In France, in order to protect women from being oppressed by Muslim men who tell them what to wear, white men with guns force women to take their clothes off. I have so much fury and contempt for this racism, Islamophobia, and misogyny disguised as “liberation” and “secular values” that I don’t even have enough room in my head for it. By writer Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan at the Independent: Dear white people of France: being forced to undress wasn’t exactly the liberation I was longing for. “It seems that oppression is only when brown men tell you how to dress; when white men do it it’s called liberation. But even French feminism has its roots in colonialism and imperialism.”
At the Guardian: Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds. “As the Republican-led state legislature has slashed funding to reproductive healthcare clinics, the maternal mortality rate doubled over just a two-year period.”
In nicer news, at Time: Scientists Discover Sharks That Can Live for 400 Years.
At Quartz: The photos that remind us of why we love sports. Beautiful! There’s an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.
At The Telegraph: Call of the wild: photographer Anup Shah on capturing the perfect shot. Also beautiful, and astonishing. The author has a new book out.
I’d like to write more today, dear readers, but I can’t, because I’m trying to get through this revision, so that I can go back to the beginning and start revising again.