Things I read this week that I found interesting

It’s the weekly round-up, for once actually done a week after the last one!

You Are Oppressing Me! (Sara Ahmed)- On screaming censorship as a PR tactic, standards of evidence and killjoys. This is an absolute must-read.

Gay Imperialism: Gender and Sexuality Discourse in the ‘War on Terror’ (Jin Haritaworn, with Tamsila Tauqir and Esra Erdem)- This chapter is a good read. Defender of freedom of speech Peter Tatchell thought it was a bit rude about him so had the book pulped. Seriously. Read it for that reason alone.

A Sophisticated Insult: A Critique of the Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Diagnosis (Amy Silbergard)- An in-depth look at BPD diagnoses, and how they enable doctors to abuse.

Inside the public galleries that will destroy courts (Wail Qasim)- A radical article on court galleries, with just a little bit of theatrical analysis.

Luqman Onikosi’s deportation shows we are all being asked to become border guards (Alana Lentin)- How universities are being forced to do the UKBA’s dirty work for them.

A Kind of Grace (Hannah Black)- This is a beautifully-written article on safer spaces.

I Don’t Need White Progressives Telling Me, A Queer Muslim, About Homophobia In Islam (Aaminah Khan)- This is a terrible habit white progressives have that needs breaking. Here’s why.

And finally,  My Mom Interned at a Non-Profit and Now All Her Emails are Different. idk if this is funnier if you’ve had a job involving writing emails for non-profits, but it made me cackle.

 


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