Things I read this week that I found interesting

Good afternoon. It’s Sunday again, and I read some things and found them interesting, and I’m here to show you the links.

Hashtags as Decolonial Projects with Radical Origins (Suey Park)- A really, super, mega important piece explaining Twitter activism and the underlying theoretical basis.

Academia is killing my friends– Heartbreaking anonymous stories of victims of academia.

How Not to Sound Like a Creationist to a Trans Person (Brynn Tannehill)- Thorough takedown of the bad science in transphobia.

Dissent Unheard Of (Ashe Dryden)- A must-read guide to how silencing works.

In Defense of Kink: My First Role as the Duke Porn Star Was on a Rough Sex Website, And No, That Doesn’t Make Me A Bad Feminist (Bella Knox)- A well articulated explanation of how kink isn’t inherently anti-feminist.

A very thinly disguised analogy (Rantings of the Sexy Pumpkin)- It may be thinly disguised, but it does the job.

Who your friends are matters (Charlie Hale)- An excellent piece on no-platforming and cosying up to TERfs.

Demand homes not jails: queer homelessness is being criminalized (Sarah Golightly)- Why homelessness is a queer issue.

5 Shocking Realities of Being Transgender the Media Ignores (Amy P.)- A very, very useful primer to transmisogyny, on Cracked, of all places.

Sexist culture and harassment drives GitHub’s first female developer to quit (Aja Romano)- This story shows how entering into broken power structures is doomed to fail. 

Learning the hard way about Toxic Sex Toys (Pantophile Panic)- Read this and bear it in mind when looking for things to put in or on your soft bits.

Why I am striking on March 26th (The Shinbone Star)- A teacher explains why he is taking action.

TERF: what it means and where it came from (Cristan Williams)- A thorough history of the term.

The Only Moral Abortion is MY Abortion (Joyce Arthur)- Accounts of anti-choicers who have abortions.

One book, many readings (samizdat)- Mapping Choose Your Own Adventure books. Absolutely fascinating.

And finally, what happens when otters take up carjacking? Answer: much cuteness.

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