Links to Love October

Look what's back - links to love! There's so much craziness going on in the world, and while I certainly can't address all of it (and wouldn't want to, frankly) there are a few serious articles for your consideration in the mix. But it can't all be doom and gloom and global politics, so hopefully there's something in there for everyone.

The Long (And Short) History of the Choker

Fashion's accessory du jour, the choker, has a long and storied history that was surprisingly fascinating to read about. I don't really go for the 90s aesthetic - trust me, I did the stretchy plastic "tattoo" chokers and bracelets and whatnot the first time around, they're not that cool - but I could see rocking a Victorian choker or 1940s style "dog collar" necklace.

The Swimwear Industry's Most Popular Fit Model

The very idea of a "fit model" is kind of interesting, and it help explains why some brands fit different people so much better than others - the model was probably closer to your shape than the model used by another brand. I also love how refreshingly normal Bonnie looks, which is sort of reassuring if, like me, you've spent your life assuming that fit models are, like, supermodels.

The Master of Highbrow Horror

Just in time for Halloween, we've got a fun retrospective on the works to Guillermo del Toro, one of my hands down favorite film makers. From the Hellboy movies (still waiting on a third!) to Pan's Labyrinth to Pacific Rim to Crimson Peak, his vision is undeniably beautiful, strange, and haunting.

Hillary Clinton's Locker-Room Talk

I was dying laughing when I read this super weird, super funny piece from New York Magazine. I don't want to spoil anything, but... Hillary Clinton has a tail. 

The Return of the Avocado as a Luxury Item

I love me some avocado, although it was already too pricy for me to buy on a regular basis even before the crop started to fail. I guess Chipotle won't be giving out free guacamole anytime soon.

How the Success of "RuPaul's Drag Race" is a Double Edge Sword

RuPaul's Drag Race is such a fun, well done tv show, and I'm really pleased that it's become part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Still, the article raises some very valid points about how the interplay between fans, competitors, and RuPaul himself is changing the show, and not necessarily for the better. I haven't had a chance to watch the most recent season of All-Stars, but I'm very excited to see some of my favorites come back for another shot.

And to get a bit more serious...

An Interview with a Woman Who Recently had an Abortion at 32 Weeks

This one is going to be a really tough read for a lot of people, so please be warned. The abortion question came up in the final debate, and where Trump spouted of his usual brand of uninformed vitriol about late term abortions, and Clinton offered a realistic, nuanced, well informed, progressive stance on the issue. This interview is with a woman who had to have a late term abortion because she found out that the child was going to be non-viable; because of health risks on her part, she decided not to carry the child to term. It really helps to illustrate the kind of heartache that goes into that decision, and why it's so important that women and their doctors make that decision, not politicians.

Voter Fraud is Very Rare in American Elections

And finally, because this is something that I keep hearing about from right-leaning friends and family members - no, voter fraud isn't really a factor in American elections, and this election is not rigged.