Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Good, the Bad, and the Curious (Links for the week-ish)

The past week has been . . . insane. My bathtub is draining into my dining room (not optimal) and the plumbers can't come to even start fixing it until tomorrow, so I've been showering at the gym. One of my best friends in the world got married (in a beautiful ceremony) and I was the matron of honor and my daughter was the flower girl, so we were busy. But I did read some things, and--even though they're late--I want to share them.

Here are the things that made me smile, rip my hair out, and think this week.

The Good

Colorlines has a post about the importance of supporting breastfeeding that has some heartwarming pictures of moms feeding their babies. 

And here's a video song and dance number addressed to YouTube commenters (NSFW language):

EcoSalon has a "City Girl's Guide to Urban Hiking" that's a lot of fun. I think I'm going to set up a themed hike for my family--we walk a lot on the weekends, but a theme could help us explore some new parts of the city. 

I can't imagine taking a three-year-old to Bonnaroo, but that's probably because my ability to go to all-day concerts seems to have vanished around age 22 (I don't know--I got old at some point) so chasing a toddler around at one just sounds maddening. However, I really loved this piece on Offbeat Mama about one mother's (great) experience taking her three-year-old son

The Bad

Food Babe's look into whether or not Subway serves real food made me sad, and I don't even eat at Subway. It's just that if you're slogan is "Eat Fresh," maybe some of your food should be, I don't know, food

This book about how horrible breastfeeding is because it is unfair to dads and makes women's boobs look ugly is just about disgusting. 

The Curious

The Feminist Mystique's commentary on Bloomberg's sugary soda ban made me think, especially her take on exploitation:
while some think Bloomberg's ban smacks of classism, I think the ban sends a powerful message to corporations that they are not going to be allowed to exploit people and sell them things that are harmful to their health.
Rebecca Kelley at xoJane is blogging about her efforts to feed her family of three on $129.99 a month--the cost of an iPhone family plan. 

Disney announced a plan to self police their advertising in efforts to stop marketing junk food to kids. The Lunch Tray has some commentary on the policy

Julieanne at xoJane writes about shapewear, and how it isn't really anyone's business or a commentary on the state of the patriarchy when she wears it. 

Musing Mama has a great post on how to tell when your kid is ready for more free-range privileges, and it made me think about how I will make these decision for my own child, especially since we're in an urban environment. 

Colorlines has a fascinating post on how income inequality is visible from space--because of the trees.

That's what I've been reading. How about you? 

1 comment:

  1. So sorry to hear about your bathtub!

    I'd love to hear your thoughts on the large soda ban sometime. For whatever reason, that post got the largest number of inappropriate comments from anonymous(really horrible, violent, terrible things!)Of all the things I write about, I'm not sure why a soda ban infuriates them so.