This Week in Culture: Cool Mom Reads, Podcasts, and Sneaks.
Hi mom! Hope you had a restful weekend!
I started mine off with a massage with friends! We relaxed and casually discussed nuclear warheads killing our children. Thanks North Korea! You've officially replaced global warming as my #1 fear!
Here are some bits n' pieces of news that didn't cause major catastrophic thinking:
About cool moms...
1. This Modern Love had me weeping... but it's hopeful, in case you've had your fill of bad news this week.
2. This genius club and app for women who travel alone, called the Alix Experience, got me talking to my husband (who used to travel 4-5 days a week) about how gender affects the experience of travel, from feeling safe in a hotel, to dining alone. Here are some tips from the founder of Alix for women who travel solo.
On the politics of fashion and beauty...
1. Can't figure out if I agree with this Economist piece about feminism in high fashion.
Lemme know what you think by commenting below. I'm inclined to say, "But every little bit helps, right Luke?"
2. The politics of blonde hair is FASCINATING. Read how blonde styles and dyes communicate about class and white privilege, particularly in the Trump-era.
Most of this isn't news for the brunettes of the world.
Other cool stuff from the week:
2. Speaking of podcasts, I really liked the first Queery episode, from comic (and Chicago-native!) Cameron Esposito. For Queery (one of a few podcasts by Cameron), she's interviewing LGBTQ "luminaries" and discussing tons o' topics, including "identity, personality and the shifting cultural matrix around gender, sexuality and civil rights."
4. As a follow up to last week's link to the best products for the "no makeup look", my friend Nora suggested this skincare routine (also by Rio Vierra-Newton for NYMag), which features a few really affordable products. We're going give them a whirl and see what happens.
5. Finally, Tavi Gevinson posted this truth from James Baldwin's essay, "What Price Freedom?" after Saturday's events in Charlottesville, VA.
It puts the whole North Korea/#1 fear thing in perspective, huh?
I'll end by sharing this hopeful song. Hope you have a great week, mom.
Cover pic by Hypebeast.