Happy Friday! I’ve had a good, busy week, full of lots of work and lots of play. Here is a picture of me enjoying an evening on a boat:
And, as usual, here are four things from the internet plus a list of stuff that made me happy this week. Enjoy the Friday Five!
Joy the Baker is more than just a good batch of cookies (but srsly, thank goodness for when she makes vegan cookies). This gal can also make a mean (and by “mean”, I mean, “super nice”) smoothie. I am an -aholic of both green tea and smoothies, so this combination sounds like the perfect way to start a morning!
Masculinity and Veganism
There have been a lot of conversations happening around masculinity and veganism lately. NPR just did a story featuring several vegan men (including the dude from Cro-Mags and an MMA fighter) who “think masculinity should be re-framed as protecting the planet, not dominating it.” There are lots of responses being written pointing out how this frame perpetuates rigid conceptions of the gender binary and problematic tropes about masculinity more generally. Relatedly, A. Breeze Harper (Sistah Vegan)’s new project is on Veganism and Black Masculinity. Looking forward to thinking through more on all of this and the wider implications of the intersections of veganism, gender, race, and class.
If you haven’t heard, “the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has shut off the water for more than 15,000 delinquent households.” There’s some really amazing work being done to protest this egregious action, and the link above can tell you how you can help donate to get water back to a household. You could also go here.
File this NPR story under things that frustrate me. This pig farmer from Kentucky is currently on a quest to preserve biodiversity by protecting a breed of pig that is near extinction. The farmer, Travis Hood, insists that the best way to save the pigs is to breed them for consumption. The breed is said to be “as friendly as golden retrievers” and also “exceptionally juicy with a rich texture.” (GAH. How can people actually juxtapose those two sentences in good conscience?!). I don’t know, I’m not a fan of the approach (obviously), but I’m also not a biodiversity specialist. I’m curious to hear other people’s thoughts.
Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy
being on the boat!
ladies night + homemade veggie sushi
awesome workouts (thanks LD!)
productive writing days
seeing two good friends pass the dissertation defense milestone
re-watching this in its entirety (#sorrynotsorry)
vegan restaurant dates
walks in the sunshine
What made you happy this week?