Post-Weekend Roundup: Trust Yourself!
[Cover art by me, N. Marie]
Changing things up this week, here at The Slow Down!
Because I spent the greater part of the last 10 days in a sleep-deprived mental fog, and also because I want to share in the abundance of good writing I've just encountered, I’m posting here a round-up of super worthwhile reads I collected from around the interwebs this weekend.
Also it’s my birthday today, so I'm trying to slide gently towards my thirties using the canoe of other folks' words, and go easier on myself in general.
So, without further adieu, here are some articles that impressed the hell outta me:
On Economics (and the impending implosion of late capitalism, Goddess willing):
Conspicuous Consumption Is Over — It’s All About Intangibles Now -- This article had me shook. It really got me questioning my subconscious class aspirations and priorities.
- Seems the upper-middle class is kinda sorta interested in accountability? Maybe? Check out We Are the 99 Percent—Except for the Top 20 Percent of Us , which is a much better and more prescriptive review than this: How We Are Ruining America (but I read both, so here ya go...)
On Neurodivergence, Sensitivity, and Self-Care:
How Do You Keep Social Media From Destroying Your Mental Health? -- One of the BEST takes I've seen on this increasingly popular topic
- 9 Self-Protection Strategies for Empaths
I literally want to keep this article as a reference for forever: Kinda Magical Ideas for Your 'Tune Out Turn Down' Sorta Days.
Not an article but instead an amazing video featuring the always perfect Angela Davis, wherein she discusses assimilationism, white feminism, toxic masculinity + intersectionality, the prison industrial complex and more.
Do You Have Information About Relatives Who Attended Boarding Schools? 4 Native Organizations Need Help Finding Missing Relatives Who Attended Boarding Schools. Such important work, please contribute whatever information you may have!
Not reading, but rather listening to ALL of these podcasts. Support indigenous media!
Also, check out Kim Tallbear’s entire Twitter feed/wall/whatever they call an account page on Twitter
(btw, The Slow Down is now on Twitter! Which is why I sound like I have no idea what I'm talking about re: Twitter -- because I don't! I'm new to this platform, so please be gentle. And follow @TheSlowDownBlog pretty plz)
On Gender, Queerness, Sex:
Not uncontroversial: The Shockingly Convincing Argument That Severus Snape Is Transgender
Why sex that’s consensual can still be bad. And why we’re not talking about it. Powerful, important.
It would be great to see more studies on this and related topics: 7 Ways to Use the Power of Powerless Communication. In demonstrating the efficacy of more "feminized" ways of getting shit done, it also helps affirm Angela Davis's argument about how, as a society, we need to de-center certain normative models, including masculinity as the standard for the work world.
Did I read too much this weekend? Probably.
I also worked in a fair amount of Stardew Valley, aka the best video game ever. Self-care has many faces.
And, if there’s any over-arching theme to my over-reading from the last 72 hours, it’s that we often already know -- thanks to tradition, experience, or intuition -- what is increasingly being "proven" by social and physical scientists. Something that really nailed that down for me was this so-called discovery, which affirms Heiltsuk Nation's and other indigenous groups's accounting of North American history. Indigenous histories have long been dismissed by academia/institutional authorities. As these types of findings (see others here and here) confirm what indigenous people have been saying all along, we should really reflect on what narratives we take seriously to begin with.
Especially if you're marginalized, you should perhaps begin with your own tender self.
Trust your history, trust your knowledge.
So what are y’all reading lately? Is it 107 goddamn degrees outside where you live? No, it’s not? Can I come live with you? Let me know, as always, in the comments below!