Within the social work world, many members of the profession (especially supervisors) explicitly promote “self care.” That’s great, and appropriate. We should encourage professionals to put on their own oxygen masks before they help others with theirs.
In fact, some people conclude that the high rates of turnover within the profession are specifically connected to insufficient self-care. However, this conclusion is incorrect. The drop-out rates within the field of social work have less to do with individual social workers’ abilities to self-care, and more to do with agencies’ abilities to promote self-care as a culture.
After spending a week researching the ongoing Lululemon hoopla, some particularly observational friends guided me to a few excellent xojane articles about black bodies in yoga classes. The first article regarded one woman’s observations of a black woman in her yoga class (“It Happened to Me: There are No Black People in My Yoga Classes and I’m Suddenly Feeling Uncomfortable With It“). The second article was a response from a black woman who read the first article (“It Happened to Me: I Read an Essay About a White Woman’s Yoga Class/Black Woman Crisis and I Cannot“). The third article came as a response to both, from the perspective of the assigning editor of the original piece:
As the assigning editor, I’d like to respond to some of the criticism.
Because there are a lot of things that I don’t give a fuck about — pageviews among them — but the one thing that I give a huge fuck about is race, and the conversations surrounding race.Throughout my life as a person, a black woman, a writer and editor, author, mother, daughter, partner and friend, it has always been an integral part of my existence to listen and question, invite and engage in dialogs about race. How can we look at issues surrounding race, racism, cultural appropriation and race consciousness in nuanced, unprecedented ways that will help move not merely the conversation, but the actual systemic foothold of the segregationist, tribal thinking that hurts and hinders the growth and emotional health of both black and white Americans alike.
Jezebel.com shares more on a new Dutch feminist porn channel making its way to the U.S. Yes… THE U.S.A. Weird, I know.
For stat collectors and others interested in the rampantly growing Prison Industrial Complex:
“In the U.S., where ninety-six percent of the reported perpetrators of rape are white, eighty percent of the men in prison for rape are black.”
— Joseph Weinberg & Michael Biernbaum, Conversations of Consent: Sexual Intimacy without Sexual Assault (via Kim Katrin Crosby)
In today’s Star coverage, “a former tow truck driver says two police officers mounted ‘a ‘campaign’ of harassment’ that involved taunting him with dildos to get him off the road.”
— by Jennifer Pagliaro of TheStar.com
Last I checked, that’s sexual harassment.
— compiled by Amelia