Interweb Finds: The unmothered, crazy bitch & more

Griffith Park

When was the last time you met someone whose struggles were so profound it gave you a good dose of perspective?

For me, it was yesterday. And two days before that. For my final projects (which will wrap up my first year in grad school!), I interviewed a 21-year-old inmate who was sentenced 40 years to life in prison and I went to a reunion for patients and the hospital staff who saved their lives. (Including this young woman and her fabulous mother. So moving.) I heard some pretty heartbreaking and inspiring stories this week. Journalism sure leads you to meet some fascinating people.

Here are this week’s interweb finds for your browsing pleasure:

Shannon’s post on not calling women crazy is an important read. I wonder: Why is it that the word is only used to describe men when they act out violently and uncontrollably but women get called “crazy” whenever they send too many consecutive texts to a guy?

A fascinating interview with the man who would make eating obsolete.

“I’m looking forward to the point where we don’t have to worry about hunger, or nutrition. Where people make food just because it’s beautiful—like gardening, or painting. I’m looking forward to the point where food can just be art.”

I love this guide to finding a mentor from Rebecca.

A slight contrast to the “crazy” post: Stop being afraid of being called a bitch.

“We have to admit to ourselves that it’s easier to sit behind a computer screen than it is to look a group of men in the eye at an Oscar party and say, Hey asshole, you’re demeaning the talented women you see in front of you, and I won’t hear another word of it.”

Gala put together a great roundup of advice for writers from writers.

Tabloid headlines without the sexism. So yeah. Without sexism, tabloids couldn’t exist!

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a mom to celebrate on Mother’s Day. Here’s a beautiful essay to the “unmothered.”

 

Speaking of moms, Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the other moms out there!

Thanks for everything you do & have a wonderful week.

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Comments

  1. I hope you’ll share your final pieces with us here. Great links this weekend.

  2. I liked that piece about being called a bitch. This is something I worried about for awhile. I would see sexist stuff happen and I kept my mouth close because I didn’t want to cause tension. Now, I’m ON FULL FORCE. CALL ME A BITCH, DO IT! 🙂 Great links!

    • Cassie Paton says:

      HAHA I feel the same way – I DARE someone to call me a bitch. ‘Cause my being a “bitch” is the equivalent of a dude calling it as he sees it.

  3. It was a wonderful Mother’s Day for me so I’m happy. Card from my son and taken out to brunch with the bf, so success. Have a few of the links up they sound fascinating – I’m definitely not afraid or offended if someone calls me the B word. It’s a compliment. Happy Tuesday Cassie! -Iva

  4. Great finds! Loved reading all of them.

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