If you’re anything like us you have a giant soft spot for long read articles, you know the type: I was a transexual midwest hostage until I started an all dog choir and escaped to become the treasure of Nigeria. Unfortunately sometimes things get in the way—I’m looking at you emails—and we don’t find the time to not only dedicate ourselves to 3000 words, but even seek them in the first place.
This leads us to Weekend Reading, where we take all the autonomy out of the media and hand select some morsels for you to chew over with your Sunday croissant. Who are we kidding, with your burger and a large coke.
Stephanie Mencimer’s Washington Post article The War of Rape is one of the most fracturing reads of the year. Mencimer explores Jamie Leigh Jones’ case of alleged rape while working as a contractor in the Iraq Green Zone. The case is anything but clear cut, and raises a lot of questions about women’s rights; but the most interesting elements of the article are the questions raised when the victim isn’t as obvious as you’d expect.
As a quick side note, if you’re not familiar with Zadie Smith’s work you need to get onto that right now—she’s one of the most interesting and flat out coolest girls of the 1990’2000 period. In The New York Review Of Books she explores the relationship between her late father and her unexpected final uni thesis on ”English Garden Poetry 1600–1900”. I get that if I came up to you and said, you should totally read this thing about European classic gardens and some chicks dad you’d probably inch away slowly; but Smith’s writing is equally evocative and heartbreaking as she tells the story of the loss of her father and her own sudden success through vignettes of garden walks.
That headline means you’re probably not actually reading this sentence, you’ve already jumped ship to Gawker. If you stuck around (thanks), OneTaste (gross name) is a company devoted to “orgasmic meditation”; their orgasm coaches pretty much believe female orgasm is the key to a more harmonious society.
How appropriate. The Baffler’s Susan Faludi takes the Armchair Activism debate a step further looking how how social media has influenced feminist action, and questions if all those inspirational quotes on your wall are really worth the bandwidth.