- The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie This is from last year, but it’s awesome.
- The Price of Nice Nails This article really gets to the heart of why I rarely get manicures or pedicures: it’s an inherently exploitative situation. Now, prices aren’t as low in my area as they are in NYC, but my hair salon charges more than double for a pedicure than the nail salon closest to where I live. And that’s not just because the nail salon has lower overhead. So in that spirit, here’s at least some things to look for when getting one’s nails done. Here’s part two of this series: Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers. This is why investigative journalism is so important.
- What the Rise of the Couture Body Means for Fashion One thing which I find interesting and which is not mentioned in this article at all is that many of the celebrity women mentioned in this article are women of color: this is a group whose bodies have been commoditized and fetishized for centuries (Sarah Baartman, anyone?)
- Anatomy of a Regency Letter
- The Magician Who Astounded the World by Conjuring Spirits and Talking with Mummies I’d never connected magician’s tricks which involve women being put in apparent peril of death or disfigurement with the suffrage movement before. Now, it seems obvious.
- Reform of the Nerds, Starring Arthur Chu I have very complicated feelings about Chu–his interest in raising his profile via involvement in various dust-ups feels a little transparent to me at times. I’m never quite sure if he’s sincere or if he just thinks it’ll help him get more work. And he has a tendency to elide women who have been talking about many of these same issues for longer and for much less recognition.
- We Have Always Been Here A fantastic piece of the presence of women in many, many, many fields which are now often quite hostile to women.
Ugly leggings, balls, and trauma. Not necessarily in that order.