Links: 12/04/15

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December 4, 2015

  • This is a really interesting interview with filmmaker Jamal T. Lewis: “Whom we decide to (and, not to) lay with (and, love) is political. It is a decision that we all make, myself included. It informs whom we save, whom we fight for, whom we deem worthy, whom we deem disposable, and vice versa. […] Desire is a cognitive and emotional phenomenon informed by something.
  • One hell of an essay from Eula Biss on “White Debt”: “When we buy into whiteness, we entertain the delusion that we’re business partners with power, not its minions.”
  • Fascinating profile of Megan Phelps-Roper and how interacting with people who believed differently than she and her community did eventually pulled her out of the Westboro Baptist Church.
  • Emotional labor, ugh. It’s often the worst:

    In a work context, emotional labor refers to the expectation that a worker should manipulate either her actual feelings or the appearance of her feelings in order to satisfy the perceived requirements of her job. Emotional labor also covers the requirement that a worker should modulate her feelings in order to influence the positive experience of a client or a colleague.

    It also includes influencing office harmony, being pleasant, present but not too much, charming and tolerant and volunteering to do menial tasks (such as making coffee or printing documents).

  • Zoltan Istvan wants to live forever. Not sure about the wanting to learn how to fly part, though. Highly recommend typing in “zoltan” on this page.

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1 Comment

  1. Selki

    I’m glad to see the Guardian writing about emotional labor. It’s old news to me, but OTOH I’ve only recently heard the connection to waitressing: “women living off tips in states that have $2.13 minimum tipped wages are twice as likely to experience sexual harassment on the job compared to women in states with higher base wages.”


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