Related Articles: November 4, 2017
IT'S FUCKING NOVEMBER! And nearly a year ago we elected 45 to the presidency. It was a soul crushing loss, one that left me empty and angry and sad and scared. This has been a rough-ass year y'all. Things have been regressing for all marginalized people, especially our queer and trans communities. But some good things have risen out of this shitty revolution around the sun. Marginalized communities stand stronger together than ever. There are more non-profits and organizations supporting and working to advance civil rights across the world than ever before. We have a fire within us, a fire that is spreading and fueling each other's fires and has grown into a movement. I am really proud of the work that Pink Things and I have done in the past year. I'm also so proud of my friends and indie publishers around the globe who are creating content and fighting back against the corporate money scheme of media today (RIP Teen Vogue).
This week's reading list is a small, again. This is because I couldn't read any more bad news. I couldn't read one more thing about survivors of sexual assault. I couldn't read any more "me toos". I couldn't do it. And there was a surprisingly small amount of content that came up through my typical channels that talked about anything else. So this weekend you have four articles to read. One on mothers who regret becoming mothers, another on how to be a friend to a sexual assault survivor, one about the women who wrote the article that took down Weinstein (who might be going to jail, thank fucking god), and a super great piece on the history of Millennial Pink.
I hope you enjoy this little break from the exhausting news cycle we've had. It seems like there is no shortage of bad news. But the good news is, there's a pink hued light in this corner of the internet that gives me a little hope.
"How to Be a Good Friend to a Sexual Assault Survivor" by Alisa Zipursky for Teen Vogue - This is such an important article and informative read. I'm sure that most, if not all, of us know someone who has been sexually assaulted. Knowing how you can be a help and when to offer it can be the exact thing that your friend needs. Here's a helpful guide to get you and your friend through it together.
"How These Two Women Finally Exposed Harvey Weinstein" by Rose Minutaglio for Marie Claire - Being a member of the press certainly isn't an easy job, and the tenacity that these amazing women had to have had to break a story about Harvey Weinstein, who could sue their faces off, is incredibly admirable. I hope that I can one day be as great of a journalist or content creator as they are, empassioned by the subject matter and doing what's right, regardless of what I have to lose. They're inspiring and didn't play it safe. We have them to thank for slightly more aware world that we are now living in.
"A Brief History of the World's Most Hotly Contested Color: Millennial Pink" by Kassia St. Clair for Girlboss - This is just a pure pink essay about the history and impacts of the gender associations that pink has had. We haven't had one of these in a while, so here you go. Give you brain a break and enjoy this quick read on millennial pink!
"Inside the Growing Movement of Women Who Wish They'd Never Had Kids" by Sarah Treleaven for Marie Claire - I can't imagine a better time to start having this conversation (than in the past, duh, anyone remember The Feminine Mystique?). Not everyone is cut out for motherhood! And regretting having children is not the same as regretting your children. This is an excellent overview of the secret mom culture of mothers who wish they never received that job or title, and gives some insight as to why the millennial generation is procreating at the slowest rate in history.
This week's selection may have been short, but there's no shortage of great content out there. In fact, there are over 100 other articles I recommend reading here.