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October 5, 2018
The Five Senses
After watching the trailer for Feminists: What Were They Thinking? I looked up photographs from Cynthia MacAdams Emergence series. Here is Michelle Phillips from The Mamas & Papas, 1976. 
Jose Naranja crafts meticulous artwork in his notebooks (which he also creates himself). He has joined in participating for #Inktober on Instagram, an event where artists post one piece of art every day of October. 
Taking a look at the 70's feminist movement through the photography of Cynthia MacAdams. Very excited to see this. 
Carrie Chan does beautiful paint work on her Instagram and manages to find so many colors in one tube of paint. 
What is perfect skin and do acids - which are the popular thing these days - help achieve it? 

What I'm Reading

This week, I read about the existential void of the pop-up experience, giving examples like the Museum of Ice Cream and the Rosé Mansion. Some of the reader comments and NYT picks were just as illuminating as the article: 
When one tries too hard to cultivate happiness it often doesn't come off quite right. Trying to impress your 'friends' on social media with what a fab life you lead is a shallow endeavor at best. At worst it is a true mental illness that has inflicted our society. A lot of this is fueled by the narcissism inherent at certain levels of human development, combined with an overly aggressive consumer culture. The 'fear of missing out' on being seen as a 'fun' person, and the constant visual reminders that your life doesn't quite measure up makes some desperate to have 'fun experiences'. They are determined to have them anyway they can even if it means paying for it (and it usually does). - Sean from Earth 
Women are less vocal about pain and are more unlikely to receive pain medication. This applies to a procedure I've even heard my friends talk about: IUD insertion. "To give a sense of the pain, or at least how bad the pain can be, if a shot is a 3 on a pain scale, an IUD insertion is a 10, in three waves.

Speaking of the trauma women face, the Kavanaugh allegations have greatly affected women who are victims of sexual assault. Some have minimized the allegations by comparing Kavanaugh to Bill Clinton. Outside of the allegations, Kavanaugh is facing scrutiny by over 600 laywers and former associates for lying under oath and his temperament.

Even though many are feeling discouraged by the Kavanaugh nomination, there is hope in how Christine Blasey Ford is being treated. She is refusing to be ashamed and took risk to stand before a volatile crowd. Jennifer Palmieri wrote about how Ford's testimony has given her hope since it shows a huge change in treatment since Monica Lewinsky came forward. 
A path forward for women is clearer to me now than it was decades ago: Refuse to be shamed or held accountable for actions taken by men. Shame is one of the last weapons of the fading patriarchy. But unlike the other means that have been used to keep women down, this one is entirely within our control to defeat.
Alexandra Kesick is the author of I Knew You Once and Deep Gentle Blue, published by Ghost City Press.
Copyright © 2018 Alexandra Kesick, All rights reserved.

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