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48. READ. LOOK. THINK.

READ: On the pill. | The girl with the scrunchie on her wrist vs. the new media theorists. | Lois Lowry, the children’s author who actually listens to children. | “You’ve got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly.” | How I learned to love Yoko Ono. |”I didn’t want to be a genius! That ain’t cool.” Missy Elliott profiled in the Observer. | For dogs who flew in World War I and understand a little French, moving short fiction by Laura Jane Faulds.

LOOK: Eight year old girl schools Dwell magazine. | Trees of London. | Marvellous Melbourne tourism video 1989 on The Island Continent. | Kale is £1 a bunch at the corner shop. Massaged kale salad, one pot kale and quinoa pilaf. | More recipes: Shakshuka; I’m a brussels sprout convert after eating them with lemon miso sauce at Public with Vic. Here they’re with caramelised garlic and lemon peel.

THINK: Expecting our friends to keep up with our social media content isn’t expecting them to meet us halfway; it’s asking them to take on the lion’s share of staying in touch with us. | “No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much.” | Toxic sugar. | How to break a bad habit for good. | “Collective follower count.” | “Before my wife and I could finish our “aww”s, my daughter said, “Take a picture!” A 3-year-old shouldn’t know which of her actions are worthy of being documented.” | Do documentaries need to be fair to both sides of an issue? | Power pollution plunges: Australia’s carbon tax is working. | Lastly, I have been so torn about the criticism of Lena Dunham having no black characters on Girls. I admire her, I hate holding women of achievement to standards men don’t have to meet, and from my political strategy days I know an “interest group” divided – feminists fighting one another – is an interest group losing! And yet, and yet. I know I have to look beyond all this and dive into messiness and truth. So some reading this week on intersectionality: let me Google that for you.  An elitist concept? How to be better: on intersectionality, privilege and silencing and my friend Clem in Daily Life.

LINKNESS: My wrap up of the week’s top strategy + creativity + marketing reads on Nextness.

One Comment
  1. To me, what happened with Caitlin Moran/the Vagenda Magazine defense wasn’t infighting, it was a lack of awareness and inclusivity amongst people who should really know better. It was totally bizarre for me to listen to women like Moran and the Vagenda Magazine editors, who stand for gender equality, shut down any discussion of other forms of inequality amongst women as either irrelevant or too ‘academic’ (WTF?). It should be common sense that race is a pertinent issue in feminism and gender. As I’ve been watching the whole debate unfold, I’ve realised that they have perhaps unwittingly exercised a form of snobbery themselves, not understanding how alienating it is to suggest to both underprivileged women and to educated women that what they have to bring to the table is ‘irrelevant’, in favour of ‘popular feminism’. Feminism should be allowed to have diverse voices. People simply called them out on that, and it actually led to some necessary discussion which I think only enriches feminism.

    That being said, I also think it’s perfectly okay for feminists to disagree. That doesn’t fracture the movement or what it stands for, it just shows it is comprised by diverse people. We’re not always going to agree, and to expect there to be no disagreement every once in a while is to place unrealistic expectations on all feminists.

    Happy weekend Jessica!

    October 26, 2012

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