While I don’t know how long the quarantine will last, I do know that this is the time for good things to listen to. Here is what I’ve been listening this work-from-home week – some old, some new, all timeless.
The most impactful book I’ve heard (yes, heard, I listened to it as an audiobook), is Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall. In Hood Feminism, Kendall discusses the differential impacts that of all feminist issues on women of color. In the book, she discusses poverty, housing (often related), police brutality, sexual violence, and more. It is clear that everyone, but especially white feminists, understand how the feminist movement has ignored (at best), silenced, or outright harmed women of color in their movement for “equality.” It is critical to understand how societal harms have a disproportionate negative impact on women of color. I have also been thinking about Kendall’s distinction between “nice” and “kind” – I am still thinking about how being “nice” has been beat into me as an expectation, and that has kept me from both advocating for myself and for speaking up for others. It is my resolution to be “kind” and not let the expectation of “niceness” keep me silent. Finally, Kendall’s discussion of police brutality provided additional insight into the tough decision that comes into the decision to contact the police (such as in the case of intimate partner violence). Michelle Zacarias also discussed this last week on Wear Your Voice when she described her decision not to involve the police because of their involvement in further traumatizing women who are disabled or queer). And, since this is what we heard, Kendall does an amazing job narrating the audiobook – not all narrators are good (and some ruin the audiobook), but Kendall is fantastic.
Second, in case you missed it, the Dixie Chicks released their first single in what seems like decades, Gaslighter. While their political views drove away their conservative fan base, it made me a lifelong fan (although, I like their music, too). Gaslighter is fantastic, and I have the album preordered. Can’t wait.
If you need a laugh, check out Wait! Wait! Don’t tell me!‘s best of the decade. One of the things I’m finding through this quarantine is how important laughter is to my sanity. I’ve been saving each episode for when I’m most stressed, and it’s coming through.
Speaking of laughter, our family favorite comedy album is still Brian Regan. This is way old school (lol, like ten years ago), but it still make me laugh every time.
If you are looking for a good podcast to make the #socialdistancing more bearable, Bitch Media recommended 11 feminist podcast. Did they miss any?
Finally, if you are needing some inspiration for post-COVID-19 plans, how about a walk across America?
What are you listening to this week?