1. SPORTS: This Charles Siebert piece for the New York Times Magazine about the rigors and stresses of trying to make an NFL team is fascinating. How much do you want it? And how much are you willing to take to get it?
2. BOOKS: Super great Atlantic essay about author Ann Patchett (Bel Canto, State of Play) and her new bookstore in Nashville. As a lover of independent bookstores, I think this is all kinds of awesome.
3. CHRIS BROWN: After violent exchange with a female comedian on Twitter, Chris Brown deleted his account. The always excellent Roxane Gay on why criticizing Brown isn’t racist, and why it also is pretty f’ing complicated.
4. ELECTION: Curious about how all those Obama for America emails with subject lines like “Hey” or “It’s officially over” played out? Businessweek has some answers.
5. PAIN: There’s an extremely rare medical condition where you feel no pain. Sounds great, right? Not unless you step on a nail, scratch yourself bloody, or break an ankle and don’t realize it. The New York Times has an examination.
6. MEDIA: The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has put together an excellent report about the representation of women on screen (especially on children and family programming) and Mother Jones has a summary of some of the most telling facts and figures.
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1. SPORTS: New York Times Magazine has a killer front page story on Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder, how NBA can revitalize a city, and a city can dig in and support a team.
2. LADIES: Mother Jones has compiled a quick list of some kick-ass stats about women this election cycle. You’ve probably seen them, but it’s pretty powerful to line them up like this.
3. MARRIAGE EQUALITY: NFL-er of my dreams, Minnesota kicker Chris Kluwe, writes for Slate about what an amazing day it was on Tuesday. Progressive athletes = the coolest.
4. MADDOW: Have you seen Rachel Maddow’s summary of Tuesday’s results. Girlface kills it so hard.
5. BIGOTRY: Dominic Holden for The Stranger undertakes an interesting experiment, calling all of the biggest donors who contributed to the fight against marriage equality in Washington.
6. NYC: Great story in NYMag about the process of creating what will soon be the iconic image of post-Sandy NYC.
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It’s over, and good riddance! Can we just wash our hands of the whole campaign season, of looping attack ads, of misquotes, of rape philosophizing, of spray-tans, of soundbites, of punditry, of Gallup and Rasmussen? Wouldn’t that be nice?
But the work isn’t over, so said President Obama on Tuesday night, and he’s obviously right. In the waves of relief and gratitude and joy and thank-fucking-God-it’s-over, there was also fear. At least, there was for me. That’s what I wanted to convey this week at Role/Reboot, how amazed I am by what we did this election, and how scared I am by the work ahead:
Related Post: xkcd on electoral precedent.
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More tomorrow on the election in general, but for now let’s talk about Tammy Baldwin.
She was the one who got me started with the crying.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading at work about corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives, and the idea I keep coming back to is bringing one’s “whole self” to work.
What does it do to people when they feel like they can’t post a photo of their family, or talk about their personal lives, or speak with their real voices? How can you truly contribute if a piece of your brain is worried about letting slip the wrong pronoun?
There was a generation, no… several generations, who had to choose between being themselves and becoming a public servant. The election of Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay senator, is another crushing blow to that Chinese wall that queer Americans have had to create between their personal lives and their professional lives.
Fuck, sometimes America is pretty alright.
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The system isn’t perfect, but it’s what we’ve got and it’s better than what most people in the world have. Can you imagine if we lived in a place where one candidate won and the other dude was like, “Yeah, no…. I kind of dig this office. Go fuck yourself. Oh, and also, I’m going to take this bevy of ladies as my harem”?
In my polling place, the line was only a half hour, but folks were chatting and calm, feeling grateful to be a part of the process. When the line was too slow, voters skipped the privacy of the booths and started filling out their ballots up agains the garage door of the fire station or the red walls of the engine. Find a way.
A few weeks ago, an undecided friend of mine in Wisconsin sent me a plea for information. She was overwhelmed and confused and couldn’t find a way through the muck. She wanted some unbiased comparisons, so I sent her the most unbiased things I could find. I feel that democracy is ten times as powerful when you make a decision for yourself than when you follow lockstep with your pastor/parent/professor because you don’t have time/energy/desire to do the work yourself. For trying to do due diligence, I admire my friend.
Today, I sent her my unbiased opinion. It’s too important to let it slide and you never know what might tip someone as they’re standing there in the booth.
Today is the day. See you on the other side.
1. NASHVILLE: My new favorite soapy music dramz, Nashville, is written by Callie Khouri (who wrote Thelma and Louise). She’s interviewed by NYMag about feminism, country music, and Connie Britton.
2. SEX: In light of new movie The Sessions, Slate has an interview with a real life sex surrogate. I’m on board with this concept, but I’m skeptical that it would be treated with the same clinical approach when women are the ones seeking help with intimacy…
3. TAILOR: A holocaust survivor, Martin Greenfield, now makes suits for the President. America, sometimes pretty cool after all.
4. ELECTION: From ChartPorn, a map of the U.S. where the states are reshaped proportional to campaign spending.
5. BILL: Bill Maher is really not my cup of tea, but sometimes he gets it right. In this clip, he nails Romney to the tree of his most batshit, conservative peers.
6. ANITA: My girl Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency is interviewed by Global News about that whole time when the internet went crazy and threatened to kill/rape/beat her for researching video games and violence.
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I know, I know, the binders have been much discussed and maligned, tumbled, tweeted, instagrammed and reviewed on Amazon. While it is a hilarious turn of phrase, in my opinion, it was one of the least problematic statements from Governor Romney during the debate.
This week for Role/Reboot, I explored why I’m down the with binders o’ women, as long as we recognize how temporary a fix such a binder is and how much opportunity equalizing we still have to do. Romney doesn’t, and that’s the real problem:
Side note: If you get a chance, read Nicole Rodgers’ piece on Role/Reboot today, because it is excellent.
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