1.BODY/MEDICINE: The American Medical Association is officially putting photoshop on the shit list, “We must stop exposing impressionable children and teenagers to advertisements portraying models with body types only attainable with the help of photo editing software.”
2. MONOGAMY: Dan Savage and his controversial (but refreshingly rational) views on monogamy are profiled by Mark Oppenheimer for the New York Times.
3. WORDS: Katie “Jordan” Price is a British tabloid star (think Paris Hilton with giant boobs). This letter she wrote about her disabled son is powerful, eloquent, and totally surprising. Color me embarrassed for judging the book by its silicone cover.
4. GAY/MONEY: Slate‘s June Thomas profiles the interesting economic challenges of running a gay bar. How do you run a business when you cater to only 10% of the population?
5. WORK: Mike Rowe hosts “Dirty Jobs,” that show about farmers castrating pigs and oil rig employees. His TED Talk about his changing views on the nature of “work” is really good (and not only because he’s damn sexy).
6. TRAUMA: The internet went a bit bonkers this week over Mac Mclelland’s explosive personal essay, “How Violent Sex Helped Ease my PTSD,” about her experiences reporting from Haiti and overcoming the subsequent trauma. Other journalists called foul, accusing McClelland of narcissism and trivializing the real victims. This letter against the piece was signed by a laundry list of activists and writers, including Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat.
Related Post: Last Sunday, we talked about favorite lesbians, two Jo(h)ns, and the negotiating table.
Related Post: The Sunday before included gender in comic books, “Fat,” and raunchy language on the baseball diamond.