Good Morning Feminartsy Community,
Some news from the land before time to kick off the week with this piece in Nature from Riley Black – a transgender palaeontologist advocating for diversity within the discipline.
Moving a bit further into the near past, the Atlantic has a great piece on Mary Putnam Jacobi – a physician who argued in the early twentieth century against the accepted wisdom that menstruating women required bed rest. And the New York Review of Books has a profile on interwar artist Dora Maar.
As always, there’s a plethora of excellent contemporary critique. Natasha Stagg’s long read on the #metoo movement – and the lack of surprise at the abuse of power – is well worth a read. And Kalhari Jayaweera’s essay for Kill Your Darlings on femininity, identity, and lip sync battles is wonderful. And for sheer raw honesty, you can’t go past this personal essay from champion Serena Williams in Harper’s Bazaar.
I’ve also got two great tear-jerkers for you this week. This bittersweet memoir from David Khalaf on the house where his husband cannot exist. And this essay in the New Yorker on losing a friend.
Finally, a ready-made reading list from this review in the New York Times on a new trend in literary fiction: borrowing from the horror genre to explore motherhood.
Happy Weekend and Happy Reading,