Welcome to another edition of weekend links! Each week, bluestockings staff curates a collection of links that reflect our mission as an anti-oppressive and intersectional publication.
Author Akwaeke Emezi writes for The Cut about being nonbinary trans, obanje, and their related surgeries:
“However, being trans means being any gender different from the one assigned to you at birth. Whether ogbanje are a gender themselves or without gender didn’t really matter, it still counts as a distinct category, so maybe my transition wasn’t located within human categories at all. Instead, the surgeries were a bridge across realities, a movement from being assigned female to assigning myself as ogbanje; a spirit customizing its vessel to reflect its nature.”
Affirmative action for the rich? Richard Kahlenberg writes about how legacy policies at universities tend to benefit the white and wealthy.
“I wanted to do something that was very me, something fun, something I would enjoy!”: The Fader covers French Olympian Maé-Bérénice Méité’s ice skating routine to Beyoncé’s “Who Run The World” and “Halo.”
In “The Difficult Math of Being Native American,” Savannah Maher shares their experience with the difficult politics of blood quantum and dating:
“Here’s how it works: Track down a tribal census document from the 1800s. Assume every person listed was a certified, “full-blooded” Indian and do the math from there. Choose an arbitrary fraction to serve as your citizenship cut-off. And if anyone’s personal fraction happens to fall below that standard, they’re out of luck. Traditional or not, blood quantum is the law of the land. You either buy in or you die out. Just another colonial reality we have little choice but to participate in.”
Ashley Nkadi traces the history of the racism in Miss America pageants, and the emergence pageants like Miss Black America that celebrate and uplift Black and other women of color.
“In these times, it’s our relationships that will keep us together and will keep us alive.” Ejeris Dixon testifies to the importance of relationship-building and community in social justice activism.
Music We Like:
Listen to Mereba’s new dreamy single, “Black Truck.”