This Week in Culture: Cool Mom Reads, Podcasts, and Sneaks.

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.

 the  Alix Experience  shares art openings, dining events, etc. for members

the Alix Experience shares art openings, dining events, etc. for members

On the politics of fashion and beauty...

1.  Can't figure out if I agree with this Economist piece about feminism in high fashion.  

Fashion’s espousal of feminism is undoubtedly sincere, but there is a problem with it. The implication that particular garments by particular labels are “empowering” because the designer says so seems rather the reverse.
— Luke Leich, Catwalk Provocateurs, 1843 by the Economist
 This Christian Dior t-shirt was selling for $700.

This Christian Dior t-shirt was selling for $700.

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.  

Attributes associated with whiteness — light skin, narrow noses — have dominated American beauty ideals as long as there’s been such a thing. Which means that blondness has always been … charged: The ’50s gave us Doris Day, who once said that her only ambition ever had been to “be a housewife in a good marriage” (“Preordination had other plans”). To be blonde was to be a good American woman, pure of intention and heart — which implied also, of course, that to be a good American woman, pure of intention and heart, meant being blonde.
— -Amy Larocca, NYMag, Political Peroxide
 From "Political Peroxide" by Amy Larocca

From "Political Peroxide" by Amy Larocca

Most of this isn't news for the brunettes of the world. 

Other cool stuff from the week:

1.  Chance the Rapper talks about "black boy joy", $1 million donation to CPS schools, and more in this podcast episode for NPR.  

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."  

In the first episode, she interviews her wife, comic Rhea Butcher.  It's funny, but serious too.  You'll like it, mom.  

3.  Need some sa-weet satin tennies?  Check out this collab.  

 Vans x Opening Ceremony "Satin Pack", of course it's almost all sold out since launching Friday

Vans x Opening Ceremony "Satin Pack", of course it's almost all sold out since launching Friday

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.  

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