Some Up: Nov 22nd- 28th

Article: Rittenhouse’s defense renews focus on the case of a 17-year-old who killed her abuser (NPR)

Given the results of last week’s trial of Rittenhouse, many people wait impatiently to see what will happen with Kizer’s self-defence argument.

Article: He spent years in prison for the rape of author Alice Sebold, the subject of her memoir, ‘Lucky.’ A judge just exonerated him (CNN)

This verdict puts the book Lucky in a completely different light. It’s incredibly difficult to hear the particulars of this case in the face of what turned out to be incorrect accusations.

From her book Lucky, below is a passage focusing on Sebold’s victim impact statement on the sentencing recommendation: “I recommended the maximum sentence allowable under the law […] I knew Syracuse had been cited the seventh-best city to live in that year, and I pointedly stated that having men like [name] on the streets wouldn’t bolster this reputation. I knew my best hope to be heard was by making the point that a maximum sentence would make the men who sentenced him look good. […] Whatever skills I had, I used.” (Lucky, p 201).

Podcast episode: True Crime w. Emma Berquist (You’re Wrong About)

This has been my favourite episode of YWA post-Michael Hobbes. A really excellent look at the impact of true crime on our psyche, especially women. True crime doesn’t make us safer, even if it sometimes gives us a feeling of control.

Article: Supplements are being touted as the best way to fight COVID-19. Don’t believe it (Globe and Mail)

I carry an incredible amount of skepticism about supplements and the wellness industry. A multi billion dollar industry with basically no oversight, and no limitations on claims that can be made that play on the fears of the public? Yeah, I’m skeptical.

Good science can rarely say anything in absolutes – and that’s scary during a time of global uncertainty.

But just because these hucksters can say whatever they want, it doesn’t mean it’s true.

Article: I’m a Fat Activist. I Don’t Use the Word Fatphobia.Here’s Why (Self)

The suffix -phobia implies a hard-rooted fear. As Gordon says, “Discriminatory attitudes aren’t a mental illness.

Article: Why We Need to Stop Making Movies about Helen Keller (Disability Visibility Project)

An interesting perspective about how to present the life of Helen Keller ethically – in the opinion of the writer, best not to attempt it at all anymore.

As Hartmann states “What we all need are extraordinary stories about ordinary DeafBlind people falling in love, picking fights, tangling with midlife crises, and having torrid affairs with traveling photojournalists. We are not so different, so neither should our stories be. With these stories, children like me can imagine a future outside of Helen Keller’s shadow.”

Movie: In the Heat of the Night (1967)

I saw the play of the same name years ago, and it really made an impact.

This movie has been on my list since then and it is incredible. It has aged frighteningly well, and I think it should absolutely be on everyone’s to-watch list.

A promotional poster from the film, a bright orange background features black and white figure drawings of the actors in various scenes: a dead body on the ground with two crouching figures, a group of people aggressively standing close together, and two people having a close discussion.

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