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Matthew David McGorry is an American actor and activist. He is best known for his roles as John Bennett in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black and as Asher Millstone on ABC's How to Get Away with Murder.
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Are Prisons Obsolete?
Angela Y. Davis - Apr 01, 2003
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With her characteristic brilliance, grace and radical audacity, Angela Y. Davis has put the case for the latest abolition movement in American life: the abolition of the prison. As she quite correctly notes, American life is replete with abolition movements, and when they were engaged in these struggles, their chances of success seemed almost unthi...
Matt McGorry
Jun 24, 2020
Repost from @behindmirror_ . “Are Prisons Obsolete?” by Angela Davis is a must read. All of her books are very important and worth reading!      source
Feminist Theory
From Margin to Center
bell hooks - Sep 18, 2014 (first published in 1984)
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When Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center was first published, it was welcomed and praised by feminist thinkers who wanted a new vision. Even so, individual readers frequently found the theory "unsettling" or "provocative." Today, the blueprint for feminist movement presented in the book remains as provocative and relevant as ever. Written in hoo...
Matt McGorry
Feb 24, 2020
"Feminist Theory: From Margin To Center" by bell hooks # bell hooks is my favorite author. This book is definitely a must-read for any one interested in better understanding feminism. # Initially, my understanding…      source
Fearing the Black Body
Strings - May 07, 2019
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n her first book, sociologist Strings (sociology, Univ. of California, Irvine) explores the historical development of prothin, antifat ideologies deployed in support of Western, patriarchal white supremacy. Beginning in the aesthetic ideals circulated by Renaissance thinkers and artists and bringing her narrative up into the 1990s, Strings charts h...
Matt McGorry
Nov 15, 2019
“Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia” by #SabrinaStrings @SaStrings So grateful for this book. It is a truly remarkable piece of work that offers great insight into the history of fatphobia and its origins in the fear and hatred of the Black body. #mcgreads      source
Shrill
Lindy West - Feb 28, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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Shrill is an uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can't be funny. Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible--like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you--writer and humorist Lindy West quickly d...
Matt McGorry
Aug 20, 2019
"Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman" by Lindy West @TheLindyWest # Lovvvvveeedddd, loved, loved, loved this book!!!  West is a truly remarkable writer and her stories are beautifully poignant while dosed with her…      source
Revolting Prostitutes
The Fight for Sex Workers' Rights
Molly Smith - Nov 06, 2018
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You hear that selling sex is degrading; you hear that no one would ever choose to do it; you hear that it's dangerous; that women get abused and killed. You often hear, "There should be a law against it!" Or, perhaps just against the buyers. What do sex workers want? That's not something you hear asked very often. In this accessible manifesto, the ...
Matt McGorry
Apr 23, 2019
“Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight For Sex Workers’ Rights” by Juno Mac & Molly Smith (@fornicatrix & @pastachips) This book is a MUST READ for anyone that cares about liberation for the most marginalized. The narrative around sex work MUST change. #McGReads      source
Yes Means Yes!
Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape
Jaclyn Friedman - Dec 02, 2008
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In this groundbreaking new look at rape edited by writer and activist Jaclyn Friedman and Full Frontal Feminism and He’s A Stud, She’s A Slut author Jessica Valenti, the way we view rape in our culture is finally dismantled and replaced with a genuine understanding and respect for female sexual pleasure. Feminist, political, and activist writers al...
Matt McGorry
Mar 07, 2018
“Yes Means Yes: Visions Of Female Sexual Power & A World Without Rape” by @jaclynf & @JessicaValenti May those of us who seek to be allies and accomplices never stop learning. Great knowledge and diversity of perspectives featured in this book/anthology. #McGReads      source
Women, Race, & Class
Angela Y. Davis - Feb 12, 1983 (first published in 1981)
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A powerful study of the women's movement in the U.S. from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders....
Matt McGorry
Dec 08, 2017
“Women, Race, & Class” by Angela Y. Davis (*Trigger Warning on book pages- descriptions of sexual and racist violence) Important book giving historical context for the necessity of centering the needs of (poor/working class) women of color in gender & racial justice. #McGReads      source
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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
And Other Conversations About Race
Beverly Daniel Tatum - Sep 05, 2017 (first published in 1997)
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The classic, bestselling book on the psychology of racism-now fully revised and updated Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, a...
Matt McGorry
Sep 01, 2017
Looking to better understand race/racism? Highly recommend this book by @BDTSpelman We can't change what we don't understand. #McGReads      source
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Body of Truth
How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight -- and What We Can Do about It
Harriet Brown - Mar 22, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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Over the past twenty-five years, our quest for thinness has morphed into a relentless obsession with weight and body image. In our culture, "fat" has become a four-letter word. Or, as Lance Armstrong said to the wife of a former teammate, "I called you crazy. I called you a bitch. But I never called you fat." How did we get to this place where the ...
Matt McGorry
Jun 14, 2017
#BodyOfTruth - @HarrietBrown I was an expert trainer for a decade. I rec this book over the next diet/workout book you may buy #McGReads      source
No More Heroes
Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality
Jordan Flaherty - Nov 08, 2016
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How can we build a better world? And why do so many people with privilege end up making things worse when they try to help? It’s called the savior mentality, and Jordan Flaherty finds it in FBI informants, anti-sex-work crusaders, Teach For America corps members, and out-of-touch journalists. No More Heroes celebrates grassroots challenges to these...
Matt McGorry
Mar 30, 2017
(1/2) Important book from #JordanFlaherty . "No More Heroes" is a must-read for anyone engaged in non-profit work, charity, or activism.      source
The Fire Next Time
James Baldwin - Dec 01, 1992 (first published in 1963)
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A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative d...
Matt McGorry
Feb 13, 2017
First James Baldwin book I've ever read. Just wow. So incredibly powerful and full of Truth. Wish I was assigned this in school. #McGReads      source
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