Welcome to the weekly Lashings links round up! Feel free to add your own links in the comments, with a brief description and trigger warnings if appropriate.
Asher Bauer, Self-Explanatory: When Your Gender Isn't. An extract from Bauer's upcoming zine, Nelly, which focuses on male femininity and feminine men.
The words are not a threat, but an affirmation. They come from my friend who for now I’ll call Ethan, a cute boy in the same awkward situation that I find myself in—gay, fem, transgender. Fucked.
Arwyn at Raising My Boychick discusses the supposed moral obligation to be healthy
The problem isn’t the idea of health or productivity; the problem is when we make those things moral obligations, rather than recognizing that they have inherent value, and that, lacking outside pressure, people will still want them for themselves.
Hannah Eiseman-Reynard @ Bad Reputation: A Lower Low: very interesting piece on the tendency in contemporary comedy to 'punch downwards' and reproduce sexist/racist ideologies for the sake of 'edginess' -- a subject close to most Lashers' hearts.
Anger and humour are very often interlinked, but where you aim that anger makes all the difference. Aim it ‘up’ at deserving, more powerful targets and it’s subversive, it can hold people to account – satire has a long and proud tradition. Aim that anger ‘down’ at the underdog and it’s tired, old and – frankly – it’s bullying.
A very funny cartoon about the up-coming UK referendum on the Alternative Vote