Did You Read it? November Edition

Here are the articles we’ve been emailing:

1. “The Women of Hollywood” Fresh in this morning, Maureen Dowd investigates the power of culture and the culture of power in Hollywood.

2. “Why I won’t Write a Review of Suffragette”  Speaking of women in Hollywood and whose stories get to be told, last week we went to see Suffragette and left the theater feeling troubled by the exclusion of women of color from the cast and plotline. We did some research, found this interview with the filmmaker, and considered how devotion to historical accuracy blindsided the filmmakers’ commitment to sharing a story that would be meaningful to all women in our present struggle for equality.

3. “They are us” Approaching the refugee crisis/recent terrorist acts through a Jewish lens. This Op-ed reminds us that Jewish refugees were denied entrance into the United States because Judaism was conflated with Communism. “Let’s be careful not to follow that script further and stigmatize all Muslims for ISIS terrorism.”

4. “University of Missouri Protests Spur a Day of Change”  Last week was a busy news week for identity politics in higher education. We noted that the precipitating incident for the Mizzou grad student’s hunger strike was an instance of antisemitism, not black-white racism.  Why hasn’t anyone in the Jewish mag world written about this? While Bend the Arc is asserting that Black Lives Matter is a Jewish issue, students at Mizzou seem to be taking on Jewish safety as a Black issue. Director of Research, Beth Cooper Benjamin wrote us:

“When I read about the protest and especially Jonathan Butler’s hunger strike, it was clear that the students were including in their examples of a hostile environment on campus many issues in addition to racism: the swastika drawn on a dorm wall in feces, the university canceling its contract with Planned Parenthood, and the revoking of graduate students’ health insurance subsidies.  It was a real coalition, which I think is a powerful model.”

5. “The Seduction of Safety, on Campus and Beyond” Roxane Gay’s smart response to the Yale Halloween costume controversy. Standout lines:

 “As a writer, I believe the First Amendment is sacred. The freedom of speech, however, does not guarantee freedom from consequence. You can speak your mind, but you can also be shunned. You can be criticized. You can be ignored or ridiculed. You can lose your job.”

“Those who mock the idea of safe space are most likely the same people who are able to take safety for granted.”

6. Finally, for a fun read, this is a particularly good Buzzfeed List

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