Y’all. This week I took over A Week’s Worth of Women for a vacationing Bethany, and I’ve got to tell you that I’m really missing her. She’s great at balancing the outrage and hope with these posts, but I’ll do my best to follow her good lead. As you might imagine I have plenty of outrage to share with you about Orlando. Surely, an American city hasn’t suffered this much grief in . . . Well, today is also the one-year anniversary of the mass murder at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. But much like after the murders in Charleston, I’ve found quite a lot to make me hopeful this week – probably too much. Anyway, here we go.
Let’s start with some things that’ll make you smile.
I said SMILE.
The Dixie Chicks are back! And they have a brand new target.
By Leslie Salzillo, Daily Kos
Best adoption hearing ever?
By James Gould-Bourn, boredpanda
At the sixth annual Bluestockings Film Series in Portland, which features films with complex female protagonists and that pass the Bechdel-Wallace test, twenty-two short films will be celebrated. The inspiration!
By Juliette Luini, Ms. Magazine
This is sad news, to be sure, but also strangely invigorating. All the moody, scary murder books I read as a teen came flooding back to me.
By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Jezebel
On losing your thin privilege the summer of your wedding.
By Katherine DM Clover, Ravishly
Hopefully a moot point, but gender equality took a leap forward this week with a bipartisan Senate vote to require women to register for the draft. Seriously, though, no draft for anyone.
By Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times
These women want in on one of the fastest growing industries in the Golden State.
By Gabby Bess, Broadly
Most of you probably stumbled upon this at some point, but, if not, give it a read.
By Emily L. Hauser, The Week
And now on to the Orlando shooting. We’ll start with something super sweet: Amelia Counts warmed some hearts this week.
By Caitlin Byrd, The State
Something useful? Though the photo seems to indicate this is written by a white lady, there’s great advice here.
By Katie Dupere, Mashable
Advice from the Muslim queer community.
By Sarah Karlan, BuzzFeed
The author of one of my favorite books wrote something beautiful about Latin Night.
By Justin Torres, Washington Post
The devastating connection between domestic violence and the Orlando shooting
By Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker
Biophobia, passing, and femme invisibility.
By Elle Dowd, Medium
“We’ve had a lot of people here that start petting the dog, and they break out crying.” And I broke out crying after reading that sentence.
By Jonah Engel Bromwich, The New York Times
The reach of this horror
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
A message of love, grief, solidarity, and hope from #BlackLivesMatter
By Curtis M. Wong, The Huffington Post
Melissa Harris-Perry, Elle
And here’s your outrage, courtesy of Samantha Bee.
By Grace Wilson, Mother Jones
Finally, here are two Charleston poets pouring their love and art into remembering the Mother Emanuel Nine.
By Connelly Hardaway, Charleston City Paper