Friday Five, on Saturday: March 10, 2018

Friday Five, on Saturday: March 10, 2018

Hope you had a wonderful week, mom!  Here are some great links from the webs. 

 From  How to Raise a Boy  by Will Leitch  

From How to Raise a Boy by Will Leitch  

1.  How to Raise A Boy- As a mom of 2 (almost 3), this series of pieces from The Cut feel really important, especially in the wake of the #Metoo movement and Parkland violence.  By transcribing real conversations with parents and sons, they tackle a bunch of different topics, from social media to video games to, my personal favorites...

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- Race

- Toy weapons (essay with annotations)

 “I have no illusion that taking away Theodore’s guns is a game-changing heroic act. Toxic masculinity lies in constant wait for my boy: bad porn and frat parties and the sleepwalking of white, male privilege. But I have no regrets... I want my children to be part of the Parkland generation, the one that makes that leap of imagination and faith and courage to find a way to ensure that no child is ever shot again.” - Rachel Combe, The Cut, March 2018

2.  I Think I Have an Unhealthy Relationship with my Clothes- Man Repeller’s Haley Nahman has a crisis of conscience when she gets caught in SF without her trusty wardrobe.  She reflects on the relationship between consumption, attachment, and self-esteem.  

 Haley Nahman

Haley Nahman

 “If you subscribe to the idea that fashion is a means of expression, it’s easy to see it as an inherent good, as something that’s always capable of lifting us up and making us feel good and whole. But that’s a tenuous paradigm, isn’t it?”- Haley Nahman, Man Repeller, March 2018

3.  Great memoirs by women- Books Are Magic posted a good pile for Int’l Women’s Day.

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I want this one.  

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And this one.  

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4. Michelle Obama on the Power of Girls’ Education- The former First Lady interviews four young women from around the world about how their educational experience has shaped their lives.  

“According to the United Nations, countries lose more than 1 billion dollars a year by failing to educate girls at the same level as boys. And studies from the Brookings Institution report that just one extra year of secondary school can increase a girl's future income by 10 to 20%.”-Refinery29, March 2018

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I especially liked Obama’s Q&A with fellow Chicago Public Schools grad and activist Eva Lewis.

 “Education also grants us a fighting chance. We are constantly being beaten down by the multiple layers of systems that oppress us. We live in a world that sexualizes us for being women and ostracizes us for being Black. So education is a Black girl’s weapon. Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, and Kimberlé Crenshaw couldn’t create terms like Black feminism, womanism, and intersectionality to spread the word about our struggle without that knowledge.”- Eva Lewis, in conversation with Michelle Obama for Refinery29

4. More MO admiration.  This moment really got me.  

 Parker Curry, 2, stands in awe of the new National Portrait Gallery painting of Michelle Obama. 

Parker Curry, 2, stands in awe of the new National Portrait Gallery painting of Michelle Obama. 

I’m in DC this weekend, meeting my new nephew!  Hoping to pay Michelle a visit too.

 

-Cathleen

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