"What a bizarre day. I'm sitting here watching my email fill up with message after message from people
from so many different times and places of my life, all congratulating me for the astonishing good fortune of receiving a MacArthur Fellowship. Not to mention a flurry of texts and tweets, and I haven't had the energy to even look at Facebook." Cartoonist and Graphic Memoirist Alison Bechdel (previously on MetaFilter: 1
) has won
MacArthur Genuis grant, giving her the opportunity to dig into her archives for a previous comic she drew in 2004
to conclude her reaction blog post
. [more inside]
“Honey, you’re 300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring!”
The blogger behind 300Sandwiches.com
talks about the genisis of her blog and the quest for her that engagement ring, one sandwich at a time.
Ariel Meadow Stallings (creator of Offbeat Mama and Offbeat Bride) on liberal bullying
: "...what's the biggest challenge we deal with every day? The challenge that has my editors second-guessing every post and quaking in fear, just waiting for the awfulness to begin? It's attacks from our fellow progressives... Increasingly, I've started recognizing this kind of behavior for what it is: privilege-checking as a form of internet sport. It's a kind of trolling, with all the politics I agree with, but motivations and execution that turns my stomach. It's well-intended (SO
well-intended), but when the motivations seem to be less about opening dialogue about the issues, and more about performance, righteousness, and intolerance for those who don't agree with you… well, I'm not on-board." [more inside]
A female freelance writer assumes a male pseudonym
and finds much more work, respect, and pay. She tells the story of her accidental experiment.
or a guy’s guide to approaching strange women without being maced.
This has not been a good week for woman of color blogging.
About two weeks ago, Black Femi Power, a well-read woman of color blogger, resigned her blog in protest to an incident wherein Amanda Marcotte
, a notable white feminist blogger, was accused of appropriating
BFP's ideas. On the heels of the controversy that had reverberations in the feminist blogosphere
which are far from forgotten
, Marcotte is releasing and promoting a new book
, with a new cover
to replace the old one after outcries that it was racist
"On October 15, we set out on a road trip. We are interviewing and photographing young women across the country, asking them what they think and feel about feminism."
The origins of the vagina
Only mammals have 'em. Why? (via markmaynard