Welcome to another weekly round-up, where we share (what we see as) the most interesting and important articles and essays from the previous seven days. We’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the issues covered in our chosen links!
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From the article: “Here, there is no pandering to the white gaze; Beyoncé will not apologise for creating art for black people. It is especially pertinent for me, a teenage black girl who is still trying to find her feet to see another woman embrace her blackness in its totality. The term “empowering” is one that we arguably throw around too much, but what Beyoncé has done is empowering for black women, and perhaps even goes beyond that: it is soul-affirming and life-enriching.”
From the article: “No, talking about race does not divide women. It is racism that does that – specifically, the racism white women direct towards women of colour, the racism that white women observe and fail to challenge because, ultimately, they benefit from it. Whether intentional or casually delivered, that racism has the same result: it completely undermines the possibility of solidarity between women of colour and white women.”
From the article: “Prince had a Sparkle Brain. Prince dreamed big. Prince made music so sparkly the neurotypicals are jelly. I wish I had known about his epilepsy back then. As a working class (and often poor) kid with parents who didn’t get it and didn’t have the money or time or education to advocate, pre-ADA, I believed what the neurologists said. Don’t dream big. Don’t dream big. Don’t dream big. I heard it in my head like an ear worm, like tinnitus made of words.”
From the article: “It’s easy to justify shoddy writing by proclaiming it is art. Well, okay your art is your art. Your art can also be offensive, your art can be harmful, your art can be wrong as wrong can be. You have a right to create it, you don’t have a right to never see it challenged. You don’t have a right to never have your biases questioned, or to never be told that you fucked up.”
From the article: “What it suggests to us is that there is this continuum of hitting. And as a society we say, “When it’s physical abuse, that is definitely bad.” But what we’re showing is that there’s this continuum of violence against children, and spanking falls along that continuum.”