Quickies: Trigger Warnings, Books About Abortion, and Nicki Minaj’s Wax Figure
- A Quick Puzzle to Test Your Problem Solving – “A short game sheds light on government policy, corporate America and why no one likes to be wrong.” (I know this puzzle is from last month, which makes it practically ancient in internet years, but if you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you.)
- The Trigger Warning Myth – “How have trigger warnings, of all things, been elevated to explanatory value akin to academic and professional pressures, increased accessibility to college, familial and broader economic pressures, reduced sleep, sexual assault epidemics, social media image policing, and any number of other factors that experts have identified as serious contributors to mental health problems on college campuses?”
- Dangerous Tropes – “How the Michelle Pfeiffer hit Dangerous Minds put an overtly paternalistic twist on a saccharine genre.”
- 3 surprisingly sane books on abortion: When absolutely no women’s lives are ruined by one procedure – “None of these authors talk down to their heroines, infantilize them or put someone else in control of their decision. The first two are fiction, while the latter, billed as nonfiction, uses the story of two characters having different types of abortions to offer practical advice for women about how to handle the process safely and know what to expect.”
- Azealia Banks is Right; That Wax Figure of Nicki Minaj is Peak Shade – As Banks tweeted, “Wow, they finally give nicki minaj a wax figure and it’s a statue of her bent over on all fours…… White people yo….” From Courtney.
- When A Budget Motel Is ‘Home,’ There’s Little Room For Childhood – “California ranks third in the U.S. — behind only Kentucky and New York — in the percentage of children who don’t have a home, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness. And the evidence of this is clear in San Bernardino, which is littered with dilapidated neighborhoods and abandoned blocks, even in the city’s center. Here, budget motels have become a last refuge for desperate people with nowhere else to go. Joe Mozingo, the Los Angeles Times staff writer behind the series San Bernardino: Broken City, says that kids who live in these motels get exposed to some troubling conditions.”
- When Public Servants Refuse to Serve the Public – “Is it possible to agree on what religious freedom is not? It’s not a right to wear a Marine uniform but refuse to fight. It’s not a right to be a county clerk and decide which citizens you will serve and which you won’t.”
- Dutch newspaper uses n-word in headline of review of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book – And blackface! Classy. From Radium.
- Rose McGowan Is Starting A Revolution – As McGowan says, “I don’t enjoy being treated as basically a couch that talks–and as important.” I enjoyed this profile about her, from her upbringings in a cult, to her experiences with sexism and misogyny in Hollywood, to her recent Twitter feminism.