Sunday, November 24, 2013

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

I've been slacking. There are a ton of things to share today. Here are the things that have made me smile (The Good), cry (The Bad), and think (The Curious) in the relatively recent past.

The Good

If you haven't watched Bob Dylan's interactive video for "Like a Rolling Stone" yet, go do it now! It's why the internet was made

Jennifer Lawrence's Daily Show interview is so delightfully strange:

This photography project has people looking at their younger selves in mirrors. Pretty powerful.

More Americans have died from domestic gun fire than in all of the wars our country has been involved in . . . combined.  

Here's a post about roller derby that includes a great explanation of how it is feminist: 
Roller derby’s true countercultural contribution is its relatively sophisticated approach to feminist praxis. I would argue it is the western world’s first feminist sport. Feminist philosophers/thinkers/intellectuals in academia talk a lot about ‘praxis’ – essentially putting ideas into practice. The ideas derby puts into practice every day
I love this post from School of Smock about imagined toddler apologies.

The Bad

A Charleston, SC birth center is facing potential forced closure through a new interpretation of health regulations. 

Early in my blogging days, I got in a debate with a follower of the To Train Up a Child book on an attachment parenting thread. The coldness, cruelty, and exactness of his argument left me chilled to the core. Now another couple has been charged with murder after following the book's "parenting" suggestions. 

A man in my home state will probably hold the distinction of being the first published case of the flesh-eating heroin epidemic in the U.S. If people are willing to do this to themselves for a high, how can legal penalties alone ever combat our drug problems?

The Curious

Caitlin at Fit and Feminist has an interesting post about running in the dark. She talks about going for a run with her male partner and realizing his social conditioning about the activity was a lot different from hers:
Our divergent responses to the same situation made me think critically about my emotional reaction to running in the dark, specifically how I was so afraid of it while he considered it just another adventure. In this I could see our differences both in temperament but specifically in our socialization. I am positive that he has never been bombarded with cautionary tales about the peril he is sure to face if he walks or runs alone at night, at least not the way women are.
What do you think of the Lulu app that allows women to rate men they've dated and hashtag them with tags like "#DudeCanCook" and "#ObsessedWithHisMom"? Would you (or do you) use it? It's being touted as a way to help women date more safely. What do you think?

This post examines why giving children in need toys for Christmas is about more than providing them a little fun:
No matter the age, personal possessions fulfill emotional and practical needs. As children develop from infancy through adolescence, their possessions reflect and support a growing self-identity. That is why the gifts we delivered were age-appropriate for kids between the ages of birth through 12 years old.
Thought Catalog has an interesting look at the things people couldn't believe about America until they moved here.

Bicultural Mama has a post on how difficult it is to find racial diversity among Christmas tree angel toppers.

Tori at Anytime Yoga talks about her reaction when one of her high school students called her a bitch.


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