Weekend Reading

I don’t often muck about with the order of what follows, I tend to list things in the order I’ve read/bookmarked them. But given there was one topic that dominated and resonated I’ve bumped them all together. I’d urge any men to read the first few links in particular, especially if you’ve missed the horrifying build of the #metoo on social media this week (horrifying in terms of the numbers as they rose and rose through the week).

  • Two alternatives to #WomenBoycottTwitter that don’t rely on women’s silencing
    After Twitter extending their risible “abuse” policy to a suspension of a celebrity white woman speaking out against sexual violence, the problems in their model have been laid bare, and to my pleasant surprise, people are talking about taking action (I’d been pessimistic about this).
    Quite a week. From a one day boycott…
  • My life has been marked by sexual harassment – just like all women
    ‘It doesn’t happen here,’ one boss told me. He was wrong: from the flasher in the park to the ‘groper’ manager, the abuse has never stopped I didn’t grow up in Hollywood. Far from it. But I did grow up a girl, and I remember. Because who can forget? We are in the park.
    … to stories of harassment and abuse…
  • It’s not just one monster. ‘Me too’ reveals the ubiquity of sexual assault
    Is it too much to hope that the revelations about Harvey Weinstein – and the rage they have unleashed – will bring about a shift in the culture? Me too may be another hashtag. With good intentions. But this time it is showing the ubiquity of sexual assault.
    … to #metoo hashtag which sadly flooded my timelines…
  • The myth of the ‘perfect victim’
    Due to the Weinstein abuse allegations some elements within the media has apparently dredged up the idea of the ‘perfect victim’ so have some thoughts. Please note I am using woman and man/he and she in this as a result of the particular case being discussed at length in the news.
    … to thought provoking articles that help challenge how these things can spin…
  • The Harvey Weinstein allegations are monstrous. But it’s not just monsters who harass women
    How many men have read the news this last week and reassured themselves – come on, I’m not as bad as that guy? It was initially very hard to say anything bad about Harvey Weinstein. He was protected by battalions of lawyers and his formidable status as a Hollywood power-broker.
    … to thought provoking articles that hit home hard…
  • The unexpected, paradigm-shifting power of #MeToo
    I’ve known for nearly 20 years that those born wealthy had a head start compared with me in my chosen career. I’d accepted that—as a mixed-race woman making her way through a conservative and predominantly white male world of work—I’d face microaggressions and systemic bias.
    … to further considerations…
  • Men paralyzed by #MeToo: Here’s why you need to speak up—and how
    Like many women, I’ve been disturbed and enraged by the allegations that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been sexually harassing and assaulting women for decades—and by how closely the story resonates with my own experiences, and those of every woman I know.
    … to advice as we are all part of this issue …
  • 20 Things Men Can Do RTFN to Support Women, Beyond Just Literally Ceasing to Sexually Harass Us
    A friend of mine, who is a man, reached out to me privately earlier today to say how paralyzed he felt seeing the flood of “Me too” posts on his Facebook wall, a phrase women are posting to indicate that they have been the victims of sexual harassment and assault.
    … to more specific and actionable things to do, helpful when you feel helpless …
  • Did the internet create a generation of feminists?
    If, 10 years ago, you had asked me if I was a feminist, I would probably have said no. Aside from a few university lectures, feminism just wasn’t a term that was on my radar, or that of my friends.
    And it was timely that this article popped up. My Mum is a (fierce) feminist but it’s definitely a term that is more readily seen these days.
  • Miscarriage – Yes I’m ‘one in four’.
    This is a blog that I’ve been psyching myself up to do for a long time.
    Sticking with women, I hope a lot of men read this. It’s not an easy read but that’s kinda the point here.
  • I have a message for you…
    Klara Prowisor, now 92 and living in Tel Aviv, escaped the gas chamber at Auschwitz by leaving her sick father and jumping from a train in Belgium. Years later, she received a message from him. Just watch this…it might be the best 13 minutes you’ll spend online all week.
    Note: have the hankies ready (it’s not all sad, don’t worry).
  • One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end
    At some point in 2006, or possibly late 2005, Noah Glass walked into our office all excited about something. That in itself isn’t news because Noah was always excited about something. Dude had an energy.
    Another timely article? White ‘dude’ writes about why Twitter is white ‘dude’ heaven. Doesn’t leave me with much hope for Twitter.
  • I let Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson run my life for a week
    Because sometimes it’s good to step away. Not that it sounds like The Rock ever does (love him or hate him, you can’t deny him!)
  • Americans are pack rats. Swedes have the solution: ‘Death cleaning.’
    If your family doesn’t want your stuff when you’re alive, they sure won’t want it when you’re dead. That’s the blunt assessment of yet another self-help author from abroad who is trying to get Americans, who have an addiction to collecting and storage units, to clean up their acts.
    And the bestselling book on this topic will be whichever one comes up with a better (more marketable) name…
  • How to Reach Out to Someone Who Is Struggling
    There is a story told and retold in the Middle East about how to help someone who’s drowning. The story goes that a man had fallen into a river. He was not much of a swimmer and was in real danger of drowning. A crowd of concerned people wanted to rescue him.
    I’ve read something similar before, but a timely reminder. We all struggle, but we don’t always know how to ask for help.
  • Elbows in Cider Tumblers
    On a balmy, mid-June evening in the summer of 2017 inside Webster Hall, located in the east village of Manhattan, New York, punk legends Buzzcocks were firmly in the throes of delivering a blistering set.
    If you go to gigs, read this (then book some tickets for a gig in Glasgow!)
  • Hear 1,500+ Genres of Music, All Mapped Out on an Insanely Thorough Interactive Graph
    If you are ready for a time-suck internet experience that will also make you feel slightly old and out of step with the culture, feel free to dive into Every Noise at Once.
    Apparently there was a Monday night this week. I’ve no idea if that is true because I was several levels deep into this for most of it…
  • US vs. Japan: Giant robots are about to face off, fighting for their country
    The United States and Japan will put their reputations on the line on Tuesday, as they prepare for an expensive showdown in technological superiority. What’s the test? Giant battling robots.
    This has now happened, but no spoilers. Ohh and when they say giant, they mean it, these fuckers are huge! (but don’t worry Optimus Prime has our back)
  • Ophelia was the 10th hurricane to form in the Atlantic in the last 10 weeks
    It’s been 10 long weeks of 10 straight hurricanes. The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia tore into southwest Ireland today (Oct. 16), the latest storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season to break records.
    What? Climate change? Pah such #fakenews… hey is that a tree that’s been ripped from the ground flying towards m….
  • Meet the two amazing women running across America — to break the same record
    Think of all the people at home who think that you’re going to fail. In the middle of the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, a steady IV drip pressed into Mimi Anderson’s arm and a dark, barren expanse lying ahead, this was the thought that got her through.
    Amazing. Bonkers. Driven. Powerful. Awesome.
  • Are We Ready for Intimacy With Androids?
    Hiroshi Ishi­guro builds androids. Beautiful, realistic, uncannily convincing human replicas. Academically, he is using them to understand the mechanics of person-to-person interaction. But his true quest is to untangle the ineffable nature of connection itself.
    No. Well. Hmmmm maybe? Technology is moving fast, but can our emotions keep up? Challenging times ahead I think…
  • We’re in a ‘Dream Deprivation’ Epidemic
    My mom keeps odd hours. Around 9:30 p.m. every night, she goes to bed; after that, she goes exploring. Once, in a dream, she ran through dewy grass, jumped into the moonlit sky, and cleared the roof of a barn. Once her dream self walked to a mall just to people-watch.
    I barely remember the last dream I had (at least, the last one I’m gonna repeat here… ahem).
  • Tory power is only sustained by cruel confidence tricks
    The Conservatives exist largely to misinform the public, to convince austerity-crippled voters they have the same interests as billionaires. Many people are shocked that Theresa May having a cough during a speech is considered a sackable offence…
    I love how Frankie Boyle writes, especially when his hackles are up…
  • List of common misconceptions
    This list of common misconceptions corrects erroneous beliefs that are currently widely held about notable topics. Each misconception and the corresponding facts have been discussed in published literature.
    Danger: this list comes with high risk of you becoming ‘that person’ at parties that corrects everyone (I’m sorry!)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions
    We are surrounded by hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence and robotics—hysteria about how powerful they will become, how quickly, and what they will do to jobs. I recently saw a story in MarketWatch that said robots will take half of today’s jobs in 10 to 20 years.
    Not a topic I’m massively close to but it’s coming to us all (hint: it’s already here you just don’t realise it yet). “Imagining Magic” is the takeaway here for me.
  • Maria Anna Mozart Was a Musical Prodigy Like Her Brother Wolfgang, So Why Did She Get Erased from History?
    When people ask why we have specifically black histories, or queer histories, or women’s histories, it can be hard for many who do historical research to take the question seriously. But in fairness, such questions point to the very reason that alternative or “revisionist” histories exist.
    I’ve never researched him but I didn’t even know Wolfgang had a sister at all. Awful.
  • Tina Roth Eisenberg on Twitter
    What is a book that has changed your life?
    Because books.
  • The Gentle Art of Self-Control
    After somebody threw a flask of acid on the Mona Lisa in 1956, they put her behind bulletproof (and presumably acid-proof) glass. Same with Picasso’s Guernica, after a man spray-painted “Kill all lies” in giant red letters across the canvas.
    Struggling to change some habits, get yourself a velvet rope.
  • The History of the Ampersand
    These days everybody knows about the ampersand. It’s one of typography’s most unique and interesting characters.
    Yeah? Says who? I bet YOU don’t have a tattoo of ampersands!! #ampersandswars
  • The world’s first floating wind farm could be a game changer for renewable power
    Wind turbines are impressive structures, towering higher than some of the world’s tallest buildings. When installed offshore, the extent of the construction beneath the surface is just as impressive (and costly).
    Pssssst… it’s in Scotland!