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Links and Stories and Life #2

Since I belong to so many group chats, I often post links and stories that move me, that infuriate me and that inspire me. I often struggle to find those links again so I thought I could do a round-up of everything I read in a week. 

Why Single Women matter more than ever – Rececca Traister’s book, All the Single Ladies was the best book I read all year. If this were colonial times, I would be considered a spinster. Great interview.

The Challenge of Building TV’s Best Reality Show – I gave up a lot of TV during grad school but I always watched the Challenge. Mostly because it was on in the summer and it is a really interesting psychological experiment. This is a really great in-depth article about the history of the show. Really fascinating.

.This Single Mom Spearheaded the RCMP Harassment Lawsuits – I have often thought of applying to the RCMP but heard from several female friends and contacts that the environment was toxic. I feel that in Canada, we like to boast about our inclusion of women and minorities in our workforce but it is very misleading. It is great that the RCMP apologized for their role and that the women will be compensated for their suffering. I am equally sad that this happens.

Smirking in the Boy’s Room with Samantha Bee – My favourite author writes about Samantha Bee, an awesome host, Canadian and just all-around hilarious person. This was my favourite part of the article (besides everything else): “Bee and Miller have worked hard to create a diverse production staff, carefully crafting a blind application process to make it more accessible to people who have not traditionally spent any time in writers’ rooms. The result is a writing staff that is 50 percent female and 30 percent nonwhite. It’s a mix of experience levels as well; there is one writer who was previously at Letterman and another whose last job was at the Maryland DMV.”

Beirut’s Lessons for how not to rebuild a war-torn city I’ve always wanted to visit Beirut. It seems like such a fascinating place. The violence in 2006 and Canada’s reaction to Lebanese-Canadians had a starring role in my thesis. It’s an interesting look at how to rebuild a city after a war. These are lessons that will surely be looked for when rebuilding Syrian cities.

What Michelle Obama didn’t say-  I am a huge fan of Michelle Dauber. She is not afraid to use her voice and is the chair of the committee to recall Judge Persky. Sexual assault is so prevalent in this world. A Presidential candidate who refuses to realize this completely astounds me. This will be an interesting campaign to study when it’s over.

The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist – I don’t remember this crime happening. This entire article had me on the edge of my seat. It’s a really great read that tried to look at all the possibilities. I appreciate that in journalism.

How do we respond to threats after our endorsement? This is how – If you read nothing about this election, please read this. The Arizona Republic has famously come out to endorse a Democrat candidate, the first in 125 years. Death threats and harassement came with the editorial. A brave piece on how to deal with this type of bullying.

Men aren’t entitled to women’s time of affection. But It’s a hard lesson to learn –  This is one of the best articles I’ve read but also made me so angry. In light of the recent comments by a Presidential Candidate, it’s worth a read. It shouldn’t be a hard lesson to learn. I also don’t believe in the friend-zone. If you are friends with someone, but only because you are waiting around for them to love you, you aren’t being a friend. You’re being an entitled asshole. Also, no such thing as closure. Someone doesn’t want to be with you. You don’t deserve to know more.

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