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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: