Food for Thought: New Series
Welcome back, readers! It's been a couple weeks since I've posted on the blog, which is uncharacteristic of me. I had a good reason, though - I've been working with Collective Action for Safe Spaces in DC to pass the Street Harassment Prevention Act! We had our hearing before DC City Council on Wednesday, July 12th, and it went well. Thanks to the work of queer and trans people of color, we were able to center their stories, which should be (and now are) at the forefront of any movement against harassment and identity-based violence.
To ease back into blogging, I thought I'd start a new series for you all called "Food for Thought," which will be a weekly roundup of links I've been loving throughout the past seven days. I'll include articles, op-eds, YouTube videos, social media accounts, and anything else that strikes my fancy. The themes, of course, will be feminism and veganism, but I promise there will be something in there for everyone. The series takes its name from the phrase "food for thought" and my love of both fruit and fruitful conversation. So make yourself a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, relax, and enjoy the first-ever Food for Thought roundup.
Netflix's 'To the Bone' isn't the eating disorder film it wants to be. - Feminist fave and body politics scholar Melissa Fabello analyzes 'To the Bone,' the eating disorder film everyone has been talking about. I still haven't decided if I'm going to watch it, but this piece gave me the information I needed to make the decision.
Okja: Meet the Animal Liberation Front - I watched Okja on Netflix last night and was reminded over and over again why I am vegan. It's a beautiful, quirky film that made me laugh and cry multiple times (more so because I was watching it solo). The film's portrayal of Animal Liberation Front (ALF) activists also piqued my interest in the group, and I'm starting to do some research on them. I've done direct actions, but never in the name of veganism, so I'm curious.
@Tomleewalker is my new favorite Twitter account. Mercy for Animals called it "too vegan to function" and every new tweet that rolls down my feed has me cracking up. A word of caution: he can come across as a bit self-righteous, so if you're non-vegan, take his tweets with a grain of salt and a tongue-in-cheek attitude.
Kesha's music video for her new song "Woman" is my everything. The Internet has rightfully gone wild for "Praying," but "Woman" is a lighter anthem and deserves to be played on repeat this summer. There's something so satisfying about a woman flipping off the camera and announcing that she's a motherfucker - it's the kind of reckless badassery that mainstream music usually reserves for men. Grrls to the front!
The latest episode of Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham's fabulous culture podcast "Still Processing" is an ode to Jay-Z and Beyonce's complex relationship through the lens of Jay-Z's new album "4:44." I haven't listened to the album yet, but I loved their discussion and learned so much about Jay and Bey's relationship. Go listen, then subscribe to their podcast because they're two of the smartest, most interesting culture writers around today.
Enjoy, and let me know in the comments which link was your favorite! I'm looking forward to bringing you this weekly series, babes.