Here are the links I would have shared with you last week, if I hadn't decided to write the Asking Saves Lives post instead.
There is no theme other than catching up on things I meant to share....
If you haven't read the Mother Jones article about coding and computational thinking and diversity yet... go do so. It is long, but worth the time.
Mom-101 makes a very good point about the way we praise fathers and husbands.
Roxane Gay's cooking essays are some of my favorite things on the internet. Her writing is amazing, and I love how she interweaves the recipe with musings on serious and difficult issues. Here is a recent one, but she's posted several recently, so you could also just head over to her Tumblr and read them all.
Speaking of Roxane Gay, her debut novel An Untamed Stateis getting rave reviews. I know myself well enough to know I cannot read it right now, though. So I am very excited that she also has a collection of essays called Bad Feminist coming out soon. I've preordered that.
This post by a woman with a gender neutral name about her reception online is interesting, but sadly not surprising.
Speaking of how women are received online, Jessica Valenti wrote about free speech and cyberbullying. I would like to write a post about how we as a society tend to overlook the freedoms that have already been taken from some of our members when we're arguing for the protection of things like freedom of speech. Do I really have the same freedom of speech as a male counterpart if speaking my mind can garner me rape threats and threats against my family? Why do the people advocating for our freedoms not care about this? Why are we all so willing to shrug and say "that's just how it is" when online trolls organize with an explicit goal of silencing certain groups of people?
I guess it is good news that the Supreme Court is going to take up a case somewhat related to all of this (although the online threats in that case were made by someone known to the target and not by a bunch of anonymous jerks). Apparently I need to hope that the male justices have daughters.
And speaking of things that depress me: Ann Friedman wrote an interesting article about men, women and guns.
But I can't end on such a down note, so here is a somewhat amusing Newcastle Ad imaging what the US would be like if the Brits had won the War of Independence.