Links Roundup 09/09/16
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Written by Natalie Luhrs

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September 9, 2016

Pretty Terrible Links Roundup

Happy September! So many links for you this week.  And this really, really, really cool textile sculpture.

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  1. trishb

    Even before I click all the links, just want to thank you for these posts. My brain needs more reading material today to keep chugging on. Just had to extend my short term disability and am running out of FMLA coverage, so job status is unsure. Keeping the pesky ruminating thoughts outta here during the chemo brain fog is very good.

    Thanks for all your work, Natalie.

  2. Sarah

    The Radical Futures and Conservative Sensitivities article was a thoughtful piece on the nature of science fiction. Also, I liked that he caught that “pearl-clutching” is a gendered slur. I hadn’t seen anyone else mention Truesdayle’s reference to “vapors”, either.

    Good articles on North Dakota!

  3. Thomas Hewlett

    I have a lot of blind spots when it comes to body issues. I wanted to ask about the link to the 5K article and your use of the word “healthism.” Was it the paragraph about “bragging rights” that prompted this? Just curious. Thanks!

  4. Natalie Luhrs

    @trishb: Thank so much for reading. I’m very frustrated on your behalf that your job status is unsure because of your health stuff. I hope this round of chemo does the trick and that you’ll be doing better soon.

    @Sarah: I thought that was a really thoughtful and well-considered piece. I’ve been trying to educate myself on #NoDAPL. It’s very upsetting.

    @Thomas Hewlett: Okay, healthism! This is a term that comes from fat acceptance–it’s when a person holds up medical or health outcomes as a reason why they should be treated like a human being. I felt like this article about running leaned a little too far towards running as a panacea, in part because I’ve started doing a lot more exercise and–spoiler!–I’m still fat (which is fine! I am stronger and have more stamina and I am more comfortable in my skin and that is what is important). I believe that human beings should be treated like human beings no matter what their bloodwork says or how many miles they log a week or what size they wear. I will say that most mainstream articles about health and fitness lean in this direction which is why I usually don’t link to them. I linked this one because I have walking a 5k as a fitness goal and it’s been on my mind a lot. I have my first race in a few weeks–a 1 mile run/walk and my goal is to Not Finish Last. 😀

  5. Ros

    I am adding that textile sculpture artist to my learning log! Current module is on fabric manipulation, so it’s perfect.


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