By popular demand, we have my first recent reading post. The rise of the internet and technology has affected how we consume news and media for a while now but, as ethics, sustainability and social justice have increasingly worked their way into the mainstream conversation, it can feel like we’re moving at breakneck speed these days. For those of us who have jobs and lives outside of these sectors, it can be hard to keep up. Seeing as my job and life is wholly immersed in these sectors however, I have the privilege of more time to read and research. With this in mind I put a poll out on Instagram last week asking if it would be helpful for me to start posting regular roundups of everything I’ve been reading, and I was met with an overwhelming yes in reply.
So, here we have it. This one is pretty dang long, as it is my first and I wanted to include everything that I thought was relevant as a starting off point. Going forward we’ll be dealing with shorter time spans, so fewer articles all at once. Remember you’re not at all obligated to read everything, just check out what is relevant or interesting to you (also occasionally I include something that wasn’t written recently but is new to me and I find important, so do remember to check the date on anything you read).
And as general advice before we get started: here are my tips for understanding media bias and identifying fake news. Always helpful to know.
White supremacy, the patriarchy, politics & privilege
Female Presidential candidates, of course, don’t get fair treatment – Harper’s Bazaar
Senator Nina Turner talks about why health care, higher wages, and free public education are crucial issues for black women – Vogue
While Cambridge University is going to study how it profited from colonial slavery – The Guardian
This is what that report means for humanity – The Guardian
A new study shows how children can change their parents mind about climate change – Scientific American
This is how much ice Greenland has lost – The Atlantic
And picking up the pieces will take time – Hindustan Times
Two storms also hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in recent months, affecting at least 1.8 million people and leading to an outbreak of cholera – CBC and Reuters
Amsterdam is banning petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 – The Guardian
It turns out that not many Silicon Valley venture capitalists are willing to fund companies trying to address climate change. This is sad, but not surprising – The New York Times
‘Biodegradable’ plastic bags were examined three years after disposal, and they hadn’t biodegraded – The Guardian
This Scottish startup is looking to replace palm oil with coffee waste – BBC
Cocaine and ketamine were found in shrimp sourced in Suffolk – The Guardian
There is more than one way to be an ethical consumer – Man Repeller
Can fast fashion ever be ethical? – Quartz
This beginner’s guide to ethical fashion certifications is really helpful – Fashionista
Harry Styles has evolved into a major fashion icon, and honestly, I am here for it – GQ
This story on celebrity pastors and their sneakers is equal parts funny and frustrating – Fashionista
For the first time Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America were all won by black women – Refinery29
We owe everything we love about socially conscious cinema to John Singleton, he will be sorely missed – Gal Dem
As will Rachel Held Evans, who unexpectedly died over the weekend, but left a monumental legacy behind – The Atlantic
This year’s Turner Prize nominees are more political than ever – Vogue (also, when did Vogue start reporting on the Turner Prize?)
How queer representation on TV is finally changing – Man Repeller
This story about the diabetic community hacking old insulin pumps is fascinating – The Atlantic
That’s all I’ve got for you right now. Hopefully it was helpful and, if you’re looking for a bit of light relief after all that reading, check out this creative types quiz from Adobe too. It’s so fun!