This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by southern blackness, the healing of old hurts, seeing yourself reflected in the world, the importance of working on online harrassment, disability and sexuality, and Roberto Bolaño:
Beyoncé don’t give no fucks about your Saturday afternoon. Which is to say–as Big Freedia’s voice says in Beyoncé’s new song, “Formation“–“[She] did not come to play with you hoes. [She] came to slay, bitch.”
And slay she did in her usual fashion, but with the volume on the South ratcheted up to the lower frequencies.
Mostly, though, I figured no one involved would comment much on it. Events [in high school] that seemed huge to me truly might not have registered for them.
A few days after publishing, I received two Facebook messages. Both of my high school friends sent me the most extraordinary apologies. They were apologies I had no idea I needed until I read them.
"A Radical Kiss" by Dave Hingsburger at Rolling Around In My Head:
…before I knew it the next 'kiss' ad was playing.
I was thunderstruck.
This kiss was radical.
Here’s a spoiler: Preventing abuse online requires the people running a site or an app to invest time, effort and attention into protecting their community. That’s the bottom line.
"'I Sit on Her Face All Day': A Conversation on Sex and Wheelchairs" by Tovah Leibowitz at Autostraddle:
What follows, then, is a conversation meant to move beyond the erosive architecture of “do they/don’t they”; a conversation bigger than the over-rehearsed scripts about disability and sexuality that lead to predictable, shallow conclusions about oppression and embodiment. Conclusions that measure the worth of disabled people by their capacity to reinstate norms from the periphery rather than provide alternative knowledge from the center.
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