The Sunday Brunch Post: 15th of June

The Sunday Brunch Post is the roundup of good things I’ve read this week. Some of these I’ve already shared on Facebook and Twitter. This weekend I’ve been enjoying Whole Food’s Night Owl Spanish Roast coffee with my eating and reading.

Sex

  • Going Beyond Going Down: Why Diverse Queer Sex On TV Matters” by Ali, Autostraddle: “I mean, just think about the cast of The L Word and think about who had sex on that show. It falls in with the dominant narrative of attractive people and it perpetuates it. Not only do women not have agency in the kinds of sex they’re having, not only does that kind of sexual act have to be palatable to men, but also their bodies do as well or they’re not allowed to express intimacy. We’re slowly starting to see that change. But very, very slowly.”
  • Prostitution bill would make it illegal to buy, sell sex in public” by Susana Mas, CBC News: “‘The bill recognizes that the vast majority of those who sell sexual services do not do so by choice. We view the vast majority of those involved in selling sexual services as victims,’ MacKay said. While MacKay said the aim of the bill is not to target prostitutes, he said they could face prosecution if found to be selling their services in public spaces where minors could be present.” [I’m far from an expert on sex work in Canada but have been an amateur observer since last year’s Bedford ruling.]

Books

  • What I Learned Writing Push Girl” by Jessica Love, Diversity in YA: “I so wanted this book to ‘get it right.’ And by getting it right for one reader, that would mean getting it completely wrong for another. The person who uses a power chair has a completely different experience than the person who uses a manual chair. The person who was born with her disability has a completely different experience from someone who was born able-bodied and then was in a car accident. The person who uses a wheelchair because of paralysis has a completely different experience from someone who uses it for any other number of reasons. How could I possibly make sure that all of these wheelchair users saw themselves in this one book? Obviously I couldn’t.”
  • 10 LGBTQ Young Adult Authors to KnowDiversity in YA: A good resource for anyone looking to expand their reading list or collection.
  • My Year with Virginia Woolf” by guest blogger Laura McBride, Read Her Like an Open Book: “On that first day, he established the rules.  Read everything that Virginia Woolf had ever written, several times if possible.  Read the autobiography by her nephew Quentin Bell.  Read not one word of criticism or review.  Not an essay, not a book, not a damn student editorial.  And meet with him, once a week, for an hour, maybe two.  (Can you believe that?  Yale was great.)”
  • Dear Aspiring Librarians (On MLIS Program Placement and Salaries)” by Jacob Berg, BeerBrarian: “Though men are employed at a lower rate than women upon MLIS completion, their salaries tend to be higher, which both reflects and propagates a gender pay gap.” [A great post if you like data and charts and analysis and shit but not great if you have an interest in attending library school. Pardon me while I go sit in the corner with a blanket over my head singing Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. Fun fact: data collected by Library Journal says that of 6,184 graduates in 2012 only 1,648 have jobs in libraries.]
  • A Young Adult Author’s Fantastic Crusade to Defend Literature’s Most Maligned Genre” by Kathleen Hale, Nerve“We locked eyes. We stared at each other so hard that we went blind. Then we listened to The Smiths and regained our sight. ‘Last thing about YA,’ I said. ‘It’s not an actual genre, it’s a market designation, and it shifts over time. To Kill a Mockingbird was originally published for children, and everyone from Flannery O’Connor to snobbish reporters at The Atlantic used to grumble about how adults shouldn’t read it—your arguments about taste are nothing new. They’re not as radical as you think.”
  • 17 Bookstores That Will Literally Change Your Life” by Erin La Rosa, BuzzFeed Books: Here have some lovely bookstore porn.

Food

  • Rhubarb Flaunts Its Savory Side” by Melissa Clark, The New York Times: “A piquant rhubarb butter sauce, softened with a drizzle of honey to smooth out the edges, is also a great partner for milky cheeses, eggs and certain vegetables. Once, while exploring the adage of ‘what grows together goes together,’ I paired that rhubarb butter sauce with its seasonal sister, asparagus. It was a hit: bracing, earthy and a change from the usual hollandaise.” [I’m excited to give her chicken recipe a try.]
  • 19 Overnight Oats Recipes To Restore Your Faith In Breakfast” by Sami Main, BuzzFeed Food: Basically discovering this concept of overnight oatmeal that’s ready when I wake up and already in an easily transportable container is why I’ve been on time for work this entire summer.

Misc.

  • AMA Says Transgender Patients Don’t Need Surgery To Change Birth Certificate” by Bruce Japsen, Forbes: “’State laws must acknowledge that the correct course of treatment for any given individual is a decision that rests with the patient and the treating physicians,’ said AMA President Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven… ‘Birth certificates are primarily used for legal matters, not medical,’ the new policy language approved by the AMA says.”
  • Deadly Victorian fashions” by Anne Kingston, Maclean’s: “Our forebears were willing to burn for fashion. We’re too evolved for that: We let others burn for us.”

This was included in a comment left on one of my Facebook posts. (click for source)

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