Anyway, here are some things I've been reading that made me smile (The Good), cry (The Bad), and think (The Curious). If you've got anything you've been reading or writing that you'd like to share, feel free to link up in the comments.
The Pope (who is infallible, at least to some) declared it fine to breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel, so I think we're pretty much good everywhere.
Really, though. How many days are there in a week?
This 50 Greatest Cult Movies list is a good one. How many have you seen?
Dances with Fat has a post about how waiting until we reach a certain weight to enjoy our lives doesn't make much sense.
Viola Davis giving the NYT a much-deserved burn.
Mallory Ortberg's satirical response to this horrendous article about a man's paternity leave experience is hilarious.
Damon Wayans (talking about Bill Cosby around 22:30):
The new video form the Tamir Rice shooting shows police tackling his 14-year-old sister.
The Chronicle has some advice on writing with a heavy teaching load. It's good advice, but I don't know how much of it I'll actually use. (It's not easy.)
Talking Points Memo has a discussion about how Obama's call for free community college (which, let's face it, probably isn't happening) brings up questions and difficult circumstances that we need to face:
The result is nearly three decades of the wild west of higher education funding. States spent what they wanted to when they felt like it. They made big investments when times were good and took all of that and then some when times were bad. Students suffered in the form of greater tuition and more debt, but Uncle Sam never stepped in to bring law and order.I saw this post from Nicole Jankowski about why marriage will never be fair shared widely, but I think that conclusion is a little too simple. Just because we can't get (and shouldn't strive for) a 50/50 breakdown of duties on a daily basis doesn't mean that we can't get an overall partnership that is equitable, and talking about how we do that is the only way it will happen.
If adopted, today's announcement changes all that. It finally creates a formal expectation for what states should contribute to help their residents afford college.
New NHS guidelines tell low-risk pregnant women to avoid hospitals for delivery.
This Salon post about Scott Aaronson and the connection between feminism and "nerd shaming" (as well as the links within it (and this one on the same topic) fascinated and perplexed me.
This (I don't know how I feel, but I definitely feel):
Countess Margaret didn't really birth 365 mouse-sized children. Or did she?