AOC & The Poison of Male Incivility

Your long reads this weekend

Before we get into weekly recommendations, I just wanted to give you a bit of an update.

This week, the TMIK are saying goodbye to one of our core members of the team. For those more eagle-eyed readers, you may have noted that our culture-vulture, Sarah Bradbury, is expecting. And at the end of last week, we said our (temporary) goodbyes.

Funnily enough, it was Sarah who took me under her wing in my first week at TMIK and showed me the ropes. To say that she will be greatly missed is an understatement. I could rely on her to proof read my waffle at all hours of the day, entertain my random thoughts and step-in to help out anyone of us.

I’m sure you all join me in wishing her all the luck in the world with her new bonnie baby on the way. She has been instrumental in building a news community that strives to build a healthier conversations and navigate uncertain times. Here, in her own words, are some of her highlights.

The one to send to your friends

I remember someone comparing Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez to a grown-up Lisa Simpson IRL.

Last week, the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district delivered a historic speech to the house that spoke for woman all around the world. Calling out the disgusting language and behaviour of fellow congressman Yoho, AOC rallied against the toxic culture that allows men to discriminate against women and then hide behind their families.

In her piece for the Cut, Rebecca Traister dissects the patriarchy’s reaction to this fearlessness and we can listen out for the dog whistles that distract us from addressing the true root of the problem.

The fire starter

“Though I am gone, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.”

John Lewis is a civil rights hero. He stood shoulder to shoulder with the likes of MLK, walking across the Selma bridge. He passed away this week.

In an emotional eulogy, Barack Obama described Mr. Lewis as a founding father of a “fuller, fairer better America”.

John Lewis penned one final essay to be published after his death, which provides comfort, hope and inspiration for those who have struggled against oppresion, and those fighting for freedom right now.

The hardhitter

The fight for the US Presidential election is underway. In fact, this year, it looks as though the fight is literally playing out on the streets of American cities as protesters square up with federal agents deployed by a President wrestling to instil an autocracy.

As with all elections in the modern day, a key political battle ground is also being fought online. While boycotts of digital platforms attempt to evoke action from those at the top of the tech pyramid, many workers are quitting these companies because they cannot stomach their role in the erosion of democracy.

This in-depth look by Buzzfeed reveals just how high the stakes really are.

The Scroll on the loo

“As the only Karen replying to you: No. If you have a problem being called ‘a Karen’ then don’t be one? I don’t call the police on people or ask to speak to the manager. Very simple!”

The BBC has provided a helpful guide to the new slur for female-white-privelidge: Karen.

Where it came from, how it’s been applied and how it took the internet by storm.

If you are offended by the piece, please feel free to contact a manager at the BBC.

Listen up!

So much has evolved over the course of the pandemic. Friendships have become almost entirely virtual, which is why I love the Call Your Girlfriend podcast series – just two friends talking through big issues.

The latest episode deals with the trapdoors of interracial friendships, and how easy it cane be to say the wrong thing.