Related Articles: February 3, 2018
Happy Saturday! It's Friday when I'm writing this and I've had the wildest week! I also have some exciting news to share with you next weekend.
I haven't got a lot to say this week except enjoy! I'm going out to celebrate.
"The Female Price of Male Pleasure" by Lili Roofbourow for The Week - Woah, what an article. Please read this! It breaks down the societal norms around women and men's pleasure, and the perceived difference between the two. Like most women who experience pain during sex still go through with it to pleasure the man. How fucked is that? It also contains some fascinating stats on women's health studies vs mens (spoiler - there are significantly more studies done on men's health). It was a fucking great read.
"Single, Unemployed and Suddenly Myself" by Marisa Lascher for The New York Times - This is a beautiful personal narrative by a woman who found herself in the most unlikely of relationships. It's charming and inspiring, a true modern romance.
"How a Miscarriage Affected my Sex Life" by Jessica Zucker for The Cut - Another beautiful personal narrative, funnily enough, published on the same day as the essay above. This time, however, is about the lack of sex happening in her life after a devastating miscarriage leaves the writer with no sexual appetite and a heap of guilt. It has a happy ending though, I promise.
"People Are Opening Up About Sex Through #MyFirstTime" by Brittney McNamara for Teen Vogue - What an endearing piece from Teen Vogue! Sometimes I really love the internet, and this is one of those times. It'll make you feel some kind of way, whether it be tickled, nostalgic, or sad.
"Flyaways" by Clara Bruce-Edding for Lenny Letter - This essay was released this week in Tuesday's Lenny Letter and I actually had time to read it! I am so pleased I was able to because two out of the five essays are here in our recommended reads now. "Flyaways" is a beautiful narrative about the black beauty debate surrounding hair. As an aunt and mother watching her niece and daughter grow up, conflicting feelings arise when the topic of teen hair styles comes up. The straightening of black hair. I encourage everyone to give it a read! It was a lovely and poetic coming of age think piece.
"The Mother of El Salvador's Trans-Rights Movement" by Alice Driver for Lenny Letter - While a little haphazard, this piece on the impact that Karla (pictured above) has had on her community is truly heartwarming. The stories told by numerous trans women about seeking refuge from El Salvador in the United States — because even though the way that we treat trans people is awful, it's worse there — are truly inspiring. I really loved reading about this and not reporting on the experiences trans people have in other places is a severe oversight in American media.
"The Rising Pressure of the #MeToo Backlash" by Jia Tolentino for The New Yorker - This is just something to think about as more time goes on. I don't think I agree with everything, but it's definitely something we have all experienced at work, on the subway, or, like in this instance, at the doctor. It's a good thought piece!
"Why Women Love to Wear Men's Deodorant" by Arabelle Sicardi for MEL - This piece is EXCELLENT! It isn't just about hetero straight white women! It's about all women, queer women in particular. You know you love Old Spice, and so does the rest of the world. Read about why women from all walks of life use Old Spice (and other "men's" brands) in this fun article.
"Is ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ the Most Radical Show on TV?" by Jenna Wortham for The New York Times Magazine - And to end this week's readings is a fun pop culture moment, a profile on the amazing Ru Paul! I really enjoyed reading about the faults and successes of RuPaul's Drag Race and I know that you will too.
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