It’s time for another round up of articles, blog posts and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.
Alanis Morissette Updates ‘Ironic’ Lyrics –
“Heartbreak is inevitable. Life is scary and terrifying and more often than not, overwhelming. And to show up is to risk all of these things each and every day on a grand-scale. But that is the entire point. And the more you risk, the more you experience freedom from fear itself.” – On Showing-Up
“Sometimes you’re told, by well-meaning people, ‘It gets better with time.’ In my experience this didn’t really happen. It’s true, to a point. You get on with your life. You’ll be happy, you’ll have fun. But your heart will always be a little bit broken – and that’s okay.” – ‘Then everyone died’: I lost four people I loved in 14 months
“The frequent ‘celebration’ of female pop icons is most in danger of greenlighting a sense of entitlement about ‘critiquing’ women more generally, especially on typically sexist criteria like their weight or physical beauty. While women in the media may not have to be sexuallyattractive to gay men, there is still a widespread expectation for them to look glamorous, effortless, and “iconic”—an unrealistic and idealized demand for powerful, flawless womanhood.” – The Gay Men Who Hate Women
“The hope that others will like us strikes me as the most human of existential wants. For women, the question of likability is more fraught, as a woman’s perceived likability is often reductive and linked to very gendered stereotypes about how women can and should behave in public spaces.” – The new cool girl trap: Why we traded one set of rigid rules about who’s “likable” for another
“If Brooklyn had been written by a woman, would it have been a smash hit? Would it now be an internationally distributed film? And would anyone have cared one whit for a story about a young woman and her domestic struggles, if that young woman had been created and written by another woman?” – I Hate Women’s Fiction And I’ll Tell You Why
“The basic “moderate” claim which circulates within mainstream discourses of abortion law reform in Ireland is that women are not allowed to be ‘angry’ about the 8th Amendment. We are read as angry when we make urgent demands for law reform, or compose or share satirical barbs, or to draw attention to the bodily injuries, the despair and pain inflicted by the law. And that attributed anger is dismissed as worthless, even when it may be visionary.” The Importance of Women-y Fringe-y Excesses of Irish Pro-choice Activism