Thursday Link Dump

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Professor Marston & The Wonder Women opens tomorrow! (autoload video at site)

Cultural differences can affect how we experience depression.

“Your cultural context just tells you what is important to pay attention to,” Chentsova-Dutton said. “Usually when you develop depression, you are hit with so many changes in your mind. You’re thinking differently, you’re feeling differently. You’re essentially looking for some sort of explanation in your cultural environment, and if you happen to be in China and people around you talk about neurasthenia, they will tell you what is important to pay attention to.”

Things are really tough for a lot of people right now, so here’s an article about one person’s love of Harry Styles and the uninhibited joy of being a fan.

If you haven’t seen Suistudio’s ad campaign with women in suits and naked men draped about as decor, here you go.

Missing Mallory’s revised fairy tales? Gwen Lawson posted Adult Fairy Tales for Millenials on Medium.

Ijeoma Oluo: ‘I am drowning in whiteness’

People tell me to stop making things about race all of the time. But when you are not making things about race, you’re making them about whiteness all of the time.

Every decision that you make with ease is made with whiteness. Every door that opens for you is opened by whiteness. And I know this sounds like I am taking away all of your achievements, and I’m not. But I need you to understand that from the Constitution to our education system to our pop culture – everything that we do is steeped in whiteness.

And when you do not acknowledge that, you make it about race. Because then I have to navigate what you won’t see. I am tripping over the roadblocks that you don’t even know that you’re placing in front of me.

I am drowning in the whiteness, and you can’t help me if you can’t see it.

We now have evidence that the lymphatic system is present in our brains.

A Captain Awkward guest post on free and low-cost mental health resources.

Resist List, a resource for people who want to be involved in practical, progressive action in the UK.

Amanda Werner, the person who cosplayed the Monopoly Man at the Equifax hearings.

Werner and their activist colleagues decided they would launch a campaign on Capitol Hill this week during the Equifax hearings to raise more awareness about a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule that some congressional reps are trying to do away with. They started by handing out “get out of jail free cards” symbolizing how forced arbitration lets banks get away with wrongdoing, then decided to dress Werner up like the Monopoly Man himself to attend hearings in Pennybags’s best. Werner wound up two rows back from the action, surrounded by Equifax execs and representatives who weren’t all that thrilled about the stunt.

“I was getting a lot of dirty looks, and folks were very uncomfortable with the fact that I was in the room,” Werner told VICE. “I think honestly they kept waiting for me to do something that was going to get me kicked out, but luckily I did my homework, I knew what I was allowed to do and not do.”

Rewire’s article on the Supreme Court’s reactions to the oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford, which challenges electoral restrictions and gerrymandering efforts.

Shutting down unwanted behavior by newcomers to a culture quickly and concisely.

The college I attended was small and very LGBT friendly. One day someone came to visit and used the word “gay” as a pejorative, as was common in the early 2000s. A current student looked at the visitor and flatly said, “we don’t do that here.” The guest started getting defensive and explaining that they weren’t homophobic and didn’t mean anything by it. The student replied, “I’m sure that’s true, but all you need to know is we don’t do that here.” The interaction ended at that point, and everyone moved on to different topics. “We don’t do that here” was a polite but firm way to educate the newcomer about our culture.

The Kickstarter for No Man Shall Protect Us: Documenting the secret society of female bodyguards who defended the radical suffragettes. It’s not all white ladies, either!

More history: Women Spies of the Civil War, with Smithsonian Magazine putting Harriet Tubman at the top of the list.

Oksana Chusovitina, a 42-year-old gymnast from Uzbekistan, just participated in her 16th world championship competition this month and was elected to the FIG athletes commission as the representative for women’s artistic gymnastics.

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55 Responses to “Thursday Link Dump”

  1. meat_lord says:

    This Link Dump is a feast of goodies! I look forward to reading them all.

  2. CleverManka says:

    Someone sent me a link in FB and there was an advertising spot for the new Will & Grace series. Apparently we still can't seat two men in a tub together even when them being gay is, you know, a major part of the show.
    <img src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/aCIZq1Jiteg/hqdefault.jpg"&gt;

  3. littleinfinity says:

    I found this the other day and have been patiently waiting for Link Dump Day: history and anecdotes of different ways of dealing with the dead, and what our conventions reveal about us and our history: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/16/wha…?

  4. damngoodcoffee says:

    I really appreciate the Captain Awkward link, today. Right now I'm navigating finding a therapist, but it's good to have low/no cost options as well, because I'd have to pay out of pocket for a while (high deductible plan) and am also planning on getting invisalign, which is wicked expensive.

    • littleinfinity says:

      Me too! Thanks Manka. I forwarded to J as well because he has been going through a rough time… he won't do anything about it, probably, but now he has the resources at least. :/

  5. Rillquiet says:

    And not that this great week's harvest needs additions, but what the hell, here are two more links.

    First, there's this piece on the United Order of Tents, an organization of Black women that's dedicated to entrepreneurship and community support and that's been going since the Underground Railroad. The whole piece is fantastic, but my favorite takeaway:

    "…what also surprises me is how many people believe that organizing is something new. How many seem to believe the route of shaming people into political action is effective. How few people seem to talk about community, about joy, about love, when discussing political action.

    "It is perhaps because my family comes from the political tradition of the black civil-rights movement that these sentiments seem to me to be absolutely necessary for any political movement claiming the mantles of justice and equity. And it is also that tradition that defines love not as a saccharine emotion or a manipulative plea to keep people from acknowledging the very real inequity around them. It is love as it is in the Bible, an always-radical act, an act that makes the lover dangerous, because she dares to acknowledge that which is usually cast aside as worthy."

    In other news, there's a Kickstarter for "My So-Called Selfish Life," a documentary about the choice not to have children and what it means for different women. The campaign runs through next week and is relatively close to being fulfilled…but not quite there!

  6. Flitworth says:

    I can't wait to read all of Thagomizer's blog posts. Thank you!

  7. littleinfinity says:

    I love the article on the Monopoly man!! And the lymphatic system in the brain… that first sentence, holy moly. We are among the first people to see this and know that it exists, after the entirety of human history not knowing about this very important aspect of our brains.

  8. Doc_Paradise says:

    Video: Dead Puppies by the person who brought you Adult Wednesday Adams
    CW: Dead puppies, depression https://youtu.be/1FoDOWZyhGo

    Morbid, surreal, insightful humour.

  9. littleinfinity says:

    OH!! I almost forgot! There is a Hey Ladies book coming out, AND an article on The Toast!! squee! http://the-toast.net/2017/10/11/55418/

    If you send them a screenshot of your preorder for the book, they will assign you your very own email tagline, just like Ali… lol.

  10. jenavira says:

    I am endlessly fascinated by failures on a systemic level, and I've been entertaining myself by binge-watching the only season of Air Disaster available on US Netflix, so I stumbled on this article about a fatal Air France crash at just the right time. Aviation seems to be one of those places where systemic failure is the only real failure mode left and so systemic problems become really visible, which I find mesmerizing. (Also, pay pilots and air traffic controllers more and give them more days off, kthx.)

    Also, this tweet is perfection.

    • CleverManka says:

      I'm halfway through that article and have decided I'm never flying again.

      • jenavira says:

        I actually like the odds for air travel: it's overwhelmingly likely that nothing at all will happen, because it's really very safe. But if something does go wrong, it'll go catastrophically wrong, so you'll almost certainly die. No "but you should have done something different," no long painful recovery from life-changing injuries, no survivor's guilt. If there wasn't a high chance of fire, I'd be perfectly happy with those odds.

        • RoseCamelia says:

          Having no (human) dependents, I do not fear death. However, sudden disability scares the shit out of me. I'd much rather die quickly than struggle with injury.

          • jenavira says:

            Same. It's less the injury (I'm pretty practiced at dealing with pain after a number of minor but nasty injuries) but the not being able to live independently.

    • faintlymacabre says:

      I am in love with that tweet.

  11. snickies says:

    !! I've know the woman who wrote the article about Harry Styles and fandom. She's GREAT. She's written/presented some really interesting things about fandom and girls in tech.

  12. Lynn says:

    Ooo that lymphatic system in the brain article is super interesting especially as someone who works tangentially to research in a cancer that has a lot of overlap with immune disorders/the lymphatic system. I am totally using this as my go to for all the small talk I'm going to have to make with our researchers next week.

  13. Xolandra says:

    I LOVE THAT IJEOMA OLUEJO piece on Whiteness. In another world I would write a satirical response called "The Unbearable Whiteness of Being", but the world does not need more of that rn, i do not think.

    MANKANAUTS. GentlemanX finally finished a project he has been working on for, like, 3 years at this point. IT IS GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL AND SLIGHTLY CREEPY and I beg you ALL to put it in your ears because I am pretty sure that even IF he wasn't the delight and light of my life, I would still think it is neat and weird and worth listening to. I am super stoked to share this with you (I have been sitting on my love of this work for a long time), and you can even has it for free. https://cosmikrays.bandcamp.com/releases

    • jenavira says:

      I mean. I'm sold from the title alone.

      eta: that was ambiguous; on the album, I mean. And three tracks in I'm sold on all of it completely, a-plus atmospheric October music

      • Xolandra says:

        O, hahaha, no, Ask Not What the Cult of the Reptoids Can Do for You is obviously a really great title, I wasn't confused ^_^

        Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! He's so grood 😀

        • jenavira says:

          "The Unbearable Whiteness of Being" is also a really great title; I think it should be the title of the totally unbelievable true history that someone is going to write of this decade someday.

      • CleverManka says:

        100% sending GentlemanX's music to some friends, thank you and congratulations GentlemanX!

    • snickies says:

      This album is so great! And A+ title.

  14. Doc_Paradise says:

    I'm scrolling through inspirobot today… and it is giving me horoscopes…. (in comments)

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