Week in Review: What I Read September 1-12

  1. Fitness vs. Fashion (NYT): As working out becomes more of a fad (see Yogalates, Zumba, Pure Barre, SoulCycle), everyone is trying to make money from it. With this, there has been a shift in what we wear to the gym. It’s no longer acceptable to work out in a ratty t-shirt; we must instead dress like workout Barbie and look perfect while sweating. This article discusses the intersection of fashion and fitness. I found it interesting to see the way the two connect!
  2. Gloria Steinem’s Apartment (Refinery29): I’ve always been fascinated by Steinem’s life so it’s no surprise that I gobbled up the chance to look inside her home! This article is more fun for me since Steinem allowed Shelby Knox to live with her while her career was getting off the ground.  (I met Shelby at NCCWSL)
  3. Feminism and Formula (Observer): Remember that controversial Time cover a few months ago? Ever since then there has been pretty intense discussion in the blogosphere about the importance/irrelevance of breast-feeding. With the new laws in NY about formula, it’s more important than ever to have an opinion on the issue. Here’s an article that discusses why feminists should stop quibbling about whether breastfeeding is good for babies and start fighting for better formula.
  4. BIC Pens for Women! (Jezebel): In another instance of marketing stupidity, BIC decided to market “pens for women” in the UK. Women took to amazon and wrote hilarious reviews about the product. This one’s just a good mid-week pick-me-up!
  5. Memory Keepers (Delta Sky): If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know by now that I am in library school at UNC Chapel Hill. I decided to go to library school in part because I want to work in federal libraries so this article discussing the Library of Congress is right up my alley! Check it out for a peek at what goes on in a federal library, plus some great library pictures!
  6. Class Size of One (WSJ): As public school graduation rates become more abysmal, it’s not surprising that some parents choose different options for their children. The Wall Street Journal looked into the growing trend of for-profit companies creating schools where students are in classes one-on-one with their teachers. This is supposed to create new opportunities for students who struggle in the traditional classroom environment. While I’m not convinced of these school’s effectiveness, it makes for an interesting read!
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Week in Review: What I Read

I inadvertendly culled together a list of feminist articles this week — probably because I have been thinking about B-school admissions for women!  Here’s a list of what I’ve been reading on the web this week:

  1. Keeping Your Maiden Name Could Be Strictly Business: An interesting article about the relative feminism of keeping your last name after marriage. It’s interesting that something that once denoted such a feminist statement has become a career move!
  2. The Fat Envelope Please: It’s no surprise that there has been an uptick in college applications, but what is surprising is that there are so many more females applying than men. Suddenly, what used to help get you into school (being a girl) has turned into what may keep you from getting in.
  3. Firebombing Clinics is Not That Funny: While we may disagree on the politics of Planned Parenthood, I’m hoping we can all agree that violence is never the answer. What exactly was putting lives in danger supposed to prove — that the clinic should take lives? A little strange, no?
  4. Young Consumers Switch Media 27 Times an Hour: As a social media intern for several different companies I constantly switch between platforms to get my news and keep up with the latest trend. These findings didn’t surprise me but they do make me concerned about what will happen to digital natives when they are forced to “uni-task”!

The Education of Shelby Knox

After hearing Shelby Knox speak at NCCWSL last week (post on that conference coming soon), I knew that I had to see the documentary about her life. She fought the school board in Lubbock, TX in an effort to institute sex education in the public schools.

Here’s the trailer:

Wow. If I thought she was great when I heard her speak, this documentary makes her seem unstoppable! Her energy and drive is inspirational and I hope that I can work this passionately for a cause some day. Shelby Knox is truly a role model.

I highly recommend this film to all young would-be-activists as well as anyone who believes that this country’s youth don’t care about politics.