Friday Feminartsy Finds

Good Morning Feminartsy Community,

A Reason to Celebrate: Jazzercise Turns 50

As winter sets in properly, here’s a weekend’s worth of essay reading to keep you occupied.

Many of you readers are also writers, and I wonder if – like me – you ever get the sense that there’s a big publishing party you’re just not invited to? If so, feel free to have your paranoia further stoked by this piece in the New Yorker about a secret (and perhaps now defunct) literary fellowship.

In health and fitness news, jazzercise turns 50 this year, and – as this article explores – it will celebrate five decades of changing how women relate to and move in their bodies.

And while 50 may be a big turning point, Sarah Manguso is still left asking why one of the big bodily milestones – menopause – remains so rare in literary exploration. Though, as this interview in the Atlantic demonstrates, they’re not yet extinct.

Speaking of great interviews, this one from the Feminist Wire with the editors of new collection The Lemonade Reader: Black Feminists Read Beyoncé is worth a look.

And this stream-of-consciousness-cum-review of Blackpink’s latest offering by Anwen Crawford is as dizzying and entertaining as a K-Pop record itself.

To end the week, here are three personal essays that I loved. This harrowing piece in Overland by Morgan Godfrey about Indigenous child removal in New Zealand is achingly beautiful and wrenchingly sad. Eloise Grills’ latest – on living with depression – is a must-read. In Granta, Fatima Farheen Mirza writes about family, identity, gender, and the constraints and freedoms she found via a pair of pink boxing gloves. And, finally, this epic from Buzzfeed staff writer Shannon Keating about the time a trip on lesbian cruise ship Olivia changed her life is absorbing.

Happy Weekend and Happy Reading,


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