Welcome to July’s Treasure Box, a monthly collection of interesting articles and reads curated by me!
Spider web snuffbox, Paris, 1747-48.
♦ I LOVED Wonder Woman, so I compiled multiple WW related goodies:
-Speaking of real-life heroes, Ann Wolfe, who plays Artemis, is widely considered the greatest female boxer of all time and has a pretty astonishing life story.
-Though all the other Amazons are pretty great on and off-screen too–their ranks include Olympian athletes (fitting, huh?) and professional fighters!
♦ Moving on to something more sobering, here’s a vital and eye-opening Atlantic piece called “The Myth of the Kindly General Lee,” which thoroughly tears down the still-pervasive romanticization of Robert E. Lee as a noble tragic hero.
♦ Then there’s this wonderful photo project (with a fantastic accompanying Instagram account), 17.21 Women, which highlights trailblazing Asian and diaspora women!
Có giài phớng phụ-nữ Việt-Nam mới xây dựng được một xã hội tiến bộ ▫️ There is a new generation of Vietnamese women who have built up a progressive society 〰 On March 25, 1958, 50,000 South Vietnamese women peacefully demonstrated in front of Saigon's city hall to demand equal rights with men. They wore white (áo dài), a symbol of women's suffrage. • Photo, unknown #vietnamesesuffragettes #vietnamesefeminists #republicofvietnam #vietnamconghoa #republiqueduvietnam #southvietnam #saigon #aodai #áodài
♦ This is a very difficult read but I strongly recommend you have a look around this website–it’s called Lynching in America, and it includes a highly comprehensive report, interactive maps, and even audio stories from the descendants of lynching victims. I confess that until very recently, I was grossly unaware of just how ghastly the phenomenon of lynching was–not just in the details of the murders themselves, but also, for example, I hadn’t realized that so many of them weren’t just mob attacks by the Klan but community affairs drawing crowds of hundreds, including people bringing their families, or that lynching postcards were a thing. I think I’m not alone, unfortunately, in having been ignorant, and it’s a shame; it’s a horrifying history but one we desperately need to reckon with.
♦ A fascinating New Yorker article on a new industry in China: “mistress dispellers”, who help wives preserve their marriages when their husbands stray, through a variety of means.
♦ I didn’t have an Atlas Obscura article last month, so here’s a whole week of them: Children’s Literature Week! Highlights include that gruesome book of German stories that Dwight’s Nazi grandmother read him in The Office and an alternate ending of “The Tortoise and the Hare.”
♦ June was Pride Month, and the National Park Service continues their trend of badassery in unexpected places with this comprehensive resource on LGBT history.
♦ Another deeply tragic but necessary piece: “Black women are the only ones showing up for black women,” an essay in the wake of Charleena Lyles’ murder by police.
♦ Another great New Yorker piece about differences in how men and women writers portray marriage: namely, women have been much more concerned with intellectual compatibility. (Even if you knew that already, you should still check it out.)
♦ Finally, since November 8, I’ve often said that I’m proud to be a Californian, but this article is a really important reminder that our liberal elite bastion state has its dark history too: following statehood, the indigenous population plunged from about 150,000 to 30,000 as a result of state-sanctioned mass murder that fits the definition of–but has not been acknowledged as–a genocide.
This has been a pretty heavy Treasure Box, but I thought many of these articles were really important to read. See you all next month.