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Because assuming a black person can't be Latina is just wrong. Or really, anyone's identity:
"I just didn't fit anywhere in the context of a Puerto Rican/Dominican neighborhood. At that moment, I made the conscious decision to say, 'Well, I'm just not going to be Latina anymore.'"
-Zeba Blay in The Huffington Post
How economic issues turned into feminist issues:
"Oluo recently made headlines by refusing to review the more traditionally feminist movie Suffragette because it doesn’t include a single non-white character. “People of color immediately understood my frustration and applauded my refusal to legitimize films that refuse to acknowledge people of color,” she said."
-Ester Bloom in The Atlantic
Fire Cider should be your new homemade remedy for immunity and malaise:
"One of my favorite remedies is known as Fire Cider. Fire Cider is a traditional remedy with deep roots in folk medicine. The term "Fire Cider" was popularized by herbal goddess Rosemary Gladstar* over 40 years ago when she started to spread this remedy to the people as a winter wellness remedy."
-Brittany Ducham for Witch Craft Mag
Uterus transplants may be a thing of the immediate future:
"'I crave that experience,” she said. “I want the morning sickness, the backaches, the feet swelling. I want to feel the baby move. That is something I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember.'”
-Denise Grady for The New York Times
These women shaped the face of London:
"The Women's Design Service (WDS) was a British research collective that believed cities needed to be radically altered to cater to the needs of women. Formed in 1986, the group came at a time of heavy critique towards the urban environment. Disability activists, for instance, campaigned for greater wheelchair access on public transport, and the mandatory inclusion of white dots printed at eye-level on glass doors to help those with visual impairments."
-Nathalie Olah in Broadly
Consensual sex can still be bad. We need to talk about it once and for all:
"One of the men told her that because she was bisexual, he assumed she was “particularly down to fuck.” He said she could make out with his girlfriend if she would hook up with another of the men."
-Rebecca Traister in New York Mag
Because Wendy Xu breaks our hearts with her poetry:
"You wanted permission to travel to the mainland to see your
All of your desires were completely impractical
That is, you did not want to atone for anything you had done"
-Wendy Xu on Poets.org
Because online shaming spirals out of control, and it's not OK. Watch the TED talk with filmmaker Jon Ronson.
Witches are still persecuted in the 21st century:
"In 2011, courts in Saudi Arabia sentenced a man and a woman, in separate cases, to beheading after convictions for sorcery. In 2013, Saudi courts sentenced two Asian housemaids to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison on charges of casting spells against their employers."
-Mitch Horowitz in The New York Times