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Hey y’all,

I hope you are well, stayin’ dry, keepin’ cool and the like.

This week you may notice things to be a little bit light. We’re regrouping with some awesome new writers for the Your Voice column. With that in mind, we’d love to hear from you! Do you have a story to tell, but may not have it all nailed down and need help organizing your thoughts? Send me a note and I’ll connect you with Javacia Bowser of See Jane Write, who works with our columnists. I can’t wait to hear from you.

This week we’re talking about diversifying your bookshelf, Britney’s Instagram and the myth of the IUD being “just a pinch.” Because like… we all know that’s not true.

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Kendra Gayle Lee, of Atlanta’s Bookish, wants you to diversify your bookshelf

“It was the first book that I read where the lesbian didn’t have to die at the end,” Lee said, referring to Rita Mae Brown’s 1970s lesbian coming-of-age novel “Rubyfruit Jungle.” Kendra Gayle Lee continued: “It was so empowering for me to see that part of myself represented. As a white girl, I saw that part of myself, but I didn’t see the queer part of myself. When I did, it was like a whole new world.”

Kendra Gayle Lee owns Bookish, a bookstore in southeast Atlanta. She intentionally curates her selection so customers can read stories that accurately reflect who they are, and introduce other customers to new narratives. Lee created a Bookish reading challenge that guides readers to read books by a diverse selection of authors and topics. You can view the challenge and book list here.

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The Junk Drawer

The Junk Drawer isn’t really junk, but a curated collection of things from around the internet that you didn’t really know you needed, akin to the paper clip, flashlight, hair tie and the $2 bill that hang around in that one kitchen drawer.

“Just a pinch.” The Lily talked to 130 people about what getting an IUD feels like and many of them said the “uncomfortable” feeling that they were prepared for was more akin to excruciating. (The Lily)

Can ‘bad men’ ever change? This essay was super interesting to me as it explores what restorative justice looks like in cases like sexual assault. I’m especially interested in this topic after this year’s exploration of what prison abolition looks like. (The Cut)

Room to grieve: Lawmakers seek paid leave for miscarriages and other family setbacks.

‘If I had three days to privately go through the process, I would have been better off,’ a senator said. (The 19th*)

ICYMI

It looks like Britney Spears got control over her Instagram account after years of cryptic posts by what we can only assume was a handler of some sorts. Our girl is posting gifts from Selena Gomez (I’ve been waiting for Brit to receive superfluous PR like every other celebrity, as is her God-given internet right). She even posted a snippet of her singing! You can keep up with her conservatorship case here. But I am so pumped to have the real Britney back on the ‘gram.

That’s all I’ve got for today.

Abbey