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What We're Reading: August 2018

What We're Reading
A stack of theater magazines and printed articles with post it notes marking specific pages sits on a wood surface. The most prominent is a book titled "theatre journal" and the cover features a woman singing into a microphone.

As members of an organization that believes in the power of conversation to promote systemic change, the team here at The Lark often circulates, amongst ourselves, anecdotes and emails about materials we've read lately that have moved us. In accordance with our commitment to the amplification of necessary voices that reflect the world we live in, this new, monthly post compiles some of the media we have been tuned in to, to share with our wider community. We know these are only a sampling of all the insightful work out there, so if we missed anything that had an impact on you this month, we encourage you to share in the comments section!

Dear Media: 'Pose' Is About Trans Women, NOT Drag Queens by John Paul Brammer

"We need mainstream news outlets to cover trans narratives correctly, because trans people remain vulnerable to high levels of violence, and positive stories are among the most efficient tools for increasing understanding of LGBTQ+ people among cisgender and heterosexual people."

Published by them., a platform exploring pop culture and politics through an LGBTQ+ lens, this articles points out how a lack of trans representation in media has lead to a lack of understanding in how to report on trans narratives.

The Blurring of Sexual and Consent Boundaries in Rocky Horror Picture Show 
by Lindsay King Miller

"If this queer tradition is to survive and thrive in the age of #MeToo, it may have to embrace a new set of cultural mores — ones that prioritize consent and safety over 'absolute pleasure.'" gem take two! This piece explores some of the ways RH subculture falls short of its reputation as a safe haven for queer-identified folks, as well as the ways some cast members are trying to right those wrongs.

How White People Handle Diversity Training in the Workplace by Robin DiAngelo

"​It would be revolutionary if we could receive, reflect, and work to change the behavior... But we aren’t likely to get there if we are operating from the dominant worldview that only intentionally mean people can participate in racism."

This article from Medium discusses the defensive ways in which white people tend to shut down dialogue around equity when their own potential shortcomings are addressed.

Three Lessons From Adrienne Maree Brown's 'Emergent Strategy' by Miriam Zoila Pérez

"It’s a book for people interested in radical social change, who are willing to think expansively about what the future could look like, or are in need of help doing that kind of thinking.​"

Key takeaways from a book that strategizes radical modes for societal change, inspired by the science fiction works of Octavia Butler.

We Can't Burn It All Down (Even Though Sometimes We Want To) from the podcast Still Processing with Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham

"There were more Black Lives Matter signs, in people's yards and windows and storefronts, than I saw visible Black lives!"

What happens when the decision to diversify an institution, and make it more inclusive, is made by people who are already used to being included?

Bonus! Here's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TedTalk "The danger of a single story" that Jenna mentions in the podcast!