- 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!
- 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)
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
Sorry for the radio silence around here lately! I’ve been moving into my new place in North Carolina and reading like crazy so expect more posts soon. Here’s what I’ve read this week:
- Ten Things You Should Know About the Economy Before You Vote in November (Forbes): I am such a political news junkie right now and this article is right up my alley! I think everyone should be informed about the issues before they head to the polls and this article is a good start.
- How to Be a Better Procrastinator (WSJ): Since I always have my fingers in a lot of pies, I like hearing that it can be productive! This article shows the ways that working on multiple projects can actually make you more productive.
- I’ve Forgotten How to Read Adult Novels (blog): I spend a lot of time reading YA literature and I make no apologies for my taste (check out my post about why I YA here). Reading about other people with the same “problem” makes me happy!
- Being a Confident Bada** Does Not Make a Female Athlete a Diva (Jezebel): As much as I love women’s olympic gymnastics, I was less than thrilled with the coverage NBC showed. The commentators regularly used sexist terms to talk about the gymnasts (re: calling them girls, divas, and moody). This article explores what the coverage exposed about the network.
There was a flood of really interesting articles on the web this week. Here is a very small selection of what I perused:
- Work Wear: Office Style at the New York Public Library (WSJ)– One of the things I was most excited about doing in NYC was getting my very own NYPL card, corny I know. This story reminds everyone else of what I already know: Librarians are pretty stylish folk!
- Letters from Authors to Their Young Fans (Flavorwire) — Authors may be curmudgeonly some of the time but these letters prove that they can also be huge teddy bears. Read through to the end and you’ll come across some of the most heartwarming letters I’ve ever read.
- Having Your Coffee and Enjoying It Too (NYT) — It seems as though every day there is new evidence to “prove” that coffee is good/bad for us. This article examines the newest findings and shows that a coffee habit doesn’t make a huge difference overall.
- The Timeless Resonance of Dorian Gray (Everyday eBook) — This one just might be cheating since I love Wilde so much but I had to share it! The story truly is timeless and this article sets out to prove it.
Check out previous week’s “What I Read”:
- Taking It Slow: Transatlantic: Ever since The Paris Review came to the Summer Publishing Institute I’ve fallen in love with everything that they do. This article about the author’s decision to make a slow transition back to life in the US is no different. It’s somewhere between a “longread” and a blog post — the perfect length for an indulgence.
- Drunk Texts from Famous Authors: This one is also from The Paris Review — Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Deliciously irreverent this more traditional blog post wonders what sorts of things everyone from Emily Dickenson to Dan Brown would send. An essential diversion!
- Do Too Many Young People Go to College?: Covering a topic near and dear to my heart this WSJ article explores America’s insistence on over-qualification. Fascinating.
- Hermione Granger vs. Bella Swan: This was my fun read for the week! I am and always will be a die-hard Potterhead so anything that pokes fun at the rival books makes me giggle. This chart/post perfectly outlines my problems with the Twilight series while illustrating why I adore J.K. Rowling’s central female character.
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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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?
- 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”!
This week has been spent playing catch-up after a lovely weekend away in Chapel Hill, NC (more on that later). Here are a few articles I found interesting this week:
- How Gen-Y And Millenials Can Avoid the Pitfalls of Burnout: As someone who has been incredibly stressed at the end of senior year, I found this article enlightening. I agree with the author that all too often my generation has a drive to “do more” or “be more” without a real end-goal in sight. Without this thing to work toward it’s hard to appreciate accomplishments!
- Wealth or Waste? Rethinking the Value of a Business Major: Music to my ears! So often the value of a liberal arts education is downplayed and it is nice to see a major news outlet acknowledging the good things about majoring in a “non-professional” area.
- Private Islands for Rent: I know where I am headed for my next vacation! Who hasn’t dreamt of living it up like Johnny Depp on a private island with all the ameneties? It’s like Never Never Land only you get to be a grown-up.
- 17 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee: I guzzle coffee like Lorelei Gilmore and I’m not ashamed to admit it. My coffee consumption is second only to my tea consumption. That being said, it’s always nice to read a little more about my (second) favorite beverage.