Good Night, Links

Read this

And this

Seriously, E.L. James. Stay away from my literary heroines. Also, who ever compares herself to Tess of the D’Urbervilles? Like, in a good way?

You should probably go listen to Sady Doyle’s album list.

This only seems like a good thing to me. It also seems mainly a phenomenon of the middle to upper class. Of note: the subheading “Artisanal Fathers” cracked me up. Also, this line: “Hey ladies–who’s up for some breastfeeding and decaf skinny lattes?” Does anyone actually say things like this? Why are they allowed to live with us?

I was educated by nuns like these . They are the best . Was your school cheer “Live mercy! Seek justice!” ? Didn’t think so.(Although at the time my main reaction was “ughh can’t we just have pep rallies like normal schools?”)

So I get why there is real pain and confusion over the Vatican’s investigation of the LCWR. But what places who spin it as evil repressive Vatican repressively repressing kick-ass sisters fail to notice is that these nuns are consecrated brides of Christ (this, among other reasons, is why when traditionalist types make fun of sisters for their haircuts or pantsuits or lack of habits, you should probably punch them), and most of them take that extremely seriously. Their work for the poor and marginalized is the concrete expression of their love for Jesus.  And when prayer is removed from their lives, or someone starts talking about moving beyond Jesus, it also creates pain and confusion in the community; it injures them and their ability to carry out this great work they do.

Liberals and conservatives: take your stupid agendas from my church and away from my sisters. It’s just more complicated than that.

Pussy Riot has been sentenced to a two year prison term, starting from when they were first imprisoned six months ago. Here are their closing statements. More Pussy Riot.

So Heinous. This sounds like the equivalent of the difference between not letting  a woman throw her baby in front of a speeding car, and legally requiring her to jump in front of  a speeding car so she can die with her baby.

I’m not sure how I feel about confessional culture, except that I don’t think I like it all that much (at least from other people. I love talking about myself), but I think Doyle is definitely on to something about asserting the legitimacy and importance of vulnerability.

I think Lindy West is the main reason I haven’t given up Jezebel.

We all have our thoughts and feelings about Hillary Rodham Clinton and that interesting intersection between “rich privileged white lady” and “feminist icon” she embodies, but you must admit she has the schoolmarm awesome thing down.

bahahaha I can’t wait to do this to some kid.

This is exactly as much as I feel like saying about Helen Gurley Brown.

Via The Hairpin, everything about this is arghh arghh arghh. ARGH.

I wish I could make these into flyers and pass them out.

School stuff

Lady, Can I Buy You a Link?

Ok, so I was going to write a take-down of this piece (Large families less likely to have computers THIS IS SO TERRIBLE I CAN’T EVEN FIND MY PEARLS TO CLUTCH THEM), but then I realized I’d be allowing myself to be trolled even more egregiously than usual, because the essay is just. so. stupid. Read it though, if you need a laugh.

It’s always admirable and refreshing to see those on the religious right attacking misogyny. Bravo to First Things for publishing this. Also, I think this article supplies what was lacking in the first by problematizing wifely submission in the Christian tradition a bit more. Somebody remind me to finally write something on this.

Thank you, mom, for never letting me read Cosmo–although I think these problems are  universal among women’s magazines, if not always so garishly obvious.

Reasons you should love Pussy Riot:

One.

Sorry, did you not catch that? That they are an anonymous all-female punk band who pled at the altar of a church for our Blessed Mother to throw Putin out?

“Holy Mother, throw Putin out!”

Yeah, I don’t think we need any more reasons either. To be fair, storming into a church is at best an ambiguous move–it could be read as aggression towards religion, or a return to the church as a place of sanctuary, a radical affirmation of the Church’s freedom and authority. I tend to read it the second way, but I’m not Orthodox, so I don’t know what the story is over there. Either way, they’re brave ladies and I’m glad they’ve found champions in–if not high places, at least highly visible ones.

Speaking of the Blessed Mother, I’ve never had this kind of encounter with her, but I’m not giving up hope.

Admit it. You’ve been conned, you’ve been suckered. You like Anthropologie. You won’t admit it, you pretend you’ve never walked in penniless to bask in their goddess-y, jasmine-and-musk candle scented air, to feel for twenty minutes that all was lovely and all was right, including you– you tell yourself that you’re not stupid enough to think that sighing romance can be branded and sold. But you don’t fool me. You like it in there, and I do too, more fool us.

The good news is, some (not most) of their clothes really are quality, and sometimes they go on sale for twenty bucks.

Well thank goodness.

Jessica Valenti is wary of The Atlantic’s new ladyblog, and doesn’t think much of mainstream media ladyblogs in general. I tend to agree , especially with The Atlantic–after all, they gave us Caitlin Flanagan’s musings on women.

Ok, I swore I wasn’t going to say anything about Chik-fil-A because, really? Also, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t count as activism to nom on either orange mocha latte frappucinos OR delicious chicken sandwiches. Vaclav Havel is shaking his head at you. But anyway, I liked Calah Alexander’s take on the whole manufactured non-event.

Of course, if activism is merely an excuse for stuffing your face with delicious chicken sandwiches, than I heartily understand, support, and laud you.

Well, this is interesting.

I love this.

I’m sorry, this series just seems awful in a kind of fantastic way.

Via Feministing, this is great in an angsty introspective way.

Men, if you read the next link, any cooties or trauma not my problem.

I know I’m late to this party, but I kind of want to learn to chart my cycle.

Kyrie eleison.

Some more awful.

Now I’m just depressing myself.