Monday Matter: Taking Back Sunday and getting naked outside
Your weekly Foreign Bodies roundup
Every Monday, I send subscribers and gift recipients of immigrant mental health and storytelling newsletter Foreign Bodies stories I recently inhaled and adored. This is also a chance to do some housekeeping and give shout-outs and all that jazz.
First things first
A little housekeeping
More than 130,000 psychology professionals within the American Psychological Association recently condemned the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, suggesting the decision will exacerbate the country’s mental health crisis. On Thursday, in anticipation of the ruling, I ordered more than a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts for myself, overlooked a deadline with a new editor, forgot one of my best friend’s birthdays and woke up in the middle of the night to one of my recurring gun-related nightmares—this time, a mass shooting while on a first date at the state fair. I texted my gynecologist an hour after the decision Friday, and told a guy I’ve been seeing I need to just be with my girlfriend and our dogs for the foreseeable future. Sehar and I ordered Sichuan, inhaled doughnuts and watched Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. She left and I wept into the morning, stuck in a familiar state of paralysis I’ve successfully avoided for a few years now. Now it’s Monday, and I’m still scrambling to go on as if more than half of the population wasn’t just stripped of our rights. If you’d like to vent, cry or send a meme, I’m on Signal.
A musical start to your Mondays 🎧
One song to groove to, cry to, drive to and share
Just been on a Fiona Apple kick lately, to be honest. Here’s the latest from my shuffle.
Resource(s) of the week
Something helpful and interesting and cool (*storytelling opportunity)
How to Get Help for Your Abortion: A guide into the abortion mutual aid network from New York Magazine’s Lauren Rankin
*Dissent Magazine is open to pitches of reported essays, features, cultural criticism grounded in leftist politics and critique as part of their new program promoting emerging writers and new voices.
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