Welcome to your Saturday relaxation reading. I am super stoked to bring you this week’s crop of awesomeness from women and queers of the internet! One of the biggest honors of running Superstrength Health has been connecting with people and hearing about the powerful work they are doing. If you think your blog work fits into the Saturday Reading series, please let me know. I love to share the work of others and have my work be shared!
Liz Prince is a personal hero of mine. She is a productivity machine, and straight up constantly puts out short autobio comics that make me LOL in the real sense of the term. In this post, she talks about her latest endeavor: Churning out her graphic novel, Tomboy in just a handful of months. Not only is this book much MUCH longer than Liz’s average works at 250 pages, it was also made super quick and tackles a deeper subject matter than the cats and crushes that I’ve come to expect.
She says: “For the first half of my life I wanted to be a boy; this book deals with the reasons why, and the reactions to, my staunch refusal of being a girl…I know that people will feel very strongly about this book, both in a positive way, and in a negative way, but I take solace in knowing that both reactions will spark discussion on what gender should mean, and what it shouldn’t. I’ll put myself on the chopping block as a sacrificial lamb, if it can help us move forward, as a culture who can eschew gender stereotypes.”
I literally cannot wait to read this book.
2. Miranda July’s Foolproof Plan for Beating Distraction
Speaking of productive, here is a video from Miranda July about how to get distractions the fuck away from you so you can make beautiful things. With a whole pile of books, movies, and social practice projects under her belt, I think she’s got the right idea. I don’t know about you, but I’m taking this advice.
Here is an example of a bit of knowledge dropped from Amber Rogers’ Facebook page:
“”It’s a lifestyle.”
“Drink lots of water to suppress your appetite.”
“If you eat only these specific foods, you won’t gain weight.”
“Take cold showers to speed up your metabolism/burn more calories.”
“Chew gum so you don’t feel hungry.”
“People who don’t eat the way you do don’t care about their health/weight/appearance.”
“Stop hanging around with people who don’t support your diet.”
These are just a few tips I copied from a pro-ana website.
They’re also regular tips I see in women’s magazines and fad diet blogs.”
If that doesn’t make you think I don’t know what will. This woman consistently writes simple, succinct, brutal real talk about the diet and fitness industry and I SO APPRECIATE her level head. The world needs more of that!
This article in particular talks about Fad Diets (Atkins, Paleo and even veganism can ALL fall into this category if adopted for the sole purpose of losing weight) and how they can normalize very disordered thoughts and behaviors around food. It’s a good one, but really anything on this blog is pretty great. Check it out!
Jaime K. runs an all-vegan TV show called Save the Kales out of Bethlehem, PA. Not only is she infectiously positive and adorable, she’s also an excellent cook. I straight up love this recipe. I made mine gluten-free and it was crispy, flavorful, satisfying, and healthy. Also please be sure to check out her hair, because it’s perfect.
I have never been super into the work of Out Magazine (Kind of mainstream for me, I must say!) but this article is AWESOME. It is a collective oral history of queercore (or queer punk) and includes Donna Dresch, Bruce Labruce, Lynn Breedlove, talks of Riot Grrl, discussions of how Homo-a-gogo changed the queer punk landscape, etc. The article is not perfect, but DAMN if I didn’t tear up multiple times. Sit down with a cup of coffee and settle in. It’s long but worth the time.
All right, that’s it for today. I hope everyone has an awesome, inspired, productive, active, healthy, delicious and punk as fuck weekend! Once again, thank you for reading and for goodness sakes, click on those links. You will definitely not be sorry!