Five Star Mixtape 363: 4 Great Posts and Terry Pratchett

This week's Five Star Mixtape is brought to you by white boys, not knowing when playing nice isn't so nice, non-binary realities, the fact that getting what you want isn't always just about self-empowerment, and Terry Pratchett:

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
— Terry Pratchett —

Happy reading!


"à la façon du pays" by Zoe Todd at Urbane Adventurer: Amiskwacî:

how many times
nice white boys
admired all the ways I contorted my heart and body
to fit into the shadows

"White Niceness as the Enemy of Black Liberation" by Elle Dowd at Formerly Unchurched:

When people in power are asking oppressed people to “play nice”, questions worth asking are:
What is Nice?
And who gets to decide?

"5 Hard Reality Checks That I Need to Start Accepting as a Non-Passing Trans Person" by Nillin at Mx Nillin:

My partner and I tried to shrug it off, but once their cellphones came out and they worked to “sneakily” take photos of us we decided to leave the area. Unfortunately, they followed, keeping in the aisle next to us where they whispered loudly about the “gross dude in a skirt”.

"When 'Life Hacking' Is Really White Privilege" by Jen Dziura at Medium's Get Bullish:

It happens all the time that white people claim not to be racist because they didn’t intend to be racist; they weren’t thinking about that at all.

But there are many situations in which it is precisely your job to think about that. Nothing induces more rage in others than your taking what you do not deserve and not even noticing.


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145/365: Mismatched Socks

Mismatched socks rebel
against compulsive order.
Disruption heals.


I am writing one poem every day in 2016, and I am using the hashtag #365poems to document my progress.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

144/365: The Bee Under Glass

The bee under glass
is as terrifying now
as when he was free.


I am writing one poem every day in 2016, and I am using the hashtag #365poems to document my progress.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.