It's Friday, day four the government shutdown. I've been treating this week like any other week, trying not to worry about what an ongoing shutdown could mean when my student loans go back into repayment next month. As a result, I've been distracting myself with reading. It's important to share some of that with you all!
First up, Fr. Shay at Queer Theology launched the Queer Theology Synchroblog. The theme is "Queer Creation," and the goal is to get queer writers of all stripes to contribute to a theological discussion of creation narratives . It's a fascination discussion, and Fr. Shay has a compiled list of contributions at the site.
Second, an internet-friend, Toranse, wrote a fantastic post about the impossibility of Christian culture's beauty standards:
And Christian beauty standards are isolating. Because they are about creating an image that no one is supposed to know is an image. Be beautiful, but pretend you are trying to not be beautiful. Act in these specific ways, but pretend all these ways come naturally and are not practiced. You’re never allowed to set the mask aside, not even among friends. If your body doesn’t conform to these innocent, infantile standards, if you’re not purer than human, if you have thoughts that aren’t sweet and toothless, then for all you know, you are alone.
Over at Defeating the Dragons, my friend Dani Kelley shared some great thoughts about learning to swear and the freedom of being able to use a word that has the impact you want it to have:
I’m not hiding the pain anymore. I’m not hiding the doubt, fear, or rage. I am describing them with the most colorful language I can muster, to paint the clearest picture I can. I am living openly and honestly and looking you straight in the eye when I do so instead of ducking my head and muttering, “His ways are higher than our ways,” or “Just trust in the Lord and everything will work out for His glory!” I am grabbing your hand and saying with confidence, "This shit is fucked, and I am so sorry, and I love you and we will get through this.”
And Flavia Dzodan, always brilliant, writes about migration in the EU as a feminist issue:
So, when I scream until I am blue in the face that the European catastrophe that is the ongoing death of undocumented migrants is a feminist issue, many are either confounded or dismissive. Few disagree that it is a humanitarian catastrophe but they stop short of acknowledging why it’d be a problem for feminism. Feminism, they argue, is about women’s equality and migrant women are no different than migrant men in terms of disprivilege, so why would this be a feminist issue per se? Because even while dying at sea, in the most precarious conditions, left at the mercy of geography and weather conditions, women are disproportionately affected in ways that are very specific to their gender.
What have you been reading this week? Link up in the comments!