Friday links 11/1/13

This jack-o-lantern partied a bit too hard.

Happy day-after-Halloween! I hope you all had a good time.  I spent the evening watching Cabin in the Woods with a group of friends, and although I don’t usually like horror movies, I loved it! It’s pretty much impossible for Joss Whedon to make anything bad, and it didn’t hurt that the cast was full of great actors.

I also had a Halloween party last weekend, where I dressed up as a steampunk Pikachu (in reference to this comic). I will post pictures soon! Now, on to the linky goodness…

Fa(t)shion
-I don’t mean to turn my blog into a complete advertisement for Domino Dollhouse, but their new skull-print babydoll dress and leggings are too awesome not to post about.
-This photo shoot of five fat babes is fabulous.
-The Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator, a collective workspace focused on sustainable production, will be opening in 2014.
-John Scalzi writes about why he dresses the way he does, and how, as a middle-class white man, he faces less appearance-based judgment than most people.
-Jille Edge’s Flickr has plenty of old-school Delia*s nostalgia.
-Politicizing plus size fashion with blogger Brooklyn Boobala.

Fat Acceptance
-There will be a Fat Justice Workshop here in Boston next weekend.
-This fat bellydance DVD looks great.
-Abigail Saguy talks about the history of the “obesity epidemic.”
-Fat people need candy too.

Climate and Sustainability
-A must-read from Naomi Klein: how science is telling us all to revolt.
-The Transition Lab, which trains ordinary people to create a resilient future, sounds amazing. If any of my fellow Bostonians want to learn more, check out the presentations they will be giving in Cambridge next week.
-A great overview of what a post-growth economy means, and why we need one.

-Bethany writes about a day spent digging up potatoes with friends:  “I’d rather speak more for the way of life that renders such anger and frustration unnecessary. Just beyond the surface of ordinary, there are better ways of being than what most of us know. Let’s go dig them up, and allow ourselves to be surprised and delighted by what we might find.”
-PowerShift 2013: deepening our movement with stories of dissent.
-Environmental justice and intersectionality at PowerShift: the Storify.
-Two responses to the reactions of white, middle-class organizers at PowerShift: On anger, “love voices,” and “divisiveness” in the environmental movement and “Why are the environmental justice activists so angry? Don’t they want to actually build a movement?”

Jobs and the Economy
-No, rising college enrollment is not a sign of an improving economy.
-Take your “love it” and shove it: why “love” of a field isn’t enough.
-I Storified a series of tweets from Sarah Kendzior about what’s wrong with “don’t major in X” arguments.
-If you’ve ever wondered why poor people sometimes buy expensive items, you must read this: “One thing I’ve learned is that one person’s illogical belief is another person’s survival skill. And nothing is more logical than trying to survive.”
-A shorter work week would be better for both our health and the environment.
-On quinoa, food stamps, and “those people” (who teach your kids).
-The immorality of college admissions.

Gender and sexuality
-Beyond boys and girls: teaching gender to my kids.
-I like this take on feminist weddings.
-Bi out loud: on being a bisexual woman married to a man.

Have you ever seen anything as cute as baby ducks on a waterslide? I doubt it.

I really like John’s reflections on perspective:

This Disney villain version of “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago is amazing, and Amber Riley is perfect as Ursula.

3 thoughts on “Friday links 11/1/13

  1. Did you see TressieMC’s essay about buying expensive clothes when you’re poor? John Scalzi’s piece reads to me like it was informed by that one; his is like a mirror image of hers.

    Also, re. the “major in X” perennial argument: I have nothing but bitter laughter and contemptuous snorting for people who include science majors in the “guaranteed job” category. My experience is … otherwise. And Mike the Mad Biologist agrees, although he mostly talks about it at the Ph.D. level.

    And that pumpkin is hilarious. I carved five of ‘em this year … posted pictures too!

    • Yup, I linked to TressieMc’s piece lower down in this post! And John Scalzi said that his post was inspired by hers.

      Yeah, the “guaranteed job” thing is so ridiculous. I also have a bunch of friends in STEM fields who haven’t had an easy time finding jobs (although my friends who are in software programming do seem to be doing particularly well…but maybe they’re just lucky, or maybe it’s just Boston). Thanks for the link to Mike the Mad Biologist’s post!

      I like your pumpkins!

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