Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Good, the Bad, and the Curious (Links for the Week)

Look! A Good, Bad, and Curious on a Sunday! That hasn't happened in like two months! Here's what I've been reading this week that made me smile (the Good), cry (the Bad), and think (the Curious). What have you been reading?

The Good

Girl on Saturday is going to be a roller derby girl! Even though she can't skate! And I'm jealous. 

Stand and Deliver posted some fun ads, and this Luvs commercial is great. 

This has gone viral, so you've probably already seen it, but he's from my home state and it's so very seldom that we're in the news for something positive, so I'm sharing it again. This Missouri preacher does an excellent job of talking about gay rights. Be sure you watch it all the way to the end. 

Inspired by Allison Tate's great piece "The Mom Stays in the Picture," Offbeat Mama has featured some great pictures of moms and dads doing exactly that

The Bad

Colorlines reports on the disturbing trend that's popping up involving different plays on the idea that only white people belong in the White House (because racists are so creative in their witty wordplay, you know). 

Sociological Images has some data on economic opportunity and college education in different countries, and it highlights both the American gender gap and the class gap. College may have a big payoff in America, but that also means that for people who can't afford it, it has a big cost

An xoJane blogger talks about working at American Apparel and reaffirms my hatred of the company. 

The Curious

Amy Odell argues that Pinterest is killing feminism. I disagree, but it was an interesting look. 

This Washington Post article on the differences between American Sign Language for black and white people is absolutely fascinating, and it sparked some great conversation among my students.

An xoJane blogger talks about the web of lies she's caught in surrounding the tooth fairy, and it reminds me that I still have no idea how I'm going to handle fantasy holiday people and animals with my own daughter. 

Resist Racism has a piece on Abigail Fisher, the student at the center of the affirmative action in higher ed case that's being heard by the Supreme Court. A closer look shows that she probably wouldn't have gotten into the school regardless. 

blue milk posted a link to this Guardian piece from a few years back featuring a psychologist mother questioning the way we frame gender differences as biological

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe parents even tell their kids that there is a Santa anymore. It's so stupid. Why would flat out lie to your kids about some mythical fat man braking into your house to bring them presents (and who bring better and more presents to wealthier kids at that), some stupid fairy bringing money for teeth, or a rabbit that lays eggs? Lying to your kids about that kind of stuff only hurts them and your relationship with them when they learn the truth.