experiment in empathy

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issue 3 • May 2018

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In This Issue


The Level Ground Guide to Summer Entertainment

Looking for the hottest books, music, movies and more this summer? Check out our list!


Dear Hollywood...

Please stop doing this to women of color on TV....

"Mary (Q’orianka Kilcher) is mute, yet her character and her actions speak much more powerfully than if she were able to speak. Personally, I found her fascinating. She is the epitome of the brown faithful servant, gliding and sometimes stomping her way through Kriezler’s house chopping his vegetables and tying his laces. She is fierce, warm, complex, unruly, and still somehow humble—and Kilcher adroitly navigates that without uttering a word. Ah, finally, a complex brown woman with immense potential! AND THEN SHE WENT AND FUCKING DIED."


But by all means, keep giving us good pansexual characters!

"To see a non-monosexual character portrayed in such a normalized light on a TV show that doesn’t even feature sexuality as one of its main themes... that’s powerful, to say the least. Schitt’s Creek imagines a world where a person attracted to people of all genders could move freely through various relationships without risking their own self-esteem or the disapproval of their family or society. Is it realistic? Maybe not for a lot of us as we consider the worlds we live in. But I’m not entirely convinced that the goal of good television is always to present the world exactly as it is."


Sexual abuse and domestic violence run rampant in the church. When will we start listening to the victims?

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Janelle. Freaking. Monáe.

The futuristic queen of pop returns with a brand new album that finds her embracing her pansexual identity and showcasing black female love.


Still freaking out about Beychella's Destiny's Child reunion? So are we.


Destiny’s Child is still relevant today. It seems like "Bills, Bills, Bills" will never stop being a bop, and "Jumpin Jumpin," "Say My Name," and "Independent Woman Part 1" are all great songs that have transcended their place in time. Yet their staying power is found in the underlying message of Black women supporting other Black women. I want to be specific here because specificity is important: naming Black women is important in a world where Black women are often erased.




In other news...

Barbie has a vlog, and it's got some
stellar mental health tips, honestly.

What can we say? 2018 is weird.


Stop acting like you're too good for Real Housewives. Because you're not.


We live in a world in which things seen as even close to feminine aren’t valuable.

So, of course investing emotionally in a show uninformed critiquers assume is only about infighting and the privileged lives of women is easily seen as a blockage to success... There’s a pretty strong sexist stereotype that women’s lives are mostly about fighting and outfits and boring men, and if you have only ever watched a few episodes of RHONY, you might believe this to be true of the show as well. But—much like any assumptions that one might make about what takes place in the lives of women not on TV—you'd be wrong.

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