- Aw! Cloud animals!
- This article from The Atlantic about the difference between happiness and meaningfulness and what we should strive for in life is amazing. If you don't read anything else I link to, read this one!
- This woman prevented a mass shooting by telling the would-be assailant that she loved him. For real.
- This (Warning: Some NSFW lyrics, and without the sound, it really isn't the same):
- Kelly Martin Broderick writes for xoJane to tell the tale of how her picture of feminist empowerment was stolen and turned into a fat-shaming meme. (I love that she's fighting back!)
- It makes me sad that dogs are being kept out of loving homes because of biased and hype-filled breed specific legislation. Check out this great post on why breed bans (usually aimed at pit bulls and "pit bull-like" dogs) are a bad idea.
- A boy was kicked out of a reading competition for reading too much. Also for real.
- Think stop and frisk is a good idea? What if they brought those practices to "business Harlem," or as we know it, Wall Street:
- I didn't watch the VMAs, but don't you worry, the internet always lets me know when the pop culture chips are down, and it did not disappoint. Out of the Miley Cyrus aftermath, here are two articles that I thought were really interesting. This Jezebel article by Dodai Stewart and this post from The Belle Jar both look at the intersections of slut-shaming, race, appropriation, and performance.
- Here's an interesting look at the way that sleep patterns have changed with the invention of electricity. I've found that my body will naturally fall into a pattern pretty similar to this one when I let it do its own thing, but most of the time I have to force it into a 6-8 hour per night routine.
- Nijla Mu'min writes about The Butler through the lens of her grandmother's harrowing tale of working as a Southern worker:
I grew up hearing a story. My grandmother was a cleaning lady for a white family that kept the fingers and toes of black people in a jar on their mantle. No, this was not slavery. This was 1940’s South Carolina.
- This round-up of literary descriptions from the Toast of women being described as "not beautiful" by protagonists or narrators took my breath away.
- Lucille Ball was such a groundbreaking actress. This Av Club article looks at how she handled her on-screen and real-life pregnancy at a time when you couldn't even say "pregnant" on the air.
- The Chronicle has a good post about the trouble with grading for grammar.
- Ashley at Small Strokes Fell Big Oaks has a post about teaching the canon, teaching off the canon, and teaching students to read the canon:
It is possible to change the canon and, in the meantime, it is possible to change the way students look at the canon. Slowly but surely, teachers and students are chipping away at it and adding books that better represent the diversity of our nation and our classrooms.
- Bicultural Mom has a great post on how raising our daughters to be "Nice Girls" to avoid them becoming "Mean Girls" is a dichotomy that misses the point:
Sometimes I can’t help but wonder though. Is this whole debate about “mean girls” vs. “nice girls” really just another way for us to discredit strong feminists? Does a “mean girl” grow up to become a “man-hater”?