Trump Bigotry! Baby Elephants! And More You Might’ve Missed This Week
Long week? Looking to take a load off by reading in-depth stories about xenophobic voters, the persistence of harrowing racism, and the truth about poverty? 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 featuring marginalized voices, and all worthy of discussion at your weekend dinner party. (And yes, that includes the baby elephants.)
“What Are Trump Fans Really ‘Afraid’ To Say?”
By Lindy West for The New York Times
“Once you say, ‘He says what I’m afraid to say,’ and point to a man who is essentially a 24/7 fire hose of unequivocal bigotry, you’ve said what you’re afraid to say, so how afraid could you have been in the first place? The phrase is a dodge, a way to acknowledge that you’re aware it’s a little naughty to be a misogynist xenophobe in 2016, while letting like-minded people know, with a conspiratorial wink, that you’re only pretending to care.”
A scathing, brilliantly on-point analysis about what it means when Trump supporters talk about why they love their candidate’s eschewing of political correctness.
“Had Bernie Been Bernadette — The Heartbreaking Truth About American Patriarchy”
By Lauren Besser for Medium
“The onslaught of venom directed toward a woman who played the any-means-necessary game of politics was a real trigger — where have all these player-haters been for the centuries this game has dominated our nation? Men have made Hillary’s choices, and far worse, on repeat, for all of our history, to little fanfare.”
In posing a simple question — what would happen if the genders of Bernie and Hillary were switched — Besser opens up a conversation about the subtle ways sexism works in our modern political climate.
“Why These Harrowing Testimonies Of Freed Slaves Are Still Relevant”
By Latria Graham for The Guardian
“We can’t pretend these atrocities didn’t happen, because it gives the universe permission to let it happen again.”
Latria Graham (who wrote the superb “Being Educated Will Not Save Me From Racism” for The Establishment) pores through 600 pages recounting the harrowing atrocities suffered by slaves in her South Carolina hometown — then writes a chillingly similar list chronicling the abuses on black bodies just last year.
“What Do All Those Letters Mean, Anyway? Defining LGBTQIAPK”
By Lyla Cicero for RoleReboot
“I mean, honestly, how many of us have ‘normal,’ monogamous sex, one man, one woman, in missionary position, nothing “dirty,” no bondage-discipline-dominance-submission-sado-masochism-kinky stuff, no outside partners, no shared partners, only clean, run-of-the-mill fantasies, barely any foreplay necessary, easy ‘normal’ orgasms, vaginal for the women, no clitoral stimulation needed, male gets hard easily, cums at just the right moment, no props, no toys, no porn, male in the dominant-but-not-too-aggressive role, woman in the submissive or seductive-but-still-respectable role, only ‘normal’ masturbation in between, like our televisions tell us to?”
More than a handy primer, this piece explores the realities of our gender and sexuality landscape, and the ridiculous limits that have been imposed upon it.
“Marriage Will Not Fix Poverty”
By Rebecca J. Rosen for The Atlantic
“In the end, the underlying dynamic is pretty obvious: More income means less poverty (at least as captured by many statistics), and households with more adults are generally able to bring in more income. This isn’t the result of the magic of marriage but the magic of addition.”
The conservative belief that marriage lifts people out of poverty isn’t just problematic because it’s not entirely accurate, Rosen argues, but because it simplifies the much more complex and fraught realities of being poor in this country.
“The Matter Of Black Lives”
By Jelani Cobb for The New Yorker
“ . . . while Black Lives Matter’s insistent outsider status has allowed it to shape the dialogue surrounding race and criminal justice in this country, it has also sparked a debate about the limits of protest, particularly of online activism. Meanwhile, internal disputes have raised questions about what the movement hopes to achieve, and about its prospects for success.”
With typical depth and nuance, the venerable New Yorker examines the context for, and future possibilities of, one of the most influential and powerful civil-rights movements in modern history.
Top Videos And Twitter Threads
Thursday was the National Day Of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. Dive in to this Twitter thread to be reminded of how critical — and under-siege — the work of these brave individuals is.
According to the GOP candidates, there are two things women can be. And . . . that’s it.
“These Baby Elephants Think They’re Lap Dogs”
Lead image: flickr/Gage Skidmore