This Week in Links: Goop, DIY furniture, and bad webcomics

Unsurprisingly, Gwyneth Paltrow knows fuck all about her fake science/wellness brand.

April Bee explains how she made her DIY bed.

Bim Adewunmi argues that Netflix’s The Incredible Jessica James gives black indie fans what they’ve been waiting for.

Bad Web Comics continues to do the lord’s work.

Peggy McIntosh’s  seminal essay “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” as well as advice for discussing the text, is available here.

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Last Month in Links: Charlottesville and the “Unite the Right” Protest

Yup, I’m late on this one.

Bellamy Shoffner describes the months-long buildup to the Charlottesville “Unite The Right” rally and the many attempts residents made to prevent the march from happening.

Pearce Tefft, father of Peter Tefft, publicly denounced his son as a result of seeing Peter at the “Unite the Right Rally” and takes a stand against his son’s fascism.

Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca beseeches white people to be open about their anti-Nazi and anti-racist stances.

We Hunted the Mammoth reports that neo-Nazi Christopher Cantwell became tearful at the prospect of  arrest.. He later surrendered to police.

Finally, Vice’s documentary Charlottesville: Race and Terror. Before you watch, be aware that it contains racism, anti-Semitism, and graphic footage of the car attack.

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This Week in Links: Jiftip the Diktip, Game of Thrones, and alternate realities

Don’t use dick stickers as birth control.

The Public Medievalist argues that Game of Thrones doesn’t just have a “diversity problem,” it has a racism problem.”

HBO’s recently announced Confederate, a show set in an alternate reality where the south won the American civil war. Ta-Nehisi Coates argues that in many ways, it did.

Meanwhile, Wong Fu productions imagines an alternate reality where Asian men dominate on The Bachelorette.

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This Week in Links: Trans history, Chechen concentration camps, and bad reputations

Teen Vogue comes through as Lucy Diavolo discusses trans people and gender variance across the globe, and Lauren Michele Jackson criticizes what she terms digital blackface.

Feminista Jones discusses the storied phenomenon of white people running to black women to be saved under Trump.

An update about the gay men imprisoned in Chechen concentration camps.

Taylor Swift released a new song last week. As you can imagine, people have some feelings about it. Clarkisha Kent theorises why a song about overcoming people’s perceptions of Taylor and her bad reputation completely overlooked Kim, who completely destroyed her credibility late last year.

And finally:

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This Week in Links: Subverting stereotypes, and real Korean cooking

Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee‘s latest photobook, XING, mimics and subverts stereotypes about east and south-east Asian women. She notes that

“The association between sex, sexuality and Asian women is almost inseparable – that’s not to say that it is wrong to consider Asian women as an attractive being, but it is more so the lack of agency that the Asian female is devoid of.”

Maangchi, aka Emily Kim, is a Korean chef that uses Youtube to make Korean cuisine more accessible. Watch her talk at Google below.

Folding Ideas analyses toxic masculinity in Fight Club.

Robert Chapman sheds light on the increased risks for autistic adults to become victims of domestic abuse.

White woman Barbara Harris targets women of colour addicted to drugs and pays them cash to get birth control. But it doesn’t stop there, folks! She pays them a lump sum of $300 to get sterilized. Modern day eugenics, anyone?

Director of First They Killed my Father, Angelina Jolie and her casting crew admit to taunting poor children with money in order to “garner raw emotion” from them.

This Week in Links: The new Dolezal, corporate feminism, and being called exotic

Torre DeRoche describes what happened when she broke up with her partner…after writing a memoir about their relationship.

Solange speaks with her mum, Tina, and writer Judnick Mayard about A Seat at the Table.

I’ve hated The Secret since I was a kid. Mark Manson made the sacrifice of explaining why it’s terrible.

Former CEO of Thinx accused of sexually harassing her employees.

Irritating white man wishes he would be seen as Chinese. Kimberley Yam encourages him to take a seat.

At Asian American Comic Con, panelists discuss how they deal with being exoticized.

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This Week in Links: All-American Ancient Greeks, care homes, and anti-Asian racism

After looking into production details, Screen Rant predicts that the Wonder Woman sequel will centre around the Cold War. And in WW3, Diana takes off for Iraq!

Reply All’s latest episode explains how care homes fail the elderly, and how it can be fixed.

RMJ describes the construction of fat women in Mad Men.

Raul of Turma de Vovo Raul mocks K-Pop group KARD, and invites the audience to join him in making racist jokes. They do.


This week in links: Erotica, real trans media, and 90s black girl magic

Jessica Slane reviews Rocky Flintstone’s debut novel, Belinda Blinked

Tired of seeing trans people’s stories erased and stolen for profit? More Than T is a documentary that interviews 7 trans and gender-non-conforming people. Watch the trailer below.

BBC’s documentary Q***r Britain  follows LGBT+ culture and strife in the United Kingdom.

I was a huge fan of Daria back in the first few years of high school. Buzzfeed’s Cocoa Butter analyses Jodie Langdon’s character, and the way she comments on the systemic racism.

I love a good video essay even more than I love a shitty Disney movie. Let the unnecessary analysis begin!

Created by Alex Nguyen, and edited by Chau Bui, this video essay analyses the role of Asian men on American television.

Heather Alexandra interviews creators of knock-off Amiibo’s, and their reasons for doing so.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s twins, Rumi and Sir Carter, turned a month old this Friday. Congratulations!!!!!!!

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This week in links: Bad satire, education, and kitchenware

Clarkisha Kent notes the irony of Sofia Coppola’s erasure of black women in her film adaptation of The Beguiled in an attempt to focus on “gender dynamics…not racial ones.”

Want to accuse women you don’t like of exclusionary white feminism? Hard Times has a handy guide.

Lydia Brown is an autistic disability activist and educator. See their work here.

Did you miss Belinda Blumenthal’s amazing keynote speech at the O2? She’s got you.

The Toronto Police make a heart-felt plea to be let back into Pride.

Alex Santaso explains the origin of some common English idioms.


This week in links: Self-obsessed Tsarinas, British culture, and a tad more Wonder Woman

Sometimes being estranged from your family can save your life. Jennifer Neal explains why.

For Father’s Day this year, Jay-Z supports organisations that post bail for men that are trapped inside America’s “exploitative jail industry.”

This year marks the centenary of the Russian revolution. My favourite article from Exeter University’s journal The Historian commemorating this event analyses the Tsarina’s role in the destruction of the Romanov empire.

On the second Friday of August, a man in South Queensferry covers himself in burrs and walks across town to bring the town good luck. Meet your friendly neighbourhood Burryman!

And finally, keeping in theme with my first mini-series:

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