Outside Reading — To No Longer Stand By Things Decided edition

Roe v Wade has been overturned. Here’s what this will mean by Moira Donegan

Even before the draft of the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health was leaked to the press in May, the outcome was predictable. That doesn’t make it any less infuriating that the Supreme Court of the United States, a body currently populated by multiple members who are there under the most spurious of circumstances, flagrantly ignored the cornerstone principle of stare decisis in overturning a case that’s been settled law for almost a half century. Writing for The Guardian, Moira Donegan assesses the situation with clear eyes, astute analysis, and the proper amount of clenched fury.


We’re Not Going Back to the Time Before Roe. We’re Going Somewhere Worse by Jia Tolentino

Writing for The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino provides a similar accounting of the current situation, including a convincing refutation of the argument that the new decision merely rolls back society to the dangerous time before Roe v. Wade. Instead, privacy-demolishing technology and the bolstering of an over-weaponized police state that acts with impunity creates the real threat of traumatic persecution of anyone with a uterus who doesn’t submit to being a broodmare for the state. Given that the concurring opinion authored by a justice who shouldn’t even be allowed to hear cases right now includes a gleeful threat to eradicate other Court-protected civil rights, Tolentino’s reasoning is sound as can be.

Flag of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona

Tribe Regains Prized Relics Member Saw In a Museum by Isabella Grullón Paz

There is basically a happy ending to this news story. The North American Yaqui Nation discovered that a Swedish museum was in possession of several of the tribe’s sacred artifacts. They sought to have them returned to the tribe, and those items did indeed wind up back in their possession. What remarkable and frustrating is that the return of the items took so much effort and so much time, largely because the museum continually leaned on rules of provenance rather than operating with basic respect and decency. Within that tale is a broader lesson on how we’re long past the point that institutions — including governments — should stop relying on outdated norms and start considering what’s best for all people. Isabella Grullón Paz reports for The New York Times.

Horror Friends by Adrienne Celt

Less through my own experience and more through witnessing the fortification of self I’ve seen in many that I care about, I can attest to the accuracy of this essay penned by Adrienne Celt for the Letter of Recommendation section in The New York Times. To those who need it the most in this weekend of bleak news hangover, I hope you find the equivalent of the person who will regale in the splendor of Luther the Geek with you.

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