Friday Feminartsy Finds

Good Morning Feminartsy Community,

I’m going to kick this off by suggesting you should have a read of Feminartsy-alumn Hannah McCann’s blog post Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, which is probably the best response to the Taylor Swift debacle I’ve read in a news week where you couldn’t escape the topic.

And speaking of why we can’t have nice things… If you haven’t yet steeled yourself to read the excerpt of E. Jean Carroll’s memoir on the awful men in her life, give it a go. It’s harrowing, but it’s also incredible:

Hunter S. Thompson … now, there’s a good candidate. I know. I wrote his biography. Does Hunter, the greatest degenerate of his generation, who kept yelling, “Off with your pants!” as he sliced the leggings from my body with a long knife in his hot tub, make the list? Naw.

And if having my pants hacked off by a man lit to the eyebrows with acid, Chivas Regal, Champagne, grass, Chartreuse, Dunhills, cocaine, and Dove Bars does not make the list — because to me there is a big difference between an “adventure” and an “attack” — who, in God’s name, does make my Hideous List?

As Carroll’s reckoning with what makes her ‘Hideous List’ – and with the differences between an “adventure” and an “attack” – attest, the demarcations we make with language are important. Which is why I found this essay on the inadequacy of the term ‘Domestic Violence’ so interesting.

Other essays I’ve loved this week include this piece from the New York Times Magazine on biases against fat women in the fertility industry, this creative non-fiction piece on the ‘monstrous feminine’ in Granta, and this column on a lesbian memoir that has sadly been forgotten.

This also seems to have been a good week for interviews. Lisa Taddeo talked to the Guardian about desire, Donna Haraway talks about the nature of reality in the current science wars (think post-truth and climate activism), and Victoria Brooks and Andy West discuss a sexual ethics of kindness.

Finally, my top personal essays from this week include Christina Crawford’s memoir, Imara Jones‘ work on returning to her family in the US deep south as a black trans woman, and Myriam Gurba’s piece on domestic violence (inadequacy of the term notwithstanding).

Before I sign off, a couple of opportunities readers might be interested in. The ABR has just announced its inaugural Behrouz Boochani Fellowship (worth $10,000), and the Saturday Paper‘s Horne Prize is back for another year.

Happy Weekend and Happy Reading,


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