of millions of people currently displaced worldwide are outweighed by the hundreds of millions who have been lifted out of extreme poverty over the past 50 years.”

By no stretch of the imagination does this mean we stop fighting — tooth and fucking nail — for every person on this earth to be respected and free (as is their fundamental right as a human), but it’s worth reminding ourselves that we are exacting change.

And we will continue to do so.

With love + rage,
Katie Tandy
Co-founder | Creative Director

THE ESTABLISHMENT IS THROWING ITS FIRST EVENT!

In Seattle.

Hosted by the Northwest Film Forum.

‘Good Grammar’ Comes From Privilege, Not Virtue

By Sarah Bronson

The fetishization of specific uses of punctuation marks does not actually improve communication. Worse, it’s an unfair judgment of people who, through no fault of their own, don’t have the background and resources needed to produce what’s widely seen as good English.

I’d like to wrap those resources into one idea here: language privilege.

Adoption Is A Feminist Issue, But Not For The Reasons You Think

By Liz Latty

Feminists have supported the rights of single people and same-gendered families to adopt, the rights of adoptive families in contested adoptions, and policies intended to get children into adoptive homes faster.

What’s missing from mainstream feminism is any explicit support for families of origin: the parents who have to lose their children, the families that must be dismantled in order for adoptive families to be built.

I’m Autosexual, Autoromantic, And In A Relationship With Myself

By Ghia Vitale

Around my third year in college I noticed I had a bonafide crush on myself. I felt flutters in my stomach whenever I thought about myself. I craved alone time because I was able to bask in my body and my mind without interruption.

Soon after, I began writing love poetry…to myself. And if I found myself crushing on someone else, I secretly shunned them for stealing my attention away from myself.

Revelations On Trump From My Time In Divorce Court

By Ingrid Freer

I spent the primaries, then election season, and now these months of our new regime, undergoing a litigious pummeling by an angry ex in divorce court, a man who said out loud that I need to suffer more.

It’s been most of two years since the day he came home furious, steamed, acting out in a scary sort of way that caused me to flee the house with our child. Perhaps not at all coincidentally, his anger surged on the same day I’d found a new level of professional success. My career had advanced, and friends were happy for me! The day was lovely. I was happy.

The Pepsi-fication Of Resistance Has A Long And Ugly History

By Clarkisha Kent

Riot gear, pepper spray, tear gas, and Black and Brown folx being beaten and disappeared into police vehicles by sadistic cops are missing from this representation because no sane capitalist would want to buy into that side of resistance. Nor is that something Pepsi would like to associate itself with.

This is resistance at its most American: a commodity. A product. Something to be packaged, sold, and propagated.

MY NEW SEX BEAST COLUMN IS L-I-V-E! 
GET YOUR CEREBRAL TINGLE ON WITH ME.

On The (Fraught) Glory Of Being Objectified

I genuinely look forward to being alone with my own body. My mind can be such a cruel place.

Perhaps I’ve learned to self-objectify — rendering myself something to crawl within, project upon, and bruise my knees kneeling before — as a means of remembering a more whole self, a self that is not sacrificed on the daily altar of self-doubt and derision.

PUT YOUR SWAG WHERE YOUR POLITICS ARE.

AND NOW…

BEHOLD!

HERE ARE THE TREMENDOUS HUMANS WHO SPONSORED STORIES IN MARCH:

Kari Gray
Sarah Bronson
Athena Tan
Anna E. Goren
Darren Vengroff
Patricia J. Washburn
Holly Knowlman
Eve Thomas
Elyse Levesque
Megan Dougherty
Lake Forest Park Neighborhood Action Committee
Laura Floyd
Jordan Schwartz
Brooke Williams
Paige Blansfield
Janice Pang
Elizabeth Stilwell
Dan Kusch
Jodi Schmidt
Majda Talal Gama

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