Ready to resist the new administration and the damage and cultural effects this campaign and election have had, and will continue to have, on the U.S. and our world? Here are a few books I’m planning on reading or re-reading in order to become the most prepared and well educated resistor I can be. Please be sure to share any additional recommendations in the comment section below. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley 1984 by George Orwell A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism by Phyllis Goldstein We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S. – Mexico Border by Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis The United States of Fear by Tom Engelhardt One World Now: The Ethics of Globalization by Peter Singer The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Subterranean Fire: A History of Working Class Radicalism in the United States by Sharon Smith Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian …
Sometimes I have those weeks where I read a couple of articles that I think are important to share, and that’s been the case these past few weeks! From Muhammad Ali to pop feminism, gun violence, and Donald Trump – here’s a bit of what I’ve been reading: → ‘I Just Wanted to Be Free’: The Radical Reverberations of Muhammad Ali by Dave Zirin → Pop Feminism Doesn’t Mean the End of the Movement by Ann Friedman → Gun Violence Is a Full-Blown National Crisis by Gabrielle Giffords → Donald Unleashes Brazen Assault On the Media, Foreshadowing Free Speech Clampdown by Melissa McEwan What have you been reading? Share your favorite articles in the comment section below!
“The person more qualified to lead is not the physically stronger person. It is the more intelligent, the more knowledgeable, the more creative, more innovative. And there are no hormones for those attributes.” “Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. I am angry. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change. But I am also hopeful, because I believe deeply in the ability of human beings to remake themselves for the better.” “What struck me – with her and with many other female American friends I have – is how invested they are in being ‘liked’. How they have been raised to believe that their being likeable is very important and that this ‘likeable’ trait is a specific thing. And that specific thing does not include showing anger or being aggressive or disagreeing too loudly.” “We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don’t teach boys to care about being likeable.” “Gender matters …
I’ve come across quite a few articles this week that I think are essential reads on the current state of diversity in Hollywood, and I decided that they’re important enough to share with y’all. What’s made in Hollywood is disseminated across the globe, and whether we like it or not, these images permeate our conscious and have a lasting effect on our lives. Because of the impact that these images have on our identities and how we identify others, I think it’s imperative that we examine what’s happening in Hollywood. So pour yourself a drink, get comfortable, and start reading! What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood* (*if you’re not a straight white man) What Does the Academy Value in a Black Performance? Hollywood is Suffering from an “Inclusion Crisis,” Diversity Study Says
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to see Michael Moore’s newest documentary, Where to Invade Next, followed by an entertaining and insightful Skype Q & A with Moore. Unsurprisingly, he was just as funny as he is in his documentaries, using humor to carry information that is often quite difficult to swallow. Where to Invade Next is one of my favorite films of the year and an absolute must-see for Americans everywhere (though let’s be honest, those who really need to see it won’t come close to anything with Moore’s name attached to it). The film was initially set to hit theaters this month, but is now being pushed back to February. Either way, if you’re looking to truly “Make America Great Again” (and not in the manner that’s intended by Donald Trump’s campaign slogan) then please watch the film, and if you like it, tell others to watch it and share what you’ve learned. Now back to Donald Trump! The fact that Trump may be the Republican presidential candidate is quite terrifying. For a short while his shenanigans were slightly entertaining and didn’t …
My latest Suggested Reading is The Makeup Tax, by Olga Khazan of The Atlantic. Did you know that women who wear makeup tend to earn more and are treated better? Once you understand just how much time, effort, and money women put into their appearance, you realize that it’s a fact that affects women’s lives on a much larger scale than often discussed. The politics of femininity are complicated, and Khazan’s article brings many of the logical implications of the “necessity of beauty” to light. Whether you are a man or woman, wear makeup or not, it’s an article worth reading for all.
This past week Caitlyn Jenner’s stunning Vanity Fair cover was revealed and the internet exploded. Check out one of my favorite responses by journalist, author, and transgender activist Janet Mock, in Revealing Caitlyn Jenner: My Thoughts on Media, Privilege, Healthcare Access, and Glamour. The article celebrates the power of Caitlyn Jenner’s visibility while addressing the intersectionality of the transgender community and the fact that most individuals do not have access to the same opportunities as Jenner.
This week’s Suggested Reading comes from L.A. Weekly’s Jessica P. Ogilvie. In her article, How Hollywood Keeps Women Out, Ogilvie discusses Hollywood’s palpable gender bias and how it fits into an industry that is dominated by charitable liberals and Democrats. It’s an eye-opener for both men and women alike, and as a young woman hoping to find a career in the film industry, what I read put a lot of things into perspective. “The repercussions for women and girls across the world, who are seeing primarily the stories of men on-screen, are profound.” “If you don’t see yourself or people like you represented, what kind of an impression are you going to get?”
From Indiewire’s Shipra Harbola Gupta → Tribeca: Ava DuVernay’s 8 Tips to Filmmakers On How to Stay in Control. Ava DuVernay is quickly becoming one of my favorite people to listen to give advice on just about anything – but in particular, filmmaking and living a creative and fulfilling life. Her SXSW Keynote Speech was beautiful and truly informative, and her talk with Q-Tip at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival was no different. It’s so refreshing to read about a woman who is a filmmaker, is making things she believes in, and is doing things her way. Shapira Harbola Gupta breaks down DuVernay’s talk with Q-Tip into 8 tips for filmmakers on staying in control of your work. Check it out here.
My reading recommendation for the week is an article by Joey Eschrich for Slate’s Brow Beat entitled Vin Diesel Is Not a Macho Lunkhead. He’s So Much More. The article spoke to me because, like many others, I had a few preconceived ideas about Diesel based on the hyper-masculine characters he often plays. But by learning more about him both as an actor and filmmaker, I am reminded that one should not judge a book by its cover. Vin Diesel may have big muscles and a deep voice, but that does not equate a lack of intellect or talent. Have you always assumed Vin Diesel is a simple-minded meat-head? Read the article and let me know if it changes your idea of him in any number of ways.