The Good (Things that Made Me Smile)
Colorlines has some pictures of Olympic athlete Duane Solomon, Jr. who missed a trip to Beijing in 2008 by half a second. Check out these pics of his reaction when he finds out he made it this year.
Birthing Beautiful Ideas had two great posts of very different styles that both made me smile. One's about a storm that caused a power outage and a freezer full of pumped breast milk and the other's about cursing toddlers.
This story from Foodess about how a stranger named Happy saved her dog's life almost made me cry, but then it made me smile.
As someone who has been known to sing a few non-traditional lullabies herself, I really liked this video (h/t Offbeat Mama) of a dad getting his baby to sleep with some Metallica:
Though I hate that it has a reason to exist in the first place, Hate Tweets to Frank Ocean provides a random hate tweet sent to Frank Ocean after he announced he was gay. In response, you can automatically tweet back to this person the phrase "It's not who you love, it's *that* you love that matters." Now these hateful people's Twitter feeds are getting flooded with love.
The Bad (Things that Made Me Frustrated)
Basically everything uncovered by the Freeh Report.
Romney's NAACP reaction, and the fact that he might have been trying to get booed the whole time.
The Curious (Things that Made Me Think)
Nursing Clio has a look at how "positive eugenics" has played a role in the American parenting culture. . . all the way up to Toddlers in Tiaras.
Sociological Images ran an excellent three part series on sexual objectification. (One, two, and three.) I found part three's tips on the rituals we need to stop in order to break ourselves out of objectifying mindsets most interesting.
Civil Eats takes a look at a new study that suggests our tried-and-true belief that a calorie is a calorie might not be so true after all:
The most compelling part of this study is that it calls into question the long-held belief in the scientific and medical communities that all calories are created equal. This is a message the food industry has also seized on since it means they can continue to pump out ultra processed nutritionally void foods and tell Americans to “eat them in moderation.” If all calories are created equal, the food industry says, then there are no bad foods.Sarah Robles is an Olympic weightlifter who beats everyone in her class--women and men. She hardly has any endorsements, however. Does this point to a sexist culture that believes only women with bikini-ready physiques should count as "athletes."
The Alpha Parent looks at the pros and cons of different child spacing decisions.
Magic Mike has been causing a stir. Sociological Images has a post on how this new objectification of men is really about the same as the old objectification of women. Meanwhile, Feministing has an article on how the movie is fun, even if it has some problematic elements.