#NPRreads: Shake Things Up This Weekend With These Three Stories

From NPR:

This essay by Sarah Gailey is a hoot. It also feels true, delving into cartoon characters to ask why the women have to be villains to be bold, to seek power, to act now.

The princess model relies on being liked, Gailey says:

As Gailey notes, the villainesses aren’t role models. But maybe real women can model for the cartoons: standing up to powerful harassers, rejecting limits, running for president.

As I cover the Donald Trump campaign, I’m thinking a lot about the white working class voters who tend to overwhelmingly support Trump: the frustrations they feel with “the elites” and the sense that “the system” wasn’t created for them. The author of this piece about “coding white trash” describes a similar sense about forging a career in academia, while also feeling out of place each time she returns to her blue-collar roots.

This discussion also appealed to me personally as someone who grew up in the Midwest, married a Southerner, and did not attend an elite college. I have experienced the feeling of insecurity that perhaps power centers like DC are really not meant for me. In my own family, people on one side tend to be farmers and a truck drivers and factory workers, while the other side includes a judge, neurosurgeon, and cardiologist. I’ve seen up close the gaps between their opportunity sets and how differently my cousins/aunts/uncles on either side live and think.

Take that disparity and disconnect and amplify it times millions of Americans, and it provides an insight into our current political upheaval. This piece is excellent context for understanding that.

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