Thursday Link Dump

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Just leave me to roll around like a dog with a dead animal in all this Joss Whedon schadenfreude. On The Daily Dot. On Sashayed’s twitter. On ValerieComplex’s twitter. On Collider. On random Tumblrs. Please post any others you’ve seen in the comments. Please. If you want to personally subject yourself to this abomination, it’s available for hate-reading right here. (I’m ignoring the other Justice League news involving him at the mo’)

American Conservative (don’t worry, I’m not sending you to their website) would’ve creamed themselves over Whedon’s Wonder Woman I’m sure.

Being disabled is a job

If someone works 10 times harder than another just to brush their teeth, manage their health, work 5-10 hours a month (or make it through all their doctor appointments), or go to bed, these must be recognized NOT as inspiration porn but as equally valid successes. It shouldn’t matter any differently that some are working hard to fight an incurable disease 24/7 while others may be leading a company with perfect health – they’re both using the same kind of cells in their body and brain to be successful within their realm of ability.

We all have limitations, we just need to stop defining those limitations based solely on the experience of able-bodied people.

Lindy West does an amazing job covering the Goop health expo but also hits awfully close to home with the “caring for oneself first” mentality that I struggle with. A lot.

More on emotional labor:

Acknowledging the ways that emotional labour goes unseen and uncredited is important. We need to name the exploitation and devaluation of this important work. At the same time, the acknowledgement that emotional labour is frequently exploited has translated into a belief that emotional labour is inherently exploitative. As a femme who frequently performs emotional labour, both in my personal and professional life, I do not appreciate my important, needed, complex skill set being framed as something that is necessarily oppressive to me. I do not appreciate the suggestion that I am somehow being tricked into doing the hard and necessary work that is deeply important to me. This discourse devalues emotional labour.

My fave Mel Joulwan posted about her fabulous paleo-fied Egg Foo Yong on the same day NPR ran a story about how people attempted to make Chinese restaurants illegal. I hope she thought that was as funny as I did.

How tuberculosis shaped women’s fashion

“Between 1780 and 1850, there is an increasing aestheticization of tuberculosis that becomes entwined with feminine beauty,” says Carolyn Day, an assistant professor of history at Furman University in South Carolina and author of the forthcoming book Consumptive Chic: A History of Fashion, Beauty and Disease, which explores how tuberculosis impacted early 19th century British fashion and perceptions of beauty.

During that time, consumption was thought to be caused by hereditary susceptibility and miasmas, or “bad airs,” in the environment. Among the upper class, one of the ways people judged a woman’s predisposition to tuberculosis was by her attractiveness, Days says. “That’s because tuberculosis enhances those things that are already established as beautiful in women,” she explains, such as the thinness and pale skin that result from weight loss and the lack of appetite caused by the disease.

A series of tweets about the importance of critiquing pop culture without being a hater.

Power corrupts, that’s certain, but it appears to corrupt a lot more than our morals and ethics.

The historian Henry Adams was being metaphorical, not medical, when he described power as “a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies.” But that’s not far from where Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at UC Berkeley, ended up after years of lab and field experiments. Subjects under the influence of power, he found in studies spanning two decades, acted as if they had suffered a traumatic brain injury—becoming more impulsive, less risk-aware, and, crucially, less adept at seeing things from other people’s point of view.

Chelsea Manning’s first interview after her release from prison.

We Wear Culture “The Stories Behind What We Wear” I already put this on Twitter and Tumbr. I about wet my pants. How was this up for over a week without my finding out about it?

The Library of Congress has released more than 2,500 Japanese woodblock prints and drawings for browsing and downloading.

It’s not that we don’t need (or want) “women’s news,” it’s that we don’t need (or want) news edited and curated for our pretty little heads.

The corporatization of “feminist” media is nothing new. And the media’s presumption has always been that the serious news reader is a male one. The acclaim that Teen Vogue has generated with its increased political coverage over the last year betrays a demoralizing undertone: Can you believe that teen girls care about serious issues? The problem flows two ways—“women’s news” is often not considered sufficiently meaty enough for the world of male journalists, while more general issues are seen to be of insufficient import for women. In The Lily’s case, the decision to create a separate space for millennial women only bolsters the idea, intentionally or not, that they are less intelligent and less curious than the rest of the Post’s readers.

I have issues with the phrase “no girly-girl” and the overt disdain for bows and sparkles but this clothing line for girls has good intentions, I think.

There is a lot to unpack in this article about how leaving your hometown changes how you interact with the world and how the U.S. is changing due to the fact that fewer people are moving away after high school.

So as not to end on a rather downer note, I just subscribed to this person’s channel:



46 Responses to “Thursday Link Dump”

  1. littleinfinity says:

    Open all the tabs!!!

    Lots of good stuff today! Haven't worked my way through most of it yet, but this first sentence from the Chinese restaurant piece "In most American cities these days, it seems like there's a Chinese restaurant on every other street corner" reminded me of the "taco trucks on every corner" moment from the election. Plus ca change, etc.

    • CleverManka says:

      Right? I have a tumblr tag set "the more things change" "the more they don't"

      sigh. humans.

    • Rillquiet says:

      If anyone's interested in learning more about Chinese cuisine and America, Ten Restaurants that Changed America has a good chapter on the Mandarin, Cecilia Chiang's SF restaurant, that delves into not just her work but also the broader context for Chinese food in the U.S. in the postwar period. The text talks about the peculiar love/hate relationship people have with the food of cultures that they don't necessarily admire. Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China, by Jen Lin-Liu (an American-raised woman of Chinese descent), is a mouthwatering and sociologically fascinating look at the role of cooking in modern Chinese restaurants. She mentions some dishes that are almost unknown in the U.S.; surely OSHA would frown on how dao xiao men are made. (And nobody here seems to do blown sugar candy, although I think it's done in some parts of Mexico.)

    • Flitworth says:

      I am convinced that to maintain a charter, every Massachusetts town must have:
      1. [Town name] House of Pizza
      2. A chinese food restaurant

      We currently have neither, oddly. I'm not sure when they come for us. Maybe we got a waiver.

  2. LaxMom says:

    So timely! I just saw Wonder Woman last night. I did cry. I am loving the schadenfreude.
    I am hating my neighbor who seems to have decided his part-time hobby is some sort of patio? masonry? project that involves using the stone saw sporadically for a few hours at a time, every day? It's like living in a dentist's drill. It is absolutely fucking perfect weather for open windows and all I hear is bricks being sliced.

    • CleverManka says:

      So glad you finally got to see the movie and that you liked it! Hurray!

    • Lee Thomson says:

      sorry about the brick slicing, I hope it gets better soon

      Wonder Woman!! I left slightly weepy with a stupid grin that lasted for hours.

      • LaxMom says:

        Me too! It wasn't such a gut punch like the Logan movie, but it was amazing and I was weepy and really didn't expect to be. I saw it with a much younger friend who had seen it before, but she didn't give anything away. I was completely drawn in.

      • LaxMom says:

        Oh, I got a closer look at brick slicing man, and boy he is making work for himself. All that (since Sunday) slicing was to *break up* an old brick path and steps in the front yard. With some handheld rotary something. I wanted to go over there with my mattock and show him how to use it. He hasn't even started the replacement yet. I almost feel sorry for him.

  3. Heathered says:

    Not sure who I love more, Knife Guy or his cat. That was very cheering, and the knife is amazing. And I saw that Lindy West piece floating around but finally got to it now; I appreciate her so much for being funny and pointed but also genuinely fair to people in situations like this.

  4. pseudonymica says:

    This Whedon schadenfreude is like a bounteous gift from the goddesses at the moment when I needed it most! I'm trying to gather strength for my day by listening to music by female musicians I admire and *YouTube keeps playing a 25 second un-skippable Spider-Man trailer before every single one.* I mute it, but I needed catharsis.

    I didn't know if I should admit that I'm starting my day at almost 1pm in my time zone, but the next link was the one about disability being a job. Bless you, Manka. My day-starting routine is very gradual and it makes everything better.

  5. jenavira says:

    That article on hometowns hit me right in the feels. There was never any doubt that I was going to leave and go to college. There was never any chance I was going to come back for my ten-year high school reunion. (Twenty-year?…well.) I think a lot about my best friend from high school, who never had any intention (or ability, although she was very smart) to go to an out-of-state college. I think about the guy who was the class fuckup, who I would've said was a methhead and would've probably gotten himself dead by now, except last time I went back for Christmas his name was on construction signs all around town. He probably makes more than I do.

    And I'm reminded of the playlist I have been building up since highschool, songs about how hard it is to get out and how necessary it is to think that you can, even if you don't. And the essay I've been meaning to write about the queer British zombie show In the Flesh, and the things it has to say about the place where you're from. And how I keep thinking about moving out of the Midwest entirely and never pulling the plug.

    • vladazhael says:

      Same on the feels and and the moving thoughts, except for where I left the Midwest and ended up in the South and am now plotting a reverse course.

      • jenavira says:

        Oof. Yeah, that was one trajectory I considered; there was a while there where all I wanted was to live somewhere that didn't get six feet of snow in a winter.

    • CleverManka says:

      I don't know that I'll ever leave the Midwest (although I would, given sufficient opportunity, move to Colorado for Reasons). But that's mostly because I like how cheap it is to live here–I pretty much dislike everything else about it (the politics, the climate, the isolation), but at least I can afford to pay my outrageous health care costs thanks to my cost of living being so low. *sigh*

      I very much look forward to seeing your playlist! Are you going to post it to Spotify or something like that?

      • jenavira says:

        Hah, I've managed to plant myself in the places in the Midwest where cost of living is not what I'd call cheap (although it's not New York or LA, that's for sure), but it is a definite benefit.

        It's been so long since I worked on that playlist! I'll see about getting it up on Spotify, though, now that I'm thinking of it again…

        • CleverManka says:

          I've been looking for a reason to sign up for Spotify, so let me know if you post it!

        • Lee Thomson says:

          ooo – let me know know about the Spotify list too please!

          Manka you can sign up for nothing, and it sounds like radio with advertising every thirty minutes or so, and you can find an play other people's playlists. I had a fancy version with no ads, and it was nice, but then it stopped, and I haven't decided if I need it back or not.

      • Flitworth says:

        I wondered if you were a native Kansan, Manka. I have met so few natives of the Midwest, which sounds odd but my family is all from the rural South & Texas minus the few who came to the Pagan North (shit you not I heard this at my gramma's Sothern Baptist church).

        • CleverManka says:

          The first part of my childhood was in small town southern Indiana. We moved to Kansas when I was eleven. I grew up Southern Baptist and we even went to a SB when we moved to Kansas. Kind of a frying pan/fire situation, but at least I managed to land in the most liberal part of the state eventually.

          THE PAGAN NORTH! <3 <3 <3

  6. meat_lord says:

    Another great roundup! I can't wait to read these (later, probably, as things are busy around here).

    One of my coworkers takes all her calls on speakerphone, leaves her office door open, cranks up the volume and then talks just as loud. WHYYY.

    • CleverManka says:

      My university recently did away with all our phones and now we use headsets through our computers and Skype for Business. It's a monstrous pain the ass and everybody hates it, but at least there are no more speakerphones.

    • Flitworth says:

      Oh my lord, what is it with speakerphone? There's a guy in a nearby cube who talks to his wife and daughter on speakerphone (separately). TMI.

    • jenavira says:

      UGHHH SPEAKERPHONE. Why do people think it's appropriate to use speakerphone basically ever? Why?

  7. vladazhael says:

    Gwyneth just keeps giving and giving. Also, the review of the conservative review of Wonder Woman was delightful.

    • CleverManka says:

      Glad you enjoyed!

      Personal side note: I know a lovely musician named Gwyneth and I've considered asking her how irritated she is to share the name, especially such a rare one. It would irritate the hell out of me.

      • vladazhael says:

        Ohhhhh, I would be PISSED! My new man shares a first name with my best friend's shitty husband, and I've already demoted the husband to his initials. (I mean he was already trying to do that, midlife-crisis-style, but now I'm willing to go along with it, and not out of respect.)

  8. Lee Thomson says:

    And then one click away from Chinese Restaurants at the NPR site is this:

    which is right up many of ours' alleys (that doesn't look right, but then neither does allies which is ally rather than alley pluralized)

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