At Gawker, Cord Jefferson writes about Stand Your Ground laws and his experience with racial profiling.
xoJane ran a pieace about renouncing marriage on feminist grounds.
Callie Collins discusses Wendy Davis’ filibuster and what it meant to her for The Rumpus:
What I’m asking is that you do not yield to the truly ugly things about Texas—Kimberly McCarthy’s execution, whatever Rick Perry says today, these inconceivable abortion measures that will pass anyway, the deep red of our electoral map, the fact that the happiest news of the week, the overturn of DOMA, doesn’t completely reach down here—to the extent that they fool you into forgetting the other things, the things that should now be evident. Wendy Davis, the sound of those women, the reemergence of a visible, fevered Texas Democratic party, the very real concerns of 26 million people who have been here all along.
The Fairy Tale Review is a journal that publishes folklore-inspired work and they want submissions soon!
These dogs are facing some tough truths.
July is International Zine Month! Read a zine! Make a zine!
This isn’t a feminist/literary link, but NPR has been doing important coverage of the Trayvon Martin case.
Some time ago, Broad! linked to this essay on the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope on our Facebook page. It made me revisit a piece that Rookie published about the stereotype. Both have got me thinking a lot about the significance of the MPDG trope. As someone who, full disclosure, plays the ukulele and really likes to wear thrifted dresses and bake stuff, I appreciate this insight from the Rookie article:
“My point is, likening real-life women to MPDGs is offensive. It implies that our habits and interests are affectations designed to attract dudes so we can improve their lives. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl does not actually exist—she is by definition a fantasy. We should restrict the use of the phrase to when we’re criticizing one-dimensional characters in fiction. Otherwise it’s just another way to put women down.”
Safety Pin Review is literary journal that will not only publish your flash fic/short prose poem online, but will also have someone from their “collective network of authors, punks, thieves, and anarchists” wear it as a patch for a week and document people’s reactions! I think it’s neat.
In a somewhat similar vein, check out these 10 Guerilla Poetry Projects!
Christina Matekel Gibson is the winner of our June readers write challenge on the theme of roots.
You are my Roots
Through the mirror, I watch
your lips purse slightly while shaving,
like a male model from Eastern Europe.
When I roll over, our cat, so childlike, does too.
Last week, I followed a woman and her child shuffling
across an empty parking lot. When they reached
the sidewalk, he shot his hand up toward hers,
You are the answer to my wiggling fingers in the breeze.
On the feminist/political front:
Wendy Davis is incredible.
And Ruth Bader Ginsburg is notoriously so.
At Autostraddle: queer equality must run deeper than marriage equality and the blow to the Voting Rights Act is a critical blow to civil rights.
On the literary front:
An interview with the excellent Roxane Gay.
Fund socially conscious science fiction lit!
Bookworms cope better with “disorder and uncertainty.”
Queer literary journals Them and Plenitude Magazine both have submission deadlines next month.
And on the Beautiful Things front: America in rivers.
VICE Draws Ire by Staging Female Author Suicides Annalisa Quinn, NPR
Trigger Warning: suicide
The stylist and set designer are women. The models are women. But many famous male writers have committed suicide — David Foster Wallace, Ernest Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson, just to name a few. So why is this spread women only? Is this meant to imply that women are the weaker sex, are frail, are beautiful in their frailness?
I have so many feelings about this piece/this debacle/these issues. I’m not ready to try to articulate them yet.
To counterbalance that with some actual good art: a lovely story at Recommended Reading:
Orange is the type of place they recognize. Its downtown is good-natured, doors open, doesn’t judge. There are old people holding hands, and there are children with faces like cherubic peach pies. There is a church on nearly every corner. The cars all stop at the crosswalks and wave pedestrians across. Nobody is in a hurry, but nobody is lazing about either. There aren’t any palm trees. There are maple trees and sycamores. There are valley oaks, blue oaks and black oaks, cottonwoods, aspen trees. She is so sick of palm trees, she thinks, that she could puke. She is so sick of parking lots and freeways and outdoor malls. She is so sick of the dry, flat expanse and how palm trees are just these stupid pillars, holding up the blanched, hot, stupid sky. “I love it here. It makes me want to bake lemon bars,” she says as they walk down the sidewalk.
At Tin House: a long-form essay in which Robert Boswell uses the story of how he met his wife to demonstrate different methods of characterization.
There is a Mystery Book Artist in Edinburgh.
Heather showed me these Portraits of Grandmas and their Cuisine from Around the World. I think it’s the best thing I’ve seen all week.
Brittany introduced me to an interesting new writerly blog, MFA Day Job. From their description:
Some of the writers featured here love their jobs. Others are just getting through the day. Some wake up at four a.m. to write, and some squeeze writing time in every few weeks. Some don’t have paying jobs, but depend on parenthood or volunteerism to create balance in their lives. What they have in common, besides a misunderstood terminal (it’s terminal!) degree, is a creative outlook and a belief that their educational background, despite the doomsday warnings, is not a liability.
The New York Review of Books on Wikipedia’s literary subcategories, and their implications.
Bitch Magazine compiled a list of female-hosted comedy podcasts. I’m not familiar with many of these podcasts yet- or comedy podcasts more generally- but this is really relevant to my interests as a broadcast media geek/feminist/human.
In many, many parts of the country right now, if you want to go to see a movie in the theater and see a current movie about a woman — any story about any woman that isn’t a documentary or a cartoon — you can’t. You cannot. There are not any. You cannot take yourself to one, take your friend to one, take your daughter to one.
A quick, shameless plug: two more days to submit this month’s Readers Write!
The theme for this month’s Readers Write column is “roots”. Interpret that as you will, and send your words to us by June 30th! See the “Submissions” section of our menu for more info about Readers Write.
Everyday Feminism posted this useful guide to listening as a person of privilege and an ally to social justice stuggles. I thought it was a nice breakdown and I agree that to simply listen and learn is valuable and sometimes the most appropriate position one can take. I also found it refreshing that cis white male understood this so well and took the time to write about it.
At Autostraddle, Rose wrote about a recent author interview that, yet again, has sparked discussion of sexism in literature/publication. I find the comparison with the treatment of female writers to that of celebrities interesting. It almost seems as if the same essential double standard exists in everything from entertainment to politics.
Also at Autostraddle: trans* characters in Sci Fi novels and gender studies in high schools (I think this is so rad)!
Do you read The Militant Baker? If you’re interested in body image you probably should!
Did you do anything for Take Back the Night? My school had a really awesome rally!
This bookstore is really ridiculously gorgeous.
20 awesome literary tattoos.
Greetings grrrls and welcome to the first ever Friday link round-up! This will be a regular feature where we share our interesting internet findings on literature, feminism, the intersection of those things, and also really important videos of cute animals and such.
We at Broad! believe that it’s important to discuss the tragedy in Steubenville, but we also realize that the constant commentary on the issue can be triggering or just plain exhausting for some people. If you are feeling this way, please, in the interest of self-care, don’t make yourself read the following articles.
That said, The America Prospect posted this interesting breakdown of rape culture, “toxic masculinity”, and where to go from here. Mia Mckenzie discussed the complex dynamics of the case at Black Girl Dangerous. At Autostraddle, Carmen Rios posted a very eloquent essay on Steubenville and rape culture; please take the time to sign her petition for the education of sports coaches on sexual assault issues.
Lit links: Flavorwire posted a list of female-focused “outsider books” as well as one of ladies who should be writing for Harper’s. Autostraddle ran a review of a new anthology about queer woman poetry collective Sister Spit (who are touring!) and interviewed editor Michelle Tea. The Rumpus reviewed Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves. That book is cray. Have you read it? We should talk about it.
Book art is a thing. Gorgeous!
This is a bit older, but Creative Nonfiction interviewed Cheryl Strayed and she is full of wisdom, as always.
Poets read Craigslist posts.
I am obsessed with mini pigs.