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Weekend Links

“There aren’t enough days in the weekend.” 
– Rod Schmidt

Kittens, we made it to another weekend! This one is badly needed for me, as I’ve now been sick with a persistent cold for two straight weeks, the hard drive on my computer died and needed to be replaced, and our house requires a deep cleaning.

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How I think I look whilst troubleshooting. The reality is somewhat less…glamorous. And effective.

In political news things are a bit less bombastic this week (meaning, I surmise, that someone has managed to hide the President’s phone during his preferred Twitter times), but plenty of weird or bad things still happened. For instance, they administration is now claiming that Mr. Bannon’s elevation on the National Security Council was the result of a faulty “copy and paste” job, the president conflated (dangerously, in my opinion) military and law enforcement work when it comes to rounding up and deporting immigrants, and transgender safety has been drastically walked back. Just because they aren’t picking silly fights with allies and being ridiculous in public doesn’t mean that policy changes aren’t happening. If you like these policy changes, fine, let’s have a respectful and vigorous debates in the comments as to why! If you don’t like this policy changes, keep up the pressure on elected leaders to make your voices heard.

[ETA after the above was written: annnnnnnnd then the White House banned selective news organizations from a press gaggle, apparently in retaliation for not being flattering enough. These happy, carefree days, aka three months ago, are now over and I’m back to being low level scared.]

However it’s not all doom and gloom this week! As usual there is a heaping pile of links for you to peruse, spring is slowly creeping closer, and this weekend sees the return of that great and glorious SDS annual tradition: the Oscars style review!

This piece on Medium got shared around quite a bit this week, comparing and contextualizing President Trump’s rise to internet culture.

Meanwhile, this article from MTV was a good reminder that those of us whose candidates lost the election might have to get used to losing even more in the short term. But we’re obliged to keep up the protests and civic engagement regardless. Despair, or worse apathy, are not options.

There was more than a little nonsense from CPAC this week, including this bit of you-can’t-make-this-shit-up news.

In a piece of good news from this week, I was heartened to read of the selection of Lt. General McMaster as the new National Security Adviser.

The perfect dog.

London Fashion Week wrapped and the street style images are as eccentric, colorful and stylish as you could wish for. Some years fashion weeks feel powerful and proactive, showing looks and styles that portray women (primarily) deliberately in command of their image, other years it shows a more reactive and vulnerable side that is more reactive to social or political climates. Neither is wrong and both are art. But in a season that could have easily gone the latter route given current realities, I’m thrilled to have seen more of the former.

Meanwhile, Maddie from Whiskey Tango Flat White has some thoughts on the political t-shirts shown at FW, particularly by Dior.

This beautiful but melancholy piece in Town and Country about the private art collection of a family destroyed in the Holocaust was a great read.

Read up!

This is a thing?

One writer debates the pitfalls of a President Trump soaked media landscape, what news is not getting the attention it needs as a result, and why the media ecosystem might need to work harder to pay less attention to him.

...This is not how vaginas work, dude!

These short videos by Vogue have been tiny pockets of visual delight.

In writing this post, the do-over attempt at immigration bans is underway and there’s plenty to be upset about in this version as well. Not least of all the fact that the administration seems to think that they can foist “unwanted” people on a government to which they do not belong.

This story just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

A hard to read piece about one good thing that might come out of the whole Milo Yiannopoulos media situation: a better and more blunt discussion about sexual abuse against young and teenage boys, particularly if they are gay.

A hideous action, and one that I am afraid will become more common, not less.

Album of the week: Drunk, by Thundercat

Weekend Links

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
― Oscar Wilde

Woof. I compile these posts throughout the week, updating it to make sure that news links are as current as they can be, and that notes of levity and enjoyment are liberally scattered throughout. I know things have gotten a bit heavy around here lately and I had every intention of a links post thick with Fashion Week highlights and apolitical links to lighten things up. I’ve got those too, but it’s also been a big week for news, which led me towards doing separate post on the big story.

Thus far I still haven’t put words together to speak intelligently about the presidential press conference–apt, since neither did the president in many ways. To date, he’s sowed the seeds to blame one branch of government if something terrible should happen (if committed by a Muslim of course, white people shooting up mosques seems to be fine), a second branch of government seems to be in some kind of grim Faustian pact to go along with him as long as he signs their legislation, and he’s on a tear of a campaign to delegitmize the fourth estate who scrutinizes his actions. So things are going great, guys!

To make up for the emotional roller coaster that is Western democracy at the moment, here is an extra large dose of links for you, kittens. Never say I don’t do anything for you!

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This piece by Andrew Sullivan for New York Magazine is important reading and discusses the unfortunate fact that we have a president who seems to throw out countless lies and mistruths weekly–usually in the face of empirical evidence–and thus far does not seem to have retracted or apologized for any of them. He is not being held accountable in any way. He also gave an interview to CNN that’s worth viewing. When, “No error is ever admitted. Any lie is usually doubled down by another lie — along with an ad hominem attack,” what is at stake for government and the citizenry? His position, somewhat daringly, is that the president is outright mentally unstable, which is the source of a decent amount of debate-including whether or not it’s even appropriate for people to speculate on the matter. This letter, for instance is a nice and effective rebuke. To the comments, kittens, and lend me your thoughts.

After all the hullabaloo about privacy and securing information on Secretary Clinton’s part, this is just ridiculous.

Well, now we’re totally safe… To be clear, there are plenty of images of past “football” carriers. But none that I’m aware of that have posed for pictures.

This is a pretty good breakdown of the legal quagmire that is the executive order on immigration as it stands at time of writing. (Things may change. As should be abundantly obvious by now.)

For heaven’s sake, we must avoid hurting his feelings!

This twitter feed is hilarious and heartbreaking. It envisions an alternate reality where Secretary Clinton won, the news is not wholly ridiculous, and First Gentleman Bill is sent on a lot of errands.

History and the rise (and fall?) of facts.

This woman makes my Money Month project look like amateur night at the roadhouse.

I loved this piece at The Everygirl about Beyonce and Adele at the Grammy’s last weekend, which speaks bluntly about black artists losing to white ones consistently and how what could have been a twitter war between the stans was prevented by the genuine positivity of women loving and supporting other women.

NPR has a deeper read into race and the Grammys that’s well worth a look in.

It took less than a month for a scandal to bring down a major player in the administration which, while in line with my predictions, does not bode well. All I will say is that given the layers to the Gen. Flynn story (most notably the fact that now-former Acting Attorney General Yates apparently alerted the White House to the potential threats and was fired only days later due to her stance on the immigration ban, and the fact that timelines being put forward by various staff simply isn’t matching at time of writing), I expect the press, government officials, and voting public to give at least as much scrutiny and attention to claims of foreign interference in our government as they did to Secretary Clinton’s emails.

Pantsuits on women was a major trend this NYFW. Cannot imagine why.

After all the shouting and bluster about security privacy and Secretary Clinton’s emails, to see national security policy play out as dinner theatre is completely beyond the pale.

How are our feelings about death, lately?

This is a thing?! My theory of dating (granted I’ve been out of the game for a decade) was that s/he who asks, pays. Full stop. Have the rules changed that much?

A piece from the New York Times about the rise and fall of celebrities at fashion week shows.

This interview with Kelly Cutrone on the state of the fashion industry is also a great read.

Gorgeous photos of a movement that I, for one, need to know more about.

NOPE. Also, if I’m a “host,” does that make any potential fetus a parasite? Careful what words you choose, people.

Into the Gloss tracked some of the best beauty looks from NYFW. I didn’t know I needed neon eye shadow, but suddenly I do. Intensely.

One of my “ones that got away” in terms of vintage or second hand buys is a leopard print coat that I to this day deeply regret not snatching up. Jenna Lyons is not helping my nostalgia.

All things considered this week, this news seems super not great.

The story of the assassination of North Korean dictator’s Kim Jong-un’s half brother gets more bizarre every day.

This post by the great and good Caroline Hirons is a nice catch up to some of the latest beauty launches, but her final paragraphs on blogging and having an opinion really caught my eye.

Here’s a nice, completely apolitical tale of humans being nice.

Album of the week: Life Will See You Now, by Jens Lekman

Weekend Links: Checks and Balances Editions

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
― H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

I quite literally cannot keep up with the sheer amount of news and bullshit this week. Believe it or not, I’m not rooting for President Trump to fail. I understand and accept that he won the election, I don’t dispute it and I don’t dismiss the millions of my countrymen who supported him. But policy and position are only part of the job, and the rest of it is procedure. Petulant chaos not only doesn’t impress me, and I can hand on heart say that from the vantage point of someone not living there, it’s also not improving America’s prestige or safety.

So with that ringing endorsement for the week’s news…here are your links, delivered with equal amounts of love and lady-rage from your friendly neighborhood C.!

This profile on a woman who creates customs suits for athletes was a nice and completely apolitical read.

The author of one of my favorite twitter feeds wrote an in-character opinion piece complaining about comparisons of his royal self to President Trump. The result is quite wonderful!

FFS, this is not a legal punishment!

#DressLikeAWoman was that rare thing, a hastag delight this week.

Melissa McCarthy, ladies and gentlemen!

A moment of win in the fight against sex trafficking.

A moment of NOT win in the fight for women and girls to have legal rights over their bodies.

This article from the New York Times describing the first couple of weeks of the new administration is well worth a read, and I found the description of President Trump as a man of flexible ideology but fixed habits a fascinating observation, particularly (as the article explores) in light of what that means for a guy living in a new town, with a new job, and his first shot at public service.

A sobering opinion on why propaganda in the 21st century is different, and why it’s frightening. But also what its potential downfall might be.

I’m usually pretty strict on not allowing undue criticism of the First Lady or First Family to slide, but this lawsuit is infuriating. Newsflash, you’re not supposed to be enriching yourself off your elected position…that’s kind of the point.

Meanwhile, I’m totally sure that this use of his platform, in response to multiple companies dropping Ms. Trump’s fashion and accessories lines, is presidentially appropriate.

Heartening updates in the realm of local media and combating fake news.

Disheartening news from Russia, that law they were debating has passed. WT actual F.

Relatedly, this piece candidly examining the media as co-equal unreliable narrator and what it might mean long term for its role in being one of our nation’s best checks to power is a thought provoking and important post. If both sides are seen as lacking credibility, who comes out on top? Historically, the guy in power.

Acts of racist vandalism have been reported several times in the news this week, but this story is a casual reminder that humans really are magnificent in small ways that matter.

Writing prompt of the week, from this incredible cartoon: America is the ultimate Girl Gang. Discuss.
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And finally, I repeat my earlier prompt. Because I would be happy to go to my grave with my tombstone reading, “She persisted.”

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It’s been a minute since we had some fun archaeological news, so let’s remedy that.

And finally, there are great people in the world.

Album of the week: Into, by Sonder

Weekend Links

“Your silence will not protect you.”
– Audre Lorde

So. To recap this week. The Johnson Amendment might be on the chopping block next, we’ve hung up the phone on Australia because the president was tired and grumpy and apparently no one put him down for a nap before he talked to the head of another nation, the Mexico situation is ongoing, we’re firing lawyers who disagree with presidential orders (that haven’t been legally vetted in the first instance), we’re purposefully choosing not to mention Jews in the official statement on Holocaust Remembrance day (to which, how?), and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is less necessary at regular meetings of our security council than the president’s special adviser.

Meanwhile violence in the Ukraine is heating up (something I don’t think there’s been enough reporting on in the US, especially given that the Treasury has now has eased a sanction against trading with the FSB, also known as the descendant organization to the KGB), tensions with Iran are ticking up, the administration apparently decided on a military action in Yemen over dinner with dreadful results, the president used a prayer breakfast to needle a celebrity about TV ratings, a spokeswoman seems to have invented a massacre out of whole cloth to defend the administration’s immigration ban, and the president AND his press secretary don’t seem to be entirely sure who Frederick Douglas is or that he’s been dead for a minute.

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We are so far past ridiculous now that I’m not even sure what term needs to be used.

Here are you links, kittens, and share anything worth signal boosting, political or petty, in the comments!

Angry people in large groups putting money where their mouths are. Excellent.

Something to look forward to!

Something else to look forward to!

If you had never read this before, now would be the time.

David Brooks is a conservative commentator that I don’t always agree with, but almost always enjoy reading. His op ed on the fact that this is “not a Republican administration” and conservatives should fear the Faustian bargain they have made, though I am cheering from the rooftops.

Speaking of, I’ve been making it a point to read and share conservative POVs this week, as part of sense checking myself and avoid my personal instinct (panic. All the time. No breaks). This piece, from The National Review is a more measured read as to why Mr. Bannon’s style may have served the president well campaigning, but poorly in governing.

Goodness. Well, let us all hope and pray for the arrival of Mr. Trumps fourth wife, in that case…

Fellow expat and adopted Londoner Amanda has some great thoughts and info on getting and staying involved.

A brief reminder of who is actually killing and terrorizing US citizens within our own borders of late.

Dear Utah, you done good on this one, peeps.

A nice moment of teacher appreciation here.

Bless Beyonce.

This piece from The Guardian was an interesting read and argues (as an earlier writer did) that we’ve all been worried about an Orwellian future, when we should have been worried about a Huxley-ian one.

If you’re looking for some pretty right now, this artist has appeared a ton of places and her work is a fab take on pop art. I’m thinking of buying a couple pieces eventually!

Album of the week: Lines, by Charlie Cunningham

Weekend Links

“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
― Mark Twain

Okay, I’m just going to say it. Every single friend, family member, or acquaintance who threw that “literally vs. seriously” line about President Trump at me, telling me that he would never actually try to accomplish any of his campaign promises, needs to step forward and explain a few things now. Because I and others took him both literally and seriously. My greatest concern was the President Trump would do the things he ran on, that he would carry out his threats. That he meant it. One single week into this presidency and thus far, that seems to be precisely what he’s trying to do. And so again, every single person who tried to tell me that, “Oh he doesn’t mean an actual wall,” or that “He doesn’t literally mean a Muslim ban,” or any of his other statements: help me understand your thinking on his actions now given that you must be just as surprised as anyone that he’s actually pushing forward on these platforms. Or please just admit that he did mean it…and that you may have voted for him because you wanted him to mean it too. Then we can probably have some more effective conversations about moving forward as a body politic.

There, rant done for this weekend. Here your links, heavy on the politics, but with a few less pressing items for your consideration. Because beauty and humor are going to keep us fueled as we debate whether the leader of the free world is an Orwellian nightmare, or an absurd five year old. And plan accordingly.

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One of the things I’m trying to do these days is educating myself more about the work of Black feminists and intersectional work. Here’s a primer that was shared following last week’s march.

This. If you are a woman who is happy, autonomous, and feel largely personally fulfilled and secure…you are the beneficiary of generations of women and work who came before you. Congratulations. Seriously! I’m thrilled! But understand that you are not necessarily the norm, in the US or elsewhere.


God, the pettiness is just incredible. It’s not enough to strong arm your Press Secretary into blatantly lying and pushing debunked claims on the public, you need the Park Service to try and validate your ego?

In related news, and to paraphrase someone being clever on the internet, none of the dystopian literature I’ve read prepared for the resistance to start with Parks Service, but I’m here for it!

And finally, a firm reminder that if you participated in the marches and have causes that you care about: stay involved! Anger without action is useless.

Self care for the resistance.

The Women March has proclaimed a program of 10 actions in 100 days that everyday citizens can participate in, learn more here.

Public broadcasting is near and dear to my heart. To arms (or at least donations), citizens!

I’m on a shopping ban and have no intention of breaking it, but do admit to some casual flirting with this jumper. For obvious reasons.

Foxes + art = happy C. (h/t to Katarina)


Body positivity and self love queen Lizzo dropped a new video from her Coconut Oil project, one of my favorite albums of last year. Go forth and be blessed.

Want. All of them.

Album of the week: Culture, by Migos

Weekend Links

“Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.”
― George Burns

Well, we’re a week away from the US presidential inauguration, so expect at least one post on that to break up Money Month next week. In the meantime, following all kinds of political and media shenanigans in the run up to said event (good grief, what a week…), let’s have an issues-dense round up of links, shall we?

A brief note: I’m not going to be linking to any of the news coverage about the publication of documents supposedly compiled about the President-elect. Because at this point I almost don’t care if any of the information contained in it turns out to be accurate (at time of writing all of the info is still unsubstantiated) or not. That shady business dealings and divergent sexual behaviors have been documented or alleged in Mr. Trump’s past is a matter of recorded fact, it should shock no one to think that it could happen again. To me the idea that a story of romps with Russian escorts caught on tape by an unfriendly government even feels like it could be plausible is a sobering snapshot of our democracy at the moment for me. It’s depressing as hell, but no one gets to claim that they are shocked–shocked!–by the possibility, in my opinion. And of course, the allegations that there was any type of collusion between members of his staff and a foreign government are potentially incendiary…but again, not entirely new in this campaign. This is who we elected, people. He wasn’t shy about courting controversy at any point in the past four decades, and the expectation that he might “settle” into the office has always seemed wildly optimistic to me.

Finally, the last person who should be whining about people spreading false information about him, should this indeed be the case, is Mr. Trump himself. He helped make this media bed…finish the rest of this saying how you see fit given the circumstances.

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Self medicating with hollandaise sauce. 

Studying the arts is fatal to prejudice. One of the most eye-opening courses I took at university was one on Islamic art.

I can certainly do better about cultivating my own intersectional feminism. Read with me, will you?

Right up SDS content alley!

A bit of a tear jerker profile, but a good one.

Girls v. fear.

The commercialization of style and who gets paid. It’s not always who you think.

Not to get too TMI about it, but an IUD is something I’ve been thinking about switching to for birth control for a while, mostly for hormonal reasons. In the US IUDs have a complicated history and have not been encouraged as much as pill based BC, but in the UK things are a bit different and it’s a much more common option available with the NHS. Political shifts in the US have also seen a well-reported on uptick in women choosing or switching to IUDs over fears that a more conservative government will limit their access to reproductive healthcare options (yay…). All of which is to say that this article in the New York Times about China’s walking back of its famous One Child Policy is fascinating. It reports on how IUDs have been more or less mandatory for women for decades (common knowledge) but how the state is now offering to remove them free of charge to encourage larger families, without so much as an explanation much less apology from the government about their previous draconian restrictions on women’s bodies. As you may expect, this is an intensely complicated topic, up to an including the backlash and criticism from citizens over the whiplash changes and requests/demands from their government. (This link entry brought to you by feminism and acronyms, apparently.)

And speaking of government lockdowns on uteri: GET HYPE! Also, get prepared to go to the political mattresses (pun very much intended) over the rights of women and girls at the first sign of them being walked back or taken away.

Meanwhile, in other foreign-governments-with-which-we-may-suddenly-be-friends-but-maybe-not-who-knows news, holy crap.

Quick reminder that this happened. No biggie, I’m sure…

Speaking of gender rights, a story from a couple of weeks ago that flew under my radar but should NOT have.

Meryl Streep, ladies and gentlemen!

Tracey Ellis Ross, ladies and gentlemen!

Album of the week: Migration, by Bonobo

Weekend Links

“After luncheon the sun, conscious that it was Saturday, would blaze an hour longer in the zenith,…”
― Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

Happy Sunday, poppets! Your first batch of links for the year is here, chock full of goodness. What good things have you been reading or listening to since last we gathered round the metaphoric table to share?

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Hi kids!

An interesting piece at Buzzfeed on why we should view and understand soon-to-be-President Trump through the lens of celebrity rather than politician. How that’s lent him strength but also makes him weak through unique vulnerabilities.

The Atlantic’s rundown of their top picks in podcasting for 2016.

Thought provoking article in Elle about Invanka Trump, the ideal of the Exceptional Woman in patriarchy, and the narrow few their (said acceptable, Exceptional Women) image represent/benefit.

These feel like a very “presents for dads” sort of thing. In a fun way?

Dave Barry’s Year in Review.

And a good reminder from the Washington Post that 2016 had a lot going for it too.

Drafting this post, my well beloved xoVain website is in peril as part of the xoJane shutdown/potential sale. This place was that tremendous and rare thing on the internet: a uniformly positive, experimental, educational, casual, and useful community. I hope the comment community that grew up around this site either continues the good work or finds a new home, and in the meantime I will forever kick myself for not pitching them. In fact, I bargain with the universe that I WILL pitch their new incarnation if only they get one. In the meantime, one of their editors wrote a great piece that’s worth reading. Also, their writers’ rundown of their favorite pieces from the site is also worth a read through if you like inspirational young women writing unapologetically about beauty and sharing wisdom and advice.

Speaking of, an editor I worked under during my work experience at Red Magazine writes some pretty great stuff. This post, a couple months old, but one I’m going back to a lot recently and therefore thought worth sharing, is worth a look in.

One writer quitting Twitter because, “No one cared.” Genuinely wondering if this and adjacent disappointments or burnout might contribute the end of this or other social media eventually. Thoughts?

And finally, a moment of levity.

Album of the Week: Run the Jewels 3, by Run the Jewels