Links I Love

A roundup of some of my favorite things I've read and seen on the Internet recently!

For our white friends desiring to be allies  Advice for white people who want to become more aware of their privilege and how to be a true ally to POC. 

I also quite enjoyed this older article from The New York Times Magazine on White Debt.

Being white is easy, in that nobody is expected to think about being white, but this is exactly what makes me uneasy about it. Without thinking, I would say that believing I am white doesn’t cost me anything, that it’s pure profit, but I suspect that isn’t true. I suspect whiteness is costing me, as Baldwin would say, my moral life.

For me, whiteness is not an identity but a moral problem. Becoming black is not the answer to the problem of whiteness, though I sympathize with the impulse, as does Noel. ‘‘Imagine the loneliness of those who, born to a group they regard as unjust and oppressive and not wanting to be part of that group, are left on their own to figure their way out,’’ Noel wrote recently in his own narrative, ‘‘Passing,’’ the story of how he left a lower-middle-class family and a college education to work in factories for the next 23 years.
— White Debt

I read The Year of Living Danishly as well this month and I really enjoyed it. I'm always interested in how other countries might be doing things better or differently, so I loved this one!

I also finished Hillary Rodham Clinton's book What Happened on the day after Christmas, I devoured it in 24 hours. It made me angry and sad and... I don't even know what else. But it was definitely a necessary read. 

There's been a lot of discussion about sexual assault and harassment in light of the #metoo movement and I really enjoyed this article about women discomfort in the face of men's pleasure during sex. 

Links I Love

Have y'all discovered I love Kelle Hampton's writing?? This one was posted on her Facebook with this photo (Photo not mine!).  

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Oh hey sea star. Looks like life’s been a little rough lately. I mean, seriously, every single arm. Way to hit a sea star when she’s down.

I know you’re barely hanging on and it feels good to bask in the sunshine out here away from everything that’s been busting you up, but the thing is—you’ll dry up and die up here.

That deep scary ocean that’s taken you for a few rough rides is also what keeps you alive, and it’s waiting for you. Keep swimming. Choose a new current. You don’t want to stay up here. This pleasant-for-a-moment thing will eventually kill you. You need moving tides and challenging waves and currents that will push you on new sea adventures where you can meet new sea star friends (and keep an open mind—urchins are nice too. And coral. And anemones. Different is good.)

I’m going to help you out here and carry you back in. You’ll be fine. In fact, those arms will regrow in no time.
(Psssst. Head toward Greece. I heard it’s beautiful there.)
— Kelle Hampton

I'm also really enjoying The Homesteady's blog over here! 

I'm so in love with this photo blog called Lamb Loves Fox. I love the feeling of her photos so much! And her kids are freaking adorable. 

I stumbled across The Scout Guide the other day when researching things to do in a new city. They've got tons of guides to different cities if you're looking for fun travel ideas.