I opted out of the Goodreads challenge this year not because I’m not that into reading, but because in January I issued myself a different sort of challenge: Read more work by writers of color, LGBT writers and differently abled writers. It’s taken my reading in interesting directions — into more non-fiction and into more magazine and blog articles (as opposed to just books).
Here’s what I’ve been reading and thinking about this week. If you check any of these links out, let me know what you think.
• How America Fails Black Girls (New York Times): “Mainstream feminism has historically ignored the issues facing runaway and other missing black girls as well as most other issues regarding women and children of color.”
• This Whole ‘Are Trans Women Real Women’ Thing is Gross (Medium.com): “Often, [trans women] talk about a type of interior struggle to realize that it’s ok to like feminine things, and it doesn’t make you worse to embody feminine traits. This is absolutely something I have been struggling with my whole life.”
• This Is What I Mean When I Say ‘White Feminism’ (Cate-young.com): “White feminism is any expression of feminist thought or action that is anti-intersectional. It is a set of beliefs that allows for the exclusion of issues that specifically affect women of colour. It is ‘one size-fits all’ feminism, where middle class white women are the mould that others must fit.”
• Short and sweet recommendation: W. Kamau Bell’s Resistance Reading (Mother Jones)
• Worth noting: Olio by Tyehimba Jess (featured image, right) just won the 2017 Pulitzer for poetry and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (featured image, left) won for fiction. It’s good to see writers of color recognized for their work and made prominent in the collective conversation about literature. We need so much more of this, but these two wins are important.