Happy Sunday, you lot. Here’s some things I read this week that I found interesting, and perhaps you will too.
Activist Burnout I: An Anatomy (Alice B. Reckless)- Stunningly good piece on how activism intersects with mental health and it’s horrible and fucking hell go and read it, because I reckon a lot of us are feeling this way.
On Gloria Steinem’s Apology (Toni D’Orsay)- Very important analysis of Gloria Steinem’s apology for transphobia, putting it into context.
Migrants tragic death toll in Lampedusa, Italy: only 6 out of 100+ women survived (Flavia Dzodan)- Flavia reminds us why immigration is–and must be–a feminist issue.
Why capitalism hates consensual sex work (sometimes, it’s just a cigar)- Some interesting ideas in this short piece.
Why is the media debate about Syria dominated by men? (Rach Shabi)- Names a problem within the media pretty effectively.
Speaking for those who already have a voice: why the Twitter Elite cannot speak for minorities. (Finger-steepling and Sharks)- How do we solve a problem like the Twitter Media Clique?
The eclipse and re-emergence of the antipsychiatry movement (sometimes explode)- A brief history of the anti-psychiatry movement and how it shaped modern psychiatry.
No More “Allies” (Mia McKenzie)- On the identity of “ally” and how that’s really not good enough.
And finally, have 50 intellectual jokes, and let me tell another one. Two helium atoms walk into a bar. As one goes to pay, she says “ah, fuck, I think I lost an electron”. The other asks, “Are you sure?” “Yes, I’m positive.” So then the second helium atom goes up to pay, and the barmaid says “For you, madam, no charge”.