“In the same way where I wouldn’t want a man to say, ‘I can have a writers’ room full of men and we can write women just fine,’ I can’t say that I can create a show about a trans woman and not have a trans woman writing for me.”—Jill Soloway, the creator of Transparent, couldn’t find a female transgender TV writer for her show about a trans woman. So she’s going to recruit and train one for the second series.
“There is a vocal and popular contingent of men who are instantly suspicious of a woman with anything approaching power. Unless she makes a huge show of using that power only for their benefit – and sometimes even if she does – there will be people who are essentially convinced that her power must come from some form of modern witchcraft, and that whatever she’s offering, however much people seem to value it, must be eye of newt in disguise.”—The truth about trolls and the men they worship, by Jess Zimmerman
“Under slavery, an owner would have to be reimbursed for a slave who was deemed unreasonably slaughtered. Under Jim Crow they would leave lynched bodies hanging to warn others of the price of transgression – real or imagined. When Brown’s body was left lying lifeless in the street for four hours before the police collected it, it was an ugly metaphor for the contempt for black life in this post-civil rights, post-industrial moment – dispensable, despised and discarded.”—Gary Younge: Is there a price to pay for summarily killing a man, or is it just what happens in Ferguson when one man has a badge and the other too much melanin?
“It took about nine months from first approaching my GP about constantly feeling suicidal before I began psychotherapy. At that point I was told I would need 2-3 years of therapy. I was also told the NHS would only provide one year. I am now approaching the end of that one year and wondering, given that my suicidal thoughts have not departed for any prolonged period, where that leaves me. I work for a mental health charity and on that salary certainly cannot afford to go private. Could you imagine the outcry if cancer patients were told they needed three rounds of chemo but would only be given one?”—
“Jennifer Lawrence’s scathing reaction – angry, offended and unapologetic – is the righteous end to an evolution of celebrity nude ‘scandal’ responses. Where once female stars were expected to hang their head in shame for having the temerity to pose nude for themselves or lovers, now they can issue a barely-shrouded ‘fuck you’ to a public that so gleefully consumed their humiliation.”—The Jennifer Lawrence naked photo response is the end of the ‘shamed starlet’, writes Jessica Valenti
“My mother was referred by her doctor to have psychological therapy in March 2008 after suffering from depression for many years. She received a letter in October 2008 informing her that she was now near the top of the waiting list. She took her own life in November 2008.”—