-“It is comforting to think of these acquittals and non-indictments as contrary to American values. But it is just as likely that they reflect American values.”
–“Ya’ll Ain’t Hearing Me”: white liberalism and the killing of Aura Rosser.
-“Whether or not he had a gun, nothing warranted Antonio Martin’s death, and nothing justifies leaving his body in the streets for two hours like roadkill.”
–BlackAmazon’s “Twas The Tweet’s Before Christmas.”
–13 things we re-learned about the prison industrial complex in 2014.
–The cops hate being filmed, so why are they ok with body cameras?
–Embracing “crazy” in the “land of the free.”
–The deaths of two NYPD officers are tragic, but not an indictment of the anti-brutality movement. It is also imperative to center Shaneka Thompson, whom Brinsley shot before killing the two officers–to make it clear that domestic violence is violence.
–#BlackLivesMatter protest shuts down the Mall of America on December’s biggest shopping day. Show some love for LUSH Cosmetics, which got trolled by racists for supporting its workers’ right to join the protests.
–Injustice at the intersection: how America’s suburbs are engineered against the walking poor.
–How Chicago Youth Diversion fails justice-involved girls.
–No, Mayor DiBlasio, there is never a wrong time to say that black lives matter.
-“it’s frustrating to see my righteous anger at unjust systems interpreted as hatred for individuals. but it’s more frustrating to see the oppressed suffer while those maladjusted to injustice remain silent.”
-The coolest thing ever: a Nobel recipient accepted her prize wearing a gown covered in the neurons she discovered.
-So excited for the Lela Rose collection for Lane Bryant!
–ModCloth’s #FashionTruth monthly spotlight: Jennae says, forget the rules!
-More fabulously edgy pictures from Skorch’s living doll editorial.
-Liz reviews a top from Smart Glamour, a new company that carries size up to 6x and also offers custom sizing.
–3 amazing dresses Rebel Wilson has worn recently, and where you can buy them. I especially love the pink one, of course.
-Wisconsin fatties, check out my friend Emma’s upcoming clothing swap!
–Plus size fashion brand Curvissa conducted a study showing what women really want from retailers and the fashion media.
–This is what real Native American fashion looks like.
–It’s not about you: when men take women’s style personally.
–Parker and Pine designs plus size fashion for men with a sharp new line of wardrobe staples.
–Remixd’s upcycled garments are gorgeous, although it seems they only come in straight sizes, bah humbug. I really should learn how to sew and start upcycling my own pieces of clothing–it looks a lot easier than creating items from scratch.
–The hourglass figure is traditionally more acceptable than other plus size images–but here’s why body shape shaming needs to go.
–15 plus size dresses for New Year’s Eve.
A breathtaking video of the Northern Lights in Norway:
Climate and Sustainability
-A must-read from Rebecca Solnit, whose writing on climate change is always important and inspiring: Let’s leave behind the age of fossil fuel. Welcome to Year One of the climate revolution.
–18 scientists on what they actually think about climate change.
–A bit of good green energy news for your holidays, courtesy of New England.
–Love and long-distance travel in the time of climate change.
-So much yes to this: Why I still love Rent.
–@FeministaJones reflects on social welfare policy.
–Why these tweets are called my back.
–That time Obama wore a tiara. Amazing!
–Wild could have been a standard Hollywood weeper, but Reese Witherspoon saved it. I absolutely loved the book, and can’t wait to see the movie.
–On the cusp of dual identities: Afropean.
-Facebook’s “Year in Review” app demonstrates inadvertent algorithmic cruelty.
–Prosecute torturers and their bosses: “The nation cannot move forward in any meaningful way without coming to terms, legally and morally, with the abhorrent acts that were authorized, given a false patina of legality, and committed by American men and women from the highest levels of government on down.”
-“The exhausting thing for me isn’t the depression or the anxiety itself, but the management of it all.”
-What exactly has Beyoncé done for feminism? A LOT.
-Yet another example of how nature is both weird and awesome: “ice pancakes” show up on a river in Scotland.
-Travel inspiration: 22+ reasons why you should visit Romania, 22 of the most incredible places in Europe you’ve probably never seen, the incredible Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon in Iceland (which makes me want to go back to Iceland so badly), and the veritable winter wonderland that is Finland’s Oulanka National Park.
–The greatest Christmas trees of 2014.
A powerful poem about being black in America:
If the American Girl dolls were real girls: