4 Things on My Mind

Longer, more thoughtful posts hopefully to come soon. But in the meantime here are a few things that have been jumbling around in my brain today (in no particular order).

1. Leaning In — We haven’t even read it yet and already my book club spent at least an hour talking about the topics covered in Sheryl Sandberg’s new book: Lean In. Even though her PR person turned me down for an interview with Sandberg, I’m still interested to read this book and follow the debate that will stem from it.

Here are two interesting takes on it: From Jezebel: Sheryl Sandberg on Why It’s OK to Cry at Work (best quote: “This is a really exciting moment because for the first time in a long time it feels like the women’s movement is actually moving.”) and from CNN: Sandberg left single mothers behind (Best quote: “Sandberg’s book mentions single mothers in passing. But what if she were to champion them? What if the Lean In community or any group of feminist-minded women were to organize around the cause of single motherhood instead of the cause of their own self-congratulation?”)

2. The horrors of the Steubenville rape trial and how appallingly vile humans can be. It’s been unavoidable, and it’s one those stories where words escape me. This article though: Steubenville: this is rape culture’s Abu Ghraib moment: “There’s a word for what happens when one group of people sees another as less than human and insists on its right to hurt and humiliate them for fun. It’s an everyday word that is often misused to refer to something outside of ourselves. The word is ‘evil’.”

3. Letting go of your story. This article from Mind Body Green (a great yoga and health site) about how to let go of the stories we all tell our selves about who we are made me think about the things I believe about myself that I want to let go of. 5 Ways to Let Go of Your Story

4. Literary Graffiti(Thank you Buzzfeed for bringing me this and 21 Lessons You Can Learn From Cats In Boxes in the same day)

George Orwell, "Animal Farm"

 

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