The Pulpit Presents: Time To Heal – PULPMAG
H i there sweet baby angels. Welcome to November!
This week, many felt the change that comes with this time of year, whether it’s in weather or in spirit. The leaves fell or grew (depending on where on the planet you are), the air crisped or relaxed, and the world either readied itself to turn away from the sun or readied itself to turn towards it.
Our articles this week signal a shift.
We opened the week with an illuminating article about internalized racism and the body, by Ryan Fan.
“Asian immigrants tend to be more comfortable in their own skin when they don’t assimilate but Asian-Americans are in a constant state of flux, trying to forge their own identities, whether it’s staying true to traditional morals and cultures or trying to steer clear of them and assimilating to American values.
I am part of the latter category — someone who’d always been trying to counter the mold set before me. And it wasn’t only that I saw very few representations of Asians in pro sports, but the constant steeping in narratives and stereotypes that Asians weren’t meant for sports.” — Internalized Racism Against Asians Made Me A Runner.
Our next piece, to shift gears, was Dacia Holliday’s much-anticipated tarotscopes for November, which center on healing and accountability.
“Divine justice is what the Accountability card is all about, indicating that November will bring old wounds closure in ways that are unexpected & (im)perfectly orchestrated by the Femmeiverse. It tells the story of how you tried to pursue justice for yourself, any kind, but ultimately you were left dissatisfied. In order to keep going, you tried to soften your own edges where you could, but, still, something was missing. Something you taught yourself to live without. Justice.” — November Tarotscopes: Heal From The Inside Out
Next up we’ve got something that definitely falls in line with the shape-shifting time of the year: How We’ve Normalized Sexual Coercion And How To Flip The Script, by Stephanie Auteri.
“For a long time, I didn’t know how to define these experiences. And in many ways, I still don’t. At a time in which men are either monsters or angels — and in which he seems like neither, not exactly — words seem too slippery.
How do I talk about all of the moments in our relationship that were clearly not healthy, but that were also clearly not rape? How do I talk about it when it all seems so commonplace? So normal?”
Rounding out the week is Episode Three of our reproductive justice podcast, Between The Bills, hosted by the amazing Emily Rose Thorne.
“Abstinence-only sex education, for the uninitiated, is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: teaching middle and high school students that the best way to avoid sexually-transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy is to abstain from sex. In the South, it’s often taught by representatives from crisis pregnancy centers — religious organizations led by anti-choice folks whose sole aim is to discourage abortion and mislead pregnant people.”
And lastly, for a little lesson in boundaries, we’ve got My Dungeon Love Affair, by Stephanie Parent.
“Really, though, I was determined to finally fill a need I’d known since my earliest memories; when in elementary school, I’d fantasized about being kept in a cage — a yearning I’d fed as a teenager and twenty-something on novels like Pauline Reage’s Story of O and movies like Luis Bunuel’s classic Belle de Jour. These stories of women sacrificing their safe, ordinary lives so they could learn what it truly meant to submit, to give up control and allow others to inflict pain that might become pleasure, spoke to me on a deep, visceral level. I dreamed I might experience even a hint of what these characters did — and I chose not to think about the tragic ends both female heroines met.”
Our playlist is here for you to pull the pieces together, to heal, and to move through the mutable sphere that is this world.