April Links to Love

I feel like sometimes I let the world get me down. It's hard not to - it can be a terrible place, full of violence and apathy and fear. But sometimes it's not so bad, and focusing on what's positive can help me remember that.

What Part of "No, Totally" Don't You Understand?

Grammar nerds, unite in excitement. I use this phrase all the damn time without giving a second thought to what it really means, or how it functions grammatically. This exploration of "no" as a contranym absolutely fascinated me.

Judging the Cops: When Excessive Force Trumps Resisting Arrest

I picked this link up pre-Walter Scott, mostly because it was great to find an example of justice being served in a case of police misconduct. On the one hand, it's terrible that it's so rare that police are held accountable for actions like this that it becomes "good news" when they are. On the other hand, it's amazing to see that recording incidents like this one, and like the murder of Walter Scott, can put some power back in the hands of citizens.

The Amazing, Creative Braids of Johannesburg

New York Magazine's The Cut has an excellent series about beauty around the world, and this was one of my favorites.

How to Create the Perfect Salad Bar Salad

Oh my god, guys. Salad makes me so happy. 

Oh my god, guys. Salad makes me so happy

So practical! I'm terrible about putting a good salad together, so I appreciated the breakdown of what's both healthy and frugal. No more unsatisfying, $12 salads for this chick!

Personal Style: Fran Lebowitz

I'd only vaguely heard of Fran Lebowitz before reading this, but she is hilariously salty. She hates so many things. Yoga pants, platform shoes, and parents that like their children too much. I don't actually agree with everything that she says, but I love the last line - "Feeling good about an outfit is the point at which an outfit finally becomes good."

How Bloggers Made the Fashion Industry Pay More Attention to Minorities

So the next time someone rolls their eyes at you when you tell them you're a fashion blogger, just point to this article. Fashion blogging as a tool for social justice and increasing the visibilty of minorities! We're not shallow, we're creating an environment of acceptance and openness. No, really.

On Fighter Pilots and Their Baby Bumps

A light-hearted and charming article from gay comic Cameron Esposito about how her sexuality and gender presentation affect her views on pregnancy. It was both funny and poignant to me, as someone who is still ambivalent about having children.

The City That Believed in Desegregation

How is this still an issue that we argue about?

How is this still an issue that we argue about?

I read so many depressing articles about segregation, white flight, failing inner city schools, and the ways in which the education system fails young people, so it was really freaking refreshing to read a success story. Louisville is a thriving city with excellant schools, in part because rich and poor alike share resources and are committed to maintaining diversity. It can be difficult to do, especially when bussing adds a long commute to a child's school day, but creating a better future is worth a little inconvenience.

Women Rejecting Marriage Proposals in Western Art History

look i'm just going to be honest with you no

look
i'm just going to be honest with you
no

This site has mastered the art of a pithy caption. Now we know what those broads were really thinking.
Also, I just fucking love The Toast. They have an awesome series called Scandals of Classic Hollywood, where you can learn all the salacious details of your favorite stars' lives, and the Texts From series (Texts from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Texts from Lord Byron, Texts from William Blake), but they also have great standalone posts touching on various feminist issues.