After a bit of a hiatus, Share It Sunday is back! Here you’ll find the things I read this week that spoke to me. They follow the same broad themes of this blog: movement, body image, critical theory, mental health, embodiment.
First up, while I generally don’t like supporting or promoting the Huffington Post (because not paying your writers is a bullshit, unethical practice especially when you are trading on the social justice cred you get from those authors), this list of documentaries on race and racism is important. Note: I haven’t watched them yet so can’t speak to quality or content but I’m planning to over the next few days.
Next, this piece on the importance of woman authors:
Male authors had shaped how I saw women and thus, inadvertently myself. Women were always in an unenviable position, either victims at their most endearing or psychopaths at their least. As a writer I thought if I were to be a good writer I should read male writers, I should write like male writers. Men could explore the meaning of capitalism, of individualism, of humanity because they were seen as human beings.
They did not have to first acknowledge themselves as marginalized the way women do, which is part of the reason why women writers only get marketed for women readers. Women talking about how challenging it is to be a woman is perceived as only appealing to other women. Men aren’t supposed to be interested because to them either sexism isn’t real or it isn’t interesting.
For a totally accessible article on white privilege and how to talk about it with white people check out What My Bike Has Taught Me About White Privilege.
And, finally, this great piece based on one of my favourite essays by Iris Marion Young:
Freedom is not simply a phenomenon of the will, as the Stoics might insist. Our bodies are both the ground and medium that make freedom possible. To “throw like a boy” or “act like a man” or any of the thousand phrases that use “man” as the model of subjectivity betrays the patriarchal situation inside which our society shapes bodies, shapes what constitute “freedoms” and what types of bodies are allowed to realize those freedoms.