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Things I read/watched/learned this week of 10/20*


From the women of NPR this video: Talking While Female explores the ways in which women are written off simply by their voices and how we use them. Illustrations by one my favorite graphic designers, Kelli Anderson.

+ Are you using Slack chat app yet? If you’re already using it for multiple teams, then you’ll appreciate this new beta version of Slack Multiple. Get into it and see for yourself how this app is a real game changer. Some people even think it’s going to kill email.

+ A first person story of a woman’s abortion in 1959.

+ The Toast’s hilarious breakdown of current internet slang. I can’t even with this it’s everything my spirit animal…

+ Erin Loechner’s real bio is fantastic and embraces shades of gray not often seen on the internet.

+ While co-working a couple weeks ago with a friend who recently had a little one (Hi Crystal! Hi June!) I thought about how a lot of the music I listen to isn’t always scalable to the youngest and oldest among us. So I responded with this playlist. It’s called Classy Tunes for Young Folks, but really there’s still plenty of stuff on here the aged will like as well as some songs that expressly remind me of my own parents. If I were still working with kids I’d play this during free play, when coloring, cleaning, or other busy work.

*As of 10:38am.

Things I read this week 10/13*

Slightly lighter reading this week due to  focus on client work and family visiting for my partner’s solo show exhibition (hi Mom! I know I’m supposed to be getting ready instead of on the computer :-). But, here’s a few of the best.

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I could look at this moving drawing from artist Lilli Carré all. day. long.

+ The Price of Black Ambition, a new essay from one of my faves Roxanne Gay, put a lump in my throat.

+ What I saw as an NFL Ball Boy. As gritty as you might expect, but also optimistic about the future of the NFL.

+ Common things men in tech can do to be more inclusive. Actually, this should be for everyone because I’ve caught myself doing one or two of these things too.

+ Aminatou Sow pretty much wins the internet for the day with this:

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Yes, my friend. You nailed it.

Until next week friends! Off to see the work of prolific Chicago photographer, Vivian Maier. Hoping to find an instagram or two to file away for later.

*As of 11:45am

Things I Read, Week of 10/6*


Between Anita Sarkeesian’s XOXO talk about her online harrasment (above) and Kathy Seirra’s story on why she’s leaving twitter again, it’s been a doozy of a week for feminists online. So, I’ve decided to include only articles in support of non cis men in this week’s dispatch.

+ First how women – who are generally criticized more, and in more personal ways than men – can learn to expect, parse, and deflect the criticism that will come our way if we do our jobs well. Follow up with Ann Friedman’s Disapproval Matrix for dealing with haters.

+ On keeping the T in LGBT from being erased on television via the superb show, Transparent, now streaming on Amazon Prime.

+ Wonder Woman is largely based on Margaret Sanger, the woman who invented the idea of birth control in 1916 and founded America’s first women’s health clinics that evolved into today’s Planned Parenthood. Funny how the same fight for birth control was going on in 1916 and remains largely unchanged these days.

+ The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion. This story would make an incredible film that I’d watch the heck out of.

+ The moms and eventual moms out there: there’s nothing wrong with the mommy track.

+ This charming series on surprising things about parenting outside of America. Prepare to experience some travel wanderlust.

+ There’s no such thing as “the cool girl”.

*As of 11:30am today. Also why am I writing this series now? It’s a means to get back to regular writing, and I don’t send my newsletters often enough that these stories are as timely there. And it’s a catalog that tracks how much and what I’m reading online, instead of mindlessly consuming content and getting feelings that I don’t do anything about. I basically keep a draft open all week and plug in the links I’ve read, and then publish on Friday. It’s a way to combat faux cultural literacy that we’ve probably all run into from time to time.

Things I read this week*

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It’s Friday, y’all. We made it! I kept track of the essays I read this week, here they are in no particular order.

My friend Nona is on a tear this week with two fantastic pieces:

+ The Middle Class Squeeze: Is Elite Education Worth 170k of Debt?

Married women who code-switch

Also:

+ Cameron Esposito’s excellent undressing (pun intended) of street harassment.

+ Janet Mock and the defense of angry black women.

+ This is not the last piece you should read about sexism in tech, no, not even close.

+ Super friend Stewart Scott-Curran’s recap on our time at WMC Fest 5

+ Freelancing in America: a national survey of the new workforce.

*As of Friday morning at 10am. Doesn’t include links I will also read in Ann Friedman’s fantastic newsletter, due any moment.