This week, Taylor Swift learned how to throw shade, Congresswoman Gwen Moore called Republicans out on their concern-trolling, and we learned that Florida senator John Legg can’t be bothered to reply to emails. SERIOIUSLY, FLORIDIANS, DO NOT RE-ELECT THIS GUY. Your legislators work for you, which means you get the pleasure of firing them when they can’t perform basic functions like returning calls or emails. #vote
If someone ever debases me and takes credit for my accomplishments, I hope I respond as eloquently as TSwift did this week.
By E. Alex Jung, Vulture
Congresswoman Gwen Moore debunks some myths and decries Republicans’ appropriation of “Black Lives Matter” for their anti-choice agenda.
By Gwen Moore, Washington Post
This essay begins with the line, “Men are the new carpetbaggers of Southern food writing,” but Kathleen Purvis is only getting started. She calls out the overwhelming maleness of Southern food writing and the masculine trinity of “bourbon, barbecue, and pork belly.” (For the record, I’m sure AB would love to publish an article on chiffon cake. Get at us.)
By Kathleen Purvis, The Bitter Southerner
What happened to Jackie Salyers?
By Stephanie Woodard, Indian Country Today
I’ll admit that sometimes I am annoyed by the pithy wisdom offered up by TED Talks, but Monica Lewinsky’s is enlightening, as is her interview with Guy Raz (both available at the link below). Aren’t you glad Kenneth Starr wasn’t investigating the dumb shit you did at 24? “Shame, particularly on the scale which I experienced it, it’s like a heavy blanket, a heavy, suffocating blanket. You feel very alone, very isolated and I guess the image that comes up for me is covered in tar – that the stigma is thick and intense.” Lord.
“What is the difference between desegregation, which might be a superficial change in student demographics, versus sincere and internally motivated integration? Did the South ever achieve true integration through federal orders, and can this approach be more productive in the future?” SPLC looks at “resegregation” and the costs of attending a school that’s not racially diverse.
Teaching Tolerance, Southern Poverty Law Center
Women can code…but there’s a catch!
By Diana Tourjee, Broadly
Reiterating GLAAD’s proclamation that the quality of media representation matters more than the quantity these days, this piece breaks down all the ways that TV fails at portraying nuanced bisexual characters.
“I Kissed a Girl and I’ll Deny It: TV Tropes and Bisexuality in Men and Women”
By Ren Martinez, The Mary Sue
And this is why representation matters: read how these Latina women experience biphobia and bi erasure in their lives.
By Raquel Reichard, Latina
A group of Florida moms is fighting hard for kindergartners’ right to recess, but a certain state senator is blocking them at every turn. What sort of monster refuses to hear a bill that would require 20 minutes a day of physical activity and sunlight?
By Maria Guido, Scary Mommy
Don’t miss Vogue’s profile of Hillary Clinton, especially her thoughts regarding today’s Republican platform. (Most striking line: “They are upending so many of the pillars of American democracy.”)
By Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue
Sex work, “just talking,” and compensation for your time:
By Andre Shakti, Harlot
“Christian Grey is incredibly hot, and also really rich and successful, like Mark Zuckerberg if Mark Zuckerberg were incredibly hot. Also a bit like Edward Cullen from Twilight, although not enough to constitute a copyright violation, because he’s wearing a business suit.”
Y’all. I guess I have to be done with this Week’s Worth of Women because I am now just a sentient “face with tears of joy” emoji and can no longer type on a QWERTY keyboard. HAPPY WEEKEND Y’ALL.
By Laurie Penny, Penny Red
Beloved author and one of the best things to come out of Alabama, Harper Lee, passed away today. Godspeed, Ms. Lee.