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Talk about a room of one’s own–Japanese architect Shinsuke Fujii designed a home with earthquake-safe bookshelves that you can climb (the entire house is gorgeous if you like modern architecture style).
More uses for a tension rod than you thought possible.
Pantsuit Nation and the Tale of the Pumpkin Spice Allies
Pumpkin Spice Allies appear during special times of the year (just like your annoying family members at the holidays). They show up when the bounty is plenty and enjoy the group’s attention. But they aren’t there when the table is being prepared or when the mess afterward is being cleaned up. After enjoying your labor, they can be found on your front porch, where they hint that your efforts have fallen short. They are quick to criticize your labor, whose fruits they have just enjoyed.
Thoughts on aging from The Body is Not an Apology, part one, part two, and part three.
Save your apologies, men–here’s what you need to do.
Want to know why feminists and non-binary folks are “always angry?” It’s because we’re sick and tired of having to be the ones to point out when men are being assholes all the time. This shouldn’t fall to one gender. Mocking and shaming sexist jerks should be a pan-gender pastime, like binging Netflix.
Speaking of, here’s a source to print your own catcalling citations.
I don’t care much about fancy skin care products and I’m fortunate enough not to need to, but Two Bossy Dames linked to New York Magazine’s skin care best-of collection and I can’t lie, I want to at least try most of these after reading the article.
A Morehouse College student becomes one of the youngest filmmakers to ever be commissioned to produce a Sesame Street film.
This article is from April and I waffled on whether to include it or not but I decided to go ahead simply because it’s so morbidly fascinating. Fairytale Prisoner by Choice: The Photographic Eye of Melania Trump. Obvious warning for images of 45.
Everyone has an eye, whether or not we see ourselves as photographers. What we choose to photograph and how we frame subjects always reveals a little about how we perceive the world. For someone like Melania, media-trained, controlled and cloistered, her collection of Twitter photography provides an otherwise unavailable view into the reality of her existence. Nowhere else — certainly not in interviews or public appearances — is her guard so far down.
What is that reality? She is Rapunzel with no prince and no hair, locked in a tower of her own volition, and delighted with the predictability and repetition of her own captivity.
Somewhat related (cough), is this Wired article Love in the Time of Robots which is not so much about fembots/sex-with-robots as it is a look at Hiroshi Ishiguro, who has created many androids (most of them women) in the search for what constitutes human connections.
And definitely related to that, a look at why we need women to design AI (a fact that seems obvious to women but ~for some reason~ needs justified to the tech community).
The complicated, inadequate language of sexual violence
It’s not that we don’t have a vocabulary for talking about sexual violence, because we do. But that vocabulary is inadequate. It is confusing and flattening in ways that make it hard to talk about sexual violence without either trivializing it, obfuscating the systems that enable it, or getting so specific as to become salacious or triggering. So whenever I talk about sexual violence, I feel like I’m translating: taking the acts that actually happened and trying to cram them into the language that I have available to describe them.
That inadequacy is not a harmless coincidence. Language reflects culture, and our language reflects a culture that does not want to make it easy to talk about sexual violence — that wants to make it difficult, uncomfortable, and confusing.
This is absolutely not a statement against the KonMari method or those who benefit from it (hi, Absotively!), but this article about how KonMari is not necessarily great for art studios is a more expanded version of the conversation we had about the notion of artists and our stashes and how in those cases hoarding can be crucial to creation.
A group of gender non-conforming people find a safe and welcoming space in West Virginia.
…The group has learned the history of West Virginia and how the economy has changed Appalachia’s landscape. They’ve made it their mission to remove the invasive plant autumn olive from their property, and they’ve started to forge relationships with their neighbors. The group has gotten particularly close with one of the women on the Trust’s board, a member of the Catholic Worker Movement (a group of autonomous Catholic communities) who moved to Appalachia several decades ago. Williams, Smith, and Taylor occasionally give tours of the area to groups of Catholic students visiting Appalachia to learn about conservation. One of their main goals is to promote community resiliency in the region, which has been impacted by flooding and pollution and has lost many of its traditional farming practices.
I think I posed this recently, but I’m getting ready to place my own order of shea butter this weekend (I am now making my own lotion bars thanks to this amazingly easy recipe recommended by one of you darlings sorry I don’t remember who) so if anyone wants to order some for themselves as well, this source is the bomb.