Quickies: Homeless Women, Anita Sarkeesian, and Rowdy (White) Retirement Communities

  • One Woman’s Lessons From Living On The Street – “Susan says life on the streets is a constant battle for all homeless people, but for women it’s particularly hard. On top of the everyday challenges of finding food and a safe place to sleep, she says, women face the threat of sexual violence and cruelty.”
  • Brazilian Town Run by Women Is Looking for a Few Good (Single) Men – “The motivation for the way the town is set up is a direct result of its history: The town was founded in 1891 by Maria Senhorinha de Lima, who had been excommunicated as an adultress after leaving a man she had been forced to marry.” Well, that is an interesting piece of history. (Warning: autoplay video.) From Michael D.
  • Look At This Awful 1969 New York Daily News Stonewall Riots Report – “The New York Daily News piece isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be, and surprisingly, isn’t terribly worse than many pieces I report on now in 2014. That says more about us now than it says about 1969.”
  • Tropes vs Anita Sarkeesian: on passing off anti-feminist nonsense as critique – “Anita Sarkeesian makes videos looking at how poorly women are represented in games, and gamers hate her for it, insulting her work and accusing her of dishonesty. It’s almost like they’re trying to prove her premise.” From Dan.
  • Club Meds: Seven Days And Nights In The World’s Largest, Rowdiest Retirement Community – I found this piece funny, interesting, and disturbing. 97% of the people in the community, most of whom have life alert subscriptions, are white (of course). And then there’s this part: “One of Bob’s friends tells me earnestly in a hushed tone that he thinks the president is a Muslim, and when I say that he’s not, and that it wouldn’t matter if he were anyway, she squints her eyes and smiles.” This is definitely not where I’d like to spend my retirement.
  • Dear Police Officers: Hands Up, Don’t Shoot – Two black men write letters to police officers who accosted them.

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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