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This week's round-up includes: tattoos and feminism, families and workplace flexibility, pushing back against privilege, and happy boobs.
- Feminism under my skin? at I was a high school feminist (Keywords: feminism, tattoos, beauty standards, body policing)
I love when an article with a headline like “What’s the real reason for women getting tattoos?” or “Painted ladies: Why women get tattoos” shows up in my Twitter feed. I always click on them snarkily (can you click snarkily?), thinking, “oh goody, someone will FINALLY explain to me why I have this thing on my back!”
- Family Values? US Has The World's Least Flexible Workplaces by Joshua Holland at Crooks and Liars via Moyers & Company (Keywords: families, employment, family leave, child care, elder care, gender)
We’ve moved to an economy where most mothers are breadwinners, where people increasingly have responsibilities for aging family members, even as they’re employed in the workplace. And yet, we haven’t really thought about how we need to revamp our workplace policies to make sure that those people who have caregiving responsibilities are able to stay in jobs, move up the ladder, not have this every day conflict between work and family that makes it impossible for them to do their job well and to be a good family member.
- 4 Ways to Push Back Against Your Privilege by Mia McKenzie at Black Girl Dangerous (Keywords: power, privilege, race, gender, sexual orientation, activism)
I’ve often said that it’s not enough to acknowledge your privilege. And, in fact, that acknowledging it is often little more than a chance to pat yourself on the back for being so “aware.” What I find is that most of the time when people acknowledge their privilege, they feel really special about it, really important, really glad that something so significant just happened, and then they just go ahead and do whatever they wanted to do anyway, privilege firmly in place. The truth is that acknowledging your privilege means a whole lot of nothing much if you don’t do anything to actively push back against it.
I understand, of course, that the vast majority of people don’t even acknowledge their privilege in the first place. I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to those of us who do. If we do, then we need to understand that acknowledgement all by itself isn’t enough. No matter how cathartic it feels.
So, what does pushing back against your privilege look like?
- Happy Boobs by Brittany at Brittany, Herself (Keywords: breasts, bras, body image -- contains photo and video of people in bras)
I have been in an abusive relationship with my breasts.
At 8 bound them down with ace bandages, at 17 they hung below the table during strip poker, and at 28 they began to rest adorably in my arm pits when I lay down. I’ve spent over two decades hating them, cursing them, and stuffing them into ill fitting pretty things.
I want to be really poetic here and say, oh but they are beautiful vessels that nourished my children, but the truth is, they still fucking suck.
In case you missed it, also check our most recent MMMMonday post on sexism and Super Bowl ads.
Finally, as always, feel free to share your thoughts on any of these articles, along with what you've been reading or writing this week!