Weekend Links, Vol. 79: so can i live, because i’ve got life

Welcome to another week of feminist web surfing! In Weekend Links we gather a set of the most engaging journalism, prose, poetry, art, activism, and Interweb images or memes we have come across. This week’s links highlight our feminist struggles to create new worlds here and now. We hope with this small curation of links to illuminate the work of the prolific and active feminist blogosphere.

Links We Like

Wedding or Prison? Rentboy.com and the privatization of queer and trans sex

“Ecohybridity” is a visual, five-movement, Black opera set in New Orleans. The opera tumbled forth from the participants’ experiences with disenfranchisement, and rips opera from the grasp of elitists

A collective of transgender women of color (TWOC) wrote a powerful open letter to stand up against the murders of TWOC and the silence-complicity surrounding them

LGBT South Asian Americans and the double-edged sword of visibility

G. Maris Jones’s powerful piece is at once a lesson in how to understand climate change and mental health together and a call to action in the fight for climate justice

Barack Obama is claiming to believe in progressive penal policy, and the results are exactly as contradictory as the phrase “progressive penal policy”

A Black Trans Lives Matter rally took over Underground Atlanta, a shopping district in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more about the action and view pictures here

On tennis and Black excellence: why Serena Williams draws white tears at every corner, and the hope she holds for the rest of us

Flight of the Ruler: cissexism as colonial legacy and transgender in the Caribbean

Once again, Miley Cyrus offers a cue for whitesplaining oppression and not be held accountable.

This past week, Syrian refugees have been met with extreme violence while trying to flee war. Read about their flight, and why Al Jazeera refuses to refer to refugees as “migrants”

Ms. Marvel, Saga, Lumberjanes…do you know how many feminist comics are available to you right now?

The dystopian danger of police body cameras

The Black excellence contained within is making us all wish we were at Afropunk this year.

“The Katrina Dispossessed” exposes the violence of forgetting Katrina’s history and present. Who has persisted?

Reaching real justice (for those who know the police can’t)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith discuss race, writing, and relationships in this wonderful podcast

This, the first map to depict ethnic distribution and every single citizen (who completed the 2010 U.S. Census) in the United States, shows the hard- and soft-lines of racial segregation

Rosa Clemente talks about identifying as Afro-Latino and part of the movement for Black lives

Costa Rica will be the first country in the world to release all captive animals and shut down its zoos!


Videos We Like

FKA Twigs’s recently released 16-minute short movie, M3LL155X, is a visually creative beauty. If you can look past the commodification of voguing in the final scenes (and you shouldn’t), you are in for a trip:

The music video for Kool A.D.’s Hickory, directed by Youth Experimental Studio, is a different kind of trippy than FKA Twigs’s video above. Give it a look:


Feminist Tunes

Fatima‘s album Yellow Memories tells a soulful story. Give one of the songs a listen:

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