Monday, November 4, 2013

The Good, the Bad, and the Curious (Links for the [past two] week[s])

I've been a bad blogger who hasn't updated a link list in quite a while, so this one's kind of long. Tell me what I missed in the comments!

Here's what I've been reading that made me smile (The Good), cry (The Bad), and think (The Curious).


Grad school Barbie. 

Wouldn't this proposed high speed rail system for the US be amazing?

I just started this weightlifting program, and this site has a built-in Excel sheet that does all the math for you! (Because math is the hardest part of weightlifting.)

I want this book. A pictorial history of women with muscles. 


The House is trying to kill ENDA as it passes through the Senate with bipartisan support.

This woman gave out letters fat-shaming kids she deemed too obese for Halloween candy. For real.

Well, Ron Paul practices what he preaches, and it led to one of his key campaign staffers dying penniless and uninsured.

Street harassment is not just an inconvenience. It can be deadly. (Trigger warning for sexual violence).

Some of the most shocking, cruel, and terrifying things I've seen said in a public forum have been aimed at trans* people. These tweets from former South Carolina GOP executive Todd Kincannon fit into that appalling group. (Warning for abusive language.)

I'm not even a spider-squeamish person but . . . AHHHHHHH!


Ken Cuccinelli is expected to lose tomorrow's gubernatorial race in Virginia tomorrow, and it's largely because of his extremely poor performance with female voters. Perhaps the rest of the country should take note. Women think and vote.

Tressie McMilliam Cottom has a brilliant post about the logic of "stupid" poor people after many scoffed at why the poor people discriminated against at Barney's would have been shopping there to begin with.

If you must think about your weight, Adios, Barbie suggests you think these things.

Sociological Images has an interesting post comparing Django Unchained with 12 Years a Slave.

I already linked to this article in a post that I wrote inspired by it, but I loved it so much I'm posting it here, too. Vanessa Veselka has a beautiful piece asking why all of our quest narratives are about men. That post inspired me to read her earlier article recounting her teen years spent as a hitchhiker (including a brush with a probable serial killer) (WARNING: That second link has some potentially triggering discussions of violence and sexual assault.)

This post at Love, Joy, Feminism brings up some interesting questions about children, junk food, and teaching healthy habits.

The language gap in early childhood predicts academic performance for years to come. Pre-K initiatives and a close questioning of what's causing these disparities are very important.

After that Roma couple turned out to be telling the truth about their unofficial adoption of a blonde (also Roma) little girl, we are forced to grapple with the fact that families don't always look the way we think they do.

I'm going to end with this long but beautiful infographic on the perspective of time:

A Perspective on Time
by mayra.artes.
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  1. While the article linked under "I want this book. A pictorial history of women with muscles." is fascinating, it is not about women with muscles. It is "When Street Harassment Is More Deadly Than Catcalls."

  2. In the vein of poor people/women and perception, I came across this link:

    And was compelled to donate to their Thanksgiving fund. It is AMAZING how much good is being done with this website, and thought you would enjoy another "good" entry!

    Here is a link to the Thanksgiving Project page:

  3. Thanks for letting me know. I must have gotten tangled up in my own copying and pasting web! It's fixed now.

  4. What a great post! As I was reading it, I kept wondering if the woman making the snide remark had ever stopped to think about what kind of "those people" had likely grown and harvested her precious quinoa.

  5. 5/3/1 is the most amazing program ever and I'm glad you've found it. I've been using it for the past two years, roughly--ever since I really hurt myself pulling a max deadlift on the Westside barbell program--and have enjoyed steady gains and, most importantly for me, very little pain in football and power lifting ravaged joints.

    Also, Venus with Biceps looks amazing and is going on my Christmas list.

  6. Yes! That's exactly what drew me to it. I want to pull new personal max lifts, but I don't want to hurt myself in the process. This looks gradual and manageable but still ambitious. Glad to hear you've had success with it!