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Happy Friday, lovely people. I hope your week has been chock full of adventure, kindness and as many homemade cold brews as your heart can handle.
Let’s to the longreads!
Jonathan Swan, Shane Goldmacher and Maggie Haberman, Defend Trump and ‘Hammer’ Ramaswamy: DeSantis Allies Reveal Debate Strategy (NYT) - I mean, we all know that super PACs will go to any length to circumvent restrictions on communication with campaigns, but wooooof, it still sucks to see how the sausage is made.
Jude Doyle, A Vindication Of The Rights Of Ken (Medium) - With one of the greatest subheads I’ve read in a while, this examination of the impact of culturally-dictated “feminine” gender roles on whomever is forced to exist within them should be required reading for any of the young men screaming into their front camera about how much the movie hates men.
Garrison Hayes, Debunking Florida’s Argument That Slavery Could Benefit the Enslaved, in 120 Seconds (Mother Jones) - Less of a long read than a short read introducing a powerful takedown of one of the most cynical and crass conservative talking points on slavery, succinctly debunked in showing how “their skills meant very little in society the moment their bodies no longer belonged to a white man.”
Peter Wilke, German far right’s Höcke wants to kick disabled kids out of regular schools (POLITICO) - So, umm, we all know where horrific ideas like this end up, yes?
Roni Caryn Rabin, Growing Segregation by Sex in Israel Raises Fears for Women’s Rights’ (NYT) - During my one trip to Israel over a decade ago, I viscerally remember the anger I felt at the Western Wall, stuck on one side of a partition whilst my male travel companions were free to explore the larger section of the wall and visit the stone structures within the buildings themselves. Obviously, there are so many reasons to criticize so many actions taken recently by the Israeli government, but it still chills me to read about how ultra-Orthodox politicians are pushing divisions based on sex into larger portions of public life: “Bus drivers in central Tel Aviv and southern Eilat have refused to pick up young women, because they were wearing crop tops or workout clothes. Last month, ultra-Orthodox men in the religious town of Bnei Brak stopped a public bus and blocked the road because a woman was driving.”
Have a glorious weekend - drink some water, get outside, and be kind to each other, won’t you?