vanity, grooming, labor

The anthology of the top twenty-five sci-fi stories in 1970 was like, ‘Me and my friend the robot went for a walk on the moon, and in 2008 it was, like, ‘The galaxy is run by a fundamentalist Islamic confederacy, and there are people who are hunting planets and killing them for fun.’
Tech billionaire Peter Thiel, as qtd in George Packer’s The Unwinding

Contrary to stereotypes of minimum wage workers as teenagers or part-timers, nearly half of those who would be affected by L.A.’s proposed new minimum wage of $13.25 an hour are between 30 and 54 years old.


More than a third are supporting children. More than two-thirds work full time. Nearly half have taken college course work.

Dolce & Gabbana espadrilles, Resort 2015

Dolce & Gabbana espadrilles, Resort 2015

Recently, a young woman asked me how we can make feminism more accessible to men. I told her that I don’t care about making feminism more accessible to men. In truth, I don’t care about making feminism more accessible to anyone. I care about making the liberties that men enjoy so freely fully accessible to women, and if men or celebrities claiming feminism for themselves has become the spoon full of sugar to make that medicine go down, so be it.

Read the rest here: Jennifer Lawrence? Emma Watson? These aren’t the feminists you’re looking for | Roxane Gay | Comment is free | The Guardian (via roxanegay)


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Cross-generational/cross-cultural father daughter conversation about gender on gchat

papa: so the big question tonight in Holland is?
me: i don't know!
papa: will Bob Dylan win the Nobel Prize for literature tomorrow?
me: oh!
gosh - i hope not. that would not be deserved
he's a musician...
papa: it's the only honor he does not have they say here
supposedly he has been nominated for year
me: that's ridiculous
they say that about philip roth too, that he should win
i hope it's a woman again!!
papa: really?
another thing they talked about today... feminism is coming back in the USA
me: oh jesus
who "talked" about that
papa: "the News" and the old feminists here who were asked if they were something of the past
me: interesting
papa: the name Duncan means something?
Catherine Duncan?
me: hm i don't think so?
papa: sorry I forgot the name.. she's supposed to be 28-30
me: wait - lena dunham?
papa: YES

Two great lines about cats from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Truman Capote)

"He lifted the cat on the toe of his shoe and gave him a toss, which was hateful except he seemed not aware of the cat but merely his own irritableness."

"He perched there with the balance of a bird, his paws tangled in her hair as if it were knitting yarn; and yet, despite these amiable antics, it was a grim cat with a pirate’s cutthroat face; one eye was gluey-blind, the other sparkled with dark deeds."

(Source: shrimpdiva)

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