The Drug War! Ducklings! Death By Tech! And More You Missed This Week
Long week? Looking to take a load off by reading in-depth stories about gentrification, the war on drugs, and the death of intellectualism? Have we got you covered! In our weekly edition of “Est. Of The Week,” we round up the best stories, tweets, and videos you may have missed, all worthy of heated discussion at your weekend dinner party.
“Death By Gentrification”
By Rebecca Solnit for The Guardian
“None of the money sloshing around the city trickled down to preserve the centre for homeless youth that closed in 2013, or the oldest black-owned black-focused bookstore in the country, which closed in 2014, or San Francisco’s last lesbian bar, which folded in 2015, or the African Orthodox Church of St John Coltrane, which is now facing eviction from the home it found after an earlier eviction during the late-1990s dotcom boom. Resentments rose. And cultures clashed.”
Articulate griping about the influx of rich white tech dudes taking over San Francisco is nothing new. But this comprehensive essay reveals how the infiltration of bro-dom has implications that are much more dangerous than mere annoyance.
“Against The Cult Of The Pussy Eaters”
By Charlotte Shane for Fusion
“We’ve gone so far that we’re back in a place where many women are pressured into pretending they enjoy something that doesn’t feel that good to them or else be shamed when they turn it down. It looks a lot like the same situation we were in before when vaginal, PIV-induced orgasms reigned supreme, right down to the outspokenly progressive, allegedly enlightened dudes accusing any woman resistant to a certain type of sex (oral, casual, or simply with them) as standing in the way of revolution.”
One of The Establishment’s favorite writers/people gets real about the fact that some women just don’t like getting head. So back the hell up. (Bonus points for the week’s best headline.)
By Melissa Korbel for The Rumpus
“Just recently, I began to see what I lost. It wasn’t a job, a wife, a house. There was no tangible evidence of my fall, no record of my mistakes to be expunged. There was only the wreckage of my early adulthood, the loss of my unstoppable nature, and the empty hole where once my confidence grew. There was only a string of decisions to run and run again, to hide from ambition, to leave the theater forever, and to disown my dedication as a childish fantasy. And the reinforcement of my suspicion that I was only visible when I was wanted, and that nothing about me would ever eclipse my objecthood.”
Beautiful, brutal, thought-provoking — everything an extraordinary essay should be. CW: sexual abuse of a teenager.
“Legalize It All”
By Dan Baum for Harper’s
“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
With chilling quotes like this (courtesy of Nixon aide John Ehrlichman), Baum reveals just how dirty and despicable the war on drugs is, and asks the all-too-complicated question: Where do we go from here?
“How A TV Sitcom Triggered The Downfall Of Western Civilization”
By David Hopkins for Medium
“I want to discuss a popular TV show my wife and I have been binge-watching on Netflix. It’s the story of a family man, a man of science, a genius who fell in with the wrong crowd. He slowly descends into madness and desperation, lead by his own egotism. With one mishap after another, he becomes a monster. I’m talking, of course, about Friends and its tragic hero, Ross Geller.”
A thoroughly, even frighteningly, convincing case for why the characterization and treatment of Ross on Friends portended a damning American backlash against intellectualism. Seriously.
SHOCKING NEWS: A self-righteous conservative may be a despicable hypocrite! Come for the alleged scandal, stay for the oft-hilarious Twitter reactions.
BuzzFeed’s popular video conceit of “cute shit happens while random people sit at a table” has no right to be this charming and effective. But it is. Every time.
Lead image: flickr/ David Hilowitz