Feministing Readz: Looking for home in ire’ne lara silva’s flesh to bone

Abstract cover in purples, blues, and white. A hand, raised, is visible among the swirl of colorsI’m not sure about your social media, but mine lately’s been blowing up with people talking about just how much their hometown they are. People on my feeds are so Chicago. They’re so Wingate, NC, they’re so Worcester, MA, and they’re so New York City. They’re dropping names of old hangouts and neighborhood characters. As an immigrant girl, I happen to have thought quite a bit about home. But am I so my hometown? Nah. In fact, I’m so immigrant that when I go back to the place I’m from I’m a gringa, although here I’ll never really be American. I’m so immigrant that I feel the absence of so much knowledge about my home like an ache on a missing limb. I’m so immigrant that the place that’s felt the closest to home for me since I left — New York City — is a place of countless diasporas and continuing displacement. I’m so immigrant that thinking about the concept of home makes my brain spin and my heart hurt.

ire’ne lara silva seems to know something about that kind of hurt. In her gorgeous collection of short stories, flesh to bone, she writes beautifully about this tenuous struggle to find home. And not just the kind of home immigrants like me long for — though certainly stories of migrations feature prominently in many of these short stories — but home in a larger sense as well. Her characters push to find themselves at home in their bodies — in sexual bodies, sick bodies, magical bodies. They struggle to find home on foreign lands, and on now colonized lands their people have lived in forever. They search for home in the body of a lover, on wet earth, in dreams, and in myths.  Read More »

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Beyonce as Rosie the Rivetor

Beyoncé the Riveter.

Advice for journalists and writers of color.

50 movies directed by women you should watch.

A dispatch from a women-only off-road rally in the Moroccan desert.

Sex-selective abortion bans are based in racist myths.

An open letter from Texas reproductive justice activists opposing Stop Patriarchy’s “Abortion Freedom Ride” across Texas.

There was a late-term abortion on The Fosters this week.

2 out of 3 homeless women in San Francisco have been abused.

Harassment at comic conventions is a big problem.

John Oliver uses puppets to explain that the US prison system a “a lot racist.”

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Chart of the Day: When does a woman owe you sex?

Apparently, there’s an emerging trend of dudes tracking when their partners refuse sex and whining about the “excuses” they use. Hoping to nip this one in the bud, Elizabeth Plank and Raquel Reichard put together a helpful chart to help you determine when a woman owes you sex:

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Legal abortion rate in Texas dropped 13 percent after new anti-choice restrictions

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That’s according to a new study on the impact of the anti-choice restrictions that have now forced 46 percent of Texas’ legal abortion providers to close.

As we already know, the omnibus law passed last year–which also placed stricter restrictions on medication abortions and banned the procedure after 20 weeks–has dealt a disastrous blow to abortion access. The number of Texans living more than 200 miles from a provider has increased nearly 30-fold over the past year–from 10,000 to 290,000. And the new study shows it’s had an effect on the abortion rate as well. In the 6 months after the law went into effect, there was a 13 percent decrease in the legal abortion rate in the state compared to the year before. Medication abortions decreased by 70 percent. Meanwhile, there was a “small but significant” increase in the number of abortions conducted after 12 weeks, suggesting all the restrictions are forcing folks to wait longer to get the procedure done.  Read More »

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Yes, Michael Sam is a distraction — from our bullshit ideas of masculinity

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Future Hall of Fame football coach Tony Dungy said he wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be taken in the NFL draft, because he “wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.” He’d be a distraction, according to Dungy.

I get where he’s coming from. Seriously. What with all the media attention Sam is going to get. All the cameras following him around. Think of how fans of the team would constantly try to get his attention, and fans from opposing teams would hate him, and people who don’t even follow sports would form opinions of him without knowing him. He’ll constantly be doing interviews and commercials and being asked to participate in community service projects.

BECAUSE ALL OF THAT IS SO INCREDIBLY FOREIGN TO NFL FOOTBALL.

We could get into a whole discussion about how disappointing it is that Dungy, the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl, would take this stance, given that it’s the same excuse that was trotted out against racial integration of sports. We can talk about how he threw his support behind Michael Vick, after Vick was released from prison for dogfighting, and how hypocritical this is considering how much of a “distraction” Vick was projected to be. And we can talk at length about the number of abusers, alleged rapists and murderers the NFL has coddled over the years because… Because. Exactly.

We can have any of those conversations. But right now let’s talk about Michael Sam.

Michael Sam is gay. Michael Sam plays football. Michael Sam was drafted into the NFL. To borrow a phrase from Vice President Joe Biden: It’s a big fucking deal.

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