The FADER Weekend Reading List

We’re reading about blindness, self-care, and menstrual cups this weekend.

July 08, 2016
The FADER Weekend Reading List Illustration by Leah Mandel
What White America Fails To See

Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times


2016 has been relentless, and this week in particular felt like the whole world was burning. For the Times, Dyson put eloquently what too much of America is failing to see right now: "At birth, you are given a pair of binoculars that see black life from a distance, never with the texture of intimacy. Those binoculars are privilege; they are status, regardless of your class. In fact the greatest privilege that exists is for white folk to get stopped by a cop and not end up dead when the encounter is over."

How To Engage In Self-Care In Times Of Black Trauma

Lakin Starling, The FADER

In light of recent egregious events, Randi Gloss, founder of social awareness brand GLOSSRAGS, shares some ways to remain well in the face of the devastation of the police killings of black men and women.

The Difficulty Of Being Simone Biles

Lonnae O'Neal, The Undefeated

This piece, which was published in conjunction with ESPN The Magazine, is a profile of (possibly) the best gymnast in the world, before she heads to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics. O'Neal tells Biles's story through the lenses of family and race.

Blood Orange's Freetown Sound Is The Album For Fraught Times

Alex Frank, The FADER

Freetown Sound, Dev Hynes's third album as Blood Orange, was made by and for the black and queer communities that are most under attack in today's fractured world. Alex Frank's review of the gorgeous new record will put some hope in your heart: "It is, at first listen, a Xanax for these jittery days. But read more closely, it operates as a very complex repudiation of the ugly hate that encroaches on all of our lives."

Why Has It Taken the Menstrual Cup So Long to Go Mainstream?

Natalie Shure, PS Mag

Great question. If your uterine lining sheds, and you're unfamiliar with or hesitant to find out about the DivaCup and her alternatives, read up and change your world. Also included is a history of period products, which is pretty cool if you're into period timelines.

The FADER Weekend Reading List