The National Endowment for the Arts is funding a journal that includes extensive content addressing white privilege and features feminist diatribes such as “Why I Left Men for Books” and “On the Coming Extinction of the Great White Male.”
Based in New York, Electric Literature is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “making literature more exciting, relevant, and inclusive.” In February, the online journal received $15,000 from the Trump administration’s NEA, and has received taxpayer funding of $35,000 in total.
Electric Lit asserts that the journal is “committed to publishing work that is intelligent and unpretentious.” The publication also seeks to “illuminate social justice issues.”
The NEA grant is intended to “support the publication of ‘Recommended Reading,’ a free online fiction magazine.” Electric Lit’s Recommended Reading section includes essays such as “Shit Boyfriends Say,” “The Last of the 14-Year-Old Virgins” and “On the Coming Extinction of the Great White Male.”
According to The Washington Free Beacon, “Electric Lit’s content is almost exclusively from a leftist perspective that is anti-capitalist and anti-straight white men.”
Essays penned by feminists include, “What Women Can Learn From Reading Sexist Male Writers,” “Why I Left Men for Books” and “20 Authors I Don’t Have to Read Because I’ve Dated Men for 16 Years.”
More from the Beacon: The journal does feature articles written by men. For instance, one article entitled, “The Book That Made Me Realize I Was a Mansplainer—And Saved My Marriage.”
The journal offers “10 LGBTQ Crime Fiction Must-Reads,” which compares mysteries and crime novels to coming out as gay, with the “tension of withheld secrets” and the “wonder of the reveal.”
Another essay by a writer whose work is “centered on the miracle and magic of black womanhood” explains “How Young Adult Literature Taught Me to Love Like a White Girl.”
An article about the German science fiction television series Dark argues the show is about “capitalism’s false promise to women.”
The essay bemoans women’s “disproportionate suffering under capitalism” and claims the Netflix series “offers a timely look at the deceit inherent in a capitalist patriarchy — a system where the ultimate power still lies in the hands of straight white men.”
Electric Lit also published a lengthy essay entitled, “How I Bought Into Gone with the Wind’s Mythology of Whiteness,” whose writer contended that Scarlett O’Hara is “just another rich bitch who had no idea how lucky she was” and the epitome of “white privilege.”
The writer expresses her own white guilt, with her “lifelong investment in white supremacy” and “unearned privilege” of not being disabled or trans.
Electric Lit discloses its funding sources on its website. In addition to receiving support from the NEA, the organization has also received funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Amazon Literary Partnership, the New York State Council on the Arts with the “support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.”
The Beacon reported: The $15,000 NEA grant to Electric Lit this year is an increase in previous funding. The journal previously received $10,000 grants in 2016 and 2017, bringing its total from the NEA to $35,000.
The NEA has funded numerous liberal projects in the past. Most recently the NEA gave $25,000 to an artist who has painted “F**k Trump.”
The Trump administration supports the elimination of the NEA, though Congress has not acted on the recommendation to phase out the agency in the president’s budget.
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