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Laura Woodhouse at The F-Word reports that universal free childcare in the UK would bring in more money from working mothers than it would cost: Free state childcare more than affordable.

Remembering Claudette Colvin by Angus Johnston at Student Activism:

In the spring of 1955, Claudette Colvin was a junior at Booker T. Washington High School in Montgomery. On March 2 of that year, on her way home from school, she was told to move to the back of the bus to allow a white person to take her seat.

Like Rosa Parks, she refused. Like Rosa Parks, she was arrested.

So why do we know Parks’ name and not Colvin’s?

Ursula K. Le Guin talks gender-swapping, art, and power in Shakespeare in On Prospero’s Island at the Book View Cafe Blog:

Prospera is another imaginary person, one not invented by Shakespeare. But she speaks Prospero’s words. And so she bothers me. Is she a person or a ventriloquist’s puppet? If she is genuinely a character, why has she co-opted another character’s speeches?

At The PushBack, my buddy Lauren Bruce talks about teen motherhood, and she smashes some misconceptions but good.

Deep literacy: way more important than you think by Courtney Stoker at From Austin to A&M:

You can’t inter­pret argu­ment with­out con­text. If you don’t know any­thing about where a per­son comes from, you gen­er­ally can’t accu­rately iden­tify the argu­ments they are mak­ing.

Nahida at the fatal feminist has a whole lot of thoughts about racism, not identifying with a race, white feminists, all kinds of feminism, Islam, femininity, and power. Part I: Constructions of Race and Appropriation, Part II: Visual Presentation and Interpretation, and the last one, Part III.

DEAR SUGAR, The Rumpus Advice Column #86: Tiny Revolutions:

You have to find a way to inhabit your body while enacting your deepest desires. You have to be brave enough to build the intimacy you deserve. You have to take off all of your clothes and say, I’m right here.

There are so many tiny revolutions in a life, a million ways we have to circle around ourselves to grow and change and be okay. And perhaps the body is our final frontier. It’s the one place we can’t leave.

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