10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 12–18 December 2015
Dan Solomon's "Willow Smith Surprise-Dropped One of the Year's Weirdest Records…" at Co.Create:
I am honestly wildly impressed with this. Truly.
Meredith Talusan's "What I Learned From My Neuroatypical Partner" at BuzzFeed:
Josh is the first person I’ve dated who I feel like I can be fully myself with, in large part because I know that he routinely tunes out other people’s judgments. What’s widely perceived as a disadvantage — finding it difficult to read social cues — also means that Josh isn’t preoccupied with how other people feel about his association with me. What matters most to him is the rapport between the two of us.
Gaby Dunn's "Get rich or die vlogging: The sad economics of internet fame" at Fusion:
The awkward part was that Ashley wasn’t there to celebrate with Buzzfeed. She was there to serve them. Not realizing that her handful of weekly waitressing shifts at Eveleigh paid most of her bills, a coworker from the video production site asked Ashley if her serving tray was “a bit.” It was not.
Vera Brosgol's "What were you raised by wolves?":
Rebecca Solnit's "Men Explain Lolita to Me" at Literary Hub:
But if you assume that sex with a female body is a right that heterosexual men have, then women are just these crazy illegitimate gatekeepers always trying to get in between you and your rights. Which means you have failed to recognize that women are people, and perhaps that comes from the books and movies you have—and haven’t—been exposed to, as well as the direct inculcation of the people and systems around you. Art matters, and there’s a fair bit of art in which rape is celebrated as a triumph of the will (see Kate Millet’s 1970 book Sexual Politics, which covers some of the same male writers as the Esquire list) . It’s always ideological, and it makes the world we live in.
Michael Zhang's "These Color Photos of Paris Were Shot 100 Years Ago" at PetaPixel:
Back in 1909, a super-rich French banker named Albert Kahn decided to create a photographic record of the world using the new color photography process that had just appeared, the Autochrome Lumière. He commissioned 4 photographers to take their cameras to places all over the world. One of the cities they documented was Paris.
Samantha Irby's "Black Girls Don't Get to Be Depressed" at Cosmopolitan:
When I was young I was frequently described as "moody." Or dismissed as "angry." According to the social worker who routinely pulled me out of class, I was intellectually bright but "quietly hostile." Never mind that I was basically living in squalor with my mother's half-dead body, subsisting on the kind of cereal that comes in a 5-pound bag and whatever meals were being served for free hot lunch; I was diagnosed as having "an attitude problem." So I rocked with that.