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Weekend Links

“The history of men’s opposition to women’s emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Another weekend is upon us, ducklings! We’re chasing sunlight where we can find it this weekend, and our big project is to buy a pair of vintage chairs for the flat. How exciting are we!

Meanwhile, in this week’s news, the administration misplaced an aircraft carrier, Venezuela is engulfed in protests, and there’s a nail-biter of an election coming up in France.  On the otherhand, Bill O’Reilly is out of a job, proving that justice does eventually come to you if you attempt to assault or sexually exploit women from a position of power. That, or you get elected president.

Whatever! I’m in too good a mood, and so this weekend’s links batch is brought to you by lady news and feminist glee/outrage as the case may be. Enjoy!

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There, Elle fixed it for you, dude.

Man-terupting at the Supreme Court level, and interesting trends related thereto.

Gah, I am ridiculously excited about The Handmaid’s Tale, and this write up from Buzzfeed about the visuals and the the idea of the “female gaze” just fanned the flames!

Thoughts on the new Star Wars trailer, kittens? I have some some quibbles, but mostly am bursting with hopeful glee to see some lady Jedi training.

A badass woman, an iconic set of images, and an anniversary.

Boy, bye!

And speaking of boy byes (which really should be both a noun and a verb), my own congressman and resident spineless jerk Congressman Chaffetz is not running for reelection. Hurrah! Though if he is lining himself up for a gubernatorial run, Jeff may convince me to spend more time in Utah for the sheer dogged determination I will feel to volunteer for whomever his opponents turn out to be. Truly, I have never longed for a Romney, but the sudden sharp pang is intense!


Why yes, women do slay while pregnant.

How furious she must be, now that she’s been taken at her word.” How The Handmaid’s Tale explores the issue of women backing up patriarchy, and what warnings it might have for more current talking points.

Aztec midwifery sounds like a pretty darn thorough profession!

Album of the week: The Chief, by Jidenna

Weekend Links

“The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

I’m sorry but the White House Press Secretary actually said this week, without a hint of irony, that, “Hitler didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons…” in World War II.

In internet parlance, I am unable to even.

Mr. Spricer tried to clean this up, ‘clarifying’ with the following, “[Hitler was] not using the gas on his own people in the same way that Assad is doing.'” Okay…so that’s how we’re kicking off the first day of Passover.

You quite literally can’t make this shit up. But kittens, it was only Tuesday!

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As I finalize the draft of this post, President Trump dropped a major bomb (literally, not metaphorically), we’re finishing up taxes (cutting it fine this year), and trying to pack for an impromptu trip. There, you’re as caught up as I can get you. It’s a Bank Holiday and Jeff and I are getting on a train right now, so here are your weekend links a bit early…because it’s technically the weekend! Share anything else you found fun, infuriating, though-provoking, or just plain neat this week in the comments section!

This meme got a workout this week!

I had no idea that “lunch shaming” was even a thing, but it’s enraging. There was also a good short rant on Pod Save America this week about how closely we monitor the spending of poor or marginalized citizens, insisting on an element of shame for use of support or services, but are happy to consider (for example) the millions of dollars spent on a missile barrage as an acceptable sunk cost.

There was another awful shooting in San Bernidino this week, and a child has been killed. There is a GoFundMe campaign to support his family here. I’m deeply conscious of how much coverage the last high profile shooting got in this area received and the comparative radio silence as the shooter this time is a citizen and accused domestic abuser–a crime that is exponentially more common than terrorism and tragically downplayed.

Vogue reports that Glossier is coming to the UK later this year!

Science is incredible.

The National Review interestingly posits that “Trumpism” never really existed. Trump was just populist enough for many to project their own perspectives and values on to his ideology-less form. If correct, will his supports wake to this fact? And if so, what then?

Michelin star rated shade!

The Salt Lake Tribune won a Pulitzer this week, for its months long investigation into rape reporting (or lack thereof) at my alma mater, BYU. I have not been at all surprised to learn that reports of assaults have now risen as a result.

The new Thor film looks a bit iffy to me, but Cate Blanchett looks incredible in it. Basically, Galadriel claimed the One Ring, and I’m here for it!

A girl standing calm in the face of racial hatred. Powerful.

An honest piece on weight and the language we use towards people gaining and losing it.

The New York Times had an amazing piece about the potential effects of Brexit on London, contender for the capital of the globalized world.

Album of the week: That’s Your Lot, by Blaenavon

Weekend Links

“To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.
To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”
― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

The political news this week: the administration went from no involvement in Syrian crisis to missile launches in three days. The Washington Post and I had a lot of the same reactions to this; namely, granted that there is a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented proportions going on (here’s where you can donate to on the ground causes), trying to pick a fight to make your populace rally around your leadership is literally one of the oldest political tricks in the book. Ultimately, I’m just going to leave this 2012 tweet by then-citizen Trump here and make no further comment. Honestly, his twitter feed is his own pre-existing condition. Then, decades of political power grabbing in the senate culminated in the destruction of the filibuster against supreme court nominees and Judge Gorsuch will take up a seat. Finally, Mr. Bannon has been removed from the NSC, which I actually cheered aloud to read.

Whew.  The pace of political news really is going to stay like this for the next four years, isn’t it?

To help with any attendant fatigue, we’ve got a nice bunch of links curated for you this week to read while you lap up the British sunshine. Yes! It exists and is living in London this weekend!

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One of my work views this week. Seriously.

J. Crew is going through a major shakeup. I’m curious to see what effects this has, as I have a deep affection for the brand though (like many, apparently) I’ve fallen out of love with it in more recent years and seasons. Man Repeller has a nice tribute to the former creative director who, whatever you think of the brand, was a genuine tastemaker.

Of course President Trump defends Bill O’Reilly. Of course he does.

Heavens, that didn’t take long, did it?

Here’s a piece of Style Month homework for you, courtesy of Jezebel: How to Read a Dress.

In the great debate over national budget, which do you prioritize: military spending or public broadcasting? Wait. You’re assuming they don’t overlap? I have distinct memories of growing up as a military brat overseas where much of the American media I could get (radio and TV) was based on public broadcasting programs. In any case, retired Gen. McChrystal weighs in on the pro-PBS side to excellent effect.

Speaking of public education platforms, the YouTube channel CrashCourse (originally a VlogBrothers project) is still going strong. I’ve been dipping into their Mythology course.

And now, a political palate cleanser.

Tale as old as time…going to the dentist.

This is a great piece at Racked but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ruined the idea of SoulCycle for me long ago. That being said, I’m currently flirting with some new workout gear from Sweaty Betty so who am I to judge, really?

Album of the week: Arca, by Arca

Weekend Links

“Sunday. The poor man’s rich day.”
– Christian Nestell Bovee

Hey team, we may it to another weekend! Leave aside Brexit and the Russian shenanigans for half an hour and let’s peruse some of the good things in life…with a couple of political links thrown in. Who are we to defy our natures here at SDS? Share anything you’ve found this week that sparked joy, conversation, or thought in the comments, kittens!

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David Frum remembers the stance that got him fired when it came to the ACA 7 years ago, and what has happened in our political discourse since.

The seasonal change is upon us, almost time to pack up sweaters.

These deconstructed blue willow cups will be mine, I vow it!

Summer is coming!

This story, a Muslim immigrant to the Wyoming territory in early 20th century America ends up with the name Hot Tamale Louie (and what his descendants are now living through) is incredible.

This article is, hopefully, eye opening. If you’re American, white, and working or middle class, and you believe socialism is an evil political system that helps the undeserving poor…maybe stop a moment and consider how much of your life is tied to government assistance in ways you might not have considered. Do you have a retirement plan? A mortgage? I’ve got news for you… “Socialism for white people is all-enveloping, benevolent, invisible, and insulated by the nasty, deceptive notion that we have earned our benefits by our own hand.” The other side of the coin being the pernicious idea that anyone who needs or receives more obvious assistance (practically coded reference to white poor–or trash, and ethnic minorities) somehow hasn’t earned it.

The nerdery herein is glorious.

And in case you’ve missed this story in the deluge of awful out of Washington…this guy’s reasoning for his horrific action…just…ugh, humans, do better.

Thoughts on S-town, the new podcast from the creators of Serial who released their season Netflix style all in one big drop?

Gee…thanks for the credit. This feels oddly like those old Victorian partnerships or marriages you sometimes come across in the nooks of history where the dude was a “leading authority” on some subject or other or invented something spectacular, and it turns out that his wife or daughter was a full scientific research partner, or sometimes compiled his notes, crossreferenced his work, basically wrote his papers, and probably invented something in the process that she didn’t get credit for because some other guy went public with it first.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee shared a rare but kind of great moment of political win.

I fell down an enjoyable rabbit hole with this post, now gone semi viral. As the author says, there’s no way to know if it’s true, but how crazy is it that her headline is plausible? That’s how interconnected we are these days.

Album of the week: Silver Eye by Goldfrapp

Weekend Links

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
[Remarks on the 20th Anniversary of the Voice of America; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, February 26, 1962]”
― John F. Kennedy

So. The news. By Wednesday of this week, this whole mess had gone down. Things haven’t gotten much clearer since. Then there was an attack on my beloved adopted hometown of London the same day, seemingly the actions of a lone wolf assailant.

As I put this list together, the American political system is arguing with itself (on a fundamental level) as to whether healthcare (or rather its watered down version of “access to healthcare”) is a right or not. There’s an actual and interesting ideological basis to this debate, but we long ago spun into vitriol and obstruction and I’m not sure that we’re any closer to finding our way out of either. Apparently the leadership is going to force a vote on it today, we will see what happens.

Thus far 2017 seems to be doing its darndest to up our collective rates of cardiac stress and fatigue. Here are your links this weekend, and they are designed to be a politics-lite batch for to give us all a bit of a break.

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The importance of understanding shifting language and context in our culturally ongoing discussions about sexuality and identity.

Relatedly! An interview at Man Repeller about the changing language and communication expectations of our current age.

Female writers on books that influenced them.

The great and good Margaret H. Willison (oft of Pop Culture Happy Hour fame) defends libraries!

Escaping the guardianship laws placed on Saudi women.

Speaking of Pop Culture Happy Hour, this post from NPR’s Monkey See about the podcast Missing Richard Simmons is an interesting exercise in pondering fame.

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. And then the murders began.”

This article on how ISIS is changing and evolving is worth a read.

The latest trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale is chilling and gripping. I can’t wait for it and am simultaneously a bit chilled.

Why Jane Austen is Wrong for the Alt-Right. I may never have click on an article link this fast in my life.

Album of the week: Paradise by ANOHNI

Weekend Links

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”
― Pablo Neruda

We made it to another weekend, kittens, and here in London at least it feels like spring really has arrived. It’s warming up, the daffodils are out in full force, and I think we are officially out of excuses for not being able to make it to the gym during daylight hours. Crud.

Here are your links, mostly politics free this week, to keep this springtime good mood going. Share your favorite stories from the week in the comments!

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In case you missed the thread or story in question, this piece is worth a read.

This year’s NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest winners are a revelation and a delight!

Lipstick, oppression, empowerment, and the inner female life. Sign me up for whatever it takes to get this film released.

I have…questions

The CBO score on the healthcare reform, put forward by some Republicans and supported (at least initially) by the administration, came out this week. The estimates are 14 million losing insurance by 2018, 24 million by 2026. Read up and inform yourselves. In other political news, the courts temporarily blocked Travel Ban 2.0, a new budget proposal was put forward that amps military spending and cuts things like poverty support, big chunks of funding to whole agencies, and arts endowments (always a sign of great things to come ), and the president’s own party are refusing to back his thus-far-baseless claims of wiretapping. #winning?

I loved this supportive letter from Albert Einstein to Marie Curie.

Dear Saudi Arabia, you messed up

And speaking of messing up, our own military (near and dear to my brat heart) isn’t exactly covering itself in glory on women’s issues lately.

A holy holiday, indeed!

So, minions, if we all pool our money

A fascinating profile on Kellyanne Conway. Love her or loathe her, but this article makes a compelling case that she is, for all functional purposes, almost the acting First Lady in terms of profile, administrative involvement, and propinquity.

Miss Ru got married?! Mazel Tov!

A victory in our time.

Album of the week: Sarah Vaughn, At Mister Kelly‘s

Weekend Links

“There was nothing like a Saturday – unless it was the Saturday leading up to the last week of school and into summer vacation. That of course was all the Saturdays of your life rolled into one big shiny ball.”
― Nora Roberts, Rising Tides

Hi kittens, we’ve made it to another weekend and instead of a rant, how about I just let you get straight to the goodness? There’s a lot of news and fun links this week, but as always, please share your favorite stories, memes, and links from the week in the comments!

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Let’s start off with something cute and purely delightful, shall we?

An ode to the fake fur coat.

So much for seeing the courts…in court. Travel Ban 2.0 was rolled out this week with, it must be said, what looks like some actual thought put into the process and application this time. It’s still garbage. If the ostensible goal is to protect Americans from “radical Islamic terrorists,” the administration has still failed utterly to prove that citizens and refugees from these countries posed a heightened significant entry in the first place. The terrorists or their sympathizers who have carried out violent actions in recent years seem to be made in America, as little as we apparently like to acknowledge that fact. Iraq, the birthplace of ISIS is off the restricted list seeing as they are, ya know, our ally. Meanwhile refugees are going to have to go through a more stringent process than ever before, even though those most needing assistance are the least likely to be able to pass background checks seeing as how (to take Syria as an example) their entire nation state and all its attendant bureaucracies, paperwork, legal histories, and documented evidence have been bombed to oblivion. Meanwhile, I believe there is plenty of evidence of animus towards muslims in statements from the president and his supporters to warrant challenges.

No amount of deleting can un-tweet your tweets, Mr. Stone.

This sounds like a fascinating project and I wish I could see it.

My own representative, Congressman Chaffetz, continues to be the living embodiment of the word “craven,” and his latest gaffe was a right doozy. Let’s set aside this annoying and frankly damaging trope that (presumably) poor people are just irresponsible with money/services and therefore it’s a bad idea to provide them…his math is a joke. Does he live in a world where poor people, to say nothing of working and middle class citizens, buy phones every month? Nay, more than that! According to the National Conference of State Legislatures last year, the annual premium costs for an average family were $18,000. Meaning that you’d have to buy a new iPhone once a month for three years in a row for an equivalence. Meanwhile, I’d like everybody who has ever had a single prescription or procedure cost more than $500 to put their hands up.

Samurai Jack is coming back!

Should the president’s statements/accusations/word vomit that the former president tapped his phones be taken at face value? According to the Press Secretary, and I quote, “Yes it should. Of course it should. No.

This whole story is such a load of sexist garbage. And it’s disheartening.

Also, give this reporter a gold star for questioning why the president is calling for an investigation…if he already is in possession of conclusive evidence that this tapping happened? As I see it, either President Trump lobbed in a completely fabricated conspiracy theory (which in itself should be a scandal as it questions not just where he’s getting his information, but whether he can tell fact from fiction), or he revealed that he/his organization have been the subject of investigations (which is likely also going to be a scandal depending on what he/they were being investigated for). Either way, self inflicted wound.

Got my dose of beauty therapy from sighing lustfully over these statement earrings.

A great new piece of art landed on Wall Street just in time for IWD.

Album of the week: Everything is Forgotten, by Methyl Ethel