Breastfeeding rates are steadily rising!
Tutus and Tiny Hats has a post about some of the many beautiful options for styling Gabourey Sibide (as opposed to the horrible job Harper's Bazaar did by putting her in clothes that didn't fit.)
Look at this drop of water! (Really, go look at it.)
The American college system perpetuates white privilege (via The Chronicle):
The result, it says, is a system in which elite selective colleges enroll predominantly white students while black and Hispanic students, even high-achieving ones, largely attend open-access institutions. Because the latter group of colleges spends less on instruction and sees lower shares of students through to graduation, higher education has thus become a "passive agent" in perpetuating white privilege.Stay classy, Missouri.
We already knew looking at "thinspo" has negative effects on our minds, but it looks like most "fitspo" does, too.
Misogynistic trolls are using Spotify (an immensely helpful social media tool) to stalk and harass.
This account of the Forging Justice conference and intimidation and silencing tactics is heart breaking.
Nicole Cliffe writes at The Toast about fitness goals and expectations:
Am I “wasting” my workout by consuming something super-calorific? Well, no. Because MY goal is to increase my strength, and to love using my body, and to enjoy going to the gym.
Stefan Bradley (an excellent professor and former colleague of mine) has a great article in the St. Louis American about the need for promoting the positive work of young black men:
It is time that we use the tools that have worked so well for rappers to reclaim the identity of young black men as achievers and models of excellence.The Natural Parent Network has a great list of resources for parenting through privilege.
We must boast about the positive accomplishments of black youth. This is counterintuitive, as many black people from an earlier era were taught to be humble about their achievements. That is the wrong approach in this new era.
There's another article bemoaning how my generation is awful and all full . . . of narcissism. At least this New York Times piece discusses some of the criticism of this criticism.
Turns out dating a pregnancy due date isn't the exact science that we thought:
In a group of 125 women, they found the average time from ovulation to birth was 268 days - 38 weeks and two days - and that the length of pregnancies varied by as much as 37 days, according to the research, published today in the journal Human Reproduction.This photography project aimed at exploring the different definitions of masculinity is fascinating (WARNING: Some NSFW photos.)
Lea Goldman writes an interesting article that examines some generational differences in how women are handling the work-life balance:
That sentiment echoes what we often hear from Marie Claire’s twenty-something readers, who have trouble relating to the “juggle” questions we usually ask in our career-oriented Q&A’s. To these young women, work-life balance conversations aren’t owned by mom. Some of our staffers are training for marathons; others want to take time off for extended trips abroad. They don’t make distinctions between motherhood and their own time-consuming, personally fulfilling pursuits.This Atlantic article takes a look at how few kids' movies allow their protagonists to fail.
What does monkey sex tell us about female (human) desire?
Ashley at Small Strokes Fell Big Oaks has a great post on the way that childfree women are being portrayed in the media as privileged and swimming (literally) in free time.