Quickies: Fighting Back against White Theft, Emotional Gold Digging, and Trauma Clowns

Plus the first possible trans Miss Norway Universe

  • Oglala Sioux Tribe Tells South Dakota Governor ‘You Are Not Welcome’ in Dispute Over Right to Protest Keystone Pipeline, by Dara Sharif at The Root. “In a letter to the Republican governor Thursday, Julian Bear Runner, president of the indigenous nation, told Noem she was no longer welcome on one of the largest reservations in the U.S. due to her support for the Keystone XL pipeline and legislation that would target demonstrations against it.”
  • Black Mississippi High School Grad Charges Her Salutatorian Honor Was Given to Less Qualified White Student to Appease Racist Townspeople, also by Dara Sharif at The Root. “In her suit, James says she had the second-highest grades in the graduating class, but that the honor of salutatorian was given to a white male student with lower grades. The Cleveland School District’s motive? According to the suit: ‘to prevent white flight.'”
  • Will We Have A Trans Miss Norway Universe?, by Monica Roberts at Transgriot. Eirin Grinde Tunheim would be the first trans Miss Norway Universe and the second trans woman in the Miss Universe pageant.
  • Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden, by Melanie Hamlett at Harper’s Bazaar. “As modern relationships continue to put pressure on ‘the one’ to be The Only One (where men cast their wives and girlfriends to play best friend, lover, career advisor, stylist, social secretary, emotional cheerleader, mom—to him, their future kids, or both—and eventually, on-call therapist minus the $200/hour fee), this form of emotional gold digging is not only detrimental to men, it’s exhausting an entire generation of women.”
  • How Did the Suffering of Marginalized Artists Become so Marketable?, by Vivek Shraya at NOW Magazine. “When I reflect on my career, it’s hard not to notice the ways interest and institutional support (in the form of art contracts, funding, awards, invitations) have increased as I’ve shared more of my traumatic experiences. While my ability to survive as a working artist depends in part on interest and institutional support, the correlation between trauma and “success” is disturbing. Have I unknowingly been typecast as a trauma clown?”

Melanie Mallon

Melanie is a freelance editor and writer living in a small town outside Minneapolis with her husband, two kids, dog, and two cats. When not making fun of bad charts or running the Uncensorship Project, she spends her time wrangling commas, making colon jokes, and putting out random dumpster fires. You can find her on Twitter as @MelMall, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

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  1. I am so glad to see some of the old posters come back. While I have continued to watch, and like, Rebecca’s video posts, I have missed the old posters. But now you all are back. Happy days are here again! :-)

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